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Afsoon Amirzadeh, Full-Time Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering

Afsoon Amirzadeh is a full time lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering department. She obtained her MASc and PhD in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at the University of Toronto in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Her research focused on designing and developing a pneumatic drop-on-demand generator to produce aqueous and molten metal droplets smaller than the nozzle diameter from which they emerge. Her research work lead to several papers published in leading journals.

From 2011 to 2013, Afsoon has served as a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering and Physics department at UMass Dartmouth, where she taught various courses including Dynamics, Mechanical Systems Design, Applied Engineering Mathematics, and Physics for Science and Engineering. Furthermore, Afsoon is very interested in proposing and teaching new courses in cutting-edge emerging areas in Mechanical Engineering such as nanotechnology and renewable energy. In addition to her academic experiences, Afsoon has worked in industry as a researcher and experimentalist from 1998 to 2002.

Nikolay Anguelov, Assistant Professor, Public Policy

Nick Anguelov is an Assistant Professor in the department of Public Policy. He has a Ph.D. in Policy Studies with a focus on Rural and Regional Economic Development and an MPA as well as a MS in Applied Economics and Statistics from Clemson University. Dr. Anguelov completed his undergraduate studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology where he earned a double B.S. in International Trade and Advertising Communications and Marketing.
After his undergraduate studies he spent a number if years in the private sector as an international trade operative.

Tammi Arford, Assistant Professor, Crime and Justice Studies

Tammi Arford joins UMass Dartmouth this year as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Crime and Justice Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University. Her broad areas of scholarly interest are deviance and social control; critical criminology; penology; alternatives to incarceration; knowledge, power and resistance; gender; and social/criminological theory.

Her most recent research focuses on the processes and practices of censorship in state prison libraries. This research elucidates the relationships between organizational goals, penal philosophies, and prisoners’ access to reading materials. The research also examines the purposes and functions of the prison library, the role of the prison librarian, and the various ways that librarians support and/or resist censorship. She is interested in pursuing further research about a variety of mechanisms of control employed by the ‘criminal justice’/punishment system both inside and outside of the prison, as well research about the role of reading and literacy in the lives of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Tammi is also a co-investigator on a three-year multidisciplinary study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The project, “The Meaning and Impact of Limited Literacy in the Lives of People with Serious Mental Illness,” explores the ways in which limited literacy affects access to and success within the mental health system.

Deborah K. Armstrong, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Deborah Armstrong is beginning a new role as an Assistant Professor in the department of Adult and Child Nursing. She earned her PhD from UMass Worcester in 2012, completing her dissertation research on the experience of aging with a spinal cord injury. Her earlier nursing education was obtained at the University of Arizona (BS 1983; MS 1992). Her clinical practice focused on critical care, primarily with cardiothoracic surgery patients. Deb has been part of the UMass Dartmouth faculty as a lecturer since 1992, teaching a variety of courses for prelicensure undergraduates, RN-BS students (both traditional and online programs), NP students, and PhD students.

Maryellen D. Brisbois, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Maryellen Brisbois is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing (Community Health) starting in the Fall 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Worcester in 2013, where she received the Lillian R. Goodman Student Award in 2012. Her dissertation which explored the experience of chemotherapy-induced premature menopause among Latinas with breast cancer, was supported by an American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing. Her research interests include disparities in health and healthcare, vulnerable populations, acculturation, environmental issues, social justice, cancer survivorship, new graduate nurses’ transition to practice, and leadership in nursing. She earned a Master’s Degree in Community/Public Health at Worcester State College (now University) and is a board-certified Advanced Public Health Nurse. Before joining UMD, Maryellen was full-time faculty at Worcester State University (2007-2013) where she received the Massachusetts Association Colleges of Nursing (MACN) Early Career Award in 2009 for her Cardboard Village Homeless Project. She received her BS from Assumption College and a diploma in nursing from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in Worcester, MA. Prior to working in academia, she worked as a Registered Nurse for two decades as a staff and charge nurse in medical/surgical, intensive care, post-anesthesia care, and cardio-thoracic units.

Vanni Bucci, Assistant Professor, Biology

Vanni Bucci is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. He is part of the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization. Dr. Bucci received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Florence in 2006. He then moved to Northeastern University, where he received Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering in 2008 and 2010, respectively. During the period ranging from September 2010 to August 2013 Dr. Bucci was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Program in Computational Biology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Dr. Bucci’s research spans across the fields of computational and systems biology, mathematical modeling and microbial ecology.

