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Alireza Asadpoure, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Asadpoure has recently joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Before joining UMass Dartmouth, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Mechanics of Materials and Structures group in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in structural engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. His research experience and interests are in the field of computational mechanics with emphasis on stochastic modeling and optimization of complex systems and materials. His recent work focuses on developing a computational framework for design of architected materials for different performance metrics including weight, stiffness, and energy absorption.


Brian Broadrose, Assistant Professor, Sociology/Anthropology

Brian Broadrose is an Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology.  He received his PhD from Binghamton University where his research focused upon the production of knowledge and the role of a prominent group of anthropologists and historians in denying voice to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois).  His current project, as a short-term fellow at the New-York Historical Society, examines the state archives and interrogates the notion that slavery was integral to the “Iroquois” way of life, a claim uncritically repeated by another powerful group of scholars.


W. Joseph Chang – Assistant Professor, Marketing

Dr. Chang is joining the faculty of Management and Marketing Department, Charlton College of Business. He had taught internationally across continents, including the immediate past decade in Canada, on both undergraduate and graduate levels. He also had several years of industry experience with multinational companies during his earlier career. His research specializes in consumer behavior about branding, consisting of one major and two supporting research streams. The first and major stream examines factors moderating the feedback effect of brand extensions on entitative brands. The second and third streams explores advertising message effectiveness and compares cross-cultural differences in perception, respectively. He received his MBA-Marketing from the University of Missouri and Ph.D. in Marketing from UMIST (presently the University of Manchester).


Christina Cipriano Crowe, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Christina Cipriano Crowe, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Crowe’s research examines the relationship between educational contexts, micro classroom processes and psychosocial and academic outcomes across development. Dr, Crowe’s funded research program presently investigates processes and outcomes in self-contained special education classrooms and multilevel inquiries of well-being and outcomes for early adolescents.

As a first generation graduate, Dr. Crowe places particular emphasis on the cumulative developmental deprivation of poverty and low levels of education in her work, and explores the application of advanced statistical techniques to examine such trajectories. Dr. Crowe received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College in 2011, and most recently completed her Post-Doctoral Training at Yale University.


Sara Dalton, Full Time Lecturer, Mathematics Department

Sara Dalton is a full time lecturer in the mathematics department.  She received her PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the STEM Education and Teacher Development Department.  She has previously worked as a Research Associate at the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education on various federally funded research projects in K-16 Education. These research projects included the investigation of the use of technology and curriculum to democratize access to mathematics, symbolic cognition in mathematical thinking, and teacher practices and classroom factors that relate to student achievement in secondary education.  Sara’s current research interests include how the role of emerging technologies can mediate new forms of access to mathematics.


Katie DeLuca, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Katie DeLuca is an assistant professor in the department of English where she teaches in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications program. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University in English with specializations in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies and Digital Media Studies. Her research and teaching interests include composition studies, rhetoric, and digital media studies. Her current research project examines rhetorical performative identity across social-networking spaces to develop pedagogical insights for composition, rhetoric, and digital media studies.   


Eli Evans, Full Time Lecturer, English

Eli Evans holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and an MA in Theory and Criticism from the ArtCenter College of Design. He has been a frequent contributor to magazines and journals such as N+1, The American Reader, and Quimera, has had work anthologized in books including MFA VS. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction and the forthcoming Madrid: Cartographies of a Capital, and has translated for publication in English work by Juan José Millás and Jaime Rodríguez Zavaleta. His most recent scholarly project, an extensive history of the precarious rise of the "post-neoliberal" Spanish political party Podemos, will be published this fall in Field Day Review.


Jennifer Fallas, Full-time Lecturer, English

Dr. Jennifer A. Fallas has worked at UMD since 2013.  After teaching as a part-time lecturer for the English department, she joined the faculty full time as of Spring 2015.  She had taught at several Massachusetts state institutions for over 10 years as both a rhet-comp instructor and in WGS programs. To the former, her research specializes investigates how first-year writing students construct agency and voice in their writings, especially in digital writing spaces.  To the latter, she is interested in how persons of marginalized gender and sexual identities extend and create feminism's aims and meanings. She received her PhD in Humanities from Salve Regina University. 


Meghan Fair, Full-time Lecturer, English

Meghan Fair returns to the English Department at UMass Dartmouth as a Full-time Lecturer after completing her doctoral coursework in Literary Studies and Culture at the University of Rhode Island. Meghan’s teaching practices explore how the college English classroom models a discourse community of engagement and inquiry, and invites students to come with questions rather than answers so as to develop an awareness of what they/we don't already know. Her graduate work centered on late-Victorian studies, British Modernism, pyschoanalysis, and representations of gossip in the Twentieth-Century British and American novel. She completed her Masters in Literature and Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston and her undergraduate degree at Skidmore College (NY).


Shipeng Han, Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting and Finance

Shipeng Han is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Charlton College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting from University of Memphis in 2015. Prior to joining University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he taught Economics at Sias International University and was an instructor at University of Memphis. His research interests focus on auditing (i.e., auditor conservatism, auditor changes), corporate social responsibility and short selling.


