The Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College welcomed several new faculty members for the fall 2012 semester, including a NOVA graduate who returned to teach after earning a doctorate degree.
John C. Kincheloe, assistant professor of history, brings several years of teaching experience, including three years as an adjunct at NOVA. He earned a master’s degree at James Madison University and is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Connecticut. He lives in Alexandria with his wife, Casey, and Luke, a Labrador/blue heeler mix.
Tymura McHellen, assistant professor of sociology, has been an adjunct at NOVA for two years and previously taught at several institutions in Georgia. McHellen holds a master’s degree in sociology with emphasis in criminology from Mississippi State University and is pursuing a doctorate in sociology at Howard University. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Md., but hopes to move to Aldie, Va., soon.
Anita Mohan, assistant professor of chemistry, earned a doctorate at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. She has been an adjunct at NOVA since 2009 and has 17 years of additional teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels at universities in India. Mohan lives in McLean with her spouse, Rajendra Singh. Their two children, Sumedha and Samarth, are in college.
Lisa Nanni-Messegee, assistant professor of communication studies and theatre, has taught part-time at NOVA’s Manassas and Woodbridge campuses. She also has experience teaching at George Mason University and the University of Mary Washington. In addition, she is the resident director and playwright for Acting for Young People, a nonprofit theatre training program with a professional touring company. She holds a master of fine arts in directing/theatre from Minnesota State University in Mankato and a master’s degree in acting from Kansas State University. She lives in Fairfax Station with her husband, Todd, and their 4-year-old daughter, Evangeline.
Tierney Pitzer, assistant professor of information technology, has been an NOVA adjunct for the last year. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the information technology field, including software design and development in various software languages. She holds a master’s degree in software systems engineering from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in software programming from Shepherd University. Pitzer lives in Leesburg.
Stephanie Semler, assistant professor of philosophy, earned a doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Nevada. She gained teaching experience at George Mason University, Virginia Tech and Radford University. She also has several years of experience as a college registrar. Semler lives in Alexandria with her husband, Jim Baker, and their yellow Labrador, Philodemus.
Lauren S. Steck teaches English as a second language (ESL). She brings four years of experience as a secondary ESL teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools as well as four years as an adjunct ESL instructor at NOVA. In addition, she participated in two summer programs of teaching intensive English with the Center for International Education at Nazareth College of Rochester, N.Y. She holds a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Nazareth College and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Steck lives in Leesburg.
Tyler M. White, assistant professor of mathematics, started his academic journey by earning an associate degree in mathematics at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus. He went on to earn two bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science at George Mason University. Then he transferred to George Washington University where he completed a doctorate in mathematics. During graduate school, he gained teaching experience at George Mason and George Washington. White lives in Lake Ridge with his wife, Karlys, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, and newborn son, Nathaniel. Karlys White is also a NOVA graduate who teaches English at NOVA’s Annandale Campus.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.