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Applied Technical Leadership Faculty

Carl Nelson BlueCarl Nelson Blue, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Technology
USM Department of Technology
Email: cblue@usm.maine.edu
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David Early

David Early
Construction Management Program Coordinator
USM Department of Technology
Email: dearly@usm.maine.edu

Mr. Early attended Northeastern University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds BS and MS degrees. He teaches courses in Construction Management, Project Management, Plant Layout, Technical Operations, Teambuilding and Facilitation, and Cost Analysis and Control.
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John MarshallJohn Marshall
Professor of Technology
USM Department of Technology
Email: jmarshal@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Marshall earned his Ph. D. from Texas A&M University. His areas of expertise include: hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical energy conversion systems; electricity and electrical power generation; programmable logic controllers and process automation; plant layout and material handling; telecommunications and automatic data collection; and industrial distribution. Learn more.

 

John ZanerJohn Zaner
Associate Professor of Technology
USM Department of Technology
Email: zanerj@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Zaner attended Millersville University, the University of Maryland, and Pennsylvania State University and holds BS, MEd, and EdD degrees. He teaches courses in Internet website development, technical graphics, materials processing, and computers. Learn more. 

 

Business Administration Faculty

James BennetJames Bennett
Associate Professor of Finance
USM School of Business
Email: James.bennett@maine.edu

Professor Bennett is a member of the CFA Institute and serves on the board of the Maine CFA Society. Learn more.

 

Doug CheneDoug Chene
Assistant Professor of Accounting
USM School of Business
Email: dchene@usm.maine.edu

Professor Chene joined USM in 2007.  He is a Certified Public Accountant. Learn more.

 

Matthew DeanMatt Dean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
USM School of Business
Email: mdean@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Matthew D. Dean is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business and the Director of the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research (MCBER) at the University of Southern Maine. He teaches in the fields of management science, operations management, and statistical data analysis. Learn more.

 

Muhammad El-Taha, Ph.D.
Professor
USM Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Email: eltaha@usm.maine.edu
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Richard Grover
Associate Professor of Business Administration
USM School of Business
Email: rgrover@usm.maine.edu

Professor Grover teaches organizational behavior in the Business Administration Program and leadership, change, creative problem solving, conflict management and negotiation in the MBA Program. His research focuses on collaborative leadership, conflict management and negotiation.
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Robert HeiserRobert Heiser
Assistant Professor of Marketing
USM School of Business
Email: Rheiser@usm.maine.edu

Bob Heiser maintains close ties to the professional community. He has eighteen years experience working in the engineering and information technology fields with Fortune 500 companies such as Emerson Electronic, Dover Corporation and Ball Corporation as well as high tech startup companies. Learn more. 

 

Amarpreet KohliAmarpreet Kohli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
USM School of Business
Email: akohli@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Kohli brings extensive experience in sales and distribution, technical support and product development for multinational companies in India and the US to his courses in operations management, supply chain management and applied business analysis. “More than half of today’s jobs are in operations management or related fields––a compelling reason for our business students to choose this field of study.” Learn more.

 

Warren Purdy
Associate Professor of Business Administration
USM School of Business
Email: wpurdy@usm.maine.edu

With experience as an account and investment officer at Citicorp headquarters and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Professor Purdy presently serves as a senior associate with Marketing Services Associates. He was formerly the state director of the SBDC and the president of the National Association of SBDCs. Learn more. 

 

Johnathan Roderick
Part-Time Faculty, Business Administration
USM School of Business
Email: jonathan.roderick@maine.edu
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Communication Faculty

Naomi Chiba
Part-Time Faculty
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: Naomi.chiba@maine.edu

She studied social policies in Japan and Japanese film in New York. Her research interests are ideological discourses on social policies and politics. Learn more.

 

Maureen EbbenMaureen Ebben
Lecturer in Communication
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: Maureen.ebben@maine.edu

Maureen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carroll College, Wisconsin in Communication, a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, England. Her doctorate is from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Learn more.

 

Dennis GilbertDennis Gilbert
Lecturer in Media Studies
USM Communication and Media Studies Department 
Email: dgilbert@maine.edu

After receiving his M.F.A. in fiction at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Dennis Gilbert parlayed an interest in fine food into an alternative career as a chef. In the ensuing decade, he earned acclaim for his innovative cuisine and wrote extensively on food, cooking, and restaurants for Portland Magazine, Yankee, and Time/Life Books. Learn more.

 

Matthew KillmeierMatt Killmeier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: mkillmeier@usm.maine.edu

Matthew Killmeier joined the faculty in the fall of 2005.  He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 2003, and his M.A. in Journalism in 1994, from the University of Iowa, and his B.A. in communication from the University of Louisville in 1992.  Learn more.

 

Russ KivatiskyRussell Kivatisky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: russellk@maine.edu

Russ Kivatisky was hired in 1974 to design and develop a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Communication.  By 1976, the Board of Trustees had approved the degree program and our first group of majors began their academic journey. Learn more. 


