2014-2015

Jesse Bazzul – Assistant Professor, STEM

Jesse Bazzul received his PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto with an emphasis on curriculum and science education. Jesse has worked as a science and mathematics teacher in Canada, China and Ukraine. His research interests focus on the social, political, and ethical dimensions of STEM education from the perspective of critical theory; specifically how STEM policy and curricula work to open and limit the ethical actions of educational communities.

  

Robert E. Berry – Full Time Lecturer, Chemistry

Robert E. Berry has joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as a Full-Time Lecturer and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Manager. Bob received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K. in 1999. Since then he has worked at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in the laboratory of F. Ann Walker; most recently as an Associate Research Scientist. His research has focused on the bioinorganic chemistry of heme proteins; employing site-directed mutagenesis, electrochemistry, NMR and EPR spectroscopies.

  

Patrick Cappillino – Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Cappillino received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Boston University under the guidance of Prof. John Caradonna. His dissertation work focused on the important catalytic role of transition metals in enzymes. By synthesizing a family of iron compounds as mimics for the active sites of oxygenase enzymes, he elucidated important properties that govern their reactivity. Dr. Cappillino continued his research career as a postdoctoral appointee at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. There his focus shifted to the synthesis of nanoporous and nanostructured materials, as well as coordination compounds for applications in energy storage. Prior to this he held a post as Visiting Assistant Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

With his background in inorganic materials and nanomaterials synthesis, Dr. Cappillino plans to work in several key areas of energy research including grid-scale energy storage and production of carbon-neutral, renewable alternatives to petroleum-derived energy.

 

Meredith Dove - Assitant Professor, Clinical Psychology

Meredith Dove, Ph.D., has been a full-time clinical child psychologist in pediatric hospital settings, schools, and private practice before coming to UMD.  She received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the Utah State University Combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology program and completed her post-doctoral training in pediatric psychology at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  Her dissertation research focused on a treatment for depression among adolescents with a chronic illness and she continues to conduct research in this area.  Professor Dove’s career included supervisory positions on several multidisciplinary hospital teams to address feeding and eating problems among children, which has influenced her research interests in feeding disorders among children.  She continues to be affiliated with St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River.

 

Margaret Drew – Associate Professor, Law School

Associate Professor Margaret Drew is Director of Clinics and Experiential Learning. Her fields of interest are domestic violence, including the intersection of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence, trauma based advocacy, human rights in the United States, and law school clinical teaching and learning.

Prior to entering academia full-time in 2005, Professor Drew practiced law in Massachusetts for twenty-five years. She represented clients in the District, Probate and Family and Appellate Courts of Massachusetts. Professor Drew is a member of several bar associations including the American Bar Association, having served with its Commission of Domestic and Sexual Violence since its founding. She is also a member of the AIDS Coordinating Committee, a member and past chair of the amicus committee of the National Association of Women Lawyers, a member of the Association’s Supreme Court Committee, and a member of the state bars of Massachusetts, Alabama and Ohio.

Prior to coming to the University of Massachusetts School of Law, Professor Drew taught domestic violence clinics at the University of Alabama Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she was Director of Clinics and Experiential Learning. She is also co-founder and editor of Human Rights at Home Blog.

 

Jacqueline Einstein – Full-time Lecturer, Marketing

Dr. Jacqueline Einstein teaches Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Career Development and joins the faculty of the Charlton College of Business after transitioning from a career in the financial services industry. Her banking career included responsibility for commercial and small business lending, branch management, and credit portfolio analysis at a combination of national, regional and community financial institutions.

She earned her Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in Management. Her dissertation is entitled “Ethical leadership and service climate: The relationship with job satisfaction and organizational identification.” She earned her Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and her research interests include the influence of leadership styles, culture, and climate on organizational and follower outcomes.

Dr. Einstein has been active in the community and is currently serving on the Boards of the United Way of Greater Fall River and The Nemasket Group. She served on the Executive Board of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce from 2010 –2014.  Originally from Hamburg, NY, she has lived in Dartmouth, MA since 1985 and enjoys travel, singing with local choirs, performing in musical theater productions, cycling and yoga.

 

Gavin Fay – Assistant Professor, SMAST

Gavin Fay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the School for Marine Science and Technology. His research focuses on developing interdisciplinary quantitative modeling approaches for fisheries and ecosystem assessment, and evaluating the performance of decision support tools for living marine resource management. Gavin earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has also completed postdoctoral positions at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Australia, and at NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 

 

Andriana Foiles, Full Time Lecturer, Sociology

Dr. Foiles Sifuentes completed her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014.  Her research examines the role of structural and social violence in the creation and maintenance of marginalized populations.  Her current project interrogates the nation-state and its use of internal checkpoints and White only enclaves to impose difference on the local people the Texas-Mexico borderlands.

