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Dr. Alfred G. Mueller II
Dr. Alfred G. Mueller II

Dean

B.A.s in Communication, History, Philosophy, Wilkes University
M.A. in Communication Studies, University of Iowa

Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Iowa
610-558-5508
muellera@neumann.edu

 

Dr. Mueller has taught undergraduate courses in the university classroom for twenty years. This classically trained rhetorician is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, having served as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia and as a member of a Ford Foundation bridging project studying the relationship between Russia and the Caucasus. Prior to coming to Neumann, he served as Program Coordinator of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the Mont Alto campus of Penn State University and as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University. He and his wife, Lusine, live in Media with their two children, Helena and Jacob.

 


 

Barbara Guardiola
 

Bárbara Guardiola
Secretary to the Dean
B.A., Dickinson College
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
610-558-5509
guardiob@neumann.edu

     

Bárbara Sánchez Guardiola comes to Neumann University with an advanced degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and extensive organizational and administrative experience. She managed internal operations and a child health outreach program for Public Citizens for Children and Youth and has also provided bilingual translation services to a variety of businesses and organizations. As an administrator, she has experience ensuring details and quality control and she has a strong commitment to Neumann’s values. 

 


 

Elaine Hills
 




Elaine Hills

Faculty Secretary
610-558-5634
ehills@neumann.edu




Kristen Acosta
 



Kristen Acosta

Instructor
Criminal Justice
B.S., St. Joseph's University
M.S., West Chester University
610-558-5624
acostak@neumann.edu



 

Amanda Breen
 


Amanda Breen

Assistant Professor
Psychology
B.A., Ithaca College
M.P.H., Drexel University
Ph.D., Temple University
610-361-2546
breena@neumann.edu

 


 

Amy Brown-Savitz
Assistant Professor
Chemistry
B.S., Lafayette College
Ph.D., University of Buffalo, State University of New York
(610)-361-2472
browna@neumann.edu



 

Gail Shanley Corso
 


Gail Shanley Corso

Professor
Communication & Media Arts and English
B.A., Brooklyn College
M.A., SUNY Albany
Ph.D. Bowling Green University
(610)-558-5515
gcorso@neumann.edu




Maria Teresa de Gordon
 


Maria Teresa de Gordon

Assistant Professor
English and Spanish
B.A., University of Delaware
M.A., University of Delaware
Ed.D., Wilmington University
(610)-361-5388
degordom@neumann.edu



 

Randall L. Detra
 


Randall L. Detra

Associate Professor
Science and Technology
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Ohio University
Ph.D., Ohio State University
(610)-558-5598
detrar@neumann.edu

     

Few faculty can claim such a diversity of experiences. He has practiced biology from various perspectives: the chemical structure of enzymes, the environmental fate of pesticides, the metabolism of drugs in race horses, the biochemistry of insecticide resistance. He also has familiarity in bionomics of grouse, cancer research, environmental analysis, laboratory management.




David DiMarco
 


David DiMarco

Associate Professor
Mathematics
B.S., Stevens Institute of Technology
M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology
M.S., Iona College
Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology
(610)-361-5493
dimarcod@neumann.edu

     
"The moving power of mathematical invention is not reasoning but imagination"
Augustus De Morgan

"The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil to learn is hammering on cold iron" Horace Mann



Mac Given
 



Mac Given
Professor
Biology
A.B., Brown University
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
mgiven@neumann.edu

     

This herpetologist has published many articles on frog communication and recently has taught introductory biology, ecology, genetics and advanced seminars in science. He also taught a course focusing on forgiveness and reconciliation in the wake of 9/11. When on sabbatical in 2005-2006, he lived in Guatemala with his family, where he introduced an environmental curriculum by which children, through the capture and identification of larval insects, adopt streams and monitor their quality. Locally, he is active with several environmental organizations. In 2001, he received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.




