Arts and Science Faculty and Staff

Science

    Regina Alvarez

    Associate Professor of Biology

      Phone 845-848-6007
      Email: regina.alvarez@duny.edu

      Office: Prusmack Center 308

      B.A. – Biological Sciences, Lehman College, City University of New York
      M.A. – Biological Sciences, subprogram Plant Science, Lehman College, City University of New York
      Ph.D. – Biological Sciences, subprogram Plant Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York

      Dr. Alvarez joined the faculty at Dominican University in August 2017. She teaches General Biology, Ecology and Botany, among other courses. Prior to teaching at Dominican, she taught for the City University of New York. Before coming to academia, she worked for 19 years for the Central Park Conservancy, the managers of Central Park in New York City. She started as a gardener and worked her way up to Director of Horticulture and Woodland Management. Her focus was on native plants and ecological restoration. Her research focuses on the flora and ecology of urban environments. Dr. Alvarez is also an instructor of botany at the New York Botanical Garden, where she teaches Plant Physiology, Plant Morphology and Introduction to Plant Science.

        Kathleen Conlon Hinge

        Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Science Department Coordinator

          Phone: (845) 848-6008
          Email: kathleen.hinge@duny.edu
          Office: Prusmack Center 308

          B.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
          M.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
          Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

          Kathleen Hinge joined the Dominican University faculty after a 20-year engineering career, emphasizing mathematical modeling and computer simulation of the structural behavior of machine elements and systems. She has published patent applications and received an NSF fellowship. By virtue of her corporate engineering experience, she is role model and mentor to students pursuing the Pre-Engineering Option in Mathematics (the 5-year sequence that leads to a BA in Mathematics from Dominican University and a BE in Engineering from Manhattan College).

          Dr. Hinge teaches General Physics (I and II), where she emphasizes hands-on laboratory work to engage students actively in the discovery and understanding of physical phenomena. She also teaches multiple courses in Mathematics.  In 2015, Dr. Hinge became the Science Department Coordinator. In 2016, Dr. Hinge was appointed an adjunct engineering faculty member at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy (www.johncabot.edu) where she teaches Statics and Mechanics of Materials during the summer.

          Her non-academic interests include reading, spinning and yoga (not at the same time!).

            AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

            Associate Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor, Coordinator of Health Sciences Program

              Phone: (845) 848-6009
              Email: annmarie.dellipizzi@duny.edu or honors.program@duny.edu
              Office: Prusmack Center 308

              B.S. – Manhattan College
              M.S. – New York Medical College
              PhD. – New York Medical College

              Areas of Interest/Research: The role of eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension

              Courses Taught: Introduction to Biology, Genetics, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science.

              Dr. AnnMarie DelliPizzi received a B.S. in Biology from Manhattan College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from New York Medical College. Her doctoral research focused on the role of constrictor eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent models of hypertension.  Throughout her career, she has co-authored many peer-reviewed research articles which have been published in prestigious academic journals, including the American Journal of Physiology, Hypertension and the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  She co-authored two lab manuals with Dr. Emma Sarro, former Assistant Professor of Biology, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I and Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II”, both of which are published by BVT.

              Since arriving at Dominican University in 2004, Dr. DelliPizzi has taught a variety of courses, including Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, and Histology.  In 2016, she took on the role of Honors Program Director and then in 2020 became the Coordinator of the Health Sciences Program.  Dr. DelliPizzi also serves as the Health Professions Advisor, helping students who are interested in applying to graduate programs in various fields of health care.   She also serves as the Principal Investigator on a STEM grant received from the National Science Foundation and is actively involved in the Northeast Regional Honors Council. 

              Prior to her arrival at Dominican University, Dr. DelliPizzi was on the faculty at Manhattan College and the College of Mt. St. Vincent. She currently holds adjunct appointments in the Nursing Department at Lehman College and in the Pharmacology Department at New York Medical College, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in pharmacology.

              See Dr. DelliPizzi’s Publications & Presentations

              DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I. 2nd Edition. BVT Publishing. , 2016.

              DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II. BVT Publishing, 2016.

              Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Houli Jiang, Nicholas R. Ferreri. The EP3 receptors regulates water excretion in response to high salt intake. American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology Oct 2016, 311 (4) F822-F829

              Presentations at National Meetings

              Connors, BJ and DelliPizzi,, A. Undergraduate research experience in the classroom as a means of retaining students in a Biology program. Council for Undergraduate Research, June, 2014.

              Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Activation of EP3 receptors suppresses COX-2 in thick ascending limb (TAL) and inhibits water excretion Experimental Biology 2015.

              Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie Dellipizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) regulates NKCC2 and AQP2 expression and adaptation to high NaCl intake\ Experimental Biology 2015.

                Colleen A. Evans

                Associate Professor of Chemistry

                  Phone: (845) 848-6016
                  Email: colleen.evans@duny.edu
                  Office: Prusmack Center  308

                  B.S. – Chemistry/Biology: Ouachita Baptist University
                  M.S. – Organic Chemistry: University of Missouri
                  Ph.D. – Higher Education: Seton Hall University

                  Professor Colleen Evans joined the Science Department as an adjunct professor in 2003, became an instructor in Chemistry in the Science Department in 2007 and was promoted to assistant professor of Chemistry in 2015. Professor Evans has taught General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry courses. 

                  Professor Evans’ research interests are focused on developing new and general synthetic organic methods for use in the design of novel compounds of biological and medicinal interest. The main current emphasis is twofold: 1) the application of selective thionation reactions to compounds of biological interest such as heterocyclic compounds and short peptides and 2) the development of novel thionating agents that are selective and practical for use in a wide variety of synthetic transformations. Professor Evans has also educational research interests which include retention of science students at the undergraduate level, exploration of innovative teaching methods and curriculum design to enhance the learning experience of science students, and increasing the number of science majors who become middle school and high school science teachers

                  One avenue of thionation reactions has been applied to serotonin receptors HTR1A/2 partial agonist/antagonist small molecules such as the clinical candidate adatanserin which led to the discovery of a novel agent thioadatanserin with EC50 of 6.7 nM against 5-HTR1A and IC50 of 62.3 nM against 5HTR2A as a potential agent for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Thioadatanserin was further modified by a novel tandem dialkylation reaction giving unexpected analogues.  The structure of one analogue was determined using X- ray single structure crystallography.

                  In another project, research is being carried out with our undergraduate research students to discover covalent peptidomimetic inhibitors of calpain enzymes as potential treatment of diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

                  Recently, she discovered a novel thionating agent which was termed TMPT whose X-ray crystal structure indicates high degree of symmetry that may be useful in achieving desired selectivity in thionation reaction. The scope of this novel thionating agent is being actively investigated.

