Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

School of Health Sciences Faculty

Dr. Susan M. Muller, Dean
Dr. Susan M. Muller is dean of the School of Health Sciences. She is an experienced higher education leader with a strong background in health and exercise science. Muller most recently served as director of the School of Health Sciences at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she developed a new vision, mission statement and values for the school. She also helped begin the process of developing a new M.S. degree in Athletic Training and worked with faculty to complete a proposal for a B.S. in Nutrition and Fitness. Prior to that, she was on faculty at Murray State University, where she served as dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, and at Salisbury University, where she served as chair of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences and director of the Health Education Program. 

Muller holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Health Education from the University of Maryland, a B.S. in Biological Science from Salisbury University and a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She was elected a Fellow for the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals in 2013, and in 2011, was selected as a Fellow for the American Association of Health Education. While at Salisbury, she earned the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant, and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

Margaret Ledda, HIA Director
Margaret Ledda, MBA, RHIA, has been the director of the Health Information Administration program at Stephens since 2009. Prior to that, she was an adjunct instructor for the HIA program. Ledda is a graduate of both St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, N.Y., and Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y., and has recently relocated to Missouri. Her background is in healthcare administration/management, in both clinical and ambulatory settings. Ledda has been a volunteer firefighter/EMS member for the last 26 years and is also a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Team, an international network of Critical Incident Stress Management teams, service providers, administrators, researchers and educators who function in the field of activity associated with critical incident stress and post-trauma syndromes.

Dr. Jeff Phillips, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences
Dr. Jeff Phillips specializes in ecology, and his research interests focus on the factors determining mate selection in largemouth bass, and the consequence that mate selection has on survival of the young. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

Dr. Carrie Whittle, Assistant Professor
Dr. Carrie Whittle is an assistant professor of mathematics and physics. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (Mathematics). Her research interests are in the field of combinatorial group theory, specifically the word and conjugacy problems for automorphism groups of right-angled Artin groups and the time complexity of algorithms solving these problems.

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