Arts and Science Faculty and Staff

    Ann Beutel

    Administrative Assistant

    Phone: (845) 848-4006
    Office: Administrative Assistant

        Andrew Burns

        Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

        Phone: (845) 848-4026
        Office: Casey Hall 19

        B.A. – The State University of New York
        M.A.T. – The State University of New York

        Andrew Burns is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. His research interests include emerging media effects on interpersonal communication and traditional rhetoric.  Among the courses he teaches are Dynamics of Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Digital Media.

            Kathleen Conlon Hinge

            Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Science Department Coordinator

            Phone: (845) 848-6008
            Office: Prusmack Center 308

            B.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
            M.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
            Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

            Kathleen Hinge joined the Dominican College faculty after a 20-year engineering career, emphasizing mathematical modeling and computer simulation of the structural behavior of machine elements and systems. She has published patent applications and received an NSF fellowship. By virtue of her corporate engineering experience, she is role model and mentor to students pursuing the Pre-Engineering Option in Mathematics (the 5-year sequence that leads to a BA in Mathematics from Dominican College and a BE in Engineering from Manhattan College).

            Professor Hinge teaches General Physics (I, II and III), where she emphasizes hands-on laboratory work to engage students actively in the discovery and understanding of physical phenomena. She also teaches multiple courses in Mathematics.  In 2015, Dr. Hinge became the Science Department Coordinator.

            Her non-academic interests include running (she completed the 2003 NYC Marathon) and yoga (she is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher).

                Bernadette Connors

                Associate Professor of Biology

                Phone: (845) 848-6020
                Office: Prusmack Center 308

                B.S. – Biology SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
                Ph.D – Biology SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry

                Dr. Bernadette Connors joined the faculty at Dominican College in January 2009. Her research focuses on better understanding proteolytic mechanisms related to defects in nucleotide excision repair, defects that have direct implications on development of certain types of cancer in higher eukaryotes. The importance of this repair mechanism is evidenced by the severe human diseases that result from mutations in its component proteins, such as xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). Using the Saccharomyces cerevisae model system, Dr. Connors aims to dissect the mechanisms that regulate this repair process with regard to protein degradation following ultraviolet irradiation. To date, undergraduates working in her laboratory have identified several novel genetic interactions, and will continue to work to delineate the relationships using standard genetic and biochemical techniques.

                Prior to her arrival at Dominican College, Dr. Connors taught at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, at which she both taught Cell Biology and Genetics, and operated an NIH-funded laboratory while employing and training several undergraduate students. She and her students presented their research at both regional and international scientific meetings.

                See Dr. Bernadette Connor’s Publications and Presentations >

                    Giovanna R. Czander

                    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

                    Phone: (845) 848-4005
                    Office: Casey Hall

                    B.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
                    M.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
                    M.A. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)
                    M.Phil. – Fordham University
                    Ph.D. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)

                    Dr. Czander joined the faculty of DC in 2009. She brings to the Religious Studies Department a longstanding interest in philosophy and pedagogy and an active engagement with interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Courses she teaches include: Old Testament, New Testament, Religion and Human Experience, Religion in America, World Religions. Her research centers mainly on the Old Testament, particularly the prophetic and wisdom literatures, pentateuchal studies, and the theological interpretation of biblical law. Recent articles include “Of Donkeys and Witnesses: Interpolation or Interpretation? The Laws in Exod 23:1-9” (chapter in A Land Like Your Own, Wipf and Stock, 2010) and “The ‘Messianic Secret’ as Pedagogical Entryway into the Gospel of Mark” (Limina: A Journal of Theology, Winter 2014, St. Joseph’s College, ME; online). Dr. Czander has taught at Marist College, Iona College, Manhattan College, Fordham University, New York Theological Seminary, the Deaconate Program of the Archdiocese of New York, and overseas. She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the College Theological Society, and reviews articles submitted for publication for the journal Scriptura Sacra (University of Opole, Poland). She is a member in the Focolare Movement’s Abba School, an international interdisciplinary study center, and has worked as a translator and live interpreter for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and the beatification cause of Vietnamese Card. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1998-2002).


