Faculty/Staff Profiles

Feel Good Friday: LARP Sponsors College Matters For U Program

This fall, the Department of Landscape Architecture partnered with Career Services, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Nursing, along with other outside institutions, to launch the first annual College Matters for U program at the UMass Center at Springfield. This program encourages K-12 students in the Springfield area to consider their future, explore career paths, and network with leaders and faculty. Frank Sleegers, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, taught courses at the event.

Faculty Profile: Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Sonya Atalay, has a passion for community-based research with indigenous communities. As a native woman herself, one of Professor Atalay’s main objectives is to perform research in partnership with communities rather than on them. Professor Atalay is an anthropologist primarily focused on the overlap between archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Most recently, she has been working on a community mapping project which brings elders and youths together to learn and work on problems related to land and sustainability.

Faculty Spotlight: Dania Francis

Dania Francis, Assistant Professor of Economics and Afro-American Studies, will be one of four faculty presenters at the biannual faculty and staff Four @ Four event this Tuesday, November 17. “My current research has focused on the black-white academic achievement gap in primary and secondary education,” she explains. “One of the benefits of studying topics in education is that they often have practical policy implications. My hope is that my research helps education policy makers develop policies that effectively reduce educational inequalities.”

Faculty Profile: Rodrigo Zamith (Journalism)

“I fell in love with news as a child, when I’d gather around the television with my family to watch the Jornal Nacional, one of the Brazilian nightly news programs,” recounts Rodrigo Zamith, new assistant professor to the UMass Journalism Department and one of this semester’s Four @ Four presenters. Zamith joins UMass from the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication.

CRF Faculty Research Scholar Sylvia Brandt Examines the Cost of Pollution to Families.

Sylvia Brandt will be researching the economic cost of environmental degradation, specifically the employment cost to mothers of children who develop diseases due to localized pollution. 

Haas Awarded for Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity

At the 2015 Faculty Convocation on Friday, October 2, Peter Haas (political science) was presented with the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity.


Misra to Lead MA Part of Groundbreaking Study on Gender Differences in Faculty Workload

Professor Joya Misra (sociology and public policy) is one of seven scholars around the country working on a new $750,000 National Science Foundation project that will examine whether men and women university faculty have dramatically different workloads and, if so, what accounts for those differences and how they can be minimized.

Jennifer Lundquist (Sociology) Wins Award for Best Research on Military Families

“Reinstitutionalizing Families: Life Course Policy and Marriage in the Military,” authored by Jennifer Lundquist (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Zhun Xu (Renmin University of China) is recognized as the best piece of research on military-connected families published in the past year.

Kawar Already Making Waves for UMass

Leila Kawar, who is one of three new faculty joining the Legal Studies program this Fall, already has two noteworthy accomplishments as a member of the Department of Political Science—the publication of her book and an award for her research.

UMass Begins Search for Inaugural Director of School of Public Policy

Building on the success of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the founding director will be in a unique position to lead a faculty hiring strategy, to make the SPP a national and international hub for policy debates, and to create multidisciplinary programs that prepare students for life-long engagement with public issues.