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Curry Welcomes Newest Faculty Members to Campus
September 26, 2011
The Curry College community welcomed several new faculty members to campus in the fall of 2011. These new faces have already begun empowering our students to excel and dedicate themselves to success inside and outside the classroom.
Curry's award-winning faculty challenges our students to explore, discover, grow and expand their capacity for self-directed, lifelong learning. These latest additions to our ranks will continue that tradition for years to come.
|Kecia Brown-McManus joins Curry as a special full-time instructor for the fall term in First Year Studies. Ms. Brown-McManus is in the very final stages of her doctoral work at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds an M.A. in Leadership from the University of San Diego and a B.S. in psychology from Cal Poly State University, San Louis Obispo.|
|Stephanie Cappadona joins our Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice as a one-semester appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. An experienced teacher, Stephanie earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University.|
|Joseph Cullen is a Professor and Director of the Program for the Advancement of Learning
(PAL ). Dr. Cullen comes to Curry from Appalachian State University in North Carolina, where he held multiple roles: Associate Professor Special Education, Interim Associate Director of the Institute of Health and Human Services, and Director of Research and Evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and a M.Ed. in School Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary.
|Rebecca Foco is a new member of the Community and Health Wellness Program in the Education Department as a special appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. She holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Political Science, an M.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and is in the very final stages of completing her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Education at the Virginia Commonwealth University.|
|Lindsay Illich joins our English program in the Humanities Department from Temple College in Temple, Texas, where she was an Instructor and Director of the Writing Center. Dr. Illich holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.|
|Joan McNeill is an Assistant Professor in our Division of Nursing. An ANCC Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Ms. McNeill holds a B.S.N. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S.N. from the University of Rhode Island, and is currently enrolled in the DNP program at Regis College. She brings a wealth of professional experience to Curry and has previously taught in our ACCEL program.|
|Wendy Ostroff had been a visiting professor at Smith College, and joins the Program for the Advancement of Learning (PAL) as an Associate Professor. Tenured at Sonoma State University in California, Dr. Ostroff holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Psychological Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.|
|Edward Tallent is a Professor and Director of Levin Library. Ed joins us from Boston College's O'Neill Library, where he was Head of Reference and Instructional Services. He has worked at Harvard College's Widener Library as Coordinator of Research Instruction/Research Librarian, at Harvard College's Lamont Library as Head of Reference, and at Cornell University's Olin and Uris Libraries. An established scholar, Ed holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.L.S. from Simmons College.|