College Welcomes New Teaching Faculty for 2013-2014

Brunswick, GA – Nine new faculty members have joined the full-time teaching staff of the College of Coastal Georgia for the new academic year.

Stephanie Conner, Lecturer of English and Academic Advisor Conner has worked as a part-time English instructor at the College since 2009 as well as tutoring privately in composition, reading comprehension and study skills for over a decade. Prior teaching experience includes six years at the secondary school level. She earned her MA and BA in English from Valdosta State University.

Dr. C. Tate Holbrook, Assistant Professor of Biology Prior to joining the faculty of Coastal Georgia, Dr. Holbrook served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Lynchburg College in Virginia for two years. He received his PhD in Biology from Arizona State University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a BS in Biology, concentration in ecology and evolution. For eight years he has served as a consultant and writer for Ask a Biologist (, an educational resource for preK-12 students and their parents and teachers.

Dr. Jose L. Lugo, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Lugo received his PhD in Mathematics from Purdue University, where he studied functional analysis with a focus on the theory of C*-algebras. He received a 2011 Researcher Visit Award from the Centre de Recerca in Barcelona, Spain, for a one-month research visit funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the Dr. Francisco Garriga Medal, the highest honor for a graduating student majoring in Mathematics awarded by the School of Natural Sciences, University of Puerto Rico.

Nicole Masano, Assistant Professor of Nursing A registered nurse with 20 years of experience and a certified nurse midwife, Masano served as adjunct faculty in the maternal child nursing track of the Coastal Georgia BSN program earlier this year.  Since 2011, she has served as adjunct faculty in the nursing informatics track of Kaplan University’s graduate program. From 2006-2009, she was the clinical educator of labor and delivery at Edward Hospital, Naperville, Illinois, and prior to that, the clinical educator, charge nurse and staff nurse at Swedish Covenant Hospital and clinical instructor at Loyola University in Chicago. She earned her certificate in Health Informatics, MSN in Nurse Midwifery and BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dorothy M. Miller, Assistant Professor of Nursing Prior to joining Coastal Georgia faculty, Miller was an assistant professor for four years at Albany State University with previous experience as a clinical adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College, as a staff nurse, and as an insurance quality review coordinator, utilization review coordinator and medical claims reviewer. She earned her MSN in Nursing Education from Regis University in Denver and BSN from Landers University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dr. Michael P. Morris, Assistant Professor of History Prior to joining Coastal Georgia faculty, Dr. Miller served as history instructor at Augusta Technical College and Assistant Professor of History at Dalton State College for five years and at Jacksonville State University for three years. He received his PhD in History from Auburn University, his master’s from Georgia Southern University, and graduated summa cum laude from Augusta State University with a BA in History.

Dr. David Mulry, Chair, Department of Arts and Humanities, and Professor of English
Dr. Mulry studied in England and has taught in England, France, Greece and the U.S. He received his PhD in English from the University of Kent in Canterbury and his BA in Humanities with honors from Middlesex Polytechnic University in London. Prior to joining the faculty of Coastal Georgia, Dr. Mulry was Professor of English at Schreiner University in Texas for six years, where he received the Schreiner Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2009 and had served as chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department for four years.

Matthew L. Raiford, Visiting Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts and Program Coordinator
Chef Raiford was the Executive Chef of The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island prior to joining Coastal Georgia faculty with responsibilities for coordination and public presentation of the culinary arts program related to the development and operation of the new student-managed restaurant on Jekyll Island. He has 20 years of professional culinary experience. The Brunswick native is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, with post-graduate work at the University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Dr. Ronald S. Reigner, Associate Professor of Reading/Language Arts Prior to joining Coastal Georgia faculty, Dr. Reigner was with the University of West Georgia for 13 years as Assistant, then Associate, Professor and Director of the Reading Clinic. He has extensive experience as a reading specialist and instructor. Dr. Reigner received his PhD and Med from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his BA from Emory University.
Release Date: 8/12/2013
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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