ACADEMICS

  • New Faculty 2021-2022

    Every year Worcester State University is pleased to introduce our newest faculty members and librarians, whose in-depth knowledge of their disciplines and dedication to teaching, scholarship, and research will inspire students to transform their curiosity and passion into the knowledge and skills that can shape the future.

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    Ali Al-Faris

    Computer Science

    Ali Al-Faris is a Computer Science professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Worcester State University, Clark University and Assumption University. He is Interested in Image Processing research.

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    Catherine Bue-Hepner

    Biology

    Catherine Bue-Hepner is a returning visiting assistant professor at Worcester State University. She has previously taught in the Chemistry and Biology departments, specializing in cell and molecular biology. Her research focuses on the highly conserved endomembrane system in baker’s yeast, investigating how proteins are sorted to be delivered to new locations or remain where they are. She also enjoys baking with baker's yeast. She received a BA in Biological Chemistry from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth Medical School.

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    Megan Connerly

    Education

    Megan Connerly was previously an Assistant Professor with Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina teaching in the department of Elementary and Secondary Education while also serving as Coordinator of Secondary Education programs. She also has an extensive background teaching in both public and private K-12 schools. Her research interests include schools of education, the preparation of teachers for America's K-12 schools, school leadership, and children's literature and reading.

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    Miriam Cope

    Earth, Environment, & Physics

     

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    William Deane

    Nursing

     

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    Elizabeth DelSignore

    Nursing

    Elizabeth DelSignore has been a nurse for 15 years with a background in adult surgical and pediatric critical care and GI endoscopy, and is currently working at Massachusetts General Hospital in the GI Endoscopy unit. Elizabeth's clinical and research interests include health literacy, liver disease, and simulation in nursing education.

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    Pamela Harris

    Nursing

    Pamela Harris is a recent graduate of Masters in Nursing with Education specialty. Pamela has 6 years experience as a Clinical Instructor to BSN students and one year as an Instructor for CNA/HHA classes.

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    Morgane Houssais

    Earth, Environment, & Physics

    Morgane Houssais studies the physics of elementary processes happening in wet sedimentary systems (rivers, soils, beaches,…) using novel table-top experiments, and comparisons with mathematical models, and field or simulations data. Morgane has done research in collaboration with colleagues in Earth Sciences, Physics, and Chemical Engineering departments, at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Pennsylvania, and City College of New York. Morgane is developing new projects as a visiting researcher at both the Physics department of Clark University and the Mechanical Engineering department of University of California Santa Barbara.

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    Joshua Koenig

    History & Political Science

     

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    Robert Kolesnik

    Earth, Environment, & Physics

    This is Robert's 49th year teaching physics and astronomy, first at the secondary level and now at the University level. At the secondary level Robert was a science department head and mentor of teachers. Robert now joins the institution where he studied for his undergraduate degree.

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    Aliza Lamdan

    Communication Sciences & Disorders

    Aliza Lamdan is returning to Worcester State University, where she earned her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2003. Having earned an M.A. in English and American Literature at University of Virginia, she taught English at the secondary level before commencing her study of speech and language. A practicing speech-language pathologist, with over 17 years of experience in the field, she specializes in early intervention, pragmatics and motor speech and speech sound disorders. Her research on adoptive first language acquisition has been published in a professional journal.

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    Cynthia Lebel

    Nursing

    Cynthia Lebel is a nurse with over 40 years experience in hospital setting, medical surgical , critical care and leadership. Cynthia has spent 29 years at UMass Memorial, with the past 10 years serving in various leadership positions.

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    Linda Lovejoy-Smith

    Nursing

    Linda Lovejoy-Smith graduated from Northeastern University with a BSN in 1997, and the University of Phoenix with a MSN/Ed in 2010. Linda has taught at a number of institutions including Becker College, MCPHSU in Boston, Quinsigamond Community College, Northeastern University, and Fitchburg State University, and taught clinicals at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham in Boston. Linda is currently a Nursing Supervisor at St Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, MA, and takes great pride in assisting the students to become competent, safe, well rounded nurses.

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    Carol McLaughlin

    Nursing

     

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    Ann-Marie Reynolds-Lynch

    Nursing

     

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    Lila Teeters

    History & Political Science

    Lila Teeters earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of New Hampshire after serving as a history teacher at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA. She holds a master's degree in the teaching of social studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her bachelor's from Vassar College. She was named a 2020-2021 Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow with the Institute for Citizens & Scholars and a 2021 Hurst Fellow by the American Society for Legal History. Teeters's research focuses on the history of Native American citizenship in the United States.

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    Lisa Cappabianca

    Nursing

     

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    Sarah Clement

    Occupational Therapy

     

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    Jodi Fortunato

    Nursing

    Jodi Fortunato has extensive experience in women's health and maternal-child health nursing, and has been an instructor with Worcester State University since 2013. Jodi has 19 years of experience as a registered nurse employed with UMass Memorial Medical Center in the maternity unit. Jodi's interests include prevention of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States and improvement of inequities in women's health care with focus on peripartum racial and ethnic disparities.

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    Denise Grant

    Biology

     

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    Heather Macpherson

    English

    Heather Macpherson graduated with her MA in English from Worcester State University, and also holds degrees from Salem State University and the University of Rhode Island. She is currently in the MFA program at New England College. Heather has taught part-time at Clark University and Worcester State University, where she has also served as a Clerk IV. Heather is a writer, with work appearing in the Bennington Review, 580 Split, Dr. TJ Eckleberg Review, The Worcester Review, Best American Poetry Blog, among others.

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    Emily Maloney

    Communication Sciences & Disorders

    Emily Maloney is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Worcester State. Emily has worked as a school-based SLP in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Connecticut, providing speech and language services to students ages 3 through 21. She currently maintains a small private practice working with children with dyslexia and language disorders.

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    Chrystina Manero

    Nursing

     

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    Jacqueline Morrill

    English

    Jacqueline Morrill holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an undergraduate alum of Worcester State and has been teaching Writing and First-Year Seminar here for more than eight years. Jacqueline also teaches at Clark University; her poetry and horror essays have been published in a variety of print and online periodicals.

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    Masud Rana

    Computer Science

     

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    Ellyn Schmalzer

    Occupational Therapy

    Ellyn Schmalzer completed both her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies and Master of Occupational Therapy at Worcester State University, and has been teaching as an adjunct professor since spring 2020. Ellyn has worked in long-term acute care in rehabilitation, worked with children and adolescents in mental health group homes, and found particular interest in outpatient pediatric care.

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    Sara Shafiei-Haghighi

    Chemistry