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Jennifer Brondell, lecturer, English as a Second Language
Jennifer Brondell, a lecturer in the English as a Second Language program, holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma. She holds master’s degrees from Indiana University in Hispanic linguistics and TESOL and Applied Linguistics.
Brondell, 31, previously taught at Indiana University and Southwestern
Community College.
Brondell, who’s from Jefferson City, Missouri, enjoys travel, hiking, biking, kayaking, gardening, yoga, cooking and dancing. She has a gray tabby named Ashes.
Yu Chen, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Yu Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, enjoys reading, hiking and listening to music.
Chen, who’s from Chongqing, China, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Chongqing University as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
He counts network security, Internet infrastructure security, privacy and security in distributed/pervasive computing, and reconfigurable hardware based embedded accelerator architecture among his research interests. Chen, who’s teaching Computer Network Architecture this semester, will teach Network Security in the spring.
Janaki Gooty, assistant professor, School of Management
Janaki Gooty, an assistant professor in the School of Management, has written for peer-reviewed publications on topics such as attachment theory, trust and performance as well as values, emotions and authenticity and how they relate to leadership.
Gooty, who’s from Hyderabad, India, is a graduate of The National Institute of Engineering, India. She holds an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma as well as a doctorate in organizational behavior from Oklahoma State University.
Adam Laats, assistant professor, School of Education
Adam Laats, assistant professor in the School of Education, is also the new associate director of the Center for the Teaching of American History.
Laats holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master of arts in teaching from Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His research interests include history education as well as American educational and religious history. He’ll be teaching Issues in American History.
Laats, who taught at Marquette University and Marquette University High School, enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking.
Laats, 37, considers Boston and Milwaukee his hometowns. He and his wife, Sandy, have a daughter named Lucy.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08