New Faculty and Department Head Changes Announced at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - More than five dozen new tenured, tenure-track, part-time, and visiting faculty members will be on board at the University of Massachusetts when classes begin Sept. 9, while nearly two dozen will be retiring or resigning. Also, a dozen departments will have new heads as the new school year begins.

New Dean
Eileen T. Breslin has taken over as dean of the School of Nursing.

Department Changes

In the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Ronald N. Michaud has been named acting chair of the art department; Elizabeth E. Keitel has been named acting chair of the classics department; Harlan G. Sturm has been named acting chair of the department of French and Italian studies; James Young has been named chair of the Judaic and Near Eastern studies department; Elizabeth O. Selkirk has been named head of the linguistics department.

In the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, F. Peter Schloerb has been named chair of the astronomy department; James F. Kurose has been named chair of the computer science department.

In the College of Food and Natural Resources, David N. Ferro has been named chair of the entomology department; John F. Ahern has been named head of the department of landscape architecture and regional planning; Lisa Pike Masteralexis has been named head of the sport studies department; Nancy Garrabrants has been named director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

In the College of Engineering, Jonathan Upchurch has been named head of the department of civil and environmental engineering.

In the School of Management, Linda Smircich has been named chair of the management department.

In the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Phil C. Nasca has been named chair of the biostatistics and epidemiology department.

In Interdisciplinary Programs, Patricia Wadsworth has been named acting director of the molecular and cellular biology graduate program; George N. Wade has been named acting director in the neuroscience and behavior graduate program.

There were no changes in the School of Education and in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

New Faculty, Tenured and Tenure Track

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts has four new faculty. They are:

* Doris G. Bargen, associate professor, Asian languages and literatures;

* James Collier, assistant professor, English;

* Sigrid Miller Pollin, professor, art;

* Margaret O’Brien, associate professor, English.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has six new faculty. They are:

* Elizabeth Harvey Arnold, assistant professor, psychology;

* Sarah Babb, assistant professor, sociology;

* Brenda Bushouse, assistant professor, political science;

* Vincent Moscardelli, assistant professor, political science;

* Robert N. Pollin, professor, economics;

* David W. Samuels, assistant professor, anthropology.

The College of Food and Natural Resources has four new faculty. They are:

* Timothy D. Deschriver, assistant professor, sport studies;

* Robin A. Harrington, associate professor, forestry and wildlife management;

* Robert L. Ryan, assistant professor, landscape architecture and regional planning;

* Dennis P. Wilson, assistant professor, sport studies.

The College of Engineering has 10 new faculty. They are:

* Scott A. Civjan, assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering;

* Abhijit V. Deshmukh, assistant professor, mechanical and industrial engineering;

* Angela Dillow, assistant professor, chemical engineering;

* David Noyce, assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering;

* Emily Parkany, assistant professor, civil an* d environmental engineering;

* Steven C. Reising, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering;

* Susan C. Roberts, assistant professor, chemical engineering;

* Janis P. Terpenny, assistant professor, mechanical and industrial engineering;

* Russell Tessier, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering;

* Jonathan E. Upchurch, professor and department head, civil and environmental engineering.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has nine new faculty. They are:

* Ronald Adkins, assistant professor, biology;

* Michele L. Cooke, assistant professor, geosciences;

* Robert M. Deconto, assistant professor, geosciences;

* Christopher Duncan, assistant professor, geosciences;

* Jin Feng, assistant professor, mathematics and statistics;

* Rolf Karlstrom, assistant professor, biology;

* Prashant J. Shenoy, assistant professor, computer science;

* Helmut H. Strey, assistant professor, polymer science;

* Dhandapani Venkataraman, assistant professor, chemistry.

The School of Education has two new faculty. They are:

* Kathleen S. Davis, assistant professor, teacher education and curriculum studies;

* Sangeeta Kamat, assistant professor, educational policy, research, and administration.

The School of Management has four new faculty. They are:

* Sara A. McComb, assistant professor, finance and operations management;

* Sanjay K. Nawalkha, associate professor, finance and operations management;

* Susan L. Porter, assistant professor, accounting and information systems;

* Vanitha Swaminathan, assistant professor, marketing.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has one new faculty member. She is:

* Shelley L. Velleman, assistant professor, communication disorders.

The School of Nursing has one new faculty member. She is:

* Eileen Breslin, dean/professor, nursing.

Visiting and Part-time Faculty

Kenneth Kitchell Jr., visiting professor, classics; Trevor Richardson, lecturer, art; Yaohua Shi, lecturer, Asian languages and literatures; Edward W. Keer, lecturer, linguistics; Stephen M. Forrest, lecturer, Asian languages and literatures;

Marjorie Magouirk-Colbert, lecturer, teacher education and curriculum studies;

Peter Kraus, lecturer, mechanical and industrial engineering;

David Jackson, lecturer, mathematics and statistics; Jeffrey Achter, lecturer, mathematics and statistics; Clifton Cunningham, lecturer, mathematics and statistics; Upendra Kulkarni, lecturer, mathematics and statistics; Hassan Allouba, lecturer, mathematics and statistics;

Roger A. Korus, visiting professor, food science; James Fownes, research professor, forestry and wildlife management; Deborah J. Picking, lecturer, plant and soil sciences;

Daniel S. Gerber, lecturer, community health studies;

Laura Wagner, lecturer, psychology; Lorie M. Graham, lecturer, legal studies; Marc Tetel, lecturer, psychology;

Pamela S. Trafford, lecturer, accounting and information systems.

Faculty Retiring and Leaving

Stephen Oates, professor, history, retirement

Albert Huetteman, associate professor, music and dance, retirement

Ketu Katrak, professor, English, resignation

Cristina Gonzalez, professor, resignation

Patricia G. Anthony, associate professor, educational policy, research, and administration, resignation

Stearns A. Morse, professor, geosciences, retirement

John Palmer, professor, biology, retirement

Bruce Novak, professor, polymer science and engineering, resignation

Ramesh Karri, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering, resignation

David A. Tirrell, professor, polymer science and engineering, resignation

Robert W. Tuthill, professor, biostatistics and epidemiology, retirement

E. Harris Nober, professor, communication disorders, retirement

Harris Pastides, professor and department chair, biostatistics and epidemiology, resignation

Alfred Hudson, associate professor, anthropology, retirement

John J. Bonsignore, professor, legal studies, retirement

Patricia Greenfield, associate professor, labor center, resignation

Hannah Kliger, associate professor, communication, resignation

Parker Worthing, professor, marketing, retirement

Vladimir Haensel, professor, chemical engineering, retirement

Donald E. Scott, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering, retirement

Daniel A. Rascher, assistant professor, sport studies, resignation

Reeser Manley, assistant professor, plant and soil sciences, resignation