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Welcome New Faculty!
September 3, 2013
The Curry College community would like to formally welcome an outstanding group of faculty members to campus for fall 2013. These new faces are enthusiastic and ready to empower our students to excel and dedicate themselves to success inside and outside the classroom.
|Dr. Elizabeth Carey joins our Psychology Department as new Special Appointment. Dr. Carey earned her Ph.D. from Suffolk University in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2010, and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings for the past thirteen years. Her dissertation is entitled "The Relationship between Learning Disabilities and Social Emotional Processing Deficits." She has taught in the Psychology departments of Suffolk University, Dean College, Wheaton College, and most recently has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University. Before her turn to psychology, Dr. Carey received her BA in English and Secondary Instruction at Rhode Island College, and taught high school English for five years.|
|Dr. Suzy Conway is our new Director of Advising. Suzy holds a Ph. D. in Higher Education Administration (2011), an MSW, and a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Boston College. Her dissertation was entitled "So This is College: An Examination of the Academic, Personal, and Social Experiences that Influence Freshman Adjustment," and she has presented at several recent conferences on the topic of disability in higher education. Dr. Conway brings a wealth of experience to the position, including work at Harvard University as Assistant Dean of First Year Advising, at Boston College as Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities, and in the Student Counseling Services office at Regis College.|
|Dr. Holly Gray is a new Special Appointment in our Education Department. A specialist in the teaching of reading, Dr. Gray received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 2012, where she completed her dissertation entitled "The Effects of Sustained Silent Reading on Reading Achievement and Reading Attitudes of Fourth Grade Students." After receiving her B.S. in Elementary Education from Salisbury University, Dr. Gray taught elementary school in North Carolina and Pennsylvania for ten years, and then served as Curriculum Specialist for Wake County Schools for seven years. Most recently, she worked as a student teacher supervisor at Leslie University.|
|Dr. Sandra Hill is a Special Appointment in our Science and Math Division. Dr. Hill holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in Chemistry/ Medical Technology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Before coming to Curry, she taught at Eastern Connecticut State University and Goodwin College. Dr. Hill spent several years in private industry as a research chemist, analyst, and a senior scientist. Her teaching makes the study of chemistry relevant and valuable to students by connecting chemistry in the classroom with important everyday applications in our daily environment.|
|Dr. Kari Loomis joins our Science faculty as Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology. A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Loomis earned her Ph.D. in Functional Genomics from North Carolina State University in 2008, completing her dissertation entitled "Genetic Ablation of C/EBPα and its Role in Epithelial Tumorigenesis." Most recently, Dr. Loomis was Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology at Mars Hill College in North Carolina, where she led the revitalization of the college's Biotechnology program. After receiving a B.S. in Secondary Science Teaching from Clemson University, she taught middle school and high school science prior to pursuing her Ph.D. Dr. Loomis's research is in cancer biology, and she brings to Curry a deep commitment to STEM education and student research.|
|Andrew Maydoney, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, is the newest member of Fine and Applied Arts Department. He earned a BFA in Visual Design/Photography from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008. Mr. Maydoney has extensive experience in the private sector, serving as Vice President for Research and Strategy at Sametz Blackstone Associates and leading marketing and branding campaigns for numerous clients across the country. He has also taught design courses at Rhode Island School of Design, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and Bristol Community College.|
|Dr. Ryan Theroux, Associate Professor in our First Year Studies program, has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His dissertation is entitled Communicating the Meanings of Cultural Artifacts: An Exploratory Study of New Student Orientation Units. Most recently Dr. Threroux was serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Academic Success Center which is located in the College of Liberal Arts at UNLV. He has served in various roles in academic support, student affairs, and career development throughout his career and also has experience teaching online and hybrid courses.|
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.