New faculty Profiles 2009-2010

New faculty 2009-2010

Anthony Arrigo

Anthony F. Arrigo, Assistant Professor, English

Anthony F. Arrigo joined the English Department at UMass Dartmouth in 2009 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He has taught courses in visual rhetoric, American popular culture and politics, technical communication, and writing on issues in science and technology, and was the recipient of the 2008 Teaching Excellence Award in Writing Studies at Minnesota.

Dr. Arrigo has presented at national conferences in communications, rhetoric, architecture, and history of the American West. His dissertation examined the hyper-visualization of Hoover Dam in popular print media of the early twentieth century. As a scholar of rhetoric and visual communication, Dr. Arrigo conducts interdisciplinary research that seeks to illuminate the interconnections between visuality, technology, culture, and nature. While his research draws primarily from methodological approaches in rhetoric/communication studies, it is also strongly informed by scholarship in cultural studies and environmental studies.

Diane D. Blier, Full Time Lecturer, Child and Adult Nursing

Diane Blier is a practicing Adult Nurse Practitioner in the field of hospice and palliative care. She received her LPN in 1982 from South Eastern Regional Vocational School, went on to Bristol Community College's Fast Track LPN to RN program and graduated in 1995. Diane was the first student at UMass Dartmouth to complete the RN to BSN to MSN/NP programs in 4 years, graduating in 2005. She has been a part-time visiting lecturer at UMD for the past 5 years and has recently joined the university as a full-time lecturer and will continue to practice part-time in the field of hospice and palliative care. She is also currently pursuing her PhD in nursing at UMass Dartmouth.

Deborah Carlson

Deborah Frazee Carlson, Professor, Artisanry

Professor Carlson joins the faculty of the Artisanry Department in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, from the Cleveland Institute of Art where she was head of the department of fiber and material studies. In Cleveland, she worked to prepare students to be both artists and designers with the idea that one could remain fluid and flexible throughout one's career.

Her studio work explores the narrative in woven structures and the practice of the artist as citizen. Of equal concern are fair trade and sustainability issues in both local and global textile practices.

Robert DrewRobert Drew, Assistant Professor, Biology

Dr. Robert Drew is Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Drew received his Ph.D. at Washington State University in 2006, where he investigated genetic variation in stress physiology and growth rate in rainbow trout. During his postdoctoral research at the University of Idaho, Dr. Drew examined differences in gene expression among behavioral distinct strains of zebrafish.

Dr. Drew's research investigates genetic variation underlying adaptations in fish, primarily adaptations to captivity. Evolution in captivity (i.e., domestication) often results in physiological changes that enhance growth and reproduction, and reduce fear-related behavior and sensitivity to stress. These phenotypic changes have been observed in a wide variety of species including fish, birds, and mammals, suggesting that these characteristics are important adaptations to captivity. Fish species are particularly suited to the study of domestication because they have been recently domesticated and wild populations are still available for comparison.

Dr. Drew's laboratory combines quantitative genetics with genomics to investigate morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations underlying fish domestication. Over the long term, Dr. Drew is particularly interested in the following questions: (1) Are physiological adaptations to captivity the result of changes in gene regulation or gene function? (2) Are the same genes or gene pathways responsible for parallel patterns of physiological adaptation observed across populations and species? (3) Are the suites of traits that evolve during domestication genetically correlated?


Chan Du, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance

Chan Du joined the faculty of the accounting and finance department in fall 2009. She received her D.B.A in accounting from Boston University in 2006. Before she joined UMass Dartmouth, she was an assistant professor of accounting at California State University, Fresno. Her research interests include executive compensation, corporate governance, earnings management, risk taking, and investment. Her research has been published in the Journal of International Money and Finance and presented at several conferences such as the American Accounting Association's annual meetings.


Jamie Eckert, Full Time Lecturer, Music

Jamie Eckert is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at the UMass Dartmouth. Jamie received his B.S. in music business and performance from Eastern New Mexico University. He also holds a M.M. degree in performance from West Virginia University. 

In addition to coordinating the percussion program at UMass Dartmouth, Jamie assists Prof. royal hartigan with the undergraduate program in world music studies. As a performer, Jamie is known for his versatility in many different musical environments. He has played with many orchestras, chamber groups, world music groups, popular music groups, and in various jazz and folk settings. Jamie has traveled throughout Europe and Asia as part of educational arts exchanges and has been a featured artist and performer throughout the United States. Most recently Jamie was a featured performer with Jazz Bassist Santi Debriano at the Panama International Jazz Festival.  He has also served twice as a faculty member and coordinator of world music studies for the prestigious West Virginia Honors Academy.

For fifteen years, Jamie instructed the world famous Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. During his time there, the Cadets won three back to back percussion championships. He is still regarded as one of the top percussion teaching specialists in the activity. Jamie has also won two world championships as an instructor and arranger for the Dartmouth Indoor Percussion Theatre, and continues to direct his own steel drum band, El Caribé, which plays throughout New England.


Miguel Glatzer, Full Time Lecturer, Political Science

Miguel Glatzer received his PhD in government from Harvard University. His research focuses on the politics of globalization, democracy and inequality in comparative perspective. He is the co-editor of Politics Matters: Globalization and the Future of the Welfare State (University of Pittsburgh Press) as well as Portugal: Strategic Options in a European Context (Lexington Books) and has also published in the journal South European Society and Politics. The politics of taxation and redistribution are his most recent research focus. In addition to courses on Europe and Latin America, his teaching interests include civic education, the media, globalization, social movements and the US military.


Michael GoodmanMichael D. Goodman, Associate Professor and Chair, Public Policy

Professor Goodman joins the Department of Public Policy after serving for the past eight years as the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute, the public service, outreach and economic development arm of the five campus University of Massachusetts system.

Dr. Goodman has authored or co-authored over two dozen professional publications on a wide range of public policy relevant issues including regional economic development and housing policy as well as demographic and other applied social science research topics.  He has supported this research by generating over $4 million in external grant and contract funding from a diverse array of public and private sources.

A leading analyst of both the Massachusetts and the New England economies, Dr. Goodman is a three term past president of the New England Economic Partnership, a non-profit organization made up of leading regional analysts that produces semi-annual economic forecasts of the economic outlook for each of the six New England states. He currently serves as an executive editor of MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.


Karen Gulbrandsen, Assistant Professor, English

Karen Gulbrandsen received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from Iowa State University and her Masters in Technical and Professional Communication from Northeastern University in Boston. She holds a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Her research focuses on technology transfer—the movement of intellectual property from a university or private research lab to its development in industry—and the rhetorical figures that describe and stabilize the practice in historical and cultural contexts. Current discussions about technology transfer often address the "valley of death," a metaphor used to describe the problems associated with technology transfer, and hover around the tension between the traditional role of the public university and a more entrepreneurial one characterized by partnerships with industry. Her dissertation was a case study of a new university institute that received public financing to develop partnerships with industry leaders as a way to bridge the "valley of death," analyzing the ways in which the public good was described and understood by various stakeholders.

In addition to teaching classes in rhetoric and professional communication, she has more than twelve years of professional experience, working on publications and grant proposals for nonprofit organizations and state government.

Z. Pamela Karimi, Assistant Professor, Art History

Z. Pamela Karimi recently received her Ph.D. in history and theory of art and architecture from the Department of Architecture at MIT. Her dissertation, "Transitions in Domestic Architecture and Home Culture in Twentieth-Century Iran," for which she has received fellowships from the SSRC, AAUW, and the ACLS, takes the Iranian home and its contents as its subject, treating the modernization of domesticity in Iran both as a historical phenomenon and as a study of local actors responding to the homogenizing pressures of capitalism and globalization. Previous to her appointment at UMass Dartmouth, Pamela had taught at NYU, Brandeis University, and Wellesley College and her articles and reviews have appeared in Persica, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The Art Journal, Thresholds, Bidoun, The Arab Studies Journal, and The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. She is the recipient of 2009 I.B. Tauris Best Essay Award for Anthropology of Iran.


