Misericordia University welcomes 12 new full-time Faculty Members

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Dallas, PA — Misericordia University recently welcomed the addition of 12 new full-time faculty members to campus for the 2010-11 academic year during a special orientation program in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, Amanda Caleb, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of English. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Davidson College and received her master’s degree in 19th century studies and doctorate in English literature from the University of Sheffield. Dr. Caleb previously was a lecturer at the University of Tennessee and a visiting lecturer at the University of Manchester. Francis P. Kelly, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of physics. He has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Lehigh University and a master’s and doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida. Dr. Kelly has also worked as a lab instructor and research assistant at the University of Florida and as a medical physicist at the Northeast Oncology Center. Amanda Van Lanen, Ph.D., has been named as an assistant professor of history. Dr. Van Lanen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Southern Adventist University and a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in U.S. and public history from Washington State University. She previously was an instructor and teaching assistant at Washington State University.


Caption: Misericordia University recently welcomed the addition of 12 new full-time faculty members to campus for the 2010-11 academic year. Participating in a special orientation program, seated from left, are Amanda Van Lanen, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; Kelly Filipowski, M.S., assistant professor of psychology; Margaret Ann Rapp, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the department of social work; and Amanda Caleb, Ph.D., assistant profess or English; second row, Kingsley Banya, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of teacher education; Francis Kelly, Timothy Kearney, Ph.D., assistant professor of business; and David Gargone, M.A.T., assistant professor of business.

In the College of Health Sciences, Gina Capitano, M.S., has been named an assistant professor of medical imaging. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in radiography and a Master of Science degree in educational strategies from Misericordia University. She previously served as the clinical coordinator and as an adjunct faculty member for the Misericordia medical imaging program. Lori Cimino, M.S., has been named an assistant professor of speech-language pathology. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders from Marywood University and a Master of Science degree in speech pathology from Bloomsburg University. She previously served Misericordia as the clinical director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Center and as a speech-language pathologist at John Heinz Institute Rehabilitative Medicine. Dawn Evans, M.S., has been named an assistant professor of occupational therapy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in OT and a master’s degree in organizational management from Misericordia. She has worked as the academic coordinator of fieldwork education at Misericordia and was a staff OT at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

In the College of Professional Studies and Social Services, Kingsley Banya, Ph.D., has been appointed as professor of teacher education and chair of teacher education. Dr. Banya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and social studies from the University of Sierra Leone; a Master’s of Education degree in curriculum from Queen’s University; a Master of Arts degree in comparative and international education from the University of London; and a doctorate degree in curriculum theory from the University of Toronto. Dr. Banya previously served as professor, interim dean of education and department chair at Florida International University. Kelly Filipkowski, M.S., has been appointed assistant professor of psychology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego; and Master of Science degrees in sport psychology and social psychology from Florida State University and Syracuse University. She previously worked as a course instructor and teaching assistant at Syracuse University and Hartwick College. Joan Foster, M.E.T., M.B.A., has been named an assistant professor of business. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Misericordia; and MBA degree from Wilkes University and a Master of Educational Technology from Lehigh University. She previously worked as the assistant director of admissions and adjunct faculty at Misericordia University. David Gargone, M.A.T., has been appointed as an assistant professor of business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Scranton; an M.A.T. in secondary education from Rockford College and is a doctoral candidate in sports management from the United States Sports Academy. He previously worked as a teaching assistant at the United States Sports Academy. Timothy Kearney, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of business. Dr. Kearney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Polish language and culture, and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He has a doctorate in economics from the City University of New York. Dr. Kearney previously worked as an adjunct associate professor at Hunter College; managing director of Lord Abbett; and senior managing director at Bear Stearns & Co. Margaret Ann Rapp, Ph.D., has been appointed an associate professor and chair of the department of social work. Dr. Rapp has a bachelor’s degree from The College of Insurance; a master’s in social work from Adelphi University; and a doctorate in clinical social work from New York University.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu.

Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 undergraduate, graduate and doctorate majors in three colleges in full and part-time formats.