Faculty & Staff
Dr. Alfred G. Mueller II
BA's in Communication, History, Philosophy, Wilkes University
MA in Communication Studies, University of Iowa
PhD in Communication Studies, University of Iowa
Dr. Mueller has taught undergraduate courses in the university classroom for twenty years. This classically trained rhetorician is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, having served as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia and as a member of a Ford Foundation bridging project studying the relationship between Russia and the Caucasus. Prior to coming to Neumann, he served as Program Coordinator of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the Mont Alto campus of Penn State University and as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University. He and his wife Lusine live in Garnet Valley with their son Jacob.
- The Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences will be open 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, M-F.
- Meetings through MS Teams will be the norm for the Fall 2020 semester.
- Face-to-face meetings will be held in emergency situations.
- Email Dr. Mueller directly for a Teams meeting with several days and times that work best for your schedule.
- Sr. Corinne Wright will be available for meetings on Tuesday and Thursday in the office, but will be working virtually otherwise.
- All inquiries should be directed to Elaine Hills, Secretary of the Faculty, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-558-5634.
Sr. Corinne Wright, OSF, MS, MSPT
BA, Neumann College
MS, Catholic University of America
MS, Arcadia University
A Neumann University graduate, lifelong learner and educator, Sr. Corinne currently uses this experience to provide academic advice to students in the Division of Arts and Sciences.
BS, St. Joseph's University
MS, West Chester University
BA, Ithaca College
MPH, Drexel University
PhD, Temple University
Amanda Breen earned her PhD in psychology from Temple University in 2010 and her MPH from Drexel University in 2013. Her research focuses on stereotyping and discrimination and person perception using an intersectional approach. She teaches social psychology, psychology of gender and scientific reading and writing in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys running, spending time with her son and playing softball.
BS, Lafayette College
PhD, University of Buffalo, State University of New York
Sarah J. Burke
BS, Chemistry, Cabrini College
MA, Organic Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College
PhD, Organic Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College
Sarah received her PhD at Bryn Mawr College where she studied the synthesis of complex natural products. It was here that Sarah developed her passion for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in a small, liberal arts environment. Prior to teaching at Neumann University, Sarah was a post-doctoral researcher at University of the Sciences where she investigated the synthesis of anti-HIV drugs. Her interests remain in the development of novel treatments for diseases. When Sarah is not teaching science, she likes to spend time traveling, watching football, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband Nick, their son Alex, and their dog Buddy.
Communications and Digital Media
PhD, Mass Communications, Indiana University
MA, Russian and East European Studies, Indiana University
BA, Political Science, Hunter College, CUNY
Janis Chakars currently serves as head of the communication and digital media program. Prior to joining the faculty at Neumann University, he taught at Gwynedd Mercy University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and East Siberian State Technological University. His professional experience spans from Mongolia’s state news agency to Philadelphia’s WHYY. His research interests center on international communication and media history and he has published in the International Journal of Communication, Journalism History, American Journalism, International Research in Children’s Literature, the Central European Journal of Communication, and elsewhere. An active musician, he has toured North America, Europe, and Japan and played on over a dozen records.
Gail Shanley Corso
English & Humanities
PhD, English, Bowling Green State University
MA, English, State University of New York at Albany
BA, English with minor in Education, Brooklyn College of the CUNY
Licensed Supervisor of Instruction, State of NJ
Gail Shanley Corso is a Professor of English and Humanities at Neumann University in Aston, PA where she teaches American literature, literary criticism, drama, poetry, creative non-fiction writing, and Core writing and literature. At Neumann, she is a former coordinator of writing, leader of English, Arts Production and Performance, Communication and Media Arts, Liberal Arts, and English with Secondary Certification programs. She has served in other former leadership roles at the university as chairperson of Core assessment, and Chair of the Curriculum Committee of Faculty Senate. At Neumann she has received the Excellence in Scholarship award, and she was nominated by the University for the national Thomas Ehrlich award for integration of service learning into her courses. Beyond Neumann, Corso has served as co-chair of the Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators, editorial advisory board member of the Journal for Writing Program Administrators, and Reviews co-editor of Kairos, A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; she continues as an editorial advisory board member of Kairos. She has served as one of the judges for the Norman Mailer/National Council for Teachers of English National College Writing Awards in Creative Non Fiction, and she serves as one of the Council for Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP) evaluators for preparation of undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare future teachers of English. At Syracuse University where Corso had taught, she received a Merit Bonus Award for her leadership role as one of the founding coordinators of writing-across-the-curriculum. She holds her doctorate in English with a specialty in Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University. Corso’s scholarly articles about information literacy across the curriculum, and her psychological criticism on the poetry, fiction or drama by modern and contemporary American authors, including William Carlos Williams, Harper Lee, J.D. Salinger, and Alice McDermott have been published. In 2018, her edited volume, Alice McDermott’s Fiction: Voice, Memory, Trauma, and Lies, the first scholarly book of criticism on McDermott’s fiction, was published by Peter Lang. Corso’s ongoing research projects relate to fiction by Joyce Carol Oates and Alice McDermott, drama by John Patrick Shanley, and biographical details about Lady Jacoba, a friend to St. Francis of Assisi. Her first volume of poetry, Tendered to Us in Love was published in 2015.
Maria Teresa de Gordon
English and Spanish
BA, University of Delaware
MA, University of Delaware
EdD, Wilmington University
Dr. de Gordon lived in Spain where she taught English at the Universidad de Granada and brings many dynamic cultural aspects to the classroom. Over the years, she has been an advisor to the HOLA club bringing cultural events to the campus such as the Latin Thanksgiving Dinner, salsa lessons, and Spanish cooking classes. Her research interests include stereotypes, perception, multicultural issues, language acquisition, and pedagogy.
BS, Stevens Institute of Technology
MS, Stevens Institute of Technology
MS, Iona College
PhD, Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr. DiMarco knew he wanted to be a college math professor since the ninth grade. A Graph Theorist in graduate school, he has shifted his research interest to statistics. David has consistently sought to further mathematics education at Neumann University.
Joseph C. Glass
Communication and Digital Media
BS Mount Saint Mary’s University
MDiv, Mount Saint Mary’s University
DMin, Graduate Theological Foundation
Dr. Glass has been involved with journalism and public relations since childhood- if you count his Red Bank Register route.
BS, St. Joseph's University
MS, Penn State University
Founder of the Neumann University Criminal Justice Program, this retired Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brings reality to the classroom through his law enforcement experiences and knowledge of the subject areas taught. He considers his most important job to be preparing Neumann University students for their chosen careers in criminal justice.
MBBS, Coimbatore Medical College, India MD, Educational Commission
of Foreign Medical Graduates
Dr. Brinda Govindaraju taught Anatomy and Physiology as an adjunct at Neumann for seven years. In 2012, she received the Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before coming to Neumann, she was a general practitioner in India after earning her degree from Coimbatore Medical College. She has volunteered as a teacher for a local Indian association for six years. She’s an avid reader and often donates blood. In her free time, Brinda enjoys gardening and spending time with her two daughters.
William J. Hamilton
BA, Lehigh University
MA, University of Akron
PhD, University of Oregon
Leanne R. Havis
BA, University of Kansas
MA, University of Wales, Bangor
PhD, University of Wales, Bangor
MBA from Holy Family University
Dr. Havis teaches a variety of criminal justice courses, including Criminology, Writing for Criminal Justice, Research Methods, Restorative Justice, and Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice. She also teaches a section of INT 101, the Neumann Experience, and she loves having the opportunity to meet first-semester freshmen and discuss their academic and career goals with them. Her research interests are primarily in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning, including student engagement techniques, classroom assessment, and metacognitive strategies, and she has also published in the areas of prosecutorial discretion, juvenile violence, and corrections. In her spare time, Dr. Havis enjoys volunteering at Assisi House and running around after her toddler twins.
BFA Columbus College of Art & Design
MFA Ohio State University
Professor Holmstrom is an artist whose work has been exhibited nationally. He currently serves on the College Art Association (CAA) Education Committee. His work has been exhibited at Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY, Oswego; Mint Museum Uptown, Levine Center for the Arts; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; The Hoyt Institute of Arts; Rosenthal Gallery, Fayetteville State University; The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; Omaha Center for Contemporary Art; Montclair State University Art Galleries; Chautauqua Art Association Galleries, Chautauqua Institution; Erie Art Museum.
Honours BA, University of Waterloo, Canada
PhD, University of Waterloo, Canada
Being born and raised in Japan, educated in Canada for her Honours BA and PhD, and now having worked in the U.S. for twelve years, Dr. Hoshino-Browne has a unique cultural and ethnic background. She has extensive experiential insight into the inner-workings of three cultures. Taking advantage of this unique and privileged position among North American researchers, she has a passionate interest in examining cultural influences on social psychological processes. She also has a great interest in studying prejudice, stereotyping, and intergroup relations. Her published research includes an investigation of stereotype activation and application processes as well as cross-cultural examinations of social psychological concepts such as cognitive dissonance and social perspective taking. More recently, she published several chapters in the edited books about international conflict, war and peace, and reconciliation processes. Her ongoing research projects include gender biases in the STEM fields, prejudice reduction, and grit in the face of academic challenges.
Director of Neumann University Concert Chorale
BM, Kunitachi College of Music
MM, Temple University
DMA, Combs College of Music
An internationally known coloratura soprano who has performed in the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, "Dr. Yuki" shares international teaching techniques with Neumann students as a result of her involvement with the International Chamber Music Festival in Evian, France, and her lectures in Japan. Dr. Yuki is also director of the Neumann University Concert Chorale. Her joy in music inspires both beginning and experienced singers at Neumann University, and her professional achievements as a soloist and lecturer enrich the learning experience for her students. According to Dr. Yuki, "Singing offers a challenge to all singers: How do we express our feelings with our voices? My role is to help voice students convert their internal feelings into external expressions via their voices. Everyone who has a voice can polish their instrument and create music if they wish to."
English and Humanities
BA, The College of William and Mary
PhD, Duke University
Dr. Johnson has been teaching undergraduates in some capacity for the last 25 years. He has taught courses ranging from Russian grammar and conversation, Psychology and Literature, The Art of the Short Story, and innumerable sections of first-year writing and composition. He believes that if one stops learning, one stops living. His interests outside of academics include watercolor painting and pen and ink, reading, spending time with his two children, and serves as a course rater for Golfweek magazine.
Assistant Professor of English
Coordinator of INT 101
BA, West Chester State College
MA, West Chester University
Jim Kain teaches writing and literature because he thinks it can change our lives and our world – in a good way. He believes in the influence of the creative arts in developing our potential as vital members of the human community; and writing is one of the creative ways to find our voice and vitalize our world. He teaches core writing, creative writing, and nature writing, and loves to teach the Romantic, Victorian and Modern British & Irish authors. He is the author of three books of poetry, Coming to my Senses, Curved Space & the More Delicate Times, and Conversing with the Spirits, and one novella, Sweet Tempo.
BA, Loyola College
MA, Villanova University
PhD, Villanova University
Bong S. Kim
BS, Korea University
MA State University of New York
PhD, Temple University
This statistician teaches courses such as mathematical statistics, business statistics, and college algebra in addition to introductory statistics. In 2007, he received Neumann University’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Christina M. LaVecchia
Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
BA, Moravian College
MA, University of Cincinnati
PhD, University of Cincinnati
Dr. LaVecchia has taught writing and rhetoric for the past decade to first-year students through postdocs. Previously, she was a research fellow and instructor of health services at Mayo Clinic where she taught scientific writing workshops and contributed to qualitative research on patient-clinician communication, shared decision making, and care that is least burdensome for patients’ lives. Her research in rhetoric and writing focuses on relational theories of composing, invention, writing pedagogies, digital composing, professionalization, writing program administration, and feminist theory.
Dr. LaVecchia enjoys working with faculty across diverse disciplines to support writing pedagogy at Neumann, as well as helping her students to become reflective and adaptable writers. She lives in Philadelphia and enjoys yoga, swimming, playing violin, and making (really good) pizza from scratch.
Claudia Marie Kovach
English and French
BA, Seton Hill University
MA, Purdue University
PhD, Purdue University
Former dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Kovach serves as Executive Director of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Scholastic Honor Society DESNational@neumann.edu. She has published and presented internationally on writers such as Isabel Allende, Margery Kemp, Voltaire, and Amy Tan; she accords special attention to the medieval (and timeless) Tristan legend and its possibilities in tandem with contemporary literary theory. Her avocations include Chinese folk dance, competitive figure skating and ice dancing, and Tang Soo Do karate.
BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Dr. Mastropaolo was an adjunct at Neumann for two years teaching a variety of courses such as Physical Science, Environmental Studies, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology. He also served as the Science Laboratory Manager at Neumann University for one year. Before his time at Neumann University, Dr. Mastropaolo received a PhD from Virginia Tech where he studied bacterial interactions during an infection and spent four years working on soil microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Mastropaolo has an interest in working with undergraduate students in a laboratory setting in order to prepare them for careers in science. He will be working with other Neumann and SEPCHE (Southeastern Consortium of Higher Education) faculty to expand undergraduate research opportunities for students in the Sciences. When he is not teaching science he likes to spend his time with his three children swimming and doing karate.
BA, University of California, San Diego
MPH, San Diego State University
MS, Lehigh University
PhD, Lehigh University
Dr. Colleen McDonough received her doctorate in Psychology from Lehigh University and has been a full-time faculty member at Neumann University since 2005. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for Neumann’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Dr. McDonough is the Arts and Sciences Section editor of the Neumann University Catalyst, and has received numerous grants and awards over the years, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship. She can be heard on her weekly NU radio show, “Your Brain on Politics” with her colleague, Dr. Ramona Palmerio-Roberts. Dr. McDonough teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at the university, in the traditional face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats, and has served on dissertation committees in Neumann’s doctoral programs. Her favorite classes to teach include Behavioral Science Statistics, Evolutionary Psychology, and General Psychology. She enjoys supervising undergraduate research projects, and welcomes students who are interested in assisting with her research. She regularly presents her work at local and national conferences, and actively publishes her work. Her current research interests, collaborative projects with several other NU faculty members across several disciplines, focus on media bias and the psychology of influence, stereotyping, and attribution. Of secondary interest is pedagogical research and how we can effectively deliver course content and assess learning.
Robert J. McMonagle
BA, Temple University
MA, University of Chicago
PhD, Temple University
Dr. McMonagle, also known as "Doc" by many of his students, served as Deputy Legislative Director for a US Congressman on Capitol Hill before running for Congress and later for Delaware County Council. Dr. McMonagle earned his PhD in Political Science from Temple University and his MPP in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. An expert in American Government and Public Policy, this educator brings a wealth of practical and scholarly experience into the classroom -- preparing students for a variety of skill-based careers or for graduate studies starting in their freshman year at Neumann. His book, Caribou and Conoco, explains the political and social variables that have been driving important public policy debates on energy and the environment.
BA, Villanova University
MA, Villanova University
Mr. Miller has taught at Neumann since 2000 and been the full-time History instructor since 2013. A native of Delaware County, Mr. Miller attended college at Villanova University and earned teacher certification from Widener University. He started his professional career as a newspaper reporter. He also has worked at West Virginia University, Messiah College, Widener, and Delaware County Community College. Mr. Miller has published a novel on the Civil War (2004) and a history of Williamson College of the Trades (2017). He is a volunteer interpreter at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, and an associate member of the Marine Corps League.
A. Edward Milliner, Jr.
Mathematics and Theater
BA, Western Maryland College
MA, Villanova University
This multidimensional teacher sees mathematics, like music, as a creation. It is not found or discovered, but created. It is not a creation that we can hold or see, but it is there--like music. The difference: music is fed through feeling, through the heart; mathematics, instead, is music of the mind.
John M. Mizzoni
BA, Providence College
MA, Temple University
PhD, Temple University
This semi-professional musician writes in the areas of metaethics, evolution and ethics, and environmental ethics. He is the author of five books, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of scholarly journals. He teaches a broad range of philosophy courses, including the Philosophy of Music. About one of his courses, a student recently wrote: “Before I took his class, I was just like ‘the sky is blue and it’s blue because I see blue,’ and now after taking his class I’m like, ‘the sky is blue, but why and what is blue?’
Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Head
BA, Iran Girls College
MS, Kansas State College of Pittsburgh
PhD, Bryn Mawr College
Jude N. Okoyeh
Biology & Clinical Laboratory Science
PhD, MLS (ASCP & AMT) CM
American Sign Language and Spanish
BS, West Chester University
MEd, Temple University
This instructor of Spanish and American Sign Language once lived in Valencia, Spain, studying Spanish and the Spanish culture. She also formerly taught Spanish in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District at both the high school and middle school levels. She developed, implemented and taught the elementary foreign language program before joining the Neumann University faculty.
