2020 New Faculty


Message from Academic Affairs

The hallmark of a quality university is its high academic integrity. Northeastern State University has a strong commitment to quality and to recruiting new faculty that bring in new ideas, direction, and vision. This intentional effort provides vital intellectual and cultural capital to the region.

As we begin the fall 2020 semester, we welcome these faculty to NSU. We are proud to have them join our faculty community, a distinctive group of scholars and educators deeply committed to academic excellence and student learning. We are excited to have them join us as we continue our mission of service to northeastern Oklahoma and the world.


Carla Swearingen, PhD
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs
PhD Chemistry
Loyola University, Chicago

Dr. Carla Swearingen has spent the last fifteen years at John Brown University serving in various roles, most recently as the Dean of Faculty Development, Director of the Office for Advancement of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, and Professor of Chemistry. She is also a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. Dr. Swearingen joins as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Chemistry.

College of Business & Technology

Ryan Cannonie, JD
Business Law
JD Law

University of Tulsa

Dr. Cannonie joins the Department of Business Administration as adjunct.

Stephanie Jones, DBA
DBA Project Management
Liberty University

Dr. Jones has been teaching in higher education for 5 years. Dr. Jones' previous business experience has enabled her to bring real world business problems and solutions to the classroom. Dr. Jones joins the Department of Business Administration as Assistant Professor.

Connor Lubojacky, PhD
PhD Business Administration

University of Houston

Dr. Lubojacky joins the Department of Business Administration as an Assistant Professor. In addition to his Ph.D., Dr. Lubojacky has a master's degree in Finance and previously worked as a Certified Public Accountant. He has taught strategic management and organizational behavior and his current research interests include how managerial characteristics influence corporate entrepreneurship as well as entrepreneurial opportunity recognition.

Ren Moquin, PhD
Information Systems & Technology
PhD Information Systems

Baylor University

Dr. Moquin has a PhD from Baylor University in IS. He is a behavioral scientist focusing IT and behavior. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in IS and cybersecurity. He is a member of the ACM and AIS. He has published research in various journals and conferences. He graduated with an MS in Information Systems and BS in computer science. Dr. Moquin joins the Department of Information Systems and Technology as Assistant Professor.

Jan Phillips, MA
Information Systems and Technology
MA English
Northeastern State University

Jan Phillips joins the Department of Information Systems and Technology as Adjunct.

Tushar R. Shah, PhD
PhD Management
University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Shah's research interest addresses the interface between organizations and information technology in the context of strategy and people management. Dr. Shah's teaching interests span topics related to organizational strategy, management principles & theory, entrepreneurship, strategic HR, HR analytics, and organizational theory. Prior to Dr. Shah's academic career, Dr. Shah was an HR Professional for more than 18 years. Dr. Shah joins the Department of Business Administration as Assistant Professor.

College of Education

Krista Baird, MS
Psychology & Counseling
MS Counseling Psychology
Northeastern State University

Krista Baird is a practicing therapist who owns an agency focusing on the needs of families. She enjoys her family, friends and serving her community in various ways. She has served as an adjunct professor on and off since 2009. Krista joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as Adjunct.

Alissa Baker-Oglesbee, ABD PhD
Psychology & Counseling
ABD PhD Psychology
Northwestern University

Alissa Baker-Oglesbee joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as Assistant Professor.

Jennifer Keith, PhD
Psychology & Counseling
PhD Counselor Education & Supervision
Virginia Tech

Jennifer Keith joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as Assistant Professor.

Alexandra Meyers-Ellett, PhD, LPC, RPT
Psychology and Counseling
PhD Counselor Education and Supervision
University of Arkansas

Dr. Meyers-Ellett earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Arkansas and is an NSU alumni. She has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist in various settings. Her specialties in counseling include treating children, adolescents, anxiety and eating disorders. Dr. Meyers-Ellett joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as Assistant Professor.


College of Liberal Arts


Dave Corcoran, PhD
History/Social Studies Education
PhD Latin American History
University of New Mexico

Dr. Corcoran is a Boston native and a career educator. Dr. Corcoran has taught history and social studies at the university and secondary levels in Maine, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. Dr. Corcoran lived and taught in Colombia and Ecuador as well. With a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico, Dr. Corcoran's research focuses on inter-American culture in the mid-20th century. Dr. Corcoran joins the Department of History as Assistant Professor.

Elizabeth Potts, DMA
DMA Flute Performance
University of North Texas

Elizabeth Potts joins the Department of Music as Adjunct.

Siewe Siewe Siewe, PhD
Political Science
PhD Geography-Natural Resources Management
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Siewe Siewe Siewe is from Cameroon. Dr. Siewe graduated with a PhD in Geography from Oklahoma State University, where Dr. Siewe has also served as a Visiting Assisting Professor for the last two years. Dr. Siewe is excited to join the Department of Geography and Political Science as Assistant Professor.

Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions

Thomas Atkinson, MD

Dr. Atkinson earned a medical degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 1999. He completed a family medicine residency at the Oklahoma State University Sciences Center in Tulsa in 2002. He has practiced family medicine in Oklahoma since 2002. Dr. Atkinson joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct.

Rachel Hoffmeister, MS
MS Natural Sciences
Northeastern State University

Rachel Hoffmeister joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct.

Deborah Petrik, PhD
Molecular Biology
Phd Biological Sciences
Illinois State University

Dr. Petrik joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Assistant Professor.

John Reidy, MS
MS Biomedical Sciences
University of North Texas - Health Science Center

John Reidy was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. He attended the University of Oklahoma before graduate school. He contributed to research on e-cigarettes for the previous seven years. He taught Human Anatomy at Community Colleges for the previous ten years. John Reidy joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct.

Jamie Thomas, PhD
Speech Language Pathology
PhD Special Education Administration
University of North Texas

In addition to her PhD, Dr. Thomas has a master's degree in speech pathology. She is joining the Department of Health Professions as an Assistant Professor after 30 years in public education in Texas as a speech pathologist and a special education administrator.

Payton Walters, MS
MS Microbiology

Oklahoma State University

Payton Walters joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct.

Cammi Valdez, PhD
PhD Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Harvard University

Dr. Valdez brings a diverse set of experiences with her from her prior roles as a faculty member and Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Wellesley College and as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Harvard College. Her research focuses on understanding the pathology and physiology of vascular diseases present in the eye using mouse models. Dr. Valdez joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Assistant Professor.

Oklahoma College of Optometry


Christian Bussey, OD
OD Optometry
NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry

Dr. Bussey joins the NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry as Clinical Assistant Professor.

Janet Poole Naguib, OD
OD Optometry

Northeastern State University

Dr. Poole Naguib received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University and an OD from NSUOCO. She worked as a solo practitioner in Texas and helped establish the Optometry Clinic within the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was recognized by the State of Oklahoma as a volunteer for enhancing the services of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In Egypt she lectured on Retinal Pathology and instructed medical students in Ophthalmoscopy. She completed the Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program at Duke University Medical Center and Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. She joins NSUOCO as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor.