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Faculty Dr. Carla Becker Dr. Carla Becker has a Bachelors in Percussion Performance and Music Education from Central Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington.  Her interests have led Dr. Becker to Ghana, West Africa (2000) where she produced research in “Drum Language of the Ashanti”, and “Ghanaian Children’s Games and Songs for the Elementary Music Classroom.” The research in Jamaica (2000-Present) produced “Rastafarian Representation in Reggae Music (2008-2010).  She earned her Doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University Dr. Becker is an active percussionist trained in Classical, Jazz, Marching Band, and World Music.  Her percussion experience includes Symphonic Percussion in Michigan based Symphonies, Trinidadian Steel Pan with Ray Holman, Japanese Taiko Drumming, Nigerian Juju Music with Chief I.K. Dairo, and Ghanaian Palm Wine Music with Koo Nimo.  Recordings include the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble from the DMP label. Dr. Becker’s taught K-12th grade music for 17 years in various Seattle, Washington Public Schools.  Classes include 4th-5th grade Instrumental Band and Strings, K-5 Elementary General Music, H.S Marching Drum-line, 6th-8th grade General Music, and 5th-12th grade Steel Pan Ensembles.  Her collegiate teaching experience includes teaching World Music Courses, Percussion Ensemble, and Music Education.   Dr. LaPointe Davis Dr. Davis received his bachelor of science, master of music, and doctor of philosophy degrees in instrumental music education from Virginia State University, The University of Michigan, and The Ohio State University respectively. He has established the reputation of being a highly successful public school and university marching and symphonic band director.  Dr. Davis has presented numerous music education topics at professional conferences, and he has authored many music education articles that have appeared in various state and national publications.   Dr. Frank Gazda Frank Gazda has performed with, among others, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Sioux City (IA) Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and The Supremes. Dr. Gazda received his Bachelor degree in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory, his Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and his Doctorate from the University of Maryland. He has been a finalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and the IWBC National Solo competition, and appears nationally as a guest artist, adjudicator, and author.   Dr. Patrick Hoffman Patrick Hoffman earned the undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Working as a Marketing Coordinator for several months was enough time to convince him to pursue his passion for music.  He went on to earn the degrees of Master of Music from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Hoffman has studied trumpet with Chris Jaudes, Susan Slaughter, Ray Sasaki, Bernard Adelstein, and Fred Mills.  After the completion of doctoral study under Professor Mills at the University of Georgia, he accepted a position with the Rekkenze Brass Quintet of Hof, Germany. For the next three years he performed as Assistant Principal Trumpet in the Hof Symphony, and toured with the quintet throughout Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and the United States.  As Associate Professor of Trumpet and Director of Brass Ensembles at Delaware State University, Dr. Hoffman also teaches courses in Music Theory, Ear Training, Arranging, and Orchestration. He is active as a recitalist and performer in the Delaware, Philadelphia and New York areas.  In addition to arrangements and transcriptions for brass quintet and brass ensemble, he has also written several original works for brass. Since 2002, he has enjoyed his summers in upstate New York, serving as Trumpet Instructor and Director of Brass Ensembles at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York. Dr. Hoffman has taken DSU student ensembles to summer workshops in Germany and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, as well as study abroad music programs in Changchun and Ningbo, China.   Dr. Horace Lamar Horace Lamar, a native of Mobile Alabama, received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Mississippi Valley State University, Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and the Doctor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Before coming to Delaware State University, Dr. Lamar taught in the public school system in Mobile, AL, Alabama A&M University and retired as Dean of the School of Music at Alabama State University.  He has conducted workshops, master classes, and has served as an evaluator for SACS and the State Department of Education. Dr. Lamar has adjudicated and guest conducted both choral and instrumental groups and was a member of the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band and principal clarinetist in the Montgomery Choral Orchestra.   Dr. Lloyd Mallory Dr. Mallory is the director of choral activities at Delaware State. He received degrees from Oakwood College, Morgan State University and the University of California at Los Angeles.   Ms. Mable R. Morrison Mable Morrison received the Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University in Louisiana and a Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago. She received certificates from Fontainbleau Fine Arts and Music Scholl under the direction of Nadia Boulanger, and from L’Academie InternationaleD’Ete of Nice, France under the direction of Lucette Descaves.   Dr. David Tolley David Tolley received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, and a Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from The Ohio State University.  He pursued further studies in Music Business at UCLA and Film Scoring at USC.  Dr. Tolley is a Grammy-nominated, internationally renowned pianist, composer and producer. He has performed for United States Presidents, Ford, Reagan, and Bush, as well as a concert for Boris Yeltsin in Russia, and several performances on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson.  He has composed and produced music for all of the major Networks, as well as a project for Steven Spielberg, and all of the original music for the EURO-DISNEY theme park in Paris. He has also written seven complete musicals including one that ran off-Broadway and was nominated for two Grammy awards.   Staff Mr. Marty Denson, Music Industry Mr. Denson holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Delaware State University, and a Master of Science in Education Media Design and Music Technology from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. As a producer/engineer, Marty has worked with industry artists like Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Johnny Gill, Phyllis Hyman, Keith Sweat, and more. Marty and his rhythm and blues band “Final Mixx” won the 1989 National Budweiser Showdown Band Competition, which resulted in a recording contract with Motown Records. During his time at Motown, Marty was able to build his career in recording, engineering, music production and music technology. Along with serving as the Music Technology Specialist and Director of Studio Recording at Delaware State University, Marty also owns a private filmmaking and recording studio where he works with industry artists and many DSU Music Industry students seeking experience in advanced recording and engineering techniques.   Mr. Randolph J. Johnson, Band Director Mr. Johnson has 13 years experience as a university band director, 2 years experience as an administrator, and 11 years experience as a high school band director. Prior to returning to Delaware State University, Mr. Johnson was on faculty at Alcorn State University, was the Supervisor of Music for the Wyandanch School District in Long Island, New York, and from 1990-2001 was Director of Bands at Delaware State University.  From 1981-1987 he was the band director at Liberty High. Mr. Johnson has conducted band clinics in locations from Seattle, Washington to New York.   Mr. Chester Knapp, Assistant Band Director  

