Faculty/Staff Profiles

Misra Awarded Chancellor's Leadership Fellowship

The goal of her fellowship, which will begin in September of 2016, is to understand which university programs have been recruiting, retaining, and successfully placing students of color. “We want to build on those successes to create programs that support all students at UMass,” Misra explains.  She will work to develop programming that fits the needs of UMass graduate students.

Badgett Featured Speaker at United Nations Celebration of Human Rights Day

As part of the United Nation's commemoration this year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lee Badgett will speak about the effects of discrimination not only on the human rights of LGBT people, but also on the effects of such discrimination for international economic development

Faculty Profile: Joshua Braun, Assistant Professor of Journalism

“From where I sit in this lovely new building, being able to apply for grants to bring guest speakers into my classrooms, it definitely feels like I have room to breathe and stretch in ways I didn’t previously. I’m thrilled to be here and I can’t say enough about all my points of contact both within the department and in SBS.”

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.

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