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Exceptional Faculty are the Lifeblood of Saint Leo.

With a low student-to-teacher ratio at our main campus, Saint Leo stays focused on our mission to build a values-based, student-centered environment in which love of learning is of prime importance.

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Faculty Spotlights

Meet a handful of faculty members who bring regionally accredited academic excellence to our students, both on-campus and online.

Courses Taught

  • Biological Principles I (lecture and lab)
  • Biochemistry Lab
  • Fundamentals of Genetics (lecture and lab)
  • Experimental Design
  • Microbiology lecture
  • Cancer Biology
  • Biology Senior Seminar
  • Evolution: Your Inner Fish

Cheryl L. Kozina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Cheryl Kozina is an Assistant Professor of Biology and a member of the Saint Leo Community since 2013. Prior to coming to Saint Leo, Dr. Kozina completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh in the field of DNA damage and repair. Dr. Kozina’s prior research in this area has included the study of base excision repair, nucleotide excision repair, double-strand break repair and interstrand crosslink repair and their role in cancer and aging. Recently Dr. Kozina’s research has focused on the biology classroom and how to improve molecular biology education. This has included recent presentations at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Experimental Biology meeting, the Florida Academy of Sciences meeting, and the MAGNA Teaching with Technology conference. Her classrooms are collaborative learning spaces, where students work together on problem sets, modeling and case studies. Students use the virtual collaborative learning space MeTL (Whiteboard) and quizzes are administered using “Plickers,” where QR-code style pictures are scanned with Dr. Kozina’s iPad rather than using remotes or paper quizzes. Lectures are given in a flipped format outside of the classroom using Microsoft Office Mix and PowerPoint Recordings technology to make time for active learning in the classroom.


  • Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology , Emory University
  • B.A. in Biology, Illinois Wesleyan University

Courses Taught

  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sex and Gender
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Methods of Social Research I: Quantitative Methods
  • Methods of Social Research II: Qualitative Methods
  • Senior Seminar in Sociology
  • The Family in Cross-cultural Perspective
  • Social Problems
  • The Social Ladder
  • Building a Multiracial Society
  • Contemporary Worldview (Honors Program)
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • The McDonaldization of Society
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Comprehensive Sociology Exam
  • Internship in Sociology
  • Human Behavior Perspective

Janis Prince, Ph. D.

Chair, Department of Social Sciences // Associate Professor of Sociology // Alpha Kappa Delta Chapter Representative

Dr. Janis Prince is Chair of the Department of Social Sciences which includes Anthropology, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. A member of the Saint Leo Community since 2010, she is an Associate Professor of Sociology and serves as the Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society) Chapter Representative. Dr. Prince’s research interests include reducing racial disparities and pedagogy.

Before coming to Saint Leo University, Dr. Prince was Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. In this position, she was Co-Principal Investigator or team member on a number of projects including research on the use of psychotropic medications by children in the child welfare system and cultural competency in children’s mental health. She has also held research and evaluation positions at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine, the Everyday Sociology Reader and The Politics of Black Women's Hair.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Southern California
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Southern California
  • Master of Marital and Family Therapy, University of Southern California
  • B.A. Sociology and Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Principles of Accounting II
  • Intermeditae Accounting II
  • Auditing
  • Using Financial Accounting Information
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting

Daniel Tschopp, Ph.D.

Professor of Accounting

Dr. Tschopp is a Professor of Accounting in the School of Business at Saint Leo University.  Prior to joining Saint Leo, he was an Associate Professor of Accounting at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. He was also a Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Tschopp is a CPA and holds a Masters in Accounting and a Doctorate in International Business & World Trade from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  His professional and research interests include Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting and he has published over twenty articles. He won the School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012. In 2013 he won the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s Outstanding Educator of the Year Award for the state of Florida. He was awarded the Saint Leo University Faculty Research Award 2014. In 2015 he won the Faculty Service Award.


  • Ph.D. – International Business & World Trade / Economic Geography - State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MBA – Accounting - State University of New York at Buffalo

Courses Taught

  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Systems Design
  • Management of Information Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Programming (various programming languages: C++, Java, .NET)
  • Design Automation

Vyas Krishnan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Krishnan serves as Associate Professor of Computer Science. He has been a member of the Saint Leo Community since 2009. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Krishnan worked at Texas Instruments Inc. as a computer design engineer. Dr. Krishnan teaches undergraduate computer science courses and graduate cybersecurity courses. His professional and research interests include computer science pedagogy, computer architecture and systems design, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, engineering design optimization, and algorithm design. He has published his research in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work at numerous international conferences. His research in computer science education has been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


  • PhD in Computer Science & Engineering – University of South Florida
  • M.S. in Computer Science - University of South Florida
  • M.S. in Physics - University of South Florida
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering – National Institute of Technology, Surathkal

