New faculty receives a warm welcome

Megan Palumbo & Michael Salem – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

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New full-time faculty members (L-R) Professor Brian Frasier, Professor Gregory Cass, Professor
Gail Jauregui, Professor Tenneh Wilkins, Professor Thomas Zawisza, Professor Mick
Kaminsky, and Professor Barbara Akum (right). Photo by Megan Palumbo

Lasell hired seven new full-time professors and over 40 adjunct professors for the 2018 fall semester. Full-time and adjunct faculty work together to educate students and engage in the community.Gail Jauregui, Visiting Instructor of Fashion, was previously an adjunct professor here since 2010. She has taught professional presentations, pattern making and product development. She attended what is now Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in general business
and finance with a minor in English. It wasn’t until she was in her 20’s that she decided to pursue fashion design at the School of Fashion Design in Boston and land a job as a pattern maker for Susan Bristol Inc. This year, she’s shifted her curriculum to teaching courses on computer-aided design (CAD) software.

In addition to her new position, Jauregui is fulfilling her advanced degree requirement by earning a MBA from Lasell. When asked how the transition has been from part-time to full-time, Jauregui said, “It’s great to be under one roof, to be dedicated, to give one hundred percent and to get to know everybody. It’s nice to be embedded in the
community and the area, I love this school.”

Barbara Akum, Assistant Professor of Biology, arrives from Mt. Ida College where she was the assistant professor coordinator of the pre-med and pre-pharmacy programs within the School of Applied Sciences. Akum attended Kean University for her bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biotechnology. Following this, she earned her Ph.D at Rutgers University while completing a postdoctoral training on transposable elements in Malaria transmitting vectors at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. Dr. Akum has taught genetics, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, general biology, molecular biology, and neurobiology in her past years.

Mick Kaminsky, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, has seven years of experience in the field, Lasell being his first teaching position. He will be teaching AT303 Therapeutic Modalities, EXSC410/420, and clinical coordination of internships. Kaminsky has a Bachelor of Science in athletic training and a master’s degree in exercise science from Northern Michigan University, as well as a Doctor of Science degree in interprofessional healthcare studies from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Kaminsky believes students should “learn how to interact with wellness professionals” before entering person-focused care. “Learning interprofessional collaborative skills and competencies should start in the classroom utilizing case-based dialogue within large and small groups,” said Kaminsky.

Thomas Zawisza, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice is joining the Lasell community after teaching at Texas A&M International University. Zawisza earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University Main Cam, then moved on to get a Masters of Arts degree at East Tennessee State University. He then attended the University of Arkansas at Little Roc, where he got a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He has been published in academic journals and scholarly books, relating to public risk perception along the US-Mexico Border and doctoral science mentoring.

Tenneh Wilkins, Visiting Instructor of Fashion, joins the college after teaching fashion design at an after-school program, Vision of La Moda, in San Francisco, CA. Wilkins received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Rhode Island in textiles, fashion merchandising and design. Four months later, she began her schooling at Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she earned her MFA. Outside of teaching, Wilkins is also the founder of her own fashion brand, House of Rubi.

Brian Frasier, Associate Professor of Mathematics, comes to us after teaching at Merrimack College for over five years. As well as teaching at Merrimack, he’s taught high school math at his Alma mater, University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML). As a math professor, he studies the conceptions and practices of teachers with proof and reasoning in mathematics education. His research expertise is in learning theory, epistemology, and the history of mathematics.

Gregory Cass, Associate Professor of Writing, is an undergraduate English professor. Cass joins us from Wheelock College, who recently merged with Boston University, where he received his Bachelor  of Arts in English. After graduate school, he taught rhetoric and composition at Northeastern University where he also obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. At Lasell, Cass is enjoying getting to know first year students in his ENG101 and ENG102 courses.

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