New faculty members for 2012-13: Part 4Tweet
Joseph Beck, visiting professor, theatre
Joseph Beck, a visiting professor of theatre, will teach lighting design, stage management, lighting technology and technical production at Binghamton University.
Beck, from Willard, Ohio, received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in communications art/theater and his master’s degree in lighting design/technical direction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
He has worked as the technical director/resident lighting designer at Tri-Cities Opera, Binghamton; technical director/lighting designer, at Newman University, and associate technical director of lights and sound at Ohio Northern University.
Nicole Fenty, assistant professor, special education
Nicole Fenty, assistant professor of special education, specializes in struggling readers and writers, teacher education and special education.
Fenty received her undergrad degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and her graduate degree in special education from the University of Florida.
She previously worked as an assistant professor of special education at the University of Louisville.
At Binghamton University, Fenty will teach Introduction to Special Education and Instructional Approaches for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom.
She enjoys scrapbooking and hiking.
Aja Martinez, assistant professor, English, General Literature and Rhetoric
Aja Martinez, assistant professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric, specializes in rhetorics of race and racism, critical race theory, ethnic studies, access and inclusion for underrepresented populations in higher education.
Martinez, from Tucson, Ariz., received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology, a master’s degree in English, and a doctorate in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona.
At Binghamton, she will teach Contemporary Rhetorics of Race and Racism, Rhetorical Foundations, and Seeing and Writing the World.
She enjoys traveling, playing video games, cooking and reading.
Tomonari Nishikawa, assistant professor, cinema
Tomonari Nishikawa, assistant professor of cinema, will teach mainly film and video production courses at Binghamton University.
Nishikawa, from Nagoya, Japan, received his master of fine arts from San Francisco Art Institute. He has been teaching as a visiting assistant professor of cinema at Binghamton University since fall 2009.
Nishikawa makes short films and videos, along with installation and performance works, and his works have been shown at numerous venues worldwide. He also curates screening programs for various events and organizations.
He enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading Japanese comics.
Jeffrey Schertzer, assistant professor, biological sciences
Jeffrey Schertzer, an assistant professor of biological sciences, specializes in research that has the potential to reap benefits in the development of better therapies to treat a number of chronic and antibiotic-resistant infections.
Schertzer, from Burlington, Ontario, received his undergraduate degree and doctorate in biochemistry from McMaster University. He previously served as a post-doc at the University of Texas at Austin.
He has presented his work at places such as the 4th ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Signaling in Bactria and the Canadian Society of Microbiologists annual meeting.
Schertzer enjoys reading, playing hockey and playing guitar.
Daniel Vallières, visiting assistant professor, mathematical sciences
Daniel Vallières, a visiting assistant professor of mathematical sciences, studies algebraic number theory and has worked during the last few years on a problem called Stark’s conjecture.
Vallières, from Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Montreal; a master’s degree in mathematics from McGill University and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Califoirnia-San Diego.
He spent last year as a post-doc in Munich, Germany. He will teach Calc 1 and Calc 2 at Binghamton University.
Vallières’ work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Number Theory.
He enjoys hiking, canoe-camping, rock climbing and aikido.
Mary Youssef, assistant professor, classical and near eastern studies
Mary Youssef, assistant professor of classical and near eastern studies, was a radio broadcaster in Cairo before coming to the United States for graduate school.
Youssef received her bachelor’s in English Literature from Cairo University, and her master’s and doctorate in African languages and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Her current research focuses on the representation of difference in the contemporary Egyptian novel. She also is interested in postcolonial studies and world literature.
Denise Yull, assistant professor, human development
Denise Yull, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development, will teach courses on politics of education, youth and social policy, social justice and research methods at Binghamton University.
Yull, from Buffalo, received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Buffalo and her master’s in mathematics and doctorate in education from Binghamton University.
She has served as an adjunct lecturer at both Binghamton University and Broome Community College.
Yull has received the Michael V. Boyd Educational Opportunity Program Service Award and Clifford D. Clark Graduate Fellowship.
Her research interests include educational disparities; social and historical foundations of education; multicultural education; and mathematics education.
Yull enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.