Faculty at Becker

Faculty excellence is at the core of the Becker College academic experience. Becker College professors care deeply about the success of each student and are committed to providing one-on-one attention and support. Full-time and adjunct professors bring extensive academic, career, and life experience to the classroom. Their focus is on helping students excel, both inside the classroom and beyond.  Above all, they strive to bring out the highest potential of each student.

Faculty Excellence in Action

Curvin HuberAssociate Professor of Game Design Curvin Huber presented “Global Collaboration Given Geographic Constraints” at the 22nd annual conference of the Global Awareness Society International, held in Rome, Italy, in May 2013. Huber also created artwork in 2013 for the new critically praised sci-fi action adventure game “Thunder Moon,” by Bounding Box Games. Upon its release, “Thunder Moon” was named a Geek News Network “Indie Game of the Week” (read review).

Scott NiemiScott Niemi, MFA, was promoted to the rank of associate professor of design in spring 2013. Professor Niemi was one of 60 artists chosen to create artwork for the new UMass Ambulatory Care Center which had its ribbon cutting in September 2011. He has six paintings permanently displayed there. Two were specifically commissioned, and the rest were purchased from the Collins Artworks gallery. He is also working on a commissioned painting for the North Shore Children's Hospital in Boston. » Read more

becker_college_sealDr. M. T. Nezam-Mafi will present his paper “To See Again: Ford, Conrad, and The Good Soldier,” at the 19th annual meeting of the ACTC (The Association for Core Texts and Courses), which meets in Ottawa, Canada, April 25-28, 2013. Dr. Nezam-Mafi presented “Revising W. H. Auden’s ‘September 1, 1939’” at the 18th annual meeting of the ACTC in 2012.

Susan Whitehead

Susan M. Nava-Whitehead, Ph.D. has been promoted to the rank of professor. Previously an associate professor, Dr. Whitehead teaches science and education, and she is one of the founding faculty members of the Center for Integrated Teaching in Higher Education, located at Becker College.

Kevin WoodsKevin C. Woods, M.A., C.G.S., G.E.C. chair, department of criminal justice & legal studies, professor of criminal justice recently attended and represented Becker College at the first annual conference of the newly formed Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education (MACJE) at Fitchburg State University. Becker College is now an Institutional Member of the MACJE, and Professor Woods has volunteered to be the Central Massachusetts region representative on the MACJE Executive Board.

Adriano MarzulloAdriano Marzullo, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, will present his paper, “On the Periodicity of the First Betti Number of the Semigroup Ring Under Translations,” at the fall 2012 meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Bridgewater State University.  » Read more

James Belpedio

James R. Belpedio, Professor of History and Government is a frequent contributor to historical, film, and popular culture encyclopedias and presents his work at conferences across the country. Dr. Belepedio delivered his paper, “Lux Presents ‘Noir’: The Presentation of Film Noir Adaptation on Lux Radio Theater,” at the annual Northeast Popular Culture Association conference at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, October 27, 2012. Dr. Belepedio also served as Chair of the panel, “History and Uses of the Past.” » Read more.

Becker College seal Dr. Sheila McAvey, Prof. Curvin Huber, Dr. M.T. Nezam-Mafi, Dr. Janardan Kumar, Prof. Kevin Woods, Dr. James Belpedio and Prof. John Deitrick were mentioned in the lead article for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette's “College Town” on Sunday, June 3, 2012.  Dr. McAvey was interviewed regarding her paper “Fractured Irish Masculinity.”  Read the full text.

Becker College sealA team of Becker faculty and staff presented a webinar on Wednesday, May 23 titled “Introducing an Enterprise Student Success and Retention Platform”.  Available nationally and attended by almost 40 participants from across the country, the 1 hour webinar described Becker’s experience with identifying the need for a product such as Starfish, choosing from among multiple products, and ultimately the process of implementing Starfish and assessing the results.  The team included Dr. Maria Calkins, who was at the time Assistant Dean of Student Academic Success and is currently Associate Professor of Psychology; Dolores Radlo, Director of the CLC and a primary member of the Starfish Implementation team; Carol Mercier, Retention Software Coordinator and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Betsy Fuller.  Starfish Retention Solutions produced and promoted the webinar.

Janardan Kumar

Dr. Janardan Kumar, professor of chemistry and microbiology and chair, department of natural sciences, has reviewed several scientific papers from different journals, and recently he was invited to review papers from Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS) a highly reputed and peer reviewed scientific journal in the field of eye research. This indicates that Dr. Kumar is an internationally recognized scientist in his own area of research expertise. Dr. Kumar was appointed chair of the Science Department in 2012. Dr. Kumar has published research in several scientific journals, and he has succeeded in making insulin-producing cells, using adult human skin fibroblasts, an important discovery in the fight against diabetes.

Sheila McAveyDr. Sheila McAvey’s paper, “Fractured Irish Masculinity”, has been accepted for inclusion in the 2012 Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL), held July 30-August 3, 2012, at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Becker College Faculty, John Deitrick 120 × 180John Deitrick presented his paper entitled  “Reading History Through the Eyes of Three Poets:  Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude McKay, and Langston Hughes”  at the 42nd annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Boston on April 11 – 14, 2012. He also chaired the panel, “Literary Explorations Behind the Veil.”

Becker College sealDr. M.T. Nezam-Mafi presented at the 18th Annual Association for Core Texts and Courses Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  “Revising W. H. Auden’s ‘September 1, 1939’”

Kerri AugustoSusan WhiteheadKerri Augusto, Ph.D., professor of education and psychology, Susan Nava-Whitehead, Ph.D., assistant professor of science and education, along with Joan-Beth Gow, PhD, assistant professor of biology at Anna Maria College, publish “Bewitching Ideas Influence Learning: An Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Teaching Experience” in the July/August 2011 Journal of College Science Teaching.  (vol. 40, No. 6, pp. 65 – 69) This article describes the interdisciplinary case-study teaching approach which the professors used in combining biology, psychology, and American history courses which focused on the case study, “Salem’s Secrets,” (Nava-Whitehead and Gow 2008).

Vladimir PistaloVladimir Pistalo, Ph.D., professor of liberal arts, garners international acclaim for his best-selling novels. Vladimir Pistalo, Ph.D., professor of liberal arts, has authored 10 books and numerous stories. His most recent novel, Venice, was published in 2011 and is a bestseller in his native country of Serbia. In December 2011, Venice was on the shortlist of novels in the running for the NIN Literary Award for best novel of 2011. » Read more

Margaret Delano Margaret Delano, D.V.M.associate professor of veterinary science, has presented at many conferences, including the 2012 Massachusetts 4-H Rabbit Workshop and the 2010 American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Delano’s 2010 panel presentation “Successes and Challenges in Developing Higher Education Programs for Laboratory Animal Science” highlighted Becker’s programs along with those from Front Range Community College and Drexel University. Focusing on “the trend toward increasing levels of biosecurity and introduction of sophisticated new technology, as well as increased demand for staff,” the presentation provided the opportunity for attendees to gain insight from experienced educators. Dr. Delano has served on the AALAS Educational Resources Committee since 2008 and is the current chair of that committee. » Read more

Sharon DiPasqualeSharon DiPasquale, instructor of nursing, was a member of the inaugural class of the Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing, established by the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Nursing.  DiPasquale, was one of ten nursing faculty members selected to participate in this initiative to expand the state’s capacity to educate more nurses to provide quality care in long term care facilities. » Read more

Linda DenaultLinda Denault, Ed.D. professor of education and interim assessment coordinator, contributed two chapters to Creative Solutions to Contemporary Challenges in Small and Rural Schools Across America, published in 2010, with Dr. Nicholas Young and Dr. Christine Michael as editors. » Read more

Becker College sealCalin Galeriu, Ph.D., adjunct professor of science and mathematics, published the article, “Magnetostatics Analysis, Design and Construction of a Loudspeaker,” in the journal,  The Physics Teacher, 48, 537 – 540 (November 2010). Dr. Galeriu was recognized in 2009 as an “Unsung Hero” by the financial services company, ING, for his Nintendo in the Classroom project that uses handheld game consoles for mathematical computations, graphing applications, and computer programming. Dr. Galeriu also teaches math at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School. » Read more 

Anna TitovaAnna Titova, Ph.D. has been appointed the chair of the Mathematics Department. Educated in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), where she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees, Anna Titova specializes in undergraduate teaching and learning of mathematics. » Read more

Calkins MariaMaria Calkins, Ph.D. has been appointed associate professor of psychology. » Read more

 

Sheila McAveySheila McAvey, Ph.D., professor of English earned certification for grading the GRE argument task portion of the test’s analytical writing section. Dr. McAvey published, “Sensational Behavior:  Masculinity and Female Desire in Charles Lever’s Sir Brooke Fossbrooke (1866)” at The American Conference for Irish Studies National Meeting, at State College, Pa. in 2010. » Read more

Paul CotnoirPaul D. Cotnoir, Ph.D., accepted an invitation to serve as a judge for the 2012 Nation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Video Game Challenge. » Read more

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