Fourteen New Faculty Members at ABAC Ready for Fall Semester

Staff Report From Tifton CEO

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Fourteen new faculty members will greet students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College when classes begin for the fall semester on Aug. 15.

ABAC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jerry Baker said the new faculty members include Dr. John Lai, assistant professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness; Dr. Sergio T. Pichardo, assistant professor of agronomy; Dr. Doug A. Barlow, physics lecturer; Christopher N. Earls, biology lab instructor; Jessica L. Harsh, agricultural communication lecturer; Dr. Z. Jennifer Huang, assistant professor of piano and music theory; and Dr. Andrea E. Krafft, assistant professor of writing and communication.

Other new faculty members are Dr. Joanne S. Littlefield, associate professor of agricultural communication; Lillian Oglesby, biology lab instructor; Dr. Scott D. Phillips, assistant professor of jazz music and music theory; Dr. Yavuz Agan, assistant professor of management; Dr. I-Chun Lisa Chen, assistant professor of business; Dr. Carlos J. Lopes, assistant professor of economics; and Jennifer C. Reid, business lecturer.

Among the new staff members are Patricia Loveday and Jennifer Morrell, laboratory assistants in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Lai received his Ph.D and M.S. degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his B.S. degree in food and resource economics from the University of Florida. Pichardo received his Ph.D. in life sciences from Mississippi State University, his M.S. degree in plant pathology and mycology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and his B.S. in agriculture from the National Agrarian University. Barlow received his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Alabama, his M.S. in physics from Pittsburg State University, and his B.S. in physics from the University of Florida.

Earls received his M.S. in biology from Georgia Southern University, his B.S. in agricultural education from the University of Georgia, and his A.S. from ABAC. Harsh received her M.S. in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida and her B.S. in sales and marketing and agricultural communication from Purdue University.

Huang received her D.M.A in harpsichord performance from SUNY Stony Brook University, her M.M. in piano performance and harpsichord performance from Mannes College of Music, and her B.M. in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Krafft received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida and her M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina.

Littlefield received her Ph.D. in public communication and technology from Colorado State University, her M.M.C. in mass communication from Arizona State University, and her B.S. in radio-television from Southern Illinois University. Oglesby received her M.S. in plant sciences from Florida A&M University and her B.S. in biological sciences from Fort Valley State University.

Phillips received his Ph.D. and M.M. in woodwind performance-saxophone from Florida State University and his B.M.Ed. in instrumental and B.M. in instrumental performance-saxophone from Northern Arizona University. Agan received his Ph.D. and M.S. in business administration from the University of Memphis, his M.B.A. in management from the New York Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in computer sciences and engineering from Hacettepe University. Chen received her Ph.D. in management from the University of Stirling, her M.A. in management and organizational learning from Lancaster University, and her B.A. in German from Tamkang University.

Lopes received his Ph.D. and M.S. in economics from the University of Kentucky and his B.B.A. in economics from Marshall University. Reid received her M.B.A. in business from the University of Rochester and her B.A. in psychology and social science-interdisciplinary from the University of Buffalo.

Loveday received her B.S. in nursing from Chamberlain University and her A.S. in nursing from Trident Technical College. Morrell received her B.S. in nursing from Thomas University and her A.S. in nursing from Southwest Georgia Technical College.