Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012
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Daniel P Shoemaker [Email]
Professor of Computer and Information Systems, has 23 years experience in system and software engineering, including six years as a manager of several large MIS/data processing operations. He consults in software configuration and software change management; software process quality management, emphasizing ISO 9000 compliance, software quality assurance, software project management and system specification and design. His doctorate is from the University of Michigan (1978). He joined the University in 1985.

Mark R Schumack [Email]
Professor of Mechanical EngineeringDr. Schumack teaches heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and energy systems. His research interests lie in thermal/fluid modeling using computational techniques, including applications in the automotive and manufacturing fields. He is also focusing efforts on alternative energy systems. He has recently published articles about numerical techniques for lubrication phenomena and case studies for heat transfer education. Schumack earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined the University in 1991.

Claudine M Sordyl [Email]
Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, teaches physical assessment, management of medical emergencies, and basic life support (re)certification courses. Ms. Sordyl lectures on pain and anxiety control, medical history taking, inhalation and intravenous sedation protocols to both dental, dental hygiene students, and post doctoral graduates. As a research study nurse, she coordinates study participants in pain control, and studies regarding pharmaceuticals and techniques. Her publications and local/national professional presentations deal with subject matter on prevention of medical emergencies in the dental office setting, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide . Ms. Sordyl holds a B.S. in Nursing and a M.S. in Health Services Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. She joined the University in 1989.

Salomeia S Schlick [Email]
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, teaches physical and polymer chemistry. Her research is focused on ESR and ESRI of degradation and stabilization processes in thermally- and chemically-treated and UV-irradiated polymers; stability of polymeric membranes used in fuel cells; DFT calculations of the geometry and electronic structure of organic radicals, with emphasis on fluorinated radicals; ESRI in dosimetry and tumor-targeted radiation for cancer treatment; dynamics of polymers intercalated in the galleries of a fluoromica inorganic clay. She has published more than 200 papers, reviews, and book chapters and has been invited to lecture at numerous national and international meetings. Among her awards are: The President’s Award for Faculty Excellence at UDM in 1990; the Founders’ Fellowship of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in 1991; Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Linköping University, Sweden; NSF awards for exceptional creativity in research in 1990, 1998 and 2007; The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Medal from the Polish Radiation Research Society; and UDM Distinguished Faculty Award in 2007. Schlick holds B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, M.S. degree in Polymer Chemistry, and D.Sc. degree in Molecular Spectroscopy from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. She joined the University in 1983.

Carmen A Stokes [Email]
Assistant Professor of Nursing, teaches Advanced Health Assessment, Primary Care of the Family II and III. Stokes obtained a B.S. in Nursing from Wayne State University and a M.S. in Nursing from University of Detroit Mercy, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Work experience includes emergency medicine, intensive care, labor and delivery, and hospital admission. She worked as a community health organizer for a grant-funded project; as well as assistant coordinator for an organ and tissue donation grant-funded project. Most recently, Stokes served as site administrator and nurse practitioner at an adolescent health center. Stokes is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, executive committee member for Lamba Zeta Chapter at UDM, a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, has affiliations with American Red Cross Youth Resource Committee, Imani Family Health Center and U of M research project—Healthy Environments (steering committee). She joined the University in 2001.

Omid Sabbaghi [Email]
Assistant Professor of Finance, teaches investments and corporate finance. He received both his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, where he studied finance and econometrics. During his graduate studies, he was the recipient of an Oscar Mayer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, triple-majoring in Economics, Statistics, and Applied Mathematics.

Jill C Spreitzer [Email]
Assistant Librarian, Public Services Outer Drive Campus Library, provides reference services, instruction in database searching, and research skills instruction. She facilitates collection development for the health services administration, physician assistant, and mechanical engineering programs. Spreitzer holds a B.S. degree in Biology from University of Michigan and a M.S.L.S. degree in Library Science from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1999.

Thomas Stanton [Email]
Stanton teaches journalism, media ethics, mass communication, and sports history. He is author of four nationally recognized nonfiction books, including "The Final Season" and "Ty and the Babe," and has been published in The New York Times and featured on the CNN, ESPN, and NPR networks. A co-founder and former editor of the The Voice newspapers, Stanton holds a B.A. from Oakland University and an M.A. from Michigan State University. In 1995, he was named a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan. In 2008, he was named Michigan Author of the Year by the Michigan Library Association.

Sarah Stever [Email]
Associate Professor of History, she teaches courses on the ancient Mediterranean world, Renaissance Italy, and the history of art and architecture. Each year, she directs and teaches in the college’s Summer Study Abroad program in Volterra, Italy. The author of several articles on Renaissance humanism and philology, she is currently engaged in a book-length comparative study of four Italian art cities. She has been a recipient of fellowships from the Danforth Foundation and the Renaissance Society of America. She earned the A.B. from Sarah Lawrence College and the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

John Staudenmaier, SJ [Email]
Professor of History, teaches the history of America, Detroit, technology, advertising, labor and capitalism. Currently, he is studying Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company. Staudenmaier is the author of Technology’s Storytellers: Reweaving the Human Fabric, as well as articles and book reviews in his field of study. He is also editor of Technology and Culture. He was a Bannon Scholar at Santa Clara University and a Dibner Fellow at MIT. He has received several awards for his teaching. Staudenmaier holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University in 1981.

