SISH chemistry professor featured as FIU welcomes new faculty

On Aug. 21, FIU rolled out the welcome mat for 131 new faculty members at New Faculty Orientation Day. Provost and Executive Vice President Douglas Wartzok greeted the new faculty and kicked off a series of events designed to help them adjust to their new academic environment.

Many of the new faculty members have been recruited from top programs and institutions in the United States and abroad. They are prolific authors and funded researchers who will “allow our university to move the needle, and make our mark as the Worlds Ahead institution we are,” said President Mark B. Rosenberg in a letter to the FIU community celebrating the start of the Fall semester.

“I am delighted that we have successfully attracted an outstanding cohort of new faculty who will help us achieve our strategic goals and underscore the university’s role as an anchor institution in the community,” says Wartzok.

Fred Walumbwa, associate professor in the Department of Management and International Business, says FIU was a perfect fit. Walumbwa holds the Knight Ridder Professorship, specializes in leadership research and is a senior research scientist at the Gallup Organization.

“I was impressed by FIU’s focus on international education and the potential opportunity to help develop leaders for the next generation through the College of Business and the FIU Center for Leadership,” says Walumbwa, who has 5,480 citations – higher than most faculty in colleges of business around the world.

Deborah Witt Sherman, a professor and associate dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, brings to FIU an active program of research. She was funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer and AIDS and their family caregivers. Recently, she completed a breast cancer intervention study of women with early stage breast cancer. A mixed methods study of the experience of family caregivers of patients with advanced pancreatic and periampullary cancer is currently under review at the National Cancer Institute.

Raphael G. Raptis, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, obtained his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1988. After compulsory military service in the Greek Navy, he was a postdoctoral fellow from 1990-1991 and research fellow from 1992-1993 in the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University. He was an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Crete from 1993-1997 and a visiting professor from 1997-1998 at University of Texas at El Paso. From 1998 to 2013, he rose through the ranks to full professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Raptis’ research focuses on the synthesis and study of new polynuclear complexes, with emphasis on redox and magnetic properties and their relevance to metalloprotein activity, Magnetic Resonance Imaging contrast agents, catalysis and solar energy conversion. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the American Chemical Society without interruption since 2000. He has co-authored 102 peer-reviewed publications and holds three U.S. patents. He has served on the Editorial Board of Comments on Inorganic Chemistry, as a reviewer for more than 15 journals in his field and as grant proposal referee for the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, the Consejo National de Investigaciones Cientificas y Técnicas – Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Argentina, the Ministry of Education – Greece and the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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