Biological and Health Sciences Faculty

Jodi BartaJodi Barta
Director of the Forensic Science Program
Ph.D., McMaster University
B.Sc., University of Western Ontario
jlbarta@madonna.edu
Laura F Kull Laura F. Kull | Bio
Director, Nutrition and Dietetics
M.S., University of Michigan
B.S., Michigan State University
Dietetic Intership University of Michigan School of Public Health
rwiersma@madonna.edu
734-432-5519, Room 1502A
Michelle MoyMichelle Moy | Bio
Assistant Professor/Program Director
Biomedical Sciences Program
Ed.D., Roosevelt University
Masters in Adult Education, National Louis University, in progress
B.A., Monmouth College
B.S., Rush Univeristy
mmoy@madonna.edu
734-432-5526, Room S217H
Karen J SchmitzKaren J. Schmitz | Bio
Department Chair
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Iowa State University
B.S., University of Iowa
kschmitz@madonna.edu
734-432-5534, Room S217U

Full-Time Faculty

Veronica RihaVeronica Riha | Bio
Professor
Ph.D., Wayne State University
M.S., Oakland University
B.S., Oakland University
vriha@madonna.edu
734-432-5510, Room S217L
James B. WendtJames B. Wendt | Bio
Assistant Professor
M.S., Eastern Michigan University
B.S., Eastern Michigan University
jwendt@madonna.edu
734-432-5511, Room S217J
Jessica ZarateJessica Zarate | Bio
Instructor
M.S. National University
B.S. Madonna University
B.H.S. Ferris State University
jlzarate@madonna.edu
734-432-5523, Room S217

Criminal Justice Faculty

Tara Kane Tara Kane | Bio
Assistant Professor
Department Chair
M.S. in Leadership Studies, Madonna University
B.S., Madonna University
tmkane@madonna.edu
734-432-5546, Room 1702

Full-Time Faculty

Susan E Woods Susan E Woods | Bio
Assistant Professor
Juris Doctorate, University of Memphis
B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin
sewoods@madonna.edu
734-432-5439, Room 2422
Victor LauriaVictor Lauria | Bio
Director
Emergency Management, Fire Science and Occupational Safety and Health
Assistant Professor
M.S.-T.C., Eastern Michigan University
B.S., Northern Michigan University
Assistant Chief of Police (Ret.), Novi Police Department
Graduate, FBI National Academy – Session #250
vlauria@madonna.edu
734 432-5545, Room 1700

History and Paralegal Faculty

Dennis BozykDennis Bozyk | Bio
History Chair
M.A., University of Michigan
dbozyk@madonna.edu
734 432-5547
Mary S. Meinzinger Urisko, J.D., Mary S. Meinzinger Urisko, J.D., | Bio
Program Director, Paralegal Studies
Professor
murisko@madonna.edu
734-432-5548

Full-Time Faculty

V. Lynn Carlino
Associate Professor
V. Lynn Carlino, JD, LLM
VCarlino@madonna.edu
734-432-5593
Paul RadzilowskiPaul Radzilowski | Bio
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern California
M.A., University of Southern California
B.A., University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
pradzilowski@madonna.edu
734-432-5637, Room 2406

Mathematics and Computer Science

Susan Toma Mathematics FacultySusan Toma | Bio
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. Oakland University
M.S. Oakland University
B.S. Madonna University
stoma@madonna.edu
734-432-5525, S217-D

Full-Time Faculty

Michael Johnson, Ph.D. Mathematics Faculty Michael Johnson, Ph.D. | Bio
Professor, Computer Science
B.S. University of California, San Diego
M.S. Michigan State University
Ph.D. Wayne State University
mjohnson@madonna.edu
734-432-5527, Room S217-P
Marci Poppema Mathematics FacultyMarci Poppema | Bio
Assistant Professor
Math for Elementary Certification
B.S. Grand Valley State University
M.S. Western Michigan University
mpoppema@madonna.edu
734-432-5586, S217-G

Professors Emeriti

Marvin Weingarden
mweingarden@madonna.edu

Physical and Applied Science

Stanley-Pierre Ngeyi, Ph.D.Stanley-Pierre Ngeyi | Bio
Chairperson Department of Physical and Applied Sciences
Professor, Physical/Analytical Chemistry
Ph.D./M.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan
B.S. Chemistry, Yaoundé University, Cameroon
sngeyi@madonna.edu