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Couples and Families
  • Advanced Clinical Pracitce with Individuals
  • Psycopathology

Diane Scotland-Coogan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Graduate Social Work
Dr. Scotland-Coogan is an LCSW who assisted in the creation of a nonprofit agency, K9 Partners for Patriots, which provides service dogs for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma, which is supported by the Department of Defense. Dr. Scotland-Coogan is a certified clinical supervisor for the state of Florida. She has been a psychotherapist with children who had experienced trauma, and a licensing specialist of foster and adoptive homes. As a certified Model Approach in Partnership in Parenting class trainer she worked with families seeking to become foster or adoptive parents. Dr. Scotland-Coogan has presented on such topics as motivational interviewing, working with veterans with PTSD and their families, service dogs for PTSD, and working with children and families in treatment. She has published research on treatment for PTSD, as well as written a chapter in the Social Work Desk Reference on working with military families. Her research focuses on treatment for PTSD and anxiety disorders. Understanding how the brain responds to anxious situations has laid the foundation for identifying beneficial interventions to reduce levels of anxiety and improve quality of life. Preparing students to work with vulnerable populations from a psychological, biological, social and spiritual perspective is what drives her teaching philosophy. She is currently working with Saint Leo on some grant initiatives to support work with military vets and their service dogs. 


  • Bachelor of Social Work, Saint Leo University
  • Masters of Social Work, University of South Florida
  • Doctorate in Psychology, Capella University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Field Placement Human Services
  • Creating New Human Services Organizations
  • Interpersonal Helping Skills
  • Working in Human Services
  • Funding Sources for Human Services

Amina Abdullah, Ph.D.

Chair of Undergraduate Human Services

Dr. Amina Abdullah is the Chair of the Undergraduate Human Services program as well as an Assistant Professor. She holds a PhD in Human Services and a Master's degree in Management. Dr. Abdullah gained over 20 years of combined practical experience as an educator and human services professional from positions held in academia, telecommunications, health care, and health insurance. Her specialties are counseling and case management. In her current role, she teaches, organizes community services initiatives, and service learning experiences for students enrolled in the Virginia region of the human services program. Her teaching interests include organizing service learning activities which provide students with the opportunity to engage in experiential learning outside of the classroom. She serves on the advisory board for John Amos' Halley's Comet Foundation, the Southern Organization for Human Services board as the State Representative at Large for Virginia and is the founder of the PhD Sisters Support Group which can be found on Facebook. She is a published author of several scholarly works which include articles in peer reviewed journals as well as the series "Their Journey to the PhD", a collection of stories from women who earned a doctoral degree. Dr. Abdullah is committed to mentoring, advocating for, and empowering young women. She is based at the Newport News Center and organizes student, faculty, and staff each year for Feeding 5000, a local initiative for feeding the homeless and those in poverty each year at Thanksgiving. She earned the 2017 Saint Leo University Excellence in Service Award for her university and community work.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Human Services, Capella University
  • Master of Management, Business Management, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Management, University of Phoenix

Courses Taught

  • World Religions
  • Christian Spiritual Vision
  • The Life & Letters of Paul
  • The Prophetic Writings
  • History of Christianity
  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology

Marc A. Pugliese, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Religion

Dr. Pugliese does research in comparative theology, investigating ways Christian theology can learn from other faiths, with a focus on Christianity and Advaita Hinduism. His other areas of scholarship include philosophical theology, God, and the Trinity, interdisciplinary work with science and religion and ethics and economics, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. His co-edited volume on interreligious pedagogy, Teaching Interreligious Encounters, was recently published with Oxford University Press in the American Academy of Religion (AAR)’s Teaching Religious Studies series. He is also the author of The One, the Many and the Trinity with The Catholic University of America Press, and co-author of Beyond Naïveté: Ethics, Economics and Values with economist Rohnn B. Sanderson. He also co-edited and contributed to the Festschrift for Joseph A. Bracken, S. J., published by Marquette University Press. Dr. Pugliese is co-founder and co-chair of the Religious Conversions Unit in the AAR, a faculty member of Saint Leo University’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, and has been a Luce Foundation Fellow. As a faculty expert in religion for Saint Leo’s Polling Institute, he has been featured in national news and interviews. In his teaching Dr. Pugliese joins constructivist learning with rigorous critical thinking, using techniques of experts like Stephen Brookfield, Gerald Nosich, and the Foundation for Critical Thinking.  Before joining Saint Leo, Dr. Pugliese was Area Coordinator for Theology at Brescia University.


  • Ph.D., Contemporary Systematic Theolog; M. Phil. Theology - Fordham University
  • Th.M., Theology - Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.Div. - Westminster Theological Seminary
  • B. A., Philosophy and Psychology, Minor in Religious Studies, Summa Cum Laude -University of Delaware

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