By Casey Dibari – 1851 Staff
This year, Lasell has welcomed eight new full-time professors as well as new department chairs. While some are new to the college, others are only new to the role of full-time professors.
Professor Thomas Sullivan was previously Director of the Center for Spiritual Life for six years before becoming Associate Professor of Ethics. Sullivan designed the junior ethics course, which each incoming class will have to take. He hopes the new course will allow students to grow intellectually, in a different way than before. Before Lasell, Sullivan taught at Roger Williams Univeristy, Boston University, Babson College, Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, and UMass Amherst. He received his PhD in philosophy from UMass Amherst.
Professor Sara Bartlett Large is the new Assistant Writing Professor, who comes to Lasell all the way from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). As a graduate student there working on her PhD, she taught writing for four years. Before that, she taught English, test prep, and business writing to students in Mongolia. Bartlett Large has also taught at the University of Arkansas, North Arkansas Community College, and Georgia State University. She received her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from UTEP. Bartlett Large says she is interested in Lasell’s Connected Learning program, teaching style, and the small class sizes.
Professor Meryl Perlson comes to Lasell as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication department. Before coming to Lasell, Perlson taught at Newbury College, and was tenured at California State University, San Bernardino, where she worked as an Associate Professor. Perlson says she thinks that Lasell is exciting and enjoys the students’ enthusiasm. She also emphasized how the school felt like home and she loves how talented and committed the faculty at the school are. Perlson holds an MFA in Radio-Television-Film from Temple University.
The other five new faculty hires are Charlotte Frazier (psychology), Janet Huetteman (marketing), Ronald Laham (athletic training), Matthew Reilly (marketing), and Karen Tallman (science).