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North Adams– Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has welcomed six new faculty members in a variety of disciplines for the fall 2005 semester. In addition, three other faculty members have moved from part-time status to full time. The faculty have joined the Departments of Biology, Computer Science, Education, English/Communications, Environmental Studies, Fine & Performing Arts, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Modern Language and Philosophy. The new faculty members include the following: • David Eve has joined the Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor. Eve earned his Ed.D. in Leadership and Administration, M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his B.A. in Geology from the College of Wooster (Ohio). He comes from Partners for Community in Springfield where he served as Vice President of Information and Technology. He has also taught information technology at the college level. • Mike Dalton has also joined the Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor. Dalton has had significant experience working in the field at Sun Microsystems as well as in the classroom at the University of New Hampshire. He is completing his Ph.D. in Engineering at The University of New Hampshire where he also completed both a Master and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. • John Wesley Flinn is serving as an Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts. He is scheduled to complete his Ph.D. in Music Theory within a year from the University of Cincinnati, from which he also holds a Master of Music Composition. He joins MCLA from Northern Kentucky University where he was a Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition and Interim Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition. • Peter Hoyt joins the Biology Department as an Instructor of Sports Medicine. Hoyt earned his M.S. in Education from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia) and B.S. in Sports Medicine from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. He comes from Herkimer County Community College where he was Director of Athletic Training. • Dawn Rodrigues has joined the Education Department as an Assistant Professor. In this capacity, she is developing an instructional technology master’s degree concentration for the Education Department and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on technology-related curriculum topics. She is also implementing a professional development program for the Berkshire Wireless Learning Initiative. Rodrigues earned a Ph.D. and M.A.T. from Kent State University and comes from Empire State College where she was Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. • Elena Traister is serving as an Instructor of Environmental Studies within the Department of Biology. She holds a Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in literary studies from Williams College. She has served as a teaching assistant at both Yale and Williams. • Jennifer Augur joins the English/Communications Department as an Instructor. She received her M.F.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her M.A. in Humanistic Psychology from State University of West Georgia, and B.A. in English from Long Island University. She has previously taught at MCLA in a part-time capacity. • Edward Curtin has also transitioned into a full-time role within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. He has taught at MCLA on a part-time basis since 1996 and has also served as an adjunct professor at Berkshire Community College and Anna Maria College. Curtin holds an M.A. in sociology from The City College if New York, an M.A. in religious studies from Manhattan College, a B.A. in classics from Iona College and secondary teaching certification in social studies and English. • Ellen DiGiovanni has also moved into the full-time position of Instructor of French. In this role, she is teaching Elementary and Intermediate French. DiGiovanni comes to MCLA with more than eight years of French and French stage experience. She holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Tufts University and Certificate in French Literature from the University of Paris.
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