USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Research Expertise Database

USF Sarasota-Manatee campus is an institution where the faculty and students actively engage in research—research that enhances our students’ ability to think critically, serves as an economic engine for the community, and contributes to solving some of our most challenging local and global problems. Faculty members at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus conduct research on a variety of topics that connect the university with local arts communities, business leaders, civic groups, schools, and other organizations.

Explore our expertise database to learn more about the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus faculty. The profiles feature faculty CVs and research key words that will help you find an expert to collaborate on research projects or to provide analysis and commentary on social trends and developments.

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Dr. Murat Haner
941-359-4386
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Dr. Melissa Sloan
941-359-4286
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Jessica Szempruch

Szempruch Jessica Szempruch

Instructor Librarian USF Libraries

Research Keywords

  • student success
  • Critical Thinking
  • Engagement
  • Information Literacy
  • Library Instruction
  • Retention
Dr. Trishna G. Mistry

Mistry Dr. Trishna G. Mistry

Assistant Professor School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Dr. Vanessa Marasco

Marasco Dr. Vanessa Marasco

Coordinator of Clinical Education/Instructor College of Arts and Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Critical Literacy
  • Supervision
  • Teacher Education
Dr. Matthew Karlesky

Karlesky Dr. Matthew Karlesky

Instructor Muma College of Business
Dr. Eddie Sanchez

Sanchez Dr. Eddie Sanchez

Instructor Muma College of Business
Dr. Steven Miller

Miller Dr. Steven Miller

Associate Professor Muma College of Business
Dr. Terry Osborn

Osborn Dr. Terry Osborn

Professor College of Arts and Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Applied linguistics
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Interdisciplinary Education
  • World Language Education
Dr. Madeline Domino

Domino Dr. Madeline Domino

Associate Professor College of Business
Dr. Jane Rose

Rose Dr. Jane Rose

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Cassandra Yacovazzi

Yacovazzi Dr. Cassandra Yacovazzi

Assistant Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • 19th and 20th Century US
  • American Religious History
  • History of Beauty
  • US Women’s History
Dr. Paul A. Kirchman

Kirchman Dr. Paul A. Kirchman

Dean of College of Science & Mathematics College of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Patrick J. Moreo

Moreo Dr. Patrick J. Moreo

Dean of College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership College of Hospitality and Tourism
Dr. Jane Govani

Govani Dr. Jane Govani

ESOL Coordinator/Spanish Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. James Curran

Curran Dr. James Curran

Professor College of Business
Donald Wood

Wood Donald Wood

Instructor College of Hospitality and Tourism
Dr. Richard Warner

Warner Dr. Richard Warner

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Phil Wagner

Wagner Dr. Phil Wagner

Instructor/ Regional Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Body Image
  • Fitness
  • Gender Identity
  • Masculinity

Research Goals

  • To understand how individuals form, maintain, and communicate identity
  • To understand the intersectional roles of gender and fitness on public and private identities
  • To understand the role of identity and identity work with the context of health and healthcare
  • To understand how men experience and express fitness and fitness identity
  • To utilize digital, new, and creative methodologies in studies on identity and identity work
  • To understand how individuals form, maintain, and communicate identity
  • To understand the intersectional roles of gender and fitness on public and private identities
  • To understand the role of identity and identity work with the context of health and healthcare
  • To understand how men experience and express fitness and fitness identity
  • To utilize digital, new, and creative methodologies in studies on identity and identity work
Dr. Carol Vance

Vance Dr. Carol Vance

Instructor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Business Ethics
  • Free Markets
  • Individual Responsibility
  • Tax Compliance

Research Goals

Assist taxpaying consumers to  increase and retain their own earned wealth and utilize to best purpose they self determine

Assist taxpaying consumers to  increase and retain their own earned wealth and utilize to best purpose they self determine

Dr. James Unnever

Unnever Dr. James Unnever

Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Crime
  • Discrimination
  • Racism

Research Goals

To understand how race and racism impact crime the criminal justice system and legal formations.

To understand how race and racism impact crime the criminal justice system and legal formations.

Dr. Bhuvanesh Unhelkar

Unhelkar Dr. Bhuvanesh Unhelkar

Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Big Data Strategies for Agile Business (BDFAB)
  • Composite Agile Method and Strategy (CAMS)
  • Environmental Intelligence/Green ICT (ERBS)
  • Object-Oriented Software Engineering (UML)
  • Psycho-Social Aspect of IT Project Management

Research Goals

  • To validate a customizable framework for Big Data adoption in business organizations
  • To identify the key elements in optimizing supply chains resulting in sustainable business processes
  • To understand the impact of Agility as a psycho-social trait in software projects and organizations
  • To understand the context and the granularity of Big Data analytics in order to embed the analytics at the right level in business processes
  • To validate a customizable framework for Big Data adoption in business organizations
  • To identify the key elements in optimizing supply chains resulting in sustainable business processes
  • To understand the impact of Agility as a psycho-social trait in software projects and organizations
  • To understand the context and the granularity of Big Data analytics in order to embed the analytics at the right level in business processes
Dr. Timothy Turner

Turner Dr. Timothy Turner

Associate Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Early Modern English Drama
  • English Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • The English Renaissance
  • Torture

Research Goals

To be a prolific and well-known scholar in the field of early modern literary studies, where “prolific” and “well-known” are relative to the level of research support provided by my home institution.

