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Welcome & Mission Welcome & Mission

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 Evolving 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.

    Campus Map Showing Faculty Center
  • 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.

Collaboration Room Collaboration Room
Who We Are Who We Are

Ed Tallent, Dean of Faculty 

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).

Dian Gifford, Grants Coordinator

Dian is responsible for supporting and assisting faculty and staff in seeking, obtaining, and administering grant-funded research, sponsored projects, and fellowships. Among others, she has recently helped facilitate successful proposals to the Davis Educational Foundation, AAC&U's Bringing Theory to Practice Program, and the Promise of Nursing for Massachusetts Grant Program. For more information on Grants visit the Grants & Fellowships page

Jennifer Ceven McNally, Faculty Center Coordinator and Associate Professor of Science and Math

Jen collaborates with faculty members to support the implementation of student-centered classroom practices with the goal of enhancing student engagement and learning. Jen works to identify, celebrate, and provide opportunities for the sharing of colleagues' innovative practices in an effort to achieve Massively Better Classrooms 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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Innovation Lab Innovation Lab

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

2017 New Faculty 2017 New Faculty

2017 New Faculty Bios


Ambrogne, Jana                                 Nursing (Mental Health)
Janet (Jana) Ambrogne joins the Nursing Department as an Associate Professor. Prior to coming to Curry, she taught at UMass Dartmouth where she developed the curriculum for the Psychiatric & Mental Health Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She also developed and taught in the Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She received her PhD at the Medical College of Georgia, her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Virginia and her Nurse Practitioner Certification at Stony Brook University.  Her areas of interest include addictions, eating disorders and trauma.

Bradley, Willie H.                               CJ/Sociology

Willie received his Doctorate Degree in Public Policy and Administrations from Walden University, School of Public Policy and Administration in Minneapolis, MN, his Masters of Science, Criminal Justice from Boston University, Metropolitan College, and his Bachelor of Science, Computer System and Management from Johnson and Wales University, School of Technology Providence, RI.   His dissertation topic was: Effect of Criminal Justice Curriculum on shaping the attitudes of 12th grade students towards the police. His current scholarship is on Police and Youth: Who is teaching our kids about policing in America and the Partnerships between Government and None Government Agencies to enhance policing. Currently he works in the Randolph Public School System (2011+) as Director of Climate and Safety. Previous experience includes teaching stints at Massasoit Community College and the Boston University, Online Criminal Justice Program and work with the Boston Police Department, 1988 – 2010.

Callis, Laura                                        Math (Educ)
Dr. Laura Callis joins Curry College as an assistant professor of mathematics education. She earned her doctorate at Boston University, where she studied the mathematics courses designed for future elementary teachers. Prior to her doctoral studies, she taught at a Boston public high school and at a college in Nanjing, China, as well as at colleges in the Boston area. She is an elected member of the School Committee for the Town of Winthrop, where she serves on the budget, policy, superintendent negotiation and evaluation subcommittees and chairs the curriculum committee. Her research interests include curriculum and instructional practices that support pre-service teachers' development of mathematical knowledge for teaching, and alternatives for college remedial mathematics courses that improve student persistence in higher education.

Coady, Natalie                                   Levin Library

Natalie Coady joins Levin Library as the Data, Instruction, and Resource Sharing Librarian and liaison to the Sociology and Criminal Justice department. Natalie previously worked part-time at Curry for a few semesters as a reference librarian in 2013 & 2015 and is very excited to rejoin the Library. Prior to coming to Curry, she was a middle school librarian for Quincy Public Schools and taught 25 information literacy classes a week to over 400 students. Her Masters of Library and Information Studies comes from the University of Alabama. She also has a Masters of Education from Umass Boston. Her areas of interest include information literacy for all populations, early intervention to reducing criminal activity in youth offenders, and the media and how it affects body image.