Joseph C. Glass
 


Joseph C. Glass

Associate Professor
Communication and Media Arts
B.S. Mount Saint Mary’s University
M.Div., Mount Saint Mary’s University
D.Min., Graduate Theological Foundation
(610)-358-4570
glassj@neumann.edu




Joseph Gosseaux
 

Joseph Gosseaux
Instructor
Criminal Justice
B.S., St. Joseph's University
M.S., Penn State University
(610)-361-5253
Gosseauj@neumann.edu

     

Founder of the Neumann University Criminal Justice Program, this retired Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brings reality to the classroom through his law enforcement experiences and knowledge of the subject areas taught. He considers his most important job to be preparing Neumann University students for their chosen careers in criminal justice.

 


 

Brinda Govindaraju
 
Brinda Govindaraju
Assistant Professor
Biology
M.B.B.S., Coimbatore Medical College, India M.D., Educational Commission
of Foreign Medical Graduates
610-361-5293
govindab@neumann.edu
     

Dr. Brinda Govindaraju taught Anatomy and Physiology as an adjunct at Neumann for seven years. In 2012, she received the Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Before coming to Neumann, she was a general practitioner in India after earning her degree from Coimbatore Medical College. She has volunteered as a teacher for a local Indian association for six  years. She’s an avid reader and often donates blood. In her free time, Brinda enjoys gardening and spending time with her two daughters.

 


 

William J. Hamilton
 

William J. Hamilton
Assistant Professor
English
B.A., Lehigh University
M.A., University of Akron
Ph.D., University of Oregon
610-358-4516
HAMILTOW@neumann.edu



 

Glenn Holmstrom
 

Glenn Holmstrom
Associate Professor
Art
B.F.A. Columbus College of Arts & Design
M.F.A. Ohio State University
(610)-558-5536
holmstrg@neumann.edu

     

This Erie, Pennsylvania, native has shown his paintings and photographs locally and nationally. In 2003 he received Neumann University's Growth in Scholarship Award.



 

Etsuko Hoshino-Browne
 
Etsuko Hoshino-Browne
Assistant Professor
Psychology
Honours B.A., University of Waterloo, Canada
Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Canada
610-558-5583
hoshinoe@neumann.edu

 


 

Virginia Hughes
 

Virginia Hughes
Associate Professor
Biology/CLS
B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore
M.S., University of Maryland,Baltimore
Ph.D., Auburn University
610-361-5317
HUGHESV@neumann.edu

     

Dr. Hughes teaches immunohematology, hemostasis and body fluids, and senior capstone seminar. She has experience in administrative, clinical, and research settings and has published books and articles on immunology, immunohematology, and hematology topics. Research areas include stem cells, bioluminescence, and logistic regression. She has a passion for mentoring students in research and identifying venues for presenting their work.




Yukiko Ishida


Yukiko Ishida

Associate Professor
Music
B.M., Kunitachi College of Music
M.M., Temple University
D.M.A., Combs College of Music
(610)-361-5428
ISHIDAY@neumann.edu

An internationally known coloratura soprano who has performed in the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, "Dr. Yuki" shares international teaching techniques with Neumann students as a result of her involvement with the International Chamber Music Festival in Evian, France, and her lectures in Japan. Dr. Yuki is also director of the Neumann University Concert Chorale. Her joy in music inspires both beginning and experienced singers at Neumann University, and her professional achievements as a soloist and lecturer enrich the learning experience for her students. According to Dr. Yuki, "Singing offers a challenge to all singers: How do we express our feelings with our voices? My role is to help voice students convert their internal feelings into external expressions via their voices. Everyone who has a voice can polish their instrument and create music if they wish to."



 

Bryce Johnson
 


Bryce Johnson
Associate Professor
English and Humanities
B.A., The College of William and Mary
Ph.D., Duke University
(610) 558-5578
JOHNSONB@neumann.edu




 

James Kain
 


James Kain
Assistant Professor
Communication Arts
Writing Coordinator
B.A., West Chester State College
M.A., West Chester University
(610) 361-5349
JKAIN@neumann.edu




Geoffrey Karabin
 


Geoffrey Karabin
Assistant Professor
Philosophy
B.A., Loyola College
M.A., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
M.A., Villanova University
Ph.D., Villanova University
610-361-5274
karabing@neumann.edu




 

Janelle Ketrick-Gillespie
 


Janelle Ketrick-Gillespie
Associate Professor
English
B.A., Neumann College
M.Ed., Widener University
Ed.D., Widener University
610-358-4517
ketrickj@neumann.edu


 



Bong S. Kim
 


Bong S. Kim

Associate Professor
Mathematics
B.S., Korea University
M.A. State University of New York
Ph.D., Temple University
(610)-558-5633
KIMB@neumann.edu

     

This statistician teaches courses such as mathematical statistics, business statistics, and college algebra in addition to introductory statistics. In 2007, he received Neumann University’s Excellence in Teaching Award.




