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Greenville College Welcomes New Faculty Members

By Rachel Heston-Davis

Greenville College is pleased to introduce four new faculty members hired in recent months.

Some arrived on campus for fall semester 2016; others will assume teaching duties fall 2017. All bring dedication and strong teaching experience to their respective departments.

Courtney Bailey Parker

Courtney Bailey ParkerCourtney Bailey Parker joins the Department of English as assistant professor and teaches within the interdisciplinary CVCMS model. Her teaching load includes composition courses, intro to lit, upper-division English literature studies and dramatic literature.

Bailey Parker earned her Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature from Baylor University last year. She holds a B.A. in English from Mercer University and an M.A. in English from Baylor.

Publications that feature her work include Mississippi Quarterly, Literature and Belief, Cahiers Elisabethains, ANQ, Christianity Today’s Hermeneutics and Praxis. She is the recipient of two teaching awards and the author of seven peer-reviewed articles and essays in her field.

Bailey Parker and her husband B. J. relocated to Greenville from Texas this summer. 

Lisa Sharpe

Lisa SharpeThe Department of Digital Media welcomes Lisa Sharpe as assistant professor, another face in the CVCMS ranks. Her area of teaching includes graphic design and web design. 

Sharpe brings more than a decade of teaching experience in graphic design to her new role at GC. She taught graphic design at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and taught for 13 years at Robert Morris University, where she chaired the Department of Graphic and Interactive Design; she also conducted online teaching for Colorado Technical University and Sanford Brown College. Sharpe has produced several short films including a documentary titled I Am Here which screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sharpe has been published in Communication Arts Magazine, HOW Magazine and the Photoshop WOW book. She was named an Adobe Digital Master in 1999 and Educator of the Year 2015 at Career Education Corporation.

She holds a B.A in art and an M.A. in interdisciplinary arts education from Columbia College and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Roosevelt University.

Michael Laughlin

Michael LaughlinThe Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice recently announced the hire of Michael Laughlin to teach criminal justice. He will start fall semester 2017.

Laughlin’s well-rounded career in law enforcement spanned roles such as detective, patrol officer, crime prevention officer, field training officer and officer-in-charge. He also served on the mid-Missouri Crisis Intervention team and the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad.

Laughlin is completing his Ph.D. in public affairs with an emphasis in policing and emergency management. He holds graduate degrees in philosophy and public affairs. He earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion at Greenville College.

Michael and his family will relocate to Greenville this summer.

Han Shi

Han ShiHan Shi will join the Briner School of Business in fall 2017 and assume responsibility for graduate and undergraduate courses with topics spanning strategic management, entrepreneurship and business management.

Shi earned a Ph.D. in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of South Florida, where he has taught as an adjunct instructor since 2015. He earned a master of science in accountancy from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and a master of science in finance from the Free University in Amsterdam.

Shi’s areas of interest include corporate finance, insider trading, behavioral finance, corporate government, and bank lending. He holds memberships in the Financial Management Association, Midwest Financial Association, Eastern Financial Association and the CFA Institute Society.

For more happenings in these departments:

English Department Changes: CVCMS

Digital Media Majors Win Addy Awards

Students Exceed Expectations Putting Experience First

Social Work Accreditation Opens Doors as Students Embrace the Future


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This story was published on February 21, 2017

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