Organizational Leadership & Communication Faculty

    Andrew Burns

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

      Phone: (845) 848-4026
      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
          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.

            Kathleen Hickey

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

              Phone: (845) 848-4009
              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

                Clare Pennino, Ph.D.

                Associate Professor, Business Administration

                  Phone: 845-848-4019
                  Location: Casey Hall 104
                  Area(s) of Specialization: Business Administration and Management