  

Caroline Gelmi – Full-Time Lecturer, English

Caroline Gelmi is a full-time lecturer in the English Department, where she teaches courses that introduce students to literary study through a variety of themes and genres. She received her PhD from Tufts University, and her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry and poetics. She is currently working on a book project that traces the history of the poetic speaker in the period after the invention of the Victorian dramatic monologue and before the rise of the New Criticism. This project argues that writers used the speaker to develop racial and social fantasies of a national poetry. She has also examined the intersections of verse, gender, and print culture in her article “‘The Pleasures of Merely Circulating’: Sappho and Early American Newspaper Poetry,” forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Literature.  

  

Beenash Jafri - Assistant Professor, Crime & Justice Studies

Beenash Jafri is Assistant Professor of Crime & Justice Studies. She received her PhD in Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies from York University. Her areas of interest include comparative race and ethnic studies, Native American/Indigenous studies, film and cultural studies, and queer and feminist studies. In her most recent project, Dr. Jafri develops an intersectional method for film analysis that tracks the persistence of settler colonial discourses within diasporic western films vis-à-vis their representations of gender and sexuality. The research illuminates the fraught relationship between racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples and settler colonialism.  

Dr. Jafri's teaching and research are informed by her experience working with national and community-based organizations on issues such as anti-racism, youth engagement, environmental justice, alternative libraries, and domestic violence. Her research and writing can be found in journals such as American Indian Culture & Research and Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, and in edited collections such as Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relationships and Speaking for Ourselves: Constructions of Environmental Justice in Canada.

 

Mary Kayyal - Full-Time Lecturer, Psychology

Mary Kayyal received her PhD from Boston College in 2014. Her research interests can be summarized as follows: to make sense of their emotional world, human beings divide emotions into categories (e.g., happiness and fear)–these categories represent how we “see” and conceptualize emotions. Dr. Kayyal is interested in how these categories first emerge, how they develop with age, and how culture and language interact with this development.  What is universal and what is culture-specific in the way we navigate our emotional world? 

  

David Koop – Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Science

David Koop is an Assistant Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department.  Prior to joining Umass Dartmouth, he was a Research Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the New York
University School of Engineering.  He received his Ph.D.in Computing from the University of Utah in 2012, finished his M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed his undergraduate work
at Calvin College.  His research interests include data visualization, computational provenance, and scientific data management.  During his work, he has collaborated with scientists in the fields of climate science, quantum physics, and invasive species modeling.  He is a lead developer of the VisTrails system and has also worked with VisTrails, Inc. to develop tools for provenance capture in new and existing applications.

 

 Hilary Kraus - Associate Librarian, Library Information Services


Hilary Kraus joined the Claire T. Carney Library in August 2014 as the Associate Librarian for Nursing & Health. In previous positions, she served schools of nursing at both DePaul University and Loyola University Chicago, and most recently worked with the new Center for Physician Assistant Studies at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. A Chicago native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing at Northwestern University, and her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan. 

Hilary’s professional interests include teaching and professional development. She coauthored a book chapter combining these interests, focusing on librarians partnering with education faculty, and has co-presented workshops at state and national conferences on using proven pedagogical techniques in a library context.

  

Lucas Mann, Assistant Professor, English

Lucas Mann is an Assistant Professor of English, teaching courses in creative writing and literary journalism. He earned his M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, where he was an Arts Fellow and a Provost's Visiting Writer. He has published essays and stories in Slate, Gawker, TriQuarterly, The Rumpus, 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, was released by Pantheon in 2013.  Class A was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Complex Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle.  Mann's second book, Lord Fear, will be released by Pantheon in 2015.

  

Joshua Masse - Assistant Professor, Psychology

Joshua Masse is an assistant professor in the department of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a children and adolescent specialization from West Virginia University.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital, the pediatric teaching hospital of Northwestern University in Chicago. Prior to joining faculty, he was the clinical training director at Delaware’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, where he oversaw a federally funded SAMHSA grant focused on providing evidence-based treatment to young children with behavioral challenges. His research interests lie broadly in the implementation of empirically supported treatments for young children, namely with specialized populations (e.g., autism) and settings (e.g., home-based, classrooms). His research also focuses on developing an understanding of factors that predict successful adoption of evidence-based treatments within community mental health settings. Dr. Masse will be teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in the clinical psychology master's program. 

 

Jessica G Mikeska - Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing

Dr. Mikeska started her career as Senior Research Analyst in Oklahoma City where she dabbled in both public opinion polling and marketing research. This experience motivated her to pick a PhD program where the relationship between public policy and marketing is being studied. As such, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln inspired her to research scenarios in which the consumer should be protected from the marketer over how to more effectively persuade the consumer. Her research includes topics of child obesity, substitute effects given a soda tax, the dark side of Corporate Social Responsibility, CEO political bias, consumer detriment of policy loophole-seeking firms, etc. Her passion for teaching marketing is most evident when she shares the vices and virtues of marketing in the classroom.

