Introducing New Full-Time Faculty

September 17, 2014

This academic year, we welcome ten new full-time members of the faculty. Our new faculty are credentialed, published and experienced experts in the disciplines of Biology, Visual & Performing Arts, Economics, History, Business Administration, Philosophy, Environmental Science, and Chemistry.  


Nicholas Block, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,  Biology

Education: B.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Texas A&M University; M.S., Committee on Evolutionary Science, University of Chicago; Ph.D., Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago.

Dissertation: “Cryptic diversity and phylogeography in the Bernieridae, an endemic Malagasy passerine radiation.”

Experience: Block comes to Stonehill from Bucknell University where he was a visiting professor, teaching courses in Molecular Biodiversity, Ornithology, and Genetics. Block’s other teaching experience was at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he taught courses in biodiversity and at Northwestern University where he led a workshop for non-science majors. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Roosevelt University and was a teaching assistant while studying at the University of Chicago. In addition to his teaching experience, Block served as a research associate for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. 

His list of awards include a $5,000 Council on Africa Research grant from the Field Museum of Natural History, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow Travel grant, and a American Ornithologists’ Union Student Research award. 


James Bohn, D.M.A.
Teaching Fellow, Visual & Performing Arts

Education: B.M., Honors composition, University of Wisconsin; M.M., Composition, University of Illinois; D.M.A., Composition, University of Illinois.

Experience: Bohn joins the Stonehill faculty after teaching part-time at the College last semester. He formerly worked at Rhode Island College where he was an instructor in its Department of Music, Theatre and Dance since 2005. Prior to that, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth for five years. Bohn also worked as the coordinator of labs and web services at Illinois State University’s College of Fine Arts.

An expert in music technology, he has taught a range of music courses including music theory, music history, music technology, and sound design. Bohn has composed over 160 pieces which he has performed worldwide. 


Piyush Chandra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,  Economics

Education: B.A., Economics, University of Delhia (India); M.A., Economics, University of Delhia (India); Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland at College Park.

Dissertation: “WTO Accession as Commitment: Theory and Evidence from the Choice of Redistribution Policies.”

Experience: Chandra comes to Stonehill from Colgate University where he was an assistant professor of economics since 2007. Prior to that, he served as a research assistant at both the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. and the Center for Development Economics at the Delhi School of Economics in India. From 2010-2011, Chandra worked as a consultant for the World Bank Trade Research Group in Washington, D.C.

His research interests include international trade and political economy. His recent work includes studying the impact of WTO rules on member countries trade and domestic policies, as well as assessing the impact of antidumping duties on the exporting firms in the targeted economy.


John Dennehy ’84, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor,  History

Education: B.A., Political Science, Stonehill College; J.D., Suffolk University  School of Law; Ph.D., American History, Boston College.

Dissertation:  “James Sullivan and the Birth of Massachusetts Republicanism.”

Experience:  After teaching part-time at the College in previous years, Dennehy will be a member of the full-time faculty this academic year. He has worked as an adjunct professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Suffolk University in recent years in addition to his work at Stonehill.  Dennehy spent five years working as the weekend director at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Dorchester, Mass. following his graduation from Stonehill.

A practicing attorney since 1988, Dennehy specializes in American history, constitutional history, and Irish history. 


John Duggan, J.D.
Teaching Fellow,  Business Administration

Education: B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Assumption College; J.D., Suffolk University School of Law.

Experience: Duggan joined his family owned law practice, Duggan Law Offices, in 2004 after graduating from Suffolk University Law School. In 2008, he was admitted to the Federal Court and promoted to senior attorney.

A member of the North Attleboro Finance Committee from 2002-2004, Duggan currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Hockomock Area YMCA in North Attleboro, Mass. and is a past member of the Planning and Zoning Boards in Easton. He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  


Megan Mitchell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,  Philosophy

Education: B.A., Philosophy and Africana Studies, The College of Wooster; M.A., Africana Philosophy, Howard University; M.A., Philosophy, University of North Carolina; Ph.D., Philosophy, University of North Carolina.

Dissertation: “Implicit Bias, Colorblindness and Institutional Racism.”

Experience: Mitchell joins the Stonehill faculty after receiving her doctorate this past May. During her time at the University of North Carolina, she was the instructor of record for several courses such as Ethics of Peace, War & Defense, American Philosophy, and African American Political Philosophy. Since 2010, she has also been a research assistant for Philosopher Robert Paul Wolff, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Mitchell's areas of specialization include Africana philosophy, philosophy of race, and social and political philosophy.

Christy Vallee Morgan, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor,  Visual & Performing Arts

Education: B.F.A, Graphic Design & Art Education, Colby-Sawyer College; M.F.A., Graphic Design, Boston University.  

Experience: Morgan becomes a full-time member of the Visual & Performing Arts Department after serving as a part-time professor at the College since 2009. Prior to that, she taught part-time at Bridgewater State University for five years. She also taught at Endicott College for two semesters in 2004.

In 2003, she opened her own design studio which specializes in identity, print and web design.  Morgan also has extensive event, invitation and marketing experience, working for such clients as Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Learning Center, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, and iRobot. 


Kathryn Murdock, Ph.D.
Teaching Fellow,  Environmental Science

Education: B.S., Geological Sciences, Salem State University; M.S., Geosciences (Rock Magnetism and Planetary Geology), University of Massachusetts Amherst; Ph.D., Geosciences (Rock Magnetism, Paleomagnetism and Paleoclimatology), University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dissertation: “Arctic lake sediments as records of climate change using rock magnetic properties and paleomagnetic measurements.”

Experience: After receiving her doctorate in 2013, Murdock served as a lecturer at both Salem State University and Bay Path College last year. While working towards her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she was an instructor in the Geosciences and Residential Academic Programs and also served as a research assistant for which she received the Gloria Radke Memorial Award.

Her research interests include environmental geophysics and its application to tracking pollution, rock magnetic properties of minor magnetic minerals and their importance in understanding paleoenvironments, and rock magnetic methods as a tool in archaeological sites.


Daniel Rogers, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor,  Chemistry

Education: B.S., Environmental Science & Marine Science, University of Connecticut; M.S., Oceanography, University of Connecticut; Ph.D., Chemical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Dissertation: “Geomicrobiology of nitrogen in a coastal aquifer: Isotopic and molecular methods to examine nitrification and denitrification in groundwater.”

Experience: After receiving his doctorate in 2010, Rogers worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University until being named a research associate there last year.

Rogers is a member of the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography and the American Society for Microbiology.

His research centers on ways microorganisms interact with their physical and chemical environment, with a particular focus on how microbes respond to and alter environmental conditions. He is also interested in how microbes drive and link carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and other biogeochemical cycles.


Michael Salé, M.S.M.
Assistant Professor, Business Administration

Education: B.S., Management, Bridgewater State College; M.S., Management, Bridgewater State College; D.P.S., Computing and Information Technology, Pace University (2016).

Experience: While working as the director of implementation and training services as well as the hosted services manager for Adirondack Solutions Inc., Sale has served as a part-time teacher at Stonehill since 2007 and has also taught courses at Bridgewater State since 2005.

In his role at Adirondack, Sale was the senior project manager overseeing all new client implementations from post-sale to launch. Adirondack Solutions is a world-wide software provider for the college student affairs market.  

Michael’s areas of specialization and research interests include agile software development (especially behavior and test driven development), learning management systems, and botnet propagation modeling.