Fourteen Merrimack faculty receive promotions, tenure

The College is honored to introduce its newly tenured and promoted faculty.
Headshots of the 14 newly tenured or promoted staff.
These 14 faculty members either received a promotion or tenure.

Merrimack College congratulates the following 14 faculty who were either promoted or received tenure during the 2023-24 school year.

Merrimack College strives to invest in faculty and staff, and advance the academic skills of both our students and employees. The College recognizes how fortunate it is to have distinguished academic leaders as colleagues as it continue to achieve the goals laid out in the College’s strategic plan, the Agenda for the Future. 

Brandi Baldock, Ph.D.,

Brandi Baldock, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: Analytical Chemistry, Chemical

Andrew Cannon, M.H.S.

Andrew Cannon, M.H.S., Clinical Professor, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Interests: Anatomy, Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal Clinical Measures, Physical Therapy, Running-Related Injury, Sports Medicine

Juliana Cohen, Sc.D.

Juliana Cohen, Sc.D., Full Professor, Nutrition & Public Health
Research Interests: Community-Based Interventions, Health Disparities, Health Promotion, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Public Health

Anne Flaherty, Ph.D.

Anne Flaherty, Ph.D., Full Professor, Political Science & Public Policy
Research Interests: American Indian/ Native American Politics, Indigenous Politics, American Politics, Intergovernmental Politics, Interdisciplinary Teaching

James Howland, Ed.D.

James Howland, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Practice, Social Work
Research Interests: Emotional and Social Development of Boys and Men, Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, Coping and Resilience in Youth and Young Adults, Sport Psychology, Mindfulness and Performance With Student-Athletes

Michael Hyman, Ph.D.

Michael Hyman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Accounting
Research Interests: Accounting and Capital Markets, Financial Markets, Asset Pricing

Janet Ierardi, Ph.D., RNC, CNE, CNE-CL

Janet Ierardi, Ph.D., RNC, CNE, CNE-CL, Clinical Professor, Nursing
Research Interests: Family Health, Postpartum Depression, Nursing Education, Men in Nursing

Benjamin Larkin, Ph.D.

Benjamin Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sports Management
Research Interests: Consumer Behavior, Media Consumption, Sport Team Identification

Debra Michals, Ph.D.

Debra Michals, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies
Research Interests: 20th Century U.S. Women’s and Gender History, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender and Popular Culture, Gender/Sexuality/Race-based Social Movements, Women’s Entrepreneurship

Michael Piatelli, Ph.D.

Michael Piatelli, Ph.D., Associate Instructional Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Ecotoxicology; Molecular Ecotoxicology

Ali Plocha, Ph.D.

Ali Plocha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Research Interests: Bereavement Counseling, Emerging Adulthood Trauma

Lynne Sheppard, DNP, RN

Lynne Sheppard, DNP, RN, Clinical Professor, Nursing
Research Interests: Simulation Technology; Virtual Reality in Student Clinical Reasoning; Innovative Teaching Pedagogies for Student Nurse Learning

Eleanor Shonkoff, Ph.D.

Eleanor Shonkoff, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Nutrition & Public Health
Research Interests: Nutrition, Child Obesity Prevention, Parenting Practices and Family Health, Community-Based Interventions, Health Disparities, Evaluation of Innovative Teaching Approaches (e.g., Mindfulness)

Omer Unsal, Ph.D.

Omer Unsal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Finance
Research Interests: Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Investment Mergers and Acquisitions


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