Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012
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Gregory M Bozimowski [Email]
Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia, teaches pharmacology, professional aspects, and pathophysiology. He received his B.S.N. from Wayne State University, and an MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Mercy College of Detroit. He has been a faculty member since 2003.

Claudia Bernasconi [Email]
, received her BSLA and M.Arch at the University of Roma Tre in Rome, Italy and her Post-professional Master in Design from the La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. She has worked as exhibit designer, graphic designer, and scenic designer and is a registered architect in the European Union. Her research interests encompass urban landscape perception, environmental aesthetics, and transportation aesthetics, as well as investigations on place identity and character of place. Her teaching and research interests intersect in the areas of visual analysis and graphic representation of place. Other interests include cross-cultural and interdisciplinary design education. She is currently teaching a 3rd /4th design studio based upon a phenomenological approach to place. Context sensitiveness and the understanding of meaning and character of place are at the core of the studio.

Erick E Barnes [Email]
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Sociology and Security Administration, He is a former Second Deputy Chief of the Detroit Police Department and is a Geographical Profiler of crime. He is also a recognized expert in Security, Threat Assessment, Terrorism, and Organized Crime. Barnes joined the University in 2002.

Bruce M Brorby [Email]
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. He served as an administrator in the College of Business Administration for many years, the last seventeen years as associate dean. Mr. Brorby was inducted into the College of Business Administration Hall of Honor in 2009. He is the current President of the UDM chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honorary Society for students in Business. Brorby joined the University in 1971.

Mithu Bhattacharya [Email]
Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences, holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Information Technology from the Birla Institute of Technology in India, and a Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University. She teaches statistical analysis and quantitative methods, and has conducted extensive research on radio frequency identification (RFID) applications in business. She joined UDM in 2011.

Janet M Baiardi [Email]
Interim Assistant Dean and Chair of the BSN Completion and Graduate Program, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches nursing theory, research, health assessment and FNP theory and clinical courses. Her areas of research include self-care, aging, caregiver burden and management of dementia. She earned her B.S.N. from Mercy College of Detroit and her M.S.N. and Ph.D. in nursing from Wayne State University. In addition, she holds a postmaster’s certificate in gerontology from WSU and completed the family nurse practitioner certificate at Boston College. She joined the University in 1994.

Mark A Benvenuto [Email]
Professor and Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 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 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.

Donald Burkholder [Email]
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, a M.A. degree from Kent State University and a Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University. He joined the University in 1976.

Rita M Barrios [Email]
Rita Barrios, who initially joined the university in 2005 as an adjunct professor, now serves the University in a full time capacity as an Assistant Professor in the Computer and Information Systems department as well as working with the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Analysis. Ms. Barrios brings with her over 18 years of Information Technology experience. Her primary skills reside in the areas of Database design, data modeling, SQL performance tuning and standardization. She has many years as a senior application developer, technical project lead and project manager in the financial and transportation industries. She has participated in all phases of the software development life cycle including requirements gathering, specification, development, testing and implementation. Within the areas of research, Ms. Barrios has had several papers published in conference proceeding with regard to application development, data integrity and database security. Most recently, Ms. Barrios has published a chapter in Understanding Information Security Forensics titled RAM and File Systems Investigations. Her current research interests include digital and global identity, database security, intrusion detection, access controls and cloud computing concepts. Ms. Barrios anticipates the acceptance of her dissertation, An Adaptive Database Intrusion Detection System, in 2010. To serve her community and profession, Ms. Barrios actively participates with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology focusing on the development of partnerships with influential organizations in the Information Technology industry. In this role, Ms. Barrios creates, initiates and facilitates opportunities for organizations to participate and support MCWT by contributing funds and resources to build and sustain scholarships for higher education. Ms. Barrios received her BA in Computer Information Systems form the Detroit College of Business, her MS in Information Systems from the University of Detroit Mercy, and expects her Ph.D. in Information Systems: Information Security from Nova Southeastern University in 2010.

Billy Paul Blodgett [Email]
Associate Professor of Social Work, Dr. Billy Blodgett teaches sociology and social work. He has an extensive background of practice experience in hospital social work, psychiatric social work and social work administration. He received a BA from Oral Roberts University, a MSW degree from the University of Texas in Arlington and his PhD in Sociology from University of North Texas. Prior to coming to UDM, he was named Professor Emeritus at Northern Michigan University. His areas of specialty are micro and macro practice, HBSE, and social welfare policy.

