Melinda Pacha
Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre, teaches introduction to theatre and scenic design. She is also scenic and costume designer for UDM’s Theatre Company where she works actively with students in various aspects of production. Pacha also works with many professional theatres in the area. Her work in both academic and professional theatre has received recognition from both The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. Pacha holds a B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa where she received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Arts. She holds a M.F.A. degree from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1981.

Christine M. Pacini
Associate Professor of Nursing, teaches courses in Adult Health, Research, and Leadership/ Management. Her professional presentations and publications have focused on circadian rhythms, sleep-wake patterns, shared governance, and organizational change. She is presently engaged in research on acute pain and sleep-wake responses of neurosurgical patients. She was a recent recipient of a National Research Service Award in Neuroscience/ Neurobehavior at the University of Michigan. She hold a B.A. degree from University of Detroit, B.S.N. from Mercy College of Detroit, M.S.N. from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She joined the University in 1996.

Christine M. Panyard
Professor and Chair of Psychology, teaches honors introductory psychology, abnormal psychology and adult development, aging, psychological assessment, psychopathology and supervises the Practicum in the graduate program. Panyard’s publications and professional presentations have dealt with police stress, substance abuse, and divorce and family issues including invited contributions to six special editions of the Family Law Journal. She consults with many police departments on selection and crisis intervention and with substance abuse agencies on dual diagnosis and outcome research. Panyard holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University and an M.A. from Bowling Green State University. She joined the University in 1986.

Leo Andreica Papa
Associate Dean for Technical Services and Systems, Libraries/Media Services, provides leadership and support for all library and instructional technologies, acquisition, cataloging and collection maintenance functions. Papa has served as a teacher, librarian, and has directed management information systems and instructional technology programs at all levels of public education. He also served as a systems manager and program associate for one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Papa is engaged in the development of hybrid (print, electronic and digital) library resources and services. He received a B.S. Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University, earned a M.S. Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a M.L.S. in Library Science degree from the University of North Texas, where he was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Philosophy. He joined the University in 2000.

Kyong Park
Visiting Chair in Urbanism, School of Architecture, is the founder/director of the International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit. He was the founder/director of StoreFront for Art and Architecture in New York, a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Architecture, and was awarded the Governor’s Award from the Skowegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was also a commissioner of the 1997 Kwangju International Art Biennale in Korea. He currently works as a guest curator at the List Center of Arts (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Kyong was co-editor of "‘Blind Sites: Provisional Utopia, Lusitania #7’", and wrote articles for Connaissnace des Arts (Paris), Atlantica (Spain), Interzone (Copenhagen) and other magazines, and his works have appeared in Critical Landscape (Netherlands), Positions in Arts (Vienna), Speculative City (New York), a television documentary "Detroit/Comeback City," and other media programs.

Mark J. Paulik
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, teaches design, digital logic, controls, and digital signal processing. His area of expertise is in digital image processing, where his extensive publications have focused on industrial and military object identification, and handwritten signature analysis. He is currently doing research on the combined use of genetic algorithms and wavelet modeling. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Detroit, a Science Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. degree from Oakland University. He joined the University in 1984.

Thomas F. Pawlick
Assistant Professor of Journalism/Communications, teaches reporting, news writing, feature writing, editing and page layout (QuarkXpress and Photoshop); serves as advisor to the Westsider and Varsity News student newspapers. His areas of special interest include reporting on international affairs, ethnic/cultural diversity, science and the environment. He has 20 years of experience as a reporter/editor, working for the Detroit News, Associated Press and Montreal Gazette, as well as 10 years as a foreign correspondent. He authored six published books, including three journalism textbooks. He previously taught at Carleton University and Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada, and Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates. Pawlick earned his B.A. from University of Detroit and M.A. from Carleton University. He joined the University in 1999.

Donald K. Pemberton
Professor of Economics, teaches international economics and macroeconomic theory. Pemberton’s publications and presentations have been primarily in the area of international macroeconomics. He has recently published a study of dislocated workers and is currently doing research on regional macroeconomic models and local economic development. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and is the recipient of several research grants. Pemberton holds an A.B. degree from Ottawa University and a M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas. He joined the University in l969.

George W. Pickering
Professor of Religious Studies, teaches social ethics, Christian social thought (especially in America), theories and issues of justice, religion and science, and American religion. Pickering’s publications and professional presentations have dealt with the American civil rights movement; development of American religious liberalism; and ethical issues in contemporary society. He is a member of the American Society of Christian Ethics and the American Academy of Religion. Pickering holds an A.B. from Bates College and B.D., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He joined the University in 1970.

Dan Pitera
Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of Operations, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, teaches design and visual communications. As a practicing architect, he brings to UDM an intense interest and expertise in the making of architecture, its connection with other disciplines, and its existence as a cultural and political event. Most recently, his interest focuses on the implications of human body modification (tattoo, make-up, piercing) on architecture. Pitera is a registered architect in the State of California. He held the Hyde chair of excellence at the University of Nebraska in 1998. In San Francisco, Pitera was president of CfCA/2AES, director of Professional Programs at California College of Arts and Crafts, as well as having his own practice. His teaching experience includes the University of California, Berkeley, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, University of Kansas, University of Nebraska. Pitera received his M. Arch degree at Georgia Tech. He joined the University in 1999.

Kirstie Plantenberg
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, her areas of expertise include tribology, dynamics, vibrations, controls and engineering graphics. Her research interests lie in tribology, specifically the effects of vibrations on friction. She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University. Before joining UDM, she taught for several years at Wayne State University and two years at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She also has worked at General Motors Corporation Inland Division and was involved in testing the safety and strength of new seat designs and designed new testing fixtures. She joined the University in 2000.

Hriday R. Prasad
Director of the Master of Science in Product Development (MPD Program). Prior to joining UDM, he served at Ford Motor company for 29 years followed by assignments at three tier-1 suppliers. At Ford his assignments ranged from manufacturing floor responsibilities to product development and to advanced engineering and manufacturing planning. At the tier suppliers his responsibilities included strategic planning, operations, and global business development. He also taught for 10 years as an adjunct at the University of Michigan and was also active in conducting high-tech seminars and industrial study missions to Japan and South Korea. Prasad holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering and MBA degrees.

Gail M. Presbey
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, teaches introductory courses in philosophy and ethics, African philosophy and culture, peace and social justice and other courses related to social and political philosophy. Her interests are in cross-cultural and feminist explorations in philosophy and the philosophy of non violence. Her interests in social and political philosophy revolve around the work of Hannah Arendt and feminist critics. She is first editor of an introductory philosophy text, The Philosophical Quest: A Cross Cultural Reader, now in its second edition. She has authored many journal articles and book chapters, and recently held a two-year J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar position at University of Nairobi, Kenya. Presbey has a B.A. from University of Detroit and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Fordham University. She joined the University in 2000.

Barbara A. Purifoy-Seldon
Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene and Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects, teaches clinical dental hygiene, dental anatomy, dental materials, special patient care and lectures in dental ethics and community dentistry. She is a recipient of numerous block grants and a grant from Delta Dental Fund for development of a community-based outreach dental clinic. She is a coordinator of UDM's Dental Outreach Program. Ms. Purifoy-Seldon is a current member of the Michigan Board of Dentistry. She holds a Certificate and B.S. in Dental Hygiene and a M.A in Curriculum Administration from the University of Detroit. She is currently working on a second M.S. degree in Health Care Education. Ms. Purioy-Seldon joined the University in 1972.