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Javier Portillo

Assistant Professor of Economics

Javier received a B.Acc. in accounting and economics from Loyola University New Orleans. He went on to

earn an M.S. and is completing a Ph.D. in economics at Florida State University. He served as an

instructor at Florida State, and while there was the recipient of the BB&T Dissertation Fellowship and

the Michael J. Piette Dissertation Fellowship. His research interests are public economics, law and

economics, and experimental economics.

Matthew Rhoades

Instructor of Physics

Matthew received a B.S. in physics from the University of South Carolina, and will receive an M.S. in

physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham this August. He served as a teaching assistant at

both institutions, receiving the Outstanding Senior Teaching Assistant award from UAB’s Department of

Physics. He also received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award from the American Association of

Physics Teachers in 2017.

Ream Shoreibah

Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing

Ream received a B.A. in business administration from The American University in Cairo, Egypt, followed

by an M.B.A. from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of South Florida. She

has taught at Fort Hays State University, the University of South Florida, and the University of South

Florida St. Petersburg. She works as a non-profit marketing consultant and is the owner of a Yogurt

Mountain franchise

Sebastían Troncoso Naranjo

Visiting Instructor of Mathematics

Sebastían received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics from Pontificia Universidad

Católica de Chile, and is completing a Ph.D. in mathematics from Michigan State University. He served as

a teaching assistant at both universities. He also served as the tutoring center supervisor and lead

teaching assistant at Michigan State. His research interests include uniform boundedness conjecture,

arithmetic dynamics, Diophantine geometry, and non-Archimedean analysis.

Amber Wagner

Assistant Professor of Creative and Applied Computing

Amber earned a B.S. in computer science and an M.S. in information systems from Kennesaw State

University. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Alabama. She began her

teaching career as a computer science instructor and database administrator for the Alabama School of

Fine Arts. She served as the Associate Director of Technology Planning and Strategy for Kennesaw State

University. Her most recent positions include teaching and research positions at the University of

Alabama and Kennesaw State University.