                  Professor Evans spearheaded the curricular design and implementation of the new chemistry minor which was first offered in 2015. She has also served on the curriculum committee, freshman directorate, and adhoc committee charged with developing College-wide Educational Goals and Learning Objectives. As a coordinator of Science Department Seminar Series (2012-2015) she brought scientists from diverse disciplines to campus to speak and meet with Dominican University students.  Currently, she is the Chairperson of the Dominican University Institutional Review Board. 

                  Prior to joining Dominican University, Professor Evans’ scientific career started in 1984 as a synthetic chemist in the Agricultural Products Department at E. I. Dupont de Nemours (Wilmington, DE) working on the important class of sulfonyl ureas herbicides.  In 1987, she then joined the Medicinal Chemistry Department of BioChem Pharma (Quebec, Canada) as a research scientist and was involved in the discovery of Epivir licensed for the treatment of AIDS and hepatitis B infections.

                  Professor Evans is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship – Kiel, West Germany (1980-1981) and co-recipient of Prix-Galien Research Award (1996)

                  See Dr. Colleen Evans’ selected publications and presentations

                  C. A. Evans, A. Zuluaga, D. Vasquez Matute, S. Baradaran-Noviri, N. Perez-Cervantes, M. A. Siegler, Synthesis and biological evaluation of thioadatanserin and its dialkylated products as partial 5-HTR1A agonists and 5-HTR2A antagonists for potential use in depression and anxiety disorders. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2020, 30, in press.

                  C. A. Evans, R. Chen, and R. P. Hudes, Understanding determinants for STEM major choice among students beginning community college. Community College Review, 2020, 48, 227-251.

                  E. B. Voura,, M. J. Montalvo, K. T. Dela Roca, J. M. Fisher, V. Defamie, S. R. Narala, R. Khokha, M. E. Mulligan, C. A. Evans, Planarians as models of cadmium-induced neoplasia provide measurable benchmarks for mechanistic studies, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 2017, 142, 544-554.

                  C.A. Evans, L. Bernier, J. Dugas and T.S. Mansour, Efficient resolution of oxidized Cleland’s reagent by C2 symmetric Boc-L-phenylalanyl esters, Tetrahedron Letters, 1997, 38, 7657-7600.

                  C.A. Evans, R.T. Hewgill and T.S. Mansour, Asymmetric synthesis of 2’-phosphonomethyl(3’,4’-dihydroxybutyl)cytosine and –guanine nucleotides, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1997, 8, 2299-2302.

                  T.S. Mansour, C.A. Evans, M. Charron and B.E. Korba, Discovery of imidazo[1,2-c]pyrimidin-5(6H)-one heterosubstituted nucleoside analogues with potent activity against human hepatitis B virus in vitro, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1997, 7, 303-309.

                  H. Jin, M.A. Siddiqui, C.A. Evans, H.L.A. Tse, T.S. Mansour, M.D. Goodyear, P. Ravenscroft and C.D. Beels, Diastereoselective synthesis of the potent antiviral agent (-)-2′-deoxy-3′-thiacytidine and Its enantiomer, Journal of  Organic Chemistry, 1995, 60, 2621-2623.

                  K. Bednarski, D.M. Dixit, W. Wang, C.A. Evans, H. Jin, L. Yuen, T.S. Mansour, D.J. Knight, S.M. Walcott and J.A.V. Coates, Inhibitory activities of herpes simplex viruses type 1 and 2 and human cytomegalovirus by stereoisomers of 2′-deoxy-3′-oxa-5(E)-(2-bromovinyl)uridines and their 4′-thio Analogues, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1994, 4, 2667-2672 

                  C.A. Evans, D.M. Dixit, M.A. Siddiqui, H. Jin, H.L.A. Tse, A. Cimpoia, K. Bednarski, T. Breining and T.S. Mansour, Divergent asymmetric synthesis of dioxolane nucleoside analogues, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1993, 4, 2319-2322

                  Stereoselective Synthesis of Nucleoside Analogues using Bicyclic intermediate, PCT: PCT/CA/9400311, published December 22, 1994.

                  C. A. Evans and R. Chen, Toward the Understanding of Community Colleges in STEM Education Landscape: Development of STEM College Major Choice Model, 38th Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2013.

                  C. A. Evans and R. Chen, Determinants of STEM Majors Choice:  A Comparison between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions, American Education Research Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

                  C. A. Evans, Tools for Building Bridges Across the Science Disciplines: A Guide to Concept and Curriculum Mapping, 2015 General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA, May 30, 2015.

                  Andrea Zuluaga (C.A. Evans, mentor), Synthesis of thioadatanserin: Illuminating the public on drug discovery in academia, 2017 Northeast Regional Honors Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

                  Natalia Perez-Cervantes (C. A. Evans, mentor), Synthesis of novel alkyl piperazinyl salts as potential anxiolytic and antidepressant agents via chemoselective alkylation of thioadatanserin,  73nd annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) Manhattan College, New York, April 6, 2019.

                  Graduated research students: 

                  Sarah Baradarin-Noviri, Shaheim Hill, Jovana Jones, Gene Kerstanski, Tiffany Ortiz, Jennifer Paride, Natalia Perez –Cervantes, Abel Rosario, Diego Vasquez Matute, Andrea Zuluaga

                    Siobhan O’Sullivan

                    Lab Technician

                      Phone: (845) 848-6017
                      Email: siobhan.osullivan@duny.edu
                      Office: Prusmack Center 317

                        Veronica Glynn

                        Administrative Assistant

                          Phone: (845) 848-6006
                          Email: veronica.glynn@duny.edu
                          Office: Prusmack Center 308

                           

                          Communication Studies

                            Andrew Burns

                            Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

                              Phone: (845) 848-4026
                              Email: andrew.burns@duny.edu
                              Office: Casey Hall 19

                              B.A. – The State University of New York
                              M.A.T. – The State University of New York
                              Ed.D. – Union University

                              Dr. Burns is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. His research interests include media’s effects on communication, social media communication, and semiotics of film and television. He is the campus advisor to the Alpha Gamma Phi chapter of the National Communication Association’s honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 he was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Grant. Among the courses he teaches are Documentary Film, Broadcast Journalism, and Digital Media.

                                AnnMarie DiSiena, Ed. D.

                                Associate Professor of Communication, Communication Studies Faculty, Director of Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Communication, Director of Master of Business Administration, Director of Special Sessions

                                  Phone: (845) 848-4038
                                  Email: annmarie.disiena@duny.edu
                                  Office: Casey Hall Annex

                                  B.A. – Iona College
                                  M.A. – Fordham University
                                  Ed.D. – Organizational Leadership: Argosy University

                                  Dr. DiSiena has been a faculty member at Dominican University for over 33 years — 24 years full-time. In addition to her work with the Communication Studies Program, she is the Director of Special Sessions, which includes Winter and Summer Sessions, and Director of Academics for Alternative Undergraduate Sessions.
                                  Dr. DiSiena teaches undergraduate and graduates courses in Leadership and Organizational Communication. Annually, she also facilitates a Public Speaking Academy Program for High School juniors and seniors and is a workshop facilitator for a Teen Leadership program for HS sophomores, a sub-division of Leadership Rockland.
                                  She has presented and brought students to present at the New York State Communication Association. She has also presented workshops on Leadership and Communication.