Full-Time Faculty

Rupam DasRupam Das | Bio
Assistant Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
734-432-5516, S217-V
rdas@madonna.edu
Thaddeus J Gish Thaddeus J. Gish | Bio
Professor
Ph.D., Wayne State University
tgish@madonna.edu
734-432-5585, S217-N
Asaad A Istephan Asaad A. Istephan | Bio
Professor
B.S., University of Liverpool
M.S., University Of Birmingham
Ph.D., University of Birmingham
aistephan@madonna.edu
734-432-5518, S217-O
Maria KuhnMaria Kuhn | Bio
Assistant Professor
B.S., Wayne State University
mkuhn@madonna.edu
734-432-5512, S217-T

Political and Social Sciences Faculty

Elizabeth ProughElizabeth Prough | Bio
Department Chair
Ph.D. Wayne State University
M.A. Wayne State University
Eprough@madonna.edu
734-432-5554, 2402
Sue-Anne M Sweeney Sue-Anne M. Sweeney | Bio
Master of Public Health & Graduate Specialist Certificate
University of Michigan
M.A. University of Detroit Mercy
ssweeney@madonna.edu
734-432-5528, 2209

Full-Time Faculty

Denise BrothersDenise Brothers | Bio
Program Director
Assistant Professor
B.B.A. University of Michigan
M.S. Miami University
Ph.D. Miami University
dbrothers@madonna.edu
734-432-5531, 2212

Psychology Faculty

Dorella L BondDorella L. Bond | Bio
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Ph.D., Boston University
M.Div., Yale University
B.A., Baldwin-Wallace University
dbond@madonna.edu
734-432-5735, 1217

Full-Time Faculty

Robert P. Cohen, Ph.D., LPRobert P. Cohen, Ph.D., LP
Professor/Director of Supervision & Training
rcohen@madonna.edu
Kenneth J. ThielKenneth J. Thiel | Bio
Assistant Professor
B.S., Wayne State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University
kthiel@madonna.edu
734-432-5776, 1221

Social Work and Sociology Faculty

Dr. Bart Miles Dr. Bart Miles | Bio
Department Chair, Social Work Program
Associate Professor & Field Education
B.S.W., Dordt College
M.S.W., Arizona State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University
bwmiles@madonna.edu
Michelle M Proctor | Bio
Program Director
Ph.D. Wayne State University
M.S.W. University of South Florida
B.S.W. University of South Florida
mproctor@madonna.edu
734-432-5300 ext. 5568, 2224

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Andrew DomzalskiDr. Andrew Domzalski | Bio
Professor, Program Director ESL, MATESOL and Co-Director of Humane Studies
M.S. Psychology, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
M.A. Pastoral Ministry, Marygrove College
Ph.D. Reading and Language Arts, Oakland University
adomzalski@madonna.edu
Ms. Janice King, LMSWMs. Janice King, LMSW | Bio
Assistant Professor, SW
Program Field Education Director
B.A. & M.S.W., Wayne State University
king@madonna.edu
Kelli J. Marks, LMSW, PhD | Bio
B.A., University of Michigan
M.S.W., University of Michigan
Ph.D., Oakland university
Sarah Jo Twitchell | Bio
Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Toledo
M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., University of Toledo

Laura F. Kull

Laura Freeland Kull, MS, RDN is the Director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program. She started at Madonna University as an adjunct faculty member in 1997 and joined as a full time faculty member and director in 2008. She completed her undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Michigan State University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Her interests include food system sustainability, environmental nutrition, food insecurity, community and life span nutrition. Laura has worked in clinical nutrition specializing in nutrition support in the long term care population. She is an active member in the dietetics profession. She has served on the board of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute and the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Educator, the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Registered Dietitian of the Year, The Michigan Dietetic Association Award, the Southeastern Michigan Association Distinguished Service Award and the Volunteer of the Year for the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center. Laura is also the faculty advisor of the Madonna University student government organizations: the Nutrition Network and the Food Recovery Network.

Michelle Moy

Certified Medical Technologist (Medical Laboratory Scientist) with a specialty certification in Clinical Chemistry - MT (ASCP) SC, 15 years university teaching experience, 15 years technical bench and supervisory experience in Clinical Chemistry/Hematology at Rush University Medical Center

Veronica Riha

Veronica Riha is a professor of Biology. She joined the Faculty of Madonna University in 2002. She teaches General Biology, Microbiology, Ecology and Special Topics. She is also involved in Study Abroad programs in Biology and loves to provide experiential learning to students. She has traveled with students to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. Veronica is also a proponent of service-learning not only in her classes on campus but also as part of Study Abroad programs.

