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New faculty members participate in orientation program



The orientation program was held Aug. 15.
August 15, 2012

Misericordia University recently welcomed the addition of 11 new full-time faculty members to campus for the 2012-13 academic year during a special orientation program in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, Richard A. Boada, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of English. Dr. Boada holds a doctorate in creative writing and literature from The University of Southern Mississippi; a Master of Arts degree in creative writing and literature from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bellarmine University in Kentucky. He was a postdoctoral teaching fellow and director of the Writing Center at Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss. Christopher M. Carr, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of religious studies. Dr. Carr earned his doctoral degree in religious studies and his undergraduate degree in speech from Marquette University. He was an assistant professor at Caldwell College, Caldwell, N.J.; and a lecturer at Marquette University. Frank Yepez Castillo, Ph.D., has been named a visiting assistant professor of chemistry/biochemistry. He earned his doctorate in chemistry and biochemistry from The University of Oklahoma and his Bachelor of Science in materials engineering from the Universidad Simon Bolivar, Venezuela. Dr. Castillo was a postdoctoral fellow of chemistry at Berea College, Berea, Kent., and was a postdoctoral research associate and graduate teaching assistant at The University of Oklahoma. Abigail P. Davis, M.S., was appointed as an assistant professor of physician assistant studies. She has a master’s degree in physician assistant studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Marywood University, Scranton, Pa. She worked as a physician assistant at Emergency Services, P.C., Scranton, Pa. Elisa P. Korb, Ph.D., J.D., has been named an assistant professor of fine arts. Dr. Korb earned her doctorate from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K.; her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and her undergraduate degree in history of art from the Adelphi University Honors College, Garden City, N.Y. She was an assistant professor of chair of the department of humanities and law, co-director of the university honors program, and curator of the print and drawings collection of the Thrift Library at Anderson University, Anderson, S.C. Christopher A. Stevens, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of history and government. He holds a doctorate in political science from Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass., a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Delaware and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Stevens was a visiting assistant professor at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., and was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, Neb. In the College of Health Sciences, Jennifer Dessoye, O.T.D., has been named an assistant professor of occupational therapy. She holds a doctorate and Master of Science degrees in occupational therapy from Misericordia University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Misericordia University. She was a member of the adjunct faculty at Misericordia University and was an occupational therapist for the Hazleton Area School District, and Catapult Learning and Therapy Source. Tracy Golder, M.S.N., was appointed as an assistant professor of nursing. Dr. Golder is a candidate for a Ph.D., from Capella University. She also has a Master of Science degree in nursing from Bloomsburg University, BSN from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and earned her RN from the Geisinger School of Nursing. She was the coordinator of the pediatric/adult asthma program at Geisinger Medical Center, an assistant professor at Wilkes University, and was the director of the simulated nursing lab at Bloomsburg University. Brenda Pavill, Ph.D., has been named an associate professor of nursing. She earned her doctorate in education and human development from Marywood University; her family nurse practitioner and Master of Science in nursing degrees from Misericordia University; her M.S. in early childhood education from Bloomsburg University; her BSN from Wilkes University and her RN from St. Agnes Medical Center. Dr. Pavill was an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and an associate professor at Misericordia University. In the College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences, Zhen Ma, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of business. Dr. Ma has a doctorate degree in economics; a Master of Philosophy degree from the City University of New York Graduate Center; and a BA in accounting and computer science from the City University of New York Queens College. Dr. Ma was an adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York Queens College and a research assistant at the New York Census Research Data Center and National Bureau of Economic Research. Paul Nardone, M.S., was appointed as a visiting assistant professor of business. He has a Master of Science in organizational management and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Misericordia University. He was a member of the adjunct faculty at Misericordia University and is an entrepreneur.

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Misericordia University recently welcomed the addition of 11 new full-time faculty members to campus for the 2012-13 academic school year during a special orientation program in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. Participating in the program, seated from left, are Tracy Golder, M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing; Brenda Pavill, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing; Paul Nardone, M.S., visiting assistant professor of business; and Elisa Korb, Ph.D., J.D., assistant professor of fine arts; standing, Zhen Ma, Ph.D., assistant professor of business; Christopher Stevens, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and government; Christopher M. Carr, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies; Abigail P. Davis, M.P.A.S., P.A.-C., assistant professor of physician assistant studies; Jennifer Dessoye, O.T.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy; and Richard A. Boada, Ph.D., assistant professor of English.

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