Palm Beach Atlantic University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Joseph Kloba recently announced 10 faculty promotions.
Dr. Yuh Jia “Mike” Chen of Palm Beach Gardens has been promoted to professor of business statistics. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Soochow University in Taiwan and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. His research interests lie in decision making, choice patterns, money attitude, compensation and business ethics. Prior to joining PBA’s faculty in 2007, he was a statistics and research consultant for financial companies such as Greenwich Associates and MetLife.
Dr. Bryon Grohman of West Palm Beach has been promoted to associate professor of voice. A tenor, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and a doctorate from Indiana University. A native of Hazleton, Pa., Dr. Grohman performs frequently as soloist on both the concert and opera stage. Before joining the PBA faculty in 2006, he served as choral conductor at Wellesley College, New England Conservatory of Music and the Church of Our Saviour in Brookline, Mass.
Dr. Nathan Lane of West Palm Beach has been promoted to associate professor of Biblical studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lee University, master’s degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Baylor University. Dr. Lane’s research interests lie in Old Testament theology, hermeneutics and the prophets. He joined the PBA faculty in 2007.
Dr. Nicholas Palmieri of Royal Palm Beach has been promoted to professor of adult education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from Penn State University and a doctorate from the University of South Florida. Prior to his arrival at PBA in 2004, he served on faculty with the University of South Florida from 1988 to 2004. Dr. Palmieri teaches in the MacArthur School of Leadership and serves as the faculty development coach for part-time faculty.
Dr. Francisco Plaza of Royal Palm Beach has been promoted to associate professor of political science. He earned a bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. from the Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Plaza has taught at PBA since 2005 and is also part of the faculty of the Supper Honors Program. Before coming to PBA, Dr. Plaza taught political theory at Universidad Metropolitana, where he also founded and served as director of the first liberal arts program in Venezuela. Between 1994 and 1999, he served as alternate representative of Venezuela’s Diplomatic Mission to the Organization of American States.
Dr. Mara Poulakos of Fort Lauderdale has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and pharmacy degrees from The State University of New York at Buffalo. She started her academic career in 2001 as an assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Nova Southeastern University. She was also appointed as a clinical coordinator at Broward General Medical Center and as a clinical pharmacist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach. She joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic’s Gregory School of Pharmacy in 2009. Earlier this year, she received the Gregory School’s Teacher of the Year award.
David Pounds of Wellington has been promoted to professor of graphic arts. Pounds holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Fullerton. He came to PBA in 2004 after a 23-year teaching and professional career in California. His teaching credits include founding the graphic design program at Concordia University, as well as teaching graphic design and digital illustration courses at the University of California in Los Angeles, the University of California in Irvine, the Art Institute of Los Angeles, Golden West College and Irvine Valley College.
Dr. Thomas St. Antoine of West Palm Beach has been promoted to professor of communication. He is a 1993 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic, and he earned a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a doctorate from Louisiana State University. At PBA, he was a member of the honors program’s first graduating class. He also was captain of the baseball team. Dr. St. Antoine joined the PBA faculty in 1998 and has been director of the Supper Honors Program since 2001. He has conducted research in the areas of rhetoric and public address, as well as organizational communication. He has published articles in several communication journals specializing in Christian higher education.
Dr. Timothy Thompson of Palm Beach Gardens has been promoted to professor of music. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Florida State University. Dr. Thompson is a composer working both in acoustic music for traditional instruments and music for traditional instruments with electronic and multimedia interaction. His works have been performed in many places, including Florida, New York, Australia and Italy. He joined the faculty of PBA in 1999, where he coordinates music theory, composition and technology.
Antonio Zarro of Fort Lauderdale has been promoted to associate professor of cinema-television. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree from Regent University. During his undergrad years, Zarro’s video dramas won regional and national awards. At the graduate level, he wrote and directed Bird in a Cage, which won an Academy Award. In 1990, he created Aria Pictures, a media production company through which he produced and directed more than 300 films, commercials and training dramas. His productions have played in Hollywood, Cannes and Europe, and have shown on Showtime, HBO, Cinemax and the Family Channel. His work has screened at the New York Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the Virginia Festival of American Film, the Columbus Film Festival, Worldfest-Houston and Worldfest-Flagstaff. Before joining the faculty of PBA in 2006, he taught as an adjunct instructor at Regent University and Old Dominion University.