Karen J. Schmitz

Dr. Schmitz is a former Peace Corps volunteer who became interested in the field of nutrition while working as a high school science teacher in Lesotho, Africa. She is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in the areas of research, nutrition education and nutritional counseling. She enjoys teaching courses in Nutrition Assessment, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Advanced Human Nutrition and Experimental Foods and Research. She has been active in many professional associations related to nutrition and dietetics, most recently serving as an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper editor and on the board of the Southeastern Michigan Dietetics Association. She has served as a reviewer for several nutrition textbooks and on advisory boards for dietetic internships. Her recent research includes collaborating with nursing faculty on the project titled, "Teaching Nutrition Screening and Assessment of the Geriatric Patient: An Inter-professional Approach." In addition, she has worked with many students on research projects related to fat replacers, sugar substitutes, oil absorption and consumer acceptability of food products. Several of these students have presented their research and won awards at the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference.

James B. Wendt

James Wendt is the director of the Pre-Clinical Imaging Science Program. He joined Madonna in 1989 after previously serving as an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Wendt completed his Masters Degree in Biology (Microbiology) and published his research thesis in 1985. His research interests are focused on gastrointestinal bacterial pathogens found in Southeast Michigan. He has also worked for Beaumont Hospital - Dearborn Campus as a medical technologist for 35 years.

Mr. Wendt enjoys teaching Microbiology courses including General Microbiology, Medical Mycology, Parasitology, and Clinical Bacteriology. He is a student focused instructor who creates a stable learning environment, inspiring students to actively participate in class and do their very best.

Mr. Wendt currently serves on the advisory committees for the Clinical Imaging Programs at Providence Hospital, St. John Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, and DMC Sinai Grace Hospital. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and American Society of Clinical Pathologists (M.T.). He has also served the community for the past 35 years as a consultant in clinical microbiology and infectious disease.

Mr. Wendt is a life long practicing Catholic and was one of the founding members of the parish that he is a member of today. He serves a Lector and a Commentator, in addition to previously serving as the former Parish Counsel President.

Jessica Zarate

Jessica Zarate is a Forensic Science Instructor and Research Scientist at Madonna University. She is a former Michigan Certified Police Officer and while working as a police officer, she developed the Zar-Pro Fluorescent Blood Lifters. Zar-Pro provided a new method to lift, enhance, and preserve blood impression evidence for law enforcement and a United States patent was awarded for this technology.

Zarate began her work at Madonna University in 2009, as the Principal Investigator for a Midwest Forensic Science Research Center grant conducted in collaboration with the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division. She has since began teaching in the Madonna University Forensic Science Program and as a faculty member, she has mentored several student research projects related to fluorgenic enhancement methods for impressions deposited in biofluids. In 2014, she was awarded a National Institute of Justice forensic science research grant conducted in collaboration with the Oakland County Sherriff's Department Forensic Science Laboratory.

Zarate is an Associate Member of the International Association of Identification and frequently presents at professional meetings and has written several forensic science related publications. She is also the founder of the Madonna University Cold Case Investigative Research Team and a Committee Member for Missing in Michigan.

Tara Kane

Ms. Tara Kane is the Chair of the Criminal Justice Program. She joined the full-time faculty in 2013 coming from the West Bloomfield Police Department. She retired as a Detective/Sergeant of Investigations. She completed her M.S.B.A. in 2008 and her B.S. in 2002, both from Madonna University. She teaches in the area of criminology and special topics, with subject matter concentration on vulnerable populations and sexual assault. Her interests include the suspected abuse and neglect of children, domestic violence and sexual assault. She is actively engaged in Title IX initiatives related to sexual assault on college campuses, as well as community engagement with partners combating Human Trafficking. She serves as one of the faculty advisory board members for the student group Stop A.V.T. (Stop all Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking). She is a faculty advising fellow, committed to the Appreciative Advising model approach. She believes that by addressing students’ dreams and goals from day one equals the best recipe for future success- academically and professionally.

Victor Lauria

Victor Lauria is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Novi. During his 28 year law enforcement career, Victor served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, a K-9 handler, and detective, as well as numerous supervisory positions. His work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, National Retail Federation and the Michigan Association of Private Investigators. The National Geographic Channel profiled one of Victor's cases in the documentary film "The Science of Interrogation."

His favorite subjects to teach are interview and interrogation, and ethics.

In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherie, and their three children as well as hunting and fishing.

Susan E Woods

Dr. Susan Woods is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. She joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. She completed her juris doctorate degree in 1996 from the University of Memphis, and her bachelor of science in criminal justice in 1993 from the University of Tennessee. She teaches in the areas of criminal and constitutional law, as well as homeland security and terrorism. She began her career as a child advocacy attorney in Tennessee, and then became a Special Agent for both the FBI and the CIA. She was also an executive in the financial industry in the field of financial crimes compliance, leading efforts to predict, deter and respond to fraud, money laundering, and terrorism financing.