Claudia Marie Kovach



Claudia Marie Kovach

Professor
English and French
B.A., Seton Hill University
M.A., Purdue University
Ph.D., Purdue University
(610)-558-5573
ckovach@neumann.edu

   

Former dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Kovach serves as Executive Director of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Scholastic Honor Society DESNational@neumann.edu. She has published and presented internationally on writers such as Isabel Allende, Margery Kemp, Voltaire, and Amy Tan; she accords special attention to the medieval (and timeless) Tristan legend and its possibilities in tandem with contemporary literary theory. Her avocations include Chinese folk dance, competitive figure skating and ice dancing, and Tang Soo Do karate.




Matthew Mastropaolo
 

Matthew Mastropaolo
Assistant Professor
Biology
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
610-358-4240
mastropm@neumann.edu

     

Dr. Mastropaolo was an adjunct at Neumann for two years teaching a variety of courses such as Physical Science, Environmental Studies, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology. He also served as the Science Laboratory Manager at Neumann University for one year. Before his time at Neumann University, Dr. Mastropaolo received a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech where he studied bacterial interactions during an infection and spent four years working on soil microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Mastropaolo has an interest in working with undergraduate students in a laboratory setting in order to prepare them for careers in science. He will be working with other Neumann and SEPCHE (Southeastern Consortium of Higher Education) faculty to expand undergraduate research opportunities for students in the Sciences. When he is not teaching science he likes to spend his time with his three children swimming and doing karate.

 


 

Colleen McDonough
 


Colleen McDonough

Associate Professor
Psychology
B.A., University of California, San Diego
M.P.H., San Diego State University
M.S., Lehigh University
Ph.D., Lehigh University
(610) 361-5242
MCDONOUC@neumann.edu

     

This developmental psychologist is interested in language and cognitive development in infancy and early childhood. Though she is no longer officially a student, she is still learning about language and cognitive development from her son, Dylan, who was born in September of 2005.

 



Robert J. McMonagle
 


Robert J. McMonagle

Associate Professor
Political Science
B.A., Temple University
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., Temple University
(610)-361-5278
mcmonagr@neumann.edu

     

Dr. McMonagle, also known as "Doc" by many of his students, served as Deputy Legislative Director for a US Congressman on Capitol Hill before running for Congress and later for Delaware County Council.  Dr. McMonagle earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Temple University and his MPP in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.  An expert in American Government and Public Policy, this educator brings a wealth of practical and scholarly experience into the classroom -- preparing students for a variety of skill-based careers or for graduate studies starting in their freshman year at Neumann. His book, Caribou and Conoco, explains the political and social variables that have been driving important public policy debates on energy and the environment.




Andrew Miller
 


Andrew Miller
Instructor
History
B.A., Villanova University
M.A., Villanova University
610-361-2545
millera@neumann.edu




A. Edward Milliner, Jr.
 


A. Edward Milliner, Jr.
Instructor
Mathematics and Theater
B.A., Western Maryland College
M.A., Villanova University
(610)-558-5582
MILLINEA@neumann.edu

     

This multidimensional teacher sees mathematics, like music, as a creation. It is not found or discovered, but created. It is not a creation that we can hold or see, but it is there--like music. The difference: music is fed through feeling, through the heart; mathematics, instead, is music of the mind.




John M. Mizzoni
 


John M. Mizzoni

Professor
Philosophy
Arts and Humanities Department Head
B.A., Providence College
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Temple University
610-361-5496
mizzonij@neumann.edu

     

A specialist in moral and environmental philosophy, this semi-professional musician teaches a wide range of philosophy courses as well as philosophy with music. He has over twenty publications and has made over forty paper presentations. He believes that some popular songs are helpful in showing that philosophy lives outside the classroom.