                                  English

                                    Ellen E. Dolgin

                                    Professor of English, Coordinator of the English Program, Coordinator of Gender Studies minor

                                      Phone: (845) 848-4008
                                      Email: ellen.dolgin@duny.edu
                                      Office: Casey Hall English Annex

                                      B.S. – Syracuse Univ.
                                      M.A. – George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University
                                      Ph.D. – NYU

                                      Ellen Dolgin has been teaching and developing courses at the college level for more than 30 years.  Her love of interdisciplinary/intercultural teaching and learning developed from her double major in English and Speech Arts as an undergraduate.  Frequently, her literature courses feature the arts of the eras surrounding the readings, and she encourages her students to incorporate this multi-disciplinary vision into their oral presentations and written assignments.

                                      As a teacher/scholar, she enjoys her involvement with professional organizations; through these, she has established friendships as well as professional collaborations.  Sharing these experiences with her students is paramount.  Her areas of research and conference presentations include modern drama, with particular emphasis on the early 20th century, and contemporary multicultural women writers across genres.

                                      With family and friends, she loves to attend plays, visit museums, and enjoy food and conversation at home and at restaurants, picnic areas, and other people’s homes.

                                      Roles in Professional Organizations:
                                      Past President, Northeast Modern Lang. Assn. (NeMLA)
                                      Vice-President, International Shaw Society (ISS) www.shawsociety.org
                                      Board Member, Comparative Drama Conference

                                      Areas of Interest/Research:
                                      Multicultural American literature
                                      Contemporary women’s fiction
                                      Modern drama and poetry

                                      See Dr. Ellen Dolgin's Publications and Presentations

                                      BOOKS:

                                      Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League: Staging Equality (McFarland & Co., 2015)
                                      Modernizing Joan of Arc: Concepts, Costumes & Canonization (McFarland & Co., 2008)
                                      “History Plays.” Chap. Contribution to Shaw In Context, Ed. Brad Kent. (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015)

                                      Conferences on Bernard Shaw plays: Papers and talks at conferences, 2009-2017

                                      Summer, 2017: SHAW AT THE SHAW: Conference at the Shaw Festival, Ontario: “Joan of Arc in a 3-Way Mirror: Literature/Theatre/Opera- plenary session with Brigitte Bogar (York Univ., Toronto).

                                       COMPARATIVE DRAMA CONFERENCE: 2017: “Intersecting/re-focusing Brecht’s Mother Courage in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined—Roundtable discussion participant: Teaching (the plays of) Lisa Loomer

                                      COMPARATIVE DRAMA CONFERENCE: 2016: Author Meets Critics Special Plenary Session on my book, Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League (McFarland, 2015).**

                                      SHAW IN NY CONFERENCE: 2015: “ ‘a little theatre grown up’: The Theatre Guild as Shaw’s American Agent”

                                      ISS Symposia: Papers and talks given in Ayot-St. Lawrence, England, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, CA, and the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore and Los Angeles. These were about Shaw’s St. Joan, Pygmalion, Fanny’s First Play, Caesar and Cleopatra, Misalliance, Heartbreak House, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara.

                                      NeMLA-(Northeast Modern Lang. Assn.) Several papers on women’s and gender studies topics, including: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s play, Aria da Capo, 1919, Julia Alvarez, In the Name of Salome, Nella Larsen, Quicksand, Hallie Flanagan’s Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s.

                                      PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: 2008-2014

                                      Interview for WNYC/Studio 360: Spring, 2014: “How A Happy Ending Ruined [Shaw’s] Pygmalion. Aired June 27, 2014. Link online: http://www.studio360.org/story/how-a-happy-ending-ruined-pygmalion/

                                      Panelist at two public events sponsored by David Staller, Project Shaw, NY (2014, 2013)
                                      AAUW (American Association of University Women): Featured Speaker for Women’s History Month:
                                      Northwest Bergen Interbranch (2010): “She said THAT in public?!: From Pinkies to Pointers.” Women’s activism ca. 1850-1910s.
                                      Northwest Bergen Interbranch (2008) “Modernizing Joan of Arc: Joan As Social Everywoman.”

                                        Kathleen Hickey

                                        Professor of English, and Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division

                                          Phone: (845) 848-4009
                                          Email: kathleen.hickey@duny.edu
                                          Office: Casey Hall 19

                                          B.A. – Queens College, CUNY
                                          M.S. – Queens College, CUNY
                                          Ed.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University

                                          As an educator for 40 years, Professor Hickey has taught a variety of students, ranging from traditional-aged students to returning adults, both undergraduate and graduate students. In 2023,  Kathleen was appointed as the University’s Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Her research interests include reading and writing with special emphasis on “remedial” work at the college level. She was instrumental in revamping Dominican University’s Freshmen Writing Sequence to accelerate students with their remediation so they could swiftly proceed with their college careers.

                                          Additional research interests span the gamut from at-risk students to multicultural aspects of literature. She is a member of NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English, the NYCLA—New York College Learning Association, and NADE—the National Association of Developmental Educators. Yearly, she judges The Global Undergraduate Awards, an international competition of undergraduate papers from around the world.  Additionally, each fall, she participates in the NCTE Day of Writing, submitting entries for their National Day of Writing.

                                          Her outside interests include traveling, attending plays, reading, listening to all genres of music, and generally being active.

                                          See Professor Hickey's Presentations and Publications

                                          “Revamping a Developmental Program: Making Big Changes” in The English Record—New York State English Council.

                                          “Working With Marginalized Students—Uncovering Some Assumptions.” National Association of Developmental Education

                                          38th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention “Lovely, Lilting Voices: Contemporary Irish Women Poets’ Environs”

                                          Bridging the Dominican Cultures at Dominican University Colloquium at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

                                            Tanya Radford

                                            Assistant Professor of English

                                              Phone: (845) 848-4044
                                              Email: tanya.radford@duny.edu
                                              Office: Casey Hall 19

                                              B.A. – English: University of Utah
                                              M.A. – English: University of Utah
                                              Ph.D – English: City University of New York – Graduate Center

                                              Tanya Radford is Assistant Professor of English and Co-Director of Honors at Dominican University, where she teaches beginning and advanced writing courses, early American literature, Enlightenment literature, and children’s and young adult literature.  She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Utah and then earned a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Her doctoral research focused on affective response in 18th Century literature, and her current research continues that work by considering the cognitive and social benefits of leisure reading and the representation of reading, books, and libraries in works for young readers. She has published on Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey. In addition to her role as co-director of honors at DUNY, Dr. Radford serves on the executive board of the Northeast Regional Honors Council as well as the NRHC’s student journal – Illuminate – as part of its editorial team.

