UMass Dartmouth announces hiring of 40 new faculty members

Appointments demonstrate ongoing investment in core mission

UMass Dartmouth today announced the appointment of 40 new faculty members for the academic year that began three weeks ago. The appointments are evidence of the university’s ongoing investment in its teaching, research and engagement mission, which earned a National Tier 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report last week.

"We are pleased to welcome this outstanding new faculty cohort to UMass Dartmouth,” Provost and Chief Academic Office Mohammed Karim said. “This will further strengthen our teaching, research and engagement activity, which has elevated our university to National Tier 1 status. Our students and the greater community will benefit from their collective talent and expertise."

The new faculty, including the university where they earned their latest degree, are:

College of Arts & Sciences

Dilshod Achilov, Assistant Professor, Political Science, PhD Political Science, University of Arizona

Holly Baker, Full-Time Lecturer, English, PhD English (Literary Studies), University of South Dakota

Diana Barrett, Full-Time Lecturer, Biology, PhD Candidate University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Elisabeth Buck, Assistant Professor/Director, English, PhD English, Ball State University

Eric Casero, Full-Time Lecturer, English, PhD English, University of Kentucky

Christopher Clinton, Full-Time Lecturer, STEM Education & Teacher Development, EdD School Leadership, University of Massachusetts Lowell (Anticipated 2019)

Valeria D'Orazio, Full-Time Lecturer, Mathematics, PhD Mathematics, University of Missouri-Columbia

Scott Field, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, PhD Physics, Brown University

Jennifer Fugate, Assistant Professor, Psychology, PhD Psychology (Neuroscience & Animal Behavior), Emory University

Xiaofei Jia, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, PhD Chemistry, Michigan State University

Mary Kayyal, Full-Time Lecturer, Psychology, PhD, Developmental Psychology, Boston College

Adriano Marzullo, Full-Time Lecturer, Mathematics, PhD Mathematics, University of Missouri

Malissa Norfolk, Full-Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science, BA Medical Laboratory Science, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Gary Pace, Full-Time Lecturer, Psychology, PhD Learning-Physiological Psychology, University Kentucky

Walter Stroup, Associate Professor, STEM Education & Teacher Development, EdD Teaching Curriculum and Learning Environments, Harvard University

Yuan Zhang, Full-Time Lecturer, English, PhD English, Illinois State University

Jay Zysk, Assistant Professor, English, PhD English, Brown University

Charlton College of Business

Dawn Gupta, Full-Time Lecturer, Accounting, MBA University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Christopher Jacobsen, Full-Time Lecturer, Accounting & Finance, MBA University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Uday Kant Jha, Full-Time Lecturer, Decision & Information Science, MS Applied Statistics, Rochester Institute of Technology

Arpita Joardar, Assistant Professor, Management, PhD Business, University of South Carolina,

Selcan Kara, Assistant Professor, Management & Marketing, PhD Marketing, University of Connecticut

Jonathan Kush, Assistant Professor, Management, PhD Organizational Behavior & Theory, Carnegie Mellon University

Elizabeth Oliveira, Full-Time Lecturer, Decision & Information Science, MBA University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Bruce Walter, Full-Time Lecturer, Accounting, MBA University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

College of Engineering

Adnan El-Nasan, Full-Time Lecturer, Computer & Information Science, PhD Computer & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Hua Fang, Associate Professor, Computer & Information Science, PhD Statistics, Ohio University

Lamya Karim, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jun Li, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Arghavan Louhghalam, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, PhD Engineering Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University

Ming Shao, Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science, PhD Computer Engineering, Northeastern University

Maoyuan Sun, Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science

PhD Computer Science, Virginia Tech

School of Law

Julie Baker, Full-Time Lecturer, School of Law, JD, Boston College

Christyne Vachon, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Law, JD, University of Denver

College of Nursing

Joohyun Chung, Assistant Professor, Adult Nursing, PhD Nursing Informatics, University of Utah

Lynn D'Esmond, Assistant Professor, Community Health Nursing, PhD Nursing Research, University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing

Tara Rosa, Full-Time Lecturer, Adult Nursing, M. S. Adult Health Nursing/Education, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Monika Schuler, Assistant Professor, Nursing, PhD Nursing, Northeastern University

Donna Theodore, Full-Time Lecturer, Community Nursing, MSN/ED University of Phoenix

Jennifer Viveiros, Assistant Professor, Adult Nursing, PhD Nursing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


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