Get to know the faculty and staff who have recently joined Geneseo.
This is part four of a continuing series welcoming the newest members of our family and introducing them to the campus.
Michele Margeson, Secretary 1 in the Department of Career Development, will be providing programming, on-campus recruiting and administrative support, as well as maintaining Knight Job.
She holds an associate in applied science in business administration from SUNY Alfred. Michele is currently completing a bachelor of business administration, majoring in technology management, through SUNY Alfred and hopes to graduate in spring 2018.
Prior to her role at Geneseo, she was office coordinator at St. James Mercy Health, an office administrator at Hanger Prosthetic and Orthotics, and office assistant 1 for the NYS Office of Mental Health, Groveland Correctional Facility.
In her spare time, she focuses most of her attention on her 2 teenage children and adult son, ensuring they receive guidance and a daily dose of parental embarrassment. She also enjoys photography and cake decorating.
Emily Cole, study abroad advisor, will will also serve as program manager for one-directional study abroad programs and winter intersession faculty-led programs. She holds a bachelor of science degree in hospitality and tourism management from Niagara University and a master’s of science in college student personnel administration from Canisius College.
Previous professional experience includes a stint as coordinator for international study opportunities at the University of New Haven. As a graduate student, she interned in Galway, Ireland, and studied abroad near Liverpool, England, during her undergraduate studies.
In her spare time, she likes traveling, reading, cooking and baking, doing yoga, biking and being outdoors.
Lee M. Pierce is finally back up North, joining the Department of Communication as a visiting assistant professor after eight years in Georgia. Lee holds a doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia (UGA), a master’s in Communication from SUNY Brockport and a bachelor’s in Business and Marketing Communications from Elmira College. At Geneseo, Lee will teach Visual Communication, Introduction to Public Speaking, and Interpersonal Communication. Previously, Lee was a lecturer in UGA’s Department of Communication Studies, which included teaching an original course entitled “Politics of Style: Or, the Curious Case of Taylor Swift.” Outside of the classroom, Lee enjoys writing and working on a new book project (Syntaxing the Nation: Readings of the Rhetorical Present), as well as playing the piano, practicing yoga, cooking and sailing. Lee is also a fan of women’s mixed martial arts and rugby (“Go Warthogs!”), and hopes to teach yoga on campus next spring.
“When I was here as an undergraduate, the campus always smelled like burning alfalfa,” Lee recalled. “I’m very happy that I have only noticed the smell once!”
Ken Miller joins Geneseo as visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, where he’ll teach American Government, Modern Political Analysis, Legislative Process, and Public Opinion and Mass Media. He earned a doctorate in government from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in applied politics from the University of Akron, and a bachelor’s in political science from Cleveland State University. Before pursuing a career in academia, Ken was a musician for about 15 years; he played bass on 14 full-length albums with two different bands — the Cowslingers (1996-2003) and the Whiskey Daredevils (2004-2011) — and toured across 28 states and in Europe.
“I’ve mostly moved on from that part of my life, but I still rejoin the old band to record in the studio or play a one-off show once in a while,” he said. He last recorded with the Cowslingers this past June at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit. The album is scheduled for release this winter. Coming from UT-Austin, about “10 times the size of Geneseo,” Ken is surprised by the energy of the university. “I expected to find a quiet and pastoral place, but there’s a lot going on here — both in my department as across campus as well.”
Billy Jackson is a new visiting assistant professor of mathematics, who previously taught the same subject as assistant professor at the University of Tennessee — Chattanooga. Before that, he was a lecturer at the University of Maine and also taught at the University of West Georgia and Saint Xavier University. A former high school math teacher, Billy’s education research interests include teacher education and professional development, curriculum design and pedagogical content knowledge for teaching mathematics at the secondary and post-secondary levels. His mathematics research focuses on continuous and discrete dynamical systems, hybrid systems, and more generally dynamic equations on time scales. He earned a Ph.D., Master’s and Bachelor’s — all in mathematics — from Baylor University, the University of Georgia, and Georgia Southern University, respectively.
Billy is an avid poker player who enjoys working on his research in math education, as well as bowling. “I’m looking forward to working with some of New York’s teachers to try and help their students learn math in new and innovative ways,” he said.