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2008-09 new faculty members

Jill Dixon, science library
librarian, University Libraries
Jill Dixon, science library coordinator and engineering librarian for University Libraries, received her Master of Library Science from Indiana University in 2007.
She graduated from the University of Delaware, where she was a double major in international relations and history.
Dixon’s specialties are scholarly communication and engineering librarianship.
She enjoys travel, photography and reading.

Heather Fiumera,
assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Heather Fiumera, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was previously a research associate in molecular biology and genetics at Binghamton University.
Fiumera will teach genetics lab; introduction to cell; and biology lab at Binghamton University.
She received her doctorate in microbiology from the University of Georgia and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Smith College in Massachusetts.
Fiumera’s husband, Anthony, also is an assistant professor in biology at Binghamton. They have a 2-year-old son.
Fiumera’s hobbies include hiking, camping, berry picking and keeping up with the toddler.

Rebecca Moore Howard, dean’s professor of writing and rhetoric, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Rebecca Moore Howard received her master’s and doctorate in English from West Virginia University, where she specialized in linguistics and rhetoric. She also did her undergraduate work in English and Appalachian studies at West Virginia University.
Howard will teach rhetoric and composition theory and practice at Binghamton.
She previously taught at Syracuse University, Cornell University, Texas Christian University and Colgate University.
Howard enjoys gardening, cycling, kayaking and writing.

Joyce Jesionowski, lecturer, Cinema Department
Joyce Jesionowski, a lecturer in the Cinema Department, previously taught at Columbia University, Hofstra University, Ithaca College and Adelphi University.
Jesionowski will teach courses about cinema theory, women in the cinema and analysis/history of cinema at Binghamton.
She received her master’s and doctorate in cinema studies from Columbia University and did her undergraduate work at Michigan State University.
Jesionowski’s areas of research include early cinema and D.W. Griffith.
She also has contributed essays on Griffith’s films to a multi-volume collection called The Griffith Project.

Kathryn Kear,
assistant professor,
School of Education
Kathryn Kear, an assistant professor in the School of Education, holds a doctorate in literacy teacher education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
She earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the University of Bridgeport.
Kear specializes in teacher decision-making, teacher reflection program implementation and professional development.
She will teach literacy education courses at Binghamton.
Kear’s hobbies include reading, music, art, traveling and biking.

Mario Moroni,
visiting assistant professor, Romance Languages and
Literatures Department
Mario Moroni, a visiting assistant professor in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, specializes in 19th/20th century European literature and culture.
Moroni, of Hanover, N.H., received a doctorate in modern literature and Italian from Northwestern University.
Moroni did his undergraduate work at the University of Rome in Italy.
He has held positions at Dartmouth, Yale, the University of Memphis and Colby College.
Moroni enjoys playing soccer.

Robert T. Palmer, assistant professor, Department
of Student Affairs
Robert T. Palmer, an assistant professor in the new student affairs program in the College of Community and Public Affairs, was previously a senior institutional researcher at Morgan State University.
He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Morgan State as well as a master’s degree in counseling in higher education from West Chester University. He graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in history and education.
Palmer’s dissertation focused on factors of successful African-American male students who entered an urban, public, historically black institution through its remedial program and persisted to graduation. His work has been published in the Journal of College Student Development and Journal of Black Studies.

Ana Ros, assistant professor, Romance Languages
and Literatures Department
Ana Ros, an assistant professor in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, specializes in Latin American literature and culture.
At Binghamton, she will teach introduction to Hispanic literature and 19th Century Latin American Survey.
Ros, of Montevideo, Uruguay, holds a doctorate in romance languages and literatures (Spanish) from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Uruguay.
She has a twin sister who also is studying the romance languages in the United States.
Ros plans to attend tango lessons someday.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08