Meet the New Faculty
December 7, 2009
B.F.A., Swain School of Design; M.F.A., Queens College, CUNY
Paul Carrellas is a painter who earned his Master of Fine Arts from Queens College, CUNY, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Mass. He has taught studio art in painting and drawing at Lehman since Fall 1998, and Foundation Courses at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn since Fall 2000. Mr. Carrellas has exhibited his work since 1985. In 1994 he exhibited at the prestigious National Academy of Design in Manhattan, where he received a Certificate of Merit. He has shown at the Prince Street Gallery, also in Manhattan, and at galleries in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. His most recent work is in the exhibit "Realism Unbound" at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, N.J. (November 2009).
B.S.N., College of New Jersey; M.S., Columbia University
Shirlee Cohen, M.S.N., R.N., is a certified adult and psychiatric nurse practitioner who is an expert in critical care and emergency care. She has concentrated her practice in acute care settings and has been active in the Critical Care Nurses Association. She also has been instrumental in the implementation of Lehman's foreign nurse program. Ms. Cohen received her B.S.N. from the College of New Jersey, a Master of Science as an adult nurse practitioner from Columbia University, and a post-master's certificate from N.Y.U. as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Assistant Professor, Nursing
B.S., Far Eastern University, Manila; M.S., Lehman College
Professor Brigitte Cypress, Ed.D., R.N., specializes in adult health. She received a $10,000 award from the Critical Care Nurses Association for her research entitled "The Meaning of Intensive Care Unit Experience as Perceived by the Nurses, Patients, and Family Members." She continues her work in the development of nursing knowledge and nursing theories.
Distinguished Lecturer, Nursing
B.A., Northeastern University; B.S., M.A., Ph.D., New York University
In addition to teaching at Lehman, Dr. Barbara DiCicco-Bloom has taught at Columbia University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and New York University and altogether has over twenty years of professional and teaching experience in nursing, with a specialization in adult health. She also has published numerous articles and written many abstracts on various works. Her expertise and experience will contribute significantly to Lehman's curriculum development in nursing and in planning for the new Science Facility.
B.A., M.S., New York University
Dana Fenton has been a member of the CUNY system for over fifteen years, teaching at institutions including Hunter College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Medgar Evers College, LaGuardia Community College, and Lehman College. She has published many articles, such as "African Immigrant Religions in America" and "God's Ambassadors: A History of the Christian Clergy in America," which primarily focuses on different aspects of religion. She is a member of numerous professional societies and has received many individual grants.
Lecturer, Biological Sciences
B.S., M.A., Lehman College; Ph.D., The CUNY Graduate Center
After nearly twenty-five years in the corporate world of medical publishing, Judith FitzGerald entered Lehman in 1989 to fulfill her dream of studying the biology of plants and the natural world. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in plant studies through the Adult Degree Program, she worked for both the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a naturalist, leading guided tours within a fifty-mile radius of New York City for eleven years. She also worked with the City Parks Foundation, teaching grades 3-7 in New York City public schools in an outdoor, hands-on curriculum. The focus was on understanding and learning about the natural world in city parks. She taught workshops for teachers, as well, that concentrated on using city parks and enhancing outdoor learning experiences for students. After earning her bachelor's degree summa cum laude in 1993, she went on to complete her master's in biology in 1998. During that time, she became an adjunct in Lehman's Biological Sciences Department, teaching human anatomy and physiology, and subsequently entered the CUNY Graduate Center to complete her Ph.D. in biology, in the plant sciences subprogram. A botanist, she is interested in urban forest ecology and geology of the New York City area. In addition to her teaching duties, she is the College's chief Pre-Health Advisor.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
B.S., King's College; M.S., Ph.D., University College of London
Dr. William Harcourt-Smith is a paleoanthropologist specializing in the evolution of fossil apes and humans. Dr. Harcourt-Smith earned a bachelor's degree in physiology from King's College London, a master's degree in anthropology at University College London, and a Ph.D. in vertebrate paleontology from University College London. Now at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, he helped curate the new permanent Hall of Human Evolution and the current exhibition "Extreme Mammals." He co-directs the Rusinga Paleontological Field Project in Kenya and publishes on a wide range of subjects, with a strong focus on the evolution of human bipedalism.
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
B.S., George Washington University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Mary Huynh joins the Lehman Master of Public Health Program from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (D.O.H.M.H.), where she was the lead epidemiologist and manager of field operations for the World Trade Center Health Registry. Previously she was the director of the Data Unit in the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at D.O.H.M.H. Dr. Huynh holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics. Her research includes the role of the environment on respiratory health and perinatal outcomes. She has worked closely with community groups and labor unions. Her research activities have focused on maternal and child health, residential segregation, income inequality, and racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes.
B.A., M.L.S., Queens College
Rajeev Jayadeva joins the Leonard Lief Library as an Instructional Technologies Librarian and Instructor; he also works at Queens College as an Adjunct Instructor. Mr. Jayadeva is a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, the New York Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. His published works have appeared in International Resource Center Newsletter, and he has written a book entitled Rajeev's Essays: Freshman to Master.
Anthony K. Jensen
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
B.A., Xavier University; Ph.D., Emory University
Dr. Anthony K. Jensen completed his dissertation at Emory University in 2006 on the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's use of psychology within historiography. His main research interests are late modern German philosophy, ancient philosophy, and the philosophy of history. His articles, translations, and reviews have appeared in The Journal of the History of Philosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, International Studies in Philosophy, The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, New Nietzsche Studies, and in several anthologies. He is presently at work on a book entitled Nietzsche's Philosophies of History. Dr. Jensen has been awarded the German-American Fulbright Research Fellowship, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar International Research Fellowship, the Emory University CSAS Internationalization Research Grant, a Fellowship-in-Residence at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and, most recently, the National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship.