  

James March Mistler – Full-Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science 

James March Mistler received his B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science and his Professional Science Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering/Biotechnology with a concentration in Medical Laboratory Science from UMass Dartmouth in 2006 and 2014, respectively. He holds national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and worked for the past 8 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Clinical Laboratory, most recently as the Lead Medical Technologist. There he was responsible for the daily operations of the Clinical laboratory including budgeting, method validation, quality assurance and protocols as well as performing diagnostic tests in microbiology, hematology/coagulation, and chemistry. James is active in the professional laboratory society, ASCLS, as the co-chair for the P.A.C.E. Committee that oversees continuing education and is also active in the society’s Minority Forum. 

 

Eric Mitnich – Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law 

Dean Mitnick studied history and government as an undergraduate at Cornell University, law at the University of Michigan Law School, from which he graduated with honors, and American politics, public law, and political theory in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, from which he earned masters and doctoral degrees. 

Dean Mitnick practiced law as an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, a large law firm in New York City, focusing especially on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, directors’ liability, and financial litigation.

Prior to joining UMass Law, Dean Mitnick taught Torts, Administrative Law, Professional Responsibility, and Scholarly Legal Writing at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for six years and was twice recognized as Teacher of the Year by the student body; Legal Research and Writing at the University of Wisconsin Law School; and Constitutional Interpretation and Civil Liberties as a graduate student at Princeton University.  

Dean Mitnick has also served as an outside reviewer for the American Political Science Review, as a member of the Law & Society Dissertation Prize Committee, been named a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and received research fellowships from Princeton University and the Mellon Foundation.  His doctoral dissertation was published in book form as Rights, Groups, and Self-Invention: Group-Differentiated Rights in Liberal Theory (Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2006).  Dean Mitnick is also the author of several peer-reviewed journal and student-edited law review articles, including Three Models of Group-Differentiated Rights, which was selected for inclusion in the Columbia, Georgetown, UCLA and USC Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop.  His article on procedural due process and reputational harm was recently cited in an opinion by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire.

 

Rebecca Newell, Director of Simulation Nursing Learning Center and Full Time Lecturer College of Nursing

Rebecca Newell is a full time lecturer in the Adult/Child Nursing Department and serves as an evaluator and tutor/coach for students referred to the lab for academic and clinical skills support.  She currently manages the clinical skills laboratory and facilitates simulation activities for the College of Nursing.  Rebecca received her MS and BS in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and her AD in nursing from Cape Cod Community College W. Barnstable, Massachusetts.  She has been an educator in the Fundamentals of Nursing program at Bristol Community College and Staff Educator.  She has over 30 years of experience in education, ambulatory, acute, long term and hospice care. Rebecca is interested in teaching and learning activities using simulation, caregiver and patient safety, and evidence-based practice.  She has written a Personal Care Training manual for caregivers that care for clients living at home and has co-authored Stress among Caregivers of Chronically Ill Older Adults: Implications for Nursing Practice.

 

Melody O’Donnell – Full-Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science

Melody O’Donnell received her B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science and her Professional Science Master’s degree in Biomedical engineering/biotechnology with a focus in Medical Laboratory Science from UMass Dartmouth in 2007 and 2014, respectively. She spent 7 years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Pathology and Laboratory Services. During this time, she performed laboratory testing in Immunology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Flow Cytometry as well as aided in the completion of various research projects.

Melody is an active member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and enjoyed her time as a student treasurer, regional student and New Professional representative, and chairperson of the national Awards Committee.

  

Kristi Oliver – Assistant Professor, Art Eduction 

Kristi received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Art Education and Painting/2-Dimensional Studies, then went on to obtain a MFA from Boston University in Art Education, 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, the creative process, and 21st century learning.  She has over a decade of experience teaching high school, and has 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 Art All-State coordinator and is proud to provide an inspirational, collaborative art-making experience for high school juniors.  

 

Zachary Painter - Assistant Librarian, Library Information Services 

Zac Painter is the Engineering & Data Services Librarian for the Claire T. Carney Library. He obtained his MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BS from Appalachian State University. His Masters Paper research focused on the creation and maintenance of taxonomies and ontologies; his broad professional interests include instructional design, research data management, user experience design, and competitive intelligence. He has prior work experience locating scientific expertise and managing scientific data at the EPA Office of Research and Development, designing instructional content at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, working as a solo librarian for health nonprofit organizations, and teaching high school in North Carolina.