To be a prolific and well-known scholar in the field of early modern literary studies, where “prolific” and “well-known” are relative to the level of research support provided by my home institution.

Dr. Ildiko Toth

Toth Dr. Ildiko Toth

Instructor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Business Ethics
  • Individual and Corporate Taxation Issues
Dr. Aparna Telang

Telang Dr. Aparna Telang

Assistant Professor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Mosquito Microbiome
  • Nutrition and Adult Immune Status
  • Nutrition and Life History Physiology
  • Nutritional and Hormonal Regulation of Physiological Processes

Research Goals

To better understand the role of the insect immune system in response to infection from pathogens and parasites as well as its role in regulating its own microbiome

To better understand the role of the insect immune system in response to infection from pathogens and parasites as well as its role in regulating its own microbiome

Dr. Sandra Stone

Stone Dr. Sandra Stone

Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Family Violence
  • Gangs
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Public Policy
  • Women in the Criminal Justice System

Research Goals

  • To identify resiliency factors for children and adults — why do some people adapt and thrive during and after hardship while others do not?
  • To identify ways communities can mobilize to address persistent social problems such as family violence, crime, drug abuse, etc.
  • To identify ways to better help students achieve academic and personal goals
  • To identify resiliency factors for children and adults — why do some people adapt and thrive during and after hardship while others do not?
  • To identify ways communities can mobilize to address persistent social problems such as family violence, crime, drug abuse, etc.
  • To identify ways to better help students achieve academic and personal goals
John Stewart

Stewart John Stewart

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Advanced Technical Publishing Software
  • Applied Rhetoric
  • New Media
  • Technical, Scientific, and Business Communication
  • Visual Rhetoric
Dr. Michael Snipes

Snipes Dr. Michael Snipes

Instructor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Environment
  • Labor Markets
  • Tourism and Economy

Research Goals

Understand the effects that tourism has on an economy

Understand the effects that tourism has on an economy

Dr. Melissa Sloan

Sloan Dr. Melissa Sloan

Associate Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Race And Gender Inequalities
  • Worker Well-Being
  • Workplace Emotional Expression And Experience
  • Workplace Status Characteristics

Research Goals

  • To understand the ways in which social inequalities affect the well-being of individuals, particularly in the workplace;
  • To understand the relationships between worker identity and self-concept and workplace emotional experiences;
  • To identify moderators of the effects of negative workplace experiences on worker well-being
  • To understand the ways in which social inequalities affect the well-being of individuals, particularly in the workplace;
  • To understand the relationships between worker identity and self-concept and workplace emotional experiences;
  • To identify moderators of the effects of negative workplace experiences on worker well-being
Dr. Ehsan Sheybani

Sheybani Dr. Ehsan Sheybani

Associate Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Big Data Analysis
  • Cybersecurity
  • Wireless Communications

Research Goals

Applications of communication, signal processing, and data analysis in cybersecurity, big data, networking, and other physical sciences.

Applications of communication, signal processing, and data analysis in cybersecurity, big data, networking, and other physical sciences.

Dr. Su Senapati

Senapati Dr. Su Senapati

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Ethnic Literature
  • Literature of Climate Change
  • World Literature
Dr. Carlos Santamaria

Santamaria Dr. Carlos Santamaria

Assistant Professor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Cryptic Species
  • Isopods
  • Liigidae
  • Phylogeography

Research Goals

To further our understanding of the true biodiversity levels of poorly studied coastal organisms as well as the processes responsible for said biodiversity in evolutionary hot spots.

To further our understanding of the true biodiversity levels of poorly studied coastal organisms as well as the processes responsible for said biodiversity in evolutionary hot spots.

