This academic year Hampton University has reinforced its commitment to research and the arts. The new academic chairpersons, who were appointed in Spring 2015, have goals that include increasing innovative research and expanding the reach of the liberal arts within their schools.
Dr. Lisa VanHoose was named chair of the Department of Physical Therapy; Dr. Ebony Andrews was named chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice; and Shonda Buchanan was named interim chair of the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages.
Dr. Lisa VanHoose
Dr. Lisa VanHoose, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Science
VanHoose earned a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from the University of Central Arkansas in 1995, a master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 1996, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2011. She is currently completing a Masters in Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center. In her last professional appointment, VanHoose was an assistant professor in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science department at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
"We have a fabulous faculty and staff in the HU PT program. The leadership that Dr. (Yolanda) Rainey has provided over the last few years has been amazing," VanHoose said. "The students in the program are committed to becoming practitioners who are culturally competent and evidence based trained."
Dr. Ebony Andrews
Dr. Ebony Andrews, Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy
Andrews earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from Hampton University in 2004 and a biology degree from Old Dominion University in 1997. She is also an assistant professor in the HU School of Pharmacy teaching Geriatrics and Pediatrics General Principles, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, Patient Assessment, Pain Management Therapeutics, and Pharmacy Practice Lab. Additionally, she is a preceptor for fourth year students for the Geriatrics Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE.)
"I am excited to step into this position at my alma mater, and help future pharmacists to make a difference in healthcare," Andrews said.
Shonda Buchanan, Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, School of Liberal Arts
Buchanan earned a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2010, a M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University in 1997 and a B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University in 1995. She dually teaches Introduction to Poetry, Introduction to Fiction, Creative Writers Workshop I and II, Written Communication I and II, Senior Seminar at HU.
"It's an honor to be at the helm of such a wonderful department with faculty who are committed to excellent teaching," Buchanan said.