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2013-2014 Faculty OWL Leaders
Dr. Patricia Darlington is an Associate Professor of Intercultural Communication. She is a writer and college professor who has dedicated her life to helping others reach their greatest potential. Dr. Darlington received a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations, and a Doctorate in Communication and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Darlington is the recipient of the 2011 FAU Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and was nominated for the 2010 Inspire Integrity Award given by The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Dr. Lori Dassa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning and Coordinator of Effective Teaching Practices at FAU, where she has been teaching courses in Effective Teaching Practices and Beginning Reading for over 8 years. Her areas of interest are teacher preparation and teacher retention. She has also researched in the areas of developmentally appropriate practices for young children and critical literacy. She has published two books related to helping elementary school teachers pass state exams and how to be successful professionals once they become a teacher. She has earned a Master of Education in PreK/Primary education and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She also was an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University in their primary education department. She also carries the role as Co-Counselor of FAU’s Chapter of the Honor Society of Kappa Delta Phi.
Renee de Roche, C.P.A. is an Instructor in the School of Accounting and an alumna of FAU’s Master of Accounting program. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified eLearning Designer for online courses. Her areas of interest include corporate accounting, accounting information systems, internal controls, and professional ethics. She has been involved in student orientation and mentoring programs since her days as an undergraduate at the University of Southern California’s School of Business, and she believes that making lasting connections with students and faculty is essential to the university experience. Her favorite things to do when she is not teaching include hiking, camping, kayaking, and traveling.
Dr. Rhonda Goodman is an Assistant Professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She is the FAU Distinguished Teacher of the Year for 2013 and the Nurse of the Year and Educator of the Year for the Palm Healthcare Foundation. She holds a BSN (nursing) from Houston Baptist University, a Master of Arts in Theology from Knox Theological Seminary and a Master of Science and PhD in Nursing from FAU. Her main teaching areas are in the graduate studies of advanced health assessment and the nurse practitioner concentrations. Dr. Goodman's research foci are self-injury behavior in adolescent females, female voice, and the global health care of families, especially health care of women in low-resource countries. She takes her nurse practitioner students to Guatemala where they provide primary care and cervical cancer screening to the indigenous Maya population. Her interests include music, travelling, reading, camping, kayaking, and biking.
Dr. Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín, a native of Puerto Rico, is a Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature and has been at Florida Atlantic University since 1991. Her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature is from Yale University, and her research focuses on Caribbean literature, especially from the French- and the Spanish-speaking countries. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She is an ardent supporter of study abroad programs. At present, she is the President of FAU’s Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Leah Plocharczyk, M.A., MLIS, is the Assistant Director of the MacArthur Campus Library and an alumna of FAU’s Master of Sociology program. She has worked for FAU libraries since 1999 and began her career at the Boca Raton campus. Upon finishing her MLIS degree, Leah took a position as the Broward Library Services Coordinator at the downtown Ft. Lauderdale campus, where she continues to work as a part-time liaison. Leah is very active within the Palm Beach County Library Association and served on the Board for a number of years. She is involved in committee work with the Florida Library Association and is a member of Beta Phi Mu. In her free time, Leah enjoys reading psychological thrillers, belly dancing, kickboxing, and scalloping in Crystal River, FL.
Dr. Myriam Ruthenberg is an Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature. Born in Belgium, since childhood she has been exposed to multiple languages and cultures, and this has conditioned her personal and professional choices. She has published numerous articles in academic journals on topics related to late medieval/early Renaissance literature as well as on contemporary Italian literature which she approaches from a multidisciplinary perspective. She has taught at FAU since 1986 and singlehandedly created the second Italian Studies program in the State of Florida after FSU. She holds teaching and leadership awards and was knighted by the Italian government in May 2007.
Dr. Bill Trapani is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. His work and teaching focuses on problems of democracy and civic participation, particularly for disenfranchised citizens. As a rhetorical studies scholar and critic he engages discourses of national and cultural identity to understand personal and political trauma as well as to identify possibilities for changing our social formations. Most recently his work considers the ways in which new technologies have altered traditional practices of activism and social protest movements.
Dr. Justin P. White is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Spanish and Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program. He teaches courses such as Forensic Linguistics (the intersection of language and crime) and Second Language Acquisition (how the mind works with regards to adults acquiring a second language). He has traveled throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras as well as having lived in Mexico and Costa Rica. He is currently learning Portuguese.