 

Kenneth Saltman – Professor, Educational Leadership

Kenneth J. Saltman is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership where he teaches courses in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies PhD program.  He received his PhD and MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Pennsylvania State University and his BA Honors in Philosophy from McGill University.  He grew up in southern New England and prior to graduate school taught English as a Second Language in Pusan, South Korea. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses at DePaul University in Chicago and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

 

His research interests include sociology of education, philosophy of education, educational politics and policy, the cultural politics and political economy of education and mass media, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, critical theory, globalization and education, educational leadership, curriculum theory, the militarization of schools and society, and philosophy of sport and the body.  He has been a prolific author and early outspoken critic of what has been termed neoliberal educational restructuring or corporate school reform.  Dr. Saltman’s scholarship has been distinct for bringing together an analysis of the economic, cultural, and political dimensions of public school privatization, situating it in terms of broader social trends and global struggles. He is the author most recently of The Politics of Education: A Critical Introduction (Paradigm 2014), The Failure of Corporate School Reform (Paradigm Publishers  2012), and The Gift of Education: Venture Philanthropy and Public Education (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) which was awarded a 2011 American Educational Studies Critics Choice Book Award.  He also recently co-authored Toward a New Common School Movement (Paradigm 2014) and Neoliberalism, Education, Terrorism (Paradigm 2014). He received a Fulbright Scholarship on Globalization and Culture. 

 

Alexis Teagarden – Assistant Professor, English

Alexis Teagarden joins UMass Dartmouth as an Assistant Professor and Director of First-Year English. Curious about rhetoric writ large and small, her research follows three questions: How do national and local publics interact, how does language shape public policy, and how do we negotiate US education’s many competing values?  Her current work focuses on where these questions intersect: the lively, highly argumentative reform called charter schools. She also grounds her research in classroom practice, asking how college writing pedagogy, assessment, and program administration can better foster student development. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Karen Terrell – Full Time Lecturer, STEM

Karen Terrell is a full-time lecturer in the STEM and Teacher Development Department. She obtained her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, concentrating on the Math, Science, and Technology strand. Her research focused on preparing secondary mathematics pre-service teachers for the demands of English-language instruction in the content area. This research led to multiple presentations nationwide for various educational organizations.

Karen began her career in education in 2000 as a high-school mathematics teacher in Boston, MA, and later a middle-school instructor in Wellesley, MA, before pursuing her doctoral studies. She also taught mathematics at UMass Boston from 2006 to 2011. Karen became a mathematics coach in Boston Public Schools for both middle and high schools in 2011, remaining there until 2013. Going forward, she desires to continue investigating language instruction in secondary mathematics, as well as parent engagement. In addition to her academic experiences, Karen is an educational consultant, working with various schools and organizations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

  

Milana C. Vasudev - Assistant Professor, Bioengineering 

Milana Vasudev is an Assistant Professor in the Bioengineering Department. She received her Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Visweswaraiah Technological University in 2003. She then moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Bioengineering in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, Milana was a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral Fellow in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, working on synthesizing novel biomimetic nanomaterials and their characterization. Her research interests include bioinspired nanomaterials, studying the interactions of nanostructures with biological materials, vapor phase deposition of nanomaterials, real-time chemical and biological sensors and nanobioelectronics.

 

Gang Wang – Assistant Professor, CCB

 Gang Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Decision & Information Sciences Department at the Charlton College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from Rutgers University. He also holds another Ph.D. in Operations Research from Dalian University of Technology in China. Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, he taught MBA and EMBA at Kean University. He is also Supply Chain Consultant for logistics companies in China. His research interests focus on supply chain optimization, supply chain sustainability, supply chain dynamics, and supply chain finance. In addition, he is interested in combinatorial optimization, optimal control, non-smooth optimization, and approximation algorithms.

 

Mary Wilson - Assistant Professor, English 

Mary Wilson joins the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this year as an Assistant Professor of English.  She earned her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009, with a focus on transatlantic modernist fiction.  She comes to UMass Dartmouth from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, where she was an Assistant Professor from 2009 to 2014.  Her major areas of interest are representations of domesticity and sexuality in early 20th-century literature.  She is the author of The Labors of Modernism: Domesticity, Servants, and Authorship (Ashgate, 2013), a monograph that examines the crucial role played by domestic servants in the development of experimental modernist fiction.  She is also the co-editor of Rhys Matters: New Critical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), the first collection of original scholarly essays on the Anglo-Caribbean modernist Jean Rhys in over twenty years.

 

Donghui Yan – Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Donghui Yan was a principal data scientist at the Walmart e-commerce Lab in California prior to joining UMass Dartmouth. Previously, he was teaching at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Intel Research Lab, Berkeley. He received his PhD in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. His research interests lie broadly in statistical methodology and machine learning algorithms as well as applied statistics in various domains.

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