Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012
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Douglas A MacDonald [Email]
Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology MA Program, teaches courses on personality, assessment, psychopathology, learning and memory, and history and systems of psychology. He is an active scholar with an ongoing research program focusing on spirituality and its relationship to human functioning. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and Research Editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Windsor. He joined UDM in 2000.

Victoria L Mantzopoulos [Email]
Professor and Chair of Political Science, teaches statistics, American government, public policy, and undergraduate law. Mantzopoulos’ publications and professional presentations both here and abroad have dealt with public opinion polling. She has published a textbook titled Statistics for the Social Sciences. She is currently doing research in the area of public opinion polling and the relationship between bureaucratization and democratization. Mantzopoulos began her academic career at the University of Athens in Greece. She holds a B.A. degree from Ball State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1986.

Sharon S Moser [Email]
Associate Professor Physician Assistant Program, has been a full time faculty member in the Physician Assistant Program at the College of Health Professions at the University of Detroit Mercy since January 2000. She currently teaches clinical medicine and Advanced Pathophysiology. Her clinical background is in adult medicine , neurology and psychiatry. Professor Moser is licensed as both a physician assistant and a psychologist in the state of Michigan. She is active in both her state and national professional academies, and has been a regular presenter at both the state and national levels. Her publications include such topics as cancer fatigue, mental status examinations, cardiology testing, and neurological topics including Parkinsons disease and Herpes Encephalitis. Her original research includes the educational topics of service learning in Physician Assistant education, professionalism and predictors of success.

Mostafa G Mehrabi [Email]
Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, teaches courses in the areas of manufacturing systems, manufacturing processes, computer integrated manufacturing, and quality control systems. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) in 1994. He has worked as a research faculty member at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the recipient of the award of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Couincil of Canada (NSERC) for outstanding research achievements in 1996 and the winner (1995) of the Quebec Government Industrial Fellowship, Canada. He joined the University in 2002.

Durinda Mattana [Email]
Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene, teaches in the first and second year dental hygiene curriculum. Related teaching interests include care of special patients (geriatrics), preventive dentistry and periodontics. Ms. Mattana has published articles and is a contributing author to a dental hygiene textbook. While practicing clinical dental hygiene part time, she is also active in professional organizations. Ms. Mattana holds a B.S. and M.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan. She joined the University in 1991.

John Charles Mueller [Email]
Professor of Architecture, teaches design and visual communications. Mueller holds a B.S.A. from the University of Detroit. His activities as an architect focus primarily on the design of small wood structures as well as furniture making and design. Mueller joined the University in 1977.

Thomas C Mawhinney [Email]
Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, teaches organizational behavior, strategic policy and organizational theory. He has published research concerning reinforcement, work motivation and leadership in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management; conceptual analysis of work motivation and reinforcement processes in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Performance and Performance Improvement Quarterly; and applied research concerning performance improvement in the Journal of Business and Psychology and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Mawhinney earned his B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He joined the University in 1987.

John A Molinari [Email]
Professor and Chairman, Department of Biomedical Sciences, lectures on microbiology, immunology, infectious diseases and asepsis. He has published over 300 scientific articles, text chapters and abstracts and has lectured both nationally and internationally on numerous topics related to the biomedical field. He is a co-author of the text Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. He serves as a consultant for hospitals in the Detroit area and serves as a consultant to the ADA and the CDC in the areas of infectious disease and infection control. Currently he is the Infection Control Section editor for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. Molinari received a B.A. in Biology from St. Vincent College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

P. Gail Mitchell [Email]
Associate Professor of Music, teaches a traditional music survey course, an American music survey, a course in music theater, and African American Women in Music. A soprano soloist in the Detroit area, she has soloed frequently with the Metropolitan Symphonic Band at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, in oratorio performances such as Handel’s Messiah, and in opera. In addition to solo work, she has sung with the Detroit Symphony Chorale and Meadowbrook Music Festival Chorus. Mitchell holds a B.S. degree from Oakland University and a M.M. degree from the University of Michigan. She joined the University in 1990.

Jerry J Morris [Email]
Assistant Professor of Education, teaches courses in secondary curriculum and methods, social studies methods, course design and introduction to secondary education. Morris was a high school social studies teacher and administrator for the Plymouth-Canton Community School District. He has presented at Michigan Council for the Social Studies and Michigan Science Teacher Association state conferences. He has designed sample lessons for the inquiry strand of the Michigan Social Studies Standards and Benchmarks. Major research emphasis is on development of civic efficacy through service and project-based learning. He holds a B.A. cum laude and M.A. from Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Morris joined the University in 1999.

Kristine A McLonis [Email]
Associate Librarian, works in the Cataloging and Database Management Department of the McNichols Campus Library, catalogs library items and helps to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the on-line catalog shared by various libraries in the metropolitan Detroit area. Through her cataloging and authority control work, McLonis also contributes to the holdings of an international library database. She does collection development in the area of women's studies. McLonis holds a B.A. in Music from Marygrove College and a M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University. She joined the library faculty in 1995.

Charles E Marske [Email]
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education and Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, holds a B.S. from Central Missouri State University, an M.S. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. He has received numerous awards and grants including Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships and research awards from the U.S. Department of Education; the National Science Foundation; the Danforth Foundation; the Beaumont Foundation; the Center for Global Partnerships, and the Missouri Humanities Council. He has authored or edited several books and over 60 articles, chapters, and reviews.

Judy A McCown [Email]
Associate Professor of Psychology, teaches graduate courses in psychopathology, theories of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, and behavioral treatment, and undergraduate courses in history of psychology, lifespan development, and introduction to psychology. McCown’s research interests involve the examination of well-being and distress in non-traditional populations and the incorporation of technology into college teaching. She is a fellow of the Michigan Psychological Association and holds a B.A. degree from the University of Detroit and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1995.

