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Janet M. Baiardi
Associate Professor of Nursing, with specialty practice as a family nurse practitioner. She has taught courses in research, health assessment, and med-surg nursing. Baiardi holds her B.S.N. from Mercy College and her M.S.N. and Ph.D. in nursing from Wayne State University. Her areas of research interest are gerontological health problems and caregiver burden. Baiardi is currently completing the family nurse practitioner program at Boston College. She was past president of the Oakland District Michigan Nurses Association. She joined the University in 1994.

Stokes S. Baker
Associate Professor of Biology, teaches botany, ecology, environmental science, evolution and molecular genetics. His interdisciplinary research is investigating some of the environmental risks in using genetically engineered crops. Research on plant development is also being pursued. He has published articles in scientific journals on gene regulation, gene expression, and plant development. Baker’s degrees include a B.S. from Davis and Elkins College, a M.S. from SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. After postdoctoral research at Michigan State University, he joined the faculty in 1993.

Michael Barry
Associate Professor of English, teaches American literature, modernism and naturalism, and writing. He has additional research interests in the relationship of ideology and aesthetics, and in the literary components of liberation struggles. He has published articles on Robert Penn Warren, John Steinbeck, Ann Petry and James Welch. In the past, he has taught at universities in Turkey and the People’s Republic of China. He serves as book editor for Post Identity. He holds a B.A. degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Ph.D. degree from SUNY Buffalo. He joined the University in 1994.

Arthur Beer
Professor of Theatre, teaches play directing, history of theatre, acting styles, voice and diction, introduction to theatre, and fine arts. He has acted in and directed more than 150 plays, including several world premieres. A member of Actor’s Equity, SAG and AFTRA, Beer has received Best Actor and Best Director awards from all of Detroit’s major periodicals, and has won the Hopwood and Gesu awards in playwriting. He holds a B.A. degree from DePauw University, an M.A. degree from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University. He joined the University in 1975.

Mark A. Benvenuto
Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry, teaches general and inorganic chemistry. He is actively writing pedagogical materials for general-level chemistry courses. He is currently performing research in the area of ring-opening polymerizations of carboranes and metallacarboranes, and analysis of ancient and medieval Chinese artifacts. He is a recipient of UDM Science Teacher of the Year Award and has been nominated for this award for the past three years. Benvenuto holds a B.S. from the Virginia Military Institute and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was awarded a graduate student duPont Fellowship. He performed post-doctoral research at the Pennsylvania State University and joined the University in 1993.

Robert S. Berg
Associate Professor and Program Director of Legal Assistant and Legal Administration, teaches real estate law, contracts, probate I and II, law office management and marketing the law firm. He is also a practicing attorney in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Berg holds a B.A. degree from University of Michigan and a J.D. degree from Detroit College of Law. He was awarded the President’s Award for Faculty Excellence in October 1995. He joined the University in 1986 and has been a department chair since 1987.

Michael D. Bernacchi
Professor of Marketing, teaches marketing management, consumer behavior, marketing communications, research and corporate social responsibility. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Drake University (Des Moines, IA), a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University and J.D. from the University of Detroit. Bernacchi is a frequent contributor and consultant to business, not for profits and the media. He publishes a weekly marketing newsletter, Under the Mike-Roscope. He joined the University in 1973.

Libby Balter Blume
Associate Professor of Psychology, teaches child development, environmental psychology, women’s studies, and family relationships. Blume is active in the leadership of the National Council on Family Relations and serves as editor of the Michigan Family Review. A recipient of the HEW Award of Excellence, Blume’s research focuses on early intervention, social role perception, and parenting. In the past, Blume received a UDM research leave to study adolescent ballet dancers in the Midwest. Blume holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis, an M.A. degree from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. degree from Texas Tech University. She joined the University in 1987.

Jeffery J. Boats
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics program, teaches courses in mathematics and mathematics education. He holds B.S. Degrees in both Mathematics and Physics from St. Bonaventure University, and both an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a Doctor of Arts in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He authored a Linear Algebra textbook implementing instructional technology. Boats taught previously at the University of Texas at El Paso. More recently he has lectured at international conferences on the proper use of computer tutorials in teaching undergraduate mathematics. His current research involves the use of artificial axiomatic systems in teaching Euclidean geometry. Boats joined the University in 1998.

Jacques G. Boettcher
Associate Professor of Management and Finance, teaches law and real estate finance. His area of interest is foreign trade law, and his area of research is in the comparative law of the Pacific Rim countries, especially China and Japan. His professional presentations deal with the legal and financial perils for American companies investing in the emerging third world areas and in forming partnerships and joint ventures with emerging countries. A practicing attorney, he is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Boettcher earned his Ph.B., M.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Detroit. He joined the University in 1954.

Barbara J. Bolz
Assistant Professor and Chair of Communication Studies, teaches public speaking, public opinion, mass media, political campaign and organizational communication. Her publications and presentations deal with issues of diversity in higher education and crisis communication, including its relevance to the transformation of technologies to Third World countries. She is currently doing research in organizing for diversity through curriculum transformation. Bolz is the recipient of the Elizabeth Youngjohn Teaching Award from Wayne State University. She holds a B.A. degree from Oakland University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1989.

Larry J. Bossman
Associate Professor of Management, teaches management/motivation, organizational leadership, and management development. Prior to joining the University, Bossman was on the Corporate Personnel staff of General Motors Corporation. At UDM, Bossman has served as department chair of business administration, associate dean of Graduate Business Programs and director of the Business Institute. He is currently a consultant/ evaluator with North Central Association’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. His research focuses on educational outcomes assessment. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Marquette University, and M.S. and Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin. Bossman joined the University in 1971.

John W. Brand
Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, teaches oral radiology, oral diagnosis and diagnosis and treatment of TMJ pathology and facial pain. His research focus is in the accuracy of clinical examination procedures and validation of teaching methods. He is a past president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and recently chaired the committee that wrote the report Radiation Protection in Dentistry for the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Dr. Brand earned B.S., D.D.S. and M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He joined the University in 1999.

David Brook
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, teaches organic chemistry. His research focuses on the synthesis of new molecular materials with unique electrical and magnetic properties. Current projects include synthesis of coordination polymers containing stable free radical ligands and stable free radicals capable of forming self assembled arrays. Brook received his B.Sc. from the University of Lancaster in England and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has completed post-doctoral positions at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Colorado. He joined the University in 1997.

Bruce Brorby
Associate Dean, College of Business Administration and Assistant Professor of Economics, teaches principles of economics, intermediate economics and economic theory. He holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Detroit. Brorby joined the University in 1971.

Donald R. Burkholder
Associate Professor of Political Science, teaches public administration, American politics, politics and the media, and government and the economy. He serves as the University’s Truman Scholarship representative and is a labor arbitrator and fact-finder primarily in disputes between local or state government and public employee labor organizations. His research interests include dispute resolution, organizational change, and structural-behavioral similarities between consolidating governmental units and institutions of higher education. Burkholder holds a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland, an M.A. degree from Kent State University and a Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University. He joined the University in 1976.

Kathleen Bush
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, directs the Academic Exploration programs in the College of Liberal Arts. She teaches academic exploration courses and History of American Women. Her expertise is working with special population students. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Detroit. Bush joined the University in 1982.

Donald Byrne
Professor of Economics, teaches economic theory and a variety of elective courses. He has co-authored, Financial Markets in Transition, and is completing two texts: Financial Economics and A New Macroeconomic Policy for an Evolving Microeconomic Order. He is the recipient of the Bernstein and Bernstein Accounting Scholarship, the Detroit Edison Commerce Scholarship and a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Business and Economics, and Teacher of the Year for the College of Liberal Arts. Byrne holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame. He joined the University in 1966.