Niagara University announced the appointment of new faculty members during its Fall Faculty Brunch, which was held Aug. 28.

Dr. Michael Ackerman is an associate professor of nursing and associate director of the School of Nursing in the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a B.S. in nursing from Niagara University, and a master’s degree in adult health/clinical nurse specialist and a Ph.D. in nursing science from the University at Buffalo. In addition, he holds a post-master’s degree from the University of Rochester in acute care. He has extensive professional experience and research in clinical nursing, administration and leadership.

Dr. Martha Acosta Valle is an assistant professor in the department of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor’s degree in theology from Laval University. She holds a master’s degree in theology from Saint Paul University, and doctoral degrees in theology from the University of Ottawa and biblical studies from Saint Paul University.

Dr. Karl Brandmeir is a faculty fellow in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Washington State University, a master’s degree in hotel management and a Ph.D. in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He comes to Niagara from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Singapore campus. In addition to scholarship, he has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Dr. Patricia Briscoe is an assistant professor in the College of Education in Ontario. She holds a bachelor’s degree in the faculty of education from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She holds a master’s of faculty of education leadership and an Ed.D. in the faculty of education from the University of Calgary. Her recent research has focused on the “impact and influence” of social media and using it as a mechanism to “mobilize knowledge” in schools.

Dr. Joseph Caruso is an instructor in the College of Business Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY Stony Brook. He holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics and operations research from Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. from Union College. He has over 30 years of industry experience.

Dr. Christian Elia is an assistant professor in the College of Education in Ontario. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Italian studies, history and Spanish from the University of Toronto and in the faculty of education from University of Ottawa. He holds a master’s degree in Italian language and literature and a Ph.D. in the faculty of education from the University of Toronto. He has been a senior lecturer for the past three years at Niagara University.

Diane Halm is a faculty fellow in the department of English. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature (with a minor in English education) and a master’s degree in English education from the University at Buffalo. She is a doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo in English education, and has taught as an adjunct professor at Niagara University for several years.

Kevin Hinkley is an instructor in the department of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Niagara University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a practicing attorney who has lectured extensively throughout his law career.

Dr. Joel Louwsma is an assistant professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. He comes to Niagara after a one-year visiting position at Smith College.

Dr. Michael Lillis is an assistant professor in the College of Business Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/business administration and a master’s degree in finance from Cansius College. He holds a Ph.D. in management from the University at Buffalo. He has 25 years of teaching experience, in addition to industry experience as a COO.

Dr. Chad Mangum is an assistant professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Taylor University. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from North Carolina State University. He has been an adjunct professor at Niagara for the previous year.

Patricia Millar is an instructor in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Ottawa. She holds a master’s degree in applied health science/sport management from Brock University and is a Ph.D. candidate in kinesiology/sport management at Western University Ontario. In addition to scholarship, she has industry experience in community sport and recreation programs.

Paulette Pierce is an instructor in the College of Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree in education from Buffalo State College. She has previously taught as an adjunct professor at Niagara University. She has 39 years of experience in the field of education.

Dr. Dana Radatz is an assistant professor in the department of criminology and criminal justice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Eastern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research focuses on domestic violence and corrections.

Dr. Rolanda Ward is an associate professor in the department of social work in the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester. She holds a master’s degree in both social work and divinity and a Ph.D. in sociology and social work from Boston University. She comes to Niagara after five years of teaching at SUNY Fredonia.

Your Thoughts