The College of Arts and Letters Welcomes New Faculty Members

William McConnell


by N. Jacobsen | Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce the addition of nine outstanding new faculty members. The Department of English welcomes three new members.
They are:

Clarissa ChenovickClarissa Chenovick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Professor Chenovick joins us from Fordham University where she received her Ph.D. in English. Her dissertation, Repentant Readers: Medical Discourses and Spiritual Self-Shaping in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, focused on the use of medical discourses in Pre- and Post-Reformation penitential writings. This fall she will be teaching British Renaissance Literature in our Department of English.

 


 

Carla ThomasCarla Thomas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Professor Thomas joins us from New York University (NYU) where she received her Ph.D. in English Literature. Her research focuses on Early Middle English verse, specifically Old English homiletic influence in later works of verse and their manuscripts. Other research interests include manuscript studies, editorial and translation practices, and intersectional feminism. This fall she will be teaching British Medieval Literature in our Department of English.

 

Shelby JohnsonShelby Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Professor Johnson joins us from Vanderbilt University where she received her Ph.D. in English Literature. She specializes in 18th century American and Multi-ethnic studies, with a particular emphasis on the intersections between race, spirituality and colonial ecologies.  This fall she will be teaching Colonial and Early American Literature in our Department of English.

 



The Department of Music welcomes:

Marc DeckerMarc Decker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Professor Decker joins us from University of Iowa where he received his D.M.A. in Wind Band Conducting. Starting this Fall he will be the new Director of the Marching Owls at FAU. He recently presented at national conferences on recruiting strategies for college bands and cultivating student leadership. He has also researched the chamber music of British composer, Gordon Jacob.

 

 


The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies welcomes two new faculty members:

Nicole MorseNicole Morse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Professor Morse joins us from the University of Chicago where she received her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies. Her dissertation, Selfie Aesthetics: Form, Performance, and Transfeminist Politics in Self-Representational Art, explores the political, aesthetic, and theoretical possibilities of selfies by transgender artists. This fall she will be teaching media studies in our School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

 

 

Topher MaraffiChristopher (Topher) Maraffi, Assistant Professor

Professor Maraffi joins us from the University of California Santa Cruz where he received his M.F.A. in Digital Arts & New Media. His research interest is in developing practice-based methodologies for translating traditional fine arts practices into digital media. This fall he will be teaching media production in our School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

 



Finally, the Department of Sociology welcomes three new members:

Nikolas SummersNikolas Summers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Professor Summers joins us from Indiana University where he received his Ph.D. in Sociology. He has research interests in the sociology of consumption, environmental sociology, urban and community sociology, economic sociology, and political sociology. This fall he will be teaching quantitative research methodology in our Department of Sociology.




William McConnellWilliam McConnell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Professor McConnell joins us from Indiana University where he received his Ph.D. in Sociology. His areas of expertise include social networks, aging, mental health, culture, and quantitative methods. This fall he will be teaching aging and health in our Department of Sociology.
 




Carter KoppelmanCarter Koppelman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Professor Koppelman joins us from the University of California-Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in Sociology. His research examines how states use development and social policies to manage the urban poor, and how those policies are used and contested by individuals, community organizations, and social movements to claim dignity and inclusion in unequal societies. His recent work has focused on Chile and Brazil.

 

 

 

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