New faculty members for 2013-14: Part 1Tweet
Mary Berkery, visiting assistant professor of history
Mary Berkery, visiting assistant professor of history, specializes in the modern American feminist movement.
Berkery, from Latham, N.Y., received her bachelor’s degree in history from Union College, and her master’s degree and doctorate in U.S. history and women, gender and sexuality history from Binghamton University. She also served as managing editor of the Journal of Women’s History.
At Binghamton University, she will teach Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States, Modern American Civilization, and an upper-level seminar course in U.S. history.
Berkery enjoys reading popular fiction, hiking in Ithaca and exploring microbreweries.
Jeroen Gerrits, assistant professor of comparative literature
Jeroen Gerrits, assistant professor of comparative literature, specializes in film and new media theory and criticism, with special interests in the independent cinemas of the U.S., Europe, and Asia, in digital literature, and in complex narrative.
Gerrits has spent the past two years at Binghamton University, serving as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Journalism and Public Relations in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and received his master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Amsterdam. He received his doctorate in comparative literature from Johns Hopkins University.
Gerrits will teach Surrealism in Literature and Film, along with Digital Literature, this fall at Binghamton University.
He enjoys new music, new recipes and new hiking tracks.
George Homsy, assistant professor of public adminstration
George Homsy, assistant professor of public administration in the College of Community and Public Affairs, specializes in sustainable communities, citizen participation, and land use and economic development planning.
Homsy received his bachelor’s degree in engineering psychology from Tufts University, and his master’s degree and doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University.
He previously worked as co-founder and coordinating producer of “Living on Earth,” which aired on more than 400 National Public Radio stations, as a freelance journalist focusing on environmental issues, and as a land-use planner and economic-development planning consultant.
Homsy will teach sustainable cities and regions at Binghamton University.
Matthew McConn, assistant professor, Graduate School of Education
Matthew McConn, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education, will teach Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations in English Pedagogy; Curriculum and Teaching in English; and Practica in Secondary Education-English at Binghamton University.
McConn, from Houston, received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and his MEd and EdD in English education from the University of Houston.
He has taught high school English and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston.
McConn earned a 2010 Fund For Teachers Grant for retracing Ernest Hemingway’s 1933 safari in Africa as part of a learning experience for classroom teaching. He also has been published in the Journal of Urban Education.
He enjoys black coffee, the Grateful Dead, instrumental jazz from the 50’s and 60’s, reading good character-driven stories and argumentative nonfiction on politics and education.
Natalija Mijatovic, associate professor of art
Natalija Mijatovic, associate professor of art, is also the chair of the Art Department.
Mijatovic, from Belgrade, Serbia, previously served as painting professor and graduate program coordinator at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
She received her undergraduate degree in painting from the University of Montenegro-Academy of Fine Arts. Her graduate degree is in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Mijatovic, who specializes in painting, drawing, contemporary art and critical theory, has had seven solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and more than 50 group exhibitions internationally.
She will teach courses in painting and drawing at Binghamton University.
Mijatovic’s hobbies and interests include Byzantine chant, Slavic folk music and Serbian cuisine.
Noroharivelo Randrianampy, visiting assistant professor of math
Noroharivelo Randrianampy, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, will teach Elementary Statistics for Biologists and Calculus II at Binghamton University.
Randrianampy previously taught at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She also served as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota and taught math at two private universities in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics from the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. She also received graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Randrianampy specializes in Saddlepoint approximations; right-censored data; exponential regression; mathematical exploration of malaria models and
statistical analysis of bisulfite sequencing and methylation (genetic studies).
Her hobbies include walking, running, swimming, hiking, movies, music and games.
Donald Sheldon, lecturer, School of Management
Donald Sheldon, a lecturer in the School of Management, will teach Operations Management at Binghamton University.
Sheldon, from Oxford, N.Y., received his bachelor’s degree in business management and economics and his master’s degree in business and government policy studies from Empire State College.
He has worked as general manager in Aftermarket Services at Raymond Corporation vice president and principal at Buker Inc.; vice president of Global Quality and Six Sigma, NCR Corporation; and president of DHSheldon and Associates LLC.
Sheldon, who will also coach a supply-chain management team at Binghamton University to compete at a student competition, enjoys carpentry, the trumpet and trap shooting.
Mathew Vetticatt, assistant professor of chemistry
Mathew Vetticatt, assistant professor of chemistry, will teach physical organic chemistry at Binghamton University.
Vetticatt, from Kottayam, India, conducted postdoctoral research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and Michigan State University.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India, and a graduate degree in physical organic chemistry from Texas A&M University.
Vetticatt’s research interests include experimental and theoretical organic chemistry; asymmetric catalysis; and drug design.
He enjoys camping, biking and traveling.