Undergraduate Faculty Listing

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AZIZ TADAYON
Mathematics
Collegiate Associate Professor
Traveling

Prof. Tadayon graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with a concentration in mathematics and engineering. He earned a M.S. in petroleum and mechanical engineering from the University of New Orleans, LSU systems as well as a M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Prof. Tadayon continued with his education with doctoral work in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Toledo. He has completed all requirements but dissertation (ABD). Prof. Aziz Tadayon dissertation is entitled “A Novel Method of Determination of Signal Direction Finding/Arrival (SDFA) with an Array of Sensors in Wideband Systems”. Prof. Tadayon has worked as a senior drilling engineer for petroleum companies such as Exlog, Baker Hughes INTEQ, Sperry-Sun, Schlumberger (AnaDrill), and M-I drilling fluids offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. He also worked on highly sensitive projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers at Cold regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (USA CRREL, performing high scientific research program namely “ Ballistic Impact on Composite Materials”. He also, has extensive teaching experience, teaching engineering, mathematics and physics courses at the University of New Orleans, the University of Toledo, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Abu Dhabi University (ADU) in the United Arab Emirates. In 2014, Prof. Tadayon received the UMUC Asia Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award. He published many of his research works in well-known Scientific and Engineering Journals.

HINAKO TAKAHASHI-BREINES
Bridge (TESOL)
Collegiate Assistant Professor

Dr. Takahashi-Breines holds a BS in Biology from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. After working in marketing in both Japan and the US, she moved to the US to work on her graduate studies in Second Language Education. She earned a MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies from University of New Mexico. Her studies focused on Second Language Education and Bilingual Education. She was an Elementary School teacher in New Mexico for over 10 years. She also taught Undergraduate and Graduate Education classes, and worked for a School Reform Consulting Organization as a Literacy Specialist. She is Japanese native, lived in Spain in her teenage years, and then as an adult, lived almost 20 years in the US. As a result, she is tri-lingual, fluent in Japanese, Spanish and English.

Rick Tanney
RICK TANNEY
Computer Studies, Philosophy
Collegiate Associate Professor
Traveling

Prof. Tanney was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1948 and has also lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Germany, Texas, and Maine. He is a retired US Army Behavioral Sciences Non-Commissioned Officer and holds several degrees including: a BA in English from Ohio State University, a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland University), and an MS in Computer Information Systems from Boston University and an MS in Spatial Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine. His extensive teaching experience includes having taught computer science since 1985 and philosophy since 1997. Mr. Tanney joined UMUC in the spring of 2010 teaching online. He also taught computer science for UMUC-Europe as an adjunct while on active duty between 1985 and 1990. Between 1995 and 1999, he taught computer science and philosophy at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. Starting in June 2010, he taught for UMUC-Asia for five years in Korea, and has since taught in Okinawa and Kanto area. 

LORENZA TAYLOR
Information Technology Systems Management
Adjunct Instructor
Guam
Professor Taylor holds a BA in Information Technology and Management from Trident University, an MS in Information Security/Assurance and Digital Forensics Management also from Trident University. He has experience in conducting technical training lessons and evaluations on CISCO and L3 equipment. Also, experienced with supporting office environment Microsoft and Apple applications including, but not limited to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Apple Pages, Apple Keynote and Outlook. Not to exclude knowledge with multiple operating systems MAC OS X, UNIX, LINUX, Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8. He joined UMUC Asia in 2016 as an Adjunct Professor and is currently teaching Information Systems Technology courses at Andersen AFB campus in Guam.
VINCENT TAYLOR
History
Adjunct Instructor
Okinawa

Professor Vincent Taylor holds a Master of Teaching (MAT) from National University in La Jolla, California, an MA global history from American Military University (AMU) and a BA in history from the University of Maryland University College - Asia. As a passionate, Hawaii state certified social studies educator, he taught one year at Lokelani Intermediate School on Maui, Hawaii. Prof. Taylor is a U.S. Navy retiree, having served over twenty years in the logistics field. He has lived outside of the United States for more than twenty-five years, with twenty-one of those years spent in Japan. He enjoys world travel, reading global literature, running and spending quality time with family and friends.

 

RAY THOMPON
Biology
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Okinawa
Prof. Thompson holds a B.A. in biology and science education from the University of South Florida and an M.Ed. in science education and marine biology, also from the University of South Florida. He took additional graduate training in chemistry, geology, and oceanography from the University of South Florida and other institutions. Mr. Thompson taught at the middle school level in Florida and has more than 20 years of teaching experience in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Torrejon, Spain; Iraklion, Crete; Yokosuka, Japan; SHAPE, Belgium; and at the Daegu American School in Korea. He joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1995 and taught in Yokosuka, Japan and more recently in the Daegu, Korea area.
Mike Tisher
MICHAEL TISHER
Mathematics
Collegiate Assistant Professor
Traveling

Prof. Tisher received his B. S. in computer science and earned two M.S. degrees in mathematics, one from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and another from Louisiana State University. Mr. Tisher has taught mathematics at Louisiana State University and at McNeese State University. In the latter university, he taught not only to college students but also to children in a developmental math program, and has also worked as a counselor and administrator in a program for gifted children. He has had experience in the scheduling and executing of computer tape and print jobs at the Exxon Computing Services Center in Houston and has experience in the editing and revising of math textbooks. Since joining UMUC Asia in 1999, Mr. Tisher has taught in various locations in Japan and in the online learning program, and received the Drazek Teaching Excellence Award in 2005.

THOMAS TYLER
Art, Business Management
Adjunct Instructor
Okinawa

Prof. Thomas Tyler holds a MA from Ashford University.