Dr. Christine Ruva

Ruva Dr. Christine Ruva

Professor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Cognitive Science
  • Decision Science
  • Jury Decision Making
  • Memory
  • Pretrial Publicity

Research Goals

  • To understand the cognitive and social mechanisms that influence the jury deliberation process and ultimately jury decisions.
  • To uncover and explain the mechanisms responsible for pretrial publicity’s influence on jurors’ decisions, with the goal of informing the legal system on effective ways to remedy or reduce bias associated with exposure to pretrial publicity.
  • To understand how pretrial publicity influences jury deliberations and whether jurors can be counted on to correct for bias and memory errors during deliberations or instead transfer bias and induce memory errors in other jurors.
  • To understand how individual differences of defendants and jurors may influence juror decision making and the jury deliberation process.
  • To understand the cognitive and social mechanisms that influence the jury deliberation process and ultimately jury decisions.
  • To uncover and explain the mechanisms responsible for pretrial publicity’s influence on jurors’ decisions, with the goal of informing the legal system on effective ways to remedy or reduce bias associated with exposure to pretrial publicity.
  • To understand how pretrial publicity influences jury deliberations and whether jurors can be counted on to correct for bias and memory errors during deliberations or instead transfer bias and induce memory errors in other jurors.
  • To understand how individual differences of defendants and jurors may influence juror decision making and the jury deliberation process.
Dr. Stephen Rushton

Rushton Dr. Stephen Rushton

Associate Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Neuroscience and Early Education
Dr. Helene Robinson

Robinson Dr. Helene Robinson

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Arts Integration Efforts in Higher Education
  • Disadvantaged Student Population

Research Goals

  • To develop conceptual frameworks that will inform research methods to better understand the impact of arts integrated learning contexts on diverse learners.
  • To develop evidence based implementation methods for arts integration with diverse learners.
  • To understand how the creative process and vulnerability transforms pre-service teachers’ dispositions, feelings, and values.
  • To develop evidence based methods for training professionals and parents in positive behavior intervention supports to increase the successful inclusion of children and youth with exceptionalities in general education classrooms and in community settings
  • To understand how developing a posture of cultural reciprocity in pre-service and in-service teachers impacts the success of their students with exceptionalities
  • To develop conceptual frameworks that will inform research methods to better understand the impact of arts integrated learning contexts on diverse learners.
  • To develop evidence based implementation methods for arts integration with diverse learners.
  • To understand how the creative process and vulnerability transforms pre-service teachers’ dispositions, feelings, and values.
  • To develop evidence based methods for training professionals and parents in positive behavior intervention supports to increase the successful inclusion of children and youth with exceptionalities in general education classrooms and in community settings
  • To understand how developing a posture of cultural reciprocity in pre-service and in-service teachers impacts the success of their students with exceptionalities
Thorold (Tod) Roberts

Roberts Thorold (Tod) Roberts

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Jane Roberts

Roberts Dr. Jane Roberts

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Ageism
  • Caregiving Stress
  • Dementia
  • Hoarding Behaviors and Treatment

Research Goals

  • To assess the primary stressors associated with informal/home caregiving for dementia patients
  • To identify ageist or biased attitudes in human services/social work personnel
  • To provide evidence-based clinical treatment knowledge and skills to practitioners working with individuals who engage in hoarding and compulsive acquiring behaviors
  • To assess the primary stressors associated with informal/home caregiving for dementia patients
  • To identify ageist or biased attitudes in human services/social work personnel
  • To provide evidence-based clinical treatment knowledge and skills to practitioners working with individuals who engage in hoarding and compulsive acquiring behaviors
Dr. Brianne L. Reck

Reck Dr. Brianne L. Reck

Associate Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Educational Policy
  • Teacher Interaction
  • The Creation of Effective Learning Environments
Dr. Donna Polelle

Polelle Dr. Donna Polelle

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • aphasia
  • Assistive Technology for Acquired Reading and Writing Disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

Research Goals

To facilitate life participation and communication facilitation in persons with aphasia following stroke

To facilitate life participation and communication facilitation in persons with aphasia following stroke

Dr. Zacharias Pieri

Pieri Dr. Zacharias Pieri

Assistant Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • International Security
  • Extremism & Radicalization
  • Political Islam
  • Social Movements
  • Terrorism

Research Goals

  • To understand why extremist & terrorist movements emerge and how they evolve
  • To analyze factors that drive engagement in both violent and non-violent extremism
  • To understand how religion intersects with conflict in different parts of the world.
  • To understand why extremist & terrorist movements emerge and how they evolve
  • To analyze factors that drive engagement in both violent and non-violent extremism
  • To understand how religion intersects with conflict in different parts of the world.
Dr. Jonathan S. Perry

Perry Dr. Jonathan S. Perry

Associate Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • 20th-Century Fascism and Nazism
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Roman Empire
  • Classical Tradition in the 20Th Century
  • Film and History

Research Goals

  • To illuminate the history of the modern, and particularly the 20th-century, world by explaining its preoccupation with—and very often its misunderstanding and misappropriation of—Greco-Roman antiquity.
  • To explore the economic roles of females and enslaved persons in ancient Roman society.
  • To explain ancient concepts of athleticism and their application to modern-day sport.
  • To illuminate the history of the modern, and particularly the 20th-century, world by explaining its preoccupation with—and very often its misunderstanding and misappropriation of—Greco-Roman antiquity.
  • To explore the economic roles of females and enslaved persons in ancient Roman society.
  • To explain ancient concepts of athleticism and their application to modern-day sport.
Dr. Lisa Penney

