Instr. James Olufowote (Communication)
PhD candidate, Purdue University
Field of Interest: Power, politics, and decision-making in healthcare and the workplace
Courses: Research Methods and Organizational Communication.
Originally from Nigeria, Olufowote studied at Ithaca College and Michigan State University, and is to receive his doctorate in communication from Purdue in May. At Purdue, he received honorable mention for the Bruce Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was been awarded the Alan H. Monroe Graduate Scholar award. Olufowote has been a presenter at the Doctoral Honors Conference of the National Communication Association, and has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Management Communication Quarterly and the Western Journal of Communication.
Adj. Asst. Prof. Mary Troxell (Philosophy)
PhD candidate, Boston University
Fields of Interest: Schopenhauer, ethics, Kant, German idealism, history of philosophy
Course: PULSE Core: Person and Social Responsibility
Troxell was a panelist in a discussion of campus dating and relationships titled "Bring Back the Date!" sponsored last year by the St. Thomas More Society. She previously taught Perspectives on Western Culture as a part-time member of the Theology faculty at BC. She received the Teaching Fellow of the Year Award from the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1997. Her dissertation topic is "Aspects of the Will in the Philosophy of Schopenhauer."
Instr. S. Adam Brasel (CSOM)
Fields of Interest: Consumer-brand relationships, dynamic relationship theories
Course: Marketing Research
Brasel's dissertation, "Overwhelming Alternatives: How Increasing Options Affect Delay and Confidence," examines whether the proliferation of choices offered by retail stores and online shopping at some point becomes overwhelming to consumers. Articles he has co-authored include "When Good Brands Do Bad," in the Journal of Consumer Research, and "The Mystery of the Cabinet Castaway: Why We Buy Products We Never Use," in Journal of Family and Consumer Science. He has given presentations at conferences of the Association for Consumer Research and the Society for Consumer Psychology.
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