Fereshteh Oboudiat
 


Fereshteh Oboudiat

Assistant Professor
Psychology
Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Head
B.A., Iran Girls College
M.S., Kansas State College of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
(610) 361-5297
OBOUDIAF@neumann.edu


 

Annemarie O'Malley



Annemarie O'Malley

Assistant Professor
American Sign Language and Spanish
B.S., West Chester University
M.Ed., Temple University
(610)-361-2480
omalleya@neumann.edu

This instructor of Spanish and American Sign Language once lived in Valencia, Spain, studying Spanish and the Spanish culture. She also formerly taught Spanish in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District at both the high school and middle school levels. She developed, implemented and taught the elementary foreign language program before joining the Neumann University faculty.

 


 

Leanne R Owen


Leanne R. Owen
Professor
Criminal Justice
B.A., University of Kansas
M.A., University of Wales, Bangor
Ph.D., University of Wales, Bangor 
610-558-5653
owenl@neumann.edu

 


 

Ramona Palmerio-Roberts
 


Ramona Palmerio-Roberts

Associate Professor
Psychology
A.A., Manatee Community College
B.A., University of Tampa
M.S., Nova Southeastern University
Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University
(610)-558-5610
robertsr@neumann.edu

     

Dr. Roberts brings direct patient experience from various clinical settings into the classroom. Her areas of interests are addiction, multicultural issues, and motivational interviewing. Her research interests involve stereotyping and perception.



 

Philip R. Pegan
 

Philip R. Pegan
Associate Professor
Philosophy
B.S., Cornell University
Ph.D., Syracuse University
610-358-4216
PEGANP@neumann.edu




Anne Ramirez
 


Anne Ramirez

Associate Professor
Communication & Media Arts and English
B.A. Ithaca College
M.A. State University of New York
Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
(610)-558-5571
ARAMIREZ@neumann.edu

     

This leader of the literature/humanities group and educator of the imagination (a phrase drawn from critic Northrop Frye) has special interests in Emily Dickinson, poetry in general, Shakespeare, 19th-century novels, interdisciplinary women's studies, conferencing with students, and lifelong learning.



 

Sr. Linda Sariego, OSF
 


Sr. Linda Sariego, OSF

Assistant Professor
Spanish
B.A., Chestnut Hill College
M.A., La Salle University
M.A., Spanish, The Catholic University of America
Ph.D., Spanish, The Catholic University of America
610-358-4276
SARIEGOL@neumann.edu
     

Sister Linda Marie Sariego, OSF has been a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia for many years. She received a BA in Spanish K-12 from Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA, a Master's of Arts in Bilingual/ Bicultural Studies from LaSalle University, Philadelphia; a Master's of Arts in Spanish from The  Catholic University of America, Washington DC and a Ph.D. in Spanish from The Catholic University of America, Washington DC in 2010. Her specialization is Golden Age (16th and 17th century) Peninsular Literature, particularly the Pastoral Novel. Sister Linda recently published a book entitled :Dynamic Spaces in La Diana by Jorge de Montemayo. Scripta Humanistica: Potomac, Maryland, 2010.

Sister Linda has taught on the elementary level, the university level, and has served as administrator and as translator for pilgrimages. She also offers service as a reviewer of books and translator of insert for Pastoral Music periodical.




Ryan Savitz
Professor
Mathematics
B.S., Ursinus College
M.S., Temple University
M.B.A., Drexel University
Ph.D., Touro International University
(610)-558-5576
SAVITZR@neumann.edu

 

This mathematics and statistics instructor follows the philosophy that curriculum and pedagogical methods should always be student-focused. In his spare time, Ryan can be found running, cycling, swimming, and watching Law and Order on TV.


 

Rick Sayers
 

Richard Sayers
Associate Professor
Music
B.A., LaSalle College
M.M., West Chester University
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
(610)-361-5454
SAYERSR@neumann.edu

     

Jazz band conductor, musician, and teacher extraordinaire, Dr. Sayers thinks that learning about unfamiliar music is a little like taking a morning swim: It's a shock to the system at first, but the longer you are in, the more you enjoy it.




