Our faculty continue the tradition of personal attention and academic excellence begun in 1876 by the first scholar-monks of Belmont Abbey. Every year, our campus Student Satisfaction Survey ranks “faculty helpfulness” among the highest areas of satisfaction, a clear signal that today’s teacher-scholars place students at the center of the Abbey’s educational mission.

Though diverse in background, training, and classroom methodology, all of our faculty members share a passion for their subjects and for academic excellence. Over 80% hold terminal degrees in their subject areas and all continue to develop professionally through workshops, conferences, research, and publications. They have been awarded national and international fellowships, including those of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Exchange Program; they pursue research in Britain, India, and the Middle East; and they engage students in hands-on learning, such as biological research in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as a wide range of internship and study abroad opportunities.

The faculty of the college are organized for academic purposes into departments, signifying faculty engaged in a particular discipline; departments typically offer a major. Administrative purposes and the need to coordinate policies require a higher level of organization, which we call the division.

There are four divisions of the faculty: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Professional Studies, and Social Sciences. The links below offer complete lists of the college’s full-time and reduced-load faculty.

Last name
Academic Institution
BakerElizabeth M. Chair, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Division
Professor of Biology
B.A., George Washington University, 1967
M.S., University of Michigan, 1968
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1973
BarbourPhyllisLecturer in BusinessB.S., Queen’s University of Charlotte, 1986
M.B.A., Gardner Webb University, 1990
C.P.A., 1992
BeemanJuliaChair, Social Sciences Division
Chair, Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
A.A.S., Central Piedmont Community College, 1983
B.S., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1985
M.S., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1989
Ph.D. (Candidate), Nova Southeastern University
BenthallAlAssistant Professor of EnglishB.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
BlackwoodAngela H. Chair, Accounting Department
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1970
C.P.A., 1972
M.B.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1980
D.B.A., Nova Southeastern University, 2002
BloedeJill Assistant Professor of Fine ArtsB.A., Kent State University, 1980
M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1982
M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1987
BostianStevenLecturer in BusinessB.S., Appalachian State University, 1969
M.A., Appalachian State University, 1970
BottsJames MichaelAssistant Professor of Criminal JusticeB.S., University of Central Arkansas, 1992
M.S., Illinois State University, 1995
Ph.D., American University, 2005
BrosnanStephenAssociate Professor of Math/PhysicsB.A., University of Colorado, 1980
M.S., University of Michigan, 1982
BrownGrattanAssistant Professor of TheologyB.A., Washington and Lee University, 1990
S.T.B., University of St. Thomas Aquinas, 1999
M.A., University of Memphis, 1994
S.T.L., Accademia Alfonsiana, 2006
Ph.D., Accademia Alfonsiana, 2006
BrugmanJoan D.Assistant Professor of PsychologyB.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1985
M.S., Nova Southeastern University, 1989
Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University, 1993
Calhoun-SaulsAnnAssociate Professor of PsychologyB.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1981
M.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1984
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1989
CampbellLaura J. Director of Teacher Education, Charlotte CampusB.S., Saint Thomas Aquinas College, 1976
M.Ed., University of South Florida-Fort Myers, 1987
Ed.S., Barry University-School of Education, 1997
Ed.D., Barry University, 201
ChambersMary BethVisiting Assistant Professor of Motorsports ManagementB.A., University of Kentucky, 1991
M.Ed., Bowling Green State University, 1995
CookTravisAssistant Professor of Government and Political PhilosophyB.A., University of Maine, 1989
M.A., Boston College, 1994
Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago, 2009
CorwinSvetlanaAssistant Professor of EnglishB.A./M.A., Herzen State University, 1996
M.A., Appalachian State University, 1999
Ph.D., Emory University, 2007
CotéNathalieChair, Psychology Department
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., Furman University, 1988
M.S., Vanderbilt University, 1992
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1998
DalyAnne CarsonVP for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Professor of English
B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1975
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1977
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1980
DavisSusan Elizabeth MackLecturer of BusinessB.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1975
M.B.A., University of Rochester, 1982
Ph.D., Capella University, 2004
DonoghueSimon J. Chair, Humanities Division
Coordinator, Theatre Arts Minor
Associate Professor of English
Director, Abbey Players
B.A., University of Virginia, 1974
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1980
DudkoStanley J. Associate Professor Emeritus of Business and EconomicsB.A., Belmont Abbey College, 1960
M.A., Auburn University, 1962
EganovaMargaritaLecturer in MathematicsB.S., Tashkent Polytechnic University, 1974
M.S., Tashkent Polytechnic University, 1974
EllingtonJenniferAssistant Professor of BiologyB.S., Siena College, 1995