Jacques Boettcher [Email]
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.

Arthur J Beer [Email]
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, a M.A. degree from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University. He joined the University in 1975.

Robert S Berg [Email]
Associate Professor, Political Science, received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and J.D. degree from the Detroit College of Law. He is the advisor for the Legal Administration bachelor’s degree and Legal Assistant certificate programs. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the UDM School of Law, where he teaches a course in commercial real estate. Berg was the recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence in 1995. He joined the University in 1985.

Michael G Barry [Email]
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. His interest in public intellectual discussion prompted him to organize a Liberal Arts faculty/student symposium on urban migration. He has published articles on Robert Penn Warren, John Steinbeck, and James Welch. In the past, he has taught at universities in Turkey and the People’s Republic of China. He holds a B.A. degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Ph.D. degree from SUNY Buffalo. He joined the University in 1994.

Jeffrey J Boats [Email]
Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering, is also the faculty advisor for the William Lowell Putnam Exam team and organizes the department Research Colloquium. Dr. Boats teaches courses in Mathematics and Math Education, and conducts research in numerous areas of science, most notably in Graph Theory. His work has applications to communications networks, circuit design, cryptography, and intelligence. He was conferred with the title Doctor of Arts in Mathematics by Carnegie Mellon for his dissertation, “Linear Algebra Textbook Implementing Instructional Technology” (1999). He also has a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon (1993), and two Bachelor’s degrees from St. Bonaventure University, in Mathematics and Physics.

Mary Bee [Email]
Associate Professor of Biology, teaches gross anatomy to students in the Physician Assistant and Nurse Anesthesia programs and environmental science to non-majors. Her research focuses on human anatomical variations and anatomical education. Bee received her B.S. from Mercy College of Detroit and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1999.

Stokes S Baker [Email]
Associate Professor of Biology, teaches botany, ecology, biostatistics, environmental science, and general biology. His interdisciplinary research focuses on integrating biotechnologies, like plant genetic engineering and microarrays, into inquiry-based laboratory instruction. 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.

Libby B Blume [Email]
Professor of Psychology, teaches child and human development, family relations, women's and gender studies, environmental psychology, and visual communication. She is Director of the Developmental Psychology and Certified Family Life Education Program and Co-Chair of the Master's in Community Development For the School of Architecture. Dr. Blume is Book Review Editor for the Journal of Family Theory and Review and was founding editor of the Michigan Family Review. A recipient of the HEW Award of Excellence, Blume's research interests focus on gender and ethnic identities, feminist family theory, and parenting. Blume has co-authored two textbooks on middle childhood and adolescent development and is active in the Developmental Science Teaching Institute of the Society for Research on Child Development, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and the National Council on Family Relations. 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.

Jocelyn M. Bennet-Garraway [Email]
Ms. Bennett-Garraway teaches school counseling principles and practice, school counseling strategies and interventions, and group counseling courses and she directs the School Counseling program. Ms. Bennett-Garraway received her Master’s of Education in Counselor Education, with a focus in secondary school counseling from the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently completing her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the Pennsylvania State University.Ms. Bennett-Garraway has 20 years experience counseling adolescents and young adults in school, college, and clinical counseling settings with an emphasis on supporting under-served populations. Her counseling career began working with the Upward Bound program in Pennsylvania, which led to involvement in other high school career and college development programs. Ms. Bennett-Garraway’s current dissertation research is focusing on understanding the relationship between African American parenting style dimensions and career development and academic achievement. Her other research interests include adolescent career development, African American male development, and multicultural group dynamics. She joined the University in 2008.

David M Bartley [Email]
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and BiochemistryDr. Bartley teaches organic chemistry. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of new phosphorus containing peptides for use as antibiotic and anticancer agents. He is particularly interested in identifying new targets for antimicrobial chemotherapy and in developing new strategies for synthesizing carbon-phosphorus bonds. Bartley holds a B.S. from Alma College and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Michigan. He performed post-doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University prior to joining the University in 2007.

Michael Bernacchi [Email]
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.


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