Rebecca Bryant Lockridge, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: rlockridge@usm.maine.edu

Rebecca Bryant Lockridge came to the Communication Department in 1984. She has an A.B. in Fine Arts from Indiana University (1960); an M.A. in Photography and Cinema from Ohio State University (1983); and a Ph.D in Communication from Ohio State University (1989). Learn more.

 

Daniel PaniciDan Panici, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: pancic@maine.edu

Daniel Panici received his Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication at the University of Missouri (1989), Master’s Degree in Communication at Colorado State University (1986), and Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Business at Augustana College (1983). Daniel joined the USM faculty in 1995 after teaching for six years at Berry College in Georgia. Learn more.

 

David PiersonDavid Pierson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Media Studies and Chair
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: dpierson@usm.maine.edu

David Pierson has been on the faculty since 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Penn State University in 2001. In 1993, he completed a Master of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. Learn more.

 

Ariel RogersAriel Rogers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: arogers@usm.maine.edu

Ariel Rogers received her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in Film Studies and Philosophy from Columbia University. She teaches in the areas of film and media studies, including film and media theory, international film history, spectatorship, new media, American cinema, melodrama, and women in film. Learn more.

 

Lenny ShedletskyLenny Shedlestky
Professor of Communication
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: lenny@maine.edu

Leonard J. Shedletsky, PhD., Professor of Communication, has been teaching in the Department of Communication at the University of Southern Maine since 1979. With a background in psycholinguistics, his perspective on human communication is cognitive.  Learn more.

 

Julie Zink
Part-Time Faculty
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: Julie.zink@maine.edu

Julie has been a faculty member in the Communication Department at USM since 2001. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education where she double majored in Speech Communication and Social Studies. After teaching Speech, Drama, and Debate at Forrest City High School in Arkansas for 3 years, Julie left her teaching position to pursue her Master's Degree. Learn more.

 

Leadership and Organizational Studies Faculty

Bill CostaWilliam Costa
Adjunct Professor
Leadership Studies
Email: Wgcosta@earthlink.net

Bill Costa teaches in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Organizational Behavior.  In his applied work, he helps entrepreneurial teams develop and market their products and services.
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Tara CosteTara Coste
Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Lewiston-Auburn College
Email: tcoste@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Tara Grey Coste teaches Organizational Theory, Research Methods, Deliberate Creativity and Innovation, and other courses in the leadership and organizational studies programs. She is a Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation, Leader at the Creative Problem Solving Institute, Visiting Scholar at Singapore Management University’s Wee Kim Wee Centre for Cultural Diversity in Business, Co-Founder of the International Forum of Creativity Organizations, and Past-President and Director of Communications of the American Creativity Association. Learn more.

 

Brian DavenportBrian Davenport
Professor
Leadership Studies
Email: Bdavenport@usm.maine.edu

After earning his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, Brian joined the USM LAC faculty in September 2013. A passionate teacher and scholar, Brian takes great joy in exploring all angles of leadership studies with students and peers. Learn more.

 

Lowell HabelLowell Habel
Adjunct Professor
Leadership Studies
Email: habellowell@hotmail.com

Lowell’s passion is working with both university students and public and private business employees to polish existing communication skills and/or develop additional ones which will increase scholarly/work productivity and personal satisfaction.  Areas of expertise include conflict resolution, leadership, team building, active listening, dealing with difficult people, and group communication. Learn more. 

 

Dan JenkinsDan Jenkins
Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Lewiston-Auburn College
Email: djenkins@usm.maine.edu

Professor Jenkins’s area of expertise is leadership education and pedagogy.  He teaches courses primarily in leadership and organizational theory as well as others in the leadership and organizational studies program and common core. Learn more.

 

Leigh MundhenkLeigh Mundhenk
Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Lewiston-Auburn College
Email: mundhenk@usm.maine.edu

Leigh Mundhenk's main focus is in career development. She coordinates and teaches the career development course series and runs the Internship program at USM LAC. Learn more.

 

Betty RobinsonBetty Robinson, Ph.D
Professor
Leadership Studies
Email: brobinso@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Robinson's Ph.D. is in Sociology from Boston University. Before returning to academia in 1988, Betty spent seven years working as an analyst for labor unions. She came to USM/L-A attracted by the innovative interdisciplinary concept of the college and its close affiliation with its community.  Learn more.

 

Sharon TimberlakeSharon Timberlake, Ph.D.
Professor
Leadership Studies
Email: stimeberlake@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Sharon Timberlake earned her BA from Colby College and her MA and PhD from USM's Muskie School of Public Service.  She teaches Organizational Theory, Diversity in the Workplace, Toward a Global Ethics, Managing Organizational Change, and Research Methods, among other courses in the Leadership Studies program. Learn more.

 

Liz TureskyLiz Turesky, Ph.D
Associate Professor and Coordinator
Leadership Studies
Email: eturesky@usm.maine.edu

Professor Elizabeth Fisher Turesky teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in  leadership, organizational change and group dynamics and other courses related to organizational behavior and development. “I facilitate my courses using non-traditional learning methods to integrate theory and practice. My goal is to connect my students’ personal and professional learning goals to the theories and concepts we study in class.  They come away from my courses with greater knowledge about their own leadership in relation to the groups and organizations with which they work.” Learn more.