Linda H Slowik [Email]
Assistant Professor of Psychology.Slowik is the Interim Program Director of the Masters Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an Assistant Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, Department of Psychology. She completed her doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University in 2000. Her research interests include individual differences associated with safety including cognitions, behaviors and value assessments, the definition of and antecedents and consequences of empowerment, the study of office characteristics and their effects on performance and affective outcomes, as well as increasing understanding of time as a context factor in the work environment.

Jonathan Stevens [Email]
Associate Professor of Chemistry, teaches physical chemistry, general chemistry, and core curriculum chemistry for non-science and non-engineering majors. His research focuses on the application of theoretical quantum chemistry to gas-phase atmospheric reactions and photochemistry. Stevens holds B.S. degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Miami University of Ohio and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. He joined the University in 1998.

Kathi Shepherd [Email]
Associate Professor, Director of Outcomes Assessment for the School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene, co-directs the dental hygiene board review and all courses in the community health curriculum. Additional teaching includes lecturing in the preclinical and prevention dental hygiene courses. Her publications and professional presentations focus on both dental education and dental hygiene care. Ms. Shepherd is the recipient of Outstanding Faculty awards given by students. She received a Certificate in Dental Hygiene and a B.S. from the University of Detroit and a M.S. from the University of Detroit Mercy. Ms. Shepherd joined the University in 1985.

Katherine E Snyder [Email]
Associate Professor, and Associate Dean of College of Engineering and Science, teaches courses in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Computer Science, including Calculus, C++ programming, Psychology of Math, and Instructional Technology. Her Ph.D. is in Mathematics Education at Wayne State University. Her field of study includes the appropriate and effective use of technology in Mathematics and Computer Science education, particularly computer algebra systems. Dr. Snyder holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Detroit. She joined the University in 1994.

Barbara R Schirmer [Email]
Professor of Education, she teaches courses in research and reading. Her research on the literacy development of deaf children and other struggling readers has been published in numerous journals and she has authored four books, What is Special About Special Education: Examining the Role of Evidence Based Practices, Language and Literacy Development in Children Who are Deaf, Psychological, Social, and Educational Dimensions of Deafness, and Teaching the Struggling Reader, which was published in 2010 by Allyn & Bacon. She presents regularly at national conferences and is currently on the editorial review boards for the Journal for Literacy Research, Literacy Research and Instruction, Reading Psychology, Teaching Exceptional Children, and Balanced Reading Instruction. Dr. Schirmer received her doctorate and baccalaureate in education from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and her master’s in the education of deaf and hard of hearing students from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gregory D Sumner [Email]
Professor and Chair of History, teaches courses on twentieth-century American politics and culture. He is the author of Dwight Macdonald and the Politics Circle: The Challenge of Cosmopolitan Democracy (1996) and is currently working on a book-length study of American writer Kurt Vonnegut. A fellow of the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he also was selected as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Rome (2001, 2010) and Tsuda College in Tokyo (2006). He holds B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He joined the University in 1993.

Raphael Shen, SJ [Email]
Professor of Economics, teaches courses in macroeconomics, microeconomic theory/analysis, comparative economic systems, development economics and resource economics. Professor Shen's publications and presentations have dealt with transitional economies in Eastern Europe. His most recent publication is China's Economic Reform: an Experiment in Pragmatic Socialism. He has also conducted a one-week lecture series in China on the Economics of Natural Resources. In March 2005, Shen presented a paper entitled "China's Quarter-Century of Economic Reform and Restructuring," at the 85th Southwestern Economic Association, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Shen holds a B.A. degree from Berchmans College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. He came to UDM in 1977.

Margaret A Stack [Email]
Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Stack received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit and her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan. She is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She joined the faculty in 1995 and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Psychology. She teaches courses in Assessment, Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts, Human Sexuality, Religion and Psychology, and Case Conference. Her primary areas of research interest include LGBT issues, spirituality, and delinquent behavior in adolescents. Her current research focuses on understanding the complexity of factors that contribute to youth violence, juvenile sexual offending, and/or other delinquent behavior. Dr. Stack's clinical work is directed at psychotherapy with adults and families, and psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults. She is a consultant to the Oakland County Circuit Court – Family Division, where her services include psychological evaluation of adjudicated delinquents and individuals referred because of neglect and/or abuse, domestic relations, competency evaluations, expert witness services, and staff training. She is also a member of the Archdiocesan Review Board, which is an advisory board for cases of clergy sexual abuse for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Karen L Selby [Email]
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Education, Selby came to the University in 2007. She received her B.A. from Kalamazoo College and M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan focused on literacy strategies in the social studies curriculum of full time Islamic schools. Her research continues to focus on multicultural literature, families, literacy, and the use of technology. Dr. Selby’s most recent research looks to concretize the reality of urban parents in the minds of pre-service student teacher. Teaching interests, which reflect her lifelong commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, include children’s literature, reading, language arts, social studies, research methods, and student teaching. Her favorite authors include Maxine Greene (Releasing the Imagination) and Christopher Paul Curtis (The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1968).


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