Penney Dr. Lisa Penney

Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Counterproductive Work Behavior
  • Employee Engagement
  • Job Stress
  • Workplace Deviance and Aggression

Research Goals

To understand the organizational and individual factors that drive employee stress, engagement, and well-being

To understand the organizational and individual factors that drive employee stress, engagement, and well-being

Dr. Kip Ortiz

Ortiz Dr. Kip Ortiz

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Fawn Ngo

Ngo Dr. Fawn Ngo

Associate Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Criminological Theory
  • Evaluative Research
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Predictive Analytic Applications in Criminal Justice

Research Goals

  • To assess theories of crime and delinquency, to examine stalking victimization and perpetration,
  • To explore the predictive accuracy of existing risk instruments, and to advocate for evidence-based practice in the field of criminal justice.
  • To assess theories of crime and delinquency, to examine stalking victimization and perpetration,
  • To explore the predictive accuracy of existing risk instruments, and to advocate for evidence-based practice in the field of criminal justice.
Dr. Jay Michaels

Michaels Dr. Jay Michaels

Assistant Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Conflict
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Group Behavior
  • Personality
  • Psychology of Religion

Research Goals

 

  • Identify how psychological processes interact with people’s religious and spiritual beliefs to promote health benefits versus harmful consequences (e.g. prejudice, extremism)
  • Understand how different religious faiths and how religious / spiritual beliefs in different cultures relate to differences in how people think
  • Apply dynamic systems theories to develop models useful for understanding complex social issues such as destructive conflicts
  • Develop data analysis techniques to quantify dynamic properties

 

 

  • Identify how psychological processes interact with people’s religious and spiritual beliefs to promote health benefits versus harmful consequences (e.g. prejudice, extremism)
  • Understand how different religious faiths and how religious / spiritual beliefs in different cultures relate to differences in how people think
  • Apply dynamic systems theories to develop models useful for understanding complex social issues such as destructive conflicts
  • Develop data analysis techniques to quantify dynamic properties

 

Dr. Jody L. McBrien

McBrien Dr. Jody L. McBrien

Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • diversity
  • Comparative and International Education and Policy
  • Migrants
  • Refugees
  • Women and Girls

Research Goals

  • To discover elements that contribute to resilience and positive development for child refugees and family survivors of war.
  • To provide information and teaching strategies for teachers of resettled refugees.
  • To compare international policies and practices intended to support resettled refugee families, thereby engaging the international community to consider alternative positive strategies.
  • To examine challenges and promising practices that are specific to women and girl survivors of war.
  • To discover elements that contribute to resilience and positive development for child refugees and family survivors of war.
  • To provide information and teaching strategies for teachers of resettled refugees.
  • To compare international policies and practices intended to support resettled refugee families, thereby engaging the international community to consider alternative positive strategies.
  • To examine challenges and promising practices that are specific to women and girl survivors of war.
Dr. Nicholas Mastracchio

Mastracchio Dr. Nicholas Mastracchio

Associate Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Accounting Education
  • Practice Management
  • Valuations

Research Goals

  • To examine the methodology practitioners use in valuing private companies and to research and develop empirical evidence that supports or does not support their application.
  • To provide guidance to practitioners in the comparison and application of new standards
  • To track professional standards in the field of accounting and critique new frameworks and research their acceptance
  • To examine the methodology practitioners use in valuing private companies and to research and develop empirical evidence that supports or does not support their application.
  • To provide guidance to practitioners in the comparison and application of new standards
  • To track professional standards in the field of accounting and critique new frameworks and research their acceptance
Dr. Jenni Menon Mariano

Mariano Dr. Jenni Menon Mariano

Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Moral Development
  • Multinational Research
  • Purpose in Life
  • Youth Development

Research Goals

To identify principles and processes and develop applications around youth purpose education and positive youth development.

To identify principles and processes and develop applications around youth purpose education and positive youth development.

Dr. Jenna Luque

Luque Dr. Jenna Luque

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Accent Modification
  • Clear Speech
  • Cross-language Speech Perception
Dr. Sunita Lodwig

Lodwig Dr. Sunita Lodwig

Instructor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • security
  • Big Data
  • Cloud
  • Date Science

Research Goals

To explore and bring Big Data technology to students and businesses

To explore and bring Big Data technology to students and businesses

Dr. Valerie Lipscomb

Lipscomb Dr. Valerie Lipscomb

Associate Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Performance
  • Age and Aging in Contemporary Plays
  • Age Studies
  • Drama
  • Literature

Research Goals

  • To understand the representation of age and aging in literature
  • To understand how drama both reflects and constructs cultural norms about age and aging
  • To understand how theatre can be a tool in fighting ageism
  • To understand the representation of age and aging in literature
  • To understand how drama both reflects and constructs cultural norms about age and aging
  • To understand how theatre can be a tool in fighting ageism
Dr. Ann Lawrence

