UB Grows Research Capacity With New Faculty Appointments

UB Grows Research Capacity With New Faculty Appointments

14th September 2017


University of The Bahamas announces the appointments of new faculty members for Fall 2017 with a range of academic and research expertise that will be leveraged to help the institution achieve strategic national and international goals. The new hires are serving at the Oakes Field Campus in New Providence and UB-North in Grand Bahama.


All of the new faculty, inclusive of a visiting professor, have earned terminal degrees in their respective fields, developing further research capacity in particular at the University which will observe its first charter anniversary on 10th November 2017.




Robert Nieschwietz, Ph.D., CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Robert Nieschwietz has been hired as Associate Professor, Accounting in Business & Hospitality Management.  Dr. Nieschwietz received his Ph.D. in Accountancy from Arizona State University in 2001. He received a BBA and MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University in 1991 and 1996, respectively. His primary research and teaching interests are within the area of auditing. His research has been published in various journals including the Journal of Accounting Literature, the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, the International Journal of Auditing, the Journal of Accounting Education, the Journal of Applied Business Research, the Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, and the Journal of Risk Research.




Jan Kreiner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Jan Kreiner has been hired as Assistant Professor, Sociology in Education.  Dr. Kreiner holds a Ph.D. in Special Education with a focus on Transition Services from Kent State University. She also holds a MA in Adapted Physical Education and a BS in Elementary Education. She was the Founder and Executive Director of the Portage County Traumatic Brain Injury Clubhouse. Her expertise is the result of over 35 years of experience serving individuals of many ages and disability types in a variety of settings, as well as building collaborative relationships with families and professionals. Dr. Kreiner has worked directly with individuals with disabilities and families across the age span. Prior to joining UB, Dr. Kreiner was the Director of Education and Early Intervention in Portage County Ohio, and has taught Special Education courses at Ball State University in Indiana, Kent State University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Malone College in Ohio.




Richard Ellefritz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Richard G. Ellefritz has been hired as Assistant Professor, Sociology, Social Studies.  Dr. Ellefritz earned his doctorate in sociology at Oklahoma State University (2014), a Master’s of Science in sociology at Western Illinois University (2008), and Bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology at WIU (2006). Professor Ellefritz has taught a variety of sociology courses, along with psychology, and has served as a consultant for college textbook publishers. He is an ordained member of the clergy, a musician, and culinary and nature enthusiast.


Giavana Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Giavana Jones has been hired as Assistant Professor, Psychology in Social Sciences.  Dr. Jones earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Windsor. She completed a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling at Palm Beach Atlantic University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict. Dr. Jones is a Community Psychologist and therapist. She joined the UB team in 2016 as an adjunct lecturer but has worked as a school psychologist, therapist, lecturer and researcher prior to joining the UB team. Previously, she worked for a local non-profit organization as the Programme Director of Scholarships and College Success. Her research connects with her previous work and passions, which are grounded in resilience; understanding both the individual characteristics as well as the social/community factors that contribute to success, particularly in groups that are traditionally not poised to succeed. She is a wife, mother of two, local coordinator for an out-of-school education support programme, Timothy Education Programme, and a leader in her local church.


Keith Tinker, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, History and Social Sciences

Dr. Keith Tinker has been appointed Visiting Professor, History and Social Sciences. Dr. Tinker obtained a Bachelor of Education in History and English from the West Indies College; a Bachelor of Arts in History from Palm Beach Atlantic College; a Master’s degree in History from Florida Atlantic University; and a Doctorate in Latin American and Caribbean History from Florida State University. Dr. Tinker has held positions at the Department of Cooperatives and served as First Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning; Director of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) and Executive Secretary and Interim Managing Director of the Clifton National Heritage Park/Clifton Heritage Authority. He has also served on numerous national advisory boards including the Board of AMMC, the Board of the Gerace Research Centre, The College of The Bahamas, the Bahamas National Trust and the National Advisory Council. A prolific researcher and accomplished author, Dr. Tinker has written several books, numerous articles and conference papers.




Ceron L. Bryant, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English Studies

Dr. Ceron L. Bryant has been appointed Assistant Professor in English Studies. Dr. Bryant completed his Ph.D. at Florida State University and did his undergraduate work at Talladega College. He has collaborated extensively with researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly in the areas of cultural and gender studies and composition. Holding life memberships in several literary organizations, Dr. Bryant devotes his time to scholarship and engaging with the brilliant students at the University of The Bahamas.


Jacob Dyer Spiegel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English Studies

Dr. Jacob Spiegel has been appointed Assistant Professor in English Studies.  Dr. Spiegel holds a Ph.D. in English (Postcolonial Literatures and Translation Studies) from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a M.A. in Caribbean Cultural Studies from Universidad de la Habana/State University of New York at Buffalo. His area of research traces Yoruba and Yoruba Atlantic aesthetic philosophies across the literary and visual arts of the African diaspora. Dr. Spiegel was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil and, for the past six years, has been developing and directing study abroad and international education programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean.



Sally Everson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English Studies

Sally A. Everson has been appointed Assistant Professor, English Studies. She earned a Ph.D. in Anglophone Caribbean Literature from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, writing a dissertation on nineteenth-century Trinidadian literature (1824-1854). She was an Assistant Professor of English at Universidad Metropolitana Centro de Bayamón, Puerto Rico from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, she joined the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras as Institutional Grant Writer where she assisted faculty in developing competitive grant proposals and engaged in strategic planning for institutional development projects. Dr. Everson is also a contributing editor to Sargasso, a journal of Caribbean literature, language and culture. Her research interests include Caribbean literary history, pre- and post-emancipation literature and cultural production of the Caribbean and the Black Atlantic, and digital humanities.