                                                James Reitter

                                                Associate Professor of English

                                                  Phone: (845) 848-4014
                                                  Email: james.reitter@duny.edu
                                                  Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                  B.A. – SUNY Oswego
                                                  M.F.A. – CUNY Brooklyn
                                                  Ph.D. – University of Louisiana Lafayette

                                                  Professor Reitter has been teaching in higher education for over two decades, specializing in Creative Writing, 19th Century Literature, Folklore, and Film Studies. He has published articles and/or chapters on Charles Dickens, Civil War poets, human/animal interaction and symbolism, and zombies in film. He is also the author of Scratched Records, an ekphrastic book of poetry and art, and co-author of Speculative Modernism: How Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Conceived the 20th Century. In addition, he actively publishes poems in a variety of print and online publications and is currently Editor-In-Chief for Masque and Spectacle, a biannual arts and literature online journal.

                                                  Outside of his academic interests, he is an avid birder and naturalist, enjoys listening to and playing a diverse array of music, and regularly watches cartoons.   

                                                   

                                                    Robert Stauffer

                                                    Associate Professor of English

                                                      Phone: (845) 848-4105
                                                      Email: robert.stauffer@duny.edu
                                                      Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                      B.A. – New York University (English)
                                                      M.A. – Brooklyn College (English Education)
                                                      Ph.D. – Arizona State University (Medieval Literature)

                                                      Robert Stauffer began working at Dominican University in 2012. His research and teaching interests are in medieval and Renaissance literature, postcolonial studies, science fiction and fantasy literature, and early 20th century writers. He is currently working on editing and writing for a volume for Brill Publishing entitled A Marguerite Porete Companion focusing on Marguerite Porete, a thirteenth-fourteenth century beguine, and her book The Mirror of Simple Souls. His publications include fantasy short stories and baseball biography. He has given several papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

                                                      Health Sciences

                                                        James T. Crawley, M.Ed., ATC, PT, HSS-SSE

                                                        Assistant Professor Health Sciences Program, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, Chi Alpha Sigma Moderator

                                                          Phone:  845-848-6004
                                                          Email:   jim.crawley@duny.edu

                                                          BS, Physical Education/Athletic Training – Towson State University
                                                          M.Ed., Sports Medicine/Athletic Training – University of Virginia
                                                          M.S. Physical Therapy – Dominican University

                                                          Jim Crawley was appointed the first Program Director of Athletic Training in August 1998 and oversaw the Athletic Training Program through its candidacy, initial accreditation, re-accreditation, and subsequent closure through CAATE. Jim brought a wealth of Athletic Training experience to his position as Program Director. This extensive experience included Athletic Training at Monmouth University, The United States Military Academy, and MARC Physical Therapy.

                                                          Mr. Crawley now teaches in the Health Sciences program teaching courses in such courses as Introduction to Healthcare, Medical Terminology, Professionalism in the Health Sciences, and a variety of other courses. Additionally, Jim is responsible for student recruitment, student advisement, and curriculum review and academic planning. Jim also serves on several college committees including the General Education Revision Committee. He is also the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and has served on the NCAA Division II Management Council, the Division II Degree Completion Award Committee, and the Competitive Safeguard & Medical Aspect of Sports Committee. He currently serves as the Division II Vice President for the Faculty Athletic Representative Association, and is a member of the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee.

                                                          Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Towson State University in 1985 and his Master of Education in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 1986. Jim completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Dominican University in 2004. Jim has two beautiful twin-daughters, Nicole and Jennifer, and resides in Manhattan with his wife Martha.

                                                            AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

                                                            Associate Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor, Coordinator of Health Sciences Program

                                                              Phone: (845) 848-6009
                                                              Email: annmarie.dellipizzi@duny.edu or honors.program@duny.edu
                                                              Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                              B.S. – Manhattan College
                                                              M.S. – New York Medical College
                                                              PhD. – New York Medical College

                                                              Areas of Interest/Research: The role of eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension

                                                              Courses Taught: Introduction to Biology, Genetics, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science.

                                                              Dr. AnnMarie DelliPizzi received a B.S. in Biology from Manhattan College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from New York Medical College. Her doctoral research focused on the role of constrictor eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent models of hypertension.  Throughout her career, she has co-authored many peer-reviewed research articles which have been published in prestigious academic journals, including the American Journal of Physiology, Hypertension and the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  She co-authored two lab manuals with Dr. Emma Sarro, former Assistant Professor of Biology, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I and Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II”, both of which are published by BVT.

                                                              Since arriving at Dominican University in 2004, Dr. DelliPizzi has taught a variety of courses, including Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, and Histology.  In 2016, she took on the role of Honors Program Director and then in 2020 became the Coordinator of the Health Sciences Program.  Dr. DelliPizzi also serves as the Health Professions Advisor, helping students who are interested in applying to graduate programs in various fields of health care.   She also serves as the Principal Investigator on a STEM grant received from the National Science Foundation and is actively involved in the Northeast Regional Honors Council. 

                                                              Prior to her arrival at Dominican University, Dr. DelliPizzi was on the faculty at Manhattan College and the College of Mt. St. Vincent. She currently holds adjunct appointments in the Nursing Department at Lehman College and in the Pharmacology Department at New York Medical College, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in pharmacology.

                                                              See Dr. DelliPizzi’s Publications & Presentations

                                                              DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I. 2nd Edition. BVT Publishing. , 2016.

                                                              DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II. BVT Publishing, 2016.

                                                              Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Houli Jiang, Nicholas R. Ferreri. The EP3 receptors regulates water excretion in response to high salt intake. American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology Oct 2016, 311 (4) F822-F829

                                                              Presentations at National Meetings

                                                              Connors, BJ and DelliPizzi,, A. Undergraduate research experience in the classroom as a means of retaining students in a Biology program. Council for Undergraduate Research, June, 2014.

                                                              Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Activation of EP3 receptors suppresses COX-2 in thick ascending limb (TAL) and inhibits water excretion Experimental Biology 2015.

                                                              Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie Dellipizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) regulates NKCC2 and AQP2 expression and adaptation to high NaCl intake\ Experimental Biology 2015.