Philip R. Pegan
BS, Cornell University
PhD, Syracuse University
After completing his undergraduate degree Dr. Pegan worked for some years in a L’Arche community for people with developmental disabilities. While he found this work immensely fulfilling he had a strong desire to continue his education and become a teacher. Though his dissertation was in the philosophy of language he has long had a deep interest in many of life’s big questions, such as questions about human nature, freedom and moral responsibility, ethics and morality, and the existence of God and an afterlife. He enjoys thinking and writing about these questions, and exploring them with students both in and outside of the classroom.
Sister Linda Marie Sariego, OSF
Arts and Humanities Department Head
BA, Chestnut Hill College
MA, La Salle University
MA, Spanish, The Catholic University of America
PhD, Spanish, The Catholic University of America
Sister Linda Marie Sariego, OSF is a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia. She has taught on the elementary and university levels and received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016. She served in archdiocesan administration in Philadelphia and worked in pastoral ministry in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. She has done simultaneous Spanish translation for diocesan events and pilgrimages; and has translated written materials at the parish and diocesan levels. Her doctoral specialization is Spanish Golden Age Literature, particularly the Pastoral Novel. She has also presented on humor in Spanish literature; has other book and article publications; has done book and manuscript reviews and translated liturgical materials into Spanish for issues of the Pastoral Music magazine.
BS, Ursinus College
MS, Temple University
MBA, Drexel University
PhD, Touro International University
This mathematics and statistics instructor follows the philosophy that curriculum and pedagogical methods should always be student-focused. In his spare time, Ryan can be found running, cycling, swimming, and watching Law and Order on TV.
Coordinator of the Honors Program
BA, LaSalle College
MM, West Chester University
PhD, The Catholic University of America
Recipient of the Lindback Foundation Award for distinguished teaching, Richard Sayers is active both in the classroom and beyond its confines. Teaching interests include popular music and its connections to the culture of which it is a part; music theory and analysis; and seminars in the University Honors Program. Dr. Sayers directs the NU Jazz Band, and has served as musical director and composer for various theatrical productions staged by the Neumann University Players.
Math and Science Department Head
BS, DePaul University
PhD, Northwestern University
Dr. Fallest-Strobl believes that a major benefit of teaching science courses comes from the opportunity to further explore certain topics within the laboratory setting. Because science is everywhere to explore, she strives to share her views with her students. It also gives her a chance to get to know her students better and everyday to learn something new from them.
Maria G. Traub
French and Italian
BA, Temple University
MEd, Temple University
MA, French, Middlebury College
MA, Italian, Middlebury College
DML, Middlebury College
Dr. Maria G. Traub is Associate Professor of French and Italian in the Division of Arts and Sciences. In the fall of 2005, she was named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for services rendered in the domain of French culture. A frequent traveler abroad, she strongly advocates speaking more than one language in today's world. In addition, she has studied voice in France and Italy and enjoys sharing her expertise with arts majors.
Biology/Clinical Laboratory Science
Coordinator, Biology/Clinical Laboratory Science
BS, Drexel University
MA, West Chester University
EdD, Widener University
Dancer, choreographer, educator, and biology teacher, this clinical laboratory specialist received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. Before coming to Neumann, she worked in the highly technological field of laboratory medicine. Her major research interests have been in the areas of hematology and immunology. She has given numerous presentations on such topics such as leukemia, coagulation disorders, and the immune response. Integrating technology into her teaching practice is a special area of interest and she continues to give presentations in innovative uses of technology in the classroom. In the past, she designed self-paced instructional units and instructional videotapes for microscopic work.
BA, Bogazici University
MA, Bogazici University
PhD, University of Delaware
Dr. Yönten received his PhD in Political Science and International Relations from University of Delaware in 2011. He got his BA and MA degrees from Bogazici University (Istanbul/Turkey) in 1999 and 2002 respectively. His research interests include international migration, multilateralism, and Turkish foreign policy. Since 2003, Mr. Yönten has been involved in a large scale project aiming to build a dataset of all multilateral treaties since the establishment of the modern nation-state system. The dataset is useful to examine distributional aspects of institutionalized cooperation over time and space, and hegemony and leadership in institutionalized cooperation. Mr. Yönten teaches a range of courses in international relations and comparative politics including Current Problems in World Politics, US Foreign Relations, Politics of Developing Nations, and Research Methods in Political Science.