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Interdisciplinary Studies

Jeffrey Cordell Jeffrey Cordell | Bio
Assistant Professor
B.A. Western Washington University
M.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Virginia
jcordell@madonna.edu
734-432-5558, 2434
Andrew A Domzalski Andrew A. Domzalski | Bio
Director, ESL & MATESOL, Co-director, MSHUS
Ph.D., Oakland University
M.A., Marygrove College
M.S., Warsaw University
adomzalski@madonna.edu
734-432-5420, 1313
Kathleen M. Edelmayer Kathleen M. Edelmayer | Bio
Communication and Writing, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
B.A., Ph.D., Wayne State University
M.A., Central Michigan University
kedelmayer@madonna.edu
734-432-5560
Kevin I Eyster Kevin I. Eyster | Bio
Interim Dean and Chairperson, College of Arts and Humanities
Ph.D. University of Kentucky
M.A. Eastern Michigan University
M.A. Ohio State University
B.A. Ohio State University
keyster@madonna.edu
734-432-5307, 2426
Ioana Fracassi | Bio
Assistant Professor
B.A. Madonna University
M.A. Eastern Michigan University
ifracassi@madonna.edu
734-432-5561, 2435
Neal Haldane Neal Haldane | Bio
Professor
B.A., Michigan State University
M.A., Madonna University
M.A., Michigan State University
Ph.D., Wayne State University
nhaldane@madonna.edu
734-432-5540, 2431
Barbara R LaboissonniereBarbara R. Laboissonniere | Bio
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
M.A. Eastern Michigan University
B.S. Eastern Michigan University
blaboissonniere@madonna.edu
734-432-5809, 1306 Main Administration Building
Robert RannRobert Rann | Bio
Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
rrann@madonna.edu
734-432-5539, 2433
Fatima SalemassiFatima Salemassi | Bio
Assistant Professor/Director of WL
Doctoral student – Ed.D. Curriculum and Practice - University of Michigan-Dearborn
M.A. Madonna University
B.A. Madonna University
International Studies Certificate Madonna University
Secondary Teacher Certificate
Spanish (FF)
Sociology (CF) and ESL(NS) endorsements
fsalemassi@madonna.edu
734-432-5540, 2431

Hadeel Betti

Hadeel Betti is the Coordinator of the Intensive English for Academic Purposes Program (ESL) in the College of Arts and Humanities at Madonna University. She joined the university on a full time bases in 2011. Prior to that, she was a full time coordinator of an outreach program at a non-profit community agency, an ESL Adjunct Assistant Professor at Madonna, and an Adjunct Instructor at OCC. She completed her MA TESOL degree in 2003 at Madonna University and B.A. in English Language and Literature in 1993 at the University of Baghdad. Among her duties as the ESL program coordinator, she teaches speaking and listening, grammar, reading, and American culture. She also supervises practica courses for MA TESOL graduate students at Madonna University, ESL service learning projects with community partners, placement and exit testing, and ESL tutoring and supplemental instruction. Her interests include ESL program administration in higher education, second language fluency, assessment, academic readiness for international students, teacher training, multicultural awareness and student life for international students, and advocacy. She has been serving the TESOL community through a variety of roles including serving on the MITESOL Advisory Board and Co-editing MITESOL Messages Newsletter (2006-2008), local-chairing the MITESOL Conference (2012), serving on the Haiti Education Leadership Program (HELP) lead team, and presenting at conferences.

Jeffrey Cordell

Jeffrey Cordell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language, Literature, Communications, and Writing. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2013 from Alma College. He completed his doctoral degree in 2008 at the University of Virginia. He teaches American and British literature.

His interests include medieval and Renaissance English literature and classical backgrounds to British and European literature. His publications include work on the idea of Christian charity in shaping Francis Bacon's _Advancement of Learning_ and, as a contributing author, an award-winning study of undergraduate library research methods.

Chuck D. Derry

Chuck Derry began his career at the University of Detroit television in 1961 producing and directing shows broadcast on WTVS and in 1963 as an engineer with WXYZ-TV. In 1968, after two years with WKBD-Channel 50 he returned to WXYZ-TV which was home for 30 years. His stage manager and director credits include Kelly & Company, Channel 7 News programs, and ABC network programs including segments for Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Barbara Walters. Chuck has been awarded both the Silver Circle and Gold Circle Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for outstanding contributions to Broadcasting. In 1969, while still with Channel 7, Chuck began his teaching career at Madonna University as adjunct faculty. By 1998 he had developed the television and film curriculum. In 2011 he was elected to the Michigan NATAS Executive Board of Governors as Vice President and chair of the Education Committee. He is currently associate professor and Director of Broadcast and Cinema Arts teaching TV production, editing, and news classes. He is most proud of the success of his students and alumni in the TV and film industry and the numerous awards they’ve earned.

Kathleen M. Edelmayer

Dr. Kathleen M. Edelmayer is a Professor of Communication. She joined Madonna University in 2003 after having been the Chair of the Humanities Division at St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University. Previously, she was Director of Debate at Illinois State University, Assistant Director of Forensics at St. Olaf College, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Albion College. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication and a B.A. in Economics from Wayne State University. Her M.A. in Communication is from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Edelmayer teaches interpersonal communication, argumentation and persuasion, small group communication, and political campaign communication. Her research areas are religious and political communication, teaching methods, and administrative issues. She is very involved in Madonna University’s Study Abroad program, having led programs to Ireland and Poland/Prague.

She is very active in the professional community. She currently serves the National Communication Association as a member of the legislative assembly and the leadership team of the Undergraduate College and University Section of NCA. She has served as president of the Religious Communication Association, executive board member of the Central States Communication Association, and finance committee chair of the American Forensics Association.

Andrew A. 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.

