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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Dr. Shannon Jackson serves as a Professor of Management in the Tapia School of Business at Saint Leo University. Dr. Jackson teaches at the undergraduate, MBA and DBA levels. Prior to joining the faculty in 1998, Dr. Jackson taught at Hampton University and Ithaca College for a combined ten years. Prior to beginning her teaching career, Dr. Jackson worked in Public Relations for Ramada Inns Corporate offices in Phoenix, Argo Communications in New York City and Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Dr. Jackson has focused her research on Leadership, Technology in the Classroom and Decision Making. She has presented at more than 30 state, national and international conferences and has published in distinquished journals like the Servant Leadership Journal (Gonzaga University) as well as having contributed chapters in several books. She is active in Virginia Region Center activities and making sure the faculty and students of the Centers in all locations are represented in University decisions.
Dr Jackson is also active in her local community as a founding member of the Poquoson Educational Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.