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For the 2009-10 academic year, Loyola welcomes 26 new full-time instructors. The College of Arts and Sciences has 15 new faculty members, the School of Education has four new faculty, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management adds seven.

Learn more about the new faculty members for each school:


professor BarnettJeffrey Barnett
Professor of Psychology
Beatty Hall 206/ext. 5382

  • Psy.D. from Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School;
  • Served as full professor, affiliate faculty, department of psychology, Loyola College in Maryland, 2003-present; served as full professor, adjunct faculty, department of psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2004-2009;
  • Licensed psychologist, private practice, Arnold, Md., 1988-present;
  • Serving as president, Division of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29), American Psychological Association, Jan. 2008-present;
  • Co-authored, Ethics Desk Reference for Psychologists, American Psychological Association, 2008, and co-authored, Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Essential Strategies and Tools, American Psychological Association, 2008;
  • Writes a bi-monthly column, The Ethics Corner, in The National Psychologist, 2003-present

professor BianchiniNatka Bianchini
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
DeChiaro College Center M007/Ext. 2213

  • Ph.D. in Drama with an emphasis on theatre history, dramatic literature, and theory from Tufts University;
  • Served as lecturer, George Mason University, 2008-present; lecturer, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007-09; lecturer, Tufts University, 2006-07; and lecturer, Boston College, 2005-07;
  • Served as conference planner, Women in Theater program for the Association for Theater in Higher Education; member of the executive board, Women and Theatre program, 2007-present;
  • Reading fluency in French and Spanish

Theresa Elise DiDonato
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Beatty Hall 222e/ext. 2314

  • Ph.D. in Psychology from Brown University;
  • Served as visiting assistant professor, Brown University, fall 2008-spring 2009;
  • Served as faculty fellow fall 2007 and visiting instructor spring 2007, Wheaton College;
  • Served as teaching assistant in psychology, Brown University, 2003-07;
  • Member of American Psychology Association and Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Nadja Germann
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Humanities Center 050k/ext. 2043

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tübingen, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany;
  • Served as assistant lecturer and researcher, department of philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 2005-09;
  • Served as research affiliate, Yale University, 2008-2009;
  • Served as employee of the Academy of Sciences, Heidelberg, Germany, 2003-04

Matthew Harper
Assistant Professor of Italian, Modern Languages and Literatures
Maryland Hall 459/ext. 2513

  • Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill;
  • Served as visiting assistant professor, department of romance languages, University of Missouri,  Aug. 2007-09; instructor, department of French and Italian, Brigham Young University, 2006-07; teaching assistant, department of romance languages, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2000-06;
  • Teaching and research interests: Italian cinema, adaptation studies, Italian language, literature at all levels, Italian cultural studies, narrative theory, educational technology;
  • Served as academic chair, Graduate Romance Association, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2005-06

John Jacobs
Assistant Professor of Classics
Humanities Center 323/ext. 5681

  • Ph.D. in Classics from Yale University;
  • Served as instructor of Classical studies, Seton Hall University, 2008-09;
  • Teaching experience: Latin poetry, intensive Latin, Greek mythology, and beginning Latin, Yale University, 2004-06;
  • Areas of special interest for research and teaching: Flavian literature, ancient epic, and the relationship between the Classical world and the ancient Near East and India;
  • Languages spoken: Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Sumerian, Akkadian, and Egyptian; reading knowledge of French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Modern Greek

Gina Magyar-Russell
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling
Columbia Graduate Center 380v/ext. 7687

  • Ph.D. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University;
  • Served as instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences (with clinical privileges at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2007-09;
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2005-07;
  • Received the Cecil M. Freeburne Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, and department of psychology letter of commendation for Excellence in Research, Coursework, and Clinical Work, Bowling Green University

Jason Prenoveau
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Beatty Hall 208/ext. 5240

  • Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology and minor in measurement psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles;
  • Served as teaching assistant for advanced psychological statistics, 2005-08, and for advanced regression analysis, 2007-08, University of California, Los Angeles;
  • Served as a graduate student researcher in the Anxiety Disorder Behavioral Research program, University of California, Los Angeles;
  • Served as professional ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Behavior Research and Therapy

Tania Rosas-Moreno
Assistant Professor of Communication
DeChiaro College Center M014q/ext. 5337