Cocce, Paula                                       Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL)

Special Appointment in PAL for the 2017-2018 academic year

Paula J. Cocce, M.Ed., Learning Specialist, Curry College Senior Lecturer, Paula Cocce, became a faculty member at Curry College and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) in September of 2000.  In addition to her work in PAL, Paula teaches First Year Seminar and The Transfer Experience. She is the current Outreach Coordinator for PAL.  She facilitates workshops on LD Awareness, Study Skills Strategies, Student Motivation and the College Search Process for parents, students, guidance counselors and educational consultants.   Paula received a Master's of Education degree at Curry College where her research focused on reading and study skills, metacognition and motivation in adult students.  She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education and obtained an additional Certification in Reading for Reading Specialist at Framingham State University. Before joining Curry, Paula was coordinator of the Adult Basic Education Program at Quincy College. While at Quincy College, she taught literacy and GED preparation. Additionally, she worked with adolescents with learning differences in the Canton and Sharon Public School Systems. Paula is a contributing author in Changing Lives Through Metacognitive Relationships (2009).  Her chapter is entitled: Reigniting the Light for Lifelong Learning.

Crabb, Amanda                                  Sociology/Criminal Justice

Dr. Amanda Crabb joins the Sociology/Criminal Justice department as a special appointment. Amanda first came to Curry in 2011, working in an administrative capacity. She received her PhD from Northeastern University where her dissertation focused on immigration social movement organizations and the unauthorized Irish population. Amanda has taught at Curry and several other colleges in the Massachusetts area. 

Cudmore, Rebecca                             Sociology/Criminal Justice

Dr. Rebecca Cudmore joins the Sociology/Criminal Justice Department as an Assistant Professor. She graduated in May of 2017 with her PhD in Criminology and Justice Studies from Northeastern University. Before that, Dr. Cudmore received her MA in Forensic and Counseling Psychology. Her primary policy and research interests are in the area of violence and victimization, with a specific focus on sexual offending, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. Her recent publications include manuscripts in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Criminal Justice Policy Review. In addition, Dr. Cudmore has clinical experience doing mental health treatment and assessment with incarcerated male offenders in two Massachusetts state prisons.

Cunningham, Robin                           Nursing (Med-Surg)

Dr. Robin McNeill Cunningham earned her BSN Northeastern University; MSN Regis College, Family Nurse Practitioner -BC; DNP Regis College. She holds certifications in family practice, emergency nursing, orthopedics, and care of sexual assault survivors. Dr. Cunningham has maintained her clinical emergency nursing practice for over 35 years. She has held the position of Clinical Educator for over 15 years. Dr. Cunningham has also taught part time faculty at Curry since 2012 before accepting a full-time faculty position in 2017. Dr. Cunningham has been Chair, as well as served on a multitude of committees including Collaborative Research, Stroke, Cardiac, Policy and Procedures, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Unit-Based Nursing Practice Councils, and Pain Compliance. Additionally, Dr. Cunningham has held the position of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Liaison working collaboratively with key stake holders including community and college leaders. Dr. Cunningham has done extensive research around best practices in the successful transition of nursing graduates from academia to clinical practice. She developed the first nursing graduate program in the emergency department. She has utilized many of these key concepts in her present teaching pedagogy.

LaChance-Galang, Kathleen              Science (Chemistry)
Dr. Kathleen LaChance-Galang joins the Natural Sciences and Mathematics department for a one-year special appointment as an Assistant Professor.  She earned her PhD from Boston College in Chemistry with a research focus in Bioinorganic Chemistry.  She comes to Curry from Regis College with over 20 years of experience, teaching a wide variety of chemistry courses and engaging students in undergraduate research projects.  She is excited to part of a developing Biochemistry major at Curry.

LeBlanc, Michelle                               Education

Professor Michelle LeBlanc is joining the Education Department as a full-time member of the Department moving from the rank of Senior Lecturer to Instructor, while assuming the role of Director of Field Experiences. She has been a faculty member at Curry College since 2003, having first started as a program supervisor in the Master of Education Program. In 2008, she became a senior lecturer, and has held a full-time special appointment during her years at Curry.  In addition to teaching a variety of courses, Michelle has held various administrative roles focused on field experiences, licensing regulations and external accreditation. Currently, she is serving as the Chairperson of the Education Department, and Licensure Officer. Michelle completed her undergraduate teacher preparation program from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a proud alumnus of the Curry College Master of Education Program. Michelle is currently working on finishing her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. Her dissertation, entitled "Leveraging Pre-Service Preparation of Elementary Teachers", focuses on the preparedness of elementary teachers for the classroom based on the perceptions of hiring principals and novice elementary teachers. Her most recent conference presentations and professional activities have focused on integrating the elements of the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation system into pre-practicum and practicum experiences for teacher candidates and serving on external accreditation teams for educator preparation programs.

