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Joardar Arpita, Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Joardar is a faculty of the Management and Marketing Department, Charlton College of Business. She received her Ph.D. in International Business with a Management concentration from University of South Carolina. She has several years of prior experience teaching in both graduate and undergraduate business programs in the U.S. Dr. Joardar’s research interests include cross-cultural group dynamics, foreignness issues and entrepreneurship. Her work appeared in different international journals on management and she is a frequent participant of various conferences throughout the world. 


Holly Baker, Full-Time Lecturer, English

Holly Baker is a Full-Time Lecturer in the First-Year English program. She holds a PhD in English Literary Studies from the University of South Dakota, where she studied and taught creative writing, with an emphasis on the novel. She did her post-doctoral work at the University of Bucharest in Romania, sponsored by a Fulbright research grant. She continues to write and publish works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.


Elisabeth Buck, Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Buck received her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University, and, in addition to teaching courses in the English department, serves as the Faculty Director of the campus's Writing and Reading Center. Her current research explores the connections between digital literacies and writing center scholarship, although she has also published work on the rhetorical applications of social media and popular culture. From 2013-2015, she was an Assistant Director for the BSU Writing Program, and then served as the Assistant Director in the BSU Writing Center. She also worked at writing centers at the University of Nevada, Reno and Loyola Marymount University.


Lynn K. D’Esmond, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Lynn D’Esmond is an Assistant Professor in the department of Community Health in the College of Nursing.  She received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. Her dissertation entitled Distracted Practice and Patient Safety: The Healthcare Team Experience, explored the experience of distracted practice amongst the healthcare team in the acute care setting, including nurses, physicians and pharmacists, and its impact on patient safety.  In addition to safety, her research interests include team, risk, the healthcare environment, maternal child heath, and leadership in nursing.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia.  Lynn has held various positions in Nursing Administration, Maternal Child Health, Risk Management and Quality before joining, UMD.  Prior to this she worked as a staff, charge nurse, and childbirth educator for over two decades in Maternal Child Health nursing.


Scott Field, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Scott Field has recently joined the Department of Mathematics as an Assistant Professor. Before joining UMass Dartmouth, he was a research associate in the numerical relativity group at Cornell University and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland. In 2011 he completed his Ph.D. in physics at Brown University. His research interests include the design and implementation of efficient numerical algorithms for scientific computing and data analysis, with applications to general relativity and gravitational waves. His recent work is focused on techniques for the rapid evaluation of gravitational wave models, and making these tools available for the analysis of data recorded by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). He also works on numerical methods and parallelization frameworks for the simulation of fluids and binary black hole systems. Scott is a strong believer in meaningful research experiences for students, and he looks forward to collaborating with UMass Dartmouth students on future projects.


Jennifer Fugate, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Jennifer Fugate is starting as an assistant professor in the Psychology department after working as an FTL for four years. Her research examines how language affects the brain's ability to categorize social information, such as emotion. Specifically, she and her students in the SOCO (social cognition on the south coast) Lab examine how people view facial expressions in the presence and absence of emotion words. Jennifer received her PhD from Emory University in 2008, where she studied the relationship between facial expressions and emotion from an evolutionary perspective. She completed a federally-funded postdoc at Boston College/Northeastern University with esteemed psychologist, Lisa Feldman Barrett. Jennifer teaches a variety of courses related to social-cognitive processing, including social psychology, cognitive psychology, and social construction of the mind. She also teaches intro psychology, methods, statistics, child development, and social psychology for non-majors.


Christopher Jacobsen, Full Time Lecturer, Accounting and Finance

Christopher Jacobsen is a Full-time Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Charlton College of Business.  He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2009.  Christopher is also a Massachusetts Certified Public Accountant.  Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he spent 9 years working for CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP in the Audit and Assurance Department.  Christopher is also serving as the Treasurer for the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society, located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Xiaofei Jia, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Xiaofei Jia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is a biochemist and structural biologist in training. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that viruses, such as HIV, use to evade the host immune attack and establish infection. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University. Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, he completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University


Selcan Kara, Assistant Professor, Marketing

Selcan Kara is joining to Charlton College of Business as an Assistant Professor of Marketing. She received her PhD from University of Connecticut. Dr. Kara’s research broadly explores consumer behavior towards branding on two aspects, cognitive and relational. Specifically, regarding the first research stream, she focuses on the effect of linguistic numeral systems and cognitive mechanisms on consumers’ evaluations of alphanumeric brand names, and the resulting effects on consumers’ product evaluations. Her second research stream includes interpersonal relationships and brand relationships, and suggestive brand names and self-concept.


