Professor in the Department of English
Approaches to Select Texts in World Literature. Kendall/Hunt August 2011. Co-edited and co-authored with Geetha Ramanathan.
"Faceless: Amma Darko's Face for the Faceless." Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity 14.1 (Spring 2013): 28-39.
"The Tale and Teller: A Study of the Griot's Narrative Art in Djibril Tasmir Niane's Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali." Weavers and Bards: Narrative and Literary Style in Contemporary African Literature and Orature. Ed. J.K.S. Makokha, Remmy Barasa, and Adeyemi Daramola. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2010: 238-245.
"The Roles of Print and Non-Print Media and Promotional Associations in the Development of Ghanaian Literature." Matatu: A Journal of African Culture and Society 21-22 (2000): 341-49. Reprinted in FonTonFrom: Contemporary Ghanaian Literature, Theater, and Film. Ed. Kofi Anyidoho and James Gibbs. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000.
"Ghanaian Literature." Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century. Ed. Steve Serafin. New York: St. James Press, 1999: 239-241.
Email:Dr. Mahrukh Azam
Dr. Mahrukh Azam is a tenured Professor in the Department of Chemistry at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Teaching interests and responsibilities include biochemistry, forensic chemistry, and experimental chemistry. Her area of research is studying the four stranded G-rich quadruplex (GQ) DNA. The DNA sequences with GQ-forming potential are found throughout the genome and at the telomeric ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. Recent biological studies suggest that GQs might have important biological functions directly related to cancer, thus quadruplexes have emerged as a novel therapeutic target for the development of anticancer drugs. Design and use of novel small-molecule ligands that can bind to and stabilize, and/or facilitate the formation or interconversion of various types of GQs has become an area of high interest.
Dr. Azam has received many grants to advance her research and to improve the infrastructure of the department. She is very passionate about undergraduate student involvement in research. Many of her students have published articles in peer reviewed journals with her and make presentations at both national and international meetings. Students from her lab graduate to pursue medical and other professional schools, graduate degrees, or work in pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Azam is also the Advisor of Muslim Student Association (MSA) at WCU. The MSA is committed to provide educational opportunities to the community for a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. It also collaborates with other WCU groups and organizations on mutual interest projects throughout the year. Another goal of MSA is to serve the needs of Muslims students on campus.
Boschi, E., Davis, S., Taylor, Butterworth, A., Chirayath, A. L., Purohit, V., Siegel, L., Buenaventura, J., S., Sheriff A., Jin, R., Sheardy, R., Yatsunyk, L., Azam, M., “ Interaction of a Cationic Porphyrin TMPyP4 and its Metal Derivatives with G-quadruplex DNA” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2016, 120, 12807-12819
Pagán, O.R., Rowlands, A. L., Azam, M., Urban, K.R., Bidja, A.H., Roy, D.M., Feeney, R.B., Afshari, L.K.* "Reversal of cocaine-induced planarian behavior by parthenolide and related sesquiterpene lactones" Pharmacology Biochemistry Behavior, 2008, 89, 160-170
Azam, M., Lee, J., Abraham, V., Chanoux, R., Schoenly, K., Johnson, F.B. "Evidence that the S. cerevisiae Sgs1 protein facilitates recombinational repair of telomeres during senescence" Nucleic Acids Research, 2006, 34, 506-516
Anantha, N.V., Azam, M., Sheardy, R. "Porphyrin Binding to Quadruplexed T4G4" Biochemistry, 1998, 37, 2709-2714
Richard Chan attended West Chester University as a International Student freshman from Malaysia in 1985. He was active as a student leader when he served as President of the International Student Association in 1986 -1988. He graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. degree in Management and a minor in Accounting in 1990.
Mr Chan’s interest in Technology earned him a position as student Intern at the Academic Computing Center in 1986 assigned to faculty and staff software and hardware support. Upon graduation he joined West Chester University Academic Computing Services as a night time Manager , became the Network Manager in the Information Services systems group in 1992 and as Assistant Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Services in 2009. As an assistant director he was instrumental in the deployment of wired and wireless networking and data center infrastructure to support emerging computing technologies on campus. He provides leadership to a team of system architect, engineers and managers supporting West Chester University’s Data Centers and ResNet Central ( Student IT Help desk and call center ).