LeBlanc, Rob                                       English (Writing)

Robert LeBlanc begins a one-year special appointment as Assistant Professor of English at Curry this year. Prior to arriving at Curry, LeBlanc earned a Master of Arts in English from Fitchburg State College and a doctorate in English at the University of Rhode Island, where his dissertation research focused on subjectivities and counterpublics in the writing of activists in the mid-20th century. He has previously taught writing courses at URI, Anna Maria College, UMass Lowell, and Massachusetts Bay Community College. His work at Curry over the past few years has featured tutoring at the Writing Center and teaching of first-year writing.

Lubeski, Lori                                       Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL)

Lori Lubeski joins the PAL Program full time after 19 years as a Senior Lecturer. She has also taught Writing and Literature in the English Department at Curry. In addition to her work at Curry College, Lori taught English to international students at Boston University for 25 years. She is a writer and poet, and her most recent book of poetry, pilgrimage foliage, was published this year. Her doctoral work at Lesley University involves creative arts and learning, and she has researched and presented on creativity and deep engagement in learning. 

Natale, Susan                                     Nursing (Population Health/Community)

Susan Natale MS, RN Her most recent role was as Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Services at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a safety-net organization serving the metro-north region of Boston. She has clinical, educational, and administrative experience in the acute, longterm, and outpatient arenas. She is currently in the dissertation phase of a PhD program at the University of Massachusetts Worcester, Graduate School of Nursing. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northeastern University. Recent presentations include "Integrating Patients into Performance Improvement Teams" at the annual American Association of Essential Hospitals conference, and "Storyboard Walkarounds: Leveraging Teams for Transformation: PCMH to ACO" at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's 17th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice & the Community. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, and the Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Nowicki, Emily                                   Science (Biology – Microbiology)

Dr. Emily Nowicki joins the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as an Assistant Professor. After receiving her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015, she continued at UT Austin as both a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer. Dr. Nowicki is trained in bacterial genetics, microbial molecular biology and biochemistry, and next generation sequencing sample preparation and analysis. Her research interests include understanding the genetic requirements for bacterial survival in their natural environment, including but not limited to soil microorganisms. Dr. Nowicki is excited to join the Curry College community, and seeks to actively engage students through both classroom activities and research.


Petrizzo, Debra                                   Management/Accounting
With 25+ years of experience in senior-level accounting and program leadership roles, Dr. Petrizzo joins the Management department as a Professor. Dr. Petrizzo has been involved in numerous institutional and academic development committees, crafted courses marketed to schools around the world, traveled internationally to teach within partner schools, championed efforts to bring Sigma Beta Delta to campus, and served as the President of the IACBE Great Lake Regions. Through these efforts, Dr. Petrizzo has been instrumental in elevating programs, extending reach to students around the world, cultivating international partnerships, and recognizing the successes of students. Finding ways to successfully incorporate digital learning in the classroom, Dr. Petrizzo serves as a Digital Faculty Consultant for McGraw-Hill and a Digital Faculty Advocate for Pearson.  In 2014, Dr. Petrizzo was awarded the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award for influencing, engaging, and challenging students to connect to course content both personally and professionally. Over the last eight years, Dr. Petrizzo has served as the Accounting Program Chair and MBA Lead Faculty at Franklin University.  As Program chair, she spearheaded the specialized accreditation of Franklin's accounting program by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), drove the transformational change critical to reinventing the program, positioned offerings for success in an increasingly competitive academic climate, and ensured curriculum and courses aligned with changing CPA examination standards. As MBA Faculty Lead, she not only developed courses for, and taught within, undergraduate and graduate programs, but she also played a key role in the creation of Franklin's Global MBA Program. With foundations in industry, Dr. Petrizzo combines her passion and experience, in teaching, with an equal zest for the accounting profession. Her industry experience includes Internal Auditor with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Project Controller, Alstom Train Life Services and International Controller with Electro-Motive Diesels, Inc (EMD). Dr. Petrizzo holds a Bachelor of Arts (BBA) with majors in accounting and management, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in accounting.

Ritch, Padrick                                     Communication

Padrick Ritch is a Boston based independent filmmaker, editor, and colorists, whose films have screened at dozens of film festivals both internationally and domestically.  He received his MFA from Boston University in 2012 and began teaching as an adjunct there in the fall of the same year.  Additionally, he taught at Harvard University's Department of Continuing Education, while helping design Harvard University's Hauser Studio before taking over the role of Production Supervisor of the studio beginning in 2014.


