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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences appoints new faculty

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will have four new faculty members this fall, announced Mary McGee, dean of the College.

Joining the faculty are Antonio Causarano, assistant professor of education; Christopher Churchill, assistant professor of history and global studies; William Grilliette, visiting assistant professor of mathematics; and Bethany Johnson, assistant professor of psychology.

Causarano brings to the Division of Education a background as a classroom teacher, with experience teaching students with disabilities and also those for whom English is a second language.

Most recently he has been teaching in a special education classroom at the Jimmy Carter Middle School in Albuquerque, NM. A nationally certified Italian tutor, he has also taught at the Center for Academic Support at the University of New Mexico and was a graduate assistant in the teacher education department, also at the University of New Mexico.

His research interests include second language acquisition; reading and writing in content areas; multilingualism and multiculturalism; social studies and social studies education; intercultural communication; educating exceptional students; foreign language education; teachers’ literacy practices in cultural responsive curriculum and teachers’ reflective practices.

Causarano earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico in December 2010 and a Master of Arts degree through a University of New Mexico program to teach students with severe disabilities in summer 2010.

He received a Master of Arts degree in bilingual education from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, in 2002, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in French, from the foreign languages department at the University of Messina, Italy, in 1999.

He holds a teaching license from the State of New Mexico for special education, kindergarten-12th grade, with endorsement in bilingual education. He also holds a diploma in music theory and history from the Messina School of Music.

Causarano has made numerous conference presentations and invited talks.

Churchill comes to Alfred University from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he earned a Ph.D. in history in 2010 and a master’s, also in history, in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree, with high distinction in history, from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

His academic interests include European history; transnational history; cultural and intellectual history; art and aesthetics; Mediterranean history; history of Fascism and history of Imperialism.
Churchill has previously been a lecturer at Ryerson University and a seminar instructor at Queen’s University. He has also taught at McMaster University and Brock University.

He has published several refereed articles, and has made several conference presentations.

Grilliette, who earned a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May, received his master’s in mathematics from the University of Texas-Tyler in 2005, and his bachelor’s from LeTourneau University in 2002.

He was a graduate teaching assistant at both the University of Nebraska and the University of Texas.
Grilliette has presented at several conferences.

Johnson completed her Ph.D. degree in social psychology and teaching of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May. She earned her master’s, also from the University of Nebraska, in 2007, and her bachelor’s from Hendrix College in 2002.

She has taught at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was nominated by undergraduate students for Psychology Teacher of the Year.

Johnson’s research interests include integration of social psychology and scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as mentoring undergraduate research.

She has published articles in refereed journals, and has also made a number of conference presentations.

Johnson is a member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Society for Teaching of Psychology.