                                                                Kerry Zona

                                                                Administrative Assistant

                                                                  Phone:  845-848-6005
                                                                  Email:   kerry.zona@duny.edu

                                                                  Humanities

                                                                    Peter A. Antich

                                                                      Assistant Professor of Philosophy

                                                                      Email: peter.antich@duny.edu
                                                                      Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                      B.A. – University of Dallas (Philosophy)
                                                                      M.A. – University of Kentucky (Philosophy)
                                                                      Ph.D. – University of Kentucky (Philosophy)

                                                                      Peter Antich joined Dominican University in 2022. He teaches classes throughout Philosophy, from Logic to Medieval Philosophy to Bioethics. His research focuses on Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Perception and is centered around the way meaning emerges within our embodied, perceptual experience. His recent work has investigated the Philosophy of Race, in particular the way in which racialized or racist habits can permeate perception. Prior to joining Dominican, he taught at Trinity College (Hartford) and Marquette University.
                                                                      Peter recently published a book, Motivation and the Primacy of Perception: Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Knowledge (Ohio University Press, 2021), which took a Phenomenological approach to questions about the relation between knowledge and experience. He is currently working on another book on the Philosophy of Perception.
                                                                      Outside of teaching and research, Peter enjoys reading, baking, and playing (overly complicated!) board games.

                                                                        Giovanna R. Czander

                                                                        Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-4005
                                                                          Email: giovanna.czander@duny.edu
                                                                          Office: Casey Hall


                                                                          B.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
                                                                          M.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
                                                                          M.A. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)
                                                                          M.Phil. – Fordham University
                                                                          Ph.D. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)

                                                                          Dr. Czander joined the faculty of DC in 2009. She brings to the Religious Studies Department a longstanding interest in philosophy and pedagogy and an active engagement with interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Courses she teaches include: Old Testament, New Testament, Religion and Human Experience, Religion in America, World Religions. Her research centers mainly on the Old Testament, particularly the prophetic and wisdom literatures, pentateuchal studies, and the theological interpretation of biblical law. Recent articles include “Of Donkeys and Witnesses: Interpolation or Interpretation? The Laws in Exod 23:1-9” (chapter in A Land Like Your Own, Wipf and Stock, 2010) and “The ‘Messianic Secret’ as Pedagogical Entryway into the Gospel of Mark” (Limina: A Journal of Theology, Winter 2014, St. Joseph’s College, ME; online). Dr. Czander has taught at Marist College, Iona College, Manhattan College, Fordham University, New York Theological Seminary, the Deaconate Program of the Archdiocese of New York, and overseas. She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the College Theological Society, and reviews articles submitted for publication for the journal Scriptura Sacra (University of Opole, Poland). She is a member in the Focolare Movement’s Abba School, an international interdisciplinary study center, and has worked as a translator and live interpreter for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and the beatification cause of Vietnamese Card. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1998-2002).

                                                                           

                                                                            Kathleen Hickey

                                                                            Professor of English, and Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division

                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-4009
                                                                              Email: kathleen.hickey@duny.edu
                                                                              Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                              B.A. – Queens College, CUNY
                                                                              M.S. – Queens College, CUNY
                                                                              Ed.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University

                                                                              As an educator for 40 years, Professor Hickey has taught a variety of students, ranging from traditional-aged students to returning adults, both undergraduate and graduate students. In 2023,  Kathleen was appointed as the University’s Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Her research interests include reading and writing with special emphasis on “remedial” work at the college level. She was instrumental in revamping Dominican University’s Freshmen Writing Sequence to accelerate students with their remediation so they could swiftly proceed with their college careers.

                                                                              Additional research interests span the gamut from at-risk students to multicultural aspects of literature. She is a member of NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English, the NYCLA—New York College Learning Association, and NADE—the National Association of Developmental Educators. Yearly, she judges The Global Undergraduate Awards, an international competition of undergraduate papers from around the world.  Additionally, each fall, she participates in the NCTE Day of Writing, submitting entries for their National Day of Writing.

                                                                              Her outside interests include traveling, attending plays, reading, listening to all genres of music, and generally being active.

                                                                              See Professor Hickey's Presentations and Publications

                                                                              “Revamping a Developmental Program: Making Big Changes” in The English Record—New York State English Council.

                                                                              “Working With Marginalized Students—Uncovering Some Assumptions.” National Association of Developmental Education

                                                                              38th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention “Lovely, Lilting Voices: Contemporary Irish Women Poets’ Environs”

                                                                              Bridging the Dominican Cultures at Dominican University Colloquium at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

                                                                                James Filippelli

                                                                                Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts

                                                                                  Phone: (845) 848-4081
                                                                                  Email: james.filippelli@duny.edu
                                                                                  Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                                  B.A. – St. Leo College – Theatre/Speech & English Education
                                                                                  M.F.A. – Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
                                                                                  Performing Arts Administration
                                                                                  P.D. – Professional Diploma – Fordham University
                                                                                  Educational Administration
                                                                                  Ed.D. – Manhattanville College – Educational Leadership

                                                                                  Dr. James Filippelli retired as an English and Performing Arts teacher after over 35 years at Walter Panas High School in the Lakeland Central School District. The Performing Arts Center at the high school was recently named in his honor, thus renaming the facility as the Dr. James Filippelli Performing Arts Center. Dr. Filippelli began his career at Dominican University in the fall of 1979 initially only directing for The Aquin Players theatre group. In 1980, he developed the entire theatre curriculum that exists today and has grown through the years. He served as an Adjunct Instructor of Communications from 1980 through the fall of 2016. In 2016, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts. In 2022, he was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. He developed the Theatre Minor and co-collaborated with colleagues to develop the Film-Studies Minor. He is presently working with colleagues to develop a dance and music minor. In his 43-year association with Dominican, Dr. Filippelli has had the pleasure to direct many main-stage musical productions involving students from all of the fine arts disciplines – art, music, dance, and theatre.

                                                                                  His research interests include Higher Education, Fine and Performing Arts, and undergraduate incorporation of major/minor courses of studies in the arts.

                                                                                  See Professor Filippelli's Publications

                                                                                  Filippelli, J. (2023). How to Market the Arts: A Practical Approach for the 21st Century by Anthony Rhine and Jay Pension (review). Theatre Topics, 33(1), 54-55. https://doi.org/10.1353/tt.2023.0006

                                                                                  Filippelli, J., De’Jesus, S.A., Ellis, T.A.D., Feliciano, M.S., (2021). Occupational Therapy and Theatre Arts Mutually Benefit Clinical Simulations: A Collaborative Approach. International Journal of Education. 9 (1) 2-7.

                                                                                  Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2019). Leadership Skills: From the Stage to Higher Education. Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education. Dec. (10) 27 – 37. http://cnu.edu/jpalhe/

                                                                                  Filippelli, J. & Martinez, E. (2019). Success of One Latino in Higher Education. NY
                                                                                  Living City Magazine – https://livingcitymagazine.com/ Finding Identity Dec. 2019.

                                                                                  Filippelli, J. (2019). Book Review: Theatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century. Theatre Topics, 29 (1), 81-82 DOI: 10.1353/tt.2019.0009

                                                                                  Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2017). Can today’s superintendents be both instructional leaders and community leaders? Educational Administration and Supervision Journal. 35 (4), 2-11.

