Introducing Visiting Scholars and Faculty for 2010-2011
Dear Richland College Community,
Please join me in officially welcoming our new group of visiting scholars and faculty who have joined us this year. These faculty featured in the VPTL Commons were selected through a competitive national search process. Several of them served as adjunct faculty here at Richland College. You will agree from their bios that they are a qualified, talented group of scholars and master teachers who are already adding so much to help advance Richland College’s vision of being the best place we can be to learn, teach, and build sustainable local and world community. They join the ranks of current Richland College faculty who strive for excellence and demonstrate continuous dedication to student centered values, learning, and personal growth. We embrace our new colleagues as part of our outstanding community of faculty!
Lesley Benton has been an adjunct, teaching biology, at Richland College for the past seven years. She earned a degree in Biochemistry/Immunology at Strathclyde University in Scotland. She earned her doctorate in Immunology in the department of medicine at Cambridge University in England which focused on the immunological aspects of alcoholic liver disease. After completing her degree, Benton held a three-year post-doctoral position at Imperial College London studying immunological aspects of Halothane and NSAID induced liver disease. When her husband’s job relocated to Singapore, Benton held a lectureship on immunology at Ngee Ann Polytechnic position for three years. During this time she taught immunology, physiology and biomedical sciences. Benton has traveled extensively and enjoys learning about and visiting many different Asian countries. She joined the Richland College staff after relocating to Texas.
Lamrot Bekele joined the Dallas County Community College District in December of 2003. For the past seven years, she worked as an accountant, a senior accountant, a college finance manager and an IT auditor at the District Service Center and Mountain View College. She also taught accounting courses as an adjunct faculty. Before joining the DCCCD, she worked in accounting departments of a financial institution and the retail industry for 11 years. Her teaching experience includes both undergraduate and graduate-level accounting courses in face-to-face and online settings. Bekele earned an associate degree in accounting from the Addis Ababa Commercial College, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Addis Ababa University, and a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Information Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and also a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Paul Bonneau joins the Richland College staff as a Visiting Scholar teaching music theory, musicianship and composition. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and Doctorate of Music degrees in composition from the University of North Texas where he teaches summer courses in composition as an adjunct faculty member. He has been music director for the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra since 1996 and enjoys a career equally divided between conducting and composing. His compositions include works for film, television, dance, orchestra and all manner of acoustic ensembles and solos. They have been performed internationally and in the U.S. including at Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School. He also has taught at Tarleton State University and was orchestra founder and director for Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church from 1999-2010. He plays solo jazz piano; bass in his jazz trio named Prescription Jazz, and baroque harpsichord. Bonneau was a student at Richland College from 1981-1985. He enjoys reading, visiting with friends, practicing yoga and rock climbing.
Jacqueline Bryant completed her doctorate in English at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. For 12 years, she taught a wide range of courses and served in an administrative capacity in the English department at Chicago State University. Her research interests include the works of late 19th and early 20th-century Black Women Writers. Bryant’s works appear in “Journal of Black Studies,” “College Language Association Journal,” and “WarpLand: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas.” Other works include “The Foremother Figure in Early Black Women’s Literature,” “Gwendolyn Brooks’ Maud Martha: A Critical Collection,” Editor, and Gwendolyn Brooks and Working Writers, Editor. Most recently Bryant contributed four entries to the “Encyclopedia of Identity.” She also served as the associate editor of the language and literature section of the (Encyclopedia of Identity.)
Kelly Dreier joined the developmental reading faculty as a visiting scholar for the School of Learning Enhancement and Academic Development at Richland College in the summer of 2010. She currently teaches developmental reading courses. Dreier earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Baylor University and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of North Texas. She began teaching as an elementary instructor in both the Pasadena and Irving Independent School Districts. Before joining Richland, Dreier worked as both an adjunct and faculty member in the Developmental Reading Department at North Lake College, where she received the President’s Award for Innovation. She has also taught master’s- level courses in adult education and training online for University of Phoenix. She attempts to engage students in relevant practices that connect with their life experiences and develops the tools to succeed, both academically and personally.
Patricia Ellens joined the Richland DMAT staff in the fall of 1996 as an adjunct instructor. She completed her undergraduate degree in secondary education at Calvin College and was certified to teach math, physics and chemistry at the high school level. She earned a master’s degree from Purdue University in applied mathematics and an MBA from Wayne State University. While completing her master’s degree at Purdue, she taught calculus and trigonometry classes for the university. After graduating from Purdue, Ellens worked for Ford Motor Company doing operations research and later for Ford Motor Credit Company as a finance and treasury analyst.
Vasant Gadre, originally from India, earned a master’s degree from the University of Delhi. He comes to Richland from Illinois where he taught spanish and the methodology of teaching foreign languages at the Monmouth College for five years. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the University of Delhi. Gadre rose to be a full-time Professor at the JNU where, besides teaching, he supervised doctoral theses and dissertations. He served as chair of the Center of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Latin American Studies at the JNU for about 10 years and was also the dean of its School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies for two years. He spent several years studying in Spain on scholarships and fellowships, including the prestigious “Hispanista” a fellowship awarded by the Spanish government. His doctoral thesis, “Estructuras gramaticales de hindi y español,” was published by Spain’s Council for Scientific Research in 1996.
Gene Garrett joined the School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions at Richland College as a chemistry instructor in fall 2010 after serving as an adjunct instructor for over seven years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in chemistry. Garrett brings over 27 years of laboratory experience to the classroom. He began his college career at Richland and is honored to serve as faculty.
Kory Goldammer joined the Richland College faculty as a Visiting Scholar in nanotechnology and Semiconductor Manufacturing in the fall of 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Physics from Augustana College. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Oklahoma, where he also received a Master of Science in Engineering Physics. Following his work at the University of Oklahoma, Goldammer worked for 12 years in the semiconductor industry, filling roles in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations, and was in independent consultant to the semiconductor industry for two years. During that time, he worked with most of the largest semiconductor corporations in the world, but always had a desire to teach and have a more fulfilling career by giving back to society.
Jennifer Jones began working for Richland as a visiting scholar in the summer of 2010. She teaches psychology courses such as introduction to psychology, social psychology, and developmental psychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington in December 2004. Jones was accepted to the graduate program in experimental psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Master of Science degree in Psychology in May 2008. She will receive her doctorate in experimental psychology in December of 2010. Her research focused on religiosity, death anxiety and support systems. She just began another master’s degree in professional counseling to become a licensed professional counselor. Jones has been teaching at the university and community college level for five years and has a genuine passion for teaching and helping other individuals.
Juan Carlos Martinez
Juan Carlos Martinez joined the Richland College faculty as a Visiting Scholar in the fall of 2010. Previously he has been an adjunct instructor for Richland College and Collin College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/Finance and a Master of Applied Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Martinez began his professional career with Merrill Lynch in 1990 and worked with the Wall Street firm until 1995. In 1995, he joined FlexVest Securities Group in Dallas and was there until 2002. In 2005, he joined Crescent Securities and worked there until the December of 2008. Martinez has a passion for teaching his students about economics and explaining the financial infrastructure that we all live in, so the students can be responsible consumers. His personal hobbies include financial economics, behavior economics and most importantly spending time with his wife Sandra and our family.