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 Providence College's New Faculty (2012-13)

The College extends a special welcome to our 27 new full-time faculty members (16 in tenure-track positions). The faculty come from 23 different graduate institutions and six foreign countries.

 1louissa.jpgLouissa Taha Abdelghany
Adjunct assistant professor of French and Arabic

Ph.D., Boston College, 2004

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Senior lecturer of French and Arabic, Simmons College 

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Foreign language pedagogy, second language acquisition, the influence of the Arabian Nights on 19th-century French Literature, Balzac and his Comédie humaine, the Orient, Levantine and modern Middle Eastern literature, Lebanese Francophone writers.

Abigail Brooks
Assistant professor of sociology, director of the Women’s Studies Program

Ph.D., Boston College, 2008

 Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Teaching faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and sociology department, Boston College
  • Visiting assistant professor of sociology, Boston College

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Sociology of gender, sociology of the body, age studies, science and technology studies, medical sociology, media studies, popular culture, qualitative research methods, feminist theory

1Boucher,-Eliane.jpgEliane Boucher
Assistant professor of psychology

Ph.D., Queen’s University, 2009

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Assistant professor of psychology, University of Texas at Permian Basin

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Social psychology, interpersonal communication, interpersonal relationships, uncertainty, social anxiety, computer-medicated communication, judgmental accuracy

1FazzinoJohn-2012.jpgJohn Fazzino
Adjunct assistant professor of art

M.F.A., University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, 1989

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Beginning-through-advanced ceramics

1FloresRenina-2012.jpgRenina Flores
Assistant professor of voice and diction

M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Voice and diction, public speaking, voice for the actor

1Gantman,-Sonia-2012.jpgSonia Gantman
Assistant professor of accounting

Ph.D., Bentley University, 2012

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct faculty, Bentley University
  • Software developer

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Accounting and managerial information systems, IT audit, IT outsourcing, IT project management, gender differences in computer use

1garvey,-dennis.jpgDennis Garvey
Adjunct assistant professor of physics

Ph.D., Washington State University, 1999

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Visiting assistant professor of physics, Western Kentucky University

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Fiber optics, short pulse lasers

1greene,-robin.jpgRobin Greene
Assistant professor of history

Ph.D., University of Washington, 2011

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Visiting assistant professor of classics, Georgetown University

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt—literature and history, ancient ethnography

1Guardino,-Matt-2012.jpgMatthew Guardino
Assistant professor of political science

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2011

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University
  • Lecturer, Department of Politics, Ithaca College
  • Staff writer, Johnson Newspaper Corp.

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
News media, public opinion, U.S. public policy, critical approaches to political communication and culture

1Hamilton,-Beth-2012.jpgBeth Hamilton
Adjunct instructor of marketing

M.B.A., University of Rhode Island, 2011

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Founder, MoonStone Partners
  • Director of corporate development, GTECH Corporation

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Business strategy, marketing, operations

1Hartman,-Eric-2012.jpgEric Hartman
Adjunct assistant professor of global studies

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2008

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Founder and director, Work for Good Social Sector Consulting
  • Executive director, Amizade Global Service-Learning
  • Lecturer of global studies, Arizona State University

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Community development, service learning, citizenship, global citizenship, global studies

Anthony Jensen
Associate professor of philosophy

Ph.D., Emory University, 2006

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Guest-researcher, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

  • Guest-researcher, Humboldt Universitaet Berlin as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

  • Assistant professor of philosophy, City University of New York at Lehman College

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Late modern philosophy, ancient philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of history, modern Germany, history of classical philology

 Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Kugel
Professor of military science

M.S., Kansas State University, 2006

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Chief, Operational and Strategic Future Concepts, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard, Miss.

  • Executive officer, Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army III Corps at Fort Hood, Tex., and Iraq.

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Leadership, organizational management, emergency management, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense

Janet Letourneau
Adjunct instructor of marketing

M.B.A., Bryant College (University), 1996

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Owner, Peak Performers, Inc.

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Applying marketing principles to work & career search

 

Sylvia Maxfield
Professor of management/dean of the School of Business

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1988

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Professor and M.B.A. and Principled Leadership Program director, Simmons School of Management

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Corporate social responsibility, social impact accounting, financial markets and regulation

1Moricas,-Michael-1.jpgMajor Michael Moricas
Assistant professor of military science

B.S., University of Rhode Island, 1996

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Combat deployment Afghanistan; Kosovo

 

 

Seann Mulcahy
Assistant professor of chemistry

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2009

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Post-doctoral faculty fellow, Boston University

  • Post-doctoral associate, Yale University

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology

1Nicholas,-Jeff-2012.jpgJeffery Nicholas
Assistant professor of philosophy

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2002

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Research associate, Center for Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics, London Metropolitan University

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Catholic social thought, ethics, political philosophy, critical theory, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of midwifery, philosophy of science fiction

Tim Noparumpa
Assistant professor of management

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2012

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:

Supply chain planning, pricing and production planning under uncertainties

 

Todd Olszewski
Assistant professor of health policy and management

Ph.D., Yale University, 2008

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct assistant professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Providence College

  • Stetten Fellow in the History of Biomedical Sciences and Technology, National Institutes of Health

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
History of medicine and health policy, chronic disease management, health advocacy

 Dzvinia Orlowsky
Adjunct assistant professor of English

M.F.A., Warren Wilson Creative Writing Program, Warren Wilson College, 1991

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Founding faculty, Solstice Low-Residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, Pine Manor College

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
20th century American poetry, translation of contemporary Ukrainian poets

Sarah Perdue
Adjunct assistant professor of biology

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2011 

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Visiting lecturer in biology, University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Prokaryotic molecular biology, regulation of RNA polymerase, scientific communication

Anthony Rodriguez
Assistant professor of elementary/special education

Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2012

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Math teacher, Cibola High School, Albuquerque, N.M.

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Applied mathematics, math equity, college math readiness for people with disabilities

Rev. James Sabak, O.F.M.
Assistant professor of theology

Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 2012

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Senior teaching fellow, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

  • Chaplain of the college and lecturer in religious studies, Siena College

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Sacramental theology, liturgical theology, liturgical history, late Antiquity, Medieval history, liturgical practice and theory

John Schibler
Adjunct assistant professor of management

Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 2010

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Lecturer, US Coast Guard Academy

  • Special lecturer, Providence College MBA Program

  • Managing director: FTI Healthcare

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
The effectiveness of top management teams and the application of social capital (relationships) within organizations, the relationship of organizational culture and organizational corruption

Daria Spezzano
Assistant professor of theology

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2011

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Post-doctoral teaching scholar, University of Notre Dame

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Theology of Thomas Aquinas, general patristic and medieval theology, history of Christian spirituality, Christology, sacramental theology and liturgy (historical and modern), patristic exegesis and mystagogy, monasticism, theology of martyrdom, theology of beauty, Christian art

 

Adam Villa
Assistant professor of computer science

Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, 2012

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Instructor/teaching assistant, University of New Hampshire

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Disturbed systems, storage, networking

Scott Wright
Assistant professor of marketing

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2012

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Market researcher, Forrester Research

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Consumer psychology, decision making, marketing ethics, and consumer lying behaviour

Rev. Robert Randall Distinguished Professorship in Christian Culture


Reinhard Huetter
Rev. Robert Randall Distinguished Professor in Christian Culture

Most Recent Professional Experience:

  • Professor of Christian Theology, Duke University
  • Visiting fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies of Religion, University of Chicago
  • Research fellow, Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Visiting professor, University of Jena, Germany

Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Systemic and philosophical theology, the theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

​For more, go to http://www.providence.edu/academic-affairs/randall-chair/Pages/default.aspx

 

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