Anthony C Martinico [Email]
Professor of Architecture, teaches design and architectural history and theory. Martinico is the director of the School of Architecture’s international programs in Warsaw, Poland and in Volterra, Italy. He holds the Arts Bachelor degree, Bachelor of Architecture and MS/CIS degrees from the University of Detroit. Martinico joined the University in 1979.

Nilakantan Mohankrishnan [Email]
Professor of Electrical Engineering, teaches electronics, communications, controls, and signal processing. His area of expertise is in digital signal processing, in particular its application to pattern recognition problems involving both 1-D and 2-D signals. He has published extensively in the areas of voice and handwritten signature recognition. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras, India), a Master of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, India), and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada). He joined the University in 1984.

Isaiah McKinnon [Email]
Associate Professor of Education, teaches the course, Society and Education. He is the City of Detroit’s former Chief of Police and NBC News, WDIV-TV Detroit’s Safety Consultant, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has authored or co-authored three books and numerous articles on crime victims and has been interviewed on "The Today Show," "Oprah," "Good Morning America," "Rivera Live," and "The History Channel." McKinnon is a national motivational/ inspirational speaker to Fortune 500 companies and schools. He is currently completing two books through Sleeping Bear Press in Ann Arbor/Chelsea, Michigan. He earned his B.A. from Mercy College, M.A. from the University of Detroit and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and United States Secret Service School. McKinnon joined the University in 1998.

Gail E Molinari [Email]
Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, teaches clinical and didactic courses in Pediatric Dentistry. She has special interests in behavior management and prevention techniques as well as child abuse and neglect prevention. Molinari is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the International College of Dentists. She received a B.A. from Simmons College, a D.D.S. and M.S. degrees from Ohio State University and a M.S. degree in Health Care Education from the University of Detroit Mercy. She joined the University in 1987.

Lorri J MacDonald [Email]
Assistant Professor, teaches Science Methods courses, Methods of Educational Research and two courses in the Nurse Educator Masters program through McAuley School of Nursing. Before joining the UDM faculty, Dr. MacDonald spent over twenty years in public education as a teacher and a building administrator and taught science methods and action research at Michigan State University. In addition to university experience, MacDonald has science teaching experience in grades 7 - 12, adult and alternative education, and community college. Her research interests are constructivism in the face to face and virtual classrooms. Dr. MacDonald is committed to the educational profession and ensuring novice teachers have a solid foundation and experienced teachers continue to grow in their profession. She has mentored numerous novice teachers and administrators throughout her career and was recognized in April, 2005 by the University of Michigan as an Exemplary Practitioner. Dr. MacDonald received her Doctorate in Education from Eastern Michigan University in 2004. She joined the University in 2006.

David Moody [Email]
Associate Librarian in the Cataloging and Database Management Department, McNichols Campus Library, he helps to ensure the accurate description and access of library materials. He has conducted many statewide workshops on various cataloging topics. Moody received a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1974, and a M.S.L.S. from Wayne State University in 1981. He joined the University in 1982.

Virginia A Merchant [Email]
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, teaches microbiology and nutrition. Dr. Merchant's current research interests are in infection control and the transmission of microorganisms, especially viruses in the dental environment. Recognized for her research in the disinfection of dental impressions, she has published extensively in the area and on the herpes viruses. Dr. Merchant is a recipient of the UDM President's Award for Faculty Excellence. She received her B.A. from Winthrop College, a M.S. from the University of Georgia and a D.M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She joined the University in 1980.

Matthew J Mio [Email]
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, teaches organic chemistry. His research focuses on new transition metal catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. Projects include exploring both the mechanism and synthetic capabilities of these reactions, with particular emphasis on the generation of phenylacetylenes for use in nanoelectronics and supramolecular chemistry. He is also interested in introductory and organic chemistry curriculum development, as well as the philosophical unification of physical, chemical and biological science in education. Mio holds a B.S. from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He performed post-doctoral research and teaching at Macalester College where he was awarded a Mellon Fellowship. He joined the University in 2002.

Cheryl C Munday [Email]
Associate Professor of Psychology, teaches case conference, child therapy and professional ethics in the doctoral program and personality theory in the undergraduate major program. Her research interests include behavioral correlates of object relations and defensive functioning in children and racial and ethnic influences in clinical judgment. Her research has been funded by the United Way and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Munday is former Director of Psychology and Psychology Training at Detroit Psychiatric Institute, and is currently Director, University of Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic and Affiliated Faculty, Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research. Dr. Munday earned her B.A. degree from Cornell University and her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. She joined the university in 1997.

Oswald Mascarenhas, SJ [Email]
Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, teaches marketing strategy, new product development and global marketing strategies. His research deals with ethics of domestic and global marketing strategies, internet marketing and consumer/computer privacy. He has published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Health Care Marketing, Journal of Consumer Affairs. He holds a M.A. and L.Ph. in Philosophy, S.T.L. in Sacred Theology, M.A. in Economics from UDM, M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He was Best Teacher in 1992. Mascarenhas joined the University in 1983.

Stephen Manning [Email]
Associate Professor of Political Science, teaches comparative and international politics and political theory. Manning’s research focuses on political transitions and democratization in communist and post communist countries. He has written on the cultural, social and economic prerequisites of democracy in Leninist systems, Chinese politics after Deng, contemporary Russian elections, a bibliographic essay on political fiction, and is currently completing a comparative politics text for the National Science Foundation. Manning holds a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the University in 1993.


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