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New faculty members for 2014-15: Part 3
September 18, 2014Tweet
Trena Haffenden, lecturer, English as a Second Language Program
Trena Haffenden, a lecturer in English as a Second Language Program (ESL), previously served as an ESL instructor at Eastern Michigan University and Ithaca College.
Haffenden, from Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, U.K., received her undergraduate degree in international marketing and German from the University of Greenwich in the U.K., and her master’s degree in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University.
Her research interests include facilitating the acculturation of international students by educating American students, and teaching collocations in writing.
Haffenden will teach ESL 210 and ESL 205 at Binghamton University.
She enjoys travel, skiing and local politics.
Jacob Haislip, assistant professor, accounting
Jacob Haislip, an assistant professor of accounting in the School of Management, will teach Accounting Information Systems at Binghamton University.
Haislip, from Stanton, Texas, received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Texas Tech University and his graduate degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas.
He specializes in accounting information systems.
Haislip enjoys comics, professional wrestling, video games and fantasy football.
Jeffrey Kirkwood, assistant professor, art history and cinema
Jeffrey Kirkwood, an assistant professor in the Art History and Cinema departments, specializes in media theory and history, early- and proto-cinema, history of technology, new media and histories of perception,
Kirkwood, from Denver, received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado, his master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree and doctorate in German from Princeton University.
He has served as an assistant Instructor at Princeton University; a visiting junior fellow at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (IKKM) at Bauhaus-University, Weimar, Germany; and as a graduate research assistant at the Cultural Policy Center, University of Chicago.
At Binghamton University, Kirkwood will teach ARTH580c (ARTH 480C/CINE 471F): The Persistence of Vision and ARTH 287B (CINE 286S): Subjects of Mediation.
Kirkwood’s hobbies include bicycles, motorcycles, learning programming languages, fly fishing and surfing.
Robert Parkinson, assistant professor, history
Robert Parkinson, an assistant professor of history, specializes in the American Revolution.
Parkinson, from Ridgewood, N.J., received his bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his doctorate in American history from the University of Virginia.
He served as associate professor and chair of American history at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W. Va. He also was an National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Va.
At Binghamton University, Parkinson will teach courses on colonial America, the American Revolution and American history.
Parkinson enjoys playing piano and guitar.
Prahalad K. Rao, assistant professor, systems science and industrial engineering
Prahalad K. Rao, an assistant professor in the Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department, will teach courses in statistics and probability, quality control, and manufacturing processes at Binghamton University.
Rao, from Mumbai, India, received his undergraduate degree in production engineering from Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute (VJTI), Bombay Universityin India, and his graduate degree in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State University.
He served as a post-doctoral research associate, in industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech.
Rao’s research interests include ultraprecision manufacturing processes, machine learning, additive manufacturing (3D printing), diamond turning, and semiconductor polishing.
He enjoys HAM radio, cooking, music and taking things apart.
Yifan Zhang, assistant professor, computer science
Yifan Zhang, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, previously worked as a research assistant at the College of William and Mary.
Zhang, from Liuzhou, China, received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Beihang University in China and his graduate degree in computer science from the College of William and Mary.
He specializes in mobile computing, wireless networking and operating systems.
Zhang enjoys all kinds of sports, especially swimming, tennis and basketball.