Lawrence Dr. Ann Lawrence

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Argumentation
  • Disciplinary Writing
  • Literacy Narratives
  • Research Literacies
  • Teacher-Educator Professional Development
Dr. Garret  LaForge

LaForge Dr. Garret LaForge

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • CAT(0) CUBE Complexes
  • Geometric Group Theory
  • Group Actions on Trees

Research Goals

To study geometric actions of infinite groups on spaces which share their geometry, particularly reflection groups and groups partially generated by involutions

To study geometric actions of infinite groups on spaces which share their geometry, particularly reflection groups and groups partially generated by involutions

Dr. Lora Kosten

Kosten Dr. Lora Kosten

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Arts Integration to Enhance Learning
  • Brain Based Learning
  • Effective Leadership
  • Impact of Service Learning

Research Goals

  • To promote awareness and the use effective  brain-based strategies to improve learning.
  • To develop effective arts integration activities that increase children’s  knowledge and understanding of concepts.
  • To assist students in identifying their personal leadership style.
  • To provide opportunities for service-learning projects and allow students to reflect on the impact of their service.
  • To promote awareness and the use effective  brain-based strategies to improve learning.
  • To develop effective arts integration activities that increase children’s  knowledge and understanding of concepts.
  • To assist students in identifying their personal leadership style.
  • To provide opportunities for service-learning projects and allow students to reflect on the impact of their service.
Dr. Ranjith Korala Gamage

Korala Gamage Dr. Ranjith Korala Gamage

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Jean Kabongo

Kabongo Dr. Jean Kabongo

Associate Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Local Entrepreneurship Behavior
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Issues in Management
  • Sustainable Strategic Management

Research Goals

  • To understand the entrepreneurial processes in developing economies and the interactions with environmental factors.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education in developing economies.
  • To understand the components of business models that bring logical and internal consistent approach to business ventures in developing economies
  • To understand reconciliation of environmental and economic performance to improve corporate sustainability
  • To understand the entrepreneurial processes in developing economies and the interactions with environmental factors.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education in developing economies.
  • To understand the components of business models that bring logical and internal consistent approach to business ventures in developing economies
  • To understand reconciliation of environmental and economic performance to improve corporate sustainability
Roberto Jimenez-Arroyo

Jimenez-Arroyo Roberto Jimenez-Arroyo

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Carlos Jimenez-Angueira

Jimenez-Angueira Dr. Carlos Jimenez-Angueira

Assistant Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Executive Compensation
  • Financial Reporting

Research Goals

  • To understand the effect of corporate income taxes on firms financial reporting behavior.
  • To understand the sensitivity of executive compensation to firm performance.
  • To understand how does executive compensation incentives affect financial reports and firm stock performance.
  • To understand how financial intermediaries process firms’ financial reports.
  • To explore the effects of organizational characteristics such as corporate governance and resiliency on firm performance.
  • To understand the effect of corporate income taxes on firms financial reporting behavior.
  • To understand the sensitivity of executive compensation to firm performance.
  • To understand how does executive compensation incentives affect financial reports and firm stock performance.
  • To understand how financial intermediaries process firms’ financial reports.
  • To explore the effects of organizational characteristics such as corporate governance and resiliency on firm performance.
Dr. Giti Javidi

Javidi Dr. Giti Javidi

Associate Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • diversity
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Visualization
  • Educational Data Mining (EDM)
  • Gender Bias
  • HCISec
  • HCIVis
  • Social Cybersecurity

Research Goals

  • To understand the interaction of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Social Cybersecurity
  • Use evidence-based methods to explore data originating in educational context to address questions pertaining to student success
  • To investigate factors leading to gender gap and racial gap in IT
  • To translate big data sets into interactive meaningful visualizations that meet the specific user needs.
  • To understand the interaction of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Social Cybersecurity
  • Use evidence-based methods to explore data originating in educational context to address questions pertaining to student success
  • To investigate factors leading to gender gap and racial gap in IT
  • To translate big data sets into interactive meaningful visualizations that meet the specific user needs.
Dr. Sarah Hegyi  Szynkiewicz

Szynkiewicz Dr. Sarah Hegyi Szynkiewicz

Assistant Professor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Deglutition Disorgers
  • Dysphagia
  • Exercise
  • Rehabilitation
  • Tongue

Research Goals

  • To understand the response of bulbar musculature to active and mental exercise.
  • To develop evidence-based and innovative swallowing rehabilitative exercise strategies to enhance traditional therapeutic approaches.
  • To understand the response of varied etiologies and patient populations with dysphagia to swallowing rehabilitative exercise strategies.
  • To understand the response of bulbar musculature to active and mental exercise.
  • To develop evidence-based and innovative swallowing rehabilitative exercise strategies to enhance traditional therapeutic approaches.
  • To understand the response of varied etiologies and patient populations with dysphagia to swallowing rehabilitative exercise strategies.
Dr. Feng Hao

