Faculty

Discipline: All


RICK MARTIN
Location: Korea
Dr. Martin received his B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and his Ph.D. in microbiology from Michigan State University. He has taught at Lansing Community College in Michigan and at Mesa Community College and Scottsdale Community College, both in Arizona. He also served as an outreach mentor and instructor at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. He gained a variety of research experience while serving as a research associate in the Department of Microbiology at Michigan State University, and spent approximately three years as a research associate at the University of Queensland in Australia. Since joining the UMUC faculty in 2002, Dr. Martin has served as the Academic Director for sciences, taught in Korea, Okinawa, and in the Online Learning program, and received the Drazek Teaching Excellence award in 2009.

LISA MATHEWS
Location: Online Learning
Ms. Mathews earned an M.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University and a B.A. in history and Asian studies from Grinnell College. Her degree program at Grinnell included a year of study at Waseda University in Tokyo. Ms. Mathews has been a research fellow at the Ryukyu University on Okinawa and has worked as a translator and cross-cultural management consultant. She has published in Okinawa Minzoku Kenkyu (in Japanese) and also in Studies in Continuing Education.

KAZUE MATSUOKA
Location: Okinawa
Ms. Matsuoka earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of the Ryukyus and a M.Ed. in counseling and personnel services in the Maryland graduate counseling program offered in Okinawa. She holds a Japanese teaching credential from Tokyo International College, and took additional undergraduate work from UMUC in Okinawa. She has participated in a variety of professional development workshops both in Japan and in the United States. Before joining UMUC Ms. Matsuoka had experience teaching Japanese language at the Okinawa International Center and the psychology of education at the University of the Ryukyus. She has taught throughout Okinawa since joining the UMUC faculty in 1999.

GROVER MCCALL
Location: Online Learning
Mr. McCall holds a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California. He has a wide range of professional experience in the computing field, including three years of service as an intelligence/communications officer at the National Security Agency; an additional three years as a senior engineer for Army Intelligence in Germany, working on a computer-controlled communications system; and employment as a systems engineer on the Strategic Defense Initiative for Teledyne-Brown in Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. McCall has taught in Okinawa and Korea, and in the UMUC online learning program, since joining the Asian Division faculty in 1992.

MALIA MCCARRICK
Location: Korea
Dr. Mary (Malia) McCarrick holds a B.A.A. in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University, an M.A. in English from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with a Specialization in Creative Writing from the Union Institute and University. After spending eight years as a rock radio DJ, she began teaching from 1996-1998 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before moving to Hawaii, where she taught from 1998 to 2008 at Chaminade University, Hawaii Pacific University, and for the University of Hawaii Community College System in Honolulu. She most enjoyed teaching military students on Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter Army Base and Hickam Air Force Base. From 2009 until 2014, she taught in South Florida at Florida Atlantic University, Florida Memorial University, Palm Beach State College, Broward College, and Indian River State College. She joined UMUC Asia in 2014. She has published poetry and numerous nonfiction articles. She's currently working on a piece of long fiction.

CELESTE MCCARTY
Location: Okinawa
Ms. McCarty earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was a recipient of the President's Medal at Midwestern State for earning the highest academic achievements for both degree programs. She began teaching in 2000 and taught Psychology courses at Midwestern State University, Valdosta State University (GA), South Georgia College, and UMUC Asia. Ms. McCarty began teaching Psychology DE online courses for UMUC Asia in Fall of 2011 and on-site classes in Okinawa in Spring of 2012. She was previously employed at North Texas State Hospital as a Staff Psychologist II, at Midtown Psychological Associates as a Psychometrist, and self-employed offering contract psychological services (i.e. therapy, evaluations, psycho-education, court testimony) through Pinnacle Counseling, where she worked extensively with state agencies. Currently, she resides and teaches in Okinawa, Japan, where she is stationed with her active-duty military husband and two daughters.

LEON MCCRILLIS
Location: Guam
Dr. McCrillis earned his B.A. from La Verne College and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Riverside. His graduate background is broad, with concentrations in Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, and Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American and Medieval Literature. His dissertation was on 'The Demonization of Minority Groups during the Central Middle Ages.' Among his awards and honors are two NDEA Fellowships and a Chancellors Patent Fund Grant for research at the British Museum and the Warburg Institute. After teaching in the Chapman College PACE program aboard U.S. Navy vessels and the University of California at Riverside, Dr. McCrillis joined the Asian Division faculty in the Philippines in 1983. He relocated to Guam in 1992, where he has taught since then.

PHILIP MCCUE
Location: Online Learning
Mr. McCue received a BS in Engineering from Long Beach State University, Long Beach, California and an MBA from The University of Houston in Houston, Texas. His Masters work focused on Management Information Systems (MIS). He has taught on a full time basis for 10 years and is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Technology at Montgomery College near Houston, Texas USA. Prior to teaching, he was employed by Bechtel Corporation and IBM Corporation.

JEANNE MCDOWELL
Location: Online Learning
Ms. McDowell holds a B.S. and M.S., both in biology, from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. While a student at Old Dominion she worked full time in the Genetics Department at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Ms. McDowell joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1990, teaching until 1998 at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, and since 2000 with the UMUC online learning program. While in Japan she worked extensively with Japanese students, both by teaching English conversation and also through working in continuing education programs at community centers.

JOHN MCMILLAN
Location: Japan
Mr. McMillan holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in computer systems management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. A retired officer in the U.S. Navy, he gained much technical, computer-related and management experience during his career, along with extensive training experience; his most recent Navy assignment was as Commander Fleet Training Group Western Pacific at Yokosuka, Japan. In the business world Mr. McMillan has been a self-employed technology and management consultant; Vice President of Universal Distributing of Nevada, a high-tech manufacturer and distributor; and Vice President for Operations and later President of Regency International Trading Company, a Tokyo-based systems firm. He joined the Asian Division faculty in 1998 and has taught throughout the Tokyo area and in the UMUC online learning program.

JUDITH MCNEELY
Location: Okinawa
Dr. McNeely holds a B.A. in English Education from Louisiana Tech University, an M.A. in English from McNeese State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She began her teaching career as a secondary English instructor. After completing her master’s degree, Dr. McNeely taught composition and literature at Northwestern State University’s Fort Polk campus where she became interested in online teaching. She taught online composition and literature courses for five years before joining UMUC’s Collegiate Traveling Faculty. Dr. McNeely’s primary scholarly research interest is the literature of war.

JAN MCNEIL
Location: Okinawa
Dr. McNeil holds a B.S. in speech communication education from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in speech communication from Memphis State University, an M.A. in English with a concentration in English as a second language from the University of Memphis, an M.Ed. in educational psychology from the University of Hawai`i, and a Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education and communication from Florida State University. She also served as a Fellow at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication during three summers in Oregon and completed two related professional certificates. Dr. McNeil has taught seasoned professionals as well as both traditional and nontraditional students in higher education. In the USA, she taught in Hawai`i, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana; and internationally, she taught in Singapore, first for the National University of Singapore and later for the University at Buffalo; in China for Wenzhou Kean University; and in Taiwan, Qatar, Russia, the Republic of Georgia, France, and Germany. She joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 2014 and is teaching in Okinawa.

PHYLLIS MEDINA
Location: Online Learning
Dr. Medina holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Oklahoma State University, where she had previously earned her B.S. in psychology, with minors in business administration and Spanish, and her M.S. in psychology. She taught at Oklahoma State, with experience in introductory psychology, experimental psychology, and quantitative methods. She held internships at The Center for Applied Cognitive Studies in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Joy Reed Belt & Associates, a human resources consulting form in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ms. Medina joined the UMUC faculty in October 2000, teaching in Okinawa at Kadena AB and Camp Foster and in the graduate counseling program, and since 2002 via DE.

CHRISTOPHER MELLEY
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Melley started teaching with UMUC Europe, in Germany, in August 1984. After learning German more deeply he completed the Ph.D. in philosophy at the Universität des Saarlandes, in 1991, and stayed in Germany teaching English and philosophy with UMUC. He became involved in bio-ethics discussions in Germany and has been active in the European Society for Philosophy and Medicine, based in The Netherlands. Dr. Melley transferred to UMUC Asia in 2008 and is in Okinawa, where along with teaching philosophy and composition courses, he pursues his interest in learning the Japanese language. Dr. Melley serves as FAC representative for Asia.

MOMOE MIYAGI
Location:
Ms. Miyagi holds a Master of Online Learning degree from the University of Maryland University College Graduate School and earlier earned a B.S. in business and management from UMUC. Her first baccalaureate was a B.S. in health sciences from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa. She also studied in the United States where she earned an A.S. degree in respiratory therapy from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a certification in Japanese language instruction from the International Language Center. Ms. Miyagi has worked as a medical technologist in Okinawa, a respiratory therapist in Tucson, Arizona, and as an instructor in the U.S. Army Head Start Program. She joined the UMUC faculty in 1986 and has taught a wide range of courses in Japanese language and culture in Okinawa, as well as in UMUC's online online learning programs. Ms Miyagi is involved in community activities and is a member of the board of directors of the Okinawa Prefecture UNESCO Association. Ms. Miyagi received a Teaching Recognition Award in 2013.

MARK MONAHAN
Location: Korea
Dr. Monahan received his B.S.F.S. in international relations from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and his M.A. in Oriental studies from the University of Arizona, returning to Georgetown to earn his Ph.D. in Asian studies. He also studied at the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies. Dr. Monahan first taught for the Asian Division in 1989 in Korea, and has taught there regularly, as well as in Okinawa, since 1991. He taught at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and also taught and held a number of administrative and advising positions at Yonsei University in Korea. A retired officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, his professional responsibilities during his military career were often related to his specialized knowledge of Asia, including military matters, and to his language proficiency in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

RALPH MORA
Location: Japan
Dr. Ralph Mora took his BA in psychology from City College of New York. He took his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. Dr. Mora has taught psychology for UMUC's European and Asian divisions. In addition to teaching for UMUC Asia, Dr. Mora is active in his field: he has served as a clinical director at the Keller Army Community Hospital Counseling Center, as the department head of the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services at US Naval Hospital in Sigonella, Sicily, and as program coordinator of Exceptional Family Member Sercices in Vicenza, Italy. Dr. Mora rejoined UMUC Asia in June 2009.

YOKO MORIMOTO
Location: Guam
Ms. Yoko Morimoto took her BA in Japenese literature and education from Tezukayama Gakuin University and her MEd in education from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been teaching Japanese at the secondary and university levels for over ten years. Ms. Morimoto joined UMUC Asia in 2008.

GUY MOYER
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Moyer, Collegiate Professor, holds a B.A. in Russian and economics, an M.A. in teaching Russian, an M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in English education, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has “highly qualified” Illinois teaching certification in English, Russian, and economics and has experience teaching Russian at the secondary school level. Since 1995 he has taught English at the college level—at the University of Illinois, in UMUC’s joint Russian-American program in Vladivostok, Russia, and more recently in UMUC’s Asian Division. He has for a number of years taught a variety of English courses for UMUC, to include English composition, British literature, American literature, business writing, technical writing, and creative writing. Dr. Moyer joined UMUC’s Asian Division in 1999.

JAMES MRAZ
Location: Online Learning
Mr. Mraz is a graduate of University of Maryland University College, having earned his B.S. in business and management and accounting. He went on to earn an M.S. in business administration from Boston University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. A veteran of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Mraz retired in 1989 as a gunnery sergeant. He also had several years of experience as a civilian financial officer at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Mr. Mraz has taught for Craven Community College in Cherry Point, North Carolina; Central Texas College; and Park College in Arlington, Virginia. He taught in the Statewide programs of University of Maryland University College from 1987 to 1991, and began teaching for the Asian Division at Iwakuni in 1991.

RONALD MUNSEE
Location: Korea
Mr. Munsee holds a B.A. and M.A., both in mathematics, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.S. in Information Technology from University of Maryland University College. He has taught at several institutions including Golden West Community College, Saddleback Community College, and Pasadena Community College, and the overseas programs of Central Texas College. He also has extensive professional experience as a systems/software engineer with the Rockwell International Company involving programming and analysis on the Peacekeeper ICBM missile programs, and as an environmental statistician and data management engineer with Jacob's Engineering, Inc., working at the latter on projects for the U.S. Navy. Other professional experience includes website management for the Eighth US Armys G1-HR IMO, and USFKs Architecture and Interoperability Information Assurance branch. He joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1996 and has taught in Japan and Korea and in the UMUC online learning program.

KEVIN MURPHY
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Murphy holds a B.S. in English education and psychology, a M.A. in creative writing, and a Ph.D. in creative writing and modern American literature, all from Florida State University. He taught at Florida State University and in the PACE program aboard U.S. Navy vessels and has lived in Alaska where he worked with English tutorial programs for Native Americans. Dr. Murphy originally joined UMUC Asia in 1991 and taught for four years in Okinawa, Japan. He transferred to UMUC's European Division, teaching through 1999 at several sites in Germany, Spain, Italy, and Iceland. He rejoined UMUC Asia in 2001 and has taught primarily in Okinawa and in the online learning program. In 2010, Dr. Murphy was recognized by the University system of Maryland as a Regent’s Award winner in Teaching Excellence and most recently, was selected as the Academic Coordinator, Okinawa in September 2011.