Harry Price, PhD
Harry Price joined Stetson in 2001 and is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He has taught and conducted research at the university level since 1995. Harry received his BS in Biology and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His graduate research focused on characterizing the binding and chemical reactivity of carcinogens to different forms of DNA. As a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he carried out tropical disease research that focused on the development of drug resistance in the blood-borne parasite that causes African sleeping sickness in humans and related diseases in livestock.
As a faculty member at Stetson, Harry serves as program coordinator for the Biochemistry major offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He has been recognized for teaching excellence receiving Stetson’s John Hague award, Stetson’s William Hugh McEniry award, and the American Chemical Society’s Outstanding Teacher at a Four-Year College award. Harry values collaborating with faculty and participating in interdisciplinary research. His research spans both experimental and computational chemistry. Student projects have ranged from the construction and characterization of biochemical fuel cells to the screening of bioactive constituents extracted from plants.
Since 2016, Harry has been actively involved in the Project Kaleidoscope Stem Leadership Institute (PKAL-SLI); first as a participant and then as a faculty coach/mentor supporting the annual PKAL-SLI institute. In 2019, as part of a three member coaching team Harry worked with faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) engaged in leadership training as part of the NSF-funded Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL). As a result of these coaching experiences, Harry has received and provided training in organizational dynamics, strategic planning, conflict resolution, interpersonal dynamics, team building, mental health and wellness as it relates to work-life balance, and incorporation of equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching and leadership.
Harry regularly supports outreach to K-12 teachers via science fairs, STEM events, assistance with grant writing, and providing direct consultation on the development and implementation of new learning experiences.
As faculty director for the Brown Center, he is tasked with representing the Brown Center, leading faculty development initiatives, and collaborating with and facilitating the work of members of the Council of Faculty Fellows to create professional development opportunities for all Stetson faculty.
Melinda Hall, PhD
Brown Faculty Fellow for Scholarship and Publication
Lamerial McRae, PhD
Brown Faculty Fellow for Equity and Inclusion
Lamerial McRae is currently an Assistant Professor at Stetson University. She earned a B.S. in Psychology, an M.A. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. She is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and Approved Qualified Supervisor (AQS) in Florida and her clinical experiences include working with children, adolescents, and adults in hospitals, agencies, schools, and private practice. Beginning her time at Stetson, she served two consecutive years as a Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow under the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. For the center, she now serves as the Faculty Fellow for Equity and Inclusion, focusing on diversity training, development, and workplace culture among faculty in order to improve student learning and experiences.
Douglas Phillips, D. MA
Brown Faculty Fellow for Conferences and Colloquia
Douglas L. Phillips is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music at Stetson University where he serves as music director and conductor of the University Symphonic Band& Concert Band, oversees all aspects of the university’s comprehensive band program, serves as an academic advisor, and teaches courses in music education, wind band literature, and instrumental conducting. Prior to his appointment at Stetson Dr. Phillips served as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Western Illinois University, Associate Director of Bands at The University of Virginia, and taught public school in the state of Florida where he was Director of Bands at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, and Director of Instrumental Music at Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island. Dr. Phillips was twice nominated as an “Outstanding Academic Advisor” at Western Illinois University, and was awarded a Stetson University Top Hatter Award for “Outstanding Organization Advisor.”
In addition to his duties at Stetson University Dr. Phillips is honored to serve as the music director and conductor of the Southern Winds wind symphony. Southern Winds is an ensemble comprised of Stetson faculty and alumni, band directors, music educators, and other music professionals from Central Florida. Southern Winds performs annually as the featured ensemble for the FBA Hall of Fame Roll of Distinction Concert, and is regularly invitedto perform for the Florida Bandmasters Association Summer Conference. Honored by an invitation from the International Clarinet Association, Southern Winds served asthe featured concert band at ClarinetFest® 2017(July 2017) in Orlando, Florida, and was honored to collaborate with four of the world’s preeminent clarinet soloists: Nicholas Baldeyrou, Julie DeRoche, Alex Fiterstein and Anna Hashimoto.
Active and sought-after as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Phillips is regularly invited to conduct county and state honor bands, as well as work with middle school, high school, community, and university level ensembles. During the summer monthsDr. Phillipsserves as a member of the faculty for several Stetson University Summer Music Camps. These camps are intense weeklong summer workshops where Dr. Phillips is the conductor of the camp’sDouble-Reed Bands, Clarinet Choirs, Saxophone Choirs, Flute Choirs, and Brass Ensembles.
Dr. Phillips maintains active professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, is a Sigma Alpha Iota “Friend of the Arts,”and is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. As a leader in the profession Dr. Phillipshas served the National Band Association’s Board of Directors as the chair of the NBA Awards Committee (2006-2014); isthe host for the Florida Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame at Stetson University; serves as a member of the FBA Hall of Fame Board of Directors, the FBA Clinics Committee, the FBA Commissioning Committee; and is the Florida State Chair for CBDNA.
Dr. Phillips holds degrees from the University of Miami Frost School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts, Instrumental Conducting), Western Michigan University (Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting), and Stetson University (Bachelor of Music Education).
William Sause, PhD
Brown Faculty Fellow for Remote and Digital Learning
William Sause is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Business Systems and Analytics at Stetson’s School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University and has over fifteen years of professional experience as a software developer for corporations such as Lockheed Martin and McKesson. At Stetson’s School of Business, William teaches courses in programming, databases and big data, management information systems, and spreadsheet modelling. His research interests include virtual environments for e-learning and data visualization, software development, and artificial intelligence. As the Brown Center Fellow for Digital and Remote Learning, William consults with faculty colleagues on the transition to online delivery of classes and promotes faculty development in digital and remote learning.
Chris Griffin possesses over 10 years of experience in administrative support through his work at Mainland High School, Stetson University Office of Continuing Education, and the US Army. This experience was built on the positions of core teacher and advisor to student clubs at Mainland High School, Director of Summer Conferences at Stetson University, and senior medic to an infantry company in the US Army. He has also recently graduated from Stetson University with a Master’s in Education Leadership.
Chris will be providing administrative support for the diverse programming offered by the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. His primary responsibilities will be managing a number of programs and events including: new faculty orientation, teaching and learning consultations, communities of practice, small grant programs, course design institutes and workshops, and an annual Colloquium on Teaching and Learning.
As a program manager he performs clerical and administrative duties related to operations and enrichment of the Center. He will be providing comprehensive concierge faculty services such as managing the resource room and expanding its inventory, supporting inclusion and equity strategies for faculty development that maximize diversity as a learning asset, creating contracts for speakers/ guests to Stetson University and managing event planning and logistics coordination for external constituencies.
Budget Management Intern – Graduate Assistant
Lola Jin was born and raised in Shijiazhuang, China. She came to the United States on a full scholarship in 2015 to play volleyball for the University of Missouri, before her junior year, she transferred to Stetson University to continue her volleyball career, majoring in economics.
She has an extensive experience in being a leader on her team. Lola made the ASUN Honor Roll in 2017, was named ASUN Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, and included in the 2018 ASUN Second Team All-Conference.
Prior to working in the Brown center, Lola gained experience in the Finance office as a Student Worker. In her free time, Lola enjoys shopping and traveling.