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Campus Faculty

SNHU professors are leaders in their fields who are committed to doing more, learning more, and caring more than they have to.

Our full-time and adjunct professors bring extensive academic, career, and life experience to the classroom. They bring the wisdom of experienced teachers and mentors. But above all, they bring a passion for drawing out the best in each and every student. Inside and outside the classroom, they go the extra mile—so you can too.

Accounting

Michael Baker

Dr. Michael Baker, CPA

Associate Professor (Accounting) | Co-Chair (Accounting)

Michael joined SNHU in 2012 as an adjunct professor and is now an associate professor of accounting. Prior to SNHU, Dr. Baker worked as a senior manager of audit services for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Dr. Baker is a certified public accountant and received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Oklahoma, Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University, and his Ph.D. in International Business from SNHU.

Dr. Baker's teaching philosophy includes, "applying my professional work experience by engaging students with examples and discussion of real world application of business theories."

Learn more about Baker in this faculty Q&A.

Bryan Bouchard

Bryan Bouchard, CMA

Assistant Professor (Accounting)

Professor Bouchard joined SNHU in 2001 as the Assistant Director and Business Tutoring Coordinator in the Learning Center. His academic career in accounting began in 2003. In 2013 Prof. Bouchard moved to the School of Business where he is currently an assistant professor of accounting.  
Prof. Bouchard is a Certified Management Accountant and received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance, his Master of Business Administration, and his Master of Science in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University. He has also completed advanced graduate coursework in accounting. 

Prof. Bouchard is a resident of Manchester, NH. and was named to the 2012 class of 40 Under Forty by the Manchester Union Leader. In 2015 he was named Civic Leader of the Year in NH by Stay Work Play and New Hampshire Public Radio. He also was awarded the 2011 Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents' Good Steward Award. This was for his work getting accounting students involved in assisting nonprofit organizations with their accounting. 

At SNHU Prof. Bouchard was awarded the 2018 Excellence in Advising Award, the 2016 Student Affairs Faculty Partner Award, the 2012 student organization Advisor of the Year, and the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. He has been the advisor in the past for the Phi Delta Psi fraternity and the Future Business Leaders of America.

Outside of SNHU Bryan has served as a board member for Easterseals NH since 2015. He currently serves on their Executive Committee on the board as Treasurer. Bouchard also is a board member for the NH Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Palace Theatre.

David Doyon

David Doyon, CPA

Assistant Professor (Accounting)

David Doyon came to SNHU in 2001 and is an assistant professor of accounting. Prior to SNHU, he worked as a controller, senior staff accountant and finance director and his research focuses on multinational corporations' management of translation exposure.

Prof. Doyon received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine in 1989 and his Master in Business Administration from SNHU in 1997. He is a licensed CPA.

Lisa Gerrish

Lisa Gerrish, CPA

Assistant Professor (Accounting)

Lisa joined SNHU in 2013 as an adjunct faculty member and is now an assistant professor of accounting. Prof. Gerrish’s classes taught include Intermediate Accounting I & II, Auditing, Advanced Auditing, and Professional Communication in Accounting. She also works as faculty advisor for student Accounting Internships. Before coming to SNHU, she worked as an Executive Financial Consultant, the CFO/VP for Business & Finance at Hiram College, and an SVP/Corporate Officer at Tech Data Corporation.

Prof. Gerrish is on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a Certified Public Accountant, received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her Master of Business Administration from the Executive MBA Program at Rollins College.

Jeremy Glines

Jeremy I. Glines

Instructor (Accounting)

Professor Jeremy Glines began his academic career as an adjunct professor in 2014 and is currently an Instructor of Accounting and Taxation. Prof. Glines brings with him a wealth of real-world experience, including several years as the Controller at Motostar Tire and Auto Products in Merrimack, NH, where he managed a team of five accounting department employees. Prof. Glines has also served as a tax auditor for H&R Block and Baker, Newman, Noyes, LLC, and as the Staff Accountant for Circle Company Associates and Snell Acoustics.

Prof. Glines is an SNHU alumnus, having earned both a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Business Administration from SNHU in 2005. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Daniel Murphy

Daniel J. Murphy, CPA

Assistant Professor (Accounting)

Dan joined the accounting faculty in the fall of 2016 as an assistant professor.  He was previously department chair of business studies in the Community College System of New Hampshire where he taught various accounting, finance and business courses.  In addition to his depth of teaching, he also has experience with curriculum development and program accreditation.

Before entering academia Prof. Murphy served in a variety of management and executive-level positions in technology-based manufacturing companies in accounting, finance, IT, and human resources.  He offers to his students a wealth of practical experience in a wide variety of accounting, financial reporting and tax accounting topics and he enjoys sharing it all.  He has particular interests in corporate tax accounting, financial transaction disclosures and accounting as a social science for all business students.  Prof. Murphy was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award at SNHU in his first year on the faculty.

At the Community College System of NH, Prof. Murphy received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching as well as the President’s Award for Community Service.

Prior to his teaching, Prof. Murphy held a variety of management and executive-level positions in industry ranging from staff auditor to chief financial officer.  He also owns his own consulting firm, Murphy & Associates, and is a part-time treasurer of a local health care company.  He has served on a variety of community boards and non-profit organizations.

Prof. Murphy received his Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Boston College.  He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire.

Michael Tasto

Dr. Michael Tasto

Interim Dean (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Michael Tasto is a professor of finance and economics. He served as department chair from 2012-2020. His primary research field of interest is urban and regional economic. Dr. Tasto received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. John’s University in 2001, his Master of Arts in Economics in 2006 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics in 2007 from Georgia State University. He has given numerous presentations and published journal articles including a co-authored article in Economic and Politics, ''Special Interest Group Formation in the US: Do Special Interest Groups Mirror the Success of their Spatial Neighbors?'' His current research projects include examining the spatial analysis of competition by states to recruit firms and the median voter hypothesis using non-parametric estimation.

Micheline West

Micheline West, CPA, CMA

Associate Professor (Accounting) | Co-Chair (Accounting)

Micheline joined SNHU as an adjunct professor in 1996 and a full time faculty member in 2014 as an associate professor of accounting. Prof. West has over 25 years of classroom and 35 years of accounting experience. West also works as a consultant providing CFO and bookkeeping services to small businesses. Prior to coming to SNHU, Prof. West was an accounting/finance professor and accounting program coordinator at Manchester Community College.

Prof. West received an Excellence in Teaching Award from SNHU in 2011, and Excellence in Advising Award from SNHU in 2020. Prof. West received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She also holds CPA and CMA designations.

Aviation

Kirk Kolenbrander

Dr. Kirk D. Kolenbrander

Interim Dean

Kirk Kolenbrander holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. He joins SNHU as Executive Vice President of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, continuing a long and distinguished career in higher education with a focus on student success.

Dr. Kolenbrander served the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 29 years, first as a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and then as a member of the senior administration. As Vice President in the Office of the President, he worked closely with the Institute’s senior academic leadership to implement MIT’s emerging initiatives. He oversaw MIT’s communications, marketing, and Institute events.

Kirk is the author of more than 30 academic publications, and has been awarded the MIT Baker Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the MIT Smith Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Student Life, and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He presently serves as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Kyle Viator

Kyle Viator

Associate Dean, CETA

Kyle Viator joined SNHU in 2010 and became the director of the Bradley Three-Year Honors Program in 2013. Since that time, he has served as director of Three-Year Business Programs and assistant dean of the School of Business. In 2018, he moved to the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, where he currently serves as the assistant dean of academics.

Viator has also gained significant teaching experience during his time at SNHU, both on campus and online. He has served as an instructor for Degree in Three senior capstone projects, taught a special topics course in global executive management, and taught online students about human relations in administration. Other on campus courses taught by Viator include Civic Engagement and Citizenship, Foundations of Management, and various general education milestone courses.

An alumnus of SNHU, Viator earned his BS in Business Administration before moving on to earn an MS in Organizational Leadership. He is currently a PhD candidate in International Business at SNHU, and plans to complete his degree soon. Viator is currently a member of the SNHU University College Leadership Team, as well a member of the advisory board for business programs at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.

Peter Wyman

Peter Wyman

Program Chair (Aviation), Assistant Professor

With over 10 years of experience teaching air traffic management and aviation management and 25 years of air traffic control and airfield management experience, Peter Wyman brings an incredible depth of knowledge to SNHU. His experience includes time as an assistant and associate professor at Daniel Webster College and time as an Air Force Representative to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Professor Wyman holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maine-Orono, as well as an M.S. in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. Among other qualifications, he is a member of the Association of CTI Schools and the Air Traffic Control Association, is an FAA Certified Control Tower Operator, and holds a Private Pilot Certificate.

Business Administration & Management

Innocentus Alhamis

Dr. Innocentus Alhamis

Assistant Professor (Management Science)

Dr. Innocentus Alhamis' relationship with SNHU dates back to 2008, when he first began serving as an instructor. Today Dr. Alhamis is an assistant professor of management science. Dr. Alhamis also served as an assistant professor within the Division of Business at River University in Nashua, NH, beginning in 2014. There, he taught courses on topics including international business, business analytics, risk management and decision making, managerial finance, and more, while also serving as the university's director of graduate programs. His teaching career also includes time as a teaching assistant at the International University of Japan and as a lecturer in the Open University of Tanzania.

Dr. Alhamis earned his Master of Arts in International Economics from the International University of Japan in 1999. His thesis was title "Effectiveness of Financial Liberalization: A Case Study of Financial Liberalization in Tanzania." He went on to earn his PhD in Financial Management from SNHU, with a dissertation title "Management of Capital in Worker-Owned Cooperatives: A Comparative Case Study of Food Co-ops."

Shauna Beaudin

Dr. Shauna A. Beaudin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Computer Information Systems)

An Assistant Professor of Information Technology in the CIT department, Dr. Beaudin joined SNHU in the fall of 2016. She brought with her over a decade of teaching experience, having spent time as an adjunct or part-time faculty member at schools ranging from Daniel Webster College and the New Hampshire Art Institute to the University of New Hampshire and even SNHU.

For years, Dr. Beaudin has served as a technology consultant, and brings to bear expertise in a variety of IT subjects. Her teaching topics include Accounting Information Systems, Telecommunications and Networking, Wireless Programming, and a host of different programming languages and web technologies.

Dr. Beaudin earned her PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Additional degrees earned by Dr. Beaudin include a BA in Business Administration and an MBA.

Christine Blais

Dr. Christine Blais

Associate Professor (Business Management)

Dr. Christine Blais is an Associate Professor in the Business Administration and Management department at Southern New Hampshire University. Her background in industry is in corporate training and development with an emphasis on sales effectiveness and coaching. Dr. Blais has taught at the undergraduate and masters levels and in two separate nationally recognized three year programs at SNHU, the Bradley Three-Year Honors program and College Unbound (an experiential learning, integrated studies degree program). Dr. Blais completed her doctorate in Leadership Studies in 2015.  Her doctoral research focused on a case study involving use of student-driven questions within individualized learning plans and the relationship to HERI’s Social Change Model of Leadership Development. She also has become certified through NSEE (National Society for Experiential Education), and was a presenter at the 2017 NSEE conference and co-founder of the Experiential Education Committee at SNHU. In June of 2018, Dr. Blais co-presented her work in constructing and teaching an interdisciplinary course at the International Conference for MOBTS (Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society) at Maynooth University in Ireland. Most recently, Dr. Blais has gone back to her roots in researching the use of student-constructed essential questions. Dr. Blais’ research interests include inquiry, authenticity, creativity, teamwork and integration of community business partners in higher education.

Steven Booth

Steven Booth

Professor (Business Law)

Steven Booth, J.D, is a professor of Business Law at SNHU. He is also an associate attorney at Soltani Law Office.

Prof. Booth is the former faculty advisor for the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society and the faculty advisor for the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He was chosen as Advisor of the Year in 2007.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Franklin Pierce College in 1990 and his Juris Doctor degree in law from Ohio Northern University in 1993.

Prof. Booth is a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the NH Bar Association and the VA Bar Association.

Charlotte Broaden

Dr. Charlotte B. Broaden

Professor (International Business)

Dr. Broaden is currently a professor in the Global Business and Leadership Department. She received her doctorate in International Business, with a concentration in Finance. Her current research focus is in international entrepreneurship, international trade, foreign direct investment, and management practices. She is particularly interested in foreign direct investments to African nations and has recently published in this area. She is also interested in the shifting patterns of foreign direct investments within emerging markets and the re-shoring by manufacturing firms. She also teaches a doctoral course in foreign direct investment.

Prior to her academic career, Dr. Broaden worked for several multinational firms where she was an executive managing international human resource activities as well as being a member of the company's strategic management team. In her last assignment she lived in Toronto, Canada for three years and managed operations in Canada and France. A key assignment was talent management and Dr. Broaden was responsible for recruiting and placing global talent.

Dr. Broaden holds the Certified Global Business Professional designation from NASBITE International, which is the qualification in Global Commerce and she is a member of the Foreign Direct Investment Association. She is a member of numerous trade and professional groups in her field.

She was awarded the coveted Fulbright Scholar in 2015-2016, spending a year teaching and conducting research at the University of Botswana. Additionally, she spent time teaching in both Dubai, UAE and Athens, Greece.

Leslie Campbell

Dr. Leslie A. Campbell D.A.

Associate Professor | Director, International Business PhD Programs

Dr. Leslie Campbell joined SNHU in 2017 as an assistant professor of Business Management and is also the Director of Business Doctoral Programs at SNHU, overseeing both the on campus and executive low-residency formats. Before joining SNHU she was an associate professor in the Business Department of Colby-Sawyer College. Dr. Campbell has also been an adjunct faculty member with St. Anselm College, Rivier University, and Franklin Pierce University. Her professional experience includes nearly 25 years in leadership roles in the human resources field, most recently as the President of Landon Associates LLC, a Human Resources consulting firm, and Vice President of Employee and Sales Services with the New Hampshire divisions of the Middleby Corporation.

Dr. Campbell is an active member of New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership (NHWHEL) since 2015 and currently serves as a board member. She is frequent participant of academic conferences presenting her research at both the Academy of Management (AOM) and locally at the Eastern Academy of Management. Dr. Campbell’s excellence in pedagogy has led to numerous publications including in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice. As an educator, she is well regarded by her students and peers, being nominated for the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award at SNHU.

Dr. Campbell holds a Doctor of Arts in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University, as well as an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Rivier University. She spent her undergraduate years at Assumption College, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology.

Tej Dhakar

Dr. Tej Dhakar

Professor (Management Science)

Dr. Tej Dhakar is Professor of Management Science. He joined SNHU in 1995 and teaches classes in Business Analytics, Management Science, Operations Management, and Project Management to undergraduate and graduate students. He also teaches advanced quantitative methods classes in the doctoral program and has assisted many students in their research.

Dr. Dhakar has earlier taught business students at the Institute of Management Technology and the University of Delhi in India and at the University of Alabama and West Virginia Institute of Technology. His business experience includes managing printing operations at the Times of India and the Tata Press Limited for nine years.

Dr. Dhakar received his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, his MBA from the University of Delhi, and his PhD in Management Science from the University of Alabama. While at the University of Alabama, he was selected for the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award and the Excellence in Research by a Doctoral Student Award by the University. He was also inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for Business. 

Dr. Dhakar is a life member of the Production and Operations Management Society and a member of the Project Management Institute® and the Decision Sciences Institute. He is also serving as the Secretary of the India Association of New Hampshire. Dr. Dhakar's current research interests include sales forecasting, multiple level lot sizing, anomalies in the behavior of the stock market, and mixed model assembly line sequencing. His research has been published in international journals including Computers and Operations Research, Advances in Business and Management Forecasting, Journal of Applied Economics, International Finance Review. Communications in Statistics, Benchmarking, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Japan Industrial Management Association, and Journal of Korean Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Faculty

Aysun Fiçici

Professor of International Business and Strategy

Dr. Fiçici is a Professor of International Business. She received her doctorate in International Business, with a concentration in Strategy. Her current research foci include political economy and globalization, international negotiations, regionalism, regional blocs and their trade relations, corporate governance and social responsibility, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and geopolitics and geostrategy. Dr.Ficici constantly engages in philanthropic activities and strives for educating the people of the world through her unlimited belief in intellectual propensity.

Megan Gassman

Dr. Megan T. Gassman

Assistant Professor (Business Management)

Dr. Megan Gassman first joined SNHU in 2010, serving as a graduate and research assistant and, later, adjunct instructor in the Sport Management program. In 2016, she became a lecturer in the SNHU International Business program, before taking on her current assistant professor role in Business Administration and Management. Her prior educational experience includes time as an assistant professor of Exercise & Sport Sciences at Colby-Sawyer College and as a substitute teacher in the Bedford School District. Dr. Gassman also serves as the Coordinator for the Business Core curriculum. She earned her BS in Sport Management from SNHU and remained with SNHU to complete her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management in 2011, and in 2017 she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in International Business as well. Dr. Gassman is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management and the Academy of International Business, and she has refereed numerous conference presentations throughout her career. Her work has been published in the Advanced Theory and Practice in Sports Marketing, 3rd Edition textbook.

Elizabeth Henley

Dr. Elizabeth Henley

Associate Professor (Computer Information Systems) | Co-Chair (Business Administration and Management)

An associate professor of Information Technology, Elizabeth joined SNHU in 2002 as a disability specialist and most recently held the position of associate director, assistive technology. Dr. Henley received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, her Bachelor of Arts and Humanities, and her Master of Education in Elementary education from SNHU and her Doctor of Education from Walden University. She currently serves on numerous SNHU committees including Center for Teaching and Learning, Assessment Alliance, Electronic Document Managing Committee, and mySNHU Governance. Henley is the group facilitator for Peer Connections/Social Skills Group, and the advisor for both the Anime and Film Club and the American Sign Language Club. Dr. Henley is certified in Elementary Education (K-8) and Special Education (K-12). Her research presentations include topics on assistive technology for students with disabilities and assistive technology for writing support for all students. Conference presentations include Henley, E., Hamilton, J., Luongo, E., & Hanley, L. (2013, November). What’s the next step?: Transitioning to post-secondary settings after high school.  Presented at the Learning Ally Parent Ally Webinar. Dr. Henley is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability – New England (AHEAD NE).

Sophia Koustas

Dr. Sophia Koustas

Assistant Professor (Business Management)

Assistant Professor Dr. Sophia Koustas, has been teaching at SNHU since 2010. Her professional experience includes nearly 20 years of experience as a leader, innovator, and connector in various sectors (local government, private, non-profit organizations) in the U.S. and abroad. The projects and collaborations she has been involved in have allowed her to travel to over 20 countries. She is fluent in the Greek language and has some knowledge in Spanish and German.

Dr. Koustas received her PhD in Business Administration with a specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University, her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University, and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and International Affairs at the University of New Hampshire.

Current projects, conference presentations, and research revolve around the development of t.e.a.m. (team-based experiential academic model), experiential education, entrepreneurship ecosystems, sustainability, leadership, IOP, human relations, and culture.

Dr. Koustas is co-founder of S.Mou.Th. (non-profit; Synergy of Music Theater), recipient of a European grant for Young Female Entrepreneurs which led to the creation of SK Boutique Agency in Greece (2011-2015), and elected member and advisor on several boards.

Lundy Lewis

Dr. Lundy Lewis

Professor (Computer Information Systems)

Dr. Lundy Lewis is a professor of Computer Information Systems. He is an expert in computer networking, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and robotics. A researcher for the U.S. Department of Defense, he brings 15 years of industry experience to the classroom. Lundy holds 37 U.S. patents and has published three books on telecommunications management. He has received research grants from Canada, Australia, and the US.

Lewis infuses his lectures with real-world examples and invites industry experts to help students prepare for information-systems careers. He teaches courses In AI, robotics, digital music, and technical innovation.

Recent Journal articles include “An Autonomous Robot-to-Group Exercise Coach at a Senior Living Community: A Study in Human-Robot Interaction.” International Journal of Artificial Life Research: Special Issue on Social Robotics. Volume 6, Issue 2, December 2016. Recent conference articles include “Social Robots as Reinforcement in Applied Behavior Analysis” and “A Comparison of NAO and Jibo in Child-Robot Interaction,” ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. March 2020, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Lewis earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctor of Philosophy focusing on Logic and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Georgia.

He was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Ottawa, Canada 2018 -- 2019. At SNHU, he was Chair of the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility (2013-2016), Chair of the Computer Information Technology Department (2005 – 2012), and Co-founder and Co-coordinator of the Game Design and Development program 2007 – 2012.

Susan Losapio

Dr. Susan Losapio

Professor (Business Management)

Along with being a Professor in the Business Administration and Management Department of the School of Business for Southern NH University, Susan Losapio owns a consulting business. Her areas of expertise are management development, presentation skills, organizational development, sales training, experiential education and change management. Losapio is also well versed in Restorative Practice and Team Mastery Coaching. In January of 2012 she earned a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a concentration in Learning Management. Losapio’s dissertation is titled “Women-Owned Small Businesses in the Service Industry in Southern New Hampshire”.

In the past Losapio has been an award winning salesperson, a recipient of the Mary Dumas Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award, a mentor for over 100 small business owners, and nominated for the Excellence in Teaching award 5 times. She brings with her over 37 years of knowledge working with businesses, top executives, and teams to help them develop and grow. Her co-authored case study about a student-run food truck, “Munchiez Food Truck”, is available through Ivey Publishing. Losapio received her Team Mastery Coach Certificate in June, 2020 from Akatemia in the United Kingdom.

Lowell C. Matthews

Dr. Lowell C. Matthews

Associate Professor (Business Management) | Director University Honors Program

Dr. Lowell Chris Matthews  joined SNHU in 2012 and serves as associate professor of Global Business and Leadership, lead of Project AIM, and director of the University Honors Program at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Delaware, a Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Argosy University. Prior to Matthews’ time at SNHU, he served as director of fundraising events for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and as an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University. His research interests include organizational culture, global leadership practices, and social justice and equity. In his role as faculty member at SNHU he is known for his experiential class delivery and project-based learning. In addition, each semester he hosts Study Break with Dr. Matthews, serves as the advisor to the Men’s Volleyball Club and is a member of the SNHU choir. He also serves in leadership roles for several national professional and nonprofit organizations including the Endowment for Health, New England Names Project, Granite State Gay Men’s Association and volunteers locally with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester. He is the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient and nominee for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.

Kishore Kumar Pochampall

Dr. Kishore Kumar Pochampally

Professor (Management Science)

Dr. Kishore Kumar Pochampally joined SNHU in 2005 as an assistant professor. Pochampally received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India. He has prior academic experience is as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. He holds graduate degrees (MS and PhD) in Industrial Engineering (Research focus: Operations and Supply Chain Management) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Kishore's research interests are in the areas of Supply Chain Design, Six-Sigma Quality Management, Quantitative Decision-making, and Reverse Logistics. He has authored several technical papers for international journals and conference proceedings, and his research work has been cited in technical papers worldwide by other researchers. He has published a book (with Taylor and Francis) titled, ''Strategic Planning Models for Reverse and Closed-loop Supply Chains.''

He was awarded the Best Paper Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2004 and the Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work, Laboratory for Responsible Manufacturing, Northeastern University in 2003.

Jonathan Posner

Jonathan Posner

Assistant Professor (Business Management)

Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership Jonathan Posner has had a lengthy relationship with Southern New Hampshire University. In addition to his current status as an assistant professor, Posner served as a visiting instructor to SNHU from 2013 to 2015, as well as an adjunct faculty member from 1981 to 2014.

Posner has served in a variety of positions outside the academic world, primarily in the human resources profession. He has worked as a human resources assistant for Triangle Credit Union, a human resources generalist for Northeast Rehab, a senior benefits administrator for the Lahey Clinic, and a human resources manager for W.R. Grace & Co. This allows Posner to speak to his students from a position of considerable experience, presenting organizational leadership concepts in a personal and practical way.

Posner has shown great interest in improving teaching styles, and even participated in SNHU's Teacher Enrichment Program, a program designed to help faculty members better understand the teaching techniques that resonate with millennial students. Posner holds a B.A. in Government from Boston University, and later earned a J.D. from Suffolk University.

Burt Reynolds

Dr. Burt Reynolds

Professor (Business Management)

An Organization Effectiveness practitioner with over thirty years of field experience both as an internal/external agent of change.

A former manager of Change Enablement at Arthur Andersen. Designed and led change management interventions for clients implementing Oracle & SAP technology enhancements. His expertise in executive coaching & mentoring supports line managers in aligning their organization structures, work flows, culture and human capital for competitive advantage.

Currently a professor at Southern NH University in Business Administration and Management department. His expertise is in leveraging human capital, organization development and training initiatives with core business units in order to successfully implement overall business strategy. Successfully applied contemporary human resource/organizational development methodologies and technology changes in a range of businesses and industries, including manufacturing, pulp & paper, high-tech, retail, and professional services.

Certifications:

  • Marshall Goldsmith- Stakeholder Centered Coaching 
  • Kolbe-Conative Behavioral Coach
  • Human Synergistic- Culture Practitioner
  • Prosci- Change Management Practitioner

Dr. Reynolds educational credentials:

  • Ed.D Human Resource Education at Boston University School of Education.
  • MBA with a concentration in Organization Development from Golden Gate University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Golden Gate University with a concentration in Organization Development.
Dawn Sime

Dr. Dawn Sime Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Business Management) | Co-Chair (Business Administration and Management)

Dawn Sime, Ph.D., has taught at Southern New Hampshire University for over a decade. She has been an adjunct professor in both the School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences, teaching organizational leadership strategies and skills since 2006. Among her academic activities she has developed new courses, written a paper "Profiling Generation Zers", and contributed to a published article on "Consumer Behavior."

Dawn has served as Adviser to the Saudi Club, and Delta Mu Delta.

As an educator, she is well regarded by her students and peers, being nominated for the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award at SNHU.

Dr. Sime has twenty years experience in the personnel industry. Her expertise in sales, management, human resource consulting, career development and team building. She has also facilitated management & leadership development training for executives, managers, and supervisors, leading workshops centered on Leadership Development, Human Resource Management, Management development, Decision Making and more.

Her professional affiliations include New Hampshire Women's Leadership Board of Directors, Society of Industrial Organization Psychology (SIOP), American Psychology Association (APA), Eastern Academy of Management, Association of Change Management Professionals and Academy of Management.

Dr. Sime holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. She has also earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from United States International University and a B.S. in Human Relations/Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

Michael Tasto

Dr. Michael Tasto

Interim Dean (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Michael Tasto is a professor of finance and economics. He served as department chair from 2012-2020. His primary research field of interest is urban and regional economic. Dr. Tasto received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. John’s University in 2001, his Master of Arts in Economics in 2006 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics in 2007 from Georgia State University. He has given numerous presentations and published journal articles including a co-authored article in Economic and Politics, ''Special Interest Group Formation in the US: Do Special Interest Groups Mirror the Success of their Spatial Neighbors?'' His current research projects include examining the spatial analysis of competition by states to recruit firms and the median voter hypothesis using non-parametric estimation.

Communications & Media Arts

Andrea Bard

Andrea Bard

Associate Professor

Andrea Bard has been an employee of SNHU since 1999.  Bard served as a visiting professor and received SNHU's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. She is an assistant professor in communication, media arts and technology. Bard also serves as coordinator for the communication major.

Bard received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Northern Michigan University in 1986 and her Master of Arts in Business & Organizational Leadership from Emerson College in 1987. Before being hired as an adjunct professor at SNHU, Bard held administrative positions including director of admission at Castle College and director of corporate relations at Franklin Pierce University.

In the community, Bard has served as director of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce as well as chair of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Collaborative.  She also develops and presents training programs and workshops on professional presentations, organizational communication, interviewing skills, and job search techniques. Clients include Globe Manufacturing, Nackey Loeb School of Communications, New Hampshire Networkers Group, and the Upper Valley Human Resources Association.  She is also certified in Professional Business Etiquette through the Etiquette Institute.

Jon Boroshok

Jon Boroshok

Lecturer

In 2011, Jon Boroshok joined SNHU as a full-time communications lecturer. Boroshok previously served as an adjunct instructor of marketing communications and public relations courses at Emerson College in Boston and Bentley University in Waltham, MA while continuing his 20-year career as a full-time public relations practitioner. At Bentley, he received the Curricular Service-Learning Faculty Award for 2009.

Boroshok received his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Emerson College and his Master in Business Administration in Marketing from Northeastern University.

Boroshok is also a journalist and freelance writer. He has written articles about the Olympics from a business perspective, including an article about sponsorship and athlete funding in a global economy, that were published in Newsweek and The Christian Science Monitor. Other articles and columns have appeared in The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, HSMAI Marketing Review, Crain Communications, SearchSecurity.com, TechLiving Magazine, ZDNet, CMP Publications, Mass High Tech, TechTarget, DM News, PRWeek, and more. His peer reviewed public relations tutorial appeared in The Journal of Hospitality & Leisure Marketing.

Boroshok has been listed as one of the ''Top Marketing Professors'' by Social Media Marketing Magazine each month from December 2010 through May 2012.

Edward Brillant

Edward Brillant

Instructor

Edward Brillant joined SNHU in 2012 as an instructor in the Game Development program, where his courses include creating game assets, building game environments, character animation, creature design, concept art and game interface design.

Brillant served more than 14 years in the 3D industry, most recently as Art Director at Seven45 Studios in Boston. He has nine published games, including iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 games and has also worked on children’s television shows (lead animator for ''A Very Wompkee Christmas,'' seen on ABC and PBS).

David Carrigg

David A. Carrigg

Assistant Professor of Game Programming

A Game Programmer and Instructor in the Communications department at SNHU, David Carrigg brings with him years of game design experience. Carrigg holds a number of game programming roles, including Lead Programmer at Robot Loves Kitty right here in Manchester, NH.

Games in Carrigg’s professional portfolio include both PC games such as Job Simulator and Upsilon Circuit and multi-platform releases like Snapshot. During his time at Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment in Mesa, AZ, Carrigg also served as the Lead Gameplay Engineer for Stargate Worlds, which was to be an MMORPG based on the long-running Stargate science fiction franchise.

Carrigg earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, and his undergraduate thesis concentrated on Creativity in Video Games.

Jonathon Dearborn

Jonathan Dearborn

Instructor, Game Programming

Jonathan Dearborn has been with SNHU in the area of game programming since 2015, creating and teaching courses such as Physics for Games and Scripting in C# using United3D. Prior to his time at SNHU, Dearborn was a high school physics teacher for Sanborn Regional High School, as well as a graduate teaching assistant in physics at the University of New Hampshire.

Dearborn's professional experience outside of teaching includes time spent with multiple video game developers, including DinoMage Games/Tricky Fast Studios, Disruptor Beam, and Muzzy Lane Software. Dearborn has worked on games including Star Trek Timelines and The Walking Dead: March to War and has released multiple apps across a range of platforms such as Google Play, iTunes, and the Amazon Appstore. 

Dearborn holds a B.A. in Physics with a minor in Math from the State University of New York at Potsdam, as well as a Master of Science in Physics from the University of New Hampshire.

Tracy Dow

Tracy Dow

Dept. Chair, Associate Professor

A lecturer of graphic design, Tracy Dow joined SNHU in 2008. Dow's courses taught include Design and Color Theory, Typography, Graphics and Layout Print Media, Advanced Digital Design, and Desktop Publishing. Dow is also the creative director and owner of Mosaic Communications where she provides freelance art direction and graphic design services to a variety of clients from high-tech, manufacturing and financial to start-ups and nonprofits.

Dow received her Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art from Notre Dame College, and her Master of Business Administration from Plymouth State University.

At SNHU, Dow prepares the annual student exhibition, Typographica, is the advisor to the Media and Design Club, advisor to the Family Fun Night Organization, and serves on the Game Design Search Committee.

Dow has served on the New Hampshire Creative Club Steering Committee since 1994.

David Humphreys

David Humphreys

Assistant Professor of Communication

David Humphreys joined SNHU in 2015 as an Instructor of Communication. Prior to SNHU, Humphreys taught at Emerson College. Courses taught include Foundations in Visual Media Art Production, Intermediate Film Production, and Digital Media Production. Humphreys is also a freelance video producer, editor, and web designer whose clients include Amp Agency, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Northeastern University.

Humphreys received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Master of Fine Arts in Media Art from Emerson College.

Selected filmography includes Dying of the Light (2015), Cinematographer/Camera Operator, Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend (2014), Editor/Title Design, and Blazing the Trail: The O’Kalems in Ireland (2013), Motion Graphics/Animation.

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Marlyn Tadros

Marlyn Tadros Ph.D.

Associate Professor

After nearly two decades with the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, MA, Dr. Marlyn Tadros joins Southern New Hampshire University’s Communications and Media Arts department as an associate professor. Dr. Tadros is the author of numerous books and research papers, including “A Social Media Approach to Higher Education,” and has served as a panelist and keynote speaker at many conferences on the internet, new technologies, censorship, and human rights issues.

Dr. Tadros earned her Ph.D. in Comparative English and American Literature from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, in 1997. She also possesses a Client/Server Certificate, earned from Clark University in Cambridge, MA, in 2000.

Louis Tammaro

Louis Tammaro

Instructor of Game Art

Louis Tammaro has enjoyed a successful career in the video game industry, working for companies including Tilted Mill Entertainment, Seven45 Studios, and Turbine/WB Games. He has worked on a number of titles, including Lord of the Rings Online, Infinite Crisis, Hinterland, SimCity Societies, and Caesar IV. He also contributed to the book Exploring Digital Cinematography.

Tammaro earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Montserrat College of Art. He has a working knowledge of a wide range of game engines, including Unreal Engine 3, Unity, Vision 7, and Torque Engine Advanced. Currently an Instructor, Tammaro has also served as a lecturer of game art at SNHU.

Harry Umen

Harry Umen

Professor

Harry Umen, an associate professor of communications at SNHU since 2002, helped pioneer digital design in the 1980s when he established one of the first academic desktop publishing programs in New England. In Umen's classes, students learn to use digital technology to translate their creative impulses into still images, animation, layouts and other commercially viable products.

Umen received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University and his Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University.

Umen has done numerous exhibitions including ''Harry Umen, New Work,'' McIninch Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, 2004 and ''Digital Creative Artists,'' Vutek, Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Meredith, NH, 2005.

Recent design awards and recognition include 2003 Best New Hampshire Education Website, NH.Com; 2003 Case Award, New York, NY, for Excellence in Magazine Design; Intellectual Property Bulletin, Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH.

Umen's work has been reviewed in publications such as Art New England, and TCI (Theatre Craft International). Read about Umen's experience in the in the Moda-Couture Olympiad Circus Fashion Show.

Computer Science

Barbara Bancroft

Barbara Bancroft Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Computer Science)

Dr. Barbara Bancroft joined SNHU in 2020. Previously, she was a professor of computer science at Nashua Community College, where she developed a cybersecurity degree. She also taught at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and New England College. She developed software for mobile devices at Puma Technology and worked on the space program at Mission Research Corp. Dr. Bancroft is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and she has held such positions as New Hampshire chair of IEEE Computer Society and New Hampshire chair of Women in Engineering. UML recognized her with an award for best practices in the online education.

Dr. Bancroft earned a Master of Business Administration in Information Technology at Western Governors University and a PhD at Case Western Reserve University.

Arana Fireheart

Arana Fireheart

Assistant Professor (Information Technology)

Arana Fireheart joins SNHU with over 20 years’ experience in the design, development and support of software and hardware systems. As an academic, he has taught for several private and community colleges throughout the Greater Boston area. He is also owner and president of Fireheart Software, Inc., a software development company building optimized coding solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, in addition to having owned a web development and tech support company.

Arana earned a B.E. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Engineering Concentration – the former from City College of New York; the latter from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is highly skilled in several programming languages, including Python, C++ and Django, as well as being a skilled embedded systems and IOT developer.

Bo Kim

Bo Kim Ph.D.

Department Chair (Computer Science), Professor

Former Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Daniel Webster College, Dr. Bo Kim possesses a wealth of experience in the computer science field. Dr. Kim has over two decades of both industrial experience, as Systems Architect at Lucent Technologies, and teaching experience, including time at Merrimack College and the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Kim earned a B.S. in Computer Science & Statistics from Chungnam National University in South Korea, as well as an M.S. in Statistics from the same institution. She also earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Kim is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery and the American Society for Engineering Education.

Kirk Kolenbrander

Dr. Kirk D. Kolenbrander

Interim Dean

Kirk Kolenbrander holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. He joins SNHU as Executive Vice President of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, continuing a long and distinguished career in higher education with a focus on student success.

Dr. Kolenbrander served the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 29 years, first as a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and then as a member of the senior administration. As Vice President in the Office of the President, he worked closely with the Institute’s senior academic leadership to implement MIT’s emerging initiatives. He oversaw MIT’s communications, marketing, and Institute events.

Kirk is the author of more than 30 academic publications, and has been awarded the MIT Baker Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the MIT Smith Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Student Life, and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He presently serves as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Kyle Viator

Kyle Viator

Associate Dean, CETA

Kyle Viator joined SNHU in 2010 and became the director of the Bradley Three-Year Honors Program in 2013. Since that time, he has served as director of Three-Year Business Programs and assistant dean of the School of Business. In 2018, he moved to the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, where he currently serves as the assistant dean of academics.

Viator has also gained significant teaching experience during his time at SNHU, both on campus and online. He has served as an instructor for Degree in Three senior capstone projects, taught a special topics course in global executive management, and taught online students about human relations in administration. Other on campus courses taught by Viator include Civic Engagement and Citizenship, Foundations of Management, and various general education milestone courses.

An alumnus of SNHU, Viator earned his BS in Business Administration before moving on to earn an MS in Organizational Leadership. He is currently a PhD candidate in International Business at SNHU, and plans to complete his degree soon. Viator is currently a member of the SNHU University College Leadership Team, as well a member of the advisory board for business programs at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.

Construction Management

Kirk Kolenbrander

Dr. Kirk D. Kolenbrander

Interim Dean

Kirk Kolenbrander holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. He joins SNHU as Executive Vice President of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, continuing a long and distinguished career in higher education with a focus on student success.

Dr. Kolenbrander served the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 29 years, first as a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and then as a member of the senior administration. As Vice President in the Office of the President, he worked closely with the Institute’s senior academic leadership to implement MIT’s emerging initiatives. He oversaw MIT’s communications, marketing, and Institute events.

Kirk is the author of more than 30 academic publications, and has been awarded the MIT Baker Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the MIT Smith Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Student Life, and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He presently serves as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Nathaniel St Jean

Nathaniel St. Jean

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator (Construction Management)

Nathaniel St. Jean is an assistant professor in SNHU’s Construction Management program in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics. St. Jean is a registered architect with over 10 years of experience in design and construction. His recent work includes time spent as the head of operations/architect for Caveney Architects and as a project manager/field architect for GreenEdge Builders. St. Jean also founded the company TECTONICA in 2017.

St. Jean earned both his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and his Master of Architecture degrees from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is currently a full member of both the American Institute of Architects and the New Hampshire American Institute of Architects, as well as a board member for the EPiC Leadership Team, a general member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a licensing advisor for the NCARB.

Learn more about St. Jean in this faculty Q&A.

Kyle Viator

Kyle Viator

Associate Dean, CETA

Kyle Viator joined SNHU in 2010 and became the director of the Bradley Three-Year Honors Program in 2013. Since that time, he has served as director of Three-Year Business Programs and assistant dean of the School of Business. In 2018, he moved to the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, where he currently serves as the assistant dean of academics.

Viator has also gained significant teaching experience during his time at SNHU, both on campus and online. He has served as an instructor for Degree in Three senior capstone projects, taught a special topics course in global executive management, and taught online students about human relations in administration. Other on campus courses taught by Viator include Civic Engagement and Citizenship, Foundations of Management, and various general education milestone courses.

An alumnus of SNHU, Viator earned his BS in Business Administration before moving on to earn an MS in Organizational Leadership. He is currently a PhD candidate in International Business at SNHU, and plans to complete his degree soon. Viator is currently a member of the SNHU University College Leadership Team, as well a member of the advisory board for business programs at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.

ESL

Rita Naughton

Rita Naughton

Associate Professor

An assistant professor of TESOL since 2012, Dr. Rita Naughton began at SNHU as an adjunct professor in the ESL program. Other recent teaching posts have been at the University of Massachusetts on both the Boston and Lowell campuses. Research interests include the intersection of literary and language capacity as is reflected in her doctoral dissertation: ''Metacognition, Writing Strategies and Learning Styles in the ESL College Writing Classroom.''

Naughton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish and a Master in Education in Secondary English, Middle School English and English as a Second Language from University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Communication from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies of Biola University.

Naughton carries New Hampshire certifications in English Education (5-12) and English for Speakers of Other Languages. She is a native speaker of Portuguese, and she has taught Spanish at the high school and college levels.

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Rosemary Orlando

Rosemary Orlando

Professor

Dr. Rosemary Orlando joined SNHU in 1994 and is a professor of TESOL in the Institute for Language Education. Rosemary has been a visiting professor at Vietnam National University in Hanoi for the past four and a half years traveling back and forth between Vietnam and the U.S. numerous times each year to teach courses onsite to Vietnamese English language teachers as part of a joint master's degree program. She also serves as a liaison between SNHU and VNU MS TEFL program administrators.

Orlando received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Providence College, her Master of Education in English as a Second Language from Rhode Island College, and her Doctor of Education from Argosy University, Sarasota, Florida.

Orlando's professional memberships include TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) where she served as Chair of the TESOL Awards Committee and is a frequent presenter at the annual international convention, IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), and NNETESOL (Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) where she previously served as President.

Presentations include April 2012, Qatar TESOL, Doha, Qatar, ''Teacher Trainers as Motivators for Effective Cultural Development,'' March 2012 TESOL International Convention Philadelphia, PA, ''Building Community: Culturally Responsive Approaches in Innovative EFL Teacher Education,'' May 2011 Hanoi Academy for Journalism & Communication – Faculty of Foreign Languages - Hanoi, Vietnam, ''New Ways of Teaching English Teachers in Vietnam,'' and May 2011 Hanoi Economic & Technology University, Hanoi, Vietnam,''Approaches in Vietnamese English Language Teaching Techniques.''

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Lliej Schwartz

Lleij Schwartz

Associate Professor of TESOL

An assistant professor of TESOL, Lleij Schwartz joined SNHU in 2008 as an adjunct professor and most recently served as a visiting assistant professor of TESOL. Courses taught include English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and American Culture in the Intensive English Program (IEP).

Research Interests include Intensive English Programs, TESOL in Higher Education, Educational Leadership in TESOL, Needs Analysis, and Second Language Acquisition and Adult Learners.

Schwartz received his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and his Master of Arts in Teaching in English and ESOL from the University of New Hampshire. 

Economics & Finance

Bulent Aybar

Dr. Bülent Aybar

Professor (Finance)

Dr. Bülent Aybar is a professor of international finance and a Fulbright US Scholar. Dr. Aybar’s main teaching and research interests are in international corporate finance, international business, and emerging markets. His current research work includes empirical analysis of various aspects of emerging market multinationals, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and risk management in Emerging Market context. His doctoral level teaching focuses on Multinational Corporate Finance, Economic Reform, and Growth in Emerging Markets.

Dr. Aybar is an active researcher and frequent participant in academic and professional forums in his field. His publications appeared in refereed journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Multinational Business Review, Emerging Markets Review, and International Review of Financial Analysis.  Dr. Aybar is a member of Academy of International Business, European International Business Academy and, European Finance Association.  Dr. Aybar regularly serves as a referee for journals such as Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Global Finance Journal, Multinational Finance Journal, Emerging Markets Review, Journal of International Business Studies, International Business Review, Journal of World Business, European Management Review and Thunderbird Review of International Business. Dr. Aybar has taught at Harvard Summer School, Augsburg University of Applied, Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, US Business School in Prague Azerbaijan State University of Economics, and Istanbul University. He regularly teaches short seminars in graduate programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Steven Gallaher

Dr. Steven Gallaher

Associate Professor (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Steven Gallaher is an associate professor of finance and economics. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1990, his Master of Business Administration in Finance in 1999 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Finance from University of Texas at Austin in 2011.

Mahboubul Hassan

Dr. Mahboubul Hassan

Professor (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Mahboubul Hassan joined SNHU in 1985 and is a professor of Finance and Economics. Prior to SNHU, Dr. Hassan was an assistant professor at the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, Bangladesh. Dr. Hassan worked as a consultant for UNICEF and as a program officer for the United Nations Development Program.

Dr. Hassan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Dhaka University, Bangladesh, his Master of Arts in Political Economy from Boston University and his Doctor of Business Administration in Management from Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

In 2015, Dr. Hassan was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, for the Advancement and support of Education Award for U.S. Professors of the year.  In that same year, he was nominated for Southern New Hampshire University’s Excellence in Advising Award. In 2000, Dr. Hassan received SNHU’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He was nominated in 2000 for an Edie’s Award (NH’s Excellence in Teaching for Higher Education).

Dr. Hassan has numerous publications and presentations including, ''Food Security and Climate Change in Bangladesh'' (with Ahmadul Hassan, Anushila Mazumder and Tamim Al Hossain) to be presented at Climate Change Seminar in 2012; ''Efficacy of Policies and the Claremont Lawsuit in the State of New Hampshire,'' presented at the Oxford Round Table, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, England, July 2007; and ''Trade Balances, Economic Growth and Linkages to Multinational Business Foreign Direct Investment to Asia'' (with Massood Samii), presented and included in the Proceedings of the Academy of International Business Northeast 2001 Conference at the University of Scranton, PA, June 2001.

Dr. Hassan is a member of the Academy of International Business. An active member of the community, he received the State of New Hampshire Dr. Martin Luther King Peace Award in 2007.

Bo Liu

Dr. Bo Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Bo Liu is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Southern New Hampshire University. He holds an LL.B. at School of Law from Peking University in China before he earned his M.S. in International Business from SNHU. He also received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is bilingual, fluent in both English and Mandarin. He teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, International Economics, Public finance at SNHU.

His research interests focus on the interaction among Environmental Economics, Labor Economics, Urban Economics, and Behavioral Economics. His current research projects include blending environmental, economic in an examination of the connection between climate change and labor productivities and a filed experiment to examine the Dunning-Kroger Effect in the intro-level Economics classes. His research has been published in the Journal of Urban Economics and Southwestern Economics Review.

Email: b.liu@snhu.edu

Gregory Randolph

Dr. Gregory Randolph

Professor (Finance and Economics) | Department Chair (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Greg Randolph is a Professor of Economics at Southern New Hampshire University. He received his bachelor's degree in finance with an economics minor at Grove City College in Grove City, PA. He completed his Ph.D. in economics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.

His primary research field of interest is public economics. Greg's current research projects include examining the impact of federal regulations, evaluating the criminal justice system, and exploring the use of media to teach introductory economics courses. Previous research projects include examining the voter initiative process, special interest group activity, and price discrimination. Recent publications include articles in the Journal of Institutional Economics, Business and Politics, and Economics and Politics. He is also the co-editor of Entrepreneurial Action, Public Policy, and Economic Outcomes (Edgar Elgar, 2014) and Public Policy, Productive and Unproductive Entrepreneurship (Edward Elgar, 2017) with Robert Salvino and Michael Tasto.

Michael Tasto

Dr. Michael Tasto

Interim Dean (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Michael Tasto is a professor of finance and economics. He served as department chair from 2012-2020. His primary research field of interest is urban and regional economic. Dr. Tasto received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. John’s University in 2001, his Master of Arts in Economics in 2006 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics in 2007 from Georgia State University. He has given numerous presentations and published journal articles including a co-authored article in Economic and Politics, ''Special Interest Group Formation in the US: Do Special Interest Groups Mirror the Success of their Spatial Neighbors?'' His current research projects include examining the spatial analysis of competition by states to recruit firms and the median voter hypothesis using non-parametric estimation.

Gary Tripp

Dr. Gary Tripp

Associate Professor (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Gary Tripp has been with SNHU since 1996 and previously taught in the Department of Economics at The College of the Holy Cross.

Dr. Tripp received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Nichols College, his Master in Arts in Economics from Pennsylvania State University and his Doctor of Philosophy from Clark University.  His areas of academic interest include macroeconomics and public finance. Dr. Tripp's teaching responsibilities at SNHU include graduate-level economics and finance courses. He has also served as chairperson of the Department of Finance and Economics from 1999-2012.

Dr. Tripp is a member of the American Economics Association and the American Finance Association.

Publications include, Tripp, G. (2005). "Balance of Trade of the United States" (2nd edition) Encyclopedia of Business and Finance.

Education

Jennifer Carrobis

Jennifer Lee Carrobis

Associate Professor

Before joining SNHU in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education/Math, Jennifer Carrobis taught elementary and middle school mathematics for over a decade. Her experience brought her to the Hooksett School district, the Manchester School District, and the Bedford School District, where she taught students from grades K-8 over the years.

Carrobis has served as a member of the STEM Committee at Cawley Middle School, where she was also the 2015 Summer School Coordinator, underlining her dedication to going above and beyond the call of duty.

Carrobis earned her B.S. in Marketing from the Pennsylvania State University in 1986, and followed it by earning an M.B.A. in marketing from Fordham University in 1995. She is Middle School Mathematics certified in the state of New Hampshire.

Merrill Degraff

Merrill DeGraff

Assistant Professor of Education

Merrill DeGraff is an assistant professor in the School of Education at SNHU. She spent 2017 as a professional development associate within the Columbia University Teacher's College after years teaching at High Tech Elementary North County, the University of San Diego, and the San Diego Cooperative Charter School. Her teaching experience dates back to 1996, when she first began teaching at Montgomery Middle School.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from San Diego University in 1996, DeGraff went on to earn her master's degree in STEM Curriculum Design from Concordia University in 2016. She is currently working toward her EdD in Science Education at the Columbia Teacher's College, and expects to complete her studies in 2021.

Elizabeth Feingold

Elizabeth Feingold

Assistant Professor of Education

Elizabeth Feingold is an assistant professor in the School of Education at SNHU. She has spent her career teaching in New Hampshire, with time at Kearsarge Regional High School, Kearsarge Regional Middle School, and Kearsarge Regional Elementary School dating back to 1984. Throughout her career, she has largely specialized in special education.

Feingold earned her Bachelor of Arts from Kirkland/Hamilton College in 1978 before earning her Master of Education in Special Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities from Keene State College in 1983. Most recently, she has worked as a NH Department of Education Adult Diploma Mentor, special education consultant and advocate, columnist for Parenting NH Magazine, and student teacher supervisor and adjunct professor at SNHU.

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Cara Procek

Cara Procek Ed.D.

Dept. Chair, Graduate Programs / Associate Professor, School of Education at SNHU

Cara Procek has been an educator for twenty-three years. Her career has spanned many grades and subjects including positions at the elementary level, middle school language arts, reading specialist, high school English, adult education, curriculum administration and college teaching. In 2007, she accepted a position in Bedford, New Hampshire as a district curriculum coordinator responsible for language arts and social studies in grades K-8. She remained in this position for four years. Cara currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Southern New Hampshire University where she is responsible for teaching elementary education courses including general courses and those focused on literacy. Cara received a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration, all from the University of New Hampshire, and holds a Doctorate in Curriculum Leadership from Northeastern University. On a personal note, Cara has been married for twenty-one years to her husband Mike Procek and is the proud mother of three children, Kathleen, Zachary and Nathaniel.

Audrey Green Rogers

Audrey Green Rogers Ed.D.

Dept. Chair, Undergraduate Programs / Professor

Audrey Rogers is a Professor in the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. She teaches courses in educational technology, secondary methods, and qualitative research. She is a founding member of the New Hampshire IHE Network, a nonprofit consortium comprised of all the educator preparation programs in the state. She is a local and national presenter and has authored several Jackdaw Primary Source Kits, Cooperative Learning Basics, and numerous articles. Certified in social studies (grades 5-12) and as a technology integrator (K-12), she began her teaching career in high school social studies. She received her bachelor's degree in History from Tufts University. She holds a master's degree in History from the University of NH/Durham and a master's degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, and an Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning from Rivier University. Her current research focuses on performance based assessments in teacher preparation.

Colleen Tapley

Colleen Tapley

Associate Professor

Colleen Tapley brings over a decade of teaching experience to the SNHU School of Education. An Assistant Professor of Special Education, she has years of experience in the field, including significant time spent as a special education teacher in Billerica Public Schools.

In her teaching career, Tapley has attended a wide variety of teaching workshops to improve her ability to connect with her students and further their learning potential. She has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, often choosing to lead weekend and after-school classes, events, and evaluations.

Tapley earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Rivier College in Nashua, NH, in 2007, along with her BA in Elementary/Special Education in 2002. She expects to earn her Ed.D. in Education and Leadership from River University in 2016.

Mary Westwater

Mary Westwater

Associate Professor

Mary Westwater has served as an associate professor at SNHU, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education for pre- and in-service teachers. She has traveled to New Zealand on two separate six-month sabbaticals where she investigated all aspects of literacy and taught seminars at the Wellington College of Education. Prior to coming to SNHU, she served as the curriculum coordinator and a classroom teacher at the middle school level.

Westwater received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Jersey City State College and her Master in Education from William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ. She holds certifications in Elementary Education, Reading and Writing Specialist, ESOL. She serves on various committees, such as: co-chair of Academic Policy Committee, Faculty Senate, Common Book Committee, Scholastic Standing and TEAC Steering Committee.

Linda Whitmore

Linda Whitmore

Assistant Professor of Education

Linda Whitmore is an Assistant Professor of Education in SNHU's School of Education. She joins the university with decades of elementary school teaching experience, including time as a director/preschool teacher at Tollhouse Preschool in Merrimack, NH, and as a third grade classroom teacher and certified instructor at Gossler Park Elementary in Manchester, NH.

Whitmore holds a B.S. in Child and Family Studies with a minor in French from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Southern New Hampshire University. Her volunteer and committee work is extensive, and underscores her dedication to elementary education opportunities.

Engineering

Jennifer Gorczyca

Jennifer Gorczyca D.Eng.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Jennifer Gorczyca was most recently at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, serving as lecturer and the associate chair for undergraduate studies in the mechanical engineering department. She was previously a senior engineer in the computational and statistical sciences group at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, SC.  Her research in the areas of composite material forming and predictive finite element modeling has been published in various academic journals, and she contributes subject matter expertise to a leading publisher of engineering textbooks.

Dr. Gorczyca earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Lowell. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

David Guo

David Guo Ph.D.

Department Chair (Engineering), Associate Professor (Aeronautical Engineering)

Dr. David Guo brings with him over a decade of teaching experience, most recently at Daniel Webster College, as well as years of experience in the private sector as an aerospace design engineer for the Beijing Electronic System Engineering Institute. Over the years, he has served as an advisor for the Nashua Technical Center, a judge at VEX Robotics, and an appraiser at several FLL Robotics competitions.

Dr. Guo earned both a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology in China before earning a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics/Aerospace from Old Dominion University. Dr. Guo is a member of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Kirk Kolenbrander

Dr. Kirk D. Kolenbrander

Interim Dean

Kirk Kolenbrander holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. He joins SNHU as Executive Vice President of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, continuing a long and distinguished career in higher education with a focus on student success.

Dr. Kolenbrander served the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 29 years, first as a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and then as a member of the senior administration. As Vice President in the Office of the President, he worked closely with the Institute’s senior academic leadership to implement MIT’s emerging initiatives. He oversaw MIT’s communications, marketing, and Institute events.

Kirk is the author of more than 30 academic publications, and has been awarded the MIT Baker Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the MIT Smith Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Student Life, and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He presently serves as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Jennifer McInnis

Jennifer McInnis

Assistant Professor (Mechanical Engineering)

Before joining SNHU, Jennifer McInnis taught at Daniel Webster College from 2014 to 2016. She also enjoyed a previous stint with Daniel Webster as an engineering project lead and several years as a teaching assistant with Worcester Polytechnic Institute. McInnis also has a strong track record within the engineering industry, having spent time as a manufacturing engineering technician with UltraSource, Inc.

McInnis holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Daniel Webster College and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, as well. She is a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators and the Society of Women Engineers.

Reza Moghimi

Reza Moghimi D.Sc.

Assistant Professor (Electrical Engineering)

Dr. Reza Moghimi has taught at Daniel Webster College, Stonehill College, The George Washington University, and the Khaled Nasir Toosi University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, where he was the Chairman of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1993 to 1995. He has also managed the network design group in the Informatics Service Corporation (ISC), a company used a VSAT network for banking automation in Iran, incorporating more than thirty years of academic and industrial experience.

Dr. Moghimi has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Telecommunication College in Tehran, Iran, and earned both an M.S. and D.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Peter Rosner

Peter Rosner

Associate Professor (Aeronautical Engineering)

Prof. Rosner is an aeronautical engineer with extensive experience in industry and education. He earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now known as the Polytechnic Institute of New York), was a senior flight test engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corp working on testing F-15 and F-18 fighter aircraft, led testing of the USAF Sensor Fused Weapon with Textron Defense Systems, and directed the Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) integration and test program at Raytheon.

Before coming to SNHU, Prof. Rosner taught Aeronautical Engineering at Daniel Webster College for six years. His teaching experience also includes a prior stint as a lecturer in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel.

Mohammad Sadraey

Mohammad Sadraey Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Aeronautical Engineering)

Dr. Sadraey has over 20 years of teaching experience at institutions including Daniel Webster College, the University of Kansas, and Queensland University of Technology in Australia. His non-academic experience includes time as a mechanical engineer with Tehran Airport in Tehran, Iran, and as an aerospace design engineer with Hoobareh Engineering Company.

Dr. Sadraey has M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and completed a PostDoc program applying a Neural Networks Scheme to UAVs for full autonomy. Dr. Sadraey has authored five books, including Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach, Unmanned Aircraft Design, and Aircraft Performance. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society for Engineering Education, and Sigma Gamma Tau. Dr. Sadraey is the guest editor of the Journal of Aerospace special issue on aircraft design.

Kyle Viator

Kyle Viator

Associate Dean, CETA

Kyle Viator joined SNHU in 2010 and became the director of the Bradley Three-Year Honors Program in 2013. Since that time, he has served as director of Three-Year Business Programs and assistant dean of the School of Business. In 2018, he moved to the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, where he currently serves as the assistant dean of academics.

Viator has also gained significant teaching experience during his time at SNHU, both on campus and online. He has served as an instructor for Degree in Three senior capstone projects, taught a special topics course in global executive management, and taught online students about human relations in administration. Other on campus courses taught by Viator include Civic Engagement and Citizenship, Foundations of Management, and various general education milestone courses.

An alumnus of SNHU, Viator earned his BS in Business Administration before moving on to earn an MS in Organizational Leadership. He is currently a PhD candidate in International Business at SNHU, and plans to complete his degree soon. Viator is currently a member of the SNHU University College Leadership Team, as well a member of the advisory board for business programs at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.

English

Crystal Bickford

Crystal Bickford

Associate Professor

Crystal Bickford is an Associate Professor of English at SNHU. Crystal's courses include Fundamentals of Writing, College Composition, Business Communication, and Sophomore Seminar.

Bickford received her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and her Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

At SNHU, Bickford serves on the General Education Implementation Task Force and the Assessment Committee.

Current professional memberships include Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA), Writing Program Administrators (WPA), International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW) and the National Association of Developmental Education.

Bickford's international contributions include, Bickford, Crystal. "Developing a Writing Consultants Program: Challenges for the Teacher, Tutor, and/or Administrator." Workshop conducted at the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, 2011, Limerick, Ireland.

Bickford's numerous publications include, Bickford, Crystal. "Outside Looking In: Taking the Risk of Trading Autonomy in the Short-Term to Achieve Centrality in the Long-Term." "Marginal Words, Marginal Work?" Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers. William J. Macauley, Jr. and Nicholas Mauriello, Eds. Published as part of the Hampton Press series on Composition and Literacy. March 2007.  "Marginal Words, Marginal Work?" won the "Best Research Publication" from the International Writing Center Association (IWCA) -- Presented at CCCC; New Orleans, LA; April 2008

Bickford received the Outstanding Contributions to Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE) President’s Recognition in 2000 and 2010, served as vice president and later president of the organization.

Susan Cook

Susan Cook

Department Chair (English), Associate Professor

An SNHU faculty member since 2011, Dr. Susan Cook is an associate professor of English. Her classes include 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century British literature; gender studies; and composition. She is the current Coordinator of the Literature Program.

Cook received her BA and MA in English Literature from Boston College and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before arriving at SNHU, she taught at Bemidji State University and the University of South Florida.

She is the President of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the Treasurer of the Dickens Society. She has published on Dickens in Dickens Studies Annual, The Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, Pedagogy, and Nineteenth Century Studies, and has authored the review essay, “Recent Dickens Studies: 2017,” for DSA. She is currently co-editing a collection of essays on kink. Her book, Victorian Negatives: Literary Culture and the Dark Side of Photography in the Nineteenth Century, is forthcoming in August 2019 from SUNY Press.

Cook is a 2011 recipient of SNHU's Faculty Center Teaching with Technology Innovation Award as well as a finalist in 2014 and 2016 for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Allison Cummings

Allison Cummings

Professor

An associate professor of English, Dr. Allison Cummings joined SNHU in 2002. Courses taught include American Literature, Black Literary Tradition, Poetry Writing Workshop and first-year composition.

Cummings received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Reed College, her Master of Arts in English Literature and her Doctor of Philosophy in 20th Century American and British Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cummings has published poetry and articles on poetry in journals such as Passages North, The Literary Review, and Contemporary Literature. She has also published nonfiction essays in EarthSpeak Magazine online.

Cummings has edited literary magazines, including Amoskeag: the Journal of SNHU and The Madison Review. She is currently the faculty advisor for SNHU's student literary journal, The Manatee.

Bradfield Dittrich

Bradfield E. Dittrich Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

With a Ph.D. in English and a concentration in Composition Studies from the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Bradfield Dittrich joins SNHU with an extensive background in writing literature. Dr. Dittrich also possesses an M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric from Salisbury University and earned his B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Before joining SNHU, Dr. Dittrich spent five years as a graduate instructor at the University of New Hampshire, where he oversaw writing courses including Persuasive Writing, Technical Writing, and Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing. He has also served as a guest lecturer in graduate-level seminars and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire Manchester, Granite State Community College, and Prince George’s Community College. He also spent several years as the Assistant Director of UNH’s First Year Writing Program and several more as the Associate Director of the Connors Writing Center at UNH.

Sara Howe

Sara Howe

Associate Professor

Sara Howe joined SNHU in 2013 as an assistant professor of English. Howe came from the University of Arizona where she was a highly involved graduate associate teacher, receiving numerous grants and awards. Howe received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT; her Master of Arts in English from Trinity College, Hartford CT; and her Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. Howe has curriculum and course development experience, editorial experience and has presented at several conferences.

Her dissertation, "(De)Compose, Shape-Shift, and Suture: Toward a Monstrous Rhetoric of Fan Compositions," studies fan fiction, vids, visual-spatial compositions, and other "fannish" transformative works as articulations of a monstrous rhetoric. In addition to fan studies, her research interests include composition theory and pedagogy, feminist rhetorics, new media, rhetoric in popular culture, and psychoanalytic theory. Her publications include "Teams, Tears, and Testimonials: A Rhetorical Reading of the Twilight Time Capsule," which will appear in Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History (2013).

Jeanne Hughes

Jeanne Hughes

Associate Professor

An associate professor of English, Dr. Jeanne Hughes began as an adjunct instructor in 1993 before joining the full time faculty in 2014.  Courses taught include Fundamentals of Writing, College Composition, Sophomore Seminar, The Literary Imagination, World Mythology, and The English Language.  Dr. Hughes was a finalist for the SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019.

Hughes’s research focuses on creating readers, teaching writing through story, and using literacy narratives to increase student metacognition.  She has given various conference presentations on teaching practices.  Publications include “Learning Skills that Transfer:  Using Class Conferences to Teach Critical Thinking” (2017) in The Journal of Student Success in Writing, “Building Classroom Community through Collaboration” (2017) in Idiom Online and “How Gender and Racial Identity Development Informs White Women Teachers” (2013) in Rivier: Insight Academic Journal.

Hughes received her Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching, and her M.A.T. in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire, Durham and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Learning from Rivier University, Nashua.

Hughes’s professional affiliations include American Educational Research Association, College Reading and Learning Association, Learning Assistance Association of New England, National Council for Teachers of English, National Organization for Student Success, and TESOL International Association.

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

David Swain

David Swain

Professor

Teaching at SNHU since 2007, Dr. David Swain is an associate professor specializing in Renaissance British literature. Swain received an SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award nomination in 2010. His research is in early modern medicine, renaissance comedy and English social history.  Courses taught include Shakespeare, Literary Theory, British Literature: 1500-1800, World Literature I and Introduction to Poetry.

Swain holds a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Nazarene College, a Master of Arts from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts.

Professional associations include Shakespeare Association of America, Renaissance Society and the Modern Language Association.

Swain has edited "The Routledge Encyclopedia of Tudor England," (2001, 2011) and "Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for the Broadview Anthology of British Literature Editions," (2011). Book chapters include "'Notlernyd in physike': Thomas Elyot, the Medical Humanists, and Vernacular Medical Literature," which was published in "Renaissance Historicisms," edited by James M. Dutcher and Anne Lake Prescott. Swain reviews for Kritikon Litterarum and has written numerous encyclopedia articles.

Kristina Wright

Kristina Wright

Associate Professor

Kristina Wright joined SNHU in 2013 as an assistant professor of English.  Prior to SNHU, Wright taught at Bentley University in the Expository Writing program and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in the Critical Reading and Writing program where she received extensive teaching experience in composition and rhetoric, critical reading and writing, and oral communication. She has expertise in college writing assessment and learning outcomes.

Wright’s publications include “How am I doing in this class?” Student Self-Assessment in College Writing,” forthcoming in the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Innovative Teaching (CIT) journal, and “Entertain Me, Please!” The Uses (and Abuses) of Media and Technology in the College of Writing Classroom,” an article for submission to the Journal of College Composition and Communication. She has participated in numerous writing and literature conference presentations, and is also a published poet.

Wright received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and her Master of Arts in English and Doctor of Philosophy in English from Tufts University, where she taught composition and rhetoric in its First-Year Writing program.

Humanities

Charles Andrews

Charles Andrews

Associate Professor

Charles joined SNHU in 2013 as an assistant professor of history. Prior to SNHU, he was a visiting assistant professor of history at Transylvania University.

Andrews received several scholarships and awards including the Luce Foundation/ASIA network Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA.

Publications include “Nittsu’s Company History as a Guide to the Early Modern Origins of Japan’s Modern Communications, Shashi: Journal of Japanese Business History (December 2012).

Andrews’ research interests include Social History of Early Modern and Modern Japan, Business and Communications History of Japan and History of Education in Japan.

Professional memberships include the Association for Asian Studies and the Early Modern Japan Network.

Kiki Berk

Kiki Berk

Associate Professor

Dr. Kiki Berk joined SNHU as an assistant professor of philosophy in 2012 after teaching for two years at Indiana University South Bend. She has developed two new courses at SNHU (Death and the Meaning of Life; Happiness and the Good Life) and co-developed a third (Food and Culture). In addition to these, she has taught Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Critical Thinking, and Religions of the World. In 2015, she was a finalist for SNHU’s Excellence in Teaching award.

Kiki was educated at the VU University Amsterdam, earning a Propedeuse cum laude (2001), an M.A. cum laude (2005), and a Ph.D. (2010)—all in philosophy. She was a visiting student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Notre Dame in 2005-2006 and Spring 2009.

Kiki’s current research interests include value theory (especially happiness), analytic existentialism (especially the meaning of life), and the philosophy of death. She has given numerous conference presentations and published a number of articles, book chapters, and book reviews.

Kiki is the Coordinator of the BA in Liberal Arts, a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, and a member of the University Committee on the Faculty.

Kiki’s professional affiliations include the International Association for Philosophy of Death and Dying, the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, the North American Sartre Society, New England Public Philosophers, and the Northern New England Philosophical Association.

Learn more about Berk in this faculty Q&A.

Rick Cook

Rick Cook

Director of Music / Instructor

Rick Cook was appointed full-time music lecturer at Southern New Hampshire University in the fall of 2008. During his short time at SNHU, the performing music program has grown from one ensemble to 14 and academic offerings have increased from one music appreciation course to a music minor and a music education major. Cook has taught music history, music theory, composition, jazz combo, concert band, orchestra, brass choir, rock band, concert chorus, chamber choir and music education courses at SNHU.

Cook is ABD from a Ph.D. in instrumental conducting/music education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied with Dr. Frank Battisti, one of the world’s leading experts in wind conducting. As a doctoral assistant, Cook served as an assistant conductor for the UMass Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band and Marching Band, and observed student teachers. In 2005, he completed a master's degree in wind conducting/music education at the University of New Hampshire, studying conducting/composition primarily with Dr. Andrew Boysen Jr. He did undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he studied conducting/composition with Dr. Timothy Mahr. Cook grew up off North Union Street, just up the road from SNHU, and attended Manchester Central High School, where he studied music with David Bresnahan.

Cook has written compositions performed by various performing ensembles throughout New England, including the UMass Symphony Band, the Manchester Central High School Wind Ensemble, the Manchester Memorial High School Orchestra, the Winnecunnet High School Band, various ensembles at the University of New Hampshire and the Nevers' Second Regiment Band. Cook’s Symphony #2 was premiered by the SNHU Wind Ensemble in fall of 2012.

As a trumpet player, Cook has performed with Clark Terry, Ingrid Jensen, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Ballou and Dan Nolan. He served as the trumpet section leader for the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast from 2004-2010.

Prior to graduate school, Cook taught band, orchestra, chorus and general music to students (grades three through 12) in the New Hampshire public schools. He lives in Sandown, N.H., with his wife, Kim, a music teacher in the Timberlane school district, and his three cats. Rick Cook was recently named to the Union Leader's ''40 Under Forty'' list.

Christopher Healow

Christopher G. Healow

Assistant Professor (Philosophy)

Christopher Healow comes to SNHU with a decade of teaching experience at a number of higher education institutions, including Weber State University, the University of California, Davis, Woodland Community College, Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth, and Western Michigan University. He has previously taught courses on a wide range of philosophy topics, including Contemporary Moral Problems, Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Democracy, Ancient Philosophy, Symbolic Logic, and more.

Healow has earned a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy. He is in the process of earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy, with a dissertation titled "Name & Object: The Semantic Role of Plato's Theory of Forms." His areas of specialization are Ancient Philosophy and Philosophy of Language.

John McCannon

John McCannon

Full Professor

An associate professor of history, Dr. John McCannon joined SNHU in 2011, having taught previously at universities in Louisiana, Vermont, New York, and Canada. His areas of research and teaching expertise include Russia and modern Europe, the Arctic regions, the history of aviation and exploration, and military history.

McCannon received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian/East European Studies at Yale University as well as a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in History from the University of Chicago.

McCannon has written extensively about the Russian and global Arctic. His works include the award-winning "Red Arctic: Polar Exploration and the Myth of the North in the Soviet Union, 1932-1939," published by Oxford University Press in 1998, and "A History of the Arctic: Nature, Exploration and Exploitation," released by Reaktion Press in 2012. Both books were designated Outstanding Academic Titles by the journal Choice: Reviews for Academic Libraries. He has also written widely on topics related to Russian/Soviet art and culture; currently, he is completing a biography of the Russian painter and explorer Nicholas Roerich.

A former editor of the Canadian Journal of History, McCannon has served as a consultant for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic TV, Buzzfeed, and Outside magazine. He is the recipient of research grants from, among others, the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), the American Historical Association (AHA), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. He has delivered numerous papers at venues as diverse as the Rachel Carson Center of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany; the D. S. Likhachev Research Institute in Moscow, Russia; the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre in Cambridge and London, UK; and the Russian Academy of Sciences, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

For high-school students, McCannon is also author of the "Barron's AP World History" test preparation guide, currently in its eighth edition.

Work e-mail: j.mccannon@snhu.edu

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Vanessa Rocco

Vanessa Rocco

Associate Professor

Dr. Vanessa Rocco joined SNHU in 2012 as an assistant professor of Art History. Courses taught include History and Development of Visual Art, including Modernism and the survey courses in the humanities series. Rocco has done extensive teaching and research in her particular specialty -  the history and aesthetics of photography. Prior to SNHU, Rocco lived in New York City where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Pratt Institute. 

Rocco has a Bachelor of Art from American University and a master's in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Art History from City University of New York.

Rocco has numerous peer reviewed articles and essays. Publications include her most recent book, ''The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s,'' published in 2011 by the University of Michigan Press and converted to paperback in 2012. She has been curator or assistant curator of exhibits in Barcelona, New York’s International Center of Photography and the Guggenheim.

E-mail: v.rocco@snhu.edu

Colin Root

Colin Root

Dept. Chair, Associate Professor

Prof. Root joined SNHU in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts. Before coming to SNHU, Prof. Root taught at Boston University, Rhode Island School of Design, Simmons College, Suffolk University, and University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. His published works include The Cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson: From Hard Eight to Punch-Drunk Love (Lambert, 2009), and is currently working as an editor for Michael Haneke: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, estimated 2017).

He also recently published an article in Quarterly Review of Film and Video entitled "Stretching the Screen: Horizontality, the CinemaScope Film, and the Cold War." His research interests include Film History, American art history, the history of architecture, and LGBTQ+ history.

Deborah Varat

Deborah Varat

Professor

Dr. Deborah A. Varat has been teaching art history and humanities at SNHU since 2004 and has served as chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Department since 2007.  She teaches humanities survey courses as well as upper-level courses in arts of the modern period. 

Varat received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, and an Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. While in graduate school, Varat taught art history at area schools and was a gallery lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Professor Varat has presented a variety of papers related to art and family life in 18th century England, her dissertation topic, including "Family Life Writ Small: 18th Century English Dollhouses." More recently, she has developed a series of talks on art and Judaism for local synagogues and an interest in the history of photography. She will curate an exhibit on campus in the spring of 2013 on photographic images of children.

Committee service at SNHU includes the General Education Committee, the SAS Promotions Committee, Common Book Committee and the McIninch Advisory Board, as well as many search committees that have helped to bring valuable new faculty to the school.

Justice Studies

Patrick D Cullen

Patrick D. Cullen

Co-Chair (Justice Studies), Professor

Patrick Cullen is a Professor of Justice Studies and has served as Department Chair and Program Director of the Justice Studies Department since 2006. Cullen has advanced studies in jurisprudence, human rights, and ethics. He instructs a variety of courses, including criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, legal traditions, judicial administration, and business law. Cullen received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. Prior to entering higher education, he worked in both the public and private legal sectors in a variety of areas including juvenile law, mental health law, insurance subrogation, and representation of professional boxers.

At SNHU, Cullen has participated in numerous university committees including the University Curriculum Committee, School of Arts & Science Curriculum Committee, School of Arts & Sciences Strategic Planning Committee, and Faculty Senate. He also served as President of the SNHU Professional Employees Association (SNHUPEA). He has been awarded Faculty Development Travel Grants (2011 and 2012) and a Charles Koch Foundation Grant (2017) for research in the field of over criminalization. In addition, he is Founder and Director of the Institute for Justice & Human Rights. Cullen is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar. He has presented scholarly papers nationally and internationally and served as a consulting reviewer for both academic journals and textbook publishers.

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Lisa Speeopolous

Lisa Speropolous Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

After serving as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire in 2016 and 2017, Dr. Lisa Speropolous joined SNHU as an assistant professor in the justice studies department. She previously worked with SNHU Online as a team lead for sociology, political science and anthropology, and worked as an adjunct faculty member during that time. She has also previously spent time as an adjunct faculty member with North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA.

Dr. Speropolous earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire. Her substantive area was in crime and conflict and her dissertation was titled “Effects of a STEAM Focused Education Program on Students’ Academic Performance, Engagement in Risk-Taking Behaviors, and Perceptions of College and Career Readiness.” She earned her MS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and her BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Craig Wiggin

Craig H. Wiggin

Assistant Professor, Co-Chair (Justice Studies)

Craig Wiggin is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Southern New Hampshire University. His time at SNHU began in 2013, when he served as an adjunct professor on the Manchester campus. There, he began teaching Justice Studies courses to undergraduates both in the classroom and online, and worked with his students to assist with their academic and career planning.

Wiggin is an excellent justice studies resource, having served with the Belknap County Sherriff's Department since 2007. As High Sherriff, Wiggin leads an organization of 55 sworn and civilian personnel, and is responsible for a wide range of law enforcement operations. Wiggin's prior experience includes serving in the Risk Management Division of Meredith Village Savings Bank, and as Director of Law Enforcement Operations with Sig Sauer, Inc. He was also the Major-Commander of the Field Operations Bureau in the New Hampshire Department of Safety from 1984 to 2005.

Outside of work, Wiggin belongs to the Meredith, NH Rotary Club and the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health. He works with the NH Special Olympics, the Salvation Army Fundraising Committee, and a number of other nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Wiggin holds an A.S. and B.S. in Criminal Justice from Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, NH, a Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia, and a Master's of Education from Plymouth State University. In addition, he participated in the 239th session of the FBI National Academy and has received extensive in-service training through his law enforcement roles.

Library Faculty

Josh Becker

Joshua Becker

Information Literacy & Assessment Librarian | Associate Professor

Joshua joined SNHU in 2015 as an information literacy and assessment librarian and assistant professor. He previously held the position of information literacy librarian at Western New England University’s D’Amour Library.

Becker received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University, and a Master of Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois.

Becker’s presentations include ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) 2013 Biennial Conference.  Moderated Roundtable Discussion: Partnering with Faculty in a Student’s Major:  Successfully Promoting IL Instruction in the Disciplines.

Professional memberships include American Library Association and American College and Research Libraries. 

Shana M. Chartier

Shana M. Chartier

Reference and Instruction Librarian / Associate Professor

Reference and Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor Shana Chartier joins SNHU with over five years of experience in campus libraries. Since 2012, she has served as an education resource librarian for Rivier University in Nashua, NH. Prior to that, she spent a year at Rasmussen College as a campus librarian.

Chartier has literary knowledge that goes far beyond the library. She is a published author, and her debut novel "Past Lives" was published in November, 2015. She also has extensive experience producing web content, including social media and blog postings. Among other things, she has produced guest blog posts on parenting for "The Today Show" and written several pieces for the Chicago Examiner.

Chartier earned a B.A. in Political Science from The University of New Hampshire in 2008, as well as an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2010.

Christopher Cooper

Christopher Cooper

Associate Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian

Chris Cooper has worked at the Shapiro Library since 2005 and in his current role as digital initiatives librarian since 2011. He manages the university’s digital repository, the Academic Archive, and also works with the university’s physical archives.  Prior to coming to SNHU, Cooper held positions at Bates College and in the Art History Department at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Cooper majored in Art History and received his Bachelor of Arts from Bates College, his Master of Arts with a 20th Century American and European Art specialization, and his MSLIS from Syracuse University.

Cooper has done presentations including “Current Generation Video Games and Consoles,” “E-Books at the Shapiro Library,” and “Kindles at the Shapiro Library.” He is a member of the American Library Association and New England Library Association.

Karin Heffernan

Karin Heffernan

Associate Professor / Reference-Instruction Librarian

Karin Heffernan joined SNHU in early 2016, bringing with her over a decade of library experience. Most recently serving as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the respected Danforth Library at New England College in Henniker, NH, Heffernan also spent time as a Library Assistant at Proctor Academy’s Lovejoy Library in Andover, NH.

Heffernan holds degrees from a number of institutions, including a BA from Middlebury College, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island GSLIS, and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Over the years, Heffernan has been active within a variety of extracurricular fields, including athletics, performing arts, event planning, and volunteer work. Even before holding a formal role, Heffernan spent years volunteering with the Tracy Memorial Library in New London, NH, designing and teaching a wide variety of programs designed to engage both children and adults.

Anaya Jones

Anaya Jones

Assistant Professor, eLearning Librarian

Anaya Jones joined SNHU in 2018 as an eLearning librarian and an assistant professor. She most recently served as information literacy librarian at Mary Baldwin University in Virginia. Her accomplishments there include building a searchable skill library, for which she created informational videos for students who needed assistance learning prerequisite material for their quantitative classes and coordinating term length information literacy instruction.

Jones earned her MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and her BA in English, magna cum laude, from Mary Baldwin University.

Brian Ryckman

Brian Ryckman

Associate Professor / Reference-Instruction Librarian

Prior to joining Southern New Hampshire University as an Assistant Professor and eLearning Library, Brian Ryckman served as a Reference and Instructional Librarian at Nova Southeastern University. During his time at Nova, Ryckman found that library technology was an increasingly important area of focus. He offered specialized instruction in EndNote software and APA citation style, and frequently created online tutorials, help sheets, and library guides using platforms like Libguides and WordPress. Ryckman also served on several committees at Nova, including the Online Media Committee and Website Redesign Committee.

Before joining Nova Southeastern University, Ryckman was the Library Director for Baker College of Owosso, where he was provided leadership and vision for library and campus projects. Ryckman devised and oversaw student-learning outcomes for library instruction sessions, and used his expertise to oversee the collection department and its budget.

Ryckman has also served as an Off-Campus Librarian for Central Michigan University, an Assistant Librarian for Grand Valley State University, and a Reference Librarian, once again for Baker College. He obtained his Master of Library Science degree from Wayne State University in 2006, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Western Michigan University in 2001.

Trisha Prevett

Trisha Prevett

eLearning Librarian | Associate Professor

Trisha has worked at the Shapiro Library since 2014 and has been embedded in SNHU Online since July 2017. She focuses on integrating Shapiro Library resources and principles of information literacy into the SNHU curriculum and supporting student success with research processes. Prevett also teaches general education courses for SNHU Online. Prior to 2014, Prevett was a reference librarian at Nova Southeastern University. Prevett received her Bachelor of Arts in English/Secondary Education from Merrimack College and her Master of Library Science and Information Studies with a concentration in Information Literacy from the University of Rhode Island. Professional affiliations include: the American Libraries Association, Association of College & Research Libraries Distance Learning and Instruction Section and EDUCAUSE.

Mathematics

Christine Caples

Christine Caples

Assistant Professor

Dr. Christine Caples joined SNHU as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 2017. Originally from Boston, she earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and MS in Mathematics from the University of Iowa and her BS in Mathematics from Fairfield University. As a graduate student, she completed a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and was awarded the University of Iowa Council on Teaching Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Prior to coming to SNHU, Dr. Caples spent a year teaching at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Caples is a 2017 fellow of MAA Project NExT. Her research interests are in knot theory and, more recently, mathematics education. Specifically, she is interested in exploring inquiry-based learning in the classroom. She loves teaching and getting students excited about mathematics.

Melanie Fraser

Melanie Fraser

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Melanie Fraser joined the math department at Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. Prior to SNHU, she served as an instructor, graduate learning fellow and a teaching assistant at Dartmouth College.

Fraser earned her PhD and Master of Arts in Mathematics from Dartmouth. She previously received two bachelor’s degrees from Middlebury College – in mathematics and Chinese.

Adam Gilbert

Adam Gilbert

Associate Professor

Dr. Gilbert joined SNHU as an assistant professor of mathematics in the Fall of 2014. Prior to coming to SNHU, Gilbert earned his bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from Merrimack College, completed his master’s and PhD in mathematics at the University of Rhode Island, and spent a year teaching at Northeastern University. Courses taught at SNHU include Introductory Applied Statistics, Regression Analysis, Precalculus, Calculus I, and Number Theory. Gilbert was a finalist for SNHU’s Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2014 – 2015 academic year.

Dr. Gilbert’s primary area of research is in graph theory, a branch of discrete mathematics. Interests include graph representations, graph coloring, Ramsey problems, and also combinatorial game theory. Gilbert has published in the area of difference equations as well as in graph theory, and has a 2015 paper which confirms the Erdős-Sós Conjecture for graphs having restricted diameter (due to appear in Congressus Numerantium). In addition to publishing, Gilbert regularly attends and speaks at regional and national conferences. Recent talks include “Games of No Chance: Mathematical Analysis of Some Combinatorial Games”, the keynote address at the 2015 North Shore Undergraduate Mathematics Conference.

Current and recent SNHU committees include SAS Strategic Planning Committee, University Conduct Board, and Scholastic Standing Committee. Professional memberships include: Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematicians, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

David Gray

David M. Gray Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Before arriving at SNHU, Dr. David Gray enjoyed more than a decade as an associate professor in the mathematics department of New England College in Henniker, NH. Dr. Gray has held a variety of teaching positions at colleges including the University of New Hampshire and Colby-Sawyer College. He has also spent time with the New Hampshire Technical Institute and the Hillsboro-Deering, Henniker, and ConVal school districts in New Hampshire.

Dr. Gray is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematics Association of America. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Music Composition and Theory from New England College, before moving on to earn his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from Plymouth State College and his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2006, with a dissertation titled An investigation into pre-service teachers' and professional mathematicians' perceptions of mathematical proof at the secondary school level.

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Megan Paddack

Megan Paddack Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU

Megan Paddack is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). She developed SNHU's new Middle School Mathematics Education Program, is currently working on developing the Secondary Mathematics Education Program, and serves as the Program Coordinator for the School of Education's programs in mathematics education. She is one of the original members of the Ed. D. development committee and will be teaching courses for this program related to conducting research in the field of education.

Megan earned her Ph. D. in Mathematics Education from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of New Hampshire. Her dissertation and current research interests are related to teacher knowledge, mathematical proofs in pre-college classrooms, and teacher education both pre-service and in-service. She came to SNHU three years ago. During that time and during her time at UNH, she has taught mathematics courses, for future teachers and for general education students. She has also taught graduate courses in mathematics and education, and is currently serving on a dissertation committee for a student who has successful defended her dissertation and is finalizing her writing. Megan has also served at the project manager for a Middle School Mathematics Partnership Grant at UNH, and works with a number of New Hampshire School Districts as a professional development leader.

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Megan Sawyer

Megan Sawyer

Department Chair (Mathematics), Associate Professor

Dr. Megan Sawyer joined the mathematics department as an assistant professor in 2013. Courses taught include: Heart of Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Calculus, Cryptology, Applied Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations.

Sawyer received their Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from University of Colorado Denver, a Certificate of Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Mathematics from Smith College, and their Master of Science in Mathematics and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Sawyer was nominated for SNHU¹s Excellence in Teaching award in 2015, as well as several teaching awards from North Carolina State University.

Sawyer has served or serves as a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate Research Committee, and the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Advocacy. In addition, they serve on the Great Bay Community College Mathematics Department Advisory Board, have participated in several symposia for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education, and serve as an advisor to Generation Equality, an advocacy group on campus.

Research interests include physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling including applications to Vitamin D as well as dermal models. Multiple conference presentations and publications, including articles submitted to Toxicology Letters and Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, center around these topics. Research awards include the US Environmental Protection Agency 2013 Level III Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) for work conducted with undergraduate students. Other publications include "Modeling Dynamic Biological Systems" by Hannon and Ruth, Mathematical Association of America Book Reviews, October 2015.

MFA

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Benjamin Nugent

Benjamin Nugent

Director of Mountainview MFA, Associate Professor

Benjamin Nugent, Director of the Low-Residency Mountainview MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction, is the author of the novel "Good Kids" (Scribner), and the cultural history "American Nerd" (Scribner). His short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House and Vice and been anthologized in "Best American Short Stories" and "The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from the Paris Review."

His journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Op/Ed Page, Time, GQ, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and n+1. He earned his Bachelor's in English from Reed College, and was an Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he earned his MFA in fiction.

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Psychology

Vincent Corbo

Vincent Corbo Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor of Psychology Vincent Corbo, Ph.D., brings with him many years of teaching experience. He joins the Psychology Department having served as a teaching assistant or guest lecturer at prestigious schools including McGill University and Harvard University.

Dr. Corbo has spent over a decade giving lectures and presentations at a variety of conferences, with topics ranging from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Sex-Specific predictors of pain. He has published peer-reviewed articles in many scholarly journals and has multiple manuscripts in preparation and/or review. He has even published a number of textbook chapters in relevant subjects.

Dr. Corbo earned his Ph.D. through an Integrated Program in Neuroscience from McGill University, the same school where he earned his M.S. in Psychiatry. He is currently in the process of completing a postdoctoral fellowship through the Translational Research Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress Disorders in the Boston University School of Medicine.

Peter Frost

Peter Frost

Professor

Dr. Peter Frost teaches psychology courses and conducts research in collaboration with undergraduate students. By helping students identify and conduct their own research projects, Frost believes they will take ownership of their learning and find their niche in psychology. These collaborations have resulted in recent publications and conference presentations with students as authors.  Other publications examine the effectiveness of various teaching techniques, including inter-teaching and flipped classrooms.

Frost's teaching and research interests include cognitive psychology and neuroscience. His current projects and publications focus on the lingering effects of using mobile devices on various aspects of higher cognition. Other studies have explored how personality relates to susceptibility to false memory and how faulty reasoning can alter autobiographical memory. He has been a recipient of the SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award and the SNHU President's Merit Award.

Frost received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Framingham State University, his Master of Arts in Neuroscience from Baylor University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience from Baylor University.

Frost is a past president of New England Psychological Association and has served as an elected member of their steering committee.

Contact Information:
Email: p.frost@snhu.edu | Phone: (603)668-2211, Extension 2249

Michael Hendery

Michael Hendery

Department Chair, Full Professor

An associate professor of psychology and the Department Chair at SNHU, Dr. Michael Hendery's courses taught include Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Social Psychology and Assessment and Testing. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and works in private practice.

Hendery received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ithaca College, his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from St. Michael's College and his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. He is also the recipient of the 2014 New Hampshire Excellence in Education award.

At SNHU, Hendery is the advisor for Psi Chi (International Honors Society in Psychology), a member of the Institutional Review Boar and the SAS Curriculum Committee.

Hendery is a member of Psi Chi and the American Psychological Association. His lectures include Hendery, M.R. (2010). "Short-term dynamic psychotherapy." Presented at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Symposium. His current research is focused on the mentalization process in college students.

Jay Kosegarten

Jay Kosegarten

Associate Professor

Since 2011, Dr. Jay Kosegarten has been an SNHU assistant professor of Psychology. His courses taught include research methods, abnormal psychology, social psychology and introduction to psychology. Kosegarten has conducted research involving visual perception and logic that includes the work behind his doctoral dissertation: ''If a duck were a rabbit: The logic of perceptual ambiguity and the importance of context.'' He has recently presented conference papers about the logic of the ''Monty Hall problem'' and about certainty regarding syllogistic reasoning. Other research has examined counterfactual reasoning and theory of mind.

Kosegarten received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Connecticut College, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn.