 

Liberal Studies, Humanities Faculty

Chris BeamChristopher Beam
Adjunct Professor
USM History Department
Email: Chris.beam@maine.edu
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Libby BischofLibby Bischof, Ph.D
Associate Professor 
USM History Department
Email: ebischof@usm.maine.edu

Libby Bischof explores American society through the lens of history––and the lens of a camera. A nineteenth-century American cultural historian, Professor Bischof specializes in the history of photography, particularly in Maine. Recently she co-curated the exhibition Maine Moderns: Art in Sequinland, 1900-1940 at the Portland Museum of Art with Senior Curator Susan Danly.  
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Meghan BrodieMeghan Brodie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
USM Department of Theatre
Email: mbrodie@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Meghan Brodie is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and a faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies program at the University of Southern Maine.  She teaches dramatic literature, theatre history, text analysis, and acting and also works as a director, playwright, and dramaturg. Learn more.

 

Maureen EbbenMaureen Ebben
Lecturer in Communication
USM Communication and Media Studies Department
Email: Maureen.ebben@maine.edu

Maureen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carroll College, Wisconsin in Communication, a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, England. Her doctorate is from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Learn more.

 

Gary JohnsonGary Johnson, Ph.D
Associate Professor
USM Department of History
Email: gjohnson@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Gary J. Johnson is an Associate Professor  of History in the Department of History and Political Science.  Professor Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  Learn more.

 

Bud McGrathFrancis "Bud" McGrath
Professor
USM Department of English
Email: mcgrath@usm.maine.edu
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Julien MurphyJulien Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
USM Philosophy Department
Email: jmurphy@usm.maine.edu

 I received my Undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. at DePaul University in Chicago, with a Dissertation entitled "The Ethical and Political Implications of Social Typifications in the Philosophies of Jean-Paul Sartre and Alfred Schutz." Learn more.

 

Gerald PetersGerald Peters
Associate Professor
USM Department of English
Email: gpeters@usm.maine.edu
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Eve RaimonEve Raimon, Ph.D
Professor of English
USM Women and Gender Studies Program
Email: raimon@usm.maine.edu

Eve Allegra Raimon received her Ph.D. in American and English literature from Brandeis University in 1995.  In 2007, she co-edited the collection Harriet Wilson's New England: Race, Writing, & Region, with a forward by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  (University Press of New England). Learn more.

 

Adam TuchinskyAdam Tuchinsky, Ph.D
Associate Professor; Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
USM Department of History
Email: tuchinsk@usm.maine.edu

Dr. Tuchinsky's research focuses upon the intellectual and political history of the United States during the Civil War era, broadly construed.  His first book, Horace Greeley’s New-York Tribune: Civil War-era Socialism and the Crisis of Free Labor was published by Cornell University Press in November of 2009. Learn more.

 

Jeannine UzziJeannine Uzzi, Ph.D
Assoicate Professor of Classics
USM Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Email: juzzi@usm.maine.edu

Jeannine Diddle Uzzi was drawn to classics by the fact that it combines the rigorous study of language with the holistic study of culture.  A member of the USM faculty since 2002, Professor Uzzi teaches ancient Greek, Latin, mythology, and ancient literature, civilization and art. 
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Kathleen WiningerKathleen Wininger, Ph.D
Associate Professor 
USM Department of Philosophy
Email: wininger@usm.maine.edu

My Undergraduate degree is from Southern Connecticut State University with a double major in Philosophy and Art History. I did additional work in Philosophy at Yale University, and in Art History in Austria, Bavaria, and Italy. My Ph.D. is from Temple University.  Learn more.

 

Gerontology Certificate Faculty

Mike BradyMike Brady, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Coordinator
Adult and Higher Education
Email: mbrady@usm.maine.edu

E. Michael Brady is Professor of Adult Education and Coordinator of the Adult & Higher Education Program. After early wanderings through a Roman Catholic Seminary (BA and MDiv from St. Mary's Seminary and University) and the profession of Social Work (MSW from the University of Connecticut), he earned his PhD in adult education and gerontology - also at UCONN - and has settled happily for the past twenty-one years into the life of a teacher and scholar. Learn more.

 

Susan FineranSusan Fineran, Ph.D
Professor & Director of the School of Social Work
USM Women and Gender Studies
sfineran@usm.maine.edu

Susan Fineran is a leading voice on the subject of peer sexual harassment and its effect on adolescent mental health.  A researcher in this field since 1995, Dr. Fineran was invited to present at the 2011 National Summit on Gender-Based Violence among Young People, hosted by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools and the U.S. National Institute of Justice in Washington, DC. Learn more.

 

Bruce ThompsonBruce Thompson, Ph.D
Associate Professor
USM Department of Psychology
Email: bthompso@usm.maine.edu
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