  • Ph.D. candidate in international communications from the School of Journalism, the University of Texas at Austin;
  • Served as visiting instructor, Brigham Young University, 2002-03;
  • Served as adjunct faculty, Concordia University Texas, 2008; adjunct faculty, Brigham Young University, 2000-02;
  • Five times awarded the Ada Frances Miller Endowed Fellowship, 2004-09;
  • Served as AEJMC liaison between International Communication Division and Commission on the Status of Women, 2008;
  • Fluent in Portuguese and conversational in German

Samuel Sawyer, S.J.
Affiliate Instructor of Philosophy
Humanities Center 043d/ext. 2010

  • M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago; B.A. in Computer Science from Boston College
  • Served as a teaching intern at Georgetown Preparatory School, teaching church history; internship was part of an initial two-year spiritual and ministerial formation in the Society of Jesus
  • Member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the Jesuit Philosophical Association

Sara Scalenghe
Assistant Professor of History
Humanities Center 314/ext. 2017

  • Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and North African History from Georgetown University;
  • Served as assistant professor, department of history and department of Near Eastern languages & cultures, Indiana University, 2007-09;
  • Served as Qatar post-doctoral fellow, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 2006-07;
  • Served as chair, department of history, Middle Eastern field, Indiana University, 2008-09;
  • Fluent in Arabic, Italian, French, and can read Ottoman and modern Turkish, Persian, and Spanish

Lisa Scheifele
Assistant Professor of Biology
Donnelly Science 374/ext. 2316

  • Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine;
  • Served as postdoctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2004-09;
  • Served as course instructor, build-a-genome course, Johns Hopkins University, fall 2007, spring 2008, intersession 2008
  • Served at Teacher’s Workshop, iGEM Competition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 2008

Andrea Thomas
Assistant Professor of French, Modern Languages and Literatures
Maryland Hall 531h/ext. 2273

  • Ph.D. in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University, New York;
  • Served as visiting assistant professor of French, The Catholic University of America, fall 2008-present;
  • Served as instructor of French, Loyola College in Maryland, 2007-08;
  • Teaching interests: French theater, 19th and 20th century French literature, French language in performance, French for film, Francophone literature and culture

Jinghua Wangling
Assistant Professor of Chinese, Modern Languages and Literatures
Maryland Hall 463/ext. 2795

  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University;
  • Served as teaching fellow in department of East Asian languages and civilizations, 2005-08 (term and summer schools), Harvard University;
  • Served as part-time translator, Hong Kong Far East International Investments Ltd, Shanghai, China, spring 2000, and intern journalist, Jiefang Daily, writing educational, medical, and cultural news reports, Shanghai, China, summer 1999;
  • Native Chinese speaker, intermediate Japanese and reading knowledge of French

Karsonya Whitehead
Assistant Professor of Communication
DeChiaro College Center M014e/ext. 2435

  • Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from University of Maryland, Baltimore County;
  • Served as affiliate instructor of communications, Loyola College in Maryland, 2006-08;
  • Specializations: 19th century black women’s history, 19th century free and enslaved communities, 20th century black history, the intersection of race, class, gender issues in communication, language, and media;
  • Served as associate editor, Southern Historian: A Journal of Southern History, 2008


Beverly Booker
Assistant Professor of Education Specialties

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education from University of Louisville;
  • Served as assistant professor, department of counseling and school psychology, San Diego State University, July 2007-09;
  • Served as faculty associate, school counseling program, Johns Hopkins University, 2005-07;
  • College Board consultant, ethical and legal issues in school counseling, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, 2006-08

Jennifer Gallo-Fox
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Beatty Hall 121

  • Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, Lynch School of Education;
  • Areas of specialization: curriculum, policy, and school reform;
  • Served as research affiliate of chemistry and biochemistry, 2008, and as research associate, College of Arts and Sciences, 2003-07, University of Delaware;
  • Provided professional review services to Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 2008; Journal of Teacher Education, 2003, 2001; and AERA Annual Meeting Conference Presentation Proposals, 2007, 2005, 2001;
  • Member of the American Educational Research Association, International Reading Association, and National Association of Research on Science Teaching

Robert Simmons
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Beatty Hall 109

  • Ed.D. in Teacher Education/Educational Leadership from Hamline University;
  • Served as director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education and assistant professor of science education at the School of Education, department of teacher education, Loyola College in Maryland, July 2009-present;
  • Served as assistant professor, College of Education, department of education, Curriculum and Instruction, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, 2007-09;
  • Served as associate faculty, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, 2008-09;
  • Research interests: urban education; experiences of African American teachers, African American student success in K-12 and higher education, science education, and service learning; teacher education; multicultural education, elementary and middle school science instruction and curriculum development

Jennifer Watkinson
Assistant Professor of Education Specialties
Timonium Graduate Center 50a/ext. 1705

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Counselor Education with specialization in school counseling from University of Maryland, College Park;
  • Assistant clinical professor, Loyola College in Maryland, 2007-present;
  • Professional school counselor, Harford County Public Schools, 1993-2007;
  • President of the Harford County Association for Counseling Development, 2003-04;
  • Served as Harford County Public Schools curriculum writer and county-wide committee member providing support for county-wide counseling initiatives


Tuugi Chuluum
Assistant Professor of Finance

  • Ph.D. in Finance from Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • Instructor at the undergraduate level: international finance and financial management, microeconomics, Georgia Institute of Technology, fall 2006, 2007, 2008; and Microeconomics, fall 2003 and spring 2004, West Virginia University at Parkersburg;
  • Served as a master's level teaching assistant: International Finance, Financial Management, fall 2005, fall 2006, Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • Served as a doctoral level teaching assistant; Empirical Finance, Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • Areas of interest: investment banks, international finance, corporate finance, and social networks;
  • Awarded Best Overall Graduate Student award, department of economics, Ohio University, 2003.

Mauro Falasca
Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Operation Management
Sellinger Hall 306/ext. 2948

  • Ph.D. in Business from Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; concentrations in operations management and decision support systems;
  • Served as instructor of operations and supply management, spring 2008, and Quantitative Methods, summer 2006, 2007, and 2008, department of information technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University, 2005-09;
  • Served as journal reviewer for Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 2007-present;
  • Served as session chair, Quantitative Modeling in Operations Management, Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, Orlando, Fla., 2008

Jon Fulkerson
Assistant Professor of Finance

  • Ph.D. candidate in Finance from the University of Kentucky;
  • Served as research and teaching assistant, investments, personal investing, and risk management, University of Kentucky, 2005-09;
  • Served as senior programmer/analyst, providing technical and functional support for the division of financial affairs in an Oracle database environment, Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Information Technology;
  • Areas of interest: teaching; investment, corporate finance; research; investments, mutual funds, short sales; corporate finance; dividend policy

Sangwoo Lee
Assistant Professor of Finance

  • Ph.D. in Finance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Served as visiting assistant professor of finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Served as assistant professor of economics and finance, City University of Hong Kong;
  • Areas of interest: research; investments, capital markets, analysts, behavioral finance, market efficiency and teaching; investments, corporate finance, derivatives, fixed income securities

Srikanth Ramamurthy
Assistant Professor of Economics
Sellinger Hall 321/ext. 5863

  • Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University, St. Louis; M.A. in Economics from the University of Memphis; and M.A. in Economics from Jadavpur University, India;
  • Served as instructor and teaching assistant, Washington University, St. Louis;
  • Served as president, Economics Graduate Association, Washington University, 2005-07;
  • Received Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Washington University, 2006-07

Kevin Rich
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Sellinger Hall 317/ext. 5416

  • Ph.D. candidate in accounting from the University of Oregon; BBA (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame;
  • Served as senior auditor, business risk services, Ernst & Young LLP, Ill., 2000-01, Boston, Mass., 2001-04;
  • Taught accounting information systems, 2005-08, and financial accounting I, 2004-05, at the University of Oregon; as well as advanced financial accounting, 2000, University of Notre Dame;
  • Interests: capital markets, financial reporting, corporate governance

Jeremy Schwartz
Assistant Professor of Economics
Sellinger Hall 315/ext. 2919

  • Ph.D. candidate in Economics from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.;
  • Served as instructor, substitute lecturer, and teaching assistant at Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, Va.;
  • Served as economist intern, Center for Economics, U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2005-09;
  • Served as treasury analyst, Treasury Department, the Phoenix Companies, Hartford, Conn., 2002-04;
  • Fields of specialization: primary, labor economics, macroeconomics, time series econometrics; secondary, applied microeconomics, urban and regional economics