Kathryn D. Kavanagh, Assistant Professor, Biology

Dr. Kathryn D. Kavanagh joins the Biology Department in the fall semester 2009 as Assistant Professor of Biology, with expertise in evolutionary developmental biology, comparative vertebrate embryology, and larval fish biology and ecology.  She studied early life stages of coral reef fishes for her graduate work, and received her doctorate in marine biology from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, in 1998 and her Master's degree in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary in 1992.

Her postdoctoral work took her to Harvard University and to the University of Helsinki in Finland, where she expanded her research to include comparative and experimental embryology within other vertebrate groups including frogs, mammals, and birds. In addition to her appointment at UMass Dartmouth, she is also an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Kavanagh has currently fifteen publications in her field, including articles in Nature, Science, Evolution, and other international peer-reviewed journals. Her 2007 article on predictability in evolution was selected by the journal Nature as one of 15 "Evolutionary Gems" of the past decade, and she also won the Hyytiala prize for best paper from the Finnish Society of Developmental Biologists. She is also known for her exploratory work, and she has joined expeditions to collect fishes from little-known regions in the central Pacific, Southeast Asia and Australia. Specimens from her expeditions are deposited in the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Australian Museum in Sydney.

At UMass Dartmouth, she continues her research aimed at understanding how developmental processes influence evolution.  Specifically, she is now studying regulatory mechanisms in the evolution of size proportions of hand and foot bones.   In addition, Dr. Kavanagh's interest in coral reef fishes continues with a project on the early life stages of damselfishes of Vietnam.  Dr. Kavanagh will be teaching evolutionary developmental biology in the fall and ecological developmental biology in the spring.


Chi Keung LeeChi Keung Lee, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Chi Keung Lee (Ken C. K. Lee) joined the faculty of Department of Computer and Information Science, UMass Dartmouth in fall 2009. He earned his B.A. (Hon) degree and M. Phil. degree both in Computing from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1996 and 1999, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in computer science and engineering from Pennsylvania State University, University Park in 2009.

Dr. Lee is engaged in research of mobile and pervasive computing, location-based services, databases and data mining with special interests in efficient information search. Most of his research works have been published in prestigious conferences (such as SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, EDBT, CIKM, etc.) and journals (such as VLDBJ, TKDE, etc.). In addition, he has several years of R&D and teaching experience. He supervised some software system projects in the Center for Innovation and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1999 to 2002. He served as a research associate in Department of Computing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2002 to 2004. Meanwhile, he held a teaching position in the Open University of Hong Kong from 2000 to 2003.


Ling Lin, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance

Ling Lin is an Assistant Professor of accounting at the Charlton College of Business. She came to Dartmouth in fall 2009 from Boston University. This fall she is teaching introductory financial accounting. Her research interests are institutional investors, earnings management, corporate governance and accounting conservatism.


Chad McGuireChad McGuire, Assistant Professor, Public Policy

Chad McGuire joins the Department of Public Policy with an environmental law degree and is completing his Ph.D. in environmental science at UMass Boston. The current applications of his research include an analysis of the evolving management techniques in U.S. fisheries.

Prof. McGuire has already been instrumental in leading the development of the department's new post-baccalaureate certificate in environmental policy and will be assisting the department in putting its entire Master of Public Policy degree online.


Sadredin MoosaviSadredin Moosavi, Assistant Professor, STEM

Sadredin Moosavi, called Dean since childhood by friends and family, grew up in western New York where a love of the outdoors and an interest in environmental science lead him to study science at the Community College of the Finger Lakes in Canandaigua before completing a BS in environmental chemistry at SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse. From there he moved to the University of New Hampshire to study global climate change as a NASA Graduate Student Researcher under the advisement of Dr. Patrick Crill. At UNH, Moosavi was heavily involved with the New Hampshire Outing Club and developed the significant interests in informal, outdoor and experiential education that continue to guide his pedagogy today. Dr. Moosavi graduated from UNH in 1998 with a Ph.D. in earth system science enhanced by a cognate in college teaching.