Ouida Dowd, Full Time Lecturer, College of Nursing

Ouida Dowd is a full time lecturer in the Community Nursing Department and currently teaching Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Nursing Leadership, and Experiential Learning for Community Health Nursing for the online RN to BS in Nursing Program. She has taught for the undergraduate nursing program as a part time lecturer and clinical faculty for eight years. Ouida received her MS in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, BSN from the University of Northern Colorado, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She is board certified as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and has practiced as a critical care nurse and leader for 30 years. She is interested in nursing informatics and evidence-based practice. She has written on critical care practice and on the impact of caregiver stress in chronic illness.

Rebecca Flanagan, Assistant Professor, UMASS Law

Rebecca received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2005; she is licensed to practice law in New York. After law school, Rebecca became an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Institute of Student and Graduate Academic Support at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California and the Director of Academic Support Programs at Arizona State University-Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona. Most recently, she was Director of the Pre-Law Center at UConn and ran UConn Law School’s academic success program.

Rebecca is the secretary of the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE), and was previously a member of the executive board of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support, and a founding member and member of the executive board of the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (NECASP). She co-edits the Law School Academic Support Blog (a member of the Law School Professors Blog network) with Dr. Amy Jarmon. Her scholarship includes numerous conference presentations as well as book chapters and journal articles.

Lance Fiondella, Assistant Professor, ECE

Lance Fiondella joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2013. Prior to joining UMassD, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia.

His PhD dissertation developed models to optimize the reliability of software based on its architecture. In addition to his reliability engineering research, he also participated in research at the Center for Resilient Transportation Infrastructure (CRTI), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCOE) at the University of Connecticut (UConn).

He has published over 40 peer reviewed journal and conference papers. Four of his conference papers have been recognized with awards, including the 2011 best paper award from the International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design (RQD) and the 2012 best paper award in the Attack and Disaster Preparation, Recovery and Response Track at the IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST).

As a graduate student, he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) for U.S. Graduate Students, which enabled him to conduct collaborative research in the Department of Industrial Management at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST).

He is a member of the IEEE Reliability Society and Vice-chair of Standard 1633, Recommended Practice on Software Reliability.

Paul J Gendron, Assistant Professor, ECE

Paul J. Gendron received his PhD from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his MS from Viginia Tech and his BS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, all in Electrical Engineering. His work is broad in the field of statistical signal processing, detection and estimation theory. His contributions range from seismic event detection and classification to adaptive filtering and low probability of detection acoustic communications. He was with the Naval Research Laboratory from 2000 to 2007 and with the Spawar Systems Center Pacific from 2008 to 2012. In 2000 he was the recipient of an Office of Naval Research research fellowship award for his work with the Acoustic Division at the Naval Research Laboratory. In 2006 he served as an Office of Naval Research Visiting Scientist at DRDC-Atlantic, Canada. Dr. Gendron presently conducts research for the Office of Naval Research related to the discover and invention of enabling technologies for undersea surveillance 

Tien-Shih Hsieh, Assistant Professor, Accounting

Tien-Shih Hsieh is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting and Finance Department at the Charlton College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in Accountancy from Bentley University. He also holds a MS in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MBA from National Taipei University in Taiwan. His research interests include the impact of regulations on corporate reporting activities and the impact of CEO personal characteristics on business reporting processes. His teaching interests include financial accounting and managerial accounting. He is currently working on different financial accounting topics and research topics about the impact of culture on corporate reporting processes.

Melvyn Huff, Full Time Lecturer, Mathematics

Melvyn Huff currently teaches calculus and advanced calculus. He received his B. S. in Science-Engineering and an M.A. and Ph. D in Mathematics from Northwestern University. After a post doctoral position at Harvard University he taught at Tufts University. He has also worked in industry, developing simulations to aid in creating hardware for CAT scanning and signal processing for target identification. His fields of interest include statistics and differential geometry.

