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.
Dr. Ghadah Alshuwaiyer, Assistant Professor of Health Science
Prior to coming to Stephens, Dr. Ghadah Alshuwaiyer was at the University of Oklahoma where she completed her doctoral work and served as a graduate research and teaching assistant. She has also served as a physical therapist intern at medical complexes, sports medicine hospitals and a military hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Alshuwaiyer has an M.S. in Health Science with a concentration in Health Administration from Towson University and a B.S. in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Lois Bichler, Associate Professor (Sabbatical)
Dr. Lois Bichler is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Bichler specializes in veterinary microbiology, and her research interests include the study of mechanisms of virulence and pathogenicity of enteric bacteria, particularly Salmonella enteritidis, in both animals and humans.
Dr. Jennifer Eastwood, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
Dr. Jennifer Eastwood previously served as assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan. There, she taught and developed curricular activities for medical histology lectures and lab and served as course director for the Hematological-Lymphoid Organ System Course. She holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from Indiana University, an M.S. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from Indiana University and a B.A. in Biology from Truman State University.
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. Anna Slusarz, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Anna Slusarz previously was an instructor of biochemistry, a research assistant and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, serving in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of German and Russian Studies. She has a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Missouri and has also studied at the University of Vienna.
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.