Kosegarten has delivered several presentations and published articles including Kosegarten, J. & Kose, G. (2008). Aspects of Wittgenstein’s psychological concepts. ''Varieties of Theoretical Psychology: International, philosophical, and practical concerns,'' pp. 357-364. Teo, Stenner, Rutherford, Park & Baerveldt (eds). Captus Press, Concord, Ontario, CA.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Jean Piaget Society, Society for Research in Child Development, International Society for Theoretical Psychology and the New England Psychological Association.

Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.

E-mail: k.nivison@snhu.edu

Ann Nordmeyer

Ann E. Nordmeyer Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ann Nordmeyer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the SNHU Psychology department. Before joining the SNHU staff, Nordmeyer served as an Instructor and Co-Instructor at Stanford University, teaching Developmental Psychology and Language and Thought.

Nordmeyer also served as a teaching assistant at Stanford, helping to educate students in a variety of psychology courses. She has been a guest lecturer in a number of Stanford classes, and in the process of publishing several manuscripts on psychology-related subjects. She has published peer-reviewed articles and has even contributed a chapter to an edited textbook, Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology. She has also presented at several teaching conferences and departmental talks.

Nordmeyer earned her B.A. in Psychology from Smith College in 2011, and expects to earn her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Stanford University in 2016.

Justina Oliveria

Justina Oliveira

Associate Professor

Justina Oliveira joined SNHU in 2015 as an assistant professor of psychology. Oliveira previously taught social psychology courses at Baruch College. Courses taught include Social Psychology, Advanced Social Psychology, and Psychology Research Methods.

Oliveira received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and her Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, her Master of Philosophy from the Graduate Center, CUNY, her Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Baruch College and her Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from CUNY.

Publications include Mellert, L., Scherbaum, C., Oliveira, J.M., & Wilke, B. Examining the relationship between organizational change and financial loss. Journal of Organizational Change Management (in press). Presentations include Oliveira, J.M. (2014, March). The effects of faultline activation and cross-cutting diversity dimensions on team processes. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Professional affiliations include Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Eastern Psychological Association, American Psychological Association and the Society for Humanitarian Work in Psychology.

Learn more about Oliveira in this faculty Q&A.

Elise N. Pepin

Elise N. Pepin

Professor

Joining SNHU in 2007, Dr. Elise N. Pepin is an associate professor of Psychology. Courses taught include Human Growth & Development (Life Span Development), Issues in Child Development, Issues in Adolescent Development, Social Development in Childhood & Adolescence, Introduction to Psychology, First Year Seminar, and Readings & Research in Psychology.

Pepin received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University, her Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology, Master of Science in College Teaching and Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Her recent presentations include Pepin, E. N., Dalton, D. & Chausse, B. (2011, October). "Psychological Benefits of College Student's Campus Involvement." Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA). Fairfield, C.; Pepin, E. N., Cohen, S. & Heyman, J. (2011, October). "Psychosocial Development, Social Support, & Depression in College." Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA). Fairfield, CT.

Publications include Pepin, E. N., & Banyard, V. L. (2006). "Social support: A mediator between child maltreatment and developmental outcomes." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35(4), 617-630.

Service at SNHU includes vice chair of and representative of the Psychology Department to the School of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee, University Curriculum Committee member and secretary, General Education Committee, and advisor to Psi Chi.

Pepin was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the SNHU Teaching Excellence Award.

Science

Faculty

Dr. Chelsi R. Beauregard

Assistant Professor of Biology

Chelsi Beauregard started with SNHU in August of 2020. Prior to joining SNHU, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Henry F. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.

Her research has largely focused on the innate immune response to viruses in animals vs. humans with the goal of uncovering patterns that could help to minimize the rise of human epidemics and pandemics.

Beauregard earned her PhD in Emerging Infectious Diseases from Uniformed Services University and her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Marist College.

Aaron Collins

Aaron Collins

Associate Professor | Dept. Chair (Environmental and Physical Sciences)

Aaron joined SNHU in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Prior to SNHU Collins was the Director’s Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Collins received his Bachelor of Science in Biophysics and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, and his Master of Arts in Chemistry and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Washington University.

Awards include Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award-Chemistry Department, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007.

Joseph Corbin III

Joseph Corbin III

Full Professor

An Associate Professor of Environmental Studies since 2009, Dr. Joseph Corbin III teaches a variety of classes including World Geography, Practical Chemistry, Energy and Society, and Principles of Physical Science. He was nominated for the 2010 and 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award at SNHU.     

Corbin received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geoscience from West Virginia University, his Master of Science in Environmental Science and his Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University.

Corbin is a faculty expert at SNHU in the area of hazardous waste remediation and serves as vice president of the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee and as faculty advisor for the SNHU hockey team.

Corbin's journal articles include, Corbin III, J.F., A.L. Teel, R.M. Allen-King, and R.J. Watts. "Reactive oxygen species responsible for the enhanced desorption of dodecane in modified Fenton's systems." Water Environment Research. 79(1), 37-42

Mary Duryea

Katie Duryea

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Katie Duryea joined Southern New Hampshire University’s science faculty in 2019. She was previously an instructor at Great Basin College in Nevada, where she taught anatomy and physiology, biology and evolution courses. Prior to that, she was a lecturer, teaching fellow and graduate teaching assistant at Dartmouth College.

Duryea earned her PhD in Biology from Dartmouth. She received her BA in Biology from Cornell University.

Faculty

Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

George Ludlow

G. Richard Ludlow III Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Prior to joining Southern New Hampshire University, Dr. G. Richard Ludlow III spent ten years with Daniel Webster College. He served as an adjunct professor, assistant professor, and, most recently, associate professor, teaching courses in physics, astronomy, calculus, and other topics. He has been published in a variety of papers and journals, primarily on physics-related topics such as the stability and acceleration of auroral electron beams, drift wave instabilities in a high beta multispecies plasma, and the interaction of H+ and O+ beams.

Dr. Ludlow earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of New Hampshire in 1986 after earning his B.A in Philosophy with a minor in Physics from the same institution a decade earlier. He has extensive research experience, including time spent as a research assistant at both the University of Denver and the University of New Hampshire. He is currently a member of the American Geophysical Union and has served as a referee for scientific papers submitted to the Journal of Geophysical Research and for scientific proposals for NASA and NSF.

Hamed Majidzadeh

Hamed Majidzadeh

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Dr. Hamed Majidzadeh joined the science faculty at Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. Previously, he served as a coastal environmental quality program specialist for the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral research associate at Clemson University, as well as a research assistant at Clemson and Auburn University.

Majidzadeh earned his PhD in Biogeochemistry from Auburn. He received his MS in Environmental Chemistry from Tehran Azad University in Iran and his BS in Applied Chemistry from Zanjan University in Iran.

Michele Goldsmith

Michele Goldsmith

Professor

Dr. Michele Goldsmith is an associate professor of Science at SNHU. Prior to her current position, she was the scientist-in-residence at Emerson College, assistant professor at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine,and the McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. She received a Master of Science from Bucknell University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Anthropology from Stony Brook University.

As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied lowland gorillas in the Congo, and in 1999, as a National Geographic researcher, began her long-term study examining the impacts and ethical implications of mountain gorilla tourism in Uganda.

Goldsmith is on the board of the Great Ape World Heritage Species Project and Conservation New Hampshire and has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters and is co-editor of "Gorilla Biology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective," Cambridge University Press. Although primates are her focus, she is interested in conservation and ethical issues surrounding all wild and captive animals.

Katharine York

Dr. Katharine York

Associate Professor | Department Chair (Biological Sciences)

Dr. York has been teaching Biology courses at the college level for over 15 years. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science, a M.Ed. in Biology Education, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire. After graduating with her Animal Science degree, she explored career options by working as a zookeeper and as a veterinary technician, before choosing to pursue her love of teaching. She taught in the Honors Biology program at UNH for six years, and then General Biology and Anatomy and Physiology laboratory courses for students in the nursing program at NHTI for three years, before coming to SNHU. Currently, Dr. York’s research is focused on bats in New England, using acoustic and stationary monitoring techniques to estimate species diversity and abundance in the state of New Hampshire. She is also involved in a long-term study to identify chytrid fungus in native frog populations of New Hampshire. She is the coordinator of the B.S. in Biology degree program.

Social Sciences

Paul Barresi

Paul A. Barresi

Professor

Paul A. Barresi holds a full-time appointment as Professor of Political Science and Environmental Law at Southern New Hampshire University and a part-time appointment as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sun Yat-sen University School of Law in Guangzhou, China, where he was a Fulbright Lecturer in Law in 2016. Before joining the SNHU faculty in 2001, Professor Barresi helped to advise Fortune 500 companies in complex environmental compliance matters at one of New England's leading law firms; taught legal practice skills to law students; explored the interpretation and implementation of forestry law and policy in-country in Poland and Albania as a visiting scholar in the Development Law Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and for a decade was certified as an associate wildlife biologist by the Wildlife Society. At SNHU, he teaches courses in environmental politics, public policy, and law; sustainable development; and sustainability. He has been nominated twice for an SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award.  

Professor Barresi holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where he majored in Natural Resources; a Juris Doctor With Highest Honors from the George Washington University National Law Center; a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from Boston University, where he was a Presidential University Graduate Fellow. Along the way, he interned on the majority staff of the Subcommittee on Water Resources of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation in the U.S. House of Representatives; in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior; and at Cornell University's Shackelton Point Biological Field Station in Bridgeport, New York.  

Professor Barresi's scholarly work has been published or has been accepted for publication in three languages on four continents. His conference and workshop presentations and ongoing scholarly collaborations and other professional activities are equally global in scope. He has authored or co-authored chapters in several books, including the leading U.S. treatise on the law of hazardous waste; the world's first reference handbook on the field of environmental leadership; two volumes of the world's longest-running book series on matters related to education, communication, and training for sustainable development; one of the inaugural volumes of another international sustainability book series; and the original Massachusetts Environmental Law Handbook. His articles on legal, political, and other topics have been published in a broad array of peer-reviewed academic journals and law reviews in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Professor Barresi served as co-editor of and as author or co-author of several chapters in Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice (Routledge, 2019), which is based on the work of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association's Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems Roundtable, which he also co-chairs. Professor Barresi also has been serving as co-editor of and contributor to a book of papers in collection by non-Chinese scholars of relevance to China's efforts to build an "ecological civilization" (shengtai wenming) for publication in China. He has served as a pro bono contributor to the development of the environmental impact assessment titles of an Environment and Natural Resources Code for the Kingdom of Cambodia and as an invited foreign expert on a U.S.-China environmental impact assessment law research team officially associated with the efforts of China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment's effort to revise China's environmental impact assessment law. He also was a visiting scholar at the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law in Patiala, Punjab, India, in 2018.  

Professor Barresi was Founding Chair of the Northeastern (U.S.A.) Political Science Association's Section on Environmental Politics and Policy; has served on the Executive Committee of the National (U.S.A.) Council for Science and the Environment's ("NCSE") Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; and was an accredited NCSE delegate to the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, the International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, and the World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, and is Founding Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sustainability Research. At SNHU, he has served as President of the Faculty Senate and on a broad array of governance and other committees. 

As part of his scholarly work, Professor Barresi has translated an array of Russian environmental and policy materials into English. He also reads some Chinese characters and speaks some Mandarin Chinese. 

 
Francis Catano

Francis Catano

Professor

Dr. Francis Catano, a professor of sociology, has worked at SNHU since 2005. Catano brings over 30 years of community experience to SNHU. A champion of hands-on, community-based learning, Catano is a community psychologist and sociologist. His areas of expertise include community development and human services, youth counseling, and human environments.

Catano received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Anselm College, his Master in Education in Community Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern University, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services from Walden University.

His publications include ''Childcare Worker Assumptions about Caring.'' (2008), VDM Publishing, Lightning House.

Catano received the Leadership and Service Award, New Hampshire Division of Children and Youth, 1998; the Community Leadership Award, Greater Manchester Association of Social Service Agencies, 1997; and the Juvenile Justice Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 1982.

Chris Clamp

Christina Clamp

Professor

Dr. Christina Clamp has over 30 years of teaching experience at SNHU, where she is a professor with the School of Arts and Sciences and is the director of Co-operatives and Community Economic Development.

Clamp received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Friends World College, her Master of Arts in Sociology and her Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Boston College.

At SNHU, Clamp's committee work has included development of the Institutional Research Review Board, NECHE Self-Study Committees, the College Budget Advisory Committee, adhoc Salary Equity Committee, Human Resource Committee, and the Curriculum Committee
Clamp is a member of the Association of Cooperative Educators, American Sociological Association and the American Association of University Women. She is on the board of directors of the ICA Group (Boston), the Food Cooperative Initiative (MN) and the Allston/Brighton Community Development Corporation (Boston). She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Mel King Institute of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations.  Formerly, she was a member of the board of directors of Childspace Development and Training Institute (Philadelphia), the National Cooperative Business Association (Washington DC), The Council of Overseers for the Friends World Program at Long Island University (NY), and a former associate of the Harvard University Program on Non-Violence Sanctions and Civilian Defense (Cambridge, MA).

Presentations include "Faith Based Community Economic Development: Assessing Community Needs," City of Montgomery AL, Office of Faith Based & Community Initiatives, Alabama State University, December 6, 2011.

Clamp has numerous publications including "Social Entrepreneurship in the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation and the Challenges of Successful Replication," co-authored with Innocentus Alhamis. Journal of Entrepreneurship September 2010 19: 149-177.

Pam Jordan

Pamela Jordan

Associate Professor

Dr. Pamela Jordan joined SNHU in 2015 as an assistant professor of politics/global affairs. She arrived with two decades of teaching experience at universities in Canada and the United States. Outside of academe, Dr. Jordan has worked for the NGO Committee on Disarmament, which facilitates contacts between nongovernmental organizations in the field of disarmament and the United Nations, New York City; and for the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the Wilson Center (Smithsonian Institution), in Washington, DC. She has also worked as a consultant for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Soros Foundation, the American Bar Association, and USIA- and US AID-funded projects concerning civil society and legal reform in Russia.

Dr. Jordan received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts; a Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Introductory political science courses that Dr. Jordan teaches include surveys on American politics and international relations. Her more specialized offerings encompass the theme of peace and conflict in the modern age. Among these are genocide and international justice, intelligence and national security, U.S. foreign policy, weapons of mass destruction, the United Nations and global governance, and world legal traditions.

Dr. Jordan's publication record reflects her versatile, interdisciplinary approach to scholarship on human rights, legal politics, espionage, international relations, and world trade. Her latest book, Stalin's Singing Spy: The Life and Exile of Nadezhda Plevitskaya (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), is a biography of a Russian peasant woman who achieved fame as one of Tsar Nicholas II's favorite singers and infamy as one of Stalin's agents in interwar Europe. Her other major publications include Defending Rights in Russia: Lawyers, the State, and Legal Reform in the Post-Soviet Era (University of British Columbia Press, 2005) and articles in such scholarly journals as African Studies Quarterly, American Journal of Comparative Law, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, and Post-Soviet Affairs.  She can be reached at p.jordan@snhu.edu

Faculty

Robert MacAuslan

Dept. Chair / Full Professor

Robert MacAuslan joined SNHU in 2015 as an assistant professor of sociology. He has over ten years of experience teaching ESL and Sociology at all education levels. MacAuslan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in Japanese. He is also the founder/CEO of Phonologics, Inc. a pronunciation software company.

