New Faculty Members Join Merrimack Community

Accommodating the steady growth in academic offerings on campus, new faculty members join the Merrimack community

Merrimack College welcomed 27 new full-time faculty members at a reception in their honor in Crowe Hall.

President Christopher Hopey, Ph.D., told faculty and their guests that they had joined a true and close-knit community, at a college that is on the rise despite a difficult higher education environment. Provost Allan Weatherwax, Ph.D., urged them to join in the spirit of the Merrimack family and attend major events, including Homecoming, to see how the community celebrates together.

The new faculty cohort, spanning all five schools, includes:


PAUL ANTONELLIS, Lecturer, Management. Ed.D., Capella University.

LEENA BHARATH, Assistant Clinical Professor, Health Sciences. Ph.D., Oklahoma State University.

JANET WHATLEY BLUM, Professor, Health Sciences. Sc.D., Boston University

YANITZIA CANETTI, Lecturer, Spanish. Ph.D., Havana University.

JOSEPH CHIARELLI, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry. Ph.D., Tufts University.

PATRICIA CLARKE, Lecturer, Marketing. M.B.A., Babson College.

MATTHEW COHEN, Lecturer, Political Science. Ph.D., Northeastern University.

MARIA TERESA DAVILA, Lecturer, Religious and Theological Studies. Ph.D., Boston College.

ELLEN FITZPATRICK, Scholar in Residence, Interdisciplinary Institute. Ph.D., Michigan State University.

MARIKO FRAME, Assistant Professor, Economics. Ph.D., University of Denver.

REBECCA FRANCKLE, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences. Sc.D., Harvard University.

NICOLE FRISCH, Assistant Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice. Ph.D., University of Maryland.

TAHIR HAMEED, Visiting Associate Professor, Management Information Systems. Ph.D., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

JONATHAN LATIANO, Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts. M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art.

DORIE MANSEN, Lecturer, Religious and Theological Studies. Ph.D., Boston University.

DIANA MARGINEAN, Lecturer, Compass Program. Ph.D., Brandeis University.

MARK McCOY, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry. Ph.D., University of California.

LISA O’BRIEN, Assistant Professor, Education. Ed.D., Boston University.

EMMA O’DONNELL POLYAKOV, Assistant Professor, Religious and Theological Studies. Ph.D., Boston College.

SEUNGBIN OH, Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ph.D., University of Central Florida.

JESSICA PEACOCK, Assistant Professor, Health Science. Ph.D., Springfield College.

MARY-JOAN PELLETIER POTVIN, Lecturer, Accounting. M.S.A., Suffolk University.

LAUREN ROCHA, Lecturer, English. M.A., University of New Hampshire.

LYNNE SUSAN SHEPPARD, Associate Clinical Professor and Executive Director of Nursing. D.N.P., American Sentinel University.

ELEANOR SHONKOFF, Lecturer, Health Sciences. Ph.D., University of Southern California.

RENA STROUD, Assistant Professor, Education. Ph.D., University of Massachusetts.

ALYSSA YETTER, Assistant Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice. Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University.


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