Faculty/Staff Profiles

SBS Names Outstanding Teachers for 2014

Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji, assistant professor of economics, and Brian McDermott, lecturer and Online Program Co-Director in the Journalism Department, are recipients of the SBS Outstanding Teaching Award.

School's Out

Research by Jesse Rhodes (political science) reveals that standardized tests have a negative impact on parents' civic engagement.

Focusing on International Cultural Sustainability

Flavia Montenegro-Menezes (landscape architecture and regional planning) has been actively engaging international communities, both locally and abroad, through research and teaching initiatives that involve assessing cultural values and behaviors.

Hird Named Interim Dean of SBS

The Provost has appointed John A. Hird, who has been Senior Associate Dean since 2011, to take over the helm of SBS.

Caswell Named Woman of Influence in Food Industry

The Griffin Publishing Company has named Julie Caswell (resource economics) one of the Women of Influence in the Food Industry for 2014.  Women of Influence honors are supported by individuals and firms from throughout the food industry.

Dean Feldman Named Deputy Chancellor of UMass Amherst

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has appointed Dean Robert S. Feldman deputy chancellor for the UMass Amherst campus, effective April 1. 

Henderson Book is Lammy Finalist

Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production (NYU Press) by Prof. Lisa Henderson (communication) is a finalist for the Annual Lambda Literary Awards—fondly known as Lammys—in the LGBT category.

Haas to Receive ISA's Distinguished Scholar Award

The International Studies Association (ISA) Environmental Studies Section will present Prof. Peter M. Haas (political science) with the 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award at their annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.

First Director of Legal Studies Hired

Paul M. Collins, Jr. has been hired as the first director of Legal Studies and will shape the future of the popular undergraduate major that is part of the Political Science Department.

New Chair of Journalism Selected

Kathy Forde, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, has been appointed chair of the UMass Journalism Department.

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