Firas Khatib, Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Science

Firas Khatib is an Assistant Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department. He received his bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 2001, and his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from UC Santa Cruz in 2008. Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, Firas was a Senior Fellow in the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute at the University of Washington, working on the citizen science project Foldit to see if the collective brainpower of humans worldwide could be brought to bear on critical problems posed in computational biology. He worked with and studied how citizen scientists, with little or no prior biochemistry experience, uncovered knowledge that eluded scientists for years. Players of the online protein folding video game Foldit have been able to determine a crystal structure of a previously unsolved protein, as well as enhancing the activity of a designed enzyme. These exciting results demonstrate the combined power of humans and computers, and Firas is excited to apply this approach to other difficult scientific problems.

Eric Larson, Assistant Professor, Crime and Justice Studies

Eric Larson is Assistant Professor of Crime and Justice Studies. Eric’s research concerns how local struggles for justice become global, and vice versa. By considering social movement histories in the U.S. and its immediate colonial orbit – in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and on indigenous land – he examines how racial, national, class, and gender oppressions shape forms of belonging. He is particularly interested in post-1968 histories of globalization, and how movements have embraced and challenged ideas of democracy, multiculturalism, representation, and rights. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University.

Lucas Mann, Full-Time Lecturer, English

Lucas Mann joins the English department as a full-time lecturer, teaching classes in journalism, creative writing and professional writing. He earned his MFA in literary nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where he was an Arts Fellow and a Provost's Visiting Writer. He has published essays and stories in Gawker, The Rumpus, Wigleaf, TriQuarterly, and The Kenyon Review, among others. His first book, Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, an exploration of the world of low-level minor league baseball, came out in 2013 from Pantheon and was made a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. In a Boston Globe review of Class A, Adam Langer wrote: "Decades from now, the vast majority of the names currently seen on the spines of books will probably seem as unfamiliar as those found in a pack of random 2013 baseball cards. But I’d be willing to wager that Lucas Mann is one of the names that will endure."

Carol Mallory, Full-Time Lecturer, Law School

Carol Mallory is a Full-Time Lecturer of Legal Skills at the Law School. Most recently, Ms. Mallory was Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the Northeastern University School of Law. During her time at Northeastern, she also co-taught the Poverty Law Clinic. Ms. Mallory began teaching after working as a Law Clerk for the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, an Associate at Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin, a Lawyer for Greater Boston Legal Services, and as a solo practitioner providing research and writing for other attorneys. During that time, she worked primarily in plaintiff-side employment law. Ms. Mallory received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.

Maricris L. Mayes, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Maricris Mayes joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as an Assistant Professor in January 2014. She is also part of Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization. Maricris received her B.S. in Chemistry from Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in Fall of 2007. Prior to joining UMassD, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interest lies in the area theoretical and computational chemistry. In particular, she is interested in developing and applying highly accurate quantum chemistry methods for atomic, molecular, and biological systems. She has been involved in research efforts involving molecular and reaction dynamics, computational organic chemistry and material science, method and algorithmic development as well as high-performance and large-scale computing.

Ilana F. Offenberger, Full Time Lecturer, Modern European History

Ilana F. Offenberger received a Ph.D. in History from Clark University (Worcester, MA) in May 2010, graduating from the doctoral program in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. Her dissertation, The Nazification of Vienna and the Response of the Viennese Jews focuses on the struggle of Vienna’s Jewish Community to withstand Nazi oppression between 1938-45. The manuscript is currently under revision for publication with a reputable university press. In October 2012, the manuscript was selected for the first annual Radomir Luza Prize for an outstanding work in Austrian and/or Czechoslovak history. This prestigious award was presented at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by the American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance and the Center Austria of the University of New Orleans.

Offenberger’s specialization in the history of the Holocaust is accompanied by an extensive knowledge of Austrian/German history. Fluent in the German language, much of her research was conducted in archives around the United States and Europe; where she held numerous fellowships, most predominantly at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Kristi Oliver, Full-Time Lecturer, Art Education

Kristi received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Art Education and Painting/2-Dimensional Studies. She went on to obtain a MFA from Boston University in Art Education with a concentration in Printmaking, and completed a CAGS in Creative Arts and Education from Fitchburg State University. Kristi is currently a doctoral candidate at Lesley University where her study includes contemporary photography, artistic development, and 21st century learning. She has over a decade of experience teaching high school, most recently at Marlborough High School where she taught several courses including traditional darkroom photography as well as Advanced Placement Studio Art and Portfolio. She also teaches in the Summer Studios program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Kristi is the steering committee chairperson of Art All-State and is proud to provide an inspirational, collaborative art-making experience for high school juniors. Kristi frequently presents at both state and national conferences, and is currently the president-elect and conference coordinator of the Massachusetts Art Education Association. Kristi is one of two delegates from Massachusetts representing art educators across the Commonwealth during the annual delegates assembly of the National Art Education Association. She has been awarded the Massachusetts Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award in 2011 and the Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year in 2012.