M.S., University of North Carolina - Charlotte, 1999
Ph.D., Wake Forest University, 2005
ElliottDianaAssociate Professor of PsychologyB.S., University of New Hampshire, 1977
M.Ed., University of Houston, 1986
M.A., Biola University, 1988
Ph.D., Biola University, 1991
FeayTroyChair, History Department
Associate Professor of History
B.S., Taylor University, 1990
M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1998
M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1999
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2003
FeezellTravisChair of Sport Management and Motorsports Management
Associate Professor of Business
B.A., University of Wyoming, 1990
M.A., University of Wales, 1992
Ed.D., University of Idaho, 2005
FridayDaphneLecturer in BusinessB.T., Appalachian State University, 1977
M.B.A., Appalachian State University, 1979
GallowayTaraAssistant Professor of EducationB.S., Pembroke State University, 1993
M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1999
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2010
GunterLeoLecturer in BusinessB.S., Clemson University, 1978
M.B.A., University of North Carolina - Charlotte, 1988
GuptaGireeshAssociate Professor of Computer Information SystemsB.S., Meerut College, 1969
B.S., Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, 1973
M.S., The University of Rochester, 1978
M.B.A., The University of Rochester, 1982
HargettAmyLecturer in AccountingB.S., University of South Carolina, 1998
M.A., Gardner Webb University, 2004
C.P.A., 2006
HutchinsonJohn Daniel Assistant Professor of HistoryB.A., Belmont Abbey College, 2002
M.A., University of Alabama-Birmingham, 2005
Ph.D., Florida State University, 2011
KlooAmanda M.Associate Professor of EducationB.A., Chatham College, 1998
M.A., Columbia University, 1999
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2006
KreitzerBethCoordinator of Liberal StudiesB.A., Stanford University, 1990
M.A., Duke University, 1994
Ph.D., Duke University, 2000
KohlbrennerJulieLecturer in EducationB.A., University of Florida - Gainesville, 1997
M.Ed., University of Florida - Gainesville, 1998
LitkeJustin B.Assistant Professor of Government and Political PhilosophyB.A., The Catholic University of America, 2006
M.A., Georgetown University, 2009
Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2010
LoverRobert E. Chair, Computer Studies
Associate Professor of Computer Studies
B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1961
M.A., Miami University of Ohio, 1963
M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1969
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1972
MalsbaryGeraldDirector of First-Year SymposiumB.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1974
M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1976
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1988
ManningTracyLecturer in PsychologyA.A., Grossmont Community College, 1990
B.A., San Diego State University, 1993
M.A., San Diego State University, 1996
Martin-SchwanMarilynCoordinator, Chemistry Minor
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.A., University of Maine, 1978
M.S., University of Maine, 1981
Ph.D., University of North Dakota, 1987
McDonaldJudithAssociate Professor of EducationB.S., University of West Virginia, 1979
M.Ed., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1999
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2008
McIntoshMitchellLecturer in BusinessB.A., Belmont Abbey College, 1991
M.B.A., University of South Carolina, 1993
M.A., University of South Carolina, 1995
McLeodMichael J. Chair, Biology Department
Coordinator of Environmental Studies
Professor of Biology
B.S., Lincoln Memorial University, 1969
M.S., East Tennessee State University, 1973
Ph.D., Miami University (of Ohio), 1977
MearesIreneProfessor of AccountingB.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1970
M.B.A., University of South Florida, 1982
C.P.A., New Mexico Public Accountancy Board, 1991
D.B.A., Argosy University, Sarasota, 2002
MissAngelaChair, English Department
Director of Rhetoric and Writing
Associate Professor of English
B.A., University of Georgia, 1993
M.A., University of Georgia, 1996
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2004
MunroRebeccaAssistant Professor of EnglishB.A., Gonzaga University, 1995
M.A., Gonzaga University, 1997
Ph.D., Baylor University, 2003
MurrayFrancis J.Professor Emeritus of HistoryB.A., King’s College, 1960
M.A., Niagara University, 1962
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 1977
MurrayJeromeLecturer in BusinessB.A., Belmont Abbey College, 1994
M.B.A., Pfeiffer University, 1997
MyersWilliam H. III Chair, Professional Studies Division
Associate Professor of Computer Studies
B.S., Purdue University, 1971
M.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, 1974
M.S., University of Evansville, 1985
NewcombMark A.Interim Dean for Academic AffairsB.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1991
M.T.S., Duke University Divinity School, 1994
M.Phil., Fordham University, 2000
Ph.D., Fordham University, 2008
O’ConnorM. LesleyAssistant Professor of MathematicsB.Sc., University of London, 1963
M.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1967
Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1975
O'GormanFarrell W.Professor of EnglishB.A., University of Notre Dame, 1990
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
O’NeillLisaAssistant Professor of EducationB.S., Appalachian State University, 1998
M.Ed., University of North Carolina - Charlotte, 2005
Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University, 2011
PetroMichael J.Lecturer in TheologyB.A., Catholic University of America, 1987
M.A., Loyola Institute for Ministry, 2004
PizzaJoseph S. Assistant Professor of EnglishB.A., Rider University, 2002
