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New Vikings, Promotions, and Retirements

Please welcome these new, full-time, tenure-track faculty and librarian colleagues who joined our campus community as of September 1, 2022, with regrets for any omissions. Email the Academic Affairs Department with any updates.

Allan Brockenbrough, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Professor Brockenbrough has been teaching at Salem State since 2021. Prior to that, Professor Brockenbrough was the Director of Information Technology at Endicott College. Professor Brockenbrough earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley, and a Doctor of Science in Computer Science from Aspen University.

Brian Curry Krieger, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Professor Curry Krieger has been a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston since 2020. Professor Curry Krieger earned a Bachelor of Science, Forest Ecosystem Conservation from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education from Salem State University.

Albert DeCiccio, Professor, English

Professor DeCiccio has been the interim writing coordinator and a professor of English at Salem State since 2019. Prior to that he was the Interim Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, and Education at D’Youville College and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Laboure College. Professor DeCiccio earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Merrimack College, a Master of Arts in English from SUNY Albany, and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

Kristin Erbetta, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Professor Erbetta has been a visiting assistant professor at Salem State since 2017. Professor Erbetta earned a Bachelor Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree from Simmons University, a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Ph.D. from Simmons University.

Brian Ernest, Assistant Professor, Childhood Education and Care

Professor Ernest was previously an assistant professor of special education at Montana State University. Professor Ernest earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University, a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development and an Ed.D. in Special Education from The George Washington University.

Md Rashedul Islam, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Professor Islam was previously an instructor at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. Professor Islam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ashford University, a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Ph.D. from Wright State University.

Melissa Kaplowitch, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Professor Kaplowitch was previously an instructor of psychology at Lasell University and Northeaster University. Professor Kaplowitch was also a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School, Brockton Veterans Affairs Hospital. Professor Kaplowitch earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University, a M.A. and Ed.M. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northeast University.

Zoe Kessler, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Professor Kessler has been a full-time temporary faculty in the School of Social Work at Salem State since 2020 and an adjunct professor at Simmons College since 2017. Professor Kessler earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of New Hampshire, a Master of Social Work from Salem State, and a Ph.D. ABD from the University of Dundee, U.K.

Mark Libon, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Professor Libon has been teaching at Salem State since 2019. Professor Libon earned a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from University of New Hampshire, Master of Arts, Developmental Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a Ph.D., Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology.

Mbita Mbao, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Professor Mbao was previously an adjunct instructor at Simmons University in Boston. Professor Mbao earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Social Work from Rhode Island College, and a PhD from Simmons University.

Binneh Minteh, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Professor Minteh has been teaching at Salem State since 2021. Prior to that, Professor Minteh was an adjunct professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Professor Minteh earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from New York University, a Master of Science in Global Affairs also from New York University and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University-Newark.

Katelyn Nicolay, Assistant Professor, Sport and Movement Science

Professor Nicolay previously taught at Lasell University and North Dakota State University. Professor Nicolay earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology – athletic therapy from the University of Manitoba, Master of Science from Illinois State University, and a Doctor of Education from Northeastern University.

Amanda Noah, Instructor, Healthcare Studies

Professor Noah previously taught at the University of North Texas. Professor Noah earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Midwestern State University, a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from University of North Texas and a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the University of North Texas, College of Health, and Public Service.

Sheila Perrault, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Professor Perrault has been teaching at the School of Nursing at Salem State since 2004. Professor Perrault earned a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State.

Dawn Stahura, Associate Librarian, Library

Librarian Stahura was an instruction librarian at Broward College. Librarian Stahura previously worked at Salem State in the Library. Librarian Stahura earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Purdue University, an AAS in Business Management from Ivy Tech Community College and MLS, Library and Information Science from Indiana University.

Amy Wachsmuth, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Professor Wachsmuth has been teaching at Salem State since 2019. Professor Wachsmuth has also taught at MGM Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Professor Wachsmuth earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Anselm College, a Master of Science, Nursing Education from Salem State, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Regis College.

Welcome Newly Appointed Full-Time, Temporary Faculty

Please welcome these new, full-time, tenure-track faculty and librarian colleagues who joined our campus community as of September 1, 2022.

Name, Title, Department

John Cann, Instructor, Nursing

Jennifer Carr, Assistant Professor, Biology

Melanie Carver, Instructor, English

Tracey Costantino, Instructor, Nursing

Blythe de Oliveira Foster, Assistant Professor, Theatre & Speech Communication

Cory Higgs, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kara Morton, Assistant Professor, Childhood Education & Care

Amanda Rivers, Instructor, Nursing

Jesse Rubio, Instructor, Secondary & Higher Education

Amanda Shilo, Assistant Professor, Healthcare Studies

John Tamilio, III, Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Piotr Windyga, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Welcome New Staff and Administrators!

Please welcome these new colleagues who have joined the Salem State community since September, 2021-July, 2022.

