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Welcome to the Faculty Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Innovation at Curry College!

Opened in September of 2011, the launch of the Faculty Center has been made possible through the generous support of both the President and Trustees of Curry College and a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, which was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc. 

We invite you to browse the links here to find out more about our people, programs, and facilities.

The Faculty Center is located at 65A Atherton (#36 on the map).  Main number: 617.333.2186, email:

Our mission is to engage faculty in diverse and effective professional development experiences, in anticipation of and response to faculty and institutional goals. We do this by offering the following programs, services, and initiatives to Curry College faculty:

  • Collaborative consultations with faculty on innovative approaches to teaching, research/scholarship, service, and leadership.

  • On-site opportunities to explore and learn (including emergent technologies), collaborate (in flexible, multi-use spaces), and explore (through both structured and open time).

  • Dissemination and networking of effective faculty practices and new ideas among individuals, academic areas, the College, and the Higher Education community.

  • Ongoing assessment of our effectiveness through multiple sources and kinds of evidence to improve and shape future work of the Center.

Elements of our Vision for the Faculty Center:

  • Centrality:

    At the heart of faculty work/life, and at the heart of the campus, we are an open resource and point of connection for all faculty, both in person and virtual.

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  • Integration:

    Providing a context of support for long-term, personalized professional growth and integration across multiple domains of faculty work, within and outside of the classroom, we offer a "third place" where achieving strategic objectives though new curricula and fostering learning go hand-in-hand.

  • Evidence:

    Grounding programs and processes in thoughtful analysis of evidence, we regularly draw upon research on best practices, student data, learning outcomes assessment, and assessment of what we do.


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Innovation Lab Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is the office space where faculty can find a another place to get work done! There are desktops or laptops that can be used as well as a space where small groups can meet. It is also the place where we conduct some technology trainings. If you would like to book the Innovation Lab please call x2186 or email 

Who We Are Who We Are

Susan Chang, Dean, Faculty Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Innovation

Main responsibilities include connecting Faculty Center priorities and directions with institutional objectives via Academic Affairs; collaborating with Excellence in Teaching and other Committees; overseeing Center operations, staff, and funding; supporting the training and professional development of Center personnel; assessing Center effectiveness; and reporting to stakeholders (faculty, senior staff, foundations and funding agencies, other external groups).

Laura Callis, Faculty Center Coordinator and Associate Professor of Science and Math

Laura collaborates with faculty members to support the implementation of student-centered classroom practices with the goal of enhancing student engagement and learning. Laura works to identify, celebrate, and provide opportunities for the sharing of colleagues' innovative practices in an effort to increase student learning throughout Curry College. 

Christine Sacco, Instructional Designer/Technologist

Christine works with faculty members to assist them with finding innovative ways to use technology to enhance their classes, thus positively influencing the student experience. This includes delivering training and providing support materials on pertinent instructional technologies, pedagogical approaches like the flipped classroom, and designing an effective Blackboard site including but not limited to the hybrid/online environment. 

Jan Kenney, Administrative and Technology Assistant

Jan works with the Senior Instructional Designer to provide technology support to the Curry faculty.  She also supports the Dean of Faculty and all events at the Faculty Center.

For more information on Instructional Design and Technology visit the Instructional Design/Tech page. 

