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WSSU welcomes 12 new faculty members

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) begins the 2018-19 academic year with 12 new faculty members joining the ranks.

With teaching and research experience in fields ranging from sport and exercise psychology, and conservation and tropical botany, to recreation, parks and tourism science, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy, these new faculty members will help advance WSSU’s strategic goal of advancing liberal education and equity, said Anthony Graham, provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.

“We are pleased to have such a dynamic group of teacher-scholars join the WSSU community,” Graham said. “This group of academics is engaged in innovative research that will support WSSU’s goal to give students broad exposure to academia and cultivate a stimulating intellectual community that fosters and supports scholarship.”

This faculty cohort is the first to join WSSU since Graham was named provost in April.

The School of Health Sciences

Douglas Bates

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work

Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Carolina

M.A., Social Work, University of South Carolina

B.A., Social Work, Benedict College

Bates recently graduated from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining WSSU’s faculty, he was the director of the foster grandparent program at Save the Children. He has worked as a social worker for almost a decade, working with a number of different populations, including socially and economically disadvantaged people, teen mothers, mental health patients, and children in the non-profit and government sectors. Bates has lectured courses on human behavior and the social environment and communication skills in counseling. Along with his degrees, he also earned a certificate in Qualitative Research from the University of South Carolina.


LaVerene Garner

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

D.P.T, Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem State University

M.A., Physical Therapy, Elon College

B.S., Human Biology, University of Indianapolis 

Garner is a licensed physical therapist with 17 years of experience. She is also a board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and has an advanced credential in vestibular rehabilitation. For a majority of her career, she has focused on clinical work while teaching continuing education workshops part time. Prior to joining WSSU’s faculty, she worked at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, where she was responsible for the evaluation and treatment of patients with orthopedic and neurologic concerns.


Chinno Ingram

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

M.S., Occupational Therapy, Winston-Salem State University

B.S., Rehabilitation Studies, Winston-Salem State University

A.A.S., Physical Therapist Assistant, Guilford Technical Community College

Throughout his career, Ingram has specialized in adult and geriatric populations in outpatient and skilled nursing settings. In addition to clinical practice, he has also provided consulting services for the City of Winston-Salem and local companies regarding ergonomic and injury prevention initiatives. For the past two years, Ingram has been an adjunct faculty member in WSSU’s occupational therapy department. He is pursuing a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. His research interests include occupational balance and leisure concepts among African Americans. Ingram is a native of Winston-Salem.


Naieema Jackson

Clinical Adult Health Instructor, Department of Nursing

M.S., Nursing Administration, University of Phoenix

B.S., Nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing

A.A.S., Nursing, New York City College of Technology

Jackson has over 10 years’ experience as a nurse. Her nursing experience includes being a home care nurse, a nurse educator, and an infusion nurse. Prior to joining the WSSU faculty, Jackson was a clinical assistant instructor of nursing at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She is pursuing a terminal degree in nursing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In her research, she seeks to examine factors affecting dietary adherence in Black women with hypertension. She has recently earned the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator designation highlighting her expertise and passion for educating future nurses.


Nancy Smith

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, North Carolina State University

DPT, Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

MPT, Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

B.S., Exercise Science, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

B.A., Psychology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

Smith is a certified clinical specialist in geriatrics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She has taught at WSSU for two years as an adjunct professor and eight years as an associate clinical professor, presenting content in cardiopulmonary physical therapy and geriatrics. In addition to teaching, she has served as a faculty supervisor for the department’s pro-bono clinic, located at the Community Care Center of Forsyth County. Prior to teaching at WSSU, she practiced in geriatrics and acute care for 11 years. In her practice, her experiences range from practicing as a staff level therapist to managing multiple skilled nursing facilities, clinically and operationally. Smith has published and presented locally and nationally on human patient simulation and the use of technology in physical therapist education. She is currently researching the effects of mobile technology on clinical reasoning in physical therapist students.


Quiteya D. Walker

Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

Ph.D., Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development, The University of Iowa

M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University

M.A., Rehabilitation Counseling, South Carolina State University

B.S., Criminal Justice, South Carolina State University.

Walker joins the faculty of Rehabilitation Counseling with extensive work experience in the discipline. Her work experience includes serving as a post-secondary counselor and disability support services case manager at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City, Iowa, and director of disability support services at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. Prior to coming to WSSU, Walker was a clinical mental health counselor for ASPIRE Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, where she provided outpatient treatment to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. She was also an assistant professor in counseling at Albany State University.

