KOKOMO, Ind. Indiana University Kokomo announces the addition of nine new faculty members, including for the new occupational therapy assistant program starting in 2023, as well as business, radiography, nursing, computer science and biology.
Christina Downey, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success, welcomed the new faculty, saying they will contribute to her office’s theme of building and restoring campus community.
“As we continue to navigate challenging times, this theme reflects our commitment to embracing all opportunities to build our faculty, staff and students and make the educational experience at IU Kokomo the most supportive and enriching in the state,” she said. “Our new faculty is part of that vision and effort. Their fresh ideas, tremendous enthusiasm and impressive expertise in their fields will translate in and out of the classroom into life-changing learning for our students. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to our team.”
The new faculty includes:
School of Business
Loknath Ambati, visiting assistant professor of business. He received a PhD in Information Systems specializing in Artificial Intelligence, an MS in Information Systems and an MS in Data Analytics, all from Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota; and Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from VIT University, Chennai, India. He was a graduate research fellow at Dakota State University, an analytics developer for Baylor Scott and White Health, and a data consultant for Pelican IT Group.
Muhammad, peace be upon him, guest lecturer on business. Dinc earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts (MA) in Management from Burch International University, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a BA in History from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at the Madden School of Business, Le Moyne College, New York, and an assistant professor of management at the American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.
James Geiger, guest lecturer on business. He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Business Administration from IU Kokomo. He was an adjunct professor and lecturer in the School of Business and Business Manager and CFO at First EPC Kokomo.
School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Christine Davis, Clinical Assistant and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from IU and her Bachelors in Kinesiology from IUPUI. She was a registered occupational therapist at Signature HealthCare of Muncie.
Christina Douglas, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor. She received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish from the University of Evansville. She has been an adjunct professor at IUPUI and a graduate assistant at IUPUI and Creighton University. She was also a registered occupational therapist at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, and Thrive Alliance, Inc. – First Steps South East.
Andrea Freeman, Lecturer in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from IU Kokomo and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Indiana State University. She also received a Bachelor of General Studies degree in Wellness Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Licensed Nursing Diploma from Ivy Tech Community College. Freeman was previously an adjunct instructor at IU Kokomo and a registered nurse at Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo for 17 years.
Anna Miller, Visiting Clinical Assistant/Clinical Coordinator, Radiography. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a Certificate in Radiologic Technology from the OSF Medical Center Saint Francis School of Radiography, and an Associate of Science in Biological Sciences from Lincoln Land Community College. Prior to IU Kokomo, she was an education coordinator and radiologic technologist at Springfield Memorial Health System, Illinois.
School of Science
Aakif Mairaj, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He earned a Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Toledo, Master of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, India and Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Islamic University of Science and Technology, J & K, India. He was a lecturer at Purdue University Northwest and an instructor at the University of Toledo.
Brandon Wysong, biology teacher. He earned a master’s degree in biology from IUPUI and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with highest honors from IU Kokomo. He has been an assistant instructor of physiology, an assistant instructor of biology, and a laboratory technician at IUPUI.
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