faculty & staff
Highlighter & Laureate,
the start of the new school year, six new faculty and staff members
have joined the College of Liberal Arts & Education:
Steve Coddington was recently hired by the University
Admissions Department to serve as a full-time graduate admissions
counselor for the College of Liberal Arts & Education. He will
be responsible for organizing and managing all graduate programs
student applications to the College.
Marcia Davis recently joined the University as
the College of Liberal Arts & Education’s budget manager.
She oversees the overall budget for the College as well as processes
check requests, inderpartmental fund transfers and travel reimbursements.
Prior to joining the College, Davis had retired from Detroit Edison
after 28 years. There, she most recently served as a technical trainer
DiPaolo (photo right) has joined the College of Liberal
Arts & Education as the new chair of the Education Department.
For the past three years, DiPaolo had been the University Field
Instructor at the University of Michigan School of Education. He
oversaw practicum and student teaching experiences in the Detroit,
Ann Arbor, Saline and Wayne-Westland school districts. He also served
as a field liaison and fostered collaborative relationships between
local high schools, secondary teachers and the university. He was
honored with the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award by
U of M and the North American Interfraternity Conference Award of
Distinction. DiPaolo is presently completing his requirements for
a Ph.D. in Education at the University of Michigan. He earned his
M.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
Hill-Vasquez (photo right), assistant professor of English,
teaches courses in medieval studies. She earned her Ph.D. in English
at University of Washington, where her dissertation research focused
on “The Possibilities of Performance: Mediatory Styles in
Middle English Religious Drama.” She also earned her Master
of Arts in English from the University of Washington. Hill-Vasquez
has a wealth of teaching experience, and most recently served as
an assistant professor at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts.
Manica (photo right), assistant professor of Education,
has taught as an adjunct faculty member in the UDM College of Liberal
Arts & Education since 1999. However, this past fall, she began
a tenure-track position in the Education Department. Manica has
also served for the past two years as an independent consultant
for Multi-Training Systems, LLC and for Signature Training and Resources,
Inc. She recently served as head of public programs for the Institute
of Science at Cranbrook Educational Community. Manica is presently
a doctoral candidate at Wayne State University, where she will earn
her Ed.D. in Education/Organizational Development. She received
both her master’s and bachelor's degrees in education from
the University of Detroit.
Roytek(photo right) joined the Education Department as
an assistant professor, where she teaches instructional technology.
She has a long history of teaching in the Warren Consolidated School
System, at General Motors and most recently at Wayne State University
and Marygrove College. Wayne State honored her with the Outstanding
Technology Doctoral Award in recognition of her scholarly achievement.
Roytek earned her Ph.D. and Education Specialist from Wayne State
University. She received a M.A.T. from Oakland University.