UMass Dartmouth recruits new faculty from across the United States

More than three dozen faculty with variety of skills join UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth has recruited 38 new faculty members set to begin the 2014-2015 academic year. The new group of faculty members joins the University from across the United States seeking to make transformative impact in student achievement, fostering innovative and enriched learning, alongside dynamic and impactful research. 

"We are very excited to have this stellar group of faculty join the University and the community," said UMass Dartmouth Provost Dr. Mohammad Karim. "This year's new faculty brings with them a variety of skills and talent. We are confident that each will make their own mark in his or her respective area of teaching, scholarship, and research." 

Joining UMass Dartmouth will be: 

Dr. Jessica G. Mikeska 
Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing 
Education: Ph.D., Marketing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Dr. Kenneth Saltman 
Professor, Educational Leadership 
Education: Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Pennsylvania State University 

Dr. Mary Wilson 
Assistant Professor, English 
Education: Ph.D., Department of English, UMass Amherst 

Dr. Jesse T. Bazzul 
Assistant Professor, STEM Education and Teacher Development 
Education: Ph.D., Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto

Dr. Eric J. Mitnick 
Associate Dean, Academics, UMass Law 
Education: Ph.D., Department of Politics, Princeton University; J.D., University of Michigan Law School 

Dr. Alexis Leigh Teagarden 
Assistant Professor, English 
Education: Ph.D., Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University 

Margaret B. Drew 
Associate Professor/Director of Clinical Education and Experiential Learning, UMass Law 
Education: LLM, Taxation, Boston University School of Law; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law 

Dr. Gang Wang 
Assistant Professor, Operational Management 
Education: Ph.D., Supply Chain Management, Rutgers University 

Dr. Andriana M. Foiles Sifuentes 
Full-Time Lecturer, Sociology/Anthropology 
Education: Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, UMass Amherst 

Dr. Beenash Jafri 
Assistant Professor, Crime and Justice 
Education: Ph.D., Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies, York University 

Dr. Patrick Cappillino 
Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry 
Education: Ph.D., Chemistry, Boston University 

Dr. Joshua Masse 
Assistant Professor, Psychology 
Education: Ph.D., Philosophy, West Virginia University 

Dr. Shakhnoza Kayumova 
Assistant Professor, STEM 
Education: Ph.D., Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia 

Lucas Mann 
Assistant Professor, English 
Education: M.F.A, English (Nonfiction Writing), University of Iowa 

Dr. Gavin Fay 
Assistant Professor, Fisheries Oceanography 
Education: Ph.D., Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington 

Dr. Nicholas J. Santavicca 
Assistant Professor, STEM 
Education: Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Texas Tech University 

Stacey A. Waite 
Full-Time Lecturer, Community Nursing 
Education: MSN, Nursing Education, Framingham State University 

Dr. Jaqueline Einstein 
Full-Time Lecturer, Marketing & Management Department 
Education: D.B.A, Management, H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship 

Dr. David Koop 
Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science 
Education: Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Utah 

Dr. Karen Terrell 
Full-Time Lecturer, STEM and Teacher Development 
Education: Ph.D., Boston College 

Yun (Melody) Tang O'Donnell 
Full-Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science 
Education: Master of Science, Professional Science, UMass Dartmouth 

Dr. Kyle Riding 
Full-Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science 
Education: Ph.D., Public Health, Walden University 

James Mistler 
Full-Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science 
Education: Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering, UMass Dartmouth 

Dr. Elizabeth McCliment 
Full-Time Lecturer, Biology 
Education: Ph.D., Marine Biology and Biochemistry, University of Delaware 

Jamie Eckert 
Full-Time Lecturer, Music 
Education: Master of Music, Music, West Virginia University 

Dr. Margaret Rudd Arieta 
Full-Time Lecturer, Doctor of Nursing Practice 
Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice, UMass Dartmouth 

Dr. Caroline N. Gelmi 
Full-Time Lecturer, English 
Education: Ph.D., Department of English, Tufts University 

Dr. Donghui Yan 
Assistant Professor, Mathematics 
Education: Ph.D., Statistics, University of California- Berkeley 

Dr. Milana C. Vasudev 
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering 
Education: Doctor of Philosophy, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Michael Swartz 
Full-Time Lecturer, Design 
Education: M.F.A., Computer Art, School of Visual Arts 

Kristi Oliver 
Assistant Professor, Art Education 
Education: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Creative Arts and Education, Fine Arts Director Certificate, Fitchburg State University; Master of Fine Arts in Art Education, Boston University 

Dr. Meredith Brent 
Assistant professor, Clinical Psychology 
Education: Doctor of Philosophy, Combined Professional Scientific, Utah State University 

Mary Kayyal 
Full-Time Lecturer, Psychology 
Education: M.A., Developmental Psychology, Boston College 

Dr. Catherine Miraglia 
Assistant Professor, Medical Laboratory 
Education: Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine, New York Chiropractic College 

Dr. Robert E. Berry 
Full-Time Lecturer, Chemistry/Biochemistry 
Education: Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Manchester 

Margaret Rudd 
Full-Time Lecturer, Adult and Child Nursing 
Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice, UMass Dartmouth 

Rebecca Newell 
Full-Time Lecturer/Director of Learning Center 
Education: Master of Science, Nursing, UMass Dartmouth 

Dr. Janet A. Sobczak 
Associate Professor, Community Nursing 
Education: Certificate in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Stony Brook University; Ph.D., Nursing, Medical College of Georgia 

UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.



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