Welcome to new faculty who join our ranks this semester!
Dr. Patti Aldredge comes to Education and Human Studies at Champlain as our new Associate Professor/Program Director in Social Work. She was previously at Virginia Commonwealth University where she served as Director of Field Education. She has taught at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and New York University. Patti has 15 years of experience as a social work field administrator and has worked in both MSW and BSW programs. Her experience includes rural, urban, and online settings in programs ranging from 25 – 1,000 students. Patti has experience with three successful CSWE reaffirmations and is a member of the CSWE national Council on Practice Methods and Specialization, which has provided her the opportunity for input at a national level. Patti is an established scholar with particular interest in the topics of aging, stigma, and intergroup dialogue.
Jessica Allard has joined the Library as Academic Outreach & Collections Librarian. Jessica majored in English and minored in Classical Studies at Siena College in NY. She found her passion for a career in libraries after volunteering at the Boston Athenaeum, and completed her Masters in Information Studies at SUNY Albany. Prior to joining Champlain, Jessica worked as a librarian at NECI and as Library Director at Burlington College, where she also participated in their general education redesign. She will manage all aspects of our online and print collections, and will participate in teaching and reference.
Dr. Betsy Allen-Pennebaker joins the Core as full-time faculty this fall, having taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Core Division since 2011. She holds a DPhil from Oxford, where she specialized in German literature, with a research emphasis on anti-Communist discourse in Austria. She holds two master’s degrees, and her undergraduate degree is from Williams College. Betsy lives in Burlington.
Greg Bemis will continue his contributions to the Communication and Creative Media division and the College as Assistant Professor of Game Design, having been an Instructor of Game Design since 2006 and an adjunct faculty member since 2003. Greg holds an M.S. in Mass Communication from Emerson College and has just completed the M.F.A. in Emergent Media at Champlain College. Greg has taught a wide range of courses for CCM, including Game History and Development, Introduction to Game Design, Production I and II, Broadcast Journalism, Electronic Media Writing, and Video Communication, among others. Greg has also worked as Coordinator/Producer for Extended Play, a weekly TV program about the video game industry, and as Line Producer for Internet Tonight, a daily TV news-magazine about Internet technology and trends.
Dr. Narine Hall, whose Ph.D. in Computer Science was awarded in 2014 by the University of Vermont, will be joining Information Technology and Science’s fastest growing program, Computer Science and Innovation, as Assistant Professor. Narine earned the M.Sc. in Computer Science, a graduate Certificate in Complex Systems, and teaching experience in programming/software engineering during her time at UVM. Her undergraduate degree, in Applied Mathematics & Informatics, is from Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia. Serving as Chief Data Scientist at Faraday in Burlington, VT, Narine has substantial industry experience including a stint at the T. J. Watson IBM Research Center and the iconic software developer Wolfram Research.
Saad R. Khattak joins Champlain’s Information Technology and Sciences Division as Assistant Professor of Game Programming. Saad is finishing up doctoral work at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He holds a Bachelor of IT Game Development and Entrepreneurship and a Masters in Computer Science from UOIT. Saad has 5 years’ experience teaching courses like Object Oriented Programming, Linear Algebra, Physics and Game Engine Design & Implementation. His game development skills and specialty in game engine architecture and design have been honed in Toronto’s vibrant game industry over the last four years with stints at DrinkBox Studios and SkopWorks Inc. game development studio, where he is the technical lead.
Kim MacQueen will continue her contributions to Communication and Creative Media in a new role as a full-time Instructor with teaching and advising responsibilities, in addition to her editorial duties for the Champlain College Publishing Initiative.
Dr. Shane Moser comes to the Stiller School of Business from the University of Mississippi, where he was an Assistant Professor of Finance. Shane’s Ph.D. in Finance was awarded by the University of Kansas and he holds two master’s degrees – an M.S. in Statistics from Oregon State and a Master’s of Accounting & Information Systems from the University of Kansas – as well as two bachelor’s degrees, including a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Mathematics, both from the University of Kansas. Shane’s published research deals mainly in corporate bond markets and he is currently exploring debt specialization in startups.
Dr. Brian Murphy comes to the Core from Miami University of Ohio, where he was a visiting assistant professor of American Studies. He holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University, where he wrote a dissertation entitled “The Future of American Memory: Media Preservation, Photography, and Digital Archives.”
Devin Paden, a seasoned cybersecurity professional with consummate experience in incident response, intrusion analysis, digital forensics and security software development, joins Information Technology and Sciences at Champlain this fall as Assistant Professor of Computer Networking & Cybersecurity (CNCS). He has been serving as Principal Cyber Security Engineer for the last decade at SpectreWorks, Inc., in Herndon, VA, after a stint as Senior Information Security Engineer and Project Manager for the federal government. Devin holds an M.S. in Information Systems and has completed substantial doctoral work in Cybersecurity at George Mason University.
Dr. Monica Perry comes to Champlain’s Stiller School of Business from University of Redlands in Southern California where she was a tenured full professor of marketing and has worked for eleven years. Monica combines up-to-date social media and digital skills with a strong background in market research. She has served both as Assistant Dean and Undergraduate Program Director at Redlands. Her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Maryland is strengthened by a minor in Information Systems/Logistics, an honors M.B.A. from Penn State, and a B.S. in Psychology from William & Mary.
Julia Swift joins Communication and Creative Media as Assistant Professor of Filmmaking. Julia holds an M.F.A. in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Creative Writing, Literature, and Film Criticism from Columbia University. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in screenwriting and media production at California State University, Northridge and at Tribeca Flashpoint Film School. Julia has extensive industry experience in narrative film, television, and theatre, as well as creative non-fiction and documentary. She was Story Editor and Staff Writer for Smallville, a Warner Brothers Studios production, Staff Writer for Book of Daniel, a Sony Picture TV production, and her narrative short films have won awards at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival, and Charleston Film Festival. She is also a published writer of poetry, fiction, and interactive stories.
Dr. Rosalynne D. Whitaker-Heck joins Communication and Creative Media as Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Administration. Roz holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University and an M.S. in Media Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University since 2007, and as Assistant Director since 2003. She has taught a wide range of courses in Public Relations, as well as Crisis Communication, Electronic News Gathering, New Media Technologies, and Television Studio Production, among many others. She has been the co-owner of HECK Productions since 1994.
Faith Yacubian joined the Division of Education and Human Studies faculty beginning May 1st. Faith is our full-time EHS Signature Course Coordinator, launching our new initiative in Fall 2015. She holds an M.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a doctoral student in education at UVM. Faith will oversee the implementation of three new Division-wide courses, EHS 100 Making Connections, EHS 200 Hot Topics Seminar and EHS 210 Social Justice Intensive. These courses are part of a 4-year Capstone Experience for EHS students.