M.A., Ohio University, 2004
M.St., Oxford University, 2006
D.Phil, Oxford University, 2011
PowellJames RAssistant Professor of BusinessB.A., Hunter College, 1984
M.A., University of Maryland, 1989
M.Ed., Plymouth State College, 1994
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2011
PowellSara DavisChair, Education Department
Professor of Education
B.S., Southern Nazarene University, 1973
M.A., University of Colorado-Denver, 1978
Ph.D., University of Colorado-Denver, 1992
RatchfordMelinda E. Associate Professor of EducationB.S., Appalachian State University, 1969
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1973
Ed.S., Appalachian State University, 1979
Ed.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1990
ReardonLaurenceAssistant Professor of Government and Political PhilosophyB.S., University College, Dublin, 1990
M.T. S., John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, 1998
M.A., Catholic University of America, 2000
Ph.D., Catholic University of America, 2007
ReillySheila S. Professor of BiologyB.S., Grove City College, 1966
Ph.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook, 1986
RichardsChristineLecturer in BusinessB.A., Indiana University, 1992
M.S., Pfeiffer University, 2001
RuddAndrewVisiting Assistant Professor of Sport ManagementB.S., Lewis-Clark State College, 1993
M.S., University of Idaho, 1996
Ph.D., University of Idaho, 1998
RussellJane E., OSFCoordinator, Justice and Peace Studies Minor
Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., Alverno College, 1967
M.A., University of San Francisco, 1973
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1979
SalesHubertAssistant Professor of BusinessB.A., Trinity Christian College, 1976
M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2001
Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 2012
ScottGary JChair, Business Department
Professor of Business
B.A., Bowling Green State, 1986
M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1987
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1993
ShivoneStephen F.Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Director of the Thomas More Scholars
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., The College of Saint Thomas More, 2001
M.A., Institute of Philosophic Studies, University of Dallas, 2009
Ph.D., Institute of Philosophic Studies, University of Dallas, 2014
ShoafLynneAssociate Professor of AccountingB.S., Indiana University, 1973
M.B.A., Indiana University, 1975
C.P.A., 1978
SivakGaryTechnical Director of Theatre
Instructor of Fine Arts
B.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1994
SolariPlacid D., OSBChancellor
Assistant Professor of Theology
B.A., Bellarmine College, 1974
S.T.B., Pontificium Athenaeum Anselmianum, 1978
S.T.L., Pontificium Institutum Patristicum “Augustinianum,” 1987
S.Th.D., Pontificium Institutum Patristicum “Augustinianum,” 1995
StrugarIgorChair, Mathematics/Physics Department
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S., University of Montenegro, 1990
M.S., University of Belgrade, 1997
Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2003
SuttonBenetteInstructor of Education
Director of Student Teaching
B.A., Sacred Heart College, 1977
M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1992
ThomasRonaldAssistant Professor of TheologyB.A., The University of Memphis, 1984
M.Div., Emory University, 1988
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2006
ThuotEugene F.Director, The Honors Institute
Professor of Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., Assumption College, 1960
B.Th., University of Ottawa, 1965
M.A., University of Chicago, 1973
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1983
TiwariRajiveCoordinator, Physics Minor
Professor of Physics
B.S., St. Stephens College, 1980
M.S., Rutgers University, 1986
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1989
TompkinsRobertAssociate Professor of BiologyA.A.S., Rutledge College, 1985
B.S., Guilford College, 1990
M.S., North Carolina State University, 1996
Ph.D., Clemson University, 2011
Van LearWilliam M.Professor of EconomicsB.A., Gettysburg College, 1980
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Van OrdenCarl H. Associate Professor Emeritus of BusinessB.S., Rider College, 1958
M.B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1973
WaddenPatrick Assistant Professor of HistoryB.A., Trinity College, Dublin, 2006
M.St., University of Oxford, 2007
D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2011
WardStephenAssistant Professor of Criminal JusticeB.A., North Carolina State University
J.D., Mercer College
WeirMary EllenAssociate Professor of EnglishB.A., Sacred Heart College, 1975
M.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1986
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1994
WilliamsDavid M.Chair, Theology Department
Chair, Government and Political Philosophy
Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., Georgetown University, 1988
M.A., Boston College, 1992
Ph.D., Boston College (Political Science), 1993
Ph.D., Boston College (Theology), 2001
WilliamsGaryAssociate Professor Emeritus of SociologyB.S.Ed., Kent State University, 1966
M.Ed., Kent State University, 1968
M.A., Kent State University, 1972
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1980
WoodyWilliamLecturer in AccountingB.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1974
B.S., University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 1989
M.B.A., University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 1980
C.P.A., 1992
WysockiJoseph F.Assistant Professor of Government and Political PhilosophyB.A., Belmont Abbey College, 2004
M.A., Baylor University, 2007
Ph.D., Baylor University, 2013
WardStephenAssistant Professor of Criminal JusticeB.A., North Carolina State University
J.D., Mercer College