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Welcome New Faculty!
August 31, 2015
The Curry College community welcomes an outstanding group of new faculty members to campus for the 2015-2016 academic year. They are enthusiastic and ready to empower 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.
|Dr. Sarah Augusto is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Augusto recently completed her PhD at the University of California, Davis, where she wrote her dissertation on decentralized, horizontal organizing in the Student and Occupy Movements at University of California campuses. While at UC Davis, she held a fellowship at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and taught courses on social movements, sex and gender, popular culture, the family, and field methods. She is a budding science fiction fan and would love to someday teach a course on visionary fiction and social justice.|
|Dr. Jayson Baker joins Curry as an Assistant Professor after serving as an adjunct lecturer for the Communication Department. Dr. Baker teaches core communication and media literacy skills emphasizing critical analysis, writing, and research. A core teaching and scholarly motto, "there are no pure representations," challenges students to take seriously representations of class, gender, race, sexuality, and ethnicity so that together we can examine privileged and marginalized social positions, and negotiate a deeper sense of our interconnected global citizenship. Dr. Baker believes this is a central goal of the best liberal arts education. His scholarship has been published by Oxford University Press, Subaltern Media, and in leading journals in cinema and global studies. An article on globalization with attention to interethnic marriages in film will appear in Studies in the Humanities in 2016.|
|Dr. Aaron B. Daniels joins the Psychology Department this year for a Special Appointment. His PhD is from Pacifica Graduate Institute where he studied under James Hillman and other founders of the archetypal psychology tradition. Dr. Daniels' dissertation examined the use of imagination by criminal profilers. He recently updated and expanded that work with his 2014 book, Jungian Crime Scene Analysis: An Imaginal Investigation. He holds an MA from Duquesne University where he studied existential-phenomenology. Before coming to Curry, he was Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at New England College, where he taught for ten years. While there, he created a 'Writing and Research in the Social Sciences' curriculum. His first two books, Imaginal Reality, Volumes 1 & 2 (2011), were efforts to reinfuse existential phenomenology into archetypal psychology. Before entering academia, Aaron practiced clinical psychology for ten years in community and private practice, where he achieved LGBT specialist status. He has lectured frequently on themes of transformation and initiation in Dante's Commedia.|
|Dr. Brian Fennell joins the Education Department at Curry as an Assistant Professor of Special Education. Dr. Fennell comes to Curry from Morehead State University in eastern Kentucky. Dr. Fennell received his PhD in July 2014 from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr. Fennell has over 20 years experience teaching students with special needs in the Boston Public Schools and most recently in the Republic of Ireland. Primarily teaching students with severe and profound disabilities, Dr. Fennell has worked with students from 5 to 22 years of age. He is a native of the city of Boston and a graduate of Boston Latin School. Dr. Fennell holds degrees from Colgate University, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Fennell's research interests are in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, challenging behavior, and applied behavior analysis.|
|Dr. Jessica Fry joins the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Fry recently completed her postdoctoral training at the Boston University School of Medicine, studying the role of the enzyme Sirtuin-1 in the pathogenesis of arterial stiffness, hypertension, and related cardiovascular disease. She is broadly trained in physiology and molecular and cellular biology, with an S.B. in Biology from MIT and a PhD in Experimental Pathology through the Harvard Medical School Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program. Her graduate work focused on the effects of matrix remodeling protein ADAM-9 isoforms on breast cancer cell migration. Dr. Fry's teaching experience includes Introduction to Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences, Introduction to Cell Culture Techniques, Essentials of Laboratory Math, and Immunology, taught through the City Lab Academy and BLCS programs at BU Metropolitan College. She is also a certified dog trainer and the President of the New England Dog Training Club, based in Cambridge.|
|Dr. Katharine Harris joins the Chemistry faculty as an Assistant Professor under special appointment. Having received her PhD in Chemistry with a focus on Biological Chemistry in 2012 from Boston College, she will be teaching biochemistry and chemical concepts courses. Leading to her move to Curry, Dr. Harris served as a post-doctoral teaching fellow at Stonehill College (Easton, MA) in the Department of Chemistry. Her passion for teaching was evident as a Commonwealth College honors undergraduate student working towards her B.S. degree in chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While working toward her B.S. degree awarded in 2003, she served as a private tutor, supplemental instructor and teaching assistant for several chemistry courses. Her graduate work and research investigated mechanisms of protein chemistry function in DNA synthesis. Prior to her tenure at Boston College, Dr. Harris worked as a research technician in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Vermont where she co-authored an award winning paper in the Journal of Peptide Science. She is a mother to two amazing children, who loves yoga, live music, and outdoor activities.|
|Dr. Si Pearman joins the Curry faculty as the First Year Coordinator after serving as a Professor of Health Sciences and Chair of the First Year Seminar Oversight Committee at Furman University in Greenville, SC. Dr. Pearman was a faculty member at Furman for 25 years, and he also served a six year appointment as Assistant Academic Dean, a position that involved extensive responsibility for first year students. He is very passionate about first year seminars and taught a course on the ancient and modern Olympics at Furman. A graduate of Furman, Dr. Pearman also holds a Master's degree from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate of public health degree from the University of South Carolina He has received several awards for meritorious teaching and advising. Dr. Pearman has published over a dozen research articles in public health and exercise science journals and has made numerous professional presentations. He is excited for a new season of his professional life in the Curry community!|
|Dr. Julia Sloan joins the faculty at Curry as Director of General Education and a full professor. A Latin American and Mexican historian by training, Dr. Sloan received her PhD from the University of Houston. Her research, conference presentations, and publications focus on Mexico in the 1960s, including student protest, the 1968 Olympics, the impact of Liberation Theology and Vatican II in Mexico, and Mexico's responses to the Cold War. Dr. Sloan comes to Curry from Cazenovia College in Upstate New York, where she was a Professor of Social Science and Director of the International Studies Program. Prior to that, she taught at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie.|
|Dr. Adam Stearn joins Curry's Criminal Justice program in a Special Appointment as a full time Associate Professor. Dr. Stearn completed his PhD at Northeastern University, writing his dissertation on the connection between the identities of middle-class adolescents and delinquency. In addition, he has studied the relationship between social media and the publicity of adolescent delinquency. He has had numerous conference presentations, with a focus on criminological theory and advanced statistical techniques. He also served as Interim Chair of the Criminal Justice program at Marian Court College.|
|Dr. Laura Vanderberg begins her first full year at Curry as Director of the Program for the Advancement of Learning. She brings 15 years of experience designing curriculum and implementing educational program evaluations for various types of learners in settings both inside and outside the classroom. She has received awards for her work in supporting educational excellence, including an award from the Ukrainian National Ministry of Education for the introduction of innovative TEFL methodologies as well as the Change Agent Award and Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education Award at Tufts University. Most recently, as Assistant Dean of Assessment and Planning in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, she designed College-wide assessment practices and collaborated to support accreditation within the College and University. As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Vanderberg has overseen grants from the United States Agency for International Development and the United States Department of Education to train educators and study learning and cognition. In the field, she has been referred to as "a brilliant scientist specializing in assessment," and to her colleagues, she is known as an educator committed to student growth and development. Her professional research uses an interdisciplinary lens to understand students with learning differences and their educational trajectories.|