Assistant Professor, Economics and Business
B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Western Michigan University
Professor Angela Lebbon recently received her Doctor of Philosophy in behavior analysis, with an emphasis in organizational behavior management, from Western Michigan University. She brings to Lehman organizational experience from Kellogg's Global Organization Effectiveness Department, where she developed the Human Resource Department's merger and acquisition process and worked on various projects, including job analysis and interview guide development, 360° feedback and culture survey analyses, and coaching and leadership techniques. Additionally, Professor Lebbon has consulting experience using behavior change techniques in various industries, including manufacturing, energy and utilities, food services, and government healthcare. She has published her performance improvement research in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
B.A., M.A., Lehman College
Joseph B. McElligott is presently assistant chair of the English Department and co-director of the City and the Humanities Program at Lehman. He graduated from Lehman with a B.A. in English literature/education as well as an M.A. in English literature. He currently is a doctoral candidate in English at St. John's University in Queens and has taught as an adjunct professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkhill, N.Y. Previous to his full-time teaching career, Mr. McElligott was the North American project director of corporate educational training services for M4 Information Systems Inc., which specialized in the delivery of computer training for legal and financial firms.
Lecturer, Languages and Literatures
B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University
Francisco Montaņo joins the Department of Languages and Literatures from Indiana University, where he earned his Ph.D. in French linguistics and general linguistics. His dissertation analyzes phonological change at syllable boundaries in French phonology from a diachronic perspective. His research specializations are in Romance linguistics, phonology, and historical linguistics. At Lehman, he teaches French, Spanish, and Italian language courses, in addition to serving as the new coordinator for the language program. He has organized and spoken at several Lehman and CUNY foreign language methodology workshops within the past year, in addition to implementing a new infrastructure for a more cohesive and enhanced language program at Lehman. He also serves on the Linguistics Program Advisory Board.
Instructor, Economics and Business
B.A., University of Rochester; M.P.A., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of National and World Economy
Prior to joining the Lehman faculty, Dr. Petkov worked as a senior auditor at KPMG for almost five years. He has been involved in quarter, year-end audits, and SOX engagements for major U.S. and foreign, public and private companies. His main areas of expertise are in oil and gas, service and manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, and advertising. Dr. Petkov's research interests are in accounting and valuation for intangible assets, specifically intellectual capital. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Professor and Chair, Philosophy
B.S., M.S., University of Rome, Italy; Ph.D., genetics, University
of Ferrara, Italy; Ph.D. botany, University of Connecticut; Ph.D.,
philosophy, University of Tennessee
Dr. Massimo Pigliucci has a doctorate in genetics from the University of Ferrara (Italy, 1989), a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Connecticut (1994), and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tennessee (2003). He has carried out postdoctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University. Professor Pigliucci's fields of research include philosophy of biology, with particular relevance to the structure and foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the relationship between science and religion. He is an associate editor for Biology and Philosophy and editor-in-chief of the new journal Philosophy & Theory in Biology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and writes regularly for Philosophy Now, a magazine devoted to public understanding of philosophy. He also writes a blog about philosophy, science, and other topics at rationallyspeaking.org. Professor Pigliucci's recent papers have been published in Biology and Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and the Quarterly Review of Biology. He has published four technical books, the most recent of which is Making Sense of Evolution: Toward a Coherent Picture of Evolutionary Theory (with Jonathan Kaplan, University of Chicago Press). His forthcoming book is Evolution: The Extended Synthesis (co-edited with Gerd Muller, M.I.T. Press).
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
B.S., Southern Connecticut State University; M.A., Ph.D.,
Dr. Stephen Redenti's research interests involve stem cell physiology, development, and tissue engineering. He has worked in retinal biochemistry and retinal stem cell transplantation in efforts to elucidate photoreceptor signaling and to rebuild retinal tissue damaged by disease. Two demonstrative publications are Redenti et al. Exp Eye Res. 2007. 85(4):580-4 and Redenti et al. Biomaterials. 2009. 30(20):3405-14. His teaching experience includes four years teaching human anatomy and physiology as well as recent instruction in Principles: Cells and Genes. A link further describing his work is available through The Schepens Eye Research Institute at www.schepens.harvard.edu/redenti.html.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
B.A., Bryn Mawr College; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Marie Zermatt Scutt received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Lehman she taught at Howard University and Temple University. Dr. Scutt's area of specialization is the history of modern philosophy, with a present focus on Immanuel Kant's philosophical system. Her work on Kant so far has focused on his moral theory and his treatment of theology. She has a forthcoming paper on Kant's moral theology. Dr. Scutt also is interested in the philosophy of religion, feminist philosophy, and political philosophy. Her current research is divided into two main streams: the first involves her exploration and analysis of the dialogue between Hume and Kant on the question of theology, the second relates to her reexamination of Kant's thoughts through the lens of her developing study of feminist philosophy.
Assistant Professor, Sociology
B.A., University of New Orleans; M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University
Dr. Naomi J. Spence joins Lehman from a postdoctoral position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a scholar in the Carolina Population Center. Her research interests fit broadly within the area of social demography, including fertility and the family, health and mortality, life course sociology, and immigration and race/ethnic relations. Dr. Spence has published articles in journals such as Social Science and Medicine and Research on Aging. She also taught in the Department of Sociology at Florida State University.