Dr. Woods is an activist and advocate for ending dating violence and sexual assault, and is the faculty advisor for the student group Stop AVT (sexual assault, dating violence, and human trafficking). Dr. Woods provides training at various regional police academies in Michigan and is actively involved in research on officer-involved domestic and sexual violence.

Dennis Bozyk

Professor Dennis Bozyk presently serves as Chair of the Department of History. He earned his M.A. in History from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed his doctoral course work in the History of International Relations at Michigan State University. He offers classroom and online courses at the undergraduate and graduate level to Madonna's on-campus students and to international students in Dubai, China and Haiti. He has received the Faculty Excellence Award from the university and continues to place the highest priority on advising and teaching. Bozyk has presented scholarship in the discipline of history and in the theory and practice of university teaching and learning. Bozyk has been awarded individual grants from such prestigious groups as the Kellogg Foundation and the Lilley Endowment, and has participated in university grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Humanities Council. He is a member of several scholarly organizations related to history, including the American Historical Association and the Historical Association of the United Kingdom.

Elizabeth Prough

She teaches a variety of undergraduate political science and cross listed history courses and also selected graduate classes in the Master of Arts History program. In addition to her love of teaching, her research interests include political engagement, political discussion, political interest and knowledge and political tolerance with a particular focus on gender differences. She regularly presents papers at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL as well as other political science conferences. Her research has been published and she is actively engaged in ongoing research projects including a current study examining the effect of conversation format on political discussion, comparing the frequency and intensity of debate among university students in an online environment versus a face-to-face environment.

Paul Radzilowski

Paul Radzilowski holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California. He has taught History at Madonna University since 2003, especially world and European history, and historical methods, but he also has experience in teaching a variety of Humanities courses, and has led study abroad trips. He has taught classes for graduate, undergraduate, and high school special enrollment students. His research interests include microhistory, the study of culture and religion in Late Medieval Poland, and the interrelations of history and philosophy. He has been published in journals such as Polish Review, Catholic Social Science Review, and Logos, and has held grants, which include an IIE Fulbright Grant.

Mary Meinzinger Urisko

Dr. Mary Meinzinger Urisko, J.D., is a Professor and the Assistant Director of the Paralegal Studies Program. Dr. Meinzinger Urisko holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University, a J. D. from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. She teaches Introduction to Paralegal Studies, several legal research and writing courses—both on campus and online, Business Associations, Contracts and ADR. She is a Madonna University certified on-line instructor. Her favorite classes are the online research courses. Dr. Meinzinger Urisko is co-author of The Paralegal Today 7th.ed, an introduction to law textbook for paralegals, published by Cengage. Her research focuses on changes in the law needed to keep the textbook current. Additionally, Dr. Meinzinger Urisko has published articles in The Michigan Legal Assistant, Legal Assistant/Paralegal Today and Facts & Findings, as well as speaking at the annual Legal Assistants’ Day sponsored by the Michigan Bar Association Paralegal/Legal Assistants Section, LAAM's job fair, and the national American Association for Paralegal Studies annual conference. Dr. Meinzinger Urisko is a recipient of the Michigan Bar Association Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section’s Mentor Award.

Dr. Betty Jean Hebel

Dr. Betty Jean Hebel is a Senior full time faculty member in the Marketing and Management Department. She joined the full time faculty in 1994 after teaching as an adjunct faculty member for 3 years. She earned her doctoral degree in 1984 and M. Ed. from Wayne State University. She teaches in the areas of marketing and management and is the lead instructor for graduate and senior level undergraduate courses in marketing. Her interests include business to business marketing and the application of integrated marketing communication strategies to the many dimensions of social media. Her coursework has included many service learning projects for client organizations in the local community. She is actively engaged in business, serving on the Board of Directors of a publically traded company and also serves as the Corporate Secretary of the Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta Board of Directors. She has taught for Madonna University in programs offered in Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai, China; Jinan, China; Harbin, China; and Tianjin, China.

Nidhal Bouazizi

Nidhal Bouazizi is an Assistant Professor of International Business and Economics. He joined the faculty team of Madonna University in 2013 and has been a full time faculty member at the School of Business in the Management and Marketing Department since 2015. He completed his master’s degree from the University of Tunis, Tunisia, in economics and international business in 2004. Later, he completed his MBA at Madonna University with a concentration in International Business Financial Operations. He has business and corporate experience in various countries and regions including Europe, North Africa, East Asia, and the USA. His interests include critical success factors (CSF) for local businesses, cultural differences in perceptions of entrepreneurs, international business, and economics. He has done research focusing on critical success factors for small businesses in the metro Detroit area and also the cultural differences in perceptions of entrepreneurs across four different regions. This research has included both primary and secondary research methods. Even though he enjoys teaching marketing and management, his favorite classes to teach are international business and economics.