Diane D'Arcangelo, Assistant Director of the Twardowski Career Development Center has been a member of the West Chester University community since 2010. As an assistant director, Ms. D'Arcangelo serves as a liaison for the College of Business and Public Management, College of Sciences and Mathematics, and to USSSS - Exploratory Studies and Academic Development and to the Center for International Programs. In this role she coordinates the Career Ambassador Peer program while also coaching and counseling students and alumni on self-awareness, career and academic planning, and decision making. Ms. D'Arcangelo delivers programs to help students develop and strengthen job search, resume writing, interviewing, career readiness, and networking skills and strategies. Ms. D'Arcangelo is a certified practitioner of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). She earned her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University, a Master of Counseling and Student Personnel from Shippensburg University.
Angela Howard is the Senior Associate Director of International Programs at West Chester University. Angela serves as the Principal Designated School Official and Responsible Officer to issue documents for international students, scholars, and researchers. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration and has worked in a variety of higher education divisions including Admissions, Social Equity and Alumni Relations.
Angela was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Japan to study the higher education system, structure, grading system and academic program offerings of Japan. She also spent time with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology exchanging ideas on how best to transition Japanese students into U.S. Higher Education. She teaches International Higher Education, a graduate course designed to provide opportunities for students to explore international education, including study abroad, through a cross-cultural immersion experience.
Angela is a member of several professional organizations including the American College Counseling Association, the National Association for Foreign Student Advisors, Fulbright Alumni Association and the National Education Association. Ms. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Angela has traveled to Spain, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, and England as well as extensive travel within the United States. Angela is an avid sports fan, and in her free time collects celebrity autographs and sports memorabilia.
Rachel Komlos joined West Chester University in January 2017 and serves as the Assistant Registrar for Transfer Services in the Office of the Registrar. Ms. Komlos oversees the review process of transfer credits for all students transferring nationally and internationally to the institution. She has worked in higher education for more than 13 years and her work has focused on advising, retention, and student transitions and success. Previously, Ms. Komlos was the Director of Academic Advisement for a liberal arts institution where she counseled students on the benefits of study abroad experiences for personal and professional development. In her present role, Ms. Komlos works closely with the Center for International Programs to ensure that students receive credit for all coursework completed abroad to aid in their degree completion. Ms. Komlos is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and is a National Tutoring Association Certified Academic Coach. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz and a Master of Public Administration from Montana State University - Bozeman.
Email:Dr. In Young Lee
In Young Lee has garnered widespread acclaim in Korea and the United States as a dynamic singer of Opera and Art song. As an Opera performer, Dr. Lee was a member of the Korean National Opera for two years, and has sung in the United States with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Chestnut Hill Operalogue, Baisley Powell Elebash Opera Company, and Temple Opera Theatre. Dr. Lee achieved world recognition as a Finalist in the Fifth Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition held in Philadelphia. Ranging from standard belcanto operas to twentieth-century operas, she performed as Violetta in La traviata, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Thérèse in Les mamelles de Tir ésias, and Mimi in La Bohéme.
After coming to study voice on a full scholarship to Temple University in Philadelphia, she has also been a laureate in several other international vocal competitions, including the Lola Wilson Hayes International Vocal Artists Competition in New York, NY, and The Friday Morning Club International Music Competition held in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Lee was invited to perform in the Grand Opening Concert of the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall in Philadelphia in 2002. In 1997, Ms. Lee was sponsored by the Philadelphia Orchestra to sing the soprano solo for Brahms' German Requiem. In the same year, she was invited to sing in Schubert's Mass in G with the Mendelssohn Club and Philadelphia Singing City, with conductor Joseph Flummerfelt. In concert, Dr. Lee has performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Yale University Orchestra, Lower Merion Symphony and Temple Orchestra. In Seoul, Korea, Dr. Lee was the featured soloist in performances of Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Rossini's Stabat Mater.
In summer, 2006, Dr. Lee taught and performed in Guiyang, China, through the cultural exchange program sponsored by West Chester and Guizhou Universities, and gave a series of master classes to gifted students from each of the three major performing arts schools in Seoul. For the summer of 2007, Dr. Lee was invited to teach and perform at the Xi'an Conservatory of Music in Xi'an, China.
