Meet Our New Faculty Members

August 31, 2017


This academic year, we welcome 17 new full-time faculty members. Our new faculty are credentialed, published and experienced experts in the disciplines of psychology, English, sociology and criminology, business, finance, accounting, education, communication, economics, visual and performing arts/theatre arts, languages and literature, biology & neuroscience, and chemistry.


Rebecca Babcock Fenerci, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Education: B.S., Psychology, Northeastern University; M.A., Clinical Psychology, and Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology, University of Denver.

Experience: Fenerci comes to Stonehill after completing her doctoral studies at the University of Denver and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for the Protection of Children at Penn State Children’s Hospital (Hershey campus). Her most recent publications have focused on childhood betrayal trauma, intergenerational transmission of trauma, and shame and alienation related to child abuse. She has received a number of academic honors and awards, including an Outstanding Service Award from the University of Denver.

Her areas of interest include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. 

Joyelle Ball, Ph.D. 
Faculty Fellow, English

Education: B.A., Theatre Arts and English, Westmont College; M.A., Ph.D., Theater Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Experience: Ball comes to Stonehill after completing her doctoral studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she completed a dissertation on “Crisis of Site: Non-Specificity in the Theater.” As a doctoral student, she served both as a teaching assistant and an instructor of record, earning an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016 from UCSB, and an Emerging Scholars Award from the Mid-America Theatre Conference, among other honors.

Her areas of interest include 20th-century American drama; new media and cultural studies; experimental theatre; and gender and queer theories, among others.

Danielle Carkin Lacorazza, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Education: B.S., Social Science, Daniel Webster College; M.A., Community Social Psychology, M.A., Criminal Justice, Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Experience: Lacorazza joins Stonehill after teaching for the past two years at Plymouth State University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As a student, she received a number of awards for both her outstanding academic contributions and community service. She has published articles in leading journals in her field, such as Crime & Delinquency, for which she also serves as managing editor, and the Journal of Law and Criminal Justice, and is co-author of a work in progress, Introduction to the Criminal Justice System.

Her primary research focus is crime across the life course, and the risk and protective factors as youth make the transition from teenager to young adult.

Jennifer Cooper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Education: B.A., Psychology, Carleton College; M.S., Ph.D., Psychology (cognitive), Rutgers University.

Experience: Cooper comes to Stonehill following post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wesleyan University, where she most recently served as a visiting assistant professor. Among her many honors as a student, she received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Her research has focused on cognition and mathematics, and her articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Her areas of interest include cognitive psychology, research methods, statistics, and the development of numerical and mathematical reasoning.

Michael DelNero, Ph.D.
Faculty Fellow, Communication

Education: B.S., Film Studies, Emerson College; M.A., American Literature, University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., Media and Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University.

Experience: DelNero received accolades for his part-time teaching at Stonehill last year and so returns to the College this year as a Faculty Fellow. He has also taught at Bridgewater State University and Rhode Island College. His courses cover a variety of cinematic oeuvres as well as communications and public speaking.

His areas of interest include new media, globalization, cyberculture, surveillance, critical theory, American cinema, Australian cinema, French cinema, and the rhetoric of apocalyptic thought.

Alexander Eiermann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Economics

Education: B.A., Economics and International Relations, University of Delaware; M.A. and Ph.D., Economics, Boston College.

Experience: Eiermann comes to Stonehill after completing his doctoral studies at Boston College, where he served as instructor and teaching assistant in the Department of Economics. He also served as a graduate research assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a senior research assistant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

His areas of interest include macroeconomics, monetary economics, and empirical asset pricing.

Paddy Cronin Favazza, Ed.D.
Professor, Education

Education: B.S.Ed., Special Education and Elementary Education, M.Ed., Special Education, The University of Memphis; Ed.D., Special Education, Vanderbilt University.

Experience: Favazza is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the School of Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Over the past four decades she has taught in early intervention, preschool, elementary and college, having held tenured professorships at both The University of Memphis and Rhode Island College. She brings a wealth of both hands-on and theoretical knowledge to Stonehill, and is the recipient of numerous prestigious research grants as well as awards and honors.

Her areas of interest include attitude formation and change, efficacious strategies to support social acceptance and inclusion of young children with diverse abilities, social emotional competence, motor development, school readiness, curriculum development for inclusive early childhood classes and teacher education in Early Childhood Special Education.

Matthew Greene, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts/Theatre Arts

Education: B.A., Theatre Studies and Acting, University of Connecticut; M.F.A., Creative Writing and Writing for Stage and Screen, Lesley University.

Experience: Greene comes to Stonehill with extensive acting and directing experience. For six years, he served as a Blue Man in the Blue Man Group, performing more than 1,000 shows. He served as artistic director of The Target Theatre Company and The Leading Edge New Play Festival. He has acted in off-Broadway productions as well as regional theatre.

He has written more than a dozen original plays, including The East, in collaboration with Craig Handel, which premiered last October at Dean College and was a National Presenting Production at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1. He most recently taught in the School of Arts at Dean College. His areas of interest include acting, writing, and directing, with expertise in choreographing and directing fight scenes.

Brian Haney, Ph.D.
Teaching and Research Post-Doctoral Fellow, Biology

Education: B.S., Biology, Trinity University; Ph.D., Animal Behavior, Arizona State University.

Experience: Haney comes to Stonehill from Arizona State University (ASU), from which he recently earned his Ph.D. At ASU, he served as a teaching assistant in classes including Comparative Invertebrate Zoology, Animal Physiology, Animal Behavior, and General Biology. He has received numerous grants and awards, and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

His areas of interest include animal physiology and behavior, with specific interest in the evolution, reproduction, and consequences of primary polygyny in harvester ants.

Lindsay Hinkle, Ph.D.
Teaching Fellow, Chemistry

Education: B.A., Chemistry and Psychology, Austin College; M.S. and Ph.D., Inorganic Specialization, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Experience: Hinkle comes to Stonehill from Harvard University, where she has been a preceptor in chemistry since 2013. She was awarded the Harvard Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2015. She has also taught at Quincy College, and has consulted and served as a content author for McGraw-Hill Education. Hinkle wrote her dissertation on “Crystalline Transition Metal-Based Sensors for the Optical Detection of Oxygen,” and received departmental honors for her undergraduate thesis.

Her areas of research interest include the synthesis and characterization of copper and zinc complexes for use as oxygen sensors.

Shawn Savage, M.Ed.
Faculty Fellow, Education

Education: B.A., English, and Postgraduate Dip.Ed., Language Education- English, The University of the West Indies; M.Ed., Educational Leadership & Administration, and Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership, Policy & Educational Change (in progress), Boston College.

Experience: A recipient of multiple teaching and service awards, Savage taught part-time at Stonehill last year and has also taught at Boston College.

His areas of interest include ethics and equity in education, program evaluation, and leadership for social justice, among others. He just concluded collaborating on a three-year grant-funded research, on Comprehension, Language Awareness and Vocabulary in English for Spanish speakers (CLAVES) with 4th and 5th graders across two states.  His current research explores practitioner inquiry for equity in the academy.

Jennifer Segawa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology/Neuroscience

Education: B.A., Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Neuroscience, with a Computational Neuroscience specialization, Boston University.

Experience: Segawa comes to Stonehill from Salem State University, where she has taught since 2015. She has also taught at Lasell College. She has conducted extensive research and written about speech motor sequence learning in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University in its Speech Laboratory.

Her primary areas of interest include speech motor control in healthy and patient populations, speech motor sequence learning, and the units of speech motor control.

Elif Sisli Ciamarra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Business/Finance

Education: B.S., Business Administration and Economics, Bogazici University (Turkey); M.B.A., International University of Japan; Ph.D., Economics, New York University.

Experience: Ciamarra comes to Stonehill from Brandeis University, where she most recently served as assistant professor of finance. She has taught a wide range of courses, including International Financial Management, Corporate Finance, Financial Theory, Investments and Behavioral Economics. As a graduate student, she received many awards and honors, including New York University’s Stern Award for Ph.D. Teaching Excellence. She has published numerous articles in refereed journals, and has served as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank.

 Her primary areas of interest include corporate finance, corporate governance, and executive compensation. She is also a faculty member for Our Generation Speaks (OGS), a fellowship program and incubator where emerging leaders create high-impact ventures.

Shani Turner, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology

Education: B.A, Psychology, Westfield State College; M.A. and Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Wichita State University.

Experience: Turner comes to Stonehill after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School followed by four years as a practicing clinical psychologist at the South End Community Center in Boston. She taught Developmental Psychology I at Stonehill in the spring 2017 semester, and has also taught courses at Curry College and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her articles have been published in a variety of leading journals, including the Journal of Prevention and Interventions and the American Journal of Health Studies.

 Her primary areas of interest include African American adolescents and families, educational outcomes for minority youth, obesity among African Americans, and trauma among adolescents.

Teresa Villa-Ignacio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Education: B.A, English and French, DePaul University; M.A., French Cultural Studies, Columbia University Programs in Paris; M.A. and Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Brown University.

Experience: Villa-Ignacio comes to Stonehill after spending the spring 2017 semester in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Scholar at the University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. She has also taught at Tulane University, where she served as a post-doctoral fellow, and at Harvard University and Boston University. She is currently at work on a book, Poethical Import: Translationships in Contemporary French-American Poetic Exchange. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and her articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Her primary areas of interest include 20th- and 21st-century French, Francophone, and U.S. American poetry and poetics; ethics; literary translation; postcolonial studies; globalization; and social justice, among others.

Callie Watkins Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Education: A.B., Psychology and Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard College; M.R.P., City and Regional Planning, Cornell University; M.A. and Ph.D., Social Policy, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

Experience: Watkins Liu brings a wide range of academic and practical knowledge to Stonehill. She has taught courses at Cornell University, Brandeis University and Stonehill. She has served as a peer mediator, volunteer sexual assault peer counselor, and has founded and led a variety of programs dedicated to supporting diverse students. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., she worked as a community planner for the Fenway Community Development Corporation, and has served on its board of directors since 2013. 

Her primary areas of interest include social inequality, policy, social movements and race and ethnicity. 

Alex Yen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Business/Accounting

Education: B.A., Accounting, Michigan State University; M.B.A., Finance, University of Rochester; Ph.D., Accounting, Red McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.

Experience: Yen comes to Stonehill from Boston College, where he served as a visiting assistant professor; prior to that appointment, he served for five years as an assistant professor at the College of the Holy Cross. His articles have been published in refereed journals, such as Behavioral Research in Accounting and Research in Accounting Regulation. Prior to joining academia, he worked in the 1990s for the firm then known as Price Waterhouse.

His primary areas of interest include financial accounting and auditing with an emphasis on judgment and decision-making.