The following faculty are members of the SL Committee and represent the diversity of disciplines and approaches to Service Learning at HPU.
Leslie Cavendish, Assistant Professor of Education, Literacy Coordinator Elementary Education
Dr. Leslie Cavendish came to High Point University in 2011. Dr. Cavendish has a M.A. in Developmental Reading and earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Iowa. She taught literacy courses for 5 years at the University of Iowa in the Teaching and Learning Department and has enjoyed teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses at High Point University forthe past two years. She strives to support High Point preservice teachers opportunities to teach students who need additional support in their literacy development. She collaborates closely with Montlieu Elementary School in organizing book buddies and reading tutors for the children identified as needing additional support. Dr. Cavendish also organizes a community Literacy Night celebration for all the parents and students at Montlieu Elementary School every fall.
Lou Anne Flanders-Stec, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Business Administration
B.A., Ouachita Baptist University
MBA, University of North Texas.
Flanders-Stec is responsible for teaching various courses on entrepreneurship, as well as developing programs to encourage entrepreneurship and help student entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses. “I am excited to be a part of High Point University,” Flanders-Stec says. “I especially look forward to working with students on their business plans and helping them realize reach their goals of business ownership.” Flanders-Stec has more than 20 years of experience in the financial management and early-stage venture capital arenas, working with many early-stage companies. She previously worked for Piedmont Angel Network and the United Way of Greensboro.
Dr. Daniel Hall, Assistant Professor of Economics
Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics at Georgia State University and his B.S. in Economics at Georgia State College and State University. Dr. Daniel Hall, Assistant Professor of Economics, joined HPU in 2010 and brought with him a tech-savvy skill set that has added innovative techniques and teaching methodologies to the classroom. He and Dr. Stephanie Crofton have received grants from the HPU Think Big Program, the Koch Foundation, and the BB&T Free Enterprise and Capitalism Program supporting their project to create iPad apps that help teach economic principles using market experiments. These apps have been created in a joint venture with Prof. Roger Shore and a team of HPU computer science major students! The apps are just one component of Dr. Hall’s unique teaching methods which also include various games and competitions.
Dr. Stacy Lipowski, Assistant Professor Psychology
Dr. Stacy Lipowski was hired in 2011. She specializes in cognitive and developmental psychology, and is currently conducting research on long-term retention, including using testing as a study tool rather than just an assessment and finding ways to improve memory monitoring in young children.
Lipowski earned a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Union College and a Master of Arts and Doctorate from Kent State University.
Dr. Sadie Leder, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Survey Research Center
Sadie Leder joined the High Point University family in the Fall 2010. In addition to working as the Assistant Director of High Point University’s Survey Research Center, she is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. Dr. Leder is originally from Whiteville, North Carolina and earned a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing her M.A. in Experimental Psychology at Wake Forest University, Dr. Leder earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Dr. Erica Zuhr, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S. University of North Carolina
M.S. & Ph.D. University of Florida
Ex Officio: Rev. Preston Davis, Minister to the University
Rev. Preston Davis is the Minister to High Point University and a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC) in the Western Conference of North Carolina. He leads the weekly worship services, teaches the Chapel Worship course, oversees programming out of the Chapel Office, and is passionate about helping people of all religious backgrounds discover the depths of faith, hope and love in their own lives and stories.
Prior to coming to High Point in the summer of 2013, Rev. Davis served for two years as Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bessemer City, NC. While in Bessemer City he chaired the city’s Ministerial Alliance and represented local clergy on the Small Town Main Street Downtown Development team.
Rev. Davis received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he studied in the fields of Social Ethics and Systematic Theology. Rev. Davis was the recipient of the Julius Thomas Hansen Memorial Award, awarded to a graduating student planning to enter the Christian ministry who has demonstrated special ability in relating philosophy, theology, and ethics to problems in contemporary society.