Hao Dr. Feng Hao

Assistant Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Research Method
  • Social Science

Research Goals

  • To understand the social-environmental impact of climate change.
  • To understand public opinion about different environmental issues.
  • To understand the social-environmental impact of climate change.
  • To understand public opinion about different environmental issues.
Dr. Murat Haner

Haner Dr. Murat Haner

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Disengagement
  • International Security
  • Radicalization
  • The Middle East and North Africa Politics

Research Goals

  • To understand why do people adopt radical beliefs, and why do some people choose to engage in violence to further those beliefs while others do not.
  • To understand the common threads that exist among cases of domestic radicalization and terrorism in the context of Middle East and Western world.
  • To develop evidence based methods in responding to radicalization, and preventing terrorism.
  • To understand why do people adopt radical beliefs, and why do some people choose to engage in violence to further those beliefs while others do not.
  • To understand the common threads that exist among cases of domestic radicalization and terrorism in the context of Middle East and Western world.
  • To develop evidence based methods in responding to radicalization, and preventing terrorism.
Dr. Jessica Grosholz

Grosholz Dr. Jessica Grosholz

Assistant Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Community-Based Program Evaluation
  • Health Strain
  • Inmate Misconduct
  • Prisoner Reentry
  • Recidivism

Research Goals

  • To assess the relationship between health/illness and crime
  • To identify the factors that influence inmate misconduct
  • To explore the effect of correctional programming on behavior
  • To evaluate the efficacy of community-based interventions/programs
  • To assess the relationship between health/illness and crime
  • To identify the factors that influence inmate misconduct
  • To explore the effect of correctional programming on behavior
  • To evaluate the efficacy of community-based interventions/programs
Dr. Ramakrishna Govindu

Govindu Dr. Ramakrishna Govindu

Instructor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Business Analytics
  • Multi Agent Systems
  • Optimization and Simulation
  • Statistical and Quantitative Methods
  • Supply Chain Modeling

Research Goals

  • Develop algorithmic solutions to solve hard business problems like scheduling, knapsack, cutting stock, traveling salesman, … etc
  • Develop and apply advanced modeling, optimization, and simulation approaches for Supply Chain improvements
  • Apply analytics (statistical, multivariate, data mining, machine learning, IT tools …) for decision making to improve business and industry, and society at large
  • Apply statistical and quantitative techniques for quality improvement, productivity improvement, and improvement of products and services
  • Develop algorithmic solutions to solve hard business problems like scheduling, knapsack, cutting stock, traveling salesman, … etc
  • Develop and apply advanced modeling, optimization, and simulation approaches for Supply Chain improvements
  • Apply analytics (statistical, multivariate, data mining, machine learning, IT tools …) for decision making to improve business and industry, and society at large
  • Apply statistical and quantitative techniques for quality improvement, productivity improvement, and improvement of products and services
Dr. Michael Gillespie

Gillespie Dr. Michael Gillespie

Associate Professor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Leadership
  • Job Attitudes
  • Critical Thinking
  • Organizational Culture
  • Psychological Measurement

Research Goals

To develop tools, methods, practices, and theories that help organizations to be more effective.

To develop tools, methods, practices, and theories that help organizations to be more effective.

Dr. Rustu Deryol

Deryol Dr. Rustu Deryol

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Environmental Criminology
  • Victimization

Research Goals

  • Environmental criminology and communities and crime: where crime occurs, and what explains crime patterns
  • Victimization and offending: causes of victimization and prevention strategies
  • Evaluation of crime prevention initiatives with quasi-experimental designs
  • Environmental criminology and communities and crime: where crime occurs, and what explains crime patterns
  • Victimization and offending: causes of victimization and prevention strategies
  • Evaluation of crime prevention initiatives with quasi-experimental designs
Dr. Wilma Davidson

Davidson Dr. Wilma Davidson

Instructor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Enhancing Presentation Skills
  • Improving Workplace Writing
  • Writing Process

Research Goals

To demystify the writing process and the keys to accomplishing business and technical prose

To demystify the writing process and the keys to accomplishing business and technical prose

Dr. Joy D'Andrea

D'Andrea Dr. Joy D'Andrea

Instructor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Abstract Geometry
  • Applied Statistics
  • Factor Analysis
  • Mathematical Crystallography
  • Non-Response Analysis

Research Goals

  • Development of current conjectures in my master’s thesis – into theorems.
  • Rejuvenate regression with a new way of modeling-depending on response variable(s).
  • Formulate my app of weather progresses.
  • Development of current conjectures in my master’s thesis – into theorems.
  • Rejuvenate regression with a new way of modeling-depending on response variable(s).
  • Formulate my app of weather progresses.
Dr. Anthony Coy

Coy Dr. Anthony Coy

Associate Professor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Close Relationships
  • Couples
  • Human-Animal Interaction
  • Social Psychology

