Undergraduate Faculty Listing

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Heidi Mannion
HEIDI MANNION
Biology
Adjunct Professor
Guam

Dr. Mannion holds a B.S. in medical technology, from Canal Zone College in Panama, an M.S. in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a certificate of completion in molecular laboratory diagnostics from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in health-related sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked as a medical technologist for 20 years prior to beginning her teaching career at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She was the program director and taught in the Medical Laboratory Science department at UAA for almost twenty years before retiring as Professor Emerita in 2018.

RICK "Paul" MARTIN
Biology
Collegiate Professor
Traveling

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.

TATSUKI MATSUI
Mathematics, Physics
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Japan

Dr. Tatsuki Matsui holds his B.S. in Physics from Keio University, Japan (1999) and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Iowa (2008). His specialties are theoretical physics of space and fusion plasmas, and massively parallel plasma particle simulations. He has worked as a researcher at the medical imaging and high-performance computing lab at the University of Iowa Hospital, Los Alamos National Laboratory, etc. As a math/physics instructor, he has been a UMUC Asia faculty member since 2013. His recent teaching/researching experiences include plasma physics and supercomputing at Kobe University, Japan, advanced physics and electrical engineering labs at Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, Japan.

KAZUE MATSUOKA
Japanese Language
Adjunct Instructor
Okinawa
Prof. 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.
CHRISTOPHER MAZZU
Bridge
Adjunct Instructor
Japan

Prof. Christopher Mazzu holds an M.S.Ed. in TESOL from Temple University, Japan Campus and a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland University College, Asia.

VANESSA MCCOMBS
Writing
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Japan
Prof. McCombs holds a BA in Journalism from Mississippi University for Women and a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from Georgia College and State University. She previously taught at East Cost Polytechnic Institute (ECPI) University, where she headed up the Arts and Sciences Department at the Northern Virginia campus, before joining her husband in traveling overseas.
CYNTHIA MCGINNIS
Math/Statistics
Collegiate Associate Professor
Traveling

Prof. Cynthia McGinnis holds an MA and BA in mathematics from the University of West Florida.

JOHN MCMILLAN
Computer Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor
Japan
Prof. 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.
GARY MCSWINEY
Information Technology Systems Management
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Korea
Prof. McSwiney holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems as well as an M.S. in Management Information Systems from Bellevue University in Nebraska. He retired from the US Air Force after 20 years’ service in 2001, with specialties in Weapon Systems Security and Communications-Computer Operations. He has worked as a US government contractor supporting DIA enterprise IT operations along with project management, cybersecurity and computing virtualization operations. He currently works as a Technical Project Manager on the Yongsan Relocation Program (YRP) effort to move military operational assets from Seoul, Korea to the Pyongtaek area.

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