Welcome New CASL Faculty

September 4, 2019

CASL welcomes four new full-time faculty members this fall.

Message from Dean Martin Hershock:

Dear CASL Community Members,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you all to our newest faculty colleagues.  I am sure that you will agree (as our new hires' records make clear) that the college continues to attract outstanding faculty.  Our academic programs, our students, and the college's research profile are all enhanced through such stellar hires. 

Once again, the various search committees involved in this process are to be commended.  Thank you all for your hard work.  

Please join me in welcoming our new colleagues to campus. 


Wessam Elmeligi

Assistant Professor of Arabic, Dept. of Language, Culture, & Communication

Wessam Elmeligi has a Ph.D. in literary theory. He helped establish Arabic and translation programs at Alexandria University, Middlebury College and Macalester College, before coming to the Department of Language, Culture, and Communication at UM-Dearborn. His research focuses on narrative theory, visual analysis, translation, and comparative Arabic and Western literature. His book Arab Women Poets from Pre-Islamic Times to Andalusia is a critical anthology of over 200 Arab women poets, many of whom are translated and analyzed in English for the first time. He also published two graphic novels, Y and Y and Jamila


Gengxin Li

Associate Professor of Statistics, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics 

Gengxin Li received a Ph.D. in statistics from Michigan State University, and was an Associate Professor at Wright State University. Dr. Li's areas of research interests include big data, high-dimensional data analysis, statistical genetics, statistical genomics, and the Bayesian & Dirichlet process. She has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the award for Women in the STEMM Disciplines, and has published many scholarly journal articles. 


Sven Morgan

Chair and Professor of Geology, Dept. of Natural Sciences

Sven Morgan received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He spent 18 years as a faculty member and Department Chair at Central Michigan University and two years as a Department Chair at Iowa State University before coming to Dearborn in 2019. His research is focused on magma emplacement into the crust (magma plumbing systems) and ductile deformation mechanisms; teaching areas include: geological sciences, structural geology, tectonics, geophysics, and field methods.


Rachel Pricer

Lecturer III in Biological Sciences, Dept. of Natural Sciences

Rachel Pricer has a doctoral degree and postdoctoral experience in the field of chemical biology. Dr. Pricer has lectured for graduate level chemical biology courses at the University of Michigan, along with student-instructing an advanced undergraduate biochemistry course. She has also worked as a professional science illustrator, creating educational graphics for many chemistry journals.

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