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Faculty Spotlight

Raychelle Burks is an analytical chemist and assistant professor of Chemistry. As a popular science communicator, she uses pop culture as an anchor to explore chemistry. Burks has appeared on the Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science and Reactions, and the video series for the American Chemical Society. Most recently, Burks was honored as a 2019 Young Observer by The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Media Contacts 

Sandra Zaragoza
Communications Manager
szaragoz [at] stedwards.edu
512-448-8434

Mischelle Diaz
Senior Director of Communications
mischeld [at] stedwards.edu

Raychelle Burks

Faculty Experts Guide

David Altounian

David Altounian

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean of Academic Programs

EXPERTISE 
Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Executive Strategy and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

CONTACT
davida [at] stedwards.edu
512-428-1287

Glenda Ballard

Glenda Ballard

Dean of Human Development and Education

EXPERTISE 
Teacher Education, Adult and Continuing Education and K–12 Counseling

CONTACT
gballard [at] stedwards.edu
512-448-8655

EmilyBernate

Emily Bernate

Assistant Professor of Spanish

EXPERTISE 
Linguistics, Gender and Spanish in the U.S.  

CONTACT
ebernate [at] stedwards.edu
512-233-1493

Robert Bryant

Robert Denton Bryant

Assistant Professor

EXPERTISE 
Video Game Business, Game Development, Transmedia Storytelling, and Nerd Culture

CONTACT
rbryant [at] stedwards.edu
512-448-8562

Raychelle Burks

Raychelle Burks

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

EXPERTISE 
Analytical and Forensic Chemistry, True Crime and Science in Popular Culture

CONTACT
rburks [at] stedwards.edu
512-448-1985

Barbara Dugelby

Barbara Dugelby

Director of the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve and Faculty Associate

EXPERTISE 
Multi-stakeholder, Science-based Conservation Planning, Protected Area Design and Management, Climate Adaptation, Restoration Ecology, and Community-based Conservation

CONTACT
bdugelby [at] stedwards.edu
512-327-7622

Mary Dunn

Mary Dunn

Associate Professor of Management

EXPERTISE 
Management, Social Networks, Developmental Networks, Institutional Logics, Organizational Change and Careers

CONTACT
marybd [at] stedwards.edu
512-428-1066

Carrie Fountain

Carrie Fountain

Writer in Residence

EXPERTISE 
Poetry, Young Adult Fiction, Book Writing and Podcasting

CONTACT
carrief [at] stedwards.edu
512-448-8690

Jena Heath

Jena Heath

Associate Professor of Journalism and Digital Media and Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Humanities

EXPERTISE 
Journalism, Digital Media and Oral History Projects

CONTACT
jennah [at] stedwards.edu
512-637-1989

Laurie Cook Heffron

Laurie Cook Heffron

Assistant Professor of Social Work

EXPERTISE 
Forced Migration, Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Human Trafficking, and Women and Migration

CONTACT
lheffron [at] stedwards.edu
512-233-1413

Arcelia Hernandez

Arcelia Hernandez

Assistant Professor of Education

EXPERTISE 
Bilingual Education, Bilingual Elementary School Curriculum, Social Justice, Learning Process, and Language Acquisition and Methodology

CONTACT
lheffron [at] stedwards.edu
512-233-1413

Andrea Holgado

Andrea Holgado

Professor of Biological Sciences

EXPERTISE 
Biological Sciences and Cellular-Molecular Neuroscience

CONTACT
aholgado [at] stedwards.edu
512-448-1415

Lisa Holleran

Lisa Holleran

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

EXPERTISE 
Criminal Justice, Death Penalty Cases and Female Incarceration

CONTACT
lhollera [at] stedwards.edu 
512-428-1266

Juli James

Juli James

Assistant Professor of Marketing

EXPERTISE 
Marketing Automation, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Website Development, Demand Generation and Marketing Technology Tools

CONTACT
jjames5 [at] stedwards.edu 
512-448-8435

Adam McCormick

Adam McCormick

Associate Professor of Social Work

EXPERTISE 
LGBTQ Youth in the Child Welfare System, the Foster Care System, Masculinity and Youth Mental Health, Relationships Rights of Siblings, and the Intersections of Child Welfare and Immigration

CONTACT
adamm [at] stedwards.edu 
512-485-4619

Gary Morris

Gary Morris

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

EXPERTISE 
Climate Science, Weather Balloon and Air Quality Research, Meteorology, Physics and Astronomy

CONTACT
gmorris1 [at] stedwards.edu 
512-448-8460

Bill McHenry

Bill McHenry

Associate Professor of Counseling Education

EXPERTISE 
Standardized Testing, Group Testing and the STAAR Test

CONTACT
wmchenry [at] stedwards.edu 
512-448-8733

John Mueller

John Mueller

Assistant Professor of Management

EXPERTISE 
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Finance

CONTACT
jmuelle1 [at] stedwards.edu 
512-233-1441

Camelia Rotaru

Camelia Rotaru

Professor of Finance

EXPERTISE
Corporate Finance, International Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Personal Finance

CONTACT
crotaru [at] stedwards.edu
512-492-3129

Louise Single

Louise Single

Professor of Accounting

EXPERTISE
Taxation, Individual and Business Entities Taxation, and Women’s Advancement in Accounting 

CONTACT
louises [at] stedwards.edu
512-492-3114 

Kris Sloan

Kris Sloan

Associate Professor of Education

EXPERTISE 
Education Culture, Curriculum, Assessment, Testing and Educational Accountability Policy​, and​ Social Justice Education 

CONTACT
kriss [at] stedwards.edu 
512-637-5672

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Professor of Political Science

EXPERTISE 
Public Opinion, Elections, Texas Politics, Polling and Third Political Parties

CONTACT
brianws [at] stedwards.edu 
512-428-1294

Matthew Steffenson

Matthew Steffenson

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

EXPERTISE
General Biology, Entomology, Arachnology, Evolution, Honeybee and Wolf Spider Immunology

CONTACT
msteffen [at] stedwards.edu
512-416-5889

David Thomason

David Thomason

Associate Professor of Political Science

EXPERTISE
Texas Politics, Austin Politics, Elections, Healthcare and Politics

CONTACT
wthomaso [at] stedwards.edu
512-448-8634

Tomas Yufik

Tomas Yufik

Assistant Professor of Psychology

EXPERTISE 
Criminal Behavior, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Relationship Psychology and Clinical Therapy

CONTACT
tomasy [at] stedwards.edu 
512-448-8493

Debra Zahay-Blatz

Debra Zahay-Blatz

Professor of Marketing

EXPERTISE 
Digital Marketing, Social Media Management and Principles of Marketing and Analytics

CONTACT
dblatz [at] stedwards.edu 
512-448-8645