Dr. Samuel Hoff

Education Ph.D. in political science, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1987 Dissertation Title: “Presidential Support in the Veto Process, 1889-1985"   M.A. in political science, Stony Brook, 1983   M.A. in political science, American University (DC), 1981   B.A. in political science, Susquehanna University (PA), 1979   Diploma, Williamsport Area High School (PA), 1975   Click here for a link to Dr. Hoff's current C.V.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Dr. Susan West

Dr. West completed her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Chicago in 2005. Her research interests are wide ranging, including Ancient Greek philosophy, existentialism, Nietzsche and psychoanalysis. Dr. West’s teaching interests are reflective of her diverse research interest, with courses taught in History of modern philosophy, history of ancient philosophy and critical thinking.   Click here for a link to Dr. West's C.V.   Contact Information: EH 218 302-857-7322  

Dr. Ahati Toure

    Dr. Toure received his PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research and teaching focuses on Afrikan nationalism and Afrikan nationality in the United States, exploring intellectual and cultural dimensions of anticolonialist struggle by Afrikans against European hegemony in the United States. In addition to numerous article publications, Dr. Toure has recently published John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History.   Contact Information: ETV 202 302-857-6631    

Dr. Niklas Robinson

    Dr. Robinson earned his PhD from Tulane University with a research focus on modern Latin American environmental history. His forthcoming book focuses on water and energy management policies in southeastern Mexico. His teaching interests include politics, the environment and the Atlantic World.   Contact Information: ETV 208 302-857-6629     

Dr. Alexa Cawley

    Dr. Cawley earned her PhD in history from American University, focusing on the colonial history of the Chesapeake region. She focuses on local history and helps area historical societies to develop strategic plans to both preserve local history and educate the public. She has published numerous articles concerning local history.   Contact Information: ETV 206 302-857-7954     

Dr. Stephen Taylor

Dr. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. His research and teaching interests include: John Stuart Mill, Normative Ethical Theory, Political Theory, Bioethics, Medical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Business Ethics. In addition to numerous published articles on: bioethics, (a number of topics on) medical ethics, and ethical theory, Dr. Taylor serves as the ethicist on a variety of committees throughout the state of Delaware, including (but not limited to): Bayhealth Medical Center’s Ethics Committee; Delaware Hospice’s Ethics Committee; and the Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health’s Newborn Screening/Specialty Formula Fund Committee, and their Genetics Advisory Committee. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Dr. Taylor serves as the Director of The Ethics Resource Site ( at Delaware State University, and serves as the ethicist on a number and variety of programs and projects funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Click here for Dr. Taylor's C.V.   Contact Information: EH 225 302-857-6634

Dr. Yinghong Cheng

    Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D. in history from Northeastern University in 2001. His teaching and research interest focus on comparative global political history. In addition to being awarded numerous fellowships and grants, Dr. Cheng’s monograph Creating the New Man, has recently been published by the University of Hawaii Press.   Contact Information: ETV, room 201 302-857-6624  

Dr. Steven Newton

    Dr. Newton earned his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, specializing in military history. His extant publishing record includes monographs on the Civil War and World War II. Dr. Newton also serves as associate chair of the North and South Magazine, worked as the President of Delaware State’s AAUP chapter from Fall 2007 though Spring 2009. Contact information: ETV 207 302-857-6627    

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