Patricia Strobl
 



Patricia Strobl

Assistant Professor
Biology
B.S., DePaul University
Ph.D., Northwestern University
(610) 558-5632
STROBLP@neumann.edu

     

Dr. Fallest-Strobl believes that a major benefit of teaching science courses comes from the opportunity to further explore certain topics within the laboratory setting. Because science is everywhere to explore, she strives to share her views with her students. It also gives her a chance to get to know her students better and everyday to learn something new from them.




Karen Thomas
 


Karen Thomas

Instructor
Communication and Media Arts
B.A., Rowan University
M.S., Neumann University
Certified Broadcast Meteorologist:
Mississippi University American Meteorological Society, Seal Holder
610-361-5267
thomask@neumann.edu
     

After years as a major market TV Broadcaster, and still counting, Karen Thomas is sharing her expertise of mass media, public speaking and broadcasting with the Communications Program here at Neumann University. Karen is an award-winning journalist as well as a certified Broadcast Meteorologist, and her passion is working with Neumann University students in the field, especially in the area of internships.
In 1990, Karen graduated from Rowan University, and in 2002, the University awarded her Alumni of the Year. Then it was onto Mississippi State University for her graduate work in Geoscience. Most recently, Karen was elected to the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Chapter of The National TV Arts & Sciences.



 

Maria G. Traub
 

Maria G. Traub
Associate Professor
French and Italian
B.A., Temple University
M.Ed., Temple University
M.A., French, Middlebury College
M.A., Italian, Middlebury College
D.M.L., Middlebury College
(610)-361-5329
TRAUBM@neumann.edu

     

Dr. Maria G. Traub is Associate Professor of French and Italian in the Division of Arts and Sciences. In the fall of 2005, she was named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for services rendered in the domain of French culture. A frequent traveler abroad, she strongly advocates speaking more than one language in today's world. In addition, she has studied voice in France and Italy and enjoys sharing her expertise with arts majors.




Sandra Weiss
 


Sandra Weiss

Professor
Biology/Clinical Laboratory Science
Coordinator, Biology/Clinical Laboratory Science
B.S., Drexel University
M.A., West Chester University
Ed.D., Widener University
(610)-558-5607
sweiss@neumann.edu
     

Dancer, choreographer, educator, and biology teacher, this clinical laboratory specialist received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. Before coming to Neumann, she worked in the highly technological field of laboratory medicine. Her major research interests have been in the areas of hematology and immunology. She has given numerous presentations on such topics such as leukemia, coagulation disorders, and the immune response. Integrating technology into her teaching practice is a special area of interest and she continues to give presentations in innovative uses of technology in the classroom. In the past, she designed self-paced instructional units and instructional videotapes for microscopic work.



 

Sr. Corinne Wright, OSF
 



Sr. Corinne Wright, OSF
Academic Advisor
B.A., Neumann College
M.S., Catholic University of America
M.S., Arcadia University

610-358-4515
wrightco@neumann.edu




Hasan Yönten
 



Hasan Yönten

Assistant Professor
Political Science
B.A., Bogazici University
M.A., Bogazici University
Ph.D., University of Delaware
(610) 361-5279
yontenh@neumann.edu

     

Mr. Yönten received his Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from University of Delaware in 2011. He got his BA and MA degrees from Bogazici University (Istanbul/Turkey) in 1999 and 2002 respectively, His research interests include international migration, multilateralism, and Turkish foreign policy. His doctoral dissertation is on multilateralism in international migration. Since 2003, Mr. Yönten has been involved in a large scale project aiming to build a dataset of all multilateral treaties since the establishment of the modern nation-state system. The dataset is useful to examine distributional aspects of institutionalized cooperation over time and space, and hegemony and leadership in institutionalized cooperation. Mr. Yönten teaches a range of courses in international relations and comparative politics including Current Problems in World Politics, US Foreign Relations, Politics of Developing Nations, and Statistics for Social Sciences.

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