Kevin Pallister, Full Time Lecturer, Political Science

Kevin Pallister received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on election administration, democratization, and international democracy promotion, with a regional focus on Latin America. His doctoral dissertation, Bringing the Ballot Box to the People: Election Administration and the Origins of Inclusive Voting Practices, examines the origins of election administration practices that facilitate or impede voter participation, and draws on field research conducted in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. His research has been published in Latin American Politics and Society, and he is the co-author of a book chapter on electoral bodies forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions.

Jason Potter, Full-time Lecturer, Law School

Prior to teaching at UMass School of Law, Professor Potter was a Professor of Legal Writing & Research at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he taught first-year legal writing courses. Professor Potter has also taught legal writing internationally. He was a C.V. Starr Lecturer of Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China for two academic years. At PKU, he taught U.S. legal research and writing, advanced legal research, academic legal writing, contract drafting, and legal English.

Professor Potter’s practice experience includes an associateship at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Los Angeles, a summer associateship at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, and a clerkship for Nadine Strossen, the President of the American Civil Liberties Union. His pro bono work includes collaborations with the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Association and the ACLU-Los Angeles.

At NYU School of Law, Professor Potter was the Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, where he edited and published articles devoted to exploring issues affecting those typically consigned to society’s margins. He was the recipient of the Flora S. & Jacob L. Newman Graduation Prize, recognizing leadership and service to the law school.

Professor Potter is a member of the State Bar of California, the Federal Bar Association, and the Tom Homann Law Association.

Sandra Rivera, Full-Time Lecturer, Foreign Literature and Language

Sandra Rivera is a fulltime lecturer in the Foreign Literature and Language department currently teaching Spanish. She is also the Director of the Language Multimedia Lab committed to promote and facilitate the acquisition of language skills by providing a multimedia and instructional technology space that will foster the development of communicative competency in a foreign language. Her teaching is embedded with the integration of technology to help facilitate student’s communication and usage of the language. Previously she was a part-time lecturer of Spanish here at UMASSD. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching/Spanish from UMASS Dartmouth and a B.A. in Elementary and Secondary/English and Special Education from the University of Puerto Rico. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction from NOVA Southeastern University and is working on her dissertation researching and examining foreign language professional development designs integrating culturally responsive pedagogy.

Ronald G. Sherwin, Associate Professor and Chair, Music

Ronald G. Sherwin joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this summer as Associate Professor and Music Department Chair. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.M. from The University of Maine where he studied choral conducting with Dr. Dennis Cox. Prior to joining UMD he served as Associate Dean and Director of the School of Visual & Performing Arts at Anna Maria College, and before that he was Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities at Castleton State College. His choirs have performed around the United States and Europe and have been known for their association with artists including Francois Clemmons (Bayou Legend, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood), Esau Pritchett (Law and Order), and Robert DeCormier (Counterpoint, Peter, Paul & Mary, New York Choral Society). Under Dr. Sherwin’s leadership Castleton State College’s Collegiate Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, was featured at the Nymburk International Music Festival in the Czech Republic, and received national attention for their performance at the harvesting of the 2007 Christmas tree for the Capitol in Washington, DC. In addition to his collegiate work he is a frequent guest conductor, consultant, clinician and adjudicator in Arts Assessment. He is a past College and University State Chair for both the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Jangwon Suh, Assistant Professor, Accounting

Jangwon Suh is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting and Finance Department in Charlton College of Business. His current research interest is focused on how the worldwide adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) affects reporting qualities of listed companies. He is also interested in other fields in accounting, such as cost accounting or comparability between IFRS and US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). He has papers under review in top accounting journals, including The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research.

Before joining UMass Dartmouth, he taught at Baruch College in the City University of New York (CUNY) where he also received MPhil and PhD degrees in Business (Accounting). He has four years of professional experience at Financial Supervisory Service, which is a capital market supervisory body in South Korea. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.

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