Published on August 10, 2016 by Philip Poole  
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Samford University has welcomed two new deans and 33 new full-time faculty members since Jan. 1, 2016. Although some began teaching earlier, most are beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. 

“These new colleagues join our more than 300 other outstanding faculty members in enhancing the academic stature of Samford University,” said Samford Provost J. Michael Hardin. “Our academic community, especially our students, benefit from the high academic credentials and professional experiences that these individuals bring to their new positions. We welcome them to Samford.” 

Keith Elder is the new dean of the School of Public Health in the College of Health Sciences. Timothy Hall is new dean of the Howard College of Arts and Sciences.

New faculty members include: 

Monique Ahinee Amamoo, associate professor of public health; Christopher Ballmann, assistant professor of kinesiology; Christopher Scott Bickel, associate professor of physical therapy; Michael Canfield, instructor of cardiopulmonary sciences; Pamela E. Carver, assistant professor of nursing; David Cecil, associate professor of social work; and Tadashia Jabril Cooper, instructor of cardiopulmonary sciences. 

Also, Crystal Monique Deas, assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Annalise DeVries, assistant professor of history; Anna-Leigh Stone Hankins, assistant professor of finance; Allison Catherine Harper, instructor of communication studies; Timothy A. Heath, assistant professor of music; Melanie Henningsen, instructor of nursing; Rebecca Anne Hyde, assistant librarian; Lacy Gunnoe, AFROTC; Thomas Kopec, professor of kinesiology; and Moira Jackson, associate professor of anatomy.

Also, Megan Lindsey-Taheri, instructor of nutrition and dietetics; Patricia Jumbo Lucioni, assistant professor of pharmacy; Anthony H. Minnema, assistant professor of history; Brandy Mobley, instructor of nursing; Christa Moore, instructor of nursing; Tondra Moore, associate professor of health administration; Kevin Kuang-Hung Pan, assistant professor of quantitative methods; and Ashley E. Parish, assistant professor of physical therapy.

Also, Josh Reeves, assistant professor of science and religion; David Robbins, assistant professor of health informatics and information management; Tracey M. Roberts, visiting professor of law; Ashley Robertson, assistant professor of healthcare administration; Richard Allen Rush, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication; Stephen T. Sanders, AFROTC; Elizabeth Ann Sheaffer, associate professor of pharmacy; and Michael Chad Thomas, professor of pharmacy practice.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.