                                                                                    Kevin Hermberg

                                                                                    Professor of Philosophy

                                                                                      Phone: (845) 848-4010
                                                                                      Email: kevin.hermberg@duny.edu
                                                                                      Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                                      B.A.– English: Fort Lewis College
                                                                                      B.A.– Philosophy: Fort Lewis College
                                                                                      M.A.– Philosophy: Marquette University
                                                                                      Ph.D.– Philosophy: Marquette University

                                                                                      Kevin Hermberg joined the faculty at Dominican University in 2007.  Professor Hermberg’s research focus on 20th and 21st century European Philosophy (especially phenomenology and existentialism), but he is especially interested in putting various traditions and disciplines into conversation with one another.  He works primarily at the intersections of analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, literature, and natural sciences.  Professor Hermberg’s teaching experiences and interests are similarly cross-disciplinary and include work in the natural sciences, literature, and  writing, in addition to philosophy.  Before joining the faculty at Dominican University, professor Hermberg taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Carthage College, and Marquette University.

                                                                                      Professor Hermberg is founding editor (with Pol Vandevelde of Marquette University) of the book series, Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. He is on the editorial board of American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy.  Dr. Hermberg is also actively involved with various groups and associations, including:

                                                                                      See Professor Hermberg's Publications and Presentations

                                                                                      Publications:

                                                                                      • “Not Just Accommodating: Pedagogy Beyond the Archetypical” (with Rory Kraft), in Teaching Through Challenges: Preparation and Adaptability in the EDI Classroom. Rowman and Littlefield, 2020.
                                                                                      • “Diversity Is Not Enough: The Importance of Inclusive Pedagogy” (with Melissa Jacquart, Rebecca Scott, Stephen Bloch-Schulman).  Teaching Philosophy, 2019.
                                                                                      • Philosophy Through Teaching, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2014 (book co-edited with Emily Esch and Rory Kraft, Jr.).
                                                                                      • Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics. Bloomsbury, 2013. (book co-edited with Paul Gyllenhammer).
                                                                                      • Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology. Continuum, 2011. (book co-edited with Pol Vandevelde).
                                                                                      • “Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics: an Introduction” (chapter in Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics).
                                                                                      • “Husserl’s (even more) Social Epistemology” (chapter in Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology).
                                                                                      • Husserl’s Phenomenology: Knowledge, Objectivity and Others. Continuum, 2006. (single authored book).

                                                                                      Professor Hermberg has presented papers on the teaching of philosophy as well as on his scholarly research.  Recent presentations have been on a variety of topics, including:

                                                                                      • Strategies for Pre-Emptively Smoothing [somewhat] the Waters of Gen. Ed. Revision (Association for General and Liberal Studies, St. Louis, MO)
                                                                                      • Successful Gen. Ed. Curriculum Revision—One College’s Story, Process, and Strategies (Association for General and Liberal Studies, St. Louis, MO)
                                                                                      • Inclusive Practices: Moving Beyond Accommodation of Neurodifferences, with Rory Kraft (AAPT International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, Otterbein University)
                                                                                      • Phenomenological Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Affectivity (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Duquesne University)
                                                                                      • Social Justice in the Philosophy Classroom,” with Rory Kraft (AAPT International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, North Carolina A&T State University).
                                                                                      • Husserlian Interdependencies: Consciousness-Embodiment (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo College, NJ)
                                                                                      • Husserl and Others: A Pair of Pairings (State University of New York, New Paltz)
                                                                                      • Plato’s Theory of Forms as a Guide to Living in the “Real World” (Association of Core Texts and Courses, Milwaukee, WI)
                                                                                      • Husserl’s Social Epistemology (Collective Intentionality-VII conference, University of Basel, Switzerland)
                                                                                      • Teaching God (and other “hot moments”) … issues and approaches (18th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, Coastal Carolina University)
                                                                                      • A non-defensive defense of philosophy (17th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, University of Guelph, Canada)
                                                                                      • Edmund Husserl and Social Epistemology (Conference on Phenomenology, Marquette University)
                                                                                      • Phenomenology as Philosophy of Mind (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
                                                                                      • Taking the Humanities to the Public (Carthage College)
                                                                                      • Utilizing Student Web Sites to Intertwine Breadth and Depth Our Courses (International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, University of Toledo)
                                                                                      • Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Marquette University)
                                                                                      • “Facticity and Transcendence in Husserlian Phenomenology: Intersections and Interdependencies” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Brock University, Canada).
                                                                                      • “Living Well and Working Toward a More Just World: Plato as Guide and Motivator” (Colloquium of Dominican Universitys and Universities, Molloy College, NY).
                                                                                      • “The Overlooked Others in Husserl’s Epistemology” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, St. Louis University, MO).

                                                                                      Mathematics

                                                                                        Kathleen Conlon Hinge

                                                                                        Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Science Department Coordinator

                                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-6008
                                                                                          Email: kathleen.hinge@duny.edu
                                                                                          Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                          B.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
                                                                                          M.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
                                                                                          Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

                                                                                          Kathleen Hinge joined the Dominican University faculty after a 20-year engineering career, emphasizing mathematical modeling and computer simulation of the structural behavior of machine elements and systems. She has published patent applications and received an NSF fellowship. By virtue of her corporate engineering experience, she is role model and mentor to students pursuing the Pre-Engineering Option in Mathematics (the 5-year sequence that leads to a BA in Mathematics from Dominican University and a BE in Engineering from Manhattan College).

                                                                                          Dr. Hinge teaches General Physics (I and II), where she emphasizes hands-on laboratory work to engage students actively in the discovery and understanding of physical phenomena. She also teaches multiple courses in Mathematics.  In 2015, Dr. Hinge became the Science Department Coordinator. In 2016, Dr. Hinge was appointed an adjunct engineering faculty member at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy (www.johncabot.edu) where she teaches Statics and Mechanics of Materials during the summer.

                                                                                          Her non-academic interests include reading, spinning and yoga (not at the same time!).

                                                                                            Lydia Maynard

                                                                                            Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-6010
                                                                                              Email: lydia.maynard@duny.edu
                                                                                              Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                              B.S. – Virginia Tech (Mathematics)
                                                                                              M.A. – Virginia Tech (Education)
                                                                                              Ph.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University (Mathematics Education)

                                                                                              Dr. Lydia Maynard joined the mathematics department at Dominican University in 2012 after earning her doctorate in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. During the time she was working on her degree, she worked as an adjunct instructor in Manhattan at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

                                                                                              Beyond the classroom, Dr. Maynard’s interests include community service and music. She has traveled to Honduras, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Mexico to volunteer with local groups. She has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on two separate occasions — to Philadelphia and Baltimore, to help construct affordable housing for families in need. She has also volunteered with Dominican University students to go on Midnight Runs to bring food to the homeless on the streets of Manhattan. She also directs the a capella group on campus, Pitches and Cream. The group has performed at various school events, a Rockland Boulders game and even at a Mets game at Citifield. 

