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Heather L Hill-Vasquez [Email]
Associate Professor of English, received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. She joined the University in 2003. Her research focuses on issues of performance, spirituality, and gender in medieval texts, and her early literature courses consistently explore these topics. Her book, _Sacred Players: The Politics of Response in the Middle English Religious Drama_, was published in March 2007 by the Catholic University of America Press. More recently, she has published articles on the changing symbolic meaning of the figure of the spinning woman in fifteenth-century England and on the role of pilgrimage in the medieval drama. Hill-Vásquez also directs the Women's and Gender Studies Program. She received UDM's Faculty Achievement Award in 2007.

Petra D Hurt [Email]
Assistant Director and Affiliate Clinical Coordinator of the Nurse Anesthesiology Program, teaches Introductory and Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesiology. Her current research interests include postoperative nausea and vomiting and universal precautions as they apply to anesthesia equipment and personnel. She received her B.S.N. from Oakland University and an M.S. in Anesthesia from Wayne State University. She has been a faculty member since 1990.

Robert J Homant [Email]
Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice Studies and Director of Human Services, teaches deviant behavior and corrections courses, statistics and research methods, and ethics in the human services. Homant has published over 60 professional articles regarding police behavior and offender rehabilitation. He currently does research on the validity of criminal profiling. Homant holds an A.B. from the University of Detroit and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. He joined the University in 1978.

Arthur C Haman [Email]
Associate Dean for Operations of Engineering and Science and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, teaches prototype design, professional world of work, and internal combustion engines. After graduation with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit, Haman accepted a position as a structural engineer at Northrup Aircraft, Los Angeles. After a year, he returned to the University. While moving through the academic ranks, he completed a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.B.A. at the University of Detroit. Off-term industrial employment periods were spent at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command and Ford Motor Company. Haman joined the University in 1956.

Amanda J Hiber [Email]
College of Liberal Arts & Education Professor Hiber received a B.A. in Creative Writing and History from Beloit College in 1996 and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from the University of Arizona in 2000. Her work has appeared in In These Times magazine and Clackamas Literary Review. She has taught at UDM since 2001.

Mary Ann Hazen [Email]
Professor, Management, enjoys teaching in the undergraduate and MBA programs in the College of Business Administration. Her publications are on the topics of dialogue and polyphony in organizations, grief in the workplace, and innovation in management education. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organizational Change Management and Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education. Hazen holds degrees from Ursuline College (B.A.), University of Michigan (M.S.W.), and Case Western Reserve University (Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior). She joined the University in 1989. Her eight grandchildren -- and everyone else's grandchildren -- are her primary motives for working toward a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

Mary Elizabeth Hannah [Email]
Professor of Psychology and Director of the School Psychology Specialist program, teaches social processes, psychological testing and introductory psychology as well as supervising internships. Her research deals with attitudes towards persons with disabilities and with sibling relationships. She has co-authored a scale on helping within families. Hannah served as secretary and delegate of the National Association of School Psychologists. A recipient of the President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, Hannah also received a NASP Presidential Award for service to school psychology. She holds a B.A. from Sweet Briar College, a M.A. from Alfred University, and a Ph.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She joined the University in 1977.

Robert L Hutchinson [Email]
Assistant Professor, joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2009 and teaches cost/managerial accounting at both an undergraduate and graduate level. His research focus is on the dynamics of cost accounting system design and its impact on manufacturing performance. His work has been published in journals such as Management Accounting Quarterly and Advances in Management Accounting and presented to such groups as the Decision Sciences Institute and the American Production and Inventory Control Society. He is the 2007 recipient of the William M. Lybrand Award for outstanding contribution to the literature from the Institute of Management Accountants. Professor Hutchinson has a PhD from the University of Toledo, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a BSBA from Duquesne University. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a management accountant for two Fortune 500 companies in various capacities.

Rose-Marie Higgins [Email]
Clinical Coordinator Physician Assistant ProgramRose-Marie Higgins has 12 years experience in a hospital setting in clinical, educational and managerial positions in Respiratory Therapy, Holter Technology, Sleep Disorders Medicine, Endoscopy and Cardiac Catheterization. She has also been an ACLS/BCLS instructor for several years. As a physician assistant since 1996, she has practiced in emergency medicine, family practice, substance abuse, sleep disorders and pulmonary medicine. She has an A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy from Macomb Community College, a BA in English from Hope College and a MS from the Physician Assistant Program of the University of Detroit Mercy.

Richard C Hill [Email]
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineeringbio

Alan S Hoback [Email]
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineeringteaches a range of design courses related to civil and architectural engineering. Hoback’s publications have dealt with structures, foundations, transportation, economics, pedestrians, and computer aided design. Hoback holds a B.A. degree from Hastings College and B.S., M.S., and Sc.D. degrees from Washington University. He joined the University in 1994.

Leo E Hanifin [Email]
Dean, College of Engineering and Science and Chrysler Professor of Engineering, has focused his teaching and research in the area of manufacturing efficiencies, processes, and modeling. Hanifin has also held engineering and management positions in the automotive, aerospace and computer industries. He has received the LEAD and Outstanding Young Engineer Awards from SME and the Engineering Alumnus of the Year award from UDM. He holds B.M.E., M.E., and D.E. degrees from the University of Detroit. He joined the University as dean in 1991.

Elizabeth M Hill [Email]
Associate Professor of Psychology, teaches physiological psychology, statistics, and research methods. Her research has focused on the developmental psychopathology of alcoholism, particularly the interaction between biological vulnerability and specific environmental factors that facilitate or impede its development. She has served as an assistant research scientist and methodologist on various project teams. Other research has focused on genetic markers associated with alcoholism, parental investment and factors related to successful aging. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Tulane University, and a M.S. degree from Louisiana State University. She joined the University in 1997.