Dr. Rita Fields

Dr. Rita Fields is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business. She joined Madonna in 2013. She was a recent speaker at TEDxDetroit 2015. She serves on the Institutional Standing Committee on Campus Diversity and Inclusion (ISCCDI) at Madonna University, as a Dissertation Advisor in the PHOD Program at Assumption University in Thailand, as a spokeswoman for the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan and as a member of the EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) at the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development. She is on the board of First Children FInance, South Oakland Shelter and COTS.

Kathleen Richard

Kathleen Richard is Program Director for both the Hospitality and Tourism Management program and also the Merchandising and Retail Management concentration in the School of Business. She joined Madonna University full time faculty in the 1980's from Oakland Community College Business Department. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and an M.A. from Central Michigan University.

Prior to her academic teaching career, Kathleen was a buyer for Hudson's Department Store, based in Detroit Michigan, now known as the Macy's Department Store Group. While employed at Hudson's, Kathleen also held positions as Corporate Training Director and College Management Training and Recruitment Coordinator.

Her research areas of interest include Consumer Behavior and retail buying trends and hospitality industry trends and research. Her work with students includes supervising internships for students in both Hospitality and Merchandising. Her business network associations is an essential ingredient to assist students in finding a compatible internship placement for their personal career goals.

Kathleen has consulted with corporations in both the areas of Hospitality and Merchandising such as Macy's Corp. Polo Ralph Lauren, Somerset and Twelve Oaks malls, Marriott Corp. Andiamo's, Detroit Convention Bureau and various private clubs in the area. Her favorite courses taught include Consumer Behavior, Principles of Retailing, Retail and Merchandising Management and Property Architecture and Interiors.

She oversees programs at both the Madonna University main campus and the Macomb University Center. She is always open to working with existing students and alumni on career counseling, job search and academic planning. Keeping in touch and a part of the business community is crucial to her success as an instructor.

Frank Notturno

Mr. Frank Notturno is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Management in the School of Business. He joined the faculty of Madonna University in 2003, and is currently in his thirtieth year of teaching, having previously taught as a full-time professor at the following schools: Louisiana State University, Misericordia University (Dallas, Pennsylvania), St. Mary's College (Notre Dame, Indiana), Owens Community College (Perrysburg, Ohio), St. Mary's (Orchard Lake, Michigan). He has also spent more than seven years as a Department Chair at Owens Community College and St. Mary's College (Orchard Lake, Michigan).

His professional experience has been in the area of sales and sales management, and he has been an entrepreneur in the Southeastern Michigan music industry for over eleven years.

He completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing and Accounting in 1982 at The Pennsylvania State University, and his Master's degree in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing in 1986, at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was also a candidate in the doctoral program in the Marketing Department at Louisiana State University for a brief time prior to commencing teaching. He teaches in the areas of marketing and management.

His interests include sales, marketing and management of musicians and music venues. His research has been in the area of sales and sales management and he is the co-author of the textbook, Effective Selling, 8th Edition, Hair, Notturno, Russ.

Susan Toma

Dr. Susan Toma is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2010. She earned a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematical Sciences in 2009 and an M.S. degree in Industrial Applied Mathematics in 2006 from Oakland University. She is also a Madonna University alumna where she completed a B.S. degree in Mathematics.

Dr. Toma has taught a broad range of mathematics courses, including Contemporary Mathematics, Pre-calculus, Applied Calculus, Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, II and III, Modern Algebra, Introduction to Real Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics. She also regularly mentors senior seminar mathematics research projects. Moreover, Dr. Toma actively engages her students in various national and international mathematical competitions. In addition, she is the advisor of the Math Club student organization at Madonna University. Dr. Toma is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, and the Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Dr. Michael L. Johnson

Professor Mike Johnson has been a full-time faculty member at Madonna University since 2004. He obtained his B.S. degree at UC San Diego where he majored in Computer Engineering and minored in Mathematics. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for two years as a software engineer for GTE. After working in the Chicago area for AT&T Bell Labs for the next two years, he moved to Michigan to attend Michigan State University where he graduated with a Master's degree in Computer Science. He then completed his college studies at Wayne State University in 2003 when he earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

His main area of concentration is Computer Science and has taught a wide variety of computer science courses ranging from the introductory Computer Science I course to the upper level Computer Architecture course. His favorite subject to teach is any class that covers software development or web design. In addition to computer science courses, he also enjoys teaching algebra and precalculus mathematics courses.

