UOG Welcomes New Faculty for the Fall 2011 Semester


Guam –  The University of Guam welcomes the following new faculty members to campus for the Fall 2011 semester.

College of Natural and Applied Sciences


Tricia A. Lizama, PhD
Assistant Professor, Social Work
PhD, Capella University

Dr. Lizama has an undergraduate degree in Social Work with a second major in psychology from the University of Guam, and a MSW degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has been a psychiatric social worker for Guam DOE, Department of Special Education and since 2009 has served as the Team Leader/Social Worker with the the Guam Department of Veterans Affairs.

Joliene G. Husugulayag

Instructor, Social Work
MSW, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Ms. Husugulayag joins the University of Guam as an Instructor in the Division of Social Work. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and the University of Guam. She has a range of professional practice in fields such as corrections, mental health, substance use, HIV/AIDS, and end-stage renal disease.

Mohammadreza Moradi, PhD

Associate Professor, Engineering
PhD, University of Massachusetts

Dr. Moradi joins the UOG faculty following his completion of his PhD in Structural Engineering. He has extensive research and publications in the field of the structural applications of metal foam.

Graduate Studies

Joseph D. Rouse, PhD
Associate Professor, WERI
PhD, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Rouse joins WERI following a return to academia from several years in industry. He has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. His previous academic post was at Kumamoto University. His teaching and research interests are in wastewater treatment and remediation of natural environments.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Michelle C. Blas, MFA
Assistant Professor, Theater
MFA, University of Houston

Professor Blas has taught as an adjunct instructor at UOG since 2009. She earned a BA degree in Theater from the University of Guam and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Houston. She has eighteen years of experience in theater as an actor, director, producer, stage manager, designer and co-designer of stage productions.

Hyun-Jong Hahm, PhD
Assistant Professor, Linguistics
PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Hahm comes to the University of Guam following a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University Texas Austin. Her research areas are in syntax and the syntax/semantics/morphology interface, with secondary foci on typology and signed languages. In addition to her research, Dr. Hahm has experience in teaching general

Tali Ariav, MFA
Instructor, English
MFA, University of Iowa

Professor Ariav has two earned Master of Fine Arts degrees in Literary Translation and Playwriting from the University of Iowa. She also holds a BA degree from the University of Tel Aviv. Her academic interests at UOG include assisting students to explore, develop, and express their creativity through the power of the written and spoken word.

UOG Army ROTC Faculty

Maj. Scott L. Bartley
Professor of Military Science
MS, Central Michigan University

Major Bartley joins UOG following service as Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 864th Engineering Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington and Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Defense Language Institute (Japanese).He has two undergraduate degrees from Purdue University in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene.

Cpt. Fidel C. Diaz
Instructor, Military Science

Captain Diaz has been an Active Duty Soldier for 19 years and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2007. Captain Diaz comes to UOG as the ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer.