Marywood University welcomed the following new faculty for the 2013-14 academic year:
College of Health and Human Services
Barbara Higgins, Ph.D. is the chair of the nursing department. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she is teaching in the BSN program. Dr. Higgins is a women’s health nurse practitioner with specialization in the areas of urogynecology and menopausal transition. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She earned a Ph.D. in child and family studies at the University of Maine
Helen Battisti, Ph.D., R.D. is an assistant professor in the nutrition and dietetics department. Dr. Battisti authored a research study titled, “Healthy as a Horse,” examining the effect of an equine assisted learning program’s ability to influence weight management in children ages 6-11. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, New York State Dietetic Association, and the Southern Tier Dietetics Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton; and a master of science degree in foods and nutrition and Ph.D. in human development/health promotion from Marywood University.
Amy Tomasko, M.S., R.D., is a clinical instructor in the nutrition and dietetics department. Her research areas include community nutrition, nutrition education and sports nutrition. She earned a bachelor of science in nutrition sciences from the Pennsylvania State University and a master of science in nutrition from Marywood University.
Julio Ramos, M.D., FACR, is the medical director for the Human Physiology Lab. Dr. Ramos is a physician with Professional Orthopaedics Assoc. Ltd., in Scranton and is the subspecialty associate program director for the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, as well as a member of the clinical faculty for the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton. He is a member of the International Society for clinical Densitometry, American College of Rheumatology and an associate member of the American College of Physicians and the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Ross University School of Medicine, Dominca, West Indies.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business Department
James Biagi, J.D., C.P.A. is an assistant professor of accounting in the business program. He is a partner in the law firm Dickover, Donnelly, Donovan, and Biagi, and has been a trial attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel for the IRS. Dr. Biagi received his bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University, a juris doctor from SUNY Buffalo Law School, and is a certified public accountant.
Monica Law, Ph.D. is an assistant professor (pro-rata) of management in the business department. Dr. Law has a bachelor of science in radiological sciences from UNLV; a master of education in education leader from UNLV; and a doctor of philosophy learning and performance systems, with an emphasis in HR/Training and Development for the Pennsylvania State University.
Ellen Sherwood, M.B.A. is an instructor in the business department. She received her bachelor of science from the University of Alberta and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan. Prior to teaching, she established a successful career in advertising, marketing, and business development.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Philosophy Department
Aaron Simmons, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of philosophy. His interest areas include ethical theory, bioethics, environmental philosophy, and animal studies. He is working on a book on the moral standing and mental capacities of animals as well as a series of papers on the moral importance of empathy. He earned his bachelor degree from Oberlin College, with double majors in Philosophy and Environmental Studies; and his master of arts degree and doctorate degree in philosophy from Bowling Green State University.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Religious Studies Department
Tammy Amossen, M.Th. is a pro-rata instructor in the religious studies department. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Texas Tech University, and her master of theological studies from the University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas.
Melinda Krokus, M.Div., Ph.D. (ABD) is an instructor in the religious studies department. She earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in religious studies and conservation ecology from Prescott College in Arizona; a master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate, ABD, in the Boston University professors program. She is completing her dissertation, titled, “The Poetic Body: Knowledge and Love in a Transnational Sufi Order.”
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Science Department
Craig Bowe, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of chemistry. He previously served as an examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization of the United Kingdom and in his most recent position served as chief scientist for the department of environment health services of the ministry of the environment, commonwealth of the Bahamas. Dr. Bowe received his bachelor degree in chemistry from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Florida.
Steven Reggie, D.C. is a clinical assistant professor in the science department. Dr. Reggie completed his pre-chiropractic studies at LCCC and the University of Scranton, and he earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas. He has been in practice as a chiropractor since 1994.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Science Department
Samantha Christiansen, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the social sciences department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado; a master’s degree in world history; a graduate certificate in women’s studies and a Ph.D. in world history from Northeastern University.
Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts
Niko Kallianiotis, M.F.A. is an assistant professor (pro-Rata) in photography in the department of visual arts. He is working on a personal documentary book project about his experience of returning to the Greek community in Astoria, N.Y. His interest and research areas are portrait and documentary photography from the 1930s to the present. Mr. Kallianiotis received his bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from Marywood University and his master of fine arts in photography and video and related media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Catherine Bolton, M.S., is an assistant professor (pro-rata) in advertising/public relations in the communication arts department. She is past president and chief operating officer for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Throughout her career, she held various directorial roles at Akzo Nobel Salt, WNET Public Television, and the Princess Grace Foundation and served as the national manager of public relations at Six Flags Corporation. She received her master of science degree from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communication Management
Paul Sevensky, M.A. is an assistant professor and co-director of the advertising/public relations program of the communication arts department. He has been in the advertising and public relations industry for more than 30 years and has been an adjunct instructor at Marywood University. He is faculty advisor for the Marywood Chapter of American Advertising Federation (AAF). He earned his bachelor of arts degree in journalism and communications from Point Park University, Pittsburgh, and his master of arts degree in communication arts from Marywood University.
