New Faculty

Heidi Backes

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Heidi joins Drury from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

  • Ph.D. – Spanish Literature – University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • M.A. – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • B.A. – University of Wisconsin­ – Stevens Point
Molly Carter

Instructor of Exercise Sport Science

Molly returns to Drury from the Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute, where she served as Marketing Director.

  • M.B.A. and B.A. – Drury University
Karen Craigo

Instructor of English/English for Academic Purposes

Karen comes to Drury from Bowling Green State University.

  • M.F.A. – Creative Writing – Bowling Green
  • B.A. – Morehead State University
Susan Davis

Assistant Professor of Education

Susan joins Drury from Arkansas State University.

  • Ph.D. – Curriculum and Instruction – University of Arkansas
  • M.S. and B.S. – Education – Arkansas State
Holli Henslee

Sr. Assistant Librarian & Technical Services Coordinator

Holli previously served as Director/Assistant Professor of the Nursing Library at the St. John’s/Southwest Baptist University Springfield campus.

  • M.A. – Information Science and Learning Technologies – University of Missouri–Columbia
  • B.S. – Drury University
Jason Hite

Instructor of Exercise Sport Science, Assistant Swimming Coach

Jason returns to Drury from Springfield Public Schools where he served as a teacher and swim coach.

  • M.Ed. and B.A.  – Drury University
Young Huang

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Huang joins Drury from Davis Brody Bond, LLP. He taught previously at the Rhode Island School of Design.

  • M.Des. – Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • M.S. – Pratt Institute
  • B.Arch. – Beijing Polytechnic University
Justin Leinaweaver

Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • Ph.D. – Political Science – Trinity College, Dublin
  • M.Sc. – University College, Dublin
  • B.S. – Florida State University.
Daniel Livesay

Assistant Professor of History

Daniel comes to Drury from The College of William and Mary, where he recently completed an NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship.

  • Ph.D. – History – University of Michigan
  • B.A. – University of Colorado.
Madhuri Manpadi

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Madhuri joins Drury from Ohio Northern University, where she served as a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Associate. She was a postdoctoral research associate at Rutgers.

  • Ph.D. – Synthetic Organic Chemistry – New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • M.Sc. and B.Sc. – Osmania University in India
Sun-Young Park

Assistant Professor of Communication

  • Ph.D. – Mass Communication – University of Florida
  • M.A. – University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. – Sogang University in Seoul
Kevin Preuss

Assistant Professor of Biology

Kevin comes to Drury from Indiana University, where he served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

  • Ph.D. – Biology – Duke University
  • B.S. – Kansas State University
Maurizio Sabini

Professor of Architecture and Director, Hammons School of Architecture

Maurizio joins Drury from Kent State University, where he served as International Studies Coordinator for the College of Architecture & Environmental Design.

  • Ph.D. – Architecture – Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice, ItalyLaurea In Architettura, the First Professional Degree in Architecture – Istituto Universitario di Architettura.
  • M.Arch. – State University of New York, Buffalo
Anthony Smith

Instructor of Spanish

Anthony is completing a Ph.D. in Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  • M.A. – University of Oklahoma
  • B.A. –  University of Central Oklahoma






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