Walker holds membership in several organizations, including the American Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society, and the National Alliance of Mental Illness-Georgia. She was also the 2015-16 president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. Walker is a native of Charleston, South Carolina.


The College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education


La-Tika S. Douthit

Assistant Professor, Department of Music

Ph.D. Musical Arts, Flute Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

M.A. Music, Flute Performance, North Carolina School of the Arts

B.A. Music Education, Appalachian State University

Prior to joining the WSSU faculty, Douthit has served as an adjunct professor of music and the assistant band director at WSSU for over 15 years. She is also an adjunct professor of music at Forsyth Technical Community College and an adjunct flute instructor at Catawba College. Her research involves the flute music of African American composer Ulysses Kay, and she recently published an article on flute pedagogy. Douthit is a Winston-Salem native. Prior to working in higher education, she was the director of bands at Philo-Hill Middle School in Winston-Salem.


Aaron Goodson

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Ph.D., Sports, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

M.A., Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, West Virginia University

M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, West Virginia University

B.A. Sociology, Davidson College

After graduating from Davidson College, Goodson worked at Woodberry Forest School as a faculty member in academic development, as an assistant coach for three sports, and as faculty advisor for two years. In August 2013, he began his graduate studies at West Virginia University. 

During his time at WVU, he earned three degrees and a graduate certificate in University Teaching. Additionally, he maintains a credential as a nationally certified counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and has over 1,000 hours of performance consulting with athletes in various sports. Goodson’s research interests focus on collegiate student-athlete psychosocial development; performance enhancement and mental health in collegiate student-athletes; and issues of diversity in sport, exercise, and performance. Goodson is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina.


Sangkwon Lee

Visiting Professor, Health, Physical Education, and Sports Studies

Ph.D., Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University

M.A., Economics, Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea

B.A., Economics, Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea

Prior to joining WSSU’s faculty, Lee was an adjunct professor at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio.

He has more than 20 years’ experience as a researcher and instructor in recreation, park, and tourism science. He has nearly 20 referenced publications, and had authored a chapter in “Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration.” Lee has presented at several global conferences and workshops, including Advancing the Social Science of Tourism at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, and the 14th annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects in Athens Greece.


Dr. Rafael Loureiro

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., Conservation and Tropical Botany, National School of Tropical Botany, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

M.S., Conservation and Tropical Botany, National School of Tropical Botany, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

B.S., Biology Education, Veiga de Almeida University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

B.S., Marine Biology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 

Loureiro is a botanist focused on photosynthetic organisms’ ecophysiology and applied plant sciences. His line of research investigates the co-evolution of pigments and planetary stages based on planetary surface reflectance readings in collaboration with Dr. Lynn Rothschild and Dr. Ivan Paulino-Lima at NASA Ames Research Center. He also gathers data from crops worldwide to build the OMNICROP in a future collaboration with NASA Kennedy Space Center. Loureiro is associated with the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science and SETI, being part of a network of scientists who work in the fields of astrobiology and human space colonization. He was recently nominated as one of the American Geophysical Union’s Voices for Science. Prior to joining WSSU’s faculty, Loureiro was an adjunct biology Professor at Florida Polytechnic University.


Radscheda Nobles

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Politics and Social Justice

Ph.D., Sociology, Howard University

M.S., Criminal Justice, Fayetteville State University

B.S., Criminal Justice, Shaw University

Prior to joining WSSU’s faculty, Nobles was an adjunct professor at North Carolina A & T State University and Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, where she instructed online and in the classroom. She also has secondary teaching experience as an instructor with Cumberland County Schools and as a certified tutor for Sylvan Learning Center. Nobles has also been a community justice coordinator for the Center for Community Justice and Service Learning in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and a shelter supervisor at the Greenville Homeless Shelter in Greenville, North Carolina. Her current research explores the impact of criminal justice policies and practices on marginalized populations and sport professionals.


Rennae Stowe

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Sports Studies

Ed.D., Kinesiology, concentration in Sport Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

M.A. Education, Sport Management, University of Georgia

B.A., Exercise and Sport Science, emphasis in Athletic Training, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Prior to joining the faculty at WSSU, Stowe served as the coordinator of the sports medicine minor, and intern coordinator for sport management at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. She also held a teacher and athletic trainer position in a Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school for six years. Her research interests include the psychological effects of physical activity, experiential education in sport management, and perceptions of race and gender relations in sport management education. She currently serves as president of the North Carolina Sport Management Coalition of NCAAHPERD-SM.

This is one in a series of articles highlighting what's new for the 2018-19 academic year at WSSU. 

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