Music Theatre and Dance
Paulette Merchel, Ph.D. is an associate professor and director of theatre for the music, theatre, and dance department. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Marywood, she went on to earn her M.A. in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, pursued her M.A./Ph.D. in comparative literature at SUNY Stony Brook, and then earned her Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University. She has taught at Skidmore College, SUNY Stony Brook, and Marywood University where she was, at first, a lecturer in public speaking while also teaching speech and dramatic arts at West Scranton High School. Before joining Marywood’s faculty, she taught at West for 20 years. During her subsequent 19-year tenure at Marywood, she produced 26 plays and directed nearly 30 dramas, comedies, and musicals, plus eleven plays in her favorite genre: children’s theatre. Dr. Merchel has returned to Marywood this year as the director of the theatre program.
Linn McDonald, M.Ed., is an instructor (pro-Rata) and director of the dance minor degree program. She is the founder of “Dance Elan,” the first pre-professional dance company at Marywood University and recently began the Green Ridge Youth Theatre, a program that offers children the opportunity to perform in full-length musical productions. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Marywood University and a master of education degree in dance from Temple University. She is the owner and director of Linn McDonald School of Dance in Scranton.
School of Architecture
Patrick Martin, M.Arch. is a per annum member of the faculty in the school of architecture. He has been instrumental in formulating new pedagogies and learning modalities for first and third year design studios, courses in building assemblies and digital fabrication. He earned his undergraduate and master of architecture degrees from Norwich University.
Margaret McManus, M.Arch is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture. She earned her bachelor of science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and her master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects, LEED Accredited Professional, and NCARB.
Miguel Angel Calvo Salvo, M.Arch., Ph.D. (ABD) is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture. He is a recipient of an Erasmus Fellowship for study at the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan and is currently ABD in his Ph.D. studies in Architecture at the University A Coruna, Spain. He is a registered architect in Spain where his work has been extensive and award winning. He received his master of architecture degree from Escuela Technica Superior de Architecture de Madrid.
The Reap College of Education and Human Development
Shirley Samson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of psychology and counseling. Her research interests are social psychology, group processes, and intergroup relations. Her specific research interests are in uncertainty-identity theory, social identity theory, stereotype content model, entitativity (the “groupiness” characteristic of a group), and the impressions of groups and their leaders from both an intergroup and intragroup context. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Andrea Novak, M.A. is a clinical assistant professor, as well as the chairperson and graduate program director in the department of communication science and disorders. She also is advisor for the university chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her clinical areas of interest lie in adult cognition/neurogenic, supervision, phonology, and swallowing disorders.
She earned her bachelor of science degree from Marywood University and her master of arts degree from Edinboro University. She is a PA licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Mary Margaret Mazzaccaro, M.S. is a clinical instructor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her interests lie in cognitive rehabilitation, communication with ventilator dependent and/or tracheotomy patients, and child speech and language disorders. She received her master of science degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Florida State University.
Sheri Ann Skrutski, Au.D., is a clinical instructor in the communication sciences and disorders department. Her interests lie in pediatric and geriatric diagnostic and rehabilitative areas of Audiology. She received her bachelor of science degree from Marywood University in Communication Disorders. She earned her master of science degree in audiology from Bloomsburg University, and her clinical doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida.
Renee S. Jourdanais, M.S. is a clinical instructor in the communication sciences and disorders department. She is the clinic director for the on-campus clinic. Her professional interests include supervision as well as individuals with cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies, dyspraxia, and aphasia. She received a bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders from Marywood University, and a master of science degree in speech-language pathology from Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.
Amy Wincek, M.S. is a clinical instructor in the communication sciences and disorders department. She received her bachelor degree from the College of Notre Dame and her master of science degree at Wilkes University. Her interests are in Early Childhood and Middle Level Education and Supervision, and Teacher Preparation.
David Isgan, MHS, PA-C, is a clinical instructor in the physician assistant program. His interests include physical assessment, infection prevention, patient safety, patient education, cultural awareness, and interprofessional education. He received his bachelor of science degree in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience from King’s College. He earned his bachelor of science in physician assistant studies from Marywood University and completed his national certification as a physician assistant in 2001. He obtained a master of health science degree from Drexel University.