Name, Title, Department

Kathleen Allen, Staff Associate, Finance and Business

Arelis Bernabel, Maintainer II, Facilities

Eliza Bobek, Director, Center for Teaching Innovation

Ryan Cabezas, Campus Police Officer I, University Police

Marvin Carcamo, Maintainer II, Facilities

Grace Chiou, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Ashley Cree, Director, Licensure and Field Placement, McKeown School of Education

Olivia Epler, Staff Assistant, Residence Life

Lataya Ferguson-Jean, Staff Associate, Institutional Advancement

Meghan Foley, Staff Assistant, Athletics

Sharon German, Staff Assistant, Registrar’s Office

Theresa Giard, Assistant Director, Fitness Center Operations

Lenore Goodwin, Staff Associate, Center for Education and Community

Sarina Green, Staff Assistant, Marketing and Creative Services

Stephanie Hagyard, Administrative Assistant II, Secondary and Higher Education

Sam Lim, LGBTQIA+ Coordinator, Center for Justice and Liberation

Julia Lorello, Staff Assistant, Marketing and Creative Services

Cameron Marcinko, Campus Police Officer I, University Police

Morgan Martin, Staff Assistant, Athletics

Elisabeth Massaro, Associate Dean, School of Social Work

Shawn Newton, Associate VP and Dean of Students, Student Life

Michaella Nisbet, Communication Dispatcher I, University Police

Matthew Nolan, Staff Associate, Center for Education and Community

Karen Paglio, Administrative Assistant II, Interdisciplinary Studies and Psychology

Julia Palmedo, Associate Director, Institutional Advancement

Elsy Rodriguez, Maintainer II, Facilities

Isabella Russo, Student Experience & Transition Coordinator, Head Softball Coach, Student Life

Alexandra Simpkins, Administrative Assistant II, History and Philosophy

Vale Southard, Staff Assistant, Student Employment

Vu Tran, Associate Director, Student Support Services

Hunter van Gemeren, Campus Police Officer I, University Police

Faculty Tenure and Promotions

Congratulations to these faculty and librarians who earned tenure, tenure with promotion, or were promoted in 2022:

Faculty Tenured with Promotion

Name, Title, Department

Kevin Carey, Associate Professor, English

Fernando Colina, Associate Professor, Marketing & Decision Sciences

Luke Conlin, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Physics

Gina Curcio, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Joseph Gustafson, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Julie Kiernan, Associate Professor, Theatre & Speech Communication

Sara Mana, Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

Elisabeth Miller, Associate Professor, Music & Dance

Kenneth Mullane, Associate Professor, Management

Kurt von Seekamm, Associate Professor, Economics

Mustafa Yatin, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Physics

Faculty Tenured

Vijay Kanagala, Associate Professor, Secondary and Higher Education

Kathleen Schlenz, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Faculty Promoted

Kathleen Adee, Professor, Nursing

Felix Amato, Professor, Social Work

Katharine Bloom, Professor, Sport & Movement Science

Megin Charner-Laird, Professor, Childhood Education & Care

Douglas Chene, Professor, Accounting & Finance

Noel Healy, Professor, Geography & Sustainability

Myunghee Jeon, Professor, Management

Christopher Morris, Professor, Theatre & Speech Communication

Jennifer Robinson, Professor, Criminal Justice

Amy Sprenkle, Professor, Biology

Sabbaticals

Congratulations to these faculty and librarians awarded sabbaticals during 2022-23:

Sabbaticals in Fall 2022:

Guillermo Avila-Saavedra, Media & Communication

Lorrie Comeford, Chemistry & Physics

Lisa Delissio, Biology

Laurie Dickstein-Fisher, Secondary & Higher Education

Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Interdisciplinary Studies

Jane Hillier-Walkowiak, Theatre & Speech Communication

Jacy Ippolito, Secondary & Higher Education

Elisabeth Miller, Music & Dance

Lakshmidevi Sreeramareddy, Computer Science

Jeramie Silveira, Occupational Therapy

Zaiyong Tang, Marketing & Decision Sciences

Michael Testa, Music & Dance

Sabbaticals in Spring 2023:

Margaret Ackerman, Nursing

Felix Amato, Social Work

Lisa Chen, Accounting & Finance

Anthony D’Amico, Sport & Movement Science

Michele Davila, World Languages & Cultures

Timothy Eddy, Psychology

Amy Everitt, Healthcare Studies

Xu Hartling, Marketing & Decision Sciences

Mayuresh Kelkar, Marketing & Decision Sciences

Severin Kitanov, Philosophy

Peter Kvetko, Music & Dance

Richard Lewis, Art + Design

Patrice Miller, Psychology

Daniel Mulcare, Politics, Policy & International Relations

Keith Ratner, Geography & Sustainability

Anna Rocca, World Languages & Cultures

Anneliese Worster, Childhood Education & Care

Christopher Yakes, Mathematics

Sabbaticals in 2022-23:

Kevin Borgeson, Criminal Justice

Sara Mana, Geological Sciences

Faculty and Staff Retirees

Congratulations to these faculty, staff and administrative colleagues who retired since September 2021:

Name, Title, Department

Celena Sky April, Professor, Theatre and Speech Communication

Timothy Buckley, Staff Associate, Information Technology Services

Christopher Fauske, Professor, Media & Communication

Frances Ferguson, Steam Fireman II, Facilities

Martha Gardner, Staff Associate, Academic Affairs

John Gentleman, Steam Fireman II, Facilities

Patricia Kantorosinski, Administrative Assistant II, Psychology

Heidi Kardenetz, Staff Associate, Facilities

Janice King, Professor, Nursing BSN

Thomas Mallas, Accountant V, Accounting and Payroll

Robert McAndrews, Professor, Social Work

Arlene Pero, Telephone Operator II, Information Technology Services

William Woodward, Maintainer II, Facilities

Emeritus Status

Congratulations to these faculty who have been achieved Emeritus Status in June 2022:

Name, Title, Department

Celena Sky April, Professor Emeritus, Theatre & Speech Communication

Christopher Fauske, Professor Emeritus, Media & Communication

Joseph Kaspryzk, Associate Professor Emeritus, Computer Science

Robert McAndrews, Professor Emeritus, Social Work

 

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