Assumption welcomes new tenure-track faculty and visiting instructors

Four new tenure-track faculty in a variety of disciplines joined the Assumption community this fall. They include:

Mark Z. Christensen, assistant professor of history (Latin American history)
Professor Christensen earned a Ph.D. in history in 2010 from The Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded a two-month residency research grant from the Friends of the Princeton University Library, as well as an Academy of American Franciscan History Dissertation Fellowship and various travel awards. His doctoral project, using the Nahuatl and Yacatec Maya languages, was titled Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Ecclesiastical Texts and Local Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan.

Aisling S. Dugan, assistant professor of biology (microbiology)
Professor Dugan earned a Ph.D. in biology and medicine in 2008 at Brown University. She was a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Research Associate at Tufts University and a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. She has held fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and from the institutions where she studied. One of her NIH grants was a curriculum development grant, Great Diseases: a Collaborative Approach to Real World Science in the Classroom. She is an associate member of the American Society for Virology; her research has focused on the host-pathogen relationship for viruses and bacteria.

Allison Machlis Meyer, assistant professor of English (Shakespeare and early modern literature)
Professor Meyer earned a Ph.D. in English in 2010 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received several travel awards and a summer research fellowship, as well as the University of Illinois Donald A. Smalley Fellowship. She has made presentations at the conferences of the Shakespeare Association of America and the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. She has extensive experience in mentoring instructors of rhetoric. She wrote her dissertation on the topic of Agents of History: Women and Royal Politics in Early Modern Historical Narratives and Dramas.

Brian D. Volz, assistant professor of economics
Professor Volz earned a Ph.D. in economics in 2009 at University of Connecticut. He received the Albert E. Waugh Scholarship in recognition of academic achievement and promise as a teacher. His areas of specialization are labor economics, applied microeconomics, and industrial organization. He published a series of papers relating to Major League Baseball, and in his dissertation used the technique of data envelopment analysis from the field of industrial organization to measure discrimination and productivity in the professional baseball market.

In addition, three full-time visiting instructors were welcomed to campus.

Robert R. Caron ‘99, grad ’00, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, holds two degrees from Assumption, a master’s degree (2000) in rehabilitation counseling and a bachelor’s degree (1999) in social and rehabilitation services. He is completing his studies for a doctor of science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (2011) at Boston University. He has been a teaching fellow at the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and was an adjunct faculty member at Assumption College in 2006.

David Hoyle, Business Studies
Visiting Instructor David Hoyle earned an MBA (1978) in quantitative methods at Boston College and a BS/BA (1976), magna cum laude, also from Boston College. Mr. Hoyle has extensive professional experience and leadership in market research, advertising, sales and consulting, including serving as president of Research Options, Inc.

Joshua A. Shmikler, Philosophy
Visiting Instructor Joshua Shmikler is a Ph.D. (2010) candidate in philosophy, Boston College. He holds an MA (2002) in philosophy from Boston College and a BBA (2002) in philosophy and finance from Emory University. Mr. Shmikler focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, ethical theory, and social and political philosophy. He has won awards for teaching excellence and academic achievement, and is a Teaching Fellow at Boston College.

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