Each year, the College of Charleston hires an impressive array of new teacher-scholars, adding these individuals to the ranks of its faculty. This fall, over 90 new professors and instructors are beginning to make their mark at CofC as they help to educate students and prepare them to excel in their respective careers.

According to Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Frances C. Welch, “Some of the best and brightest individuals in higher education become members of the College of Charleston faculty.”

Welch continues, “Each year, our departments and programs hire new faculty members to enhance the institution’s research and teaching expertise, and I’m excited to say that this fall is no different. Each of our six academic schools has added a number of talented new professors and instructors, and we welcome them to our vibrant intellectual community. I’m confident that our students will be equally excited to learn from them.”

These new faculty members have come to Charleston from far and wide. Their collective academic backgrounds comprise a variety of impressive institutions, including Stanford University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University, Texas A&M and the University of California at Berkeley.

Collectively, this new cadre of teacher-scholars brings a broad array of research and teaching specialties to the College, which range from ancient Egyptian art to E-commerce to obesity in Latin America to the intersection of social movements, among many others.

Feifei Chen

Communication professor Feifei Chen.

Here’s a quick look at some of these new professors and their areas of specialty:

Feifei Chen will be teaching in the Department of Communication. As a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University, her studies focused on crisis communication, issues management, nonprofit management communication and strategic social media communication.

Adam Jordan

Teacher education professor Adam Jordan.

Assistant professor Adam Jordan is bringing his expertise in special education to the Department of Teacher Education. He taught in this department last year as a visiting professor and garnered a comment by one student on RateMyProfessor.com as the “most WOKE professor” in the program.

Recently employed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Tara Prakash has joined the Department of Art and Architectural History. Her research specialties include the art, archaeology and art history of ancient Egypt, with particular interest in issues of ethnicity and identity, foreign interactions, artistic agency and pain and emotions.


Political science professor Douglas Rivet.

Tara Prakash

Art history professor Tara Prakash.

Douglas Rivet specializes in urban geography. He’s joining the Department of Political Science, with research interests focused on the relationship between urban environments, policy and development and rehabilitation outcomes. With a decade of experience in local government, Rivet will teach courses on urbanization, planning and applications of geographic information systems.

Iris Junglas is the Noah T. Leask Distinguished Professor of Information Management and Innovation in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management. Formerly a faculty member at Florida State University, she specializes in E-, M- and U-Commerce, and researches issues at the intersection of technology innovation and business analytics.

Iris Junglas

Information management professor Iris Junglas.

Daniel Maroncelli

Math professor Daniel Maroncelli.

Daniel Maroncelli, has been teaching in the Department of Mathematics as a visiting faculty member since 2017, but now will teach as an assistant professor. His general research is in the area of functional analysis, ordinary differential equations and difference equations. He studies the existence of solutions to nonlinear boundary value problems in continuous, discrete and impulsive differential and difference equations.

Serena-Kaye Kinley-Cooper, a 2014 graduate of the College, has joined the Department of Psychology and will teach courses related to her specialty in stroke and brain stimulation. Kinley-Cooper is currently a doctoral candidate in the neurosciences department at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Sarah Koellner

German professor Sarah Koellner.

Serena-Kaye Kinley-Cooper

Public health lecturer Serena-Kaye Kinley-Cooper.

Sarah Koellner has joined the Department of German and Russian Studies as an assistant professor after teaching here as a visiting professor last year. Her research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of literature, and law and politics, with a specialization in 20th and 21st German and Austria literature, film and theater.

For a look at all the College’s new faculty members, view this presentation.