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Curry College's newest faculty members for 2021-2022 pose for a group shot
August 27, 2021


Academics | Faculty Accomplishments

The Curry College community welcomes our newest faculty members to campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. They are enthusiastic and ready to empower our students to excel, dedicating themselves to success inside and outside the classroom.

"I am pleased to welcome our eight new full time faculty to the faculty ranks including two Special Appointments," says Curry College Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. David Szczerbacki. "These faculty bring a solid mix of academic accomplishment and professional practice to programs in Nursing, General Education, Writing  and Mathematics. These faculty are well prepared and eager to live the Curry College Mission through their teaching, research, service and advising. Each of these faculty have a passion for teaching and for working with students. Please join me in welcoming this year’s “class” of new faculty to the Curry College community."

Chimezie AgomohChimezie Agomoh, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Chimezie Agomoh received her BSN from Curry College; her MSN from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, her Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Regis College and she is a Candidate for Ph.D. in Nursing Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  She has worked as a Program Director of the Adult Foster Care division of Victory Human Services where she provided leadership and mentoring of nurse consultants and care management team while developing and conducting health education training programs to the staff. She also worked as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Quincy College and Mass Bay Community College. Prior to assuming these roles, Chimezie worked in clinical areas including telemetry and respiratory units with patients on ventilators, home health care of pediatric population, as well as inpatient psychiatric unit. Her research interest area is on how to improve homecare provided to adults with mental health illness.

Courtney BeggsCourtney Beggs, Assistant Professor, Writing Program
Dr. Courtney Beggs joined the Writing Program at Curry in 2018 and has since taught courses in composition, creative writing, and literature. She has previously taught classes in both American and British literature, as well as Women’s Studies, at Bridgewater State University and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She also serves as Co-Managing Editor of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830.

Dr. Beggs received her MA in English with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies at Bowling Green State University and her PhD in English at Texas A&M University, where she specialized in Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature and Culture. Her published research, which can be found in Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 and Gender and Space in British Literature, 1660-1820 (Ashgate, 2014), centers on women’s writing and material culture. Her current work looks at the rhetorical framework of education policy, media and information literacy, and the state of expertise in the American classroom.

Kellie CannonKellie Cannon, Assistant Professor, Writing Program
Kellie Cannon has her B.A. from Franklin Pierce College; Rindge, NH and her M.F.A. from Emerson College; Boston, MA. Kellie teaches in the Writing Program at Curry College. She started at Curry in 2016 after teaching writing and literature for almost ten years in North Carolina. At Curry, Kellie regularly teaches first-year writing courses, as well as Creative Writing and SPAL writing courses. She enjoys hosting poetry workshops and working with student writers. Her poetry has been featured in various literary journals.

Jean-Paul DiSciscioJean-Paul DiSciscio, Assistant Professor, Communication
Jean-Paul DiSciscio is a professional filmmaker and photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. His work explores character and metaphor in the genres of horror and science fiction. DiSciscio has directed several short films that have premiered internationally at film festivals. His influences range from Silent Cinema to the literary works of Mary Shelley and Carlo Collodi.  He has taught film production at Fitchburg State University, Emerson College, Suffolk University, New England School of Photography and Raw Art Works.

Jennifer HartJennifer Hart, Assistant Professor, General Education 
Dr. Jennifer Hart is Assistant Professor of General Education and First Year Coordinator. She is a religious studies scholar by training, with a PhD from Indiana University. Dr. Hart specializes in the religions of ancient Iran and the Mediterranean (aka the most influential religions you probably have never heard of). Before coming to Curry Dr. Hart was Director of First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives at Louisiana State University Shreveport. She also taught in the Core Curriculum at Elon University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. 

Oby (Christi) IkoroOby (Christi) Ikoro, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Christi Ikoro has been a nurse for many years and has worked in different healthcare specialties and settings that include Hospital Step-Down, Vascular Surgical, Medical-Surgical, Rehabilitation, Long-Term Care, Respite Care, Home Health Care and Telehealth Monitoring. She has a Bachelor of Science Education in Education/Biology from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with Interdisciplinary Concentration from Northeastern University, Boston; and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with Family Practice from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently in the Graduate Certification program for Nursing Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr Ikoro is a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to coming to Curry, she worked for many years as Adjunct Professor of Nursing in some local institutions. She is certified in Entrepreneurship and worked as the president of a private nursing organization. Her volunteer work includes three years as a Cable TV Commissioner for the Town of Stoughton, MA, and six years as a board member at the Stoughton Council of Aging. She enjoys pedagogy and has interest in the use of regular exercise to promote health and wellbeing of people who live with Type 2 Diabetes.

Steven LeMaySteven LeMay, Assistant Professor, Science and Mathematics
Steven LeMay has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and is very excited about teaching. His master’s and doctorate are in Mathematics, and he brings a heightened excitement about math into the classroom. Dr. LeMay’s research is in mathematics education, specifically the intersection of proof and symbolic representations.

Kathryn (Kate) WhalenKathryn (Kate) Whalen, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Cullinane Whalen joins Curry College School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. She has a BSN from Boston State College, and her MSN and DNP from Regis College. Prior to this current appointment at Curry College, Dr. Whalen’s clinical nursing career was concentrated in critical care, intermediate care, and emergency nursing with an emphasis in trauma care. During that time, her professional employment affiliations included Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and South Shore Hospital. 

She has concentrated her teaching interests in pharmacology and leadership with a special focus in healthcare simulation.

Dr. Whalen has taught in ASN, RN-BS, Traditional BSN, Accelerated and MSN programs. She has most recently taught at Quincy College and as an adjunct faculty at Curry College.