Faculty/Staff Profiles

Mednicoff Works to Create Opportunities for Syrian Refugees

Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) visited the largest refugee camp in Jordan on June 6, as part of a delegation affiliated with iPlatform for Global Change, an organization he helps lead. As a result of this visit, this international nongovernmental organization is now working to further the educational opportunities for youth in the Za’atari camp, located less than 20 miles south of the Syrian border.

Fountain Speaks on Cybersecurity at London Conference

Distinguished University Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy) spoke about cybersecurity during the Chatham House London Conference, hosted on June 1 and 2 by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Branch Selected as Director of Diversity Advancement

We are pleased to announce that Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch, Professor of Sociology, is now serving as the SBS Director of Diversity Advancement. A scholar interested in race, racism, and inequality, she will be working to promote excellence and diversity in SBS among faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff. 

Pader Wins Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Teaching

"For me, this award is a recognition of why community-engaged learning is, and should be, one of the pillars of UMass's Strategic Plan for the development of a well-educated, civically-minded population," says Associate Professor Ellen Pader (regional planning). "I'm continually awed by the thirst so many students have for classes that guide them in their quest to be agents of positive social change, and how willing they are to grapple deeply with emotionally and intellectually difficult subjects in order to attain that goal."

Peterson Named Secretary of Faculty Senate

Professor of Political Science MJ Peterson has been named Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Peterson is the third female in the history of the senate to be elected Secretary.

Rosa Awarded Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Jonathan Rosa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will be in residence at Northwestern University’s Latina/o Studies Program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Mednicoff Speaks at Doha Youth Forum in Qatar

Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) spoke in Qatar at the Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. This event is hosted by the Qatar Foundation, and precedes and ties into the UN Congress on Crime Prevention.

Julie Caswell Named Spotlight Scholar

Associate Dean Julie Caswell, professor of resource economics, has been selected from an exceptional pool of faculty nominations to receive recognition as a spring 2015 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. She is being awarded for her research, scholarship, and public service contributions to the field of economics of food safety and nutrition.

John Hird Appointed Dean of College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

John A. Hird has been appointed Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, effective April 1. He has been interim dean since April 2014.

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