Lamya Karim, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Dr. Lamya Karim joins the Department of Bioengineering this fall as an Assistant Professor. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Stony Brook University (2007) and a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2011), both in Biomedical Engineering. She was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Advanced Orthopedic Studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2012-2015) and an Instructor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School (2015-2016). Her research focuses on skeletal mechanics, particularly as it pertains to osteoporosis, aging, diabetes, and other health conditions.


Jonathan Kush, Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing

Professor Kush received his PhD from the Organizational Behavior and Theory group at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. His research focuses on the ways in which groups can be made to collaborate more effectively. Using a combination of theory building and experiments, Professor Kush has investigated how both changes in group membership and the structure of group communication affect group member’s ability to find experts and work effectively.


Jun Li, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Jun Li will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as an assistant professor in September 2016. Before that, he worked as a R&D quality assurance manager at Dassault Systems Simulia Corp. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories in the California Institute of Technology, working on NASA Superpressure Balloon project. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also earned M.S. degrees in Mathematics and in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was awarded “Emerging Researchers in Biomedical Engineering” from 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, and recently received “RHG Exceptional Achievement for Engineering” from NASA. His research interest is to develop theoretical and computational methods combined with experiments for the assessment, design, optimization and manufacturing of novel materials and structures in various applications.


Arghavan Louhghalam, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Arghavan Louhghalam has joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub@MIT). She holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. in Earthquake Engineering from University of Tehran, and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran. Her research interests lie in the area of applied mechanics with particular emphasis on quantitative engineering sustainability. Most recently she has been working on developing mechanics-based predictive models for evaluating the environmental impact of civil infrastructures.


Adnan El-Nasan, Full Time Lectuer, Computer and Information Science

Dr. Adnan El-Nasan will join the Department of Computer and Information Science as a Full-time Lecturer this fall. He received a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2003) in computer and systems engineering and a M.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology (1995) in computer engineering. He also has a B.S. (1988) in electrical engineering from Jordan University of Science Technology in Jordan. Most recently he was the Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at American University in Dubai. Dr. El-Nasan’s areas of research include forensics and security of emerging devices (tablets and smart phones); applied image processing research (in Civil Engineering and Biomedical applications); computer vision and image processing algorithms using Many-Core GPUs; innovation, commercialization, and bridging the gap between academia and industry in emerging economies; pattern analysis and recognition; information retrieval and data mining; software engineering in a knowledge-based economy and the use of open source software models and bioinformatics; scalable healthcare systems, and computer technologies for doctor-computer interaction.


Elizabeth M. Mangini-Oliveira, Full-time Lecturer, Business

Elizabeth Oliveira has worked at UMD since Spring 2015.  After teaching as a Part-time Lecturer for the Business department for a year and a half, she joined the faculty full time as of Fall 2016. Previous to her teaching experience she worked for the multi-national Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Service for six years in the operations department working as a client account manager. In addition she was part of a global IT team as the North American communicator/trainer for its Enterprise wide system: BV Lab Generator. After the North American division was closed due to restructuring, she received her Master's degree in Operations/Supply Chain from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in January of 2014.


Gary Pace, Ph.D., Full Time Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Dr. Pace received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and a board certified behavior analyst. He has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Behavioral Interventions.  His current research interests include acquired brain injuries, antecedent interventions, the development and maintenance of behavioral systems, and the assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems. 


