Stonehill Welcomes Ten New Faculty Members

August 18, 2016

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 Mathematics,  Business Administration, Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Political Science, Community Based Learning, and Healthcare Administration.


Leyda Almodóvar Velázquez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Education: B.S., Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez; M.S., Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Iowa.

Experience:  Almodóvar comes to Stonehill after completing her doctoral studies at the University of Iowa where she served as an instructor for one year and teaching assistant for four years. In 2013 and 2014, Almodóvar received the Catherine Wegner Outstanding Mathematics Teaching Assistant Award, recognizing outstanding teaching assistants in the mathematics department. During her graduate studies, she completed a certificate in College Teaching.

Her areas of interest include topological data analysis, graph theory, and applications to biology.

Linnea CarlsonLinnea Carlson, M.P.H., PhD.
Fellow for Community Based Learning

Education: B.A., International Affairs, George Washington University; M.P.H., International Community Health Education, New York University; Ph.D., Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University.

Experience: Carlson brings a wealth of experience to Stonehill. Prior to her doctoral studies, she spent 13 years as a consultant, community liaison, and field researcher on a variety of public health projects in the U.S. and Latin America. Since 2008, Carlson has served as an adjunct faculty member at a number area universities, including Bridgewater State University, Framingham State University, and the University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth.

Suzanne EdingerSuzanne Edinger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Business Administration

Education: B.S., Business Administration, University of Maryland; M.B.A., College of William & Mary; Ph.D., Business and Management, University of Maryland.

Experience: Edinger comes to Stonehill from the University of Nottingham (UK), where she was an assistant professor in organizational behavior. She spent the fall semester of 2015 at the University of Kentucky where she was a visiting scholar at the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Since 2013, she has served as an associate fellow at the Higher Education Academy, an organization that supports teaching quality at colleges and universities. Her areas of interest include social networks, teams, and the effective interplay of the two in the workplace.

Elizabeth Singer Goldman, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Visual & Performing Arts

Education: B.A., English Literature and Creative Writing, Tufts University; M.A., Educational Theatre, New York University; Ph.D., Theatre History, Tufts University.

Experience: Goldman is an experienced director who has directed more than two dozen productions at Harvard University, the Magic Circle Children’s Theatre, and Tufts University. In addition to directing, her credits include acting, dramaturgy, and sign language interpreting for performances in the Boston area as well as New York City and Baltimore. Goldman has taught theatre courses at Tufts University and at the Cambridge School of Weston, a private secondary school.

Her areas of specialization include contemporary socio-political theatre, theatre of the oppressed, feminist theatre, and performance studies.

Martha HauffMartha Hauff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology

Education: B.A., Biology and Literature, Claremont McKenna College; Ph.D., Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.

Experience: Hauff joins the full-time Biology faculty at Stonehill after serving as an adjunct professor since 2014, teaching Marine Ecosystems and Ecology. She comes to us from the University of Connecticut Department of Marine Science, where she did post-doctoral work with Dr. Ann Bucklin, and from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she is a guest investigator.  She has also served on the faculty of the Marine Studies Consortium, an alliance of seven area colleges and universities, including Stonehill.

Hauff's research interests encompass various facets of marine fish ecology, including the dispersal, growth and condition of coral reef fish larvae, and the mysterious feeding behaviors of deep sea fishes.

Stephen McDonald, C.P.A., M.B.A.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Business Administration

Education: B.S.B.A, Accounting and Finance, M.B.A., Northeastern University.

Experience: McDonald is a financial executive, CPA, consultant, and educator with more than 30 years’ experience.  He was a full-time faculty member at Suffolk University from 2006-2016 and the Chief Financial Officer of Suffolk Construction from 1989-2002.  He is also a principal in Contract Escrow, LLC a construction funds management firm and has consulted for numerous organizations including M.I.T., Sagamore Plumbing, and Hinckley Allen.

Amanda Sabol, M.Sc.
Biology Lab Instructor and Coordinator

Education: B.S., Marine Vertebrate Biology, and M.Sc., Biology, LIU Post.

Experience: Sabol joins the Biology faculty after serving as an adjunct professor teaching two sections of Ecology at Stonehill in 2016. Concurrently, she taught Ecology and Biology at Bridgewater State University; during her graduate studies, she taught Biology courses for majors and non-majors at LIU Post. In addition, at the secondary level, Sabol has taught science at Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford and served as summer education coordinator at Tabor Academy in Marion. 

Mark Shirk, Ph.D.
Teaching Fellow, Political Science

Education: B.A., History, Dickinson College; M.A., International Affairs, The New School; Ph.D., Government and Politics, University of Maryland.

Experience: Shirk comes to Stonehill from the University of Maryland where he got his PhD. He has taught courses in global politics and political philosophy at Maryland, the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Dickinson College and American University.  Shirk is on the governing council of the international studies association, northeast. His research is on the relationship between the state, globalization, and transnational violence, including terrorism and piracy.

Phyllis Thompson, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

Education: B.A., English Literature, Yale University; M.A., American Civilization, Brown University; A.M., History, and Ph.D., American Studies, Harvard University.

Experience: Thompson comes to Stonehill after serving as a lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, and in English at Simmons College. During her doctoral studies, she worked with the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and taught a variety of courses in departments across the college, for which she earned Bok Center Teaching Awards four times; she was awarded a prize for Excellence in Teaching for her lecture course in WGS. Previously, she spent seven years at the Aperture Foundation in New York City, where she was an editor in chief of more than 30 books.

Her research interests include 19th- to 21st-century American history, literature, and culture, as well as representations of gender, race, and class.

Peijingran Yu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Healthcare Administration

Education: B.A., Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics (China); M.A., Ph.D., Economics, University of Connecticut.

Experience: Yu comes to Stonehill from a doctoral program at the University of Connecticut, where she also served as an instructor in microeconomics and a tutor in economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. During her studies, Yu interned in China with Qilu Securities, Ericsson Communications, and Bank of China. She is working toward obtaining certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst. Her research interests include health economics and labor economics.