Research Goals

  • Promote healthy and successful relationships by better understanding what psychological attributes of individuals and relationships facilitate pro-relationship behaviors,
  • Promote physical and mental health and well-being through human-animal interactions, especially as it relates to attachment to pets,
  • Explore the role of commitment across a variety of domains (e.g., natural environment, religion) to better understand the central tenets of the concept.
  • Promote healthy and successful relationships by better understanding what psychological attributes of individuals and relationships facilitate pro-relationship behaviors,
  • Promote physical and mental health and well-being through human-animal interactions, especially as it relates to attachment to pets,
  • Explore the role of commitment across a variety of domains (e.g., natural environment, religion) to better understand the central tenets of the concept.
Dr. Kelly Cowart

Cowart Dr. Kelly Cowart

Associate Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Advertising
  • Diversity in the Marketplace
  • Frontline Service Transactions
  • Mobile Commerce
Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu

Cobanoglu Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu

Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Use and Impact of Technology in Hospitality
Dr. Kiyoung Chang

Chang Dr. Kiyoung Chang

Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Corporate Finance

Research Goals

  • To understand whether and how a firm’s CSR policy can increase firm value and reduce cost of capital and what CSR activities are valued by stakeholders and financial market
  • To understand what national  institutional factors influence firms’ financial policy
  • To understand the merits of specific corporate governance and CSR instruments, contingent on environmental uncertainty
  • To understand whether and how a firm’s CSR policy can increase firm value and reduce cost of capital and what CSR activities are valued by stakeholders and financial market
  • To understand what national  institutional factors influence firms’ financial policy
  • To understand the merits of specific corporate governance and CSR instruments, contingent on environmental uncertainty
Dr. Ken Caswell

Caswell Dr. Ken Caswell

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Beverage Science
  • Fermentation
  • Food and Beverage Pairing
  • Food Science
  • Yeast

Research Goals

Development of fermentation science with food and beverage tracks, concentrations, including an exploration of potential impacts on the following:

  • Students
  • Departments
  • Colleges
  • USFSM

Synergy within the USF system (e.g., engagement with USFSP Brewing Arts Program and Brewing Certificate)
Faculty and student research opportunities (e.g., yeast)
Industry collaborations and development*

  • Innovation
  • Startups
  • Local economy

Development of fermentation science with food and beverage tracks, concentrations, including an exploration of potential impacts on the following:

  • Students
  • Departments
  • Colleges
  • USFSM

Synergy within the USF system (e.g., engagement with USFSP Brewing Arts Program and Brewing Certificate)
Faculty and student research opportunities (e.g., yeast)
Industry collaborations and development*

  • Innovation
  • Startups
  • Local economy
Dr. Adam Carmer

Carmer Dr. Adam Carmer

Assistant Professor College of Hospitality and Tourism
Elizabeth Carlson

Carlson Elizabeth Carlson

Instructor College of Business
Dr. Marie Byrd

Byrd Dr. Marie Byrd

Associate Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Cultural Competence
  • Academic Achievement Gap
  • Culturally Responsive Teacher
  • Effective Teaching Practices
  • Social Studies Education

Research Goals

  • To determine the most effective practices for eliminating the academic achievement gap.
  • To develop a professional development protocol for achieving teacher cultural competence.
  • To understand the dynamics of effective academic, social and emotional support systems in high poverty, high risk and culturally diverse schools.
  • To expose the societal effects of the reduction and elimination of social studies education from the public school curriculum.
  • To determine the most effective practices for eliminating the academic achievement gap.
  • To develop a professional development protocol for achieving teacher cultural competence.
  • To understand the dynamics of effective academic, social and emotional support systems in high poverty, high risk and culturally diverse schools.
  • To expose the societal effects of the reduction and elimination of social studies education from the public school curriculum.
Dr. Christelle Bouchard

Bouchard Dr. Christelle Bouchard

Assistant Professor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Cnidarian (Jellyfish, Coral, Sea Anemone) Research
Dr. Richard Borghesi

Borghesi Dr. Richard Borghesi

Professor College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Betting Markets
  • Corporate Finance
  • Prediction Markets
  • Sports Finance

Research Goals

  • To understand the level of efficiency with which financial, betting, and prediction markets operate.
  • To determine why corporations invest resources into socially responsible activities.
  • To estimate the financial and competitive value of NCAA athletes to their universities.
  • To evaluate the frequency with which corruption occurs in sports betting markets.
  • To understand the level of efficiency with which financial, betting, and prediction markets operate.
  • To determine why corporations invest resources into socially responsible activities.
  • To estimate the financial and competitive value of NCAA athletes to their universities.
  • To evaluate the frequency with which corruption occurs in sports betting markets.
Karen Atwood

Atwood Karen Atwood

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics
Brett Blackburn

Blackburn Brett Blackburn

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular Processes
Dr. Kathy Black

Black Dr. Kathy Black

Professor College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Keywords

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Aging in Community
  • Caregiving
  • End of Life
  • Geriatric Mental Health 

Research Goals

To research issues related to: civic particpation, housing, transportation, outdoor spaces, employment, communication & information, community supports, and social participation.

