Jessica Parks, Ph.D.

Dr. Parks teaches Principles of Managerial Finance and other courses in the Financial Services concentration. The concentration provides an overview to various financial services professions including banking, investment planning, financial planning, and financial counseling.

She completed her doctoral education from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the use of poverty simulations and college students’ attitudes towards poverty.

Her pronouns are she/her/hers.

Pete Martini, Ph.D.

Dr. Martini received his  B.A. in political science from Michigan State University, a B.A. in psychology from Saginaw Valley State University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in interdisciplinary social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a first-generation college student who grew up in rural Michigan, and returns frequently. He is passionate about research methods and statistics and loves helping students grow and stretch by engaging in their own research projects.

Research Interests: Dr. Martini’s research rest largely at the intersection of identity and health. He works predominantly in the areas of LGBT population health and rehabilitative court diversion programs (e.g. drug courts). He has also done work in the areas of public opinion and attitudes. Dr. Martini engages in research with students both within and outside his own research interests. Anyone who may want to work with Dr. Martini is encouraged to reach out via email:

Courses Taught: PSY 210 – Introduction to Statistical Methods, PSY 240 – Introduction to Research Methods, PSY 466 – Psychology of Sex, PSY 469 – Psychology and the Legal System, PSY 470 – Health Psychology

Brianne Taormina-Barrientos

I am a Lecturer in the English department at NSC, teaching composition, literature, and writing studies courses. After starting my career in a writing center during graduate school, I fell in love with working one-on-one with diverse writers. I’m passionate about giving underrepresented populations access to writing instruction that best suits their needs, which is why my research is dedicated to improving our teaching and tutoring strategies for multilingual writers. 

My education is literature based, however, and I love teaching additional classes in genre and in diverse communities’ literature, like Native American Literature. Though my coursework at UNLV where I obtained my MA in English Literature was focused in cultural literature, medievalism, Romanticism, and the Long 19th Century, my expertise reaches beyond that into professional writing, genre studies, pedagogical theory, and writing center studies. I’m thrilled to be teaching at a diverse institution interested in social justice where I can utilize all of my expertise.