Former Harvard professor; veterinarian acupuncturist among faculty appointments at Becker College

Published on Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Becker College announces the addition of full-time faculty members, to support its humanities curriculum as well as nursing, equine studies and computer game design and development—some of the College’s fastest growing programs.

Dr. M.T. Nezam-Mafi has joined the Department of Humanities and Languages as an associate professor of English.  Dr. Nezam-Mafi received his Ph.D. in English literature from Boston University and holds two master’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.  Over the past 19 years, he has served as a member of the faculty at, and has been achieved awards and fellowships, from Brown, Harvard and Boston Universities. Specializing in travel literature, Dr. Nezam-Mafi’s stories have been published in numerous literary reviews.

Dr. Charlotte Newell has joined the Department of Veterinary Science as an associate professor.  Schooled in animal acupuncture and herbal medicine, Dr. Newell received her doctoral degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and has served as an adjunct instructor at Becker since fall 2003.  She has maintained her own veterinary practice since 1989 and previously worked at Tufts, Angell Memorial Hospital and Norfolk County Veterinary Service. Dr. Newell breeds Arabian horses, descended from horses brought to the United States by Homer Davenport in the late 19th century. She continues to participate in equestrian competitions, showing her own horses or as a judge or show veterinarian.

Terrasa Ulm has joined the Department of Design as a professor in the Bachelor of Science in Interactive Entertainment Program.  Ulm received a master’s degree in interactive programming and design from New School University and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Smith College.  She has maintained her own multimedia company since 2003 and has served as an adjunct instructor for the Design Program at Becker since 2004. Ulm volunteers her website and game design skills for Pernet Family Health Service in Worcester, Mass. and Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FOGE) Science Camp.

Charlene Diller, RN, MS, RNC joins the Nursing Department as a clinical facilitator. Diller received her master of science in nursing from Anna Maria College and her bachelor of science in nursing from Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Md.  She brings 40 years of nursing and supervisory experiences, at Fairlawn Nursing Home and Hahnemann Hospital in Worcester, Mass. and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md. Diller has also served as an associate professor of nursing at Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, Mass.