Ali Hasaba – Full-Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Science 

Ali received his Master’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science with specialization in hematology and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Northeastern University. He holds national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and as specialist in Hematology. He has worked in laboratory medicine and research at Brigham and women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and most recently at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Ali also was a lab director and an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at the Arab International University in Syria for more than 3 years. His major areas of interest are Vitamin D, fatty acid metabolism, alcoholic liver disease, and advancements in the field of laboratory medicine.


Jenny Howe, Full-time Lecturer, English

Professor Jenny Howe teaches in the First Year English program at UMD. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts University where she studied medieval literature with an emphasis on gender and monsters. She has taught both college composition and literature for over eight years and worked for a long time as a writing tutor, specializing in helping students with writing anxiety.  


Rui Huang – Full-time Lecturer, Decision & Information Sciences

Dr. Rui Huang received her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration on Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, she was an Assistant Professor in MIS at Binghamton University.  Dr. Huang focuses her research interests on IT leadership, IT governance, and virtual teams.  She has published her work in top-tier journals such as European Journal of Information Systems and Group & Organization Management, and has co-presented papers at national and international conferences.  Her teaching interests include Introduction to MIS, IS strategy, Systems Analysis and Design, and Database Management.


Konrad Jamro, Assistant Professor, Management

Konrad Jamro is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Charlton College of Business. His interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research focuses on trust, organizational citizenship behaviors, and effective leadership in organizations. His most recent work relates to income inequality and its influence on individuals, organizations and societies. Professor Jamro authored and co-authored several publications for academic audience as well as business professionals. His teaching interests include decision-making, cross-cultural management and business strategy.

Prior to joining academia, he worked ten years as an engineer, consultant and researcher in startups and multinationals in Poland, Spain and USA. He holds a master degree in Telecommunications from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Poland, an MBA degree from IESE Business School in Spain, and is about to complete his PhD in Management at the University of California, Irvine.


Sharon Keating – Full Time Lecturer, Nursing

Sharon Keating joins the Department of Community Nursing as a Full Time Lecturer.   She has been affiliated with the College of Nursing for 12 years as a Part Time Visiting Lecturer and Pediatric Clinical Instructor.

She joins UMass from her clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner in a local pediatric practice for the past 18 years. Sharon earned her BSN from Boston College, MSN with a concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner from URI, and is currently working on obtaining her PhD in Nursing from UMass Dartmouth.  Her research interest is in the use of technology and social media to improve adolescent health and healthcare.


Alison Klein, Full Time Lecturer, English

Alison Klein is a Fulltime Lecturer in the Department of English. She earned her Ph.D. in English literature from the CUNY Graduate Center, specializing in postcolonial literature. Prior to coming to UMass Dartmouth, she taught literature and writing at American University, Georgetown University, and the City College of New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from The City College of New York. Her work on postcolonial literature has been published in the anthologyIndo-Caribbean Feminisms and the journals The Journal of Commonwealth Literatures and Exit 9.  


Jennifer Koop, Assistant Professor, Biology

Jennifer Koop is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department.  Her research focuses on understanding the establishment and transmission-virulence dynamics of host-parasite interactions in which one or both species are considered to be invasive. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Utah where she worked in the Galapagos on Darwin’s finches.  Most recently, she completed an NIH-postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona working on systems in the Galapagos and desert southwest.  


Jamie Lawton, Full-time Lecturer, Chemistry

Jamie Lawton received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northeast University. Her dissertation work focused on characterizing membranes for fuel cell applications and for protective clothing materials in collaboration the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center. Her research continued with a postdoctoral position at the University of Tennessee. There, she began to study metal ion transport through membranes used in vanadium redox flow batteries as well as characterizations of non-precious metal fuel cell catalysts for oxygen reduction.


Meng Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Decision and Information Sciences

Meng Li is an Assistant Professor in the Decision & Information Sciences Department at the Charlton College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in Operations Management from University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, he taught at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Texas at Dallas.  His research and teaching interests focus on supply chain management and operations management.


Shelley Lynch, Full-Time Lecturer, Nursing

Shelley Lynch is a full time lecturer in the Community Health Nursing Department.  Shelley received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies as a Family Nurse Practitioner from MCPHS in Worchester, MA. She has over 15 years of critical care experience and is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner. She is interested in global health as well as increasing community awareness in providing basic life support. She is a certified by the American Heart Association as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support instructor. In 2014, she received a Lifesaver Award at the Massachusetts State House where she received awards from the Massachusetts State Police, Governor of Massachusetts, Senator of Massachusetts, and the House of Representatives of Massachusetts. As well, she has published numerous continuing education articles with including: "Delirium in the ICU: It's More Common Than We Think," "Management of Sepsis in the Adult," "Management of Type 2 Diabetes & the Role of the Diabetic Educator," & "Mechanical Ventilation of the Adult."


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. 


Jacqueline O’Dell, Full-time Lecturer, English Department

Jacqueline O’Dell is a full-time lecturer in the English Department, where she teaches first year writing and literature courses. She received her PhD from Tufts University and her research focuses on contemporary American literature, reading practices, and genre. Her book project, Network Anxieties: Fantasies of Literary Autonomy in Contemporary Literary Culture, looks at new networks of literary circulation that have developed in the United States over the last twenty-five years. She has also explored genre in the context of world literature in her article “Formal Imagination: Encountering Generic Difference in Season of Migration to the North,” published in the 2011 issue ofProblems of Literary Genres.


