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University of Southern Maine Professors Receive Tenure

At their March meeting at the University of Maine at Machias, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved for tenure with promotion the following University of Southern Maine professors. These actions are effective beginning September 1, 2014.

Charles Bernacchio of Falmouth was promoted to associate professor of counsellor education with tenure in the School of Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a master’s degree from Boston College, and an Ed.D. in counsellor education from the University of Maine. He instructs all distance supervision seminars for Counselor Education. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling and has published journal articles and book reviews.

Matthew Dean of Falmouth was promoted to associate professor of business with tenure in the School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in operations and information management from the University of Connecticut School of Business. Dean is also the director of the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at USM. He teaches in the fields of management science, operations management, and statistical data analysis.

Heidi M. Parker of Windham was promoted to associate professor of sport management with tenure in the School of Business. She holds a B.S. from the University of North Carolina Pembroke, an M.A.Ed. from Western Carolina University and a Ph.D from The Ohio State University. Her research centers on sport consumer behaviour, specifically focusing on factors that influence fan attitudes and perceptions. Parker is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management and is the vice president of Inclusion and Social Justice for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.

Linda Samia of Sanford was promoted to associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing. She holds a B.S.N. from Boston College School of Nursing, a M.S. in community health and administration from USM, a M.A. in nursing and health policy and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She was principal investigator for both the Maine Savvy Caregiver Project and for Work Environment and Job Related Stress Among Home Health Care Nurses. Research interests include community health, home healthcare, gerontology, healthy aging, caregiving hospice, and health policy.

James Schilling of South Portland was promoted to associate professor of exercise, health and sport sciences with tenure in the School of Environmental, Health, and Life Sciences. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, a M.S. from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. from Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wis. He has published articles in a variety of journals and has been a guest speaker at conferences on the topics of strength and endurance core training, sports nutrition, golf injuries and exercise and motivation.

Shannon K. Zura of Gorham was promoted to associate professor of lighting design with tenure in the Department of Theatre. Zura holds a B.A. in Technical Theatre from Cameron University, Lawton, Okla. and an M.F.A. in lighting design from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. Among the courses she teaches are sound design, lighting design, and production management. Zura works professionally as a lighting, sound and scenic designer and is production manager for PORTopera. Research interests include lighting, robotics, and live visualization and projection.