                        AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

                        Assistant Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor

                        Phone: (845) 848-6009
                        Office: Prusmack Center  308

                        B.S. – Manhattan College
                        M.S. – New York Medical College
                        PhD. – New York Medical College

                        Areas of Interest/Research: The role of eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension

                        Courses Taught: Introduction to Biology, Genetics, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science.

                        Professor DelliPizzi is the moderator of Beta Beta Beta, a national honor society for students of biology.

                            AnnMarie DiSiena

                            Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Coordinator Communication Studies Program

                            Phone: (845) 848-4038
                            Office: Casey Hall Anex

                            B.A. – Iona College
                            M.A. – Fordham University
                            Ed.D. – Organizational Leadership: Argosy University

                            Professor DiSiena has been a faculty member at Dominican College for over 23 years. In addition to her work in with the Communications Program and as Coordinator of Computerized Curriculum Information she is a member of the Athletic Advisory Board and the coordinator for “Life Experience Credits” process.

                                Ellen E. Dolgin

                                Professor of English Coordinator, English Program Co-coordinator, Gender Studies

                                Phone: (845) 848-4008
                                Office: Casey Hall English Annex

                                B.S. – Syracuse Univ.
                                M.A. – George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University
                                Ph.D. – NYU

                                Roles in Professional Organizations:
                                Past President, Northeast Modern Lang. Assn. (NeMLA)
                                Vice-President, International Shaw Society (ISS)
                                Board Member, Comparative Drama Conference

                                Areas of Interest/Research:
                                Multicultural American literature
                                Contemporary women’s fiction
                                Modern drama and poetry

                                See Dr. Ellen Dolgin’s Publications and Presentations >

                                    Colleen A. Evans

                                    Instructor of Chemistry

                                    Phone: (845) 848-6061
                                    Office: Prusmack Center  308

                                    B.S. – Chemistry/Biology: Ouachita Baptist University
                                    M.S. – Organic Chemistry: University of Missouri-Columbia
                                    Ph.D. – Seton Hall University

                                    Scientific research interest: Design of antiviral drugs, Organic synthesis.

                                    Educational research interest: retention of science students at the undergraduate level, exploration of innovation teaching methods and curriculum design to enhance the learning experience of science students, and increasing the number of science majors who become middle school and high school science teachers.

                                    Colleen Evans joined Dominican College’s faculty as an instructor of chemistry after five years as an adjunct in the Math and Science Department. Dr. Evans’ scientific career started at Dupont in 1985 as a research scientist with the Agricultural division. In 1987 she then joined Biochem Pharma’s medicinal chemistry group which was involved in the discovery of a drug for the treatment of AIDS and hepatitis B infections.

                                        Veronica Glynn

                                        Administrative Assistant

                                        Phone: (845) 848-6006
                                        Office: Prusmack Center 308


                                            Kevin Hermberg

                                            Associate Professor of Philosophy

                                            Phone: (845) 848-4010
                                            Office: Casey Hall 19

                                            B.A.– English: Fort Lewis College
                                            B.A.– Philosophy: Fort Lewis College
                                            M.A.– Philosophy: Marquette University
                                            Ph.D.– Philosophy: Marquette University

                                            Kevin Hermberg joined the faculty at Dominican College in 2007.  Professor Hermberg’s research focus on 20th and 21st century European Philosophy (especially phenomenology and existentialism), but he is especially interested in putting various traditions and disciplines into conversation with one another.  He works primarily at the intersections of analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, literature, and natural sciences.  Professor Hermberg’s teaching experiences and interests are similarly cross-disciplinary and include work in the natural sciences, literature, and  writing, in addition to philosophy.  Before joining the faculty at Dominican College, professor Hermberg taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Carthage College, and Marquette University.

                                            Professor Hermberg is founding editor (with Pol Vandevelde of Marquette University) of the book series, Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. He is on the editorial board of American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy.  Dr. Hermberg is also actively involved with various groups and associations, including:

                                            See Professor Hermberg’s Publications and Presentations >

                                                Kathleen Hickey

                                                Associate Professor of English

                                                Phone: (845) 848-4009
                                                Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                B.A. – Queens College, CUNY
                                                M.S. – Queens College, CUNY
                                                Ed.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University

                                                As an educator for over 30 years, Professor Hickey has taught a variety of students, ranging from traditional aged students to returning adult students. Her research interests include reading and writing with special emphasis on “remedial” work at the college level. Additional research interests span the gamut from at-risk students to multicultural aspects of literature. She is a member of NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English, the NYCLA—New York College Learning Association and NADE—the National Association of Developmental Educators. For the past three years she has participated in the NCTE Day of Writing, submitting poetry for their National Day of Writing.

                                                Her outside interests include traveling, attending plays, reading, listening to all types of music, and generally being active.

                                                See Professor Hickey’s Presentations >

                                                    Lydia Maynard

                                                    Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                    Phone: (845) 848-6010
                                                    Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                    B.S. – Virginia Tech (Mathematics)
                                                    M.A. – Virginia Tech (Education)
                                                    Ph.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University (Mathematics Education)

                                                        Mark C. Meachem

                                                        Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director Division of Arts and Sciences

                                                        Phone: (845) 848-4043
                                                        Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                        B.A. – Journalism, St. Michael’s College
                                                        M.S. – Management Communication, Manhattanville College
                                                        Ed.D – Media Studies, Fielding Graduate University

                                                        Dr. Meachem has taught Communications at Dominican College since 2003. He is currently the Director of the Arts & Sciences Division at the college. With a background in journalism, Professor Meachem has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a magazine editor for a national publication. His academic interests include Media Studies, Media Law, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication in online environments. Professor Meachem also has had professional experience as a corporate trainer, teaching business professionals to improve their communication skills.

                                                        He is the author of several articles in both magazines and newspapers as well as the book Robert Philipp, The Last American Impressionist published in 2005. He also wrote, directed, and developed “Business Etiquette,” a CD-ROM on business communication, released in 2003.

                                                        Professor Meachem continues to be involved with several organizations and honors societies, including:

                                                        • National Communication Association
                                                        • Eastern Communication Association
                                                        • Member Alpha Chi Honor Society
                                                        • American Society of Training and Development
                                                        • Ridgefield (CT) Library Board of Directors, 2002-2009
                                                        • Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society
                                                        • Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society
                                                        • Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals 2002, 2003

                                                        See Professor Meachem’s Presentations >

                                                            Madeline Micceri Mignone

                                                            Associate Professor of Biology,

                                                            Phone: (845) 848-6007
                                                            Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                            BS Biology – Pace University
                                                            MS Education – Iona College
                                                            M.Phil. Biology CUNY Graduate Center
                                                            Ph.D. Biology CUNY Graduate Center

                                                            Scientific research interests:

                                                            • Role of arabinogalactan proteins in plant development
                                                            • Phytoremediation
                                                            • The role of Pink-pigmented Facultated Methylotrophs in plant development

                                                            Educational objective:

                                                            • To provide students with a challenging environment that promotes critical thinking by which they will grow as science students.
                                                            • To promote the retention of undergraduate students in the sciences.
                                                            • To explore the process of scientific investigation through literature review and experimental design.

                                                            Dissertation Thesis: The Role and Control of Growth Suppression in the Transition from Diffuse to Apical Meristematic Growth in Physcomitrella patens (furnariaceae)

                                                            See Dr. Mignone’s Publications and Presentations >

                                                                Margaret E. Mulligan

                                                                Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                                Phone: (845) 848-6012
                                                                Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                B.S. – Mathematics: University of Scranton
                                                                M.S. – Mathematics: Seton Hall University

                                                                    Siobhan O’Sullivan

                                                                    Lab Technician

                                                                    Phone: (845) 848-6017
                                                                    Office: Prusmack Center 317

                                                                        Tanya Radford

                                                                        Assistant Professor of English

                                                                        Phone: (845) 848-4044
                                                                        Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                        B.A. – English: University of Utah
                                                                        M.A. – English: University of Utah
                                                                        Ph.D – English: City University of New York – Graduate Center

                                                                        Dr. Tanya A. Radford completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English literature at the University of Utah and a PhD in English literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Her field of specialization is Eighteenth Century studies, with particular interest in British and American literature of this period.  Her research interests also extend to the representation of visual experience in literature and the representation of reading as a magical act in children’s literature.

