Academics at Utica College
New Faculty - Fall 2008
Dr. John Anderson, Visiting Professor of Accounting, received his Ph.D., M.B.A. and B.S from Syracuse University,
Dr. Jeffrey Berlin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Dermatology Department of University Hospital of Cleveland. He received a BA followed by a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. He is a member of Golden Key National Honor Society. He enjoys tennis, basketball and acoustic guitar.
Elizabeth Bradbury, Assistant Professor of Education, received her M.S. in Literacy as a Reading Specialist from SUNY-Albany and her BS in Elementary Education with a minor in English from Brigham Young University. For two years prior to her employment at UC, she has been working as an Adjunct Professor teaching ESL, Reading/Study Skills, Critical Thinking, and English Composition/Research (at Utica College) and literature. She has also studied some Sociolinguistics and gifted Education. Elizabeth has thirteen years additional experience teaching children both as a Reading specialist and as a classroom teacher, teaching in diversified settings, ranging from the very small country school to an American-based foreign school. She will be pursuing her Ph.D. at Syracuse. She enjoys reading, gardening traveling and movies.
Linda Culyer, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received her BS and MS in Nursing Administration from SUNY Utica and Adult Nurse Practitioner from Syracuse University. Linda previously taught at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica. She also worked as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in private practice providing primary care to clients. She enjoys reading and walking.
Dr. David Dubbelde, Assistant Professor of Construction Management, received his Ph.D. in Architecture, a M.S. in Construction Management, Master of Education in Health and Physical Education and B.S. in Physical Education from Texas A&M University.
Joseph Giordano, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, received his M.S. in Adult Education from Syracuse University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Utica College. He recently retired from the Air Force Research Laboratory after completing a 26 year career. His areas of expertise include cyber security, homeland security, and critical infrastructure protection. In his spare time he enjoys reading and working out.
Dr. Dana Brooks Hart, Associate Professor of Health Care Administration and Director of the Leadership Institute. He received his doctorate and masters degrees from Syracuse University and has extensive travel overseas working with academic and private organizations in organizational change. His avocation of research on behavior change has been inspired from his eclectic work in home/auto restoration, study of mental models of decision making, sailing, tennis, and teaching.
Amy B. Haver, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received her M.S. from Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing and a B.S. from Utica College.
Dr. Teresa MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Education, received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Syracuse University, her M.S. in Learning Disabilities from Syracuse University and her B.S. from Syracuse. She has served as an adjunct instructor and Assistant Director/Learning Specialist in the Department of intercollegiate Athletics for the past 26 years. She enjoys music.
Dr. Julie McLear, Assistant Professor of Biology, received her Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh. She studies neurodegenerative disorders using the fruit fly as a model organism. She enjoys travel and jogging.
Dorothy Obernesser, Visiting Instructor of English, received her M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College and her B.A. in English from Utica College. She has been an adjunct lecturer at Utica College. Though not originally from the area, Dorothy has made her home in March with her husband and two children. She enjoys working in her vegetable garden and trying to play golf.
Dr. Tejashree Sayanak, Assistant Professor of Economics, received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University and her M.A. from East Carolina University. She finished her undergraduate education in India. Her area of research and academic interests is in International Trade and Development Economics. She enjoys reading, cooking and crafts.
Mary Siniscarco, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, received her Masters of Science in Health Education from Suny Cortland and her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Utica. College. Mary has extensive clinical experience and training in the areas of Sensory Integration, Aquatics, Ergonomics, Work Hardening and Neuro-Rehabilitation. In addition to such clinical experiences, Mary has also achieved certification in the areas of Sensory Integration, Ergonomics and Functional Capacity Asssessment. Mary has also been an adjunct instructor for the Occupational Therapy program at Utica College for the last 10 years. Mary resides in New Hartford, NY with her husband and three children. Mary also enjoys hiking, spending time at the ocean and is an avid movie buff.
Ellen Smith, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received her MS from the University of Minnesota and her B.S. from Saint Olaf College.
Dr. Juan Thomas, Assistant Professor of Spanish, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University at Albany, SUNY; a Ph.D. in Chemistry from MIT, an MS from the University of Vermont in Materials Science and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University. He was formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University at Albany. His research interests include romance linguistics, language contact, and Spanish Peninsular literature. He enjoys learning new languages, reading, traveling and cycling.
Dr. Jennifer Trost, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, received her B.A. in history from Southwestern University and her Ph.D. in History and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She is the author of Gateway to Justice: The Juvenile Court and Progressive Child Welfare in a Southern City. Her research interests include race relations, social welfare, gender and the law, and extremist organizations. Professor Trost teaches courses in criminology, juvenile justice, the history of crime and punishment in America, and women in American society. She is the co-chair of the Criminal Justice/Legal Network of the Social Science History Association.
Dr. Daniel Underwood, Visiting Professor of Government and Politics, received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Management and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon, and his B.A. in Economics from Louis and Clark College. Dan has been a faculty member at Syracuse University and Cornell University and was an Assistant County Attorney, Appellate Division, in Houston Texas. He enjoys Fly Fishing, hiking and golf.
Gregory Walsh, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, is currently ABD for his Ed.D. in Leadership and Change at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He received his MA in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany, and his B.P.S. in Economic Crime Investigation from the State University of New York at Utica/Rome. Greg is certified to instruct at all police academies in New York State, and recently completed a 25 year career with the New York State Police. He enjoys running – to avoid tailor bills, and music.
Dr. Bronlyn Wassink, Assistant Professor of mathematics, received her Ph.D. and M.A. in mathematics from Binghamton University and her BA in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo. Bronlyn loves to travel and can cook awesome tofu. Her hobbies are crochet, quilting, board games, cooking and travel.