Fabulous New Faculty

Fabulous New Faculty

Monday, October 28, 2013

From College Letter:

Nine new assistant professors as well as a number of new teaching lecturers have joined the College of Liberal Arts' ranks this year.

The department of education has welcomed four new assistant professors this year—Jade Caines, Elyse Hambacher, Emilie Reagan, and Winston Thompson—a cadre with cutting-edge expertise particularly in the area of teaching education. The department of English has gained two assistant professors who teach in English education and linguistics, Soo Hyon Kim and Alecia Magnifico. A neuroscientist, Robert Ross, joins the department of psychology, supporting the burgeoning neuroscience and behavior major. Two additional assistant professors will join us in January: Natalie Porter, a medical anthropologist, who is finishing up postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford; and Subrena Smith, a philosopher, who is completing her doctorate at Cornell.

A number of new teaching lecturers have also joined the faculty. The English as a second language program continues to grow with the recruitment of new foreign students, necessitating increased teaching capacity. In other areas, the number of lecturers in the college remains stable.

Assistant Professors

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Jade Caines, Department of Education

Jade Caines earned a B.A. at Stanford University, an M.A. in teaching secondary English at Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D. in educational measurement and evaluation at Emory University. Prior to her arrival at UNH, she spent a year and a half as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, preceded by almost 10 years of K-12 public school teaching experiences (primarily English language arts). She worked as a researcher for several organizations, including the Hyde Foundation in Bronx, NY, the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation, and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Professor Caines's research interests include scale/instrument development and validation, assessment design, evaluation of educational processes and programs, validity theory, Rasch measurement, measurement of noncognitive traits, culturally responsive assessment design, and standard setting. Courses at UNH include graduate-level statistics and an internship/seminar in teaching.

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Elyse Hambacher, Department of Education

Elyse Hambacher earned a B.A. at the University of Florida, an M.A. in curriculum and teaching at Columbia's Teachers College, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Florida. She spent two years as a public school elementary teacher in Broward County, FL, and a year teaching English in Japan's public schools. Her research interests include teaching and learning in high-poverty schools, culturally relevant teaching, critical pedagogy, and school discipline. She has been a frequent presenter on research in these areas at national, regional, and local conferences. Professor Hambacher is currently teaching Exploring Teaching, the gateway course for UNH students considering a career in teaching.

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Soo Hyon Kim, Department of English

Soo Hyon Kim earned a B.A. at Korea University, an M.A. in TESOL at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in second language studies at Michigan State. Her research interests include second language acquisition, second language writing, ESL/EFL teacher education, English for academic purposes, and research methodology. A co-edited volume due out this spring titled "Graduate Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum" will appear as a special issue of the journal, Across the Disciplines. Professor Kim has contributed book chapters in TESOL Classroom Practices Series, Effective Second Language Writing (TESOL Publications, 2010) and Inventing Identities in Second Language Writing (Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2010) as well as journal articles in TESOL Quarterly and English Language Teaching Journal. Courses include English as a Second Language: Theory and Methods; Curriculum, Materials and Assessment in English as a Second Language; English Grammar; and Issues in Second Language Writing.

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Alecia Magnifico, Department of English

Alecia Magnifico earned a B.A. at Swarthmore College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology and learning sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She comes to UNH from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she spent the last two years as an Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral research fellow. She has recently published a co-authored book chapter in Handbook of Design in Educational Technology (Routledge, 2013) and an authored book chapter in Learning in Video Game Affinity Spaces (Peter Lang, 2012) as well as journal articles in Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, English Teaching: Practice and Critique, and Educational Psychologist. Professor Magnifico's research and teaching interests include supporting communicative writing, audiences, new and digital literacies, social contexts of writing and literacies, creative production, writing instruction, and research methods. She teaches courses on writing, language, and literacy learning and instruction.

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Emilie Reagan, Department of Education

Emilie Reagan earned a B.S. at Georgetown, an M.S. in elementary education at Saint Joseph's University, and a Ph.D. in educational research, measurement, and evaluation at Boston College. During the past two years, she has taught education courses and served as partnership schools coordinator and lead research associate at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, she spent a year as assistant professor and assessment coordinator at Mercy College. Her research interests include assessment of teacher education and teaching for social justice with expertise in quantitative and mixed methods research applied to teacher education. Professor Reagan has published several co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Teacher Education and Practice, Journal of Education for Teaching, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Educational Research Quarterly. Courses include Educational Structure and Change and Internship and Seminar in Teaching.

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Robert Ross, Department of Psychology

Robert Ross earned a B.A. at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at Boston University. Professor Ross comes to UNH from Boston University's Silvio O. Center for Memory and Brain where, upon earning his doctorate, he was research associate, then senior research associate, and finally research assistant professor in the areas of neuroscience, and learning and memory. He taught the psychology of learning to undergraduates at BU and mentored over a dozen students—both graduate and undergraduate, guiding them through neuroscience research projects. Professor Ross has published 12 co-authored journal articles in lead peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, and Neuroimage. At UNH, he teaches cognitive neuroscience and directs independent research and honors theses.

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Winston Thompson, Department of Education

Winston Thompson earned a B.A. at the University of Florida, an M.A. and Ed.M. in higher and post-secondary education at Columbia's Teachers College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and education, also at Columbia. Professor Thompson was a visiting assistant professor at UNH for the 2012-13 academic year. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development at New York University and an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia. His research interests include the philosophy of education, ethics, social and political philosophy, access and retention in higher education, justice, applied philosophy, and educational policy. He has been a frequent presenter on these issues at international and national conferences. His courses include Alternative Perspectives on the Nature of Education and Philosophy of Education.

Joining us in January

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Natalie Porter, Department of Anthropology

Natalie Porter earned a B.A. at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford's Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society. She was lecturer and instructor for two years at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where she taught Vietnamese language and anthropology. Her research interests include medical anthropology, science and technology studies, multispecies ethnography, biopolitics, Southeast Asia, and Vietnam. She is currently working on a book manuscript, "Viral Economies: Farming Bird Flu in Vietnam" (working title). She has recently published articles related to Avian Flu in American Ethnologist, Environmental Humanities, and Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. Professor Porter will be teaching Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing this spring.

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Subrena Smith, Department of Philosophy

Subrena Smith earned a B.A. at the University of London and an M.A. in philosophy at Cornell University. She is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation at Cornell titled "Evolution and Explanation: Three Paradigms" under the direction of Richard Boyd. Her research foci are the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of evolutionary explanation, metaphilosophy, the philosophy of science, epistemology, and ethics. She has taught Why Philosophize? at the University of Southern Maine; Philosophy of Biology, Ancient Philosophy, and Good and Evil, Right and Wrong at the University of New England; and Introduction to Philosophy at Cornell. Professor Smith spent last year at UNH as a visiting scholar. Courses at UNH include Human Nature and Evolution and General Introduction to Philosophy.