                                                                                                Margaret E. Mulligan

                                                                                                Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                                                                  Phone: (845) 848-6012
                                                                                                  Email: margaret.mulligan@duny.edu
                                                                                                  Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                                  B.S. – Mathematics: University of Scranton
                                                                                                  M.S. – Mathematics: Seton Hall University

                                                                                                  Professor Mulligan has been a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department since 2002. She came to the college from the corporate world.

                                                                                                  After graduating from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Magna cum laude, she worked at Bellcore (now Ericsson Technologies) for 12 years. As a Member of Technical Staff, she worked in the software division supporting outside plant engineers in the various telephone companies. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Seton Hall University, graduating with honors.  

                                                                                                  Professor Mulligan began at Dominican University as an adjunct instructor in January 1990 teaching Statistics in the Weekend College Program. She then taught the basic Math sequence in the ACCEL program for many years.

                                                                                                  In addition to her degrees, Professor Mulligan holds NYS Teacher Certification for grades 7-12. She has been both a middle school and high school substitute teacher and taught as a long-term substitute for 5th grade and Advanced Math for eighth graders.

                                                                                                    Jennifer Sassano

                                                                                                    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Coordinator Mathematics Program & Director of Math & Sciences Division

                                                                                                      Phone: (845) 848-6014
                                                                                                      Email: jennifer.sassano@duny.edu
                                                                                                      Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                                      B.A. – SUNY, Potsdam
                                                                                                      M.A. – SUNY, Potsdam
                                                                                                      Ed.D. – Mathematics: Teachers College, Columbia University

                                                                                                      Dr. Sassano earned a combined BA/MA in Mathematics, summa cum laude, as an undergraduate at SUNY Potsdam.  Following graduation, she taught junior high and high school mathematics for two years, earning permanent NYS teaching certification for Math 7-12.  She then completed two years of graduate work and teaching at SUNY Binghamton before accepting a teaching position at Dominican University in 1992.  While teaching at Dominican, she earned a doctorate in the College Teaching of an Academic Subject (Mathematics) from Teachers College, Columbia University.

                                                                                                      Dr. Sassano teaches a variety of classes, including those in the Algebra/Calculus sequence and in the History of Mathematics. She also designed the Discrete Math class for the department. In 2007 she became the Mathematics Coordinator for the University and in 2023 she became the Director of Math & Sciences Division.  Dr. Sassano oversees the Mathematics Placement Examinations for the University.  She is also the Faculty Sponsor for the University’s chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                        Veronica Glynn

                                                                                                        Administrative Assistant

                                                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-6006
                                                                                                          Email: veronica.glynn@duny.edu
                                                                                                          Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                            Jovan Žigić

                                                                                                            Instructor of Mathematics and Physics

                                                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-6015
                                                                                                              Email: jovan.zigic@duny.edu
                                                                                                              Office: Prusmack Center 308
                                                                                                              Area(s) of Specialization: Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology

                                                                                                              Spanish

                                                                                                              Philosophy

                                                                                                                Peter A. Antich

                                                                                                                  Assistant Professor of Philosophy

                                                                                                                  Email: peter.antich@duny.edu
                                                                                                                  Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                                                                  B.A. – University of Dallas (Philosophy)
                                                                                                                  M.A. – University of Kentucky (Philosophy)
                                                                                                                  Ph.D. – University of Kentucky (Philosophy)

                                                                                                                  Peter Antich joined Dominican University in 2022. He teaches classes throughout Philosophy, from Logic to Medieval Philosophy to Bioethics. His research focuses on Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Perception and is centered around the way meaning emerges within our embodied, perceptual experience. His recent work has investigated the Philosophy of Race, in particular the way in which racialized or racist habits can permeate perception. Prior to joining Dominican, he taught at Trinity College (Hartford) and Marquette University.
                                                                                                                  Peter recently published a book, Motivation and the Primacy of Perception: Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Knowledge (Ohio University Press, 2021), which took a Phenomenological approach to questions about the relation between knowledge and experience. He is currently working on another book on the Philosophy of Perception.
                                                                                                                  Outside of teaching and research, Peter enjoys reading, baking, and playing (overly complicated!) board games.

                                                                                                                    Kevin Hermberg

                                                                                                                    Professor of Philosophy

                                                                                                                      Phone: (845) 848-4010
                                                                                                                      Email: kevin.hermberg@duny.edu
                                                                                                                      Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                                                                      B.A.– English: Fort Lewis College
                                                                                                                      B.A.– Philosophy: Fort Lewis College
                                                                                                                      M.A.– Philosophy: Marquette University
                                                                                                                      Ph.D.– Philosophy: Marquette University

                                                                                                                      Kevin Hermberg joined the faculty at Dominican University in 2007.  Professor Hermberg’s research focus on 20th and 21st century European Philosophy (especially phenomenology and existentialism), but he is especially interested in putting various traditions and disciplines into conversation with one another.  He works primarily at the intersections of analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, literature, and natural sciences.  Professor Hermberg’s teaching experiences and interests are similarly cross-disciplinary and include work in the natural sciences, literature, and  writing, in addition to philosophy.  Before joining the faculty at Dominican University, professor Hermberg taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Carthage College, and Marquette University.

                                                                                                                      Professor Hermberg is founding editor (with Pol Vandevelde of Marquette University) of the book series, Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. He is on the editorial board of American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy.  Dr. Hermberg is also actively involved with various groups and associations, including:

                                                                                                                      See Professor Hermberg's Publications and Presentations

                                                                                                                      Publications:

                                                                                                                      • “Not Just Accommodating: Pedagogy Beyond the Archetypical” (with Rory Kraft), in Teaching Through Challenges: Preparation and Adaptability in the EDI Classroom. Rowman and Littlefield, 2020.
                                                                                                                      • “Diversity Is Not Enough: The Importance of Inclusive Pedagogy” (with Melissa Jacquart, Rebecca Scott, Stephen Bloch-Schulman).  Teaching Philosophy, 2019.
                                                                                                                      • Philosophy Through Teaching, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2014 (book co-edited with Emily Esch and Rory Kraft, Jr.).
                                                                                                                      • Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics. Bloomsbury, 2013. (book co-edited with Paul Gyllenhammer).
                                                                                                                      • Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology. Continuum, 2011. (book co-edited with Pol Vandevelde).
                                                                                                                      • “Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics: an Introduction” (chapter in Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics).
                                                                                                                      • “Husserl’s (even more) Social Epistemology” (chapter in Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology).
                                                                                                                      • Husserl’s Phenomenology: Knowledge, Objectivity and Others. Continuum, 2006. (single authored book).