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.


Stephen Padgett, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Stephen M. Padgett is an assistant professor in the department of community health, college of nursing. He received his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle), where he also taught for 10 years. His areas of interest include health policy and politics, sociology of professions, and critical methodologies. His current research is focused on new and emerging roles for nurses in community-based practice. 


Christine M. Panarese, Ed.D., Lecturer/Practicum Supervisor, STEM/Teacher Development

Christine has over 17 years of K-12 public school service.  Formerly a central office administrator for Data, Research and Accountability for a K-12 school district, school principal, curriculum coach, mathematics teacher and special education teacher.

She has a doctorate from Boston College with a focus on Educational Leadership, CAGS Degree from Bridgewater State University, Masters Degree from Curry College, Undergraduate Degree from Bridgewater State University 

Dissertation Focus Area:  Improving Teacher Quality Through Supervisor Delivered Feedback


Marta del Pozo, Assistant Professor, Spanish

Marta del Pozo has a PhD in Spanish literature from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a MFA in creative writing from New York University. Her thesis Towards a Posthumanist Reenchantment: Poetry, Science and New Technologies focused on the work of two contemporary Spanish authors, Agustín Fernández Mallo (a physicist) and Javier Moreno (a mathematician). The poetization of the techno-scientific paradigm has led her to propose the notion of the reenchantment from the lenses of material culture. She continues to research new literacies and hybrid literary artifacts from Spain produced at the intersection of literature, science and new technologies. She is also interested in new documentary forms. As a poet, she has written Escuela de geómetras and recently been awarded the International poetry prize Antonio Gala for her book of poems Hambre de imágenes.


Nathan Rubien, Full Time Lecturer, Med Lab Science

Nathan Rubien received his B.S. in Microbiology with a Concentration in Biotechnology (2009) and a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (2011) from the University of Rhode Island as well as national certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. He formerly worked at Rhode Island Hospital in conjunction with Brown University designing nano-scale topography endotracheal tubes to reduce the occurrence of bacterial infection.  Nathan also worked in the core Rhode Island Hospital laboratory, a Level 1 trauma facility performing laboratory services in Blood Banking, Chemistry, and Hematology. Shortly before he came to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Nathan served in MLS at Dominion Diagnostics, a leading national specialized toxicology laboratory. 


Pinyarat Sirisomboonsuk – Full Time Lecturer, Decision and Information Sciences

Pinyarat Sirisomboonsuk joins the faculty of the Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth this fall.  She received her Ph.D. in Operations Management (minor in Industrial Engineering) from Texas Tech University.  Pinyarat's primary research interests are in the area of operations and project management capabilities, which incorporate theories from strategic management and organizational theory.  She has taught courses in operations management and project management for both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Pinyarat received her bachelor's degree in economics from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, where she was born and raised.  After graduating with a bachelor's degree, she worked as a credit officer at Export-Import Bank of Thailand, a Thai government enterprise, for 4.5 years before continuing her MBA study at Oregon State University.  She earned her Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential in 2007.  In September 2014, she earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers.


Liang Song - Assistant Professor - Accounting

Liang Song is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Accounting and Finance Department in Charlton College of Business. Before he joined UMass Dartmouth, he was an assistant professor of accounting at School of Business and Economics in Michigan Technological University. His current research topics are related to earnings management, audit quality, corporate governance, financial institutions, and capital market. His teaching interests include accounting information systems, auditing, financial accounting, and managerial accounting.


Amir Taghavy, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Amir Taghavy has joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor. A civil engineer by training and an environmental hydrogeologist, Amir received his PhD in the Environmental Water Resources Engineering from Tufts University (Medford, MA) in 2013 where he built his research profile as a modeler in the field of flow and reactive transport in porous media, with focus on the fate and transport of nanoparticles in aquatic systems. He then joined the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin as a postdoctoral research fellow. His postdoctoral research focused on the scale-up of nanomaterials-based technologies for enhanced oil recovery applications and geological storage of CO2.


Heather M. Turcotte, Assistant Professor, Crime & Justice Studies

Heather is committed to anti-oppressive transnational feminist approaches to decolonizing academia, the interstate system, and daily exchange.  She received her Ph.D. in Politics (Feminist Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is an assistant professor in Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an associate editor at The Feminist Wire (  Professor Turcotte’s interdisciplinary research and teaching is located in the historical intersections of Africana and American studies, critical legal and justice studies, feminist studies, and critical geopolitics. Her work focuses on anti-white supremacy, the transnational criminalization of gender, the politics of violence, and collective frameworks for justice and abolition. She has published inAlternatives: Global Local Political, Feminist Theory, and International Studies Review and is currently working on her manuscript Petro-Sexual Politics: US Legal Expansions, Geographies of Violence and the Critique of Justice (under contract with University of Georgia Press).  More on Heather M. Turcotte’s work can be found on at:


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