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2018 New Faculty Biographies
Conover, Katherine-Marie (Dove) - School of Nursing
Dr. Katherine-Marie Conover joins Curry College School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor.  She has a BSN and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also studied a resiliency promotion program for children.  Dr. Conover has worked in a variety of settings as a registered nurse, from nursing homes to emergency departments, and camp nursing to forensic nursing.  Her research interest is to determine if resiliency promotion in children can help promote lifelong healthy behaviors, towards the reduction in chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiac disease in the general population.
Davis, Seth - Writing Program
Dr. Seth E. Davis joins Curry College as an Assistant Professor of Writing Program. Dr. Davis recently earned his Doctorate from Syracuse University in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, as well as a certificate of advanced study in Women and Gender Studies.  In his dissertation, he examined practices of reading, throwing shade, and pulling trade as "fierce literacies" in the Black queer community. Dr. Davis is a native of Memphis Tennessee and his hobbies include painting, hiking, and fighting White supremacist patriarchy. Dr. Davis is also currently working on his first documentary about Black queer language.
Droganova, Maria - Department of Business Management
Dr. Maria Droganova joins Curry College as an Assistant Professor of Economics. She earned her Doctorate at Clemson University, where she studied health and labor economics. At Clemson Maria also taught Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned her master degree in Economics from Duke University. She also had an internship at the Central Bank of Transnistria. Maria is currently studying the career dynamics of female employees in the U. S. federal government. She also analyzed the effect of the Russian maternity leave policies on fertility and the effect of the American maternity leave policy (the FMLA) on women's promotion.
Falconer, Heather - Writing Program
Dr. Heather Falconer joins Curry College as a Special Appointment, Assistant Professor of Writing. She earned her doctorate at Northeastern University, where she taught First-Year Writing and advanced courses in disciplinary writing (e.g., science). Heather also holds a MLitt from the University of Glasgow and an MFA from Emerson College. In addition to teaching, Heather is Associate Editor with the Perspectives in Writing book series, and Chair of the Research and Publications Committee of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum. As a Writing Studies scholar, her research focuses on the intersections of culture, discipline, and pedagogy, with a special emphasis on discursive identity development.
Grigsby, Alan - Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Alan Grigsby joins Curry College as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at The University of Cincinnati in 2018 and M.A. in Sociology at Ohio University in 2012. Alan's research and teaching interests include the sociology of race and a variety of topics in urban sociology including segregation and suburbanization. His current research focuses on social interactions and community life within racially diverse suburban neighborhoods.
Jabbour, James (Jim) - Department of Science and Mathematics
James Jabbour comes to Curry College for a one year Special Appointment to the Department of Science and Mathematics, from Mount Ida College, where he was Chair of the Forensic Science Program and Training Center.  Jim retired in 2007 following a 30-year law enforcement career with the state police, but which began with the Air Force at age 20.  Jim holds a Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Investigations from the University of New Haven in CT.  Jim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Mt. Ida College's final commencement in May 2018.  He is a former member of state and national task forces, has been involved in higher education for over 18 years, teaches courses/seminars, and consults in the forensic sciences, criminal investigations, and emergency management practices.  Jim specializes in reconstruction and interpretation of crime scene evidence, blood spatter recognition, and interview and interrogation practices. Jim is an Education Commissioner with the American College of Forensic Examiners and has participated in television episodes for Discovery Channel, Snapped and Global Media Comm.   Jim hopes to develop a regional Forensic Science training center and program here at Curry College.   Jim can be found in either North Hall 106 or the forensics lab now inside of the Mayflower trailer.
Jochnowitz, Leona (Libby) - Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Leona D. Jochnowitz, J.D./Ph.D joins Curry College as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in a one- year special appointment.  She earned her Ph.D at the University of Albany, School of Criminal Justice, and her J.D. from St. John's University School of Law. Prior to her doctoral studies, she practiced law in New York where she was assigned counsel for criminal defendants in appeals, and a N.Y.S. Assistant Attorney General. She has taught undergraduate courses that include Restorative Justice, Wrongful Convictions, and the Death Penalty.  Dr. Jochnowitz's research involves the death penalty, capital juror decision making, mental health and intellectual disability defenses, the structural causes of wrongful convictions, and Restorative Justice. She has published articles on the receptivity of capital jurors to mitigating factors of mental illness, intellectual disability, and addiction. She is a member of the New York State and Federal Bars, and is the book review editor for the Thomson Reuters Criminal Law Bulletin. She is committed to the principles of equal access to justice and fairness in the court and legal system, as reflected in her research, teaching and law practice.
Lee, Bertha - School of Nursing
Bertha Lee joins Curry College as a Nursing Assistant Professor. She received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing from Northeastern University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Boston College. Dr. Lee has over ten years of clinical practice experience. She continues to work as a Registered Nurse on the medical intermediate care unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Lee is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International (Gamma Epsilon Chapter) and Eastern Nursing Research Society. Her areas of interest include aging, translational research, and improving the health and care for disadvantaged and vulnerable older adults.
McCusker, Christopher (Chris) - Department of Fine and Applied Arts
Christopher McCusker has been a Senior Lecturer in the Applied Technology Department at Curry College since 1995. He joins the Fine and Applied Arts Department with a Special Appointment as an Assistant Professor. He received his Master of Science in Communications Management from the Simmons College School of Management and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Editorial Design from the Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts. He has over 30 years' experience in graphic design, advertising, marketing and publishing. He is the Creative Director of his own design and marketing firm, McCusker Communications. Christopher also serves as a Senior Portfolio Reviewer for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is an Art Preparator at the Boston College McMullen Museum of Art.
Miller, Michael - Communication Department
Dr. Michael Miller joins Curry College as an assistant professor of communication. He holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut. After completing his doctoral studies, he directed the introductory communication course at UConn, taught interpersonal communication in healthcare at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and guest lectured at Fisher College, Post University, and Manchester Community College. Michael is primarily focused on interpersonal communication in personal and professional relationships. His lecture series for the CT judicial branch and department of energy and environmental protection teaches individuals how to manage conflict, bullying, awkward interactions, and personal negativity. He has published in, and maintains interests, in how communication relates to human emotions, biological sex, gender identity, political and civic change, social media, and nonverbal displays.
Wrigley, Brenda - Communication Department
Dr. Brenda Wrigley joins Curry College as an Associate Professor in the Communication Department. She earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, as well as a master's degree in Public Relations from Newhouse and a Bachelor of Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Missouri/Columbia. Prior to earning her terminal degree, she had a 21-year career in broadcast journalism, broadcast advertising sales and sales management, and corporate marketing communication management. A native of Upstate New York, she is a lifelong Girl Scout and serves on the Board Nominating and Development Committee for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Dr. Wrigley's research interests include gender and diversity in the communication industry, LGBTQ issues for corporations, public diplomacy and public relations' role in crisis communication. In her 22nd year of teaching, she holds both a Certificate in University Teaching and APR (Accredited in Public Relations) certification.
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