                                                                            James Reitter

                                                                            Assistant Professor of English

                                                                            Phone: (845) 848-4014
                                                                            Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                            B.A. – SUNY Oswego
                                                                            M.F.A. – CUNY Brooklyn
                                                                            Ph.D. – University of Louisiana Lafayette

                                                                            Professor Reitter has published articles and/or chapters on Charles Dickens, Civil War poets, human/animal interaction and symbolism, and zombies in film. In addition, he as recently published poems in Verse Wisconsin, Tree Killer Ink, Nefarious Ballerina, and Breadcrumb Scabs.

                                                                            Areas of Interest/Research:  Folklore, Mythology, 19th Century Literature, Film, Nature Literature and Poetry.


                                                                                Emma Sarro

                                                                                Assistant Professor of Biology

                                                                                Phone: (845) 848-6011
                                                                                Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                B.S. – Neuroscience and Human Biology – Brown University
                                                                                Ph.D – Neuroscience – New York University

                                                                                Dr. Emma Sarro is a Neuroscientist who joined the faculty of Dominican College in Fall of 2014 after teaching as an adjunct in the Biology department for year prior.  Her research, based largely at the Nathan Kline Institute nearby Dominican’s campus, focuses on the development of the brain and behavior, specifically after modifications in early life experience, such as early maternal care.  Using the rat model, she examines how neurons in the infant brain respond during interactions with the maternal caregiver, such as grooming and nursing.  Altering the quality of maternal care (good vs. poor care) allows her to understand how this kind of early experience can shape the way that the nervous system develops.  She also examines the long term effects of altered maternal care on brain activity and the behavior of animals using a multitude of different behavioral paradigms.

                                                                                Prior to starting at Dominican College, Dr. Sarro worked for several years as a research scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute and before that received her PhD and taught neuroscience at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, studying the development of auditory perception.

                                                                                See Dr. Emma Sarro’s Publications and Presentations >

                                                                                    Jennifer Sassano

                                                                                    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Coordinator Mathematics Program

                                                                                    Phone: (845) 848-6014
                                                                                    Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                    B.A. – SUNY, Potsdam
                                                                                    M.A. – SUNY, Potsdam
                                                                                    Ed.D. – Mathematics: Teachers College, Columbia University

                                                                                        Rosanna Silvestri Arcieri

                                                                                        Assistant Professor in Modern Languages and Spanish Program Coordinator

                                                                                        Phone: (845) 848-4007
                                                                                        Office: Casey Hall 19
                                                                                        B.A. – Hunter College

                                                                                        M.A. – CUNY
                                                                                        M. Phil. – Columbia University
                                                                                        Ph.D. – Columbia University

                                                                                            Robert Stauffer

                                                                                            Assistant Professor of English

                                                                                            Phone: (845) 848-4105
                                                                                            Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                                            B.A. – New York University (English)
                                                                                            M.A. – Brooklyn College (English Education)
                                                                                            Ph.D. – Arizona State University (Medieval Literature)

                                                                                            Robert Stauffer began working at Dominican College in 2012. His research and teaching interests are in medieval and Renaissance literature, postcolonial studies, science fiction and fantasy literature, and early 20th century writers. He is currently working on editing and writing for a volume for Brill Publishing entitled A Marguerite Porete Companion focusing on Marguerite Porete, a thirteenth-fourteenth century beguine, and her book The Mirror of Simple Souls. His publications include fantasy short stories and baseball biography. He has given several papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.