Please join us in welcoming our new faculty!
Jiuqing Cheng is joining the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor. He is originally from Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China. He has his bachelor's degree from Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai, China; his master's degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China; and his Ph.D. from Ohio University.
Jiuqing's research is focused on the different aspects of behavioral decision-making in dynamic situations. He is interested in describing how rationality and intuition interact with environment to generate decisions. He is also looking forward to collaborating with programs and faculty in the Colleges of Business Administration and Education to advance his teaching and research on cognition and behavioral decision-making.
Jiuqing's hobbies include hiking and playing computer games.
James Dietrich is joining UNI as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and will contribute to the new Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAV) track within the geography-GIS major. He is from Fort Collins, Colorado, and has a B.Sc. in Physical Geography from the University of Kansas, M.Sc. in Geography from Texas State University-San Marcos and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon.
His research is focused on high-resolution remote sensing using Unmanned Aerial Systems, GIS, and field measurements to map and monitor changes in river systems. His specific area of interest is monitoring river restoration projects and understanding how restoration affects rivers and how to evaluate the effectiveness of restoration treatments to better inform future restoration designs.
His hobbies include woodworking, screen printing and photography.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Harris is joining the UNI faculty as professor and department head of military science. He is from Weedsport, New York. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Columbus State University in Georgia and his M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University.
LTC Harris chose UNI because of its environment and its proximity to family.
LTC Harris has published two articles in Army Sustainability: Professional Bulletin of United States Army Logistics and one in Homeland Security Today. He has been deployed twice to Afghanistan and three times to Iraq. He recently returned from Iraq in June where he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy and managed $1.2 billion in foreign military sales for the U.S. State Department. He has been awarded three Bronze Star Medals, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals and the Combat Action Badge.
Please welcome LTC Michael J. Harris to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Ashleigh Kysar-Moon is joining UNI as an assistant professor of sociology. She is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and has her B.A. from Marian University, M.A. from Ball State University and Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Ashleigh's research focuses on health disparities (race/ethnicity, class and gender), mental health, child maltreatment and family violence, and childhood and youth.
Ashleigh chose UNI and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology because of their commitment to excellent and innovative teaching and research.
Her interests include running, hiking, traveling and coffee. Also, she has completed four half marathons and is currently training for her first full marathon.
Lisa Millsaps has joined the UNI faculty as an assistant professor of geography, specializing in geography education and social science education. She has her B.A. in Spanish and International Studies, M.A. in Geography, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University.
Lisa's areas of specialty within education are geographic, GIS, social science, climate change, and STEM education; and within geography she studies climate change, sustainability, Latin America, and research methods. Her research agenda currently focuses on three strands: First, to support and promote geography education with an emphasis on using maps and technology (such as GIS) in the K through 12 classroom. Second, to explore and understand the human impression of local climate change impacts and the related implications for formal and informal education. And third, to study sustainability initiatives, with a focus on water resources in vulnerable communities.
Her other interests include traveling with her husband and dog, yoga, cooking, and, as a graduate student, she created a blog called “Cooking My Way through Grad School.”
Matthew Vasquez is joining UNI as an assistant professor of social work. He is originally from San Diego, California. He has his A.B. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and his M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
Matthew has clinical experience working with a broad range of individuals who have experienced multiple and severe forms of psychological trauma. His current area of research focuses on the later cognitive, emotional and social functioning of children who were adopted and were exposed to chronic neglect and deprivation at an early age.
His other research interests include examining the benefits of infusing trauma-informed care practices in residential treatment facilities, in-patient mental health units and school-based curriculums, along with how to effectively educate social workers on the salient neurobiological and clinical aspects of trauma.
Matthew and his wife Emily are avid Latin dancers (salsa, bachata, cha-cha). They also have two dogs: Zane, a 90 lb Doberman, and Ziggy, a pit/shepherd/cur mix.