Marci L. Poppema

I have been teaching mathematics, and mathematics education courses at Madonna University for 10 years. I teach a proper range of courses from introductory algebra all the way through upper-level courses. My favorite courses to teach are the education courses. Helping students become future educators is a passion of mine. I also enjoy mentoring senior seminar presentations, it allows me to help students understand how to conduct research in mathematics and mathematics education. My research interests focus on how to use technology for teaching mathematics, and how to get teacher candidates to understand how technology can change the curriculum. Presenting at the Michigan Council for Teachers of Mathematics conference each year allows me to help share my understanding of how technology is being used do you transform mathematics education in the current K-12 classrooms. I am also involved in a research group at Wayne State University; working with other graduate students and Wayne State faculty doing research on the changes in teacher evaluations by the state. Researching and studying the key areas in how highly affective mathematics lessons by teachers in the elementary curriculum are assessed allows for me to understand what teacher candidates need to be equipped with to be successful as mathematics teachers.

 

Rupam Das

Dr. Rupam Das is an Assistant Professor of Physics in the Science and Mathematics Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2011 from Grand Valley State University. He completed his doctoral degree in 2008 at Vanderbilt University. He teaches general and engineering physics and other higher level physics and Astronomy courses.

Besides his academic interests, he serves as a judge for the FIRST Robotics Competition in Michigan. He also dabbles in Indian Classical Music, and participates regularly in local functions to play Tabla, an Indian Percussion Instrument.

His research interests range widely from General Relativity, to quantum field theory, to quantum gravity, to cosmology, to astrophysics; however, currently he is working with the fusion group at the University of Texas at Austin to pursue research in relativistic astrophysics and quantum plasma. His publications can be found here.

Thaddeus J. Gish

Thaddeus J. Gish received his Bachelor of Science, as well as his Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University. Living with a military father, he attended a total of 16 elementary and middle schools while traveling throughout the United States and Europe. The family soon settled down and he graduated from high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Now living in Michigan and married to a Michigan woman, (besides the one incident… Ted forgot the wife’s birthday…citing that it will never happen again!) he has come to realize that the state has a resource that is the envy of the world – water! And hence, for the past 20 years his research endeavors are water-based. He has lectured and taught over 190 courses in Michigan, as well as in China covering an assortment of topics: analytical, organic, general, intro, and aquatic chemistry; general biology; environmental science, limnology (study of lakes); oceanography; and astronomy. Just recently, he was one of the contributing authors in the jointly sponsored, Peoples Republic of China committee sub-report titled "Research on Anhui Rural Environmental Protection and Management."

Asaad A. Istephan

Dr. Asaad Istephan is a professor of physical and applied science at Madonna University. He joined the adjunct faculty at Madonna University in 2001 and the full time faculty in 2002, from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1968 from Liverpool University, England and his Master of Science in Meteorology and applied Climatology in 1969 from Birmingham University, England and his PhD in Meteorology and Applied Climatology in 1973 from Birmingham University, England. Dr. Istephan regularly teaches Astronomy online and on ground, Senior Seminar, Earth Science Meteorology, Science and Social Responsibility, Science Foundation, Oceanography, Physics and the Ascent of man courses. His research interests include: Meteorology and Climatology, Solar and Wind energy Astronomy, Atmospheric Physics and Environmental Pollution. Dr. Istephan has worked as a director of the regional Meteorological training center and as a senior scientific researcher at the solar energy research center. He has worked also as a professor of Physics at local and international institutions. He has published more than 60 scientific papers in the fields Solar Meteorology, Atmospheric Physics, Environmental Pollution, wind energy and Astronomy. He served on the World Meteorological Organization executive committee panel of experts in education and training. He has participated in numerous national and international conferences. He is the faculty advisor for the Integrated Science major and Natural Science major at Madonna University. Dr. Istephan is a member of the American Meteorological society.

Maria Kuhn

Maria Kuhn is an Assistant Professor in Physical & Applied Science. She joined the full time faculty at Madonna University in 1989. She teaches Biochemistry, a survey course in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry. Her favorite class to teach is Biochemistry. Her interests are in proteins, particularly protein evolution and folding. She is the pre-professional advisor in the College of Science & Mathematics, and the faculty mentor for Sigma Zeta (national honor society for Science & Math majors). She recently worked with St. Mary Mercy Hospital to start up a program there for pre med/pre PA students to work in the emergency room.