MacAuslan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Plymouth State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in Regional Economic and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Washington State University.

Sport, Marketing, and Hospitality

Anstey

Micheline Anstey

Associate Professor (Marketing)

Micheline Anstey has 35 years of combined professional and teaching experience in the field of marketing and sales. She has been a faculty member since 2005. Professor Anstey has been the Director for the SNHU Center for Professional Selling since 2015, and an advisor to the Professional Sales Association, a student-run club on campus, since 2014. Also, in 2014, she received her University Sales Faculty Certification from the Sales Education Foundation (SEF).

Micheline’s awards include the 2015 Excellence in Full-Time Faculty Academic Advising Award, the 2012 Penmen Faculty Staff Appreciation Award (FSA) and the 2005 Community Faculty Member Excellence in Teaching Award. She was also nominated for the Excellence in Full-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 and multiple times between 2012 and 2020.

Additionally, since 2014, Micheline has been leading her team of sales students to local, regional, national and international sales competitions where they have continuously excelled. In February 2018, one of her competitors came in 1st in the Spanish category at the Florida International University Global Sales and  Competition (GBSC). In November 2019, her students tied for 4th place in that sales competition. In April 2020, her students were finalists in Florida State University Sales Management Simulation (SMS) Competition.

Micheline received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Anselm College in 1981 and her Master of Business Administration from New Hampshire College in 1991. 

Micheline is a member of the following associations:

  • National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP) (June 2020 – present)
  • American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) (June 2018 – present)
  • American Marketing Association (AMA) (Boston Chapter) (2014 - present)
  • Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI) (2014 - present)
  • Sales Education Foundation (SEF) Top Sales Education Member (2015-present)
Doug Blais

Dr. Doug Blais

Professor (Sport Management), Director Graduate Programs (Business)

Doug joined SNHU in 1996 and is a professor of Sport Management. Dr. Blais received SNHU's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and 2010.

Blais has worked with some of the best sports teams and companies in the world. He has advised the Boston Celtics on their ticketing policies, traveled with NBC to help produce the Olympics and consulted with many sports teams and entertainment venues in New England and beyond.

Blais received his Bachelor of Science from New Hampshire College in 1998, his Master in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 1990, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut in 2000.

In 2011, Blais traveled to Nicaragua with Soccer Without Borders where he assisted in providing programming to young girls that are traditionally excluded from sports-based and extracurricular activities.  Blais continue to consult for the organization.

Blais' publications include ''Still on their honeymoon: a five-year case study of an American Hockey League team and the reasons for their continued success.'' International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2, 2009 and his presentations include Sport Marketing Association, ''Case Study in Implementation of a Sales-Practicum Class, SMA, New Orleans, LA (November 2010).

Blais was awarded the Faculty Athletic Representative Fellowship from the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 2006 and in 2012 attended the NCAA Advanced  Leadership Institute. Blais was inducted into SNHU's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003.

Mark Hecox

Dr. Mark Hecox

Professor (Sport Management) | Co-Chair (Sport, Marketing, and Hospitality)

Dr. Hecox teaches a range of courses in the Graduate Business School and Undergraduate Day and Online programs including; Sport Marketing, Sport Licensing & Strategic Alliances, Global Sport Business, Internationalization of Sport Business, Sport Management and Sport Seminar. His area of research interest focuses on global product development and strategic alliances. He has published several case studies on Internationalization, experiential learning and serves as on the Editorial Board of Case Studies in Sport Management (CSSM).

Dr. Hecox is formerly the Director of Business Development Equipment & Licensing at Reebok International Ltd/ The Adidas Group. He has over 16 years of full-time corporate experience in the sport industry with extensive global travel. While at Reebok full-time, he was responsible for the global fitness equipment, bike and Reebok Sports Club businesses. Dr. Hecox presently consults for various companies in the sporting goods industry and new business startups.

Mark enjoys competing in running and triathlon events. He has completed the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii 4 times and has won 4 US age-group National Championships for Half-Ironman Triathlon, Draft Legal Triathlon and Duathlon. Mark won a Bronze Medal at the ITU Age-group World Duathlon Championships. He is an avid golfer and a black belt in Taekwondo. He is presently a member of Team USA for the World Triathlon Age Group Championships and World Duathlon AG Championships.

Kostas Karadakis

Dr. Kostas Karadakis

Associate Professor (Sport Management)

An associate professor of Sport Management, Dr. Kostas Karadakis joined SNHU in 2012. His research interests include sport event impacts and their influence on quality of life, sport tourism, legacy management and community development through sport. Karadakis has also been involved in a number of international research projects dealing with the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup. Karadakis has also been involved in developing and teaching courses in our esport minor.

Karadakis earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, a Master in Business Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Management at the University of Florida.

Andrew Lynch

Dr. Andrew Lynch

Professor (Marketing) | Co-Chair (Sport, Marketing, and Hospitality)

Dr. Andy Lynch brings 20 year of higher education teaching and administrative experience, including multiple years in the Middle East at the American University of Sharjah. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Sport, Marketing and Hospitality Department and teaches a variety of marketing undergraduate and graduate courses. He most recently completed a 5-year appointment as the Associate Dean for Quality and Innovation in the School of Business of Southern New Hampshire University. During this appointment, he led efforts to pilot the newly created Integrated Business Core, Degree in Three programs, supervised school-wide assessment efforts, and worked with businesses to provide learners in-class project-based learning opportunities. Prior to his role as Associate Dean, Dr. Lynch served as the Chair of the Marketing Department, beginning his teaching career at SNHU in 2007. Dr. Lynch, served multiple roles in the sport marketing, advertising, and broadcast industries prior to his career in higher education.

Dr. Lynch earned his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication/Public Relations and Master of Science in Public Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. As a student worker during this period, Lynch was active in various marketing, development and compliance roles. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Integrated marketing communication was the focus of his dissertation, exploring marketing communication that impact the prospective undergraduate student college choice process. Lynch recently earned a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Southern New Hampshire University. Current research interests include higher education marketing, curriculum design, and COVID19 marketing and consumer behavior.

Kimberly Monk

Dr. Kimberly Monk

Professor (Hospitality)

Dr. Kimberly Monk received her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University, School of Hospitality in 1985; her Master in Business Administration from SNHU in 1998 and her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Sarasota/Argosy, School of Education in 2004.

She is a member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Education, the International Ecotourism Society, International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Publications include Monk, K., Capra, M., Bourdeau, J. (2006). "Classroom to Community: Service Learning in Hospitality and Tourism." Recreation Research Symposium.

Fulbright Scholar Experience - Teaching and research at the Maldives National University, Maldives, January- June, 2018.

Monk's awards include Teaching Excellence, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2007 and Who's Who Among America's Educators in 2004 and 2005.

She is a member of SNHU's University Curriculum Committee, Curriculum Development Student Award and Recognition Institutional Research Review Board and Committee Chair, University Promotion Committee.

Karina Pasternak

Karina Pasternak

Assistant Professor (Hospitality)

Karina Pasternak joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, as a baking and pastry instructor. Chef Pasternak developed new courses in cake decorating and artisan bread baking, she also assisted in developing  new culinary and baking arts program as well as  a baking minor. 

Pasternak earned her Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts with a concentration in Baking and Pastry from Southern New Hampshire University, followed by a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Administration. After gaining tremendous experience working in restaurants and small businesses, she continued her education to focus on marketing and earned a Master of Science degree in Marketing.

In addition to culinary and baking courses, she teaches marketing and business management courses. She is a member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America and Women Chefs and Restauranteurs. At SNHU, Pasternak serves as a member of the Faculty Senate and is advisor for the student-run Cup of Love Café. She was a finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014 and 2017. Chef Pasternak is responsible for implementing the composting program at SNHU's Hospitality Building which has reduced the quantity of landfill waste by 66%.

Stefan Ryll

Dr. Stefan Ryll

Full Professor (Hospitality)

Dr. Stefan Ryll is a professor of business and culinary arts. He joined SNHU in 2008. Prior to SNHU Ryll was a corporate executive chef for Marriott International and Hilton Hotels.

Dr. Ryll holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from SNHU. Ryll also completed his Bachelor in Hospitality Management at Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Ryll has numerous publications and presentations including most recently Ryll, S. (2019). What does a culinary school look like in the digital age? National Culinary Review – Journal of the American Culinary Federation.

Dr. Ryll is a member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Education and the American Culinary Federation. In 2013, he was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs – Honor Society of the American Culinary Federation.

Dr. Ryll oversees the culinary arts and nutrition minor. His other SNHU involvements include being a member of the curriculum committee, scholarship committee, and university honors advisory board.

Dr. Ryll’s awards include Winner of the President’s Merit Reward and Finalist National Chef Educator Award. He was also nominated for the Full-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Leila Samii

Dr. Leila Samii

Associate Professor (Marketing)

An Associate Professor of Marketing, Dr. Leila Samii completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. She then completed course work in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College a City University of New York college. From there, she returned to SNHU, where she received her Master of Science (MS) in International Business and completed her Ph.D. in International Business with a concentration in Marketing.  Dr. Samii’s dissertation focused on, "The Disruption of Social Media: Branding in a Cultural Context." The dissertation was a mixed model that examined social media, cross cultural factors, and brand image to define theoretical concepts. 

Dr. Samii has publications and presentations, the most notable is a book chapter titled, “Engaging your Global Social Media Audience: A Framework for E-Retailers” (2016) and serves as the President Elect for the Marketing Management Association (MMA). 

In 2017, she empowered a group of campus students to start the American Marketing Association (AMA) at SNHU and currently serves as the faculty advisor. Most notably, Dr. Samii and a team created the inaugural SNHU Business of Mindfulness Conference. The event attracted over 200 people from across all divisions of SNHU. Dr. Samii continues to actively promote mindfulness across Southern New Hampshire University. 

Elizabeth Sheehan

Dr. Elizabeth Sheehan

Professor (Sport Management)

Beth joined SNHU in 2005 as an instructor of Sport Management and is now a professor of Sport Management and the director of center for teaching and learning. She has also served as the director of college unbound, the center for community engaged learning, and the center for teaching and learning. 

Courses taught include Integrated Leadership & Project Management, Introduction to Sports Management, Sport Event Marketing & Management, Sport Event Sponsorship, Governance and Management of Sport Organizations, and Gender & Sport. Dr. Sheehan received her Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing from Mount Saint Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland, her Master of Science in Sport Management and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Publications include Sheehan, B., & McDonald, M. (December 2011).  An examination into the impact of an experience-based course on students’ emotional competency development. Sport Management Education Journal, 5(1), 49-75., and McDonald, M., Spence, K., & Sheehan, B. (2011). Classroom-As-Organization: An Integral Approach. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 6(2), 67-81. Ross, R. & Sheehan, B. (January, 2014). Integrating Experiential Education into the Curriculum. In, Hesser, G. (Ed.), Strengthening Experiential Education: A New Era. Mount Royal, NJ: National Society for Experiential Education.

Conference Presentations include:

  • Snyder, K., & Sheehan, B. (2019). “Teaching Distributive Justice Through Extended Role Play.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), New Orleans, LA.
  • Sheehan, B. (2017). “Mapping Experiential Components: Examining experiential learning across curriculum.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Koustas, S., Bard, A., Blais, C., Losapio, S., Normand, J., & Sheehan, B. (2017). “Inspiring Confidence in Practicing NSEE’s Eight Principles of Good Practice at a University Campus.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), St. Petersburg, FL. 
  • Blais, C., & Sheehan, B. (2015). “Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Using essential questions to foster integrative learning.” Paper presented at the annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference, Savannah, GA. 
  • McDonald, M., Spence, K., & Sheehan, B. (July 2010). “Classroom-as-Organization: An Integral Approach” Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Integral Theory Conference (ITC), Pleasant Hill, CA.

Dr. Sheehan serves as a member of SNHU’s General Education Advisory Board, Experiential Education Committee, and School of Business Promotion Committee and her professional service includes manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Management Education, Academy of Management Education and Learning Journal, and the Journal of Experiential Education. Dr. Sheehan is a member of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, and the North American Association for Sport Management.

 
Kevin Snyder

Dr. Kevin Snyder

Associate Professor (Sport Management)

An assistant professor of Sport Management, Kevin Snyder received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), his Master of Business Administration from University of Oregon and recently finished the doctoral program in Philosophy in Management at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Snyder's interests continue throughout sport management and business strategy in innovation and knowledge services.

Snyder has numerous lectures and research in progress. Conferences include McKelvey, S, Sutton, W. and Snyder, K. (2011). Analysis of the interaction between sales and marketing departments in a professional team setting, Sport Marketing Association, Houston, TX. Snyder has multiple publications; his books include Mills, P.K. and Snyder, K. (2010). Knowledge Services Management: Organizing Around Internal Markets, 2010, Springer: New York, NY.

Snyder has worked on consulting projects with ESPN, EA Sports, National Hockey League and the ING New York City Marathon.

Michael Tasto

Dr. Michael Tasto

Interim Dean (Finance and Economics)

Dr. Michael Tasto is a professor of finance and economics. He served as department chair from 2012-2020. His primary research field of interest is urban and regional economic. Dr. Tasto received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. John’s University in 2001, his Master of Arts in Economics in 2006 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics in 2007 from Georgia State University. He has given numerous presentations and published journal articles including a co-authored article in Economic and Politics, ''Special Interest Group Formation in the US: Do Special Interest Groups Mirror the Success of their Spatial Neighbors?'' His current research projects include examining the spatial analysis of competition by states to recruit firms and the median voter hypothesis using non-parametric estimation.

Susan Torrey

Dr. Susan Torrey

Professor (Hospitality)

Susan Torrey is a professor of Hospitality Business. Dr. Torrey received her Doctor of Arts in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University. Dr. Torrey received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior and her Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from Lesley College and her Associate of Science in Hotel, Restaurant Management, and Tourism from Endicott College.

She was nominated for SNHU's Excellence in Teaching award in 2004 and 2010 and was awarded Teacher of the Year, Manchester School of Technology in 1993.

Dr. Torrey serves as the Student Advisor for Eta Sigma Delta.

Research in progress includes "Restaurant Sustainability: Discovering best practices amongst foodservice operations regarding the triple bottom line; social, environmental and economic sustainability."

Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility

Christos and Mary PapoutsyIn 1999, the chair was established to assist students in learning about and leading ethical professional and personal lives, drawing upon the works of ancient Greek intellectuals whose teachings have shaped the history of Western civilization from antiquity to the present.

Christos Papoutsy partly attributes his successful career in the electronics industry to the education he received at SNHU, where he earned a B.S. degree and later was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Through his keen interest in Greek history and culture he met his wife, Mary, a classicist by training. Together the Papoutsy's encourage the study of classical antiquity and Hellenism, pointing out their lasting impact upon Western development and thought.

The current purpose of the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility is to educate students, staff, and the SNHU community about the social and ethical issues facing today's global environment. One of the goals of the Chair is to develop state of the art theory and research in ethics.

This position is a two-year appointment which will commence in the fall of 2017. In order to achieve the goals of the Chair, the first year the Chair will be awarded a sabbatical-type leave to conduct research.

The second year of the appointment will focus on fostering campus and community-wide dialogue and debate about ethical issues.

Southern New Hampshire University is pleased to announce the two-year appointment of Dr. Joshua Becker as the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility.