A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses
I am thrilled to share that we will be welcoming a number of new full-time faculty to the Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses this fall, which will allow us to add to the variety and number of courses that we offer in an effort to meet student enrollment demand. Throughout the summer, I will share brief biographies of our new faculty as a preview of who will be joining our team for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
This week, I am pleased to share biographies of our new faculty in English and speech.
Ryan Tullis will join the Osceola Campus as a professor of English. Growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Ryan skipped out on the SATs and graduated from high school with a 2.1 GPA. At 18, wanting a fresh start, he moved to Florida and attended Seminole State College (SSC), where he fell in love with academia and literature. While there, he won the Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright Poetry Prize and his first novel, Taralisu, was picked up by Wild Wolf Publishing in London. He went on from SSC to receive his bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Central Florida (UCF) while interning as an editor for The Florida Review.
He now holds an Master of Fine Arts in writing from Pacific University. His work has been featured in Business Insider and Apercus Quarterly, among other publications. He also serves as an enterprise writer and content editor for the gaming journal, EventHubs.
He has worked as a substitute teacher at the high school that almost failed him, taught at SSC as an adjunct instructor and has served as a faculty member with Valencia College for two years. He also works with the REACH program, helping other uncommon scholars achieve their full potential.
Beth Nappo will join the Osceola Campus as a professor of English. Beth studied English, theater and history at UCF. After receiving her Master of Arts in English, she was appointed to the position of thesis/dissertation editor for UCF. Before joining Valencia, Beth also wrote proposals and marketing materials for the legal field.
Beth enjoys writing scripts for theater and film. She has produced several plays in Florida and was named a finalist for 27th Annual One Act Play Contest at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Natalie Yrisarry will join the Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses as a professor of speech. Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts in English and interpersonal/organizational communication and her Master of Arts in communication from UCF. Natalie previously taught at UCF and Stetson University. She was awarded the National Communication Association Top Paper in the Instructional Communication division in 2015 for her research on classroom incivility behaviors.
Nicholas Ware will join the Osceola Campus as a professor of English. Nicholas is currently finishing his Ph.D. in texts and technology at UCF. He has recent publications in the academic anthologies, The Play Versus Story Divide in Games Studies and Performance and Professional Wrestling. Additionally, he performs multiple times a month at SAK Comedy Lab in downtown Orlando. He has multiple T-shirts that feature both cats and space.
Shea Faulkner will join the Lake Nona Campus as a professor of English. Shea received her Bachelor of Science in secondary English education at the University of South Carolina, Master of Education at Southern Wesleyan University and her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Converse College