Undergraduate Faculty Listing

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ADAM BRECKENRIDGE
Speech, Writing
Collegiate Assistant Professor
Traveling

Dr. Adam Breckenridge holds a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from the University of South Florida, a M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University and a BA in English literature from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

RONALD BREINES
English
Collegiate Associate Professor
Traveling

Prof. Breines is a playwright, poet, novelist, composer, divemaster, horse trainer, karate/jujustu sensei, and former national champion gymnast. Having grown up in a blue-collar town in New York, Ron believes that his mediocrity as a student in grade school (driven by sheer boredom) led to his seeking different paths of learning. After many years of exploration, Ron has come to a simple understanding, “The key to learning anything is to develop the curiosity to learn everything.” Ron began composing music/writing lyrics as a child after he first saw The Beatles on TV. Years later, after studying acting at the American Academy on of Dramatic Arts, and with Lee Strasberg, Herbert Berghoff and Uta Hagen in NYC, Ron took a course in playwriting. Since then he’s had 8 dramatic works produced in the U.S. and abroad and an Off-Broadway musical as composer/librettist/playwright. In the 1980s, Ron studied dramatic writing at CUNY with Obie award nominee Richard Schotter (Ron composed the music for Schotter’s play Taking Stock) and poetry with National Book award winner Marie Ponsot. Ron created the playwright’s program at Emerson College in Boston and has taught playwriting and creative/rhetorical writing at the University of New Mexico and other universities in the U.S. and Japan. Currently, Ron is working on two new collections of poetry, a narrative epic poem and a book on Okinawan Karate. Ron is married to Professor Hinako Breines; they have an 11 year old daughter, Hana, who is being exposed to “everything.”

DANIEL BROUDY
English
Adjunct Professor
Okinawa
Dr. Broudy holds a B.S. in English writing from Slippery Rock University with emphasis in composition classical rhetoric. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Republic of Panama. His second Army assignment was at Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he developed training strategies and manuals for UAV and JSTARS systems, and began work on an M.A. in English with Norwich University. Subsequent assignments took him to the Korean Analysis Center in Seoul and then to ITAC in Washington, D.C. where he tested emerging digital imagery technologies. Dr. Broudy left active duty in 1994 to join the UMUC faculty, teaching for a year at Kunsan Air Base in Korea. Since then he has been teaching throughout Okinawa. His doctorate is in applied psycholinguistics from Deakin University. His research and writing focus analysis on image, symbol, and text in instiutional propaganda that shapes meaning and public perception.
Michael Brown
L.G. MICHAEL BROWN
Bridge
Collegiate Assistant Professor
Traveling

Dr. Brown has taught at the University of Hawaii for the past four years in their English Language Program, teaching all levels of international students. In addition, since 2018, Dr. Brown has taught a hybrid face-to-face and online course for the University of Southern California’s (USC) Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership program. Previously, he taught a course in Aviation at the U.S. Naval Academy while also serving as a Company Officer. He is originally from Michigan, but until recently called Hawaii home. He earned a B.A. from Miami University (in Oxford, Ohio), and an M.A. in TESOL, as well as a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California. Dr. Brown is a Peer-editor for the Journal of International Students, a retired Navy officer; he has lived in Europe and Asia, and traveled to more than 30 countries. He enjoys learning languages, and teaching all types and all levels of students.

Wayne Brown
WAYNE BROWN
Business Management
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Okinawa

Dr. Brown earned a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Baker College Graduate Studies, and B.A. degrees from the University of California, Davis. He attended UCLA in continuation with UC Davis, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) University Taxco, Mexico for intensive language study and cultural diaspora study, and Cornell University as a participant in the 21st century summer program for teachers. In addition to have worked and lived in various countries, he fluently speaks English, Spanish, Japanese and some Arabic. Dr. Brown founded WEB International Institute (WEBII), which provides teacher candidates with TESOL certification and job assistance for work in public/private schools, college/universities, language schools, private sectors, and in other areas of education.

Anne Byrd
ANN BYRD
English
Adjunct Associate Professor
Okinawa

Dr. Ann Marie Byrd began teaching at UMUC in 2019 after residing in Southern California where she taught at both the Cal State Fullerton and Orange Coast College. Previously, she was a full-time faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and the University of Notre Dame. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as an M.A. and B.A. in English from Michigan State University.

Dr. Byrd has a diverse academic background teaching English Literature, Writing, Speech, Communication, Humanities, World Literature, Dramatic Literature, Theatre Directing, and Acting for the Stage & Screen.

As a professional writer, Dr. Byrd is a broadly published scholar, journalist, arts columnist and theatre critic as well as a webmaster—developing marketing and social media content for not-for-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise are in Restoration and Renaissance drama, and she is the author of The Ravishing Restoration, a feminist-historicist study of 17thcentury English playwright Aphra Behn. As a theatre practitioner, she is a historian, critically-acclaimed stage director and an active member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

DONNA CALHOUN
Business Management
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Guam

Prof. Calhoun holds a MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a BS in business administration in accounting from the University of Maine.

LeSean Carey
LESEAN CAREY
Writing
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Okinawa

Professor Carey earned her BA and M.T. from the University of Virginia in English Literature/Composition and Secondary English Education.

Elizabeth Cena
ELIZABETH D. CENA
Accounting, Business Management & Law
Collegiate Assistant Professor
Guam

Prof. Elizabeth Cena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting and an MBA from Polytechnic University of the Philippines and MS in Management from Troy State University in 20014. She took her LLB (Bachelor of Laws), JD from the University of the East/UP in 1987. Ms. Cena has several years of professional employment experience as an Internal/External Auditor, Financial Analyst, Legal Researcher, Finance & Administrative Manager, Controller and CFO in various corporate offices. She used to be Associate Comptroller of the University of Guam and currently Corporate Finance Officer of Guam Federation of Teachers. Prof. Cena joined UMUC Asia in 2008 and currently teaching accounting and business law subjects. In 2016, she received the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence award from the University of Maryland (UMUC) Asia.

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