Stanley-Pierre Ngeyi

I am a Physical Chemist specialized in the Thermodynamics. My current research interest is in novel water filtration materials that are easy to get naturally for little cost that would be easily affordable in the third world. I am also interested in determining the levels of heavy metals in the water and fish samples in the Atlantic Ocean in the coastal regions of West African countries; and in particular Cameroon. Natives in these region get most of their proteins by eating fish from this part of the Atlantic ocean. I believe they need pertinent information about these metals in their most abundant protein source. I am also interested in the Thermal analysis of reactions to ascertain where products actually get formed. In this way waiting time and material costs are reduced. Finally, I am interested in the antibacterial properties of palm kernel oil. My favorite courses are the General Chemistry courses, Quantitative Analysis and Physical Chemistry. I like these courses because they form the foundation of any scientist, especially chemists and chemical engineers. I have published papers in many journals on research on phase change materials and in optical materials. I have also written and published two fiction novels. In my career at Madonna University I have been given award for research. At the charity level I received the Paul Harris rotary award, which is one of the highest awards in rotary.

Denise Brothers

Dr. Denise Brothers has been a faculty member of the Aging Studies Department since 2013. She holds a M.S. in Exercise and Health Studies and a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology, both from Miami University of Ohio. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration.

Dr. Brothers teaches the introductory course in aging studies, psychology and aging, global aging, educational program planning, and programs and services for older adults. Her professional interests include understanding how race, class, and gender impact later-life outcomes, such as health, wealth, and social networks. Her research has included exploring how changing demographics and marital patterns are altering the ways in which older men and women are forming and maintaining new relationships in later life.

Earlier in her career, she assisted with a number of research projects on long-term care services and support in the state of Ohio. This research included a qualitative study on the experiences of consumers and caregivers receiving home-and-community based services as well as identifying current and future capacity needs for long-term care. She also engages in public scholarship through her participation on advisory groups within Michigan’s aging network.

Sue-Anne M. Sweeney

Ms. Sue-Anne Sweeney has been a faculty member of the Aging Studies Department since 2005, and Chair since 2009. In addition to her academic credentials, she is certified as a senior human resources professional with both national HR certification bodies.

Ms. Sweeney teaches courses in physical aging, psychology and mental health of older adults, care management, and professional development for aging services. Her professional interests include negotiating the psychological challenges of later life, positive aging, family caregiving, later life family dynamics, the interrelationship of mind and body in promoting health or illness, and organizational development and change management.

Her research has focused on institutional concerns such as academic advising and faculty research. She also engages in public scholarship through her participation on non-profit boards and advisory groups, and community and professional education. She maintains the Madonna gerontology blog at madonnaugerontology.wordpress.com

Elizabeth Prough

She teaches a variety of undergraduate political science and cross listed history courses and also selected graduate classes in the Master of Arts History program. In addition to her love of teaching, her research interests include political engagement, political discussion, political interest and knowledge and political tolerance with a particular focus on gender differences. She regularly presents papers at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL as well as other political science conferences. Her research has been published and she is actively engaged in ongoing research projects including a current study examining the effect of conversation format on political discussion, comparing the frequency and intensity of debate among university students in an online environment versus a face-to-face environment.

Dorella L. Bond

Research interest: personality development and the creative process
Courses taught: personality, general psychology, human development and the undergraduate internship experience
Workshops/Presentation: Personal Change, Leadership Development, The Creative Personality

Kenneth J. Thiel

Early in my career I investigated the neural mechanisms of drug addiction, primarily through the use of lab rats. Following my time in the world of animal research, I decided to take a position as a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Army. I spent several years traveling across the country to many of our outstanding military installations and working with Soldiers suffering from some of the "invisible" wounds of the war (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury). I was also part of a longitudinal study in which we administered neurocognitive test batteries and drew blood for genetic/proteomic testing from hundreds of Soldiers prior to their first deployment with the hope that this information might better help us identify some key behavioral and neurochemical predispositions to developing combat-related psychological disorders.

I am currently Chair of Madonna's Institutional Review Board, and I am the Faculty Advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi (Psychology's Honors Society).

Dr. Bart Miles

Dr. Bart Miles is the Interim Chair of the Social Work Program. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2012 from Wayne State University. He completed his doctoral degree in 2003 and his MSW in 1998 at Arizona State University. He teaches in the areas of practice and research and he is the lead instructor for the human behavior in the social environment courses. His interests include treatment of children and adolescents, at-risk urban youth, homelessness/poverty, and qualitative methods. He is actively engaged in the social work community through a variety of activities including serving on boards, consulting with agencies, grant writing, and non-profit evaluation. His research has been mixed methods research primarily with homeless adults and youth. Dr. Miles has expertise in various qualitative methodologies, including: participatory action research, visual ethnography, discourse analysis, interpretive methods, and computer assisted data analysis.