As a biogeochemist, Dr. Moosavi focuses on the carbon cycle and climate change in the boreal and arctic wetland systems in Alaska and Canada. His expertise in methane production and oxidation across the wetland/upland interface supports understanding of natural and anthropogenic feedbacks to climate change caused by this important greenhouse gas. While focusing on climate change scientifically, Dr. Moosavi has also invested significant effort in geoscience education as a means of using the results of scientific inquiry to assist society in making sound judgments on environmental issues. After completing his Ph.D., he spent 2 years teaching chemistry, oceanography and physical science in a New Hampshire high school before moving to a teacher preparation faculty position in the Department of Chemistry and Geology at Minnesota State University in Mankato.  This position was followed by stints with on-line teacher preparation at Walden University in Minneapolis and 2.5 years revitalizing introductory geology courses following the disruption of Hurricane Katrina at Tulane University in New Orleans.

In these latter institutions Dr. Moosavi has focused his research and teaching efforts toward improving pre-service teacher preparation, in-service teacher professional development and geoscience education for general education audiences. Besides developing field based courses and activities for students of geoscience, he has focused heavily on the use of place-based writing and research projects to develop student observational and scientific skills while clarifying their personal role and responsibility for the environment around them. His most recent work in this regard has combined service learning with monitoring of beach erosions on Grand Isle, a barrier island off the Louisiana coast critical to the storm surge defenses of greater New Orleans. In addition, Dr. Moosavi remains active in teacher professional development as a long-term organizing committee member for the Minnesota Mineral Education Workshop, through NOLA SMILE a 3 year standards-based science professional development workshop for 3rd and 4th grade teachers in New Orleans funded by the Department of Education and through various consulting projects for NASA (Astroventure Earth System Science Education Modules), NSF (Science Education Research Center Web Resources housed at Carleton College) and various textbook projects.

At UMD, Dr. Moosavi will be part of the new STEM Department in the School of Education, Public Policy and Civic Engagement with extensive responsibilities for the physical and environmental science courses in the program.


Caitlin O’NeilCaitlin O’Neil, Full Time Lecturer, English

Caitlin O'Neil received her MFA from Columbia University in 1995 and her BA from Tufts University in 1993. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, she taught as a senior lecturer at Suffolk University.

Prior to teaching, Caitlin was an award-winning writer and producer for WGBH in Boston, working on well-known PBS programs such as American Experience, Masterpiece Theatre, Mystery, Antiques Roadshow, and This Old House. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Runner's World, Budget Travel, Publishers Weekly, Poets and Writers magazine, and other publications.

Her fiction has appeared in Drunken Boat, Beloit Fiction Journal, Faultline, and Bridge, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and is a board member of the Writers' Room of Boston.

Chandra OrrillChandra Orrill, Assistant Professor, STEM

Professor Orrill has been a research scientist in the Learning and Performance Support Laboratory at the University of Georgia for the past nine years. In that time, she led and collaborated on over twenty projects focused on teachers' learning. These included professional development projects and research projects. Professor Orrill's research focuses on teacher professional development and teacher knowledge in mathematics, particularly in the upper elementary and middle grades. Much of this work has focused on fractions and multiplicative reasoning.

Most recently, her research has expanded from being purely qualitative to focusing on using mixed methods in the development of teacher assessment tools.


Anja SoldanAnja Soldan, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Anja Soldan received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Oberlin College and her M.A. and Ph.D. (2005) in Psychology at Columbia University in New York City.  She also completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology and Cognition in Aging at Columbia University Medical Center (2005 – 2008) and held a one-year research position in the Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology Group at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions (2008 – 2009).  

