The University of Guam has hired 13 new full-time faculty members in various fields, including agricultural economics, civil engineering, communications, education and other fields. The new faculty joined the university this academic year. They are as follows:
• Kuan-ju Chen, Ph.D.
Chen is serving as an assistant professor of agricultural economics under UOG’s Cooperative Extension and Outreach. He comes to Guam from Washington State University, where he was an instructor on food and agricultural markets and also lectured on econometrics and the theory of industrial organization. His doctorate is in economics from Washington State University. He also holds a bachelor’s in civil and ecological engineering, master’s degrees in finance and statistics, and an MBA.
• Jeffrey Y. Cheng, Ph.D.
Cheng joins the School of Engineering as an associate professor of civil engineering. He was most recently at St. Cloud State University (Minn.), where he has served as an associate professor teaching engineering hydraulics, hydrology, engineering economy, construction management, and groundwater modeling since 2013. He is a licensed professional engineer with more than 25 years of engineering experience. He earned his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Denver and also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Colorado.
• Hunter H. Fine, Ph.D.
Fine joins the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as an assistant professor of communication. He comes from Humboldt State University in California, where he has been a lecturer in the Communication Department since 2013. He has also taught communication and speech classes over the past 13 years at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Southern Illinois University, San Francisco State University, Berkeley City College in California, and Cañada College in California. His doctorate is in speech communication from Southern Illinois University, and he also holds bachelor’s degrees in industrial arts and speech communication and a master’s in communication studies.
• Paul F.J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Fleming has been hired in a new capacity under the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He will now serve as associate professor of experimental psychology, a transition from his previous role teaching clinical psychology. Fleming completed his clinical training at the University of Manchester Medical School and was in clinical practice at The Institute of Psychiatry in London before completing his doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of Wales. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both in applied psychology.
• Jackysha N. Green, Ed.D.
Green has become a full-time assistant professor of elementary education with the School of Education following eight years as an adjunct professor. Prior to her full-time position at the university, she was the summer school coordinator at Inarajan Elementary School for eight years. She earned her Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Argosy University in Hawaii and also holds a bachelor’s in early childhood/elementary education and a master’s in counseling, both from the University of Guam.
• Xiangxiong Kong, Ph.D.
Kong joined the School of Engineering in March as an assistant professor of civil engineering. He comes to Guam from SSOE Group, an architecture, engineering, and construction management firm in Hillsboro, Ore., where he worked as a structural engineer. Kong is a registered structural engineer and registered professional engineer. He earned his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Kansas and earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering and master’s in structural engineering in China.
• John F.K. Limtiaco, Ph.D.
Limtiaco rejoins the College of Natural and Applied Sciences as an assistant professor of chemistry. He previously taught chemistry at UOG from 2013 to 2015. Limtiaco studied chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Guam, graduating with a bachelor’s in 2005 and later earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of California, Riverside.
• Gena A. Rojas, Ph.D.
Rojas joins the School of Business and Public Administration in a full-time capacity as an associate professor of public administration. She has been adjunct faculty for the school and also an extension agent and extension associate with the university’s Cooperative Extension and Outreach service since 2005. She holds a doctorate in public policy and social change from Union Institute and University in Ohio, a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s in public administration from the University of Guam.
• Rita Sharma, Ph.D.
Sharma joins the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as an assistant professor in the undergraduate psychology program as well as in the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of psychology and mental health, most recently as a psychological assistant in the clinical practice of Dr. Hope C. Lujan, where she has worked since 2014. She also has previous teaching experience as a teaching assistant at Alliant International University in San Diego, where she earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s in psychology. She also holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Guam.
• Capt. Thomas T. Vu
Vu joins the College of Natural and Applied Sciences as an assistant professor of military science. He earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri and then in 2010 was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. Since then, he has served in the Army in South Korea, Missouri, and Japan and most recently commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment for U.S. Army Medical Department Activity – Japan.
• Staff Sgt. John Washburn II
Staff Sgt. Washburn joins the university’s Army ROTC program as an instructor of military science. Washburn joined the U.S. Army in 2006, and following completion of One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was awarded the military occupational specialty of military police officer. He served at Military Police Company units at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and in the Area Support Group Qatar.
• Chris M. Yeo, Ph.D.
Yeo joins UOG’s Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific as an assistant professor of surface water hydrology, where he will research surface hydrology, hydraulics, and climate change impacts on water resources. He comes to WERI from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where he was a post-doctoral research associate the past two years developing weather and rainfall forecasting models and updating future climate scenarios. He holds a doctorate in civil engineering from McGill University in Canada and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from Chungnam National University in South Korea.
• Nicholas G. Zautra, M.A.
Zautra joins the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as an instructor of philosophy and critical thinking. He comes to Guam from Indiana Bloomington University, where he taught courses in biological and medical ethics, oral communication, critical thinking, and philosophy the past six years. He holds a master’s in applied ethics and bachelor’s in psychology from Arizona State University and is completing his joint doctorate in history and philosophy of science and cognitive science at Indiana University Bloomington.