Three Stetson University faculty members – Dr. Jamil Khader, English; Dr. Lloyd Linney, voice; and Dr. Carolyn Young Nicholson, marketing – have been promoted to the rank of professor, effective in August.
Dr. Jamil Khader, College of Arts & Sciences: A Palestinian from Israel, Khader completed his Ph.D. in English Literature at Pennsylvania State University, and taught for two years at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, before joining the English Department at Stetson in August 2000. His teaching and research focus on transnationalism, especially the political and aesthetic dimensions underpinning the ethics of cross-cultural communication, human rights and globalization. In May, he received a Hand Award for Research, Creative and Professional Activity; Stetson’s Hand Awards were established by alumna and Trustee Dolly Hand and her husband, Homer, to honor faculty members who are not only dedicated teachers but who also have notable achievements in scholarship or creative work in their areas of expertise and who have made a difference in their local or larger communities.
Khader is the author of Cartographies of Transnationalism in Postcolonial Feminisms: Geography, Culture, Identity, Politics (Lexington Books, forthcoming), and is the co-editor, with Molly Rothenberg, of a collection of essays on the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, titled, Žižek Now: Current Perspectives in Žižek Studies (Polity Press, forthcoming). His publications have appeared in various national and international literary journals, including Ariel, Feminist Studies, College Literature, MELUS, The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Children’s Literature, and other collections.
As co-chair of Stetson’s Diversity Council, Khader has done significant work to put Stetson’s values into practice in the community, raising awareness of diversity issues and global events. He organized panel discussions related to Islamophobia, the Egyptian revolution and the crisis in political civility, and pioneered the Veiled-for-a-Day project – in which students of all faiths were invited to wear a Muslim hijab for a short time – to inspire dialogue on touchy topics.
Dr. Lloyd Linney, School of Music: A soprano, Linney has been a member of Stetson’s music faculty since 1984. Currently she is the coordinator of applied voice and teaches studio voice, French diction and aural training. Her voice students have gone on to graduate programs, performing careers and teaching positions in university and grade school music programs. Linney has led two Stetson trips to Italy as part of a course in Italian culture and has taught a course in European culture in the Stetson School of Business Administration’s summer program in Innsbruck, Austria.
Linney has performed in concerts, operas and oratorios in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, as well as in Italy and the Virgin Islands. On the operatic stage, she has portrayed Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), both the Countess and Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Blonde (The Abduction from the Seraglio) and the title role in Martha. Her oratorio credits include Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Jephtha and Messiah, Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives, Puccini’s Gloria, and Bach’s Passion According to St. John.
A native of Georgia, Linney is a graduate of Furman University and holds the M.M. and D.M. degrees in vocal performance from Florida State University. From 1994 to 2001, she did additional vocal work with Richard Miller of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and, since 2005, has worked with Louise McClelland Urban, professor emeritus, University of Maryland. Before coming to Stetson, she taught at Rollins College, the University of Central Florida, Seminole Community College and Valencia Community College.
Dr. Carolyn Young Nicholson, School of Business Administration: A faculty member at Stetson since 2000, Nicholson holds the Dennis C. McNamara, Sr. Chair in Marketing. She has been chair of the Marketing Department for four years; this summer, she will assume the post of associate dean of the School of Business Administration. She is heavily involved in the business school’s accreditation and assurance of learning processes.
Nicholson’s research interests include supply chain communication, web-based marketing for traditional brands, environmentally sustainable marketing and effective teaching techniques at the college level. Her research has been published in a number of national and international journals, including International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and Marketing Education Review, among others. She also has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences.
She has won Teacher of the Year in the School of Business Administration twice since her arrival at Stetson University. Nicholson earned her Ph.D. in marketing from Virginia Tech, her M.A. in communication from University of Georgia, and her B.S. in management and communication from Wingate University.