To research issues related to: civic particpation, housing, transportation, outdoor spaces, employment, communication & information, community supports, and social participation.

Dr. Thomas Becker

Becker Dr. Thomas Becker

Interim Dean, College of Business College of Business

Research Keywords

  • Leadership
  • Commitment
  • Job Attitudes
  • Motivation
  • Performance

Research Goals

  • Study the relationships between employee commitment and work-related outcomes, especially job performance and turnover.
  • Develop and test theory on workplace resilience at the individual, team, and organizational levels.
  • Contribute to a deeper appreciation of the proper use of advanced research statistics.
  • Study the relationships between employee commitment and work-related outcomes, especially job performance and turnover.
  • Develop and test theory on workplace resilience at the individual, team, and organizational levels.
  • Contribute to a deeper appreciation of the proper use of advanced research statistics.
Dr. Keith Barron

Barron Dr. Keith Barron

Instructor College of Hospitality and Tourism

Research Keywords

  • Hospitality Law
  • Liability In Hospitality Businesses
Dr. Edie Banner

Banner Dr. Edie Banner

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Field Ecology
  • Gopher Tortoises
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Poison Dart Frogs
  • Tropical Rain Forests

Research Goals

  • Observe the reproductive behavior of poison dart frogs in Costa Rica
  • Examine the medicinal properties of compounds isolated from plants/insects
  • Examine the effects of contaminants in the environment
  • Surveys of the habitat of the USFSM Gopher Tortoise Conservation Area
  • Lead students on field research experiences in Costa Rica
  • Observe the reproductive behavior of poison dart frogs in Costa Rica
  • Examine the medicinal properties of compounds isolated from plants/insects
  • Examine the effects of contaminants in the environment
  • Surveys of the habitat of the USFSM Gopher Tortoise Conservation Area
  • Lead students on field research experiences in Costa Rica
Dr. Kimberly  Badanich

Badanich Dr. Kimberly Badanich

Instructor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol
  • Behavioral Flexibility
  • Glutamate
  • Orbitofrontal Cortex

Research Goals

  • To determine the extent of cognitive deficits in animal models of alcohol dependency.  Specifically focusing on behavioral flexibility and reversal learning.
  • To determine the impact of chronic alcohol exposure on orbitofrontal cortex function.
  • To determine the involvement of dopamine and glutamate interactions in animal models of alcohol dependency
  • To determine the extent of cognitive deficits in animal models of alcohol dependency.  Specifically focusing on behavioral flexibility and reversal learning.
  • To determine the impact of chronic alcohol exposure on orbitofrontal cortex function.
  • To determine the involvement of dopamine and glutamate interactions in animal models of alcohol dependency
Dr. Joe Askren

Askren Dr. Joe Askren

Instructor College of Hospitality and Tourism

Research Keywords

  • Big Data
  • Culinary and Food Science
  • Experiential Learning

Research Goals

  • To understand how hospitality businesses use or want to use Big Data in their operations.
  • To understand how micro breweries collaborate on product development
  • To understand and discover new uses for hops in culinary applications
  • To understand how experiential learning can close the gap between academia and industry, which will better prepare students for industry
  • To understand how hospitality businesses use or want to use Big Data in their operations.
  • To understand how micro breweries collaborate on product development
  • To understand and discover new uses for hops in culinary applications
  • To understand how experiential learning can close the gap between academia and industry, which will better prepare students for industry
Dr. Faizan Ali

Ali Dr. Faizan Ali

Assistant Professor College of Hospitality and Tourism

Research Keywords

  • Customer Experience
  • Customer Perceptions
  • Emotions and Decision Marking
  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Research Methodologies
  • Service Quality and Performance
Dr. Katerina Annaraud

Annaraud Dr. Katerina Annaraud

Associate Professor College of Hospitality and Tourism

Research Keywords

  • Cost Control
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Accounting
  • Service Performance and Quality
Dr. Michelle Arnold

Arnold Dr. Michelle Arnold

Assistant Professor College of Science and Mathematics

Research Keywords

  • Cultural Competence
  • Healthcare Utilization
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Loss
  • Older Adults

Research Goals

  • To identify and address system barriers to hearing healthcare utilization in vulnerable populations
  • To develop culturally-competent hearing health education resources for older adults with low English proficiency or other language preferences
  • To determine how healthcare policy impacts hearing healthcare utilization
  • To identify and address system barriers to hearing healthcare utilization in vulnerable populations
  • To develop culturally-competent hearing health education resources for older adults with low English proficiency or other language preferences
  • To determine how healthcare policy impacts hearing healthcare utilization