USM’s LA Program is supported by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff. The team awards funding to faculty applicants, coordinates the professional development for the LAs and LA faculty, administers the program assessment, and offers individual consultation to LA faculty. 

Current team members can be contacted with any questions regarding the application process, selection criteria, training and professional development requirements, or any other aspect of the program:

Michael Cauvel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics

Sarah Darhower, Ed.D., Laboratory Associate, Department of Biological Sciences

Paul Dexter, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Academic Retention Initiatives, Learning Commons

Christine Maher, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Science, Technology, and Health, Department of Biological Sciences

Margaret Moore, M.S., Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Brittney Smith, M.Ed., Academic Support Program Coordinator, Learning Commons

Seth Staples, M.S., Lecturer of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Former team members who made significant contributions to the LA Program include:

Luci Benedict, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Kristen Gleason, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology

Rachel Larsen, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences

Paul Nakroshis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and Department Chair, Department of Physics