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Ilan Alon is Cornell Chair of International Business and Director of
The China Center at Rollins College, and Visiting Scholar & Asia
Fellow at Harvard University. He has published 25 books and over 100
peer-reviewed articles. Alon has taught courses in top Chinese MBA
programs including Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University,
East China University for Science and Technology and China Europe
International Business School. He is also an international business
consultant with experience in China as well as other countries in
Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America, and a featured speaker in
many professional associations.
Topics: China’s rise, political risk, global franchising in emerging markets, emerging markets multinationals, corporate social responsibility, globalization of business education.
Rita Bornstein is President Emerita and Cornell Professor of Philanthropy and Leadership Development at Rollins College, where she served as president from 1990-2004. Previously, she was vice president at the University of Miami. She serves on the boards of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Tupperware Corporation and the Dr. P. Philips Orlando Performing Arts Center. Bornstein has received numerous awards and three honorary doctorates. Her books include: Legitimacy in the Academic Presidency: from Entrance to Exit, (ACE/Greenwood Press, 2003) and Succession Planning for the Higher Education Presidency, (Association of Governing Boards, 2010). She is currently finishing a book on fundraising advice for college and university presidents.
Topics: philanthropy, fund-raising, succession planning, leadership, governance.
Since 2008, Provost Carol Bresnahan has served as provost and executive vice president at The College of New Jersey where she was a tenured professor of history. Prior to that, she was vice provost for academic programs and policies at the University of Toledo (UT), where she was also a member of the faculty. At UT, Bresnahan was the first woman to receive tenure in the Department of History, be promoted to associate professor and professor of history, serve as history department chair or receive UT’s annual outstanding faculty research award. Bresnahan is an active scholar in the area of late Renaissance Florence and has authored numerous presentations and publications on the topic. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Brown University.
Topics: Applied Liberal Arts, history, late Renaissance Florence.
Lewis M. Duncan was elected 14th president of Rollins College in March
2004. He is former dean and professor of the Thayer School of
Engineering at Dartmouth College and was previously provost and senior
vice president for academic affairs at the University of Tulsa. Duncan
received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and his
master’s and doctorate in space physics from Rice University. As a
National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow, he conducted research
at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in Puerto Rico. He
subsequently joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research
scientist, and later became a section head in the Division of Earth and
Topics: Applied Liberal Arts, globalizing curriculum, space plasma physics and radiophysics
Ted Gournelos earned his Ph.D. in communications and his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Maryville University of St Louis before coming to Rollins College in 2010. His first book, Popular Culture and the Future of Politics, was released in 2009, and his second and third books, A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 Politics and Transgression 2.0: Cultural Opposition in a Digital Age, were released in 2011. He has taught a variety of courses in culture, politics and media, and currently advises and is general manager for the Rollins College radio station (WPRK) and television station (RTV).
Topics: Digital media, new media, the internet, oppositional politics, satire, irony, comedy, gender, race, and sexuality studies, television and film, digital storytelling, community activism and community media.
Named a Rollins Cornell Distinguished Faculty member, Mike Gunter
teaches international relations and environmental politics courses. He
is author of numerous articles, reviews, and editorials as well as the
critically acclaimed book, Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to
Protect Biodiversity (2006/2004). In 2007 he served as a distinguished
Fulbright Scholar in the Slovak Republic at Univerzita Komenského. He
has spoken for several U.S. State Department events, including
Gustav-Stresemann Institut in Bonn, Germany.
Topics: Climate change, eco-tourism, energy and oil politics, biodiversity protection & endangered species, environmental interest groups & NGOs (non-governmental organizations), international security.
Mark W. Johnston is the Alan and Sandra Gerry Professor of Marketing and
Ethics at the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins
College. He is co-author of Sales Force Management, 10e, Relationship
Selling, 3e, Marketing Management and Essentials of Marketing
Management all by McGraw-Hill. His market leading book, Sales Force
Management, has been translated in Spanish, Russian and Chinese. Cited
by the Journal of Business Research as one of the most important
researchers in marketing, he continues to do research in marketing
ethics as well as sales force performance and motivation. Mark has
conducted seminars and consulted with companies around the world on a
variety of topics including sales force motivation and improving sales
Topics: Planning, plants, sociology, sustainability, theology
Jonathan Miller is director of the Olin Library at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He was born and raised in Britain and moved to the United States in 1988. He received his MLS from SUNY Buffalo in 1992 and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. He has previously served as head of access services at the Prior Health Sciences Library of The Ohio State University 1992-1996, IAIMS planning project director at the Hardin Health Sciences Library of the University of Iowa 1996-7, various positions culminating in library director at Augustana College (IL) 1997-2002, and head of hillman public services for the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh 2002-2006, before coming to Rollins.
Topics: Libraries, copyright, the future of the book.
Rachel Newcomb is the author of Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Life in Urban Morocco, published in 2009 by University of Pennsylvania Press. She has written commentary and book reviews about the Muslim world for publications including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Cleveland Plain Dealer. She holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton.
Topics: Middle East and North Africa, Islam, women, and Sufism.
Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, is an associate professor of management at the Rollins MBA, where he teaches graduate-level courses in both the MBA and Masters of Human Resources (MHR) programs. With decades of teaching and consulting experience in national and international universities and businesses, Prescott delivers a comprehensive yet applied perspective to Rollins MBA students. He has co-authored several books, including The Strategic Human Resource Leader: How to Prepare Your Organization for the 6 Key Trends Shaping the Future and HR Transformation: Demonstrating Leadership in the Face of Future Trends.
Topics: Human resource management, performance management, career management, organizational behavior and development, training and development, enterprise consulting.
Professor of Psychology David Richard was named the dean of the Hamilton Holt School in April 2012. Richard, a distinguished faculty member in the psychology department, is a clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavior therapist, who specializes in behavioral assessment, psychological trauma, and leadership. An accomplished scholar on clinical psychology and exposure therapy, Richard is the co-editor of two books in those fields and has a current book in progress on pathological gambling. He has published numerous scholarly articles on personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, exposure therapies, and behavioral assessment. His current research interests include the effects of nutrition on mental health, instrument and measurement development, and integrating multimedia technology and teaching instruction. Outside of Rollins, Richard serves as the co-editor of the journal International Gambling Studies, a position he’s held since 2010. He has also worked as a research consultant to Florida Hospital and the UCF College of Nursing.
Topics: Leadership, the relationship between mental health and nutrition, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, adult learners
Executive Director and Scholar-in-Residence of the Winter Park Institute Gail D. Sinclair has served in this position since 2008. She also coordinated the 2007 colloquy, “Liberal Education and Social Responsibility in a Global Community.” Her recent publications include Key West Hemingway: A Reassessment (2009), essays in Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” (2009), and Teaching Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (2008). Forthcoming publications include War + Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway’s Early Life and Writings as well as essays in three Cambridge University Press Authors in Context Series—Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, and Edith Wharton—all scheduled for release next year. She currently serves on the boards of the Ernest Hemingway Society and Foundation and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.
Topics: Modern American Literature, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, feminism and women writers, scholarly events organization.
Bruce Stephenson is Director of the Masters of Planning in Civic Urbanism at Rollins College. He has worked as a public planner, consultant, and professor, and has published extensively on issues relating to environmental protection and urban planning. He is also a contributing scholar to the the Florida Humanities Council and appeared in “Imagining a New Florida," a PBS documentary that outlined the prospects for community building after the Great Recession.
Topics: Urban planning, growth management, environmental protection, new urbanism, smart growth, transportation
Bob Smither is dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of psychology. Smither received his doctorate in psychology from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to Rollins, he taught at Georgetown University and worked at the U. S. Department of State. Smither is the author of ten books on psychology, politics and finance. His areas of expertise include leadership, organizational psychology and personality theory.
Topics: Political psychology, political sex scandals, personality and human nature, organizational transformation, leadership success and failure, and psychology and Islam.
Claire Strom was born in Boston, but raised in the United Kingdom, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Oxford University. Moving to the United States, she worked for the Minnesota Historical Society for a while, before relocating to Iowa to take her Ph.D. in Agricultural History and Rural Studies at Iowa State University. Her work has addressed various aspects of American social and political history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has been the editor of the international journal, Agricultural History, since 2003. Strom’s current research is on the sexual history of Florida.
Topics: Social and political history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Eren Tatari is an assistant professor of political science at Rollins College. She teaches courses on comparative politics, Middle East politics, Muslims in western politics, and research methods. Her teaching and research focuses on ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. and Western Europe (particularly Muslims and Arab Americans), Middle East politics, democratic theory and minority rights, politics and religion, women in Islam, and gender politics. She received her M.A. from Purdue University and her Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Topics: Islam, Middle East politics, Muslims in America and Western Europe, minority politics (race, ethnicity, gender).