Dr. Lee received her Doctoral degree in vocal performance, and her Master of Music and Professional Studies degrees in Opera from Temple University. She also has her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal performance from prestigious Seoul National University. Her dissertation, "The English Diction Guide for Korean Singers," which is already being used by many Korean teachers and singers in the United States, will be translated into Korean, and published and distributed in Korea in Fall of 2007.
Email:Rui Li, Ph.D.
Rui holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an accomplished scholar in the field of distance education and instructional technology. She has published regularly in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at multiple national and international conferences. She has also taught a number of face-to-face and online courses, both nationally and internationally.
Email:Dr. Peter Loedel (Co-Chair)
Dr. Peter Loedel is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and since 2014, Director of the Center for International Programs at West Chester University. Dr. Loedel graduated Summa Cum Laude with his BA in International Relations and BA in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1988, where he also completed his PhD in Political Science in 1994. He has published three books: The Promise and Reality of European Security Cooperation, co-edited with Mary McKenzie, 1998, Praeger Publishers; Deutsche Mark Politics: Germany in the European Monetary System, 1999. Lynne Rienner Publishers; The European Central Bank: The New European Leviathan?, 2nd edition, co-authored with David Howarth, Palgrave, 2005. Dr. Loedel has published numerous articles in leading journals and book chapters on the subject of European monetary politics as well as teaching/pedagogy in the field of international relations (using simulations) and the European Union. From 2000-2013, Dr. Loedel acted as Chair of the Department of Political Science and has been active on campus via a number of service and committee projects including various iterations of the University’s strategic planning processes, leadership programs, and the University’s Tenure and Promotion committee. He is also active and supportive of the Honors Council and the Honors Service Project to South Africa and recently led a study abroad program to Europe.
Email:Hiram G. Martinez
Hiram G. Martinez, Assistant Director of Social Equity/Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, was hired by West Chester University in January 2016.
In this role, Mr. Martinez provides leadership for the coordination and promotion of WCU’s diversity goals and collaborates with campus constituents on creating an inclusive and welcoming campus environment. His areas of service includes active engagement with a variety of diversity-related campus constituencies and stakeholders including the Planning Committee for the State System Summit on Inclusive Excellence and International Education; University Forum; Council on Diversity, Inclusion, & Academic Excellence; Global Leadership Team; Global Rams Initiative; Planning Committee for the MLK Brunch; Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) board member and FDI Bicentennial Conference Planning Committee member, liaison to the Multicultural Faculty Commission, and presently he serves as board president for the Global Awareness Society International (GASI), Inc. He has served on the GASI board as its previous vice president and secretary and will serve as the GASI president through May 2018.
Previously, Mr. Martinez worked as an equity and diversity officer at Millersville University for nearly 15 years. There he worked strategically with the Cabinet and members of the campus community through a variety of outlets to infuse principles of diversity into all aspects of campus life and to promote a positive learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
Mr. Martinez earned his Bachelor of Political Science from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Public Administration from Penn State University. He also holds a certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management from Penn State University. A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Martinez has lived in Lancaster, PA since 1989. He is married to Deborah C. Martinez and they have two children, Lleana and Jovani.
Writer/Researcher to the PresidentMMcDonough@wcupa.edu
Margo McDonough is responsible for communications strategy and delivery for the Office of the President. She assists the President in researching and preparing oral remarks. She creates online and print communications for internal and external audiences to support the University's strategic plan and accurately reflect the University's mission, values and policies.
Leah Paulson, Resident Director of Schmidt Hall (Residence Life & Housing Services) has been at West Chester University since 2016. As the Resident Director of Schmidt Hall, Ms. Paulson's primary duties consist of supervising a staff of twenty-three paraprofessionals and advising the 400 students who live in the residence hall. Schmidt Hall houses members of West Chester University's ELS program, an intensive English language program in which many international students partake prior to their admittance to the University as well as students who require semester break and year-long housing for various reasons. Ms. Paulson has a passion for making students feel welcome and at home in Schmidt Hall by accommodating any needs they require in their home away from home. Ms. Paulson aspires to aid in the creation of an inclusive and welcoming community in the residence halls and on campus as part of the Global Leadership Team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Spanish and her Master of Education in Globalization and Educational Change from Lehigh University.
Email:Dr. Gopal Sankaran
Dr. Gopal Sankaran is a tenured, professor of public health at West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania. He joined WCU in spring 1989.
