William Woods University

William Woods welcomes new faculty as fall semester begins

Five new faculty members joined William Woods University (WWU) as fall semester classes began on campus this week.

WWU welcomed Thomas Trice, M.B.A. Program Manager and Associate Professor of Business; Stephen Tvorik, Director of Strategic Partnerships; Kamerra Brown, Assistant Professor of Equestrian Studies; Zach Dowdle, Assistant Professor of History, and Frank Guiseffi, Assistant Professor of Education.

Thomas Trice
Dr. Thomas Trice

Dr. Trice is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Bachelor’s – Administration of Justice/Pre-Law) and Webster University (Masters in Human Resource Management and Leadership Management. He is currently working toward his third Master’s Degree, in Criminology and Criminal Justice, from Lindenwood University. Dr. Trice also earned a Doctorate Degree from Webster University in Leadership Management, focusing on the psychological and sociological factors related to individual’s times of career commitment. Dr. Trice developed a construct that is capable of measuring two distinct points in an individual’s life (early and late) associated with their level of commitment to his/her profession. He comes to William Woods from Lindenwood University, where he served as Assistant Professor of Criminology and Business. Previous experience includes Webster University, where he taught Business Management classes, and St. Louis University, where he taught in the Criminal Justice program. Before embarking on his teaching career, Dr. Trice had a more than 20-year career in law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level, retiring at the rank of captain from the St. Clair County (IL) Sheriff’s Department. He also worked as an undercover agent for both state and federal law enforcement and was an active member of the prestigious Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.

Dr. Tvorik is a graduate of Ohio University, where he received his B.S. in Education; the University of LaVerne (California), where he received his M.B.A. in Management and Marketing, and Walden University (Minneapolis, MN) where he earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management. He joins WWU after eight years at Executive Solutions, a company that provides marketing and sales training programs for companies around the world, where he served as director. Additional experience includes 14 years as a faculty member in the Business department at Concordia University; Dean/President of International American University in Los Angeles, and account management, marketing manager and business development positions at four additional companies.

Kamerra Brown Allen
Kamerra Brown Allen

Brown earned a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science from Delaware St. University in 2010, and a Masters in Sport and Recreational Science from South Dakota St. University in 2012. Past experience includes serving Assistant to the Director of Riding in the Equestrian Department at Bridgewater (VA) College; assistant coach for the equestrian team at Delaware St. University, and assistant coach for the equestrian team at South Dakota St. University.

Dr. Zachary Dowdle
Dr. Zachary Dowdle

Dr. Dowdle holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from Angelo St. University (San Angelo, TX), and a Ph. D. in History from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Since 2016, he has served as a guest lecturer, teaching assistant, and instructor of record in the History Department at the University of Missouri. Previously, he served as guest discussion leader and guest lecturer at Angelo St. University.

Dr. Giuseffi received his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Central Missouri in 1994; his M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John University in 1996; a Master of Arts in Education from William Woods in 2006, and a Ph. D in Education from Lindenwood University in 2016. He joins WWU from Lindenwood University, where he has served as an adjunct professor for the doctoral program in Education/Teacher Education since 2016. He has also served as a writing consultant at St. Louis University, and Academic Dean, Assistant Dean, Director of Athletics and History instructor at Missouri Military Academy (Mexico, MO).