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Faculty

Stacy L. Davidson

Stacy L. Davidson is an independent diversity consultant. Ms. Davidson recently was certified as a trainer through the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) at George Mason University. In her first year working previously at CNU, she was awarded the Exceptional Organization Advisor for her service to the Multicultural Student Association. In her spare time, Ms. Davidson is the Team Mom for her son's little league football team.

Dionicia Mahler-Rogers

Dionicia Mahler-Rogers serves as the Assistant Director for the Office of Student Activities and Leadership. She oversees the Leadership Program, Student Organizations and The Center for Service and Civic Engagement. She also teaches Leadership Style at ODU.

Cathleen Rhodes

Cathleen Rhodes received her M.A. in Literature and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. She is currently teaching composition, literature, and Women's Studies while preparing to enter a PhD program in 2010. Her primary research interests include nineteenth-century women's writing and Victorian periodicals. She has recently participated in Women's Studies and Victorian studies conferences, presenting "Victorian Shapeshifters: Refiguring the Nineteenth-Century Female Body" and "Saving Face and Empire: Imperialism, Cultural Commodification, and Cosmetics Advertising in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain.")

Dr. Joyce Armstrong, Faculty, ODU

Module: Intercultural Communication
Dr. Joyce Armstrong serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), a unit of the Office of Distance Learning at Old Dominion University.

jcarmstr@odu.edu

Dr. Gwendolyn Lee-Thomas, CEO, Quality Measures

Module: Generational Diversity

Gwen Lee-Thomas has been an external consultant for over 14 years serving local, state, and federal government organizations, businesses, and private and public colleges and universities in several states across North America. She has conducted over 40 evaluations and 35 workshops and presentations on various works including cultural, racial, and generational diversity; assessment, evaluation, and accreditation; teaching and learning; and leadership and organizational development. Gwen is also an AQIP Reviewer for NCA-HLC.

gleethomas@qualitymeasuresllc.com

Dr. Jeffrey Toussaint, Faculty, ODU

Module: Social Mobility

Dr. Jeff "Jeff" Toussaint is a lecturer in the department of Sociology & Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2008; he also earned a M.A. in Applied Sociology and B.S. in Sociology from Old Dominion University.

jtoussai@odu.edu

James Van Dore, Faculty, ODU

Module: Interfaith Understanding

Dr. James "Jim" Van Dore is a lecturer in the department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Old Dominion University.

He received his PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University in 2011; he also has a master in Theological studies from Calvin Theological Seminary and two B.A. in English and Economics both from University of Michigan.

He is expertise in New Testament and Synoptic Gospel.

jvandor@odu.edu

Dr. Scott Girdner, Faculty, ODU

Module: Interfaith Understanding

Dr. Scott Girdner is an Assistant Professor in the department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Old Dominion University.

He has received his PhD in Islamic Studies in 2010 from Boston University. He has a M.A. is in Philosophy of Religion from Boston University and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

He is expertise in the following area:

Philosophy, Mysticism, Quranic interpretive traditions: classical and contemporary (including issues such as law, women, ecology, democracy)

Comparative approaches to religion, theory and method

The historical reception of Arabic and Islamic philosophy in Jewish and Christian traditions

sgirdner@odu.edu

Elizabeth Ann Dickie, Administrator, ODU

Module: Ability Differences

Elizabeth "Beth Ann" Dickie is serving as a director of the Office of Educational Accessibility. She received her M.Ed. and B.S. both in Special Education in 1995 and 1988 from University of Maryland and George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University respectively. Beth Ann enjoyed a 12 year career in Montgomery County Public Schools (MD) prior to starting her work at ODU. She specialized in supporting students with disabilities in inclusive educational environments. At ODU, she loves to help students with disabilities become more independent and better self-advocates. She believes that with appropriate supports, all students can achieve their dreams.

edickie@odu.edu

Carla Harrell, Faculty, ODU

Module: Gender Differences in Communication & Leadership

She serves as a Senior Lecturer in the department of Communication & Theatre Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University. She has received her M.A. in English Literature and B.S. in Speech Communication from Old Dominion University in 1998 & 1994 respectively. She has also earned a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Rowan College of New Jersey in 1996.

charrell@odu.edu