Dr. Sankaran’s education, training and experience span medicine, public health, and health promotion. He has consulted with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the National Smallpox Eradication Programme in India and the Global Programme on AIDS in Switzerland. He has worked with PLAN International and Childreach on international HIV/AIDS prevention and control, child survival, and reproductive health projects in program design, implementation, and evaluation. He has trained family practice residents from Pennsylvania and Delaware in Epidemiology and Community Oriented Primary Care. He serves as a guest faculty in epidemiology for graduate physician assistant students and previously for medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Dr. Sankaran is an invited Adjunct Member of the Center for Evidence- Based Practice at PCOM.
Dr. Sankaran has received grants to research knowledge, attitudes, and practices of high school students, college students, and university faculty about HIV/AIDS. He has published several articles in professional, peer-reviewed journals, and made over 100 presentations at international, national, state, and local professional conferences on a variety of medical, public health, health promotion and higher education issues. He co-edited a book, HIV/AIDS in Sport: Impact, Issues, and Challenges and co-authored a book, Sexual Harassment in Sport. He has contributed chapters to the book, Women’s Global Health and Human Rights.
Dr. Sankaran is an invited reviewer/associate editor for American Journal of Health Behavior, Health Behavior and Policy Review, Health Promotion Practice, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, and International Journal of Intercultural Information Management. In the past, he served on the Editorial Board of BioMed Central Public Health and reviewer for International Journal of Health Education. Currently, Dr. Sankaran has been elected to the Editorial Board of American Journal of Public Health for a two-year term.
Dr. Sankaran has served as an external reviewer of portfolios of faculty members going up for tenure/promotion at Yale University, Drexel University, Miami University at Oxford, and University of Massachusetts at Boston. He has also served as an external reviewer for doctoral thesis research conducted in the USA and India.
Email:Dr. Vishal Shah (Co-Chair)
Dr. Vishal Shah is the Associate Dean of the College of the Sciences and Mathematics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Dr. Shah was affiliated with Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, where he was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology. Dr. Shah has served as an evaluator for Middle States, reviewer for National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and numerous international funding agencies. Currently he serving as an Academic Editor for the journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Dr. Shah received his doctorate in microbiology from Sardar Patel University in 2001. He was a UNESCO-ROSTE fellow at the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, and worked as a post-doctoral research at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Research in Dr. Shah’s lab involves developing microorganisms based technologies that directly influence current human needs, while reducing our impact on the environment. His laboratory is working on developing mathematical models to understand the impact of metal nanoparticles on soil microbial community. Other projects in the lab includes understanding and mitigating the impact of nuclear radiation fire on soil microbial community.
Email:Dr. Claire E. Verden
Dr. Verden was born and raised in England and left the country to attend West Chester University as a freshman in 1983. She graduated from West Chester with a B.S. degree and then attended Temple University where she graduated with a Master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Dr. Verden worked in a variety of capacities for a non-profit agency in Philadelphia providing supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors for twelve years. Dr. Verden then returned to the classroom as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia where she taught children in grades 3-8 with emotional and behavioral disorders. While teaching Dr. Verden pursued a doctorate degree in special education from Arcadia University and conducted research around using literature as a tool to promote social problem solving skills in urban youth. Dr. Verden has also worked as a behavior management specialist for a local intermediate unit providing behavioral supports to teachers and students with a wide range of disabilities as well as those in general education classrooms. Her research interests include strategies to support the learning of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, preparing teachers to work in urban classrooms and building positive classroom communities. Away from the University, Dr. Verden is kept busy with two young daughters who are involved in a myriad of school and community activities. She also attempts to maintain her love of English football (soccer). Dr. Verden serves as the faculty advisor for the WCU chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Email:Dr. Linda (Xiaowei) Zhu
Dr. Linda (Xiaowei) Zhu is a Professor in the Department of Management at West Chester University and earned her M.A. degrees at the University of Iowa and Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Zhu is one of the lead faculties for study abroad China program. She has served on the Editorial Board for International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. Her teaching interests are in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, and Management Information System. Dr. Zhu' s areas of research include supply chain management, outsourcing management, mixed channel, forecasting, information sharing, and quality management. She has published articles in journals such as Journal of Business Research, Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Annals of Operations Research, International Transactions in Operational Research, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management.