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Residential Faculty at Rio Salado College

Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

Kirk Bowden, Faculty Chair
B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., Ottawa University; Ph.D., Northcentral University

Allied Health

Angela M. Ambrosia, Faculty Chair
B.A., University of Louisville; M.S., Long Island University; M.B.A., University of Phoenix; M.S., Nova University; Ph.D., Kennedy Western University

Applied Technology

Richard Cuprak, Jr., Faculty Chair
B.S., Northern Arizona University; M.S., Arizona State University


Robert Semmler II, Faculty Chair
A.A., Northern Essex Community College, Massachusetts; B.S., M.Ed., Boston State College; M.S., University of New Mexico

Business, Management, Public Administration, amd Corporate/Government Programs

Otis J. White, Faculty Chair
B.A.S, University of Richmond; M.B.A, Western International University

Corey Pruitt, Faculty Chair
B.A., Colorado Christian University; M.S., Capella University

Computer Technology

Kerrie Specker, Faculty Chair
A.A., Rio Salado College; B.A., Governors State University; M.A., Webster University

Counseling and Personal Development

Melanie Abts, Faculty Chair
B.S., University of Arizona; M.Ed., Northern Arizona University; Ed.D., Arizona State University

Dental Programs

Holly S. Harper, Faculty Chair
R.D.H., Temple University; M.Ed., Northern Arizona University

Early Childhood and Human Development

Diana L. Abel, Faculty Chair
B.A., Ottawa University; M.Ed., Pacific Oaks College; Ed.D., Argosy University

Education and E-Learning Design

Jennifer Gresko, Faculty Chair
B.S., Grand Canyon University; M.Ed., Arizona State University; Ed.D., Arizona State University

English, Creative Writing, Digital Media Studies, and Curriculum Development
Jennifer K. Shantz, Faculty Chair
A.G.S., Rio Salado College; A.A., Glendale Community College; B.A., Arizona State University; M.Ed., Northern Arizona University; Ed.D., Northern Arizona University

Humanities, History, and Design
Janine Adkins, Faculty Chair
B.S., The American University; M.A., Brown University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Angela Felix, Faculty Chair
B.A., Arizona State University; M.A., Arizona State University; Ph.D., Capella University

Library Services

Hazel M. Davis, Faculty Chair
B.A., Higher Diploma in Librarianship, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; M.L.S., University of Arizona

Janelle Underhill, Faculty Librarian
B.A., Arizona State University; M.A., University of Arizona

Karen Docherty, Faculty Librarian
B.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M.A., Library & Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison


John Jensen, Faculty Chair
B.A., Fordham University; M.A., Arizona State University

Physical Science, Food and Nutrition, Sustainable Food Systems, and Sustainability
Jeremy I. Tutty, Interim Faculty Chair
B.S., Boise State University; M.S., Boise State University; Ed.S., Liberty University; Ed.D. Liberty University

Psychology,  Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Wanda Tucker, Faculty Chair
B.A., Saint Leo; M.Div., Virginia Union University, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology; M.A., Arizona State University; Ed.D., Northern Arizona University

Public Safety Programs, Law Enforcement Technology, and Paralegal

Angela Kwan, Faculty Chair
B.A., Grand Canyon University; M.A., University of Phoenix

Reading and ESL
Rosslyn Knight, Faculty Chair
B.S., Vanderbilt University; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Social Sciences

Patricia S. Case, Faculty Chair
A.A., Scottsdale Community College; B.S., M.C., Arizona State University; Ph.D., Walden University

STEM Initiatives/Honors

Rick Vaughn, Faculty Chair
B.S., University of San Francisco; M.A., University of California; Ph.D., University of California

Emeritus Distinction

Julie Bertch, Ph.D.
Beatriz Cohen, M.C.
Laura Helminski, M.A.
Janet Johnson, Ph.D.
Tom Lombardo, Ph.D.
Willie Minor, Ed.D.
Jean Tease, Ed.D.
Barry Wukasch, Ph.D