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2008 new faculty members

Seden Akcinaroglu, assistant professor
Political Science Department

Seden Akcinaroglu, an assistant professor in the Political Science Department, will teach classes about the Civil War and globalization at Binghamton.

Akcinaroglu received her doctorate and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has received master’s degrees from Northwestern University and Bogazici University in Turkey, where she did her undergraduate work.

Akcinaroglu’s research interests are political economy and conflict.
She enjoys hiking, movies and books.

Yvonne Chesna
, clinical instructor
Decker School of Nursing

Yvonne Chesna, a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing, also works as a family nurse practitioner for Southern Tier Dermatology and Aesthetics in Vestal.

Chesna, who has been a registered nurse since 1992, received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Binghamton University.

She has worked as a public health nurse for the Broome County Health Department, as a nurse practitioner for a dermatology office in Johnson City and as a registered nurse for Lourdes Hospital.

Margaret Contro
, clinical instructor
Decker School of Nursing

Margaret Contro, a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing, specializes in geriatrics, nursing administration and information technology.

She received her master’s in nursing administration from Regis University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Russell Sage College.

Contro will teach Socialization into the Professional Role I at Binghamton.
She enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, traveling and spending time with her family.

Carol Eaton,
associate professor,
School of Education

Carol Eaton, an associate clinical professor in the School of Education, spent the past six years as superintendent of the Whitney Point Central School District.

Eaton, whose specialty is developing educational leaders, will teach School Finance and Educational Leadership Internship Seminar at Binghamton.

She received her doctorate in educational leadership from Boston University; a master’s in government and human relations from Ohio University; and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany.

Eaton enjoys traveling, reading and collecting.

David Klotzkin, associate professor,
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

David Klotzkin, an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, specializes in optoelectronics.

Klotzkin formerly taught at the University of Cincinnati. At Binghamton, he will teach Electrical Circuits and Mathematical Methods in Electrical Engineering.

He received his doctorate and a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s in materials science from Cornell University. He did his undergraduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Klotzkin enjoys biking and running. He is married and has three children.

James Lothian,
visiting assistant professor
History Department

James Lothian, a visiting assistant professor in the History Department, specializes in modern Britain and modern Ireland.

His book, The Making and Unmaking of the English Catholic Intellectual Community, 1910-1950 (University of Notre Dame Press), will be published in April.

Lothian received his doctorate in history from the University of Chicago and a master’s in philosophy from Fordham University. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester.

He previously taught at Indiana University Northwest and the University of Chicago.
At Binghamton, Lothian will teach Making of the Modern World, 20th Century Britain and Graduate Seminar: The British Empire.

Edmund Ryder, visiting assistant professor,
Art History Department

Edmund Ryder, a visiting assistant professor, has taught at New York University, Kean University and SUNY New Paltz.

He received his doctorate and master’s in early Christian and Byzantine art from NYU-Institute of Fine Arts and also did his undergraduate work at NYU.

Ryder’s specialties include late Byzantine art and the relationship between epigrams and icons. Honors include the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship.

At Binghamton, Ryder will teach History of Art, Greek Art and the Making of Art History, and Byzantine Art and Architecture.

Shambhu Shastry,
visiting assistant professor
Watson School of Engineering

Shambhu Shastry, a visiting assistant professor in the Watson School of Engineering, specializes in nanotechnology, device physics and compound semiconductor materials.

Shastry did his graduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and undergraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.

He has taught electrical engineering in India and spent 23 years in industry research and development and manufacturing.

Shastry will teach Exploring Engineering I and II at Binghamton.

Patti Tarcha,
clinical instructor,
Decker School of Nursing

Patti Tarcha, a clinical instructor in the Decker School of Nursing, will teach Practice of Nursing II and Pediatric Clinicals at Binghamton.

Her specialties are childhood developmental delays and simulation in nursing.

Tarcha received a master’s degree in nursing from Binghamton University. She did her undergraduate work at Clarkson University and Binghamton University.

She enjoys golf, travel and gardening.

Diego Trelles Paz, visiting assistant professor,
Romance Languages and Literatures Department

Diego Trelles Paz, a visiting assistant professor in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, will teach Spanish at Binghamton.

Trelles Paz received his doctorate and master’s from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from Universidad de Lima in Peru.

His research interests include detective fiction and film in Latin America and Spain.
He enjoys literature, movies and music.

Jeff Yates
, professor,
Political Science Department

Jeff Yates, a professor in the Political Science Department, specializes in law and courts, state politics, public policy and the presidency.

He taught at the University of Georgia from 1997-2008.

Yates received his juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate and master’s in political science from Florida State University. He did his undergraduate work at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee.

He is the author of Popular Justice: Presidential Prestige and Executive Success in the Supreme Court.

Yates’ hobbies include barbeque, working out and blogging.

Ali Yayla
, assistant professor,
School of Management

Ali Yayla, an assistant professor in the School of Management, specializes in Information Systems leadership, strategy, security and e-commerce.

Yayla, of Istanbul, Turkey, previously taught at Florida Atlantic University. He will teach information systems and applications at Binghamton.

Yayla earned his doctorate in management information systems from Florida Atlantic and received his master’s from Duquesne University. He did his undergraduate work at Istanbul Technical University.

Tinghui Yu,

visiting assistant professor,
Mathematical Sciences Department

Tinghui Yu, a visiting assistant professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department, is teaching Introduction to Probability and Statistics at Binghamton.

Yu, from China, received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Maryland.
His research interests include mathematical statistics, information theory and small sample estimation theory.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08