Dr. Michelle M. Proctor

Dr. Proctor’s career includes work as a medical and gerontological social worker, community organizer, and applied sociologist. Having served as Chair of the Sociology Department since 2007, she now serves as Program Director of the Social Work and Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Humane Studies Program (one of only two Humane Education Programs in the US). She has guided the Sociology Program to become one of the few Applied Sociology Programs in Michigan with an emphasis on community-based service-learning campus initiatives. Dr. Proctor’s research areas include social inequality, social and environmental justice, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. In addition to teaching students at the Livonia campus, she teaches at the MU Southwest Detroit Women’s Educational Empowerment Program (SWEEP) Center as well as Haitian Students in the MU Haiti Educational Leadership Program (HELP). Her work is aimed at engaging students in community service and research. She has secured grants enabling numerous student-faculty research projects, many of which have resulted in student-faculty presentations at local and national professional conferences, including the American Sociological Association (ASA). She currently serves as Chair of the Animals and Society Section of ASA. Her favorite courses are those that engage students in community-based learning.

Andrew Domzalski

Dr. Andrew Domzalski is the Director of ESL (English as a Second Language and MATESOL (Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Programs. He also co-directs the Master of Science in Humane Studies Program. He joined full time faculty of Madonna University in 1999, the same year he completed his Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University. He holds an MS in Psychology from Warsaw University and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove College. His interests encompass topics in both TESOL and Humane Studies. In TESOL he focuses on application of linguistic theories to ESL teacher preparation and ESL grammar and reading pedagogies. In Humane Studies he explores scientific and societal factors determining human conceptualizations and treatment of animals as well as application of humane education across curriculum. Dr. Domzalski has presented and published in both areas of his interest and he teaches mainly graduate courses in linguistics, ESL pedagogy, and humane studies. For nearly a decade he has been involving students in service learning through collaboration with the Detroit Zoo.

Janice King

Janice King, LMSW, joined the Social Work Department at Madonna University in 2004 as an adjunct assistant professor. Ms. King earned a MSW in Social Work (organizations and communities) and a BA, in Humanistic Studies at Wayne State University. In August 2014 she became the new Field Education Director for the Social Work program and continues to teach practice method courses in groups and families, and organizations. Ms. King was previously the Program Manager for the National Resource Center for Adoption at Spaulding for Children, supporting States, Tribes and Territories with relevant practice information in the area of public child welfare adoption, child and family well-being, disproportionality and adoption support and preservation services.

Dr. Michelle M. Proctor

Dr. Proctor’s career includes work as a medical and gerontological social worker, community organizer, and applied sociologist. Having served as Chair of the Sociology Department since 2007, she now serves as Program Director of the Social Work and Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Humane Studies Program (one of only two Humane Education Programs in the US). She has guided the Sociology Program to become one of the few Applied Sociology Programs in Michigan with an emphasis on community-based service-learning campus initiatives. Dr. Proctor’s research areas include social inequality, social and environmental justice, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. In addition to teaching students at the Livonia campus, she teaches at the MU Southwest Detroit Women’s Educational Empowerment Program (SWEEP) Center as well as Haitian Students in the MU Haiti Educational Leadership Program (HELP). Her work is aimed at engaging students in community service and research. She has secured grants enabling numerous student-faculty research projects, many of which have resulted in student-faculty presentations at local and national professional conferences, including the American Sociological Association (ASA). She currently serves as Chair of the Animals and Society Section of ASA. Her favorite courses are those that engage students in community-based learning.

Kelli J. Marks

Kelli has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan (2000) with an emphasis in interpersonal practice and children and youth and received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University in 2015. Her research focused on the importance of student engagement of academic outcomes, concentrating on minority male achievement.

Kelli worked previously in juvenile justice before entering adult corrections and was employed as a corrections officer with female inmates for several years; she also has 15 years of experience working with adult felons in Oakland County.

Sarah Jo Twitchell

Sarah Jo Twitchell holds her LISW-S license in Ohio and joined the Social Work faculty in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Twitchell earned her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University and her doctorate from The University of Toledo. Before arriving at Madonna University, Dr. Twitchell has also taught social work courses at Owens Community College and Glenville State College in West Virginia. In addition to teaching at the college level, Dr. Twitchell serves as a consultant to various non-profits in the areas of development and grant writing. She has held numerous positions in Toledo area agencies focusing on homelessness, poverty, education and faith-based services.