                                                                                                                      Professor Hermberg has presented papers on the teaching of philosophy as well as on his scholarly research.  Recent presentations have been on a variety of topics, including:

                                                                                                                      • Strategies for Pre-Emptively Smoothing [somewhat] the Waters of Gen. Ed. Revision (Association for General and Liberal Studies, St. Louis, MO)
                                                                                                                      • Successful Gen. Ed. Curriculum Revision—One College’s Story, Process, and Strategies (Association for General and Liberal Studies, St. Louis, MO)
                                                                                                                      • Inclusive Practices: Moving Beyond Accommodation of Neurodifferences, with Rory Kraft (AAPT International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, Otterbein University)
                                                                                                                      • Phenomenological Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Affectivity (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Duquesne University)
                                                                                                                      • Social Justice in the Philosophy Classroom,” with Rory Kraft (AAPT International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, North Carolina A&T State University).
                                                                                                                      • Husserlian Interdependencies: Consciousness-Embodiment (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo College, NJ)
                                                                                                                      • Husserl and Others: A Pair of Pairings (State University of New York, New Paltz)
                                                                                                                      • Plato’s Theory of Forms as a Guide to Living in the “Real World” (Association of Core Texts and Courses, Milwaukee, WI)
                                                                                                                      • Husserl’s Social Epistemology (Collective Intentionality-VII conference, University of Basel, Switzerland)
                                                                                                                      • Teaching God (and other “hot moments”) … issues and approaches (18th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, Coastal Carolina University)
                                                                                                                      • A non-defensive defense of philosophy (17th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, University of Guelph, Canada)
                                                                                                                      • Edmund Husserl and Social Epistemology (Conference on Phenomenology, Marquette University)
                                                                                                                      • Phenomenology as Philosophy of Mind (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
                                                                                                                      • Taking the Humanities to the Public (Carthage College)
                                                                                                                      • Utilizing Student Web Sites to Intertwine Breadth and Depth Our Courses (International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, University of Toledo)
                                                                                                                      • Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Marquette University)
                                                                                                                      • “Facticity and Transcendence in Husserlian Phenomenology: Intersections and Interdependencies” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Brock University, Canada).
                                                                                                                      • “Living Well and Working Toward a More Just World: Plato as Guide and Motivator” (Colloquium of Dominican Universitys and Universities, Molloy College, NY).
                                                                                                                      • “The Overlooked Others in Husserl’s Epistemology” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, St. Louis University, MO).

                                                                                                                      Religious Studies

                                                                                                                        Giovanna R. Czander

                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

                                                                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-4005
                                                                                                                          Email: giovanna.czander@duny.edu
                                                                                                                          Office: Casey Hall


                                                                                                                          B.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
                                                                                                                          M.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
                                                                                                                          M.A. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)
                                                                                                                          M.Phil. – Fordham University
                                                                                                                          Ph.D. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)

                                                                                                                          Dr. Czander joined the faculty of DC in 2009. She brings to the Religious Studies Department a longstanding interest in philosophy and pedagogy and an active engagement with interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Courses she teaches include: Old Testament, New Testament, Religion and Human Experience, Religion in America, World Religions. Her research centers mainly on the Old Testament, particularly the prophetic and wisdom literatures, pentateuchal studies, and the theological interpretation of biblical law. Recent articles include “Of Donkeys and Witnesses: Interpolation or Interpretation? The Laws in Exod 23:1-9” (chapter in A Land Like Your Own, Wipf and Stock, 2010) and “The ‘Messianic Secret’ as Pedagogical Entryway into the Gospel of Mark” (Limina: A Journal of Theology, Winter 2014, St. Joseph’s College, ME; online). Dr. Czander has taught at Marist College, Iona College, Manhattan College, Fordham University, New York Theological Seminary, the Deaconate Program of the Archdiocese of New York, and overseas. She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the College Theological Society, and reviews articles submitted for publication for the journal Scriptura Sacra (University of Opole, Poland). She is a member in the Focolare Movement’s Abba School, an international interdisciplinary study center, and has worked as a translator and live interpreter for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and the beatification cause of Vietnamese Card. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1998-2002).

                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                          Theatre

                                                                                                                            James Filippelli

                                                                                                                            Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts

                                                                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-4081
                                                                                                                              Email: james.filippelli@duny.edu
                                                                                                                              Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                                                                              B.A. – St. Leo College – Theatre/Speech & English Education
                                                                                                                              M.F.A. – Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
                                                                                                                              Performing Arts Administration
                                                                                                                              P.D. – Professional Diploma – Fordham University
                                                                                                                              Educational Administration
                                                                                                                              Ed.D. – Manhattanville College – Educational Leadership

                                                                                                                              Dr. James Filippelli retired as an English and Performing Arts teacher after over 35 years at Walter Panas High School in the Lakeland Central School District. The Performing Arts Center at the high school was recently named in his honor, thus renaming the facility as the Dr. James Filippelli Performing Arts Center. Dr. Filippelli began his career at Dominican University in the fall of 1979 initially only directing for The Aquin Players theatre group. In 1980, he developed the entire theatre curriculum that exists today and has grown through the years. He served as an Adjunct Instructor of Communications from 1980 through the fall of 2016. In 2016, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts. In 2022, he was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. He developed the Theatre Minor and co-collaborated with colleagues to develop the Film-Studies Minor. He is presently working with colleagues to develop a dance and music minor. In his 43-year association with Dominican, Dr. Filippelli has had the pleasure to direct many main-stage musical productions involving students from all of the fine arts disciplines – art, music, dance, and theatre.

                                                                                                                              His research interests include Higher Education, Fine and Performing Arts, and undergraduate incorporation of major/minor courses of studies in the arts.

                                                                                                                              See Professor Filippelli's Publications

                                                                                                                              Filippelli, J. (2023). How to Market the Arts: A Practical Approach for the 21st Century by Anthony Rhine and Jay Pension (review). Theatre Topics, 33(1), 54-55. https://doi.org/10.1353/tt.2023.0006

                                                                                                                              Filippelli, J., De’Jesus, S.A., Ellis, T.A.D., Feliciano, M.S., (2021). Occupational Therapy and Theatre Arts Mutually Benefit Clinical Simulations: A Collaborative Approach. International Journal of Education. 9 (1) 2-7.

                                                                                                                              Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2019). Leadership Skills: From the Stage to Higher Education. Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education. Dec. (10) 27 – 37. http://cnu.edu/jpalhe/

                                                                                                                              Filippelli, J. & Martinez, E. (2019). Success of One Latino in Higher Education. NY
                                                                                                                              Living City Magazine – https://livingcitymagazine.com/ Finding Identity Dec. 2019.

                                                                                                                              Filippelli, J. (2019). Book Review: Theatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century. Theatre Topics, 29 (1), 81-82 DOI: 10.1353/tt.2019.0009

                                                                                                                              Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2017). Can today’s superintendents be both instructional leaders and community leaders? Educational Administration and Supervision Journal. 35 (4), 2-11.