Kevin I. Eyster

Dr. Kevin Eyster is Professor and Chair of the Department of Language, Literature, Communication, and Writing. He joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 1995. He completed his doctoral degree in 1991 from the University of Kentucky. Professor Eyster teaches courses in literature, folklore, writing, and the humanities. His research interests include twentieth-century southern American writers Eudora Welty and William Faulkner, as well as the interrelationship between folklore and literature. While at Madonna, Dr. Eyster served as NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities from 2001 to 2003, and in 2011 he received the Faculty Excellence Award from graduating seniors.

Ioana Fracassi

Ioana Fracassi is an Assistant Professor in the Language and Literature Department. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Madonna and Eastern Michigan University, respectively. Her course offerings include British, American, and world literature, as well as creative writing. She is the editor of Madonna Muse, the university's literary publication, and the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award (2007). Her most recent publications include translations from Prévert and Voltaire, as well as original poetry and fine art. In 2014 she edited Stories of Hope and Learning (ISBN 978-1-4675-8539), a collection of poetry and prose featuring young Detroit writers. Ioana lives and writes in Ann Arbor.

Courses taught:
La Belle Époque: Expatriate Writers in Paris
Politics of Love and Matrimony: Studies in Jane Austen
British Literature: Blake to Elliot
Major American Authors: 1900 to Present
Major American Authors Beginning to 1900
Women in Literature
Contemporary Literature
Ideas in World Literature
Creative Writing
Composition and Communication Skills
Developmental Writing

Neal C. Haldane

Dr. Neal Haldane directs the Journalism/Public Relations program and also teaches Communication and Writing courses. His courses prepare students for a wide range of media careers by emphasizing hands-on experience with traditional and digital communication tools and strategies. The former newspaper reporter, editor and public relations practitioner extolls the virtues of experiential learning through internships and co-ops. He also emphasizes the importance of connecting the classroom to the community via service-learning and study abroad initiatives. In addition, Haldane works closely with the First-Year Experience helping students transition to college.

Barbara R. Laboissonniere

Dr. Barbara Laboissonniere is an Associate Professor of Literature and Language. She joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2004. Dr. Laboissonniere has taught literature, rhetoric, and professional writing since 1979 at Eastern Michigan University, San Jacinto College, the University of Rhode Island, Oakland University, St. Mary's College, Ave Maria University, and Madonna University.

She has designed, developed, and taught on-the-ground and online courses on the undergraduate and graduate level in World, American, British, Women's, and Multicultural Literature; Rhetoric; Great Books Seminars; Literature and Film; Scientific, Technical, and Professional writing; and weekend workshops in Teaching Approaches to Literature, as well as Contemporary Cultural Issues in Literature and Film. In addition, she helped develop an Integrated Core Curriculum at St. Mary’s College.

Dr. Laboissonniere’s research interests include online pedagogy; the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Nature/Environmental Literature; culture, literature and film; and the digital Humanities.

Mary Minock

Dr. Mary Minock is Director of the Writing Programs and a Professor of English in the Language, Literature, Communication and Writing Department. She joined Madonna University in 1997, after teaching at Wayne State University, New York Institute of Technology, and University of Michigan. She completed her doctoral degree in 1985 from University of Michigan, and she also holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from University of Michigan, which she completed in 1971. She teaches literature, creative nonfiction, poetry and rhetorical theory. In addition to her continuing interest in rhetorical theory and pedagogy, and writing-program administration, Mary is deeply engaged in the community of poets and creative nonfiction writers in the Detroit metropolitan area, and in activities supporting the cultural revival of the city. Mary’s research and publication interests have gradually shifted during the last ten years, with academic publications in rhetoric giving over to poetry and creative nonfiction. In 2011 she published a memoir entitled The Way-Back Room: A Memoir of a Detroit Childhood. She is currently working on a second book of poetry entitled Wildflowers of Detroit.

Yu-Jo Grace Philson

Ms. Yu-Jo Grace Philson is an international educator with over 33 years of teaching and administrative experience. Ms. Philson received her master’s degree from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 1996.

Ms. Philson has taught Chinese and ESL courses in Taiwan, Korea, Japan and the US in both public and private school settings. Her students have ranged from elementary school students to adult learners. Teaching students from a variety of backgrounds has allowed Ms. Philson to gain expertise in adapting her approach to meet the unique needs of every student.

At Madonna University, in addition to teaching, Ms. Philson developed a Chinese Language and Culture certificate program for students who complement their language studies with classes in Asian art, Eastern religions, or Asian political history. Ms. Philson received the Chinese Teaching Award presented by Confucius Institute at Wayne State University in 2014.

Robert Rann

Dr. Robert Rann is Professor of Humanities in the College of Arts and Humanities. He earned a Ph.D. in Japanese Language and Literature and Musicology from the University of Michigan. He taught at Oakland University and Lawrence Technological University before joining the Madonna faculty in 1987. While at Madonna, Dr. Rann has taught Japanese language, literature, and history, East Asian Humanities, Humanities Through the Arts, The Idea of Justice, and Contemporary Literature. Dr. Rann has received awards from the Fulbright Commission, the Japan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has published several works on Japanese culture and on the mineralogy and history of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

Fatima Salemassi

Professor Fatima Salemassi is the Director of World Languages. She joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2010. She is a doctoral student in curriculum and practice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She completed her MITESOL in 2008 and holds a teacher certification in Spanish, Sociology and ESL from Madonna University. She is a teacher educator in second/world languages and specialist in Spanish as a world language and English as a second/world language. Her interests include critical approaches to second language pedagogy that guides language learners to connect classroom lessons with the real-life experiences of members of the target language communities and their own. Her research draws on critical issues in sociolinguistics including language and cultural ideology and identity and multiculturalism.