Assumption College Welcomes New Faculty

Assumption College welcomed 10 new faculty for the 2011-2012 academic year. They join 171 faculty members to support and enhance Assumption’s well known undergraduate and graduate academic programs. The faculty expertise ranges from the digital arts to biology, from political science to rehabilitation studies, and from business studies to psychology and sociology.

“Assumption College’s new faculty are tremendously talented individuals who are dedicated to teaching and research. They continue our tradition of academic excellence balanced with real-world knowledge, skills and experience,” said Assumption College Provost and Academic Vice President Francis Lazarus. “Assumption has a reputation for scholars and mentors who are engaged, and committed to the success of each student.”

Ananta Adhikari, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, joins Assumption after a two-and-a half-year, post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Texas-Pan American’s Mechanical Engineering Department. Ananta holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, and math from Tribhuvan University in Nepal; a master’s degree in physics from Tribhuvan University, and a master’s and Ph.D in physics from the State University of New York at Albany.

Alison Cares, Assistant Professor of Sociology, joins Assumption after four years as assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Currently, she is working on two research grants: “Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into University and College Curricula,” which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime; and “Bringing in the Bystander: Enhancing Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence on Two Campuses,” which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cares holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Eric Drouart, Visiting Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing, previously served Assumption as adjunct instructor of the College’s graduate business programs. He also was associate professor and chair of Southern Vermont College’s McCormick Division of Business. He was a vice president at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and worked in Japan, Italy and France, and was a manager for General Foods Corporation. He has exceptional experience in international management; business development in the U.S. and abroad; management of international products and category development and market research; as well as strategic planning and marketing communications consulting projects. He holds a business administration degree from IPAG in Paris, France; and a B.B.A. and M.S.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Patty Harris, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, comes to Assumption from the City University of New York and the State University of New York at Old Westbury, where she taught graphic design and animation. She recently worked at Scholastic as the art director on “The 39 Clues,” the company’s first interactive publishing venture. Harris’ work -- which has been exhibited nationally and internationally -- involves the creation of virtual landscapes in Maya, a 3D program. In 2005, The New York Times reviewed one of her one-person shows. Harris attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and holds a B.A. from Reed College and an M.F.A. from Queens College.

J. Bart Morrison, Associate Professor of Management and Director of the MBA program, returns to Assumption after serving as dean and professor of management in the University of Charleston’s Graduate School of Business. In the private sector, he has held positions such as chief operating officer for the Island Institute in Maine, director of New Ventures in Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., founding executive director for The Board Network in Maine, and assistant secretary and assistant executive director for The Clark Foundation in New York City and Cooperstown, N.Y. Morrison holds a B.A. from Fordham University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and a Doctor of Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Alison Myette, Visiting Instructor of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, joins Assumption after spending 14 years at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital in Worcester. At Fairlawn, she evaluated and treated adolescent through geriatric populations within an acute rehabilitation setting, provided in-service education on a variety of topics including dysphagia, aphasia, and cognitive-linguistic disorders related to brain injury; and lectured on assessing and treating language and cognitive deficits in the brain injured. Myette has taught at Assumption for 11 years and is the coordinator for the concentration in communication sciences and disorders. She helped develop three additional classes in this concentration. She holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

Frances Skypeck ’83, Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting, previously served as vice president -tax at National Grid where she directed the corporate tax function in the U.S., overseeing all tax research and compliance activities. She liaised with senior management in the United Kingdom, managed teams of outside tax advisors, and managed, trained and developed a 10-member staff of tax professionals. While at National Grid, she was responsible for all governmental tax audits and appeals, and was a member of its Benefits Committee, which oversees the company's investments and operations of multi-billion dollar pension and retirement plan portfolios. Skypeck advises multinational businesses in the information technology industry on domestic and international tax matters. She holds a B.A. from Assumption College and an M.S. from Bentley College and is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.

Scott M. Tyner, Instructor of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, has served as a visiting instructor at Assumption since 2008, and as a teaching assistant at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst while earning his Ed.D. He has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families as an early childhood special education teacher, classroom teacher, mental health counselor, and early intervention developmental specialist. He is a special education consultant based in Northampton, Mass. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo, an M.S. Ed. from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., and is completing an Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Adam M. Volungis G’03, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, is a counseling psychologist and his clinical experience includes working in residential and outpatient psychiatric settings serving youth, families and adults. Volungis’ research interests include prevention of school/youth violence, transportation of evidence-based practices, organizational management in nonprofit mental health settings, and predictors/comorbidity of psychiatric hospitalizations. Prior to joining Assumption, he was a pre-doctoral clinical intern at Casa Pacifica in California and served as assistant director for the Center for Human Growth at Indiana University. In addition, he taught psychology at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana and at Indiana University as a doctoral student. Volungis holds a B.A. from Saint Anselm College, an M.A. from Assumption College, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Gregory Weiner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey. As founder and president of Washington, D.C.-based Content Communications, LLC, he wrote speeches and op-eds for national political figures. Weiner’s ghostwritten articles have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He has also ghostwritten books published by Penguin Viking Press and Simon & Schuster, and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. Weiner taught at Brown University, Georgetown University, and Johns Hopkins University. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A.L.S. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University. In addition, he was a postdoctoral research associate in Brown University’s Political Theory Project.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews