Undergraduate Faculty Listing

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Austin Lamb
Accounting, Finance, Marketing
Adjunct Instructor

Austin R. Lamb currently serves as a Financial Management Analyst for Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) in Iwakuni, Japan.  His duties involve the monitoring of funds, the analyzing of financial operations, and the financial reporting for a $43 million MCCS organization. Prior to this, he served as a Principal Examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), where he was responsible for the regulatory oversight of 16 credit unions totaling $6.3 billion dollars in assets. 

Before his civilian career, Austin served in the United States Army with the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade, stationed in Vicenza, Italy. His time in the military included two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a paratrooper.  He continued his military pride by serving two terms as a membership-appointed Treasurer at a local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post.

Austin has earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in 2010 from Eastern Michigan University. He graduated with honors and through the Eastern Michigan University Honors College.  Austin then earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Walsh College in 2014, and then earned his Master of Science in Finance (MSF) from Walsh College in 2016.

Psychology, Biology
Collegiate Professor

Dr. Laugel received his B.A. in psychology from Kent State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Washington State University. Dr. Laugel has taught at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association. His academic background includes biological psychology and the evolutionary basis of behavior, along with social psychology, experimental methodology, and statistics. He has been with the University of Maryland for over two decades and has taught at a variety of locations in Japan and Korea, both face-to-face and extensively online. He has also taught in an English-teaching exchange program at Northwest Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China. For years, he served as an Academic Coordinator for Social Science and Psychology while that position existed in UMUC Asia. In 2017, Dr. Laugel received the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.

Business Management, Communication, Writing
Collegiate Professor

Dr. Rita Lauria holds a J.D. in law, a Ph.D. in Mass Communication, and a M.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Communications and Social Science from the University of Southern California. In the capacity as faculty or administrator, she has served several universities, including the University of Southern California, La Verne University College of Law, Loyola Marymount University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and North Carolina State University. Additionally, Dr. Lauria has worked in cooperation with several institutions, including Oxford University, Banff New Media Institute, the University of Southern California, the University of Guam, and the College of Micronesia to expand the field of communications and new media. As Research Associate with the Media Interface and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs, an international consortium of networked researchers who probe the development, design, and effects of advanced new media technologies, Dr. Lauria works to build a conceptual framework for the understanding of Virtuality.

Computer Studies, Information Systems Management
Collegiate Associate Professor

Prof. Laurie first joined UMUC in 1998 and teaches mathematics and computer classes to include web design and programming. Professor Laurie earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering and his M.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University, where he also taught courses. Professor Laurie is also a licensed professional engineer in the State of Michigan. He has worked as in engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Rosemount Aerospace Division.

Government and Politics, History
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Layfield took his BA in political science from Nottingham Trent University, his MA in political philosophy from University of York, and his PhD in political science from University of Nottingham. He has taught political science at the university level since 2003. Dr. Layfield joined UMUC Asia in November 2008. His interests include International Political Economy, Environmental Politics, and North-East Asia.
Korean Language
Adjunct Instructor
Prof. Lee holds an M.A. in English Education from Sangji University, and a B.S. in English Literature and Language from Sangmyeong Univ. She taught Korean Language and Culture at UMUC ASIA from academic years 1992 to the present. Ms. Lee has taught at Camp Long, Eagle Air Base, Page, Osan Air Base. She mainly teaches at Camp Humphreys.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Prof. Lee holds a Ph.D. in American history from Ohio University, specializing in American intellectual history. Dr. Lee has taught at several institutions in Korea, including Ehwa Women's University, Yonsei University, and Korea University. He has published a number of articles based on his research, one of them a study of Reinhold Niebuhr's place in American intellectual life, which he also addressed in his Ph.D. dissertation. He joined the Asian Division faculty in 1999 and has taught at several locations in Korea. His recent publications include American Intellectual Tradition and Multiculturalism(2004) and American Intellectuals and the Search for Unity (2012).
Veronica Lee
Asian Studies, Government
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Professor Lee holds a MSc in Comparative Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom, M.A. in International Relations with Dalarna University in Sweden, and B.A. in Government and Politics/Asian Studies with the University of Maryland. She also worked on her Ph.D.-credit courses in Multi-disciplinary Social Science at Stockholm University in Sweden. Professor Lee is also a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) holder from the University of Toronto in Canada and taught as an ESL instructor at a school board in Canada. In addition, she holds a Project Management certificate from Mount Royal University in Canada and has worked as a Project Manager, Consultant, and Finance Manager at multi-international companies for years. As a certified language interpreter (English-Korean) in Canada, she has also served as an interpreter and translator at the international academic conferences. Her research interests include: the comparative analysis on digital government and digital health policy; government effectiveness; corruption, information society, and consolidated democracy; multi-lateral relationship toward the North Korean policy.

Criminal Justice, Psychology
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Prof. Courtney Lester holds a MS from Northcentral Unviersity, San Diego and a BA from the University of North Florida.