Monika Schuler, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor Adult Nursing

Dr. Schuler is a second career nurse having first earned a degree in Biology (at UMASS Dartmouth) and then worked many years as a cranberry biologist.  Her interest in nursing emanated from a trip to Far East Russia where she met health care providers working for the international Red Cross.  While balancing a business, farm, and family Dr. Schuler went back to school to study nursing.  She worked for a number of years as an emergency nurse where she recognized the value and need for additional research in nursing education.  To that end, Dr. Schuler continued her nursing studies at Northeastern University where she earned her PhD in 2015 with a focus on professional role development.  Her primary areas of research includes nursing education, role development, and transitions to practice.  When she is not on campus, reading, or writing she can be found, occasionally, still practicing at a local emergency department. 


Ming Shao, Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science

Dr. Ming (Daniel) Shao will join the Department of Computer and Information Science as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2016. Ming (Daniel) Shao completed his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in 2016. He also holds Master’s and Bachelor’s of Engineering degrees from Beihang University in China from 2010 and 2006, respectively. His current research interests include sparse modeling, low-rank matrix analysis, and applied machine learning on social media analytics. He was the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship of State University of New York at Buffalo from 2010 to 2012, and the best paper award winner of IEEE ICDM 2011 Workshop on Large Scale Visual Analytics. He has served as the reviewers for IEEE journals: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, etc. He also serves as the program chair of Workshop on Textual Customer Feedback Mining and Transfer Learning in conjunction with 2016 IEEE BigData Conference.


Donna M. Theodore M.S.N., M.A., R.N. LMHC – Full Time Lecturer, Coordinator of Accelerated BSN Program, Nursing

Donna Theodore joins the department of Community Nursing in the role of Coordinator of the new Accelerated BSN Program and as a Fulltime Lecturer in the College of Nursing. She has been affiliated with CON as a Part-time Visiting Lecturer in the online RN-BSN program for the past 1 ½ years.

Donna is a graduate of University of Phoenix with Master's degree in Nursing Education, and from Assumption College with Master's degree in Rehabilitation Services (focus on Developmentally Delayed adults). Donna obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southeastern MA University (UMASS) and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Bristol Community College. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in MA. Her clinical expertise is in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, with the adult population. She is experienced in undergraduate nursing education for both face to face and online programs. Donna has previous leadership experience as Director of Psychiatric Services for both inpatient and outpatient programs. Her clinical experience includes outpatient counseling with adult psychiatric mental health and substance abuse population.


Jennifer Dunbar Viveiros – Assistant Professor, Nursing

Jennifer Dunbar Viveiros is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.  She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2015.  Dr. Viveiros is a nurse researcher focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals with cognitive impairment and chronic illnesses. She is particularly interested in interventional work to improve cognitive performance within a disease trajectory.  She enjoys working with community members, nurses and nursing students, as well as investigators and students from other disciplines. 


Yuan Zhang, Full-Time Lecturer, English

Yuan received her PhD degree in English Studies with concentration in Linguistics from Illinois State University. Her major areas of interest are politeness studies, L2 pragmatics, conversation analysis of intercultural communication, and second language writing. Prior to UMD, she taught intensive English and first-year English writing courses at Southern New Hampshire University and Miami University. She is also interested in teaching general linguistics, sociolinguistics, and politeness research courses.


Jay Zysk, Assistant Professor, English

Jay Zysk joins the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His research and teaching focus on early British literature, with a primary specialization in Shakespeare and early modern drama and additional interests in late medieval drama, Reformation history, the history of the body, and food studies. He is currently completing a book project, Shadow and Substance: The Eucharist in Medieval and Early Modern Drama. This book asks what is at stake when we look to sacramental discourse as something to read with. In addition to a principle of theological contention, Zysk argues, the Eucharist structures thinking about physical embodiment and semiotic representation across the medieval/early modern divide. It offers dramatists in particular a way to negotiate the volatile relations between the word and the flesh both in biblical dramas and in plays written for the Elizabethan and Jacobean commercial theater. Zysk has published several essays on Shakespeare and early modern drama in English Literary Renaissance, postmedieval, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and a number of edited book collections. In 2014, he received a short-term fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Before arriving at UMass Dartmouth, Zysk taught at the University of South Florida and the University of New Hampshire. He received his Ph.D. in English Renaissance Literature from Brown University in 2011.




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