Hsiao-Lan Hu [Email]
Dr. Hsiao-Lan Hu teaches broadly in Asian religions and women and gender issues in religions. Before she joined UDM in 2008, she taught at Temple University and the University of Iowa, and the courses she taught included "Religion and Society", "Introduction to World Religions", "Introduction to Asian Religions", "Asian Religious Classics", "Women in Religion and Society", and the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of Mandarin Chinese. Courses taught at UDM include :"Introduction to Religion", "Women and Religion", "Buddhisms in America", "Eastern Religions" on both of the 2000 and 4000 levels, graduate seminar on "Buddhism", graduate seminar on "Traditions in China", and graduate seminar on "Gender in Asian Traditions," which received the Grant for the Advancement of Feminist Studies from the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UDM in 2009. Her new course, "Religions and Global Wellbeing" was just awarded the 2010 Faculty Summer Stipend for Course Development Award by the UDM Jesuit Associates. She plans to offer new courses on "Ecology and World Religions" and "Non-Western Feminisms" in the near future.Dr. Hu does research in philosophy and social history of early Buddhism, engaged Buddhism, liberation theology, religion and globalization, poststructuralist feminist theory, and peace studies. The current focus of her research is Buddhist social ethics under globalization, for which she won the Mellon Funds for Humanistic Studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UDM in 2009.Publications:Hu, Hsiao-Lan. This-Worldly Nibb?na: A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethics for Peacemaking in the Global Community. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, forthcoming.Hu, Hsiao-Lan. "Kamma as Volitional Actions Here and Now: The Middle Way of Determinism and Indeterminism." In Liberating Traditions: Essays in Feminist Comparative Philosophy, edited by Ashby Butnor and Jen McWeeny. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming in 2010.Hu, Hsiao-Lan. "Rectification of the Four Teachings in Chinese Culture." In Violence Against Women in Contemporary World Religion: Roots and Cures, edited by Daniel C. Maguire and Sa'diyya Shaikh, pp. 108-130. Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press, 2007.Hu, Hsiao-Lan, with the assistance of William Cully Allen. Taoism. Langhorne, Pennsylvania: Chelsea House Publications, 2005.Hu, Hsiao-Lan, with the assistance of Theresa Yeh. "Yearning for Justice and Mercy: Visions of Hells in the Nineteenth-Century Chinese Pao-chüan [precious scrolls]." In Considering Evil and Human Wickedness, edited by Daniel E. Keen and Pamela Rossi Keen, pp. 177-197. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2004.Conference Papers:"Buddhist Global Ethics as Seen in International Buddhist Conferences." The American Academy of Religion Midwest Regional Conference, March 25-26, 2010, Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.A."Kamma, No-Self, and Social Construction: The Middle Way between Determinism and Indeterminism." The American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting One Hundred Fifth Annual Meeting, December 27-30, 2008, Philadelphia, U.S.A."A Feminist Exegesis of Non-Self: On Classical Buddhist Understanding of Personhood and Identity." Metanexus Conference on Subject, Self, and Soul: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personhood, July 13-17, 2008, Madrid, Spain."The Personal Is Political, and Vice Versa: Kamma As Non-Self Volitional Action." Mid-Atlantic Regional American Academy of Religion Conference, March 27-28, 2008, New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.A."Roots of Violence Against Women in East Asian Cultures." Ethics Section: Violence against Women Rooted in Religion: A Comparative Study. Annual American Academy of Religion Conference, November 17-21, 2006, Washington, D.C., U.S.A."Dhammic Approach to Texts and Traditions: Co-Arising, Conditionality, and Performativity." Mid-Atlantic Regional American Academy of Religion Conference, March 16-17, 2006, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A."The Functions of the Sangha -- in Light of the Nikyas and the Doctrine of Dependent Origination." Mid-Atlantic Regional American Academy of Religion Conference, March 18-19, 2004, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A."Yearning for Justice and Mercy: Visions of Hells in the Nineteenth-Century Chinese Pao-chüan [precious scrolls]." Fourth Global Conference on Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, March 21-26, 2003, Prague, Czech Republic.Awards, Grants, and Scholarships since 2000:2010. Faculty Summer Stipend for Course Development, University of Detroit Mercy Jesuit Associates.2009. Grant for the Advancement of Feminist Studies, Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Detroit Mercy.2009. Mellon Funds for Humanistic Studies. College of Liberal Arts and Education, University of Detroit Mercy.2008. Graduate Fund for Excellence, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University.2007. Dissertation Completion Grant, Temple University.2002 and 2004. Certificate of Merit in Teaching, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University.2001. Third Place at the Advanced College Level, Intercollegiate Japanese Speech Contest, University of Iowa.2000. Summer Language Scholarship, Stanley Foundation.2000. Summer Foreign Language Scholarship, University of Iowa.

Susan J Homant [Email]
Associate Librarian, Head of Reference, McNichols Campus Library, manages and directs the Reference Department operations and provides reference service and research skills instruction. She is responsible for collection development in African American studies and all subject areas for the McNichols Campus Reference Department. She received her B.A. in Social Work from Michigan State University and her M.S.L.S. from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1985.

Gary P Hillebrand [Email]
Lecturer in Physics, teaches general physics courses and laboratories for engineering, life science & architecture students. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the University of Detroit. He joined the university in 2008 after almost 30 years of engineering and management experience in the automotive industry.

Mary A Higby [Email]
Professor of Marketing, teaches marketing management and planning, marketing strategy, product development and retailing. She is Director of Assurance of Learning. Her research has been published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, The Journal of Marketing Management, Management Review. Her research interests include new product development, marketing strategy, and team effectiveness. Her current research involves team effectiveness and marketing strategy. She received the President’s Award for Faculty Excellence in 1995. Higby worked at Amway Corporation, Sears Roebuck & Company, and AT & T before coming to UDM. She holds a Ph.D., M.B.A., M.A. and B.S. from Michigan State University. She joined the University in 1989.

Kenneth L Hillenburg [Email]
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene, teaches periodontal instrumentation and clinical periodontics. Dr. Hillenburg received a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and D.D.S. degrees from the University of Panama and the University of Detroit. He received an M.S. in Periodontics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Hillenburg joined the University in 1985.


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