Her general research interests are in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and visual object perception. She is also interested in the effects of healthy aging and abnormal aging (such as Alzheimer's disease) on memory and visual object perception and the neurobiological basis of age-related changes in memory and visual perception. In her research, she uses behavioral experiments and the techniques of electroencephalography (EEG/ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine brain activity as volunteers perform memory and perception tasks in the laboratory. Much of her research has focused on priming, a type of implicit (unconscious) memory. She is also interested in the relationship between implicit and explicit (conscious) memory processes. At UMass Dartmouth, she continues to collaborate with researchers at Columbia and Johns Hopkins.

In the fall she will be teaching general psychology and biopsychology and in the spring, general psychology and perception.


Sherri SterlingSherri Sterling, Full Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science

Sherri Sterling received her undergraduate degree in medical laboratory science and her M.B.A. from UMass Dartmouth. Prior to joining the faculty full-time in 2008, she has taught junior level immunology as a part-time lecturer at UMD since 2006.

In her tenure at a reference-based laboratory in Norwood that specializes in testing for tick-borne diseases, she has been involved in developing real time PCR assays which were validated for clinical use.

Over the last ten years, she has been actively involved in her professional organization, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, serving in various capacities at both the national and local levels.


Anna StrachoffAnna Strachoff, Full Time Lecturer, Community Health Nursing

Professor Strachoff has taught as a part-time lecturer for UMass Dartmouth, adjunct faculty for Bristol Community College, full-time assistant professor of nursing at Bristol Community College and as a psychiatric nurse educator for Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River.

She brings more than 20 years of clinical experience caring for individuals living with mental illness. Professor Strachoff brings extensive experience in the area to her position to UMass. She is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse.


Honggang WangHonggang Wang, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Honggang Wang received his B.E. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, China, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He worked for Bell Labs Lucent Technologies China from 2001 to 2004 as a member of the technical staff. He received his Ph.D. in computer engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009.

His research interests include networking, wireless sensor networks, multimedia communication, network and information security, software engineering and programming, embedded sensory system, biomedical computing, and pattern recognition. He has published more than 30 papers in his research areas and won the Best Paper Award of 2008 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC). He serves as an associate editor of Wiley's Security and Communication Networks (SCN) Journal and the TPC member for IEEE Globecom 2010, IEEE WiMob 2008, 2009.


Jun ZhanJun Zhan, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance

Jun Zhan is an assistant professor of accounting at the Charlton College of Business. She joined UMass Dartmouth in fall 2009 from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). This fall she is teaching introductory financial accounting.

Her research interests include audit fees, audit quality, earnings management, and corporate governance. She has presented her research in several conferences such as American Accounting Association annual meeting and Canadian Academic Accounting Association annual meeting.

Tianxu ZhouTianxu Zhou, Full Time Lecturer, Music

Tianxu Zhou is an international performer, conductor and educator. He received his BA in voice and opera performance from the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, where he later became a tenured faculty member. He also earned an MM in performance from Shenandoah University. Prior to teaching at UMass Dartmouth as the conductor of the University Chorus and Chamber Choir as well as lecturer in voice and survey of western music, Tianxu has also taught at Salve Regina University, Providence College, Rhode Island College and Shenandoah Conservatory.

As a vocalist, Tianxu has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America with companies such as the Washington National Opera, and The National Symphony Orchestra. He has shared the stage with renowned performers such as Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Denise Graves, Verónica Villarroel, and Juan Pons. He has had the opportunity to be under the direction of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Christophe Eschenbach and Robert Shafer. Tianxu has also worked with major composers such as Carlisle Floyd, Alice Parker, Eleanor Daley and Deen Enstminger.

In addition to his current collegiate ensembles, Tianxu has also conducted the Beijing Community Chorus, Loudoun Chorale in Virginia, and the Rhode Island College Mens Chorus. He enjoys serving as a guest conductor at various festivals which include the Tri-County Choral Festivale and SE Jr. Districts Festival.