Romano, Linda                                   Sociology/Criminal Justice

Linda J. Romano is a full-time Instructor and Internship Coordinator for the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department who holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She was the Principal of Romano & Associates from 1986 to 2016 and is recognized as a seasoned consultant with a unique local and national background in juvenile and criminal justice issues, training and evaluation, group work and program management.


A sample of organizations Ms. Romano has provided consultant services to include:  Boston Asian Youth Essential Services, Inc.; Boston Police Department; Circle Solutions (Vienna, VA); Federal Judicial Center; Latino Health Institute; Lowell Police Department; Massachusetts Half-way Houses, Inc.; MA Department of Youth Services; MA Supreme Judicial Court; MA Trial Court; National Institute of Corrections; Regional Community Policing Institute for New England; and UMASS Donahue Institute for Governmental Services.


Prior to establishing Romano & Associates, Linda managed a federal project establishing national child sex abuse investigation and training guidelines for the National Sheriffs' Association.  She also managed the probation and parole training division for the National Association of State Directors of Law Enforcement Trainers.  For seven years Linda worked as a probation officer at Boston Juvenile Court and prior to that for the Department of Youth Services in secure detention and casework.  Ms. Romano is published and has presented papers on both the state and national level.


Schultz, Heidi                                     Fine and Applied Arts

Ms. Heidi Schultz joins the Fine and Applied Arts Department as a special appointment as an Assistant Professor for the 2017/2018 school year.  Ms. Schultz comes to Curry from Missouri where she taught foundations art classes as an Adjunct at Northwest Missouri State University for 7 years.  She earned her Master's degree in Ceramics from Kent State University in 2007 where she studied and created large scale ceramic sculpture.  Her current art work deals with a modern interpretation of Buddhist deities and ideas using toys and street art styles in medium and large scale ceramic.  Ms. Schultz has exhibited work all over the country including winning best of show at the KC Clay Guild Teabowl National in 2012 and a solo show in 2016 at Living Arts Tulsa in Oklahoma.  In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, golf, indoor rock climbing, samurai movies and playing guitar.  

Stearn, Adam                                     Sociology/Criminal Justice

Dr. Adam Stearn joins Curry's Criminal Justice program as a full time Associate Professor. Dr. Stearn completed his PhD at Northeastern University, writing his dissertation on the connection between the identities of middle-class adolescents and delinquency. In addition, he has studied the relationship between social media and the publicity of adolescent delinquency. He has had numerous conference presentations, with a focus on criminological theory and advanced statistical techniques. He also served as Interim Chair of the Criminal Justice program at Marian Court College.

Ugwu-George, Evelyn                        Levin Library

Evelyn Ugwu-George continues at Curry College as Assistant Professor, General Education and Information Literacy Librarian at the Levin Library. She has been at Curry College since 2006. She has an MLIS degree from the University of Rhode Island and an M.Ed from the University of Oregon. She also holds a B.A, Literatures in English from the University of Nigeria and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Design from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has been involved in integrating information literacy skills into the First-Year Program, and more recently in interpreting and implementing the General Education outcomes in relation to Information Literacy. Her goal is to develop a program with lessons designed to encourage critical thinking, self-directed learning, and systematic progressive assessment, a key part of students' educational experience.


Wade, Elizabeth                                 Science (Biology – Genetics)

Dr. Elizabeth Wade joins the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Wade earned her PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut where she studied the population genetics and effects of hybridization between species of the singing insects, cicadas. Since 2015 she has been a postdoctoral fellow at the US Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Services studying the genomic architecture and evolution of two invasive fire ant species in the US and improving the use of green lacewings as biological control agents.  Dr. Wade's areas of interest include genetics, evolution, entomology, and bioinformatics.


Walsh, Julianne                                  Nursing (Med-Surg)

Julianne A. Walsh joins the Nursing department as an Assistant Professor. She is a recent graduate of Curry Colleges Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Educator Program. Her recent Capstone Project involved creating and implementing a comprehensive preceptor program for the nurses at New England Baptist Hospital.  Prior to coming to Curry, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Boston Medical Center and Brigham Health's Endoscopy Center.  Her fundamental goal in education is to mentor the nursing workforce, and guide students through the learning process to become critical thinkers.  Julianne is excited about transitioning into academia and joining the School of Nursing at Curry College. Julianne a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).