Goodrich Scholarship Program Faculty and Staff
Imafedia Okhamafe, Ph.D., Chair
Imafedia Okhamafe, Ph.D., Chair of the Goodrich Scholarship Program and professor of Philosophy and English, holds a double Ph.D. He teaches in Goodrich, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the Department of English. His teaching and research interests include the intersection of the philosophies of science, mathematics and creative literature. In addition to his essays in book anthologies such as Analecta Husserliana and Genealogy and Literature, his publications have appeared in such journals as Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Philosophy Today, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Research in African Literatures, and UMOJA. His honors include the University of Nebraska at Omaha Excellence in Teaching Award.
Catherine Chmidling, Ph.D.
Catherine Chmidling, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Goodrich Scholarship Program, where she teaches in the sophomore Social Sciences sequence. Her research interests include anthropology of American culture, organization and management of (historic) U.S. orphanages, and individuals’ motivations for food production within the recent food and gardening movement. She completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Missouri.
Barbara Hewins-Maroney, Ph.D.
Barbara Hewins-Maroney, Ph.D., is an associate professor in Public Administration and the Goodrich Scholarship Program, where she teaches courses in urban studies, Marriage and the Family, and Autobiographical Writing. Her research interests include faculty development, scholar learning issues, and the new urbanism movement. Barbara Hewins-Maroney completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at UN-L.
Todd Richardson, Ph.D.
Todd Richardson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Goodrich Scholarship Program where he teaches English Composition I and Perspectives on USAmerican Culture. His research investigates the representation of authenticity in American folklore, literature and popular culture, and his essays and articles on the subject have appeared in a variety of popular and peer-reviewed publications including The Writer’s Chronicle, Harpur Palate, The Omaha Reader and (dis)Closure: A Journal of Social Theory.
Troy Romero, Ph.D.
Troy Romero, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Goodrich Scholarship Program, where he teaches Autobiographical Reading and Writing, Humanities, and Lifespan Development. He also teaches in the Psychology Department, where he earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and he is a faculty member of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS). His research interests include organizational justice, organizational diversity, identity development, stereotype threat, and intellectual/developmental disabilities such as autism.
Pamela J. Smith, Ph.D.
A professor in the Goodrich Scholarship Program, Pamela Smith, Ph.D., teaches English Composition, Humanities and Women Studies. A courtesy professor in the English Department, she also teaches seminars on Melting Pot American Immigrant/Ethnic literatures and Black Women Writers in Africa, America and the African diaspora. Her research interests include translations (three translated works published), Yoruba language and culture studies, women’s issues, Francophone and Anglophone African Literatures. She is a Graduate Fellow and has won many grants and faculty awards, including Excellence in Teaching at UNO.
Patty Patton Shearer, M.A.
Patty is the Coordinator of Recruitment and Academic Support Services in the Goodrich Scholarship Program. She has her master's degree in Higher Education Administration with a joint undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology. Patty’s husband teaches in OPS where her daughter attends school.
Alexandra Anderson, Graduate Assistant
Keenan Krick, Graduate Assistant