Introducing New Faculty

September 13, 2012

In 2007, she was a visiting faculty member at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Prior to that, she was a lecturer at the University of California from 2003 to 2007, where she taught art journalism and criticism, short fiction, the novella, and media writing, among others.

Brooks is the author of a novella, California, and her writing is widely published in many magazines and journals. In 2010, she was a finalist in fiction in the Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest and a finalist in poetry in the Eli Coppola Memorial Chapbook Prize.

Kristin Burkholder, Ph.D.

Fellow in Environmental Science

Education: B.S., Chemistry, Bucknell University; Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.

Burkholder joins the Environmental Science Department as a fellow this academic year. Last spring, she worked as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley University and as a visiting lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at Wellesley College.

While working towards her Ph.D. at Duke from 2006 to 2011, she was also a research and teaching assistant in the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Her dissertation was on subtropical to subpolar lagrangian pathways in the North Atlantic and their impact on high latitude property fields.

Her research has been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research and Deep Sea Research.

Burkholder's research and professional interests include large-scale ocean circulation, meridional overturning circulation and its variability, environmental education, interface of science and policy, women in science and climate change.

Nicole Capezza, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Education: B.A., Psychology, Clark University; M.S., Social Psychology, Purdue University; Ph.D., Social Psychology, Purdue University; Postdoctoral Research Fellow Clinical Psychology, The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University.

Capezza joins the Psychology Department for a one-year term. Her dissertation focused on understanding when and why victims are blamed and the role of personal and system threat. Her research also focuses on how people perceive, understand, and cope with trauma and hardships such as intimate partner violence, substance abuse, stereotyping and discrimination.

She comes to the College from Treatment Innovations, where she was a project director from 2010 to 2012 working on research related to PTSD and substance abuse. Since 2010, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.

While earning her master's and doctorate degrees at Purdue, Capezza worked as an instructor, teaching courses on human sexuality and psychology of women. When she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Brown from 2009-2010, Capezza also worked as a research fellow at Woman & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in the Department of Medicine.

She has served as an Academic Advisory Board Member for McGraw-Hill Higher Education on Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality since 2009 and is widely published in professional journals that focus on interpersonal violence, gender, addiction, and personal relationships.

Colleen C. Ellis

Visual and Performing Arts Graphic Design Fellow

Education: B.F.A. Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A. Graphic Design, University of Massachusetts

Ellis has taught part time at Stonehill since 2007 and joins the Visual and Performing Arts Department this year as a fellow.  Since 2006, she has been a visiting lecturer at Bridgewater State University, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, and UMASS Dartmouth, teaching courses in digital media, graphic design, and typography.  In 2010, her first book ABCing: Seeing the Alphabet Differently was published, and this year was a semifinalist for the Abode Design Awards, Innovation in Education in Traditional Media category.

Since 1996, Ellis has been the principal in her own design firm, Ellis Design, managing projects focusing on brand identity, product graphics, graphic design, and illustration.  Her clients include Tufts Health Plan, St. Sebastian's School, Reebok, and OTB Footwear.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, she worked as an assistant professor within the visual communication department of Dar Al Hekma College in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

David Hurley

Psychology Fellow

Education: B.A., Psychology, Bates College; Ed.M., Counseling (Sport Psychology specialization), Boston University; Ed.D., Counseling Psychology (Sport Psychology specialization), Boston University (expected May 2013).

Hurley joins the Psychology Department from Boston University, where he was awarded the Glenn Fellowship, a merit-based full tuition and stipend award for doctoral students in the School of Education looking to pursue a career in academia. He has been a co-instructor and teaching assistant in the School of Education at Boston University since 2009. He has also served as an instructor/adjunct faculty member at Mount Ida College since 2009.

His dissertation is examining the effect of coach training on coaches' ability to give positive, motivating feedback to their athletes. He has studied performance in sports as affected by self-efficacy and the presence of an audience, as well as happiness and well-being in high school coaches.

Hurley has been a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology since 2006 and has presented at numerous sports psychology conferences. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Arlington Boys and Girls Club Executive Corporation.

Maggie Labinski

Philosophy Fellow

Education: B.A., Philosophy, Theology, English (summa cum laude), Mount Mary College; M.A., Philosophy, Boston College; Ph.D., Philosophy, Loyola University (expected May 2013).

Labinski joins the Philosophy Department this academic year as a fellow.  While working on her doctorate at Loyola University, where she was awarded the Dean's Fellowship for 2007 to 2012, she taught the History of Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion.  

Labinski has presented several papers and written articles and book reviews. She specializes in Augustine, feminist philosophies and Medieval Philosophy. Her dissertation explores Augustine's philosophy of education in light of contemporary feminist pedagogy, where she argues that 'traditional' readings have not fully explored the 'maternal' aspects of Augustine's theory.

Her teaching interests include history of philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of religion.

Michele Tague, Ph.D.

Chemistry Visiting Assistant Professor

Education: B.S., Chemistry (summa cum laude),  Keene State College; M.S., Analytical Chemistry, Cornell University; Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Cornell University.

Tague joins the Chemistry Department as a visiting assistant professor this academic year from Northeastern University, where she was a post-doctoral associate exploring the degradation mechanisms of alkaline membranes using IR spectroscopy for fuel cell applications. Since 2011, she also has worked as a project manager at NuVant Systems.

From 2007 to 2011, Tague was a graduate research assistant working on fuel cell and biosensor projects at Cornell while she earned her master's and doctorate degrees. There, she explored catalytic materials for alternate energy conversion devices, specifically fuel cells and developed antibody-based biosensors using electrochemical detection methods.

Author of numerous publications, Tague most recently presented at the Electrochemical Society Conference last May. In 2006, she won the American Institute of Chemists Award.

Frank Georges

Economics Instructor

Education: B.A., Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude), University of Rochester; M.A., Economics, Boston College; Ph.D. Economics, Boston College (expected May 2013).

Georges joins the Economics Department for a one year term. He has taught several courses at Boston College, where he is pursuing a doctorate in economics, specializing in the fields of industrial organization and microeconometrics. He also has taught at Lasell College and Northeastern University.

Georges has researched the implications of allowing a monopolist manufacturer to bundle goods when selling to a set of downstream retailers (Manufacturer Bundling with Heterogeneous Retail Markets) and has conducted an empirical study asking if campaign spending is more effective in certain demographics than in others (Measuring the Effects of Campaign Finance in Congressional Elections on Heterogeneous Districts).

He is trained in the following computer programs: MATLAB, STATA, LaTeX, Java, HTML, C++, and Excel.

Jungyun Gill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Education: B.A., Philosophy, Dongguk University; M.A., Sociology, Korea University; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Connecticut.

Gill joins the Sociology Department for a one-year term from Mountain State University, where she was assistant professor of sociology since 2011. Prior to that, Gill was a graduate student instructor at the University of Connecticut from 2007 to 2011, where she taught courses on race, class and gender, sociology of sexualities, urban sociology, and urban and social problems.  

Widely published and a frequent presenter, Gill received the 2011 Korean Adoptees Adoptive Families Network Invitational Presentation Funding Award. She was on the 2011 Undergraduate Student Activism Award Committee (Sociologists for Women in Society) and served as a 2011 reviewer for Sociological Perspectives.

Gill has new articles forthcoming in research journals. She is also under contract to coauthor a social problems book emphasizing social movements and a chapter in the forthcoming Sage Handbook of Globalization.

Gill's research interests include interracial families, intersectionality of gender, race, and class inequalities, global sociology, political sociology, and health.

Dorothy Pazin, Ph.D.

Biology Fellow

Education: B.S., Biology, McMaster University; M.S., Physiology, University of Western Ontario; Ph.D., Genetics and Genomics, Boston University School of Medicine.

Pazin joins the Biology Department as a fellow this academic year. She comes to Stonehill from the Department of Developmental Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she was a postdoctoral fellow investigating the embryonic origins of the meniscus since 2009. In 2012, she also worked at Harvard as a course director and lecturer. In addition, in 2011, she was a teaching assistant and teaching fellow at Harvard.

In 2012, Pazin received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education at Harvard University. From 2010 to 2012, she received the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dean's Scholar Award, and in 2011, she earned the Canadian Institutes for Health Research ICS Travel Award.

Her doctoral dissertation focused on extracellular matrix-associated proteins in fetal gonad and reproductive tract development. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Developmental Dynamics and Gene. Since 2008, she has been a member of the Society for Developmental Biology.

Jenny Howe, Ph.D.

English Fellow

Education: B.A., English Literature, Boston College; M.A. English Literature, Boston College; Ph.D., Medieval English Literature, Tufts University.

Howe joins the English Department as a fellow for this academic year. She previously taught part-time at Stonehill and since 2010, she was a graduate writing consultant at the Academic Resource Center at Tufts University.

In 2010, Howe received a Dissertation Fellowship at Tufts and in 2009, she was a GIFT (Graduate Institute for Teaching) Fellow there. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Medieval/Early Modern Group at Tufts.

Her dissertation was on "Vile Whores, Hideous Hags, and Beautiful Ladies: Representations of Monstrous Femininity in Medieval Romance." Howe's teaching interests include: Chaucer, medieval romance, gender, the body, monstrosity, film, composition and rhetoric.

Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy, Ph.D.

Sociology Fellow

Education: A.A., Liberal Arts, Lakewood Community College; B.A., English & Women's Studies, Hamline University; M.A. Liberal Studies, Hamline University; Ph.D., Women's Studies, Clark University.

Murphy joins the Sociology Department as a fellow this academic year. Last semester, she was a visiting professor of sociology at Montserrat College of Art. From 2010 to 2011, she was a visiting professor of Native American Studies at Southern Illinois University. From 2006 to 2012, she was an instructor at North Shore Community College. In 2009, she was assistant professor in the Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Sociology Departments at Wheelock College.

From 2000 to 2003, she received a full tuition remission scholarship and stipend at Clark University and in 2000, she was honored by the Minnesota Indian Education Association and the state of Minnesota for being an exceptional Native American Graduate Student.

Her dissertation is titled "Dissent along the Borders of the Fourth World: Native American Writings as Social Protest."

Katharine M. Harris, Ph.D.

Chemistry Fellow

Education: B.S., Chemistry (magna cum laude), Commonwealth College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ph.D., Chemistry, Boston College.

Harris joins the Chemistry Department for this academic year as a fellow from Boston College, where she earned her Ph.D. in May 2012. She worked at BC as a laboratory supervisor and research associate in 2012, and taught a variety of chemistry courses at BC from 2006 to 2009.

She was a private tutor for students attending Vanderbuilt University, Pitzer College, Boston College, Dana Hall School for Girls, Milton Public High School and Cambridge Boys School from 2009 to 2012. From 2003 to 2006, Harris was a research technician in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Vermont. Prior to that, she taught organic chemistry courses and worked towards protein semi-synthesis as a research associate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 2001 to 2003.

Harris is widely published, and in 2009 she won the Journal of Peptide Science "Best Publication Award." Her dissertation was titled "Studies of structure, function and mechanism in pyrimidine nucleotide biosynthesis."

A member of the American Chemical Society since 2004, Harris enjoys yoga and hiking in her free time.

Shane Ewegen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Education: B.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado at Denver; M.A., Philosophy, Boston College; Ph.D. Philosophy, Boston College.

Ewegen taught at Stonehill last spring and now joins the Philosophy Department full-time as an assistant professor. This summer, he served as a graduate assistant to the director and conference organizer for the Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Italy.

From 2008 to 2011, he was a teaching fellow at Boston College. From 2010 to 2011, he was director of the Boston College Philosophy Forum. In 2011, Ewegen also served as director of the Workshop in Contemporary Philosophy. From 2008 until spring 2012, he was the assistant to the editor for the Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy.

Ewegen's research focuses on ancient philosophy, with concentrations on 20th century continental philosophy and the history of philosophy. He has a forthcoming book with Indiana University Press, on Plato's Cratylus in which he shows how Socrates criticizes a 'tragic view' of language and develops his own 'comic view' that Ewegen says frees human beings from their attachment to mere opinion by providing them with a glimpse of true Being.


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