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    Daimi, Kevin J.

    Kevin J. Daimi

    Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Director of Computer Science and Software Engineering, teaches classes in Computer Science and Software Engineering. He received a M.S. in Applied Computation and a Ph.D. in Computational Optimal Control from the University of Cranfield, England. He has long and extensive computing experience including working as a programmer, systems analyst, director of a computer center, computer manager, computer consultant, head of computer science department, and professor of computer science. His research interests include software engineering, computer and network security, and computer science and software engineering education. He is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS). He joined the University in 1998.



    Dasgupta, Abhijit

    Abhijit Dasgupta

    Professor of Mathematics, teaches classes in mathematics at all levels using various teaching techniques such as the Moore Method. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in Topology, Analysis, and Measure Theory in the context of the Borel and Projective hierarchies in Polish spaces, an area known as Descriptive Set Theory, which uses tools and techniques from Mathematical Logic and Theory of Computation. Recently, he has also worked in Nonstandard Analysis, Philosophy of Randomness, and Algorithmic Information Theory. Before joining UDM, he had earlier taught at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and Jadavpur University, India. He had also worked in the networking industry as a network hardware and software engineer for many years at various companies including ANS, AOL, MCI/Worldcom, and Cisco Systems. His EECS interests and experience are in the areas of network and systems programming and operating systems (especially Linux/UNIX). He is also an electronic hobbyist, likes playing with embedded systems and writing programs in C and assembly, and occasionally writes parsing and lexical analysis software.



    Das, Shuvra

    Shuvra Das

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering, teaches mechanics of materials, mechanical design, computer aided design, and finite element methods. His research interests and publications are in mechanistic modeling of manufacturing processes, solution of inverse problems, laser assisted manufacturing, mechatronics, and the thermo-mechanics of manufacturing. He received the Engineering Teacher of the Year Award in 1996 and was named the Best Teacher in the North Central Region of the US by the American Society for Engineering Education in 2003. Das earned his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University. He was a post-doctoral research associate at University of Notre Dame and worked as an analysis engineer for Concurrent Technologies Corporation prior to joining the University in 1993.



    Dauphin, Victor B.

    Victor B. Dauphin

    Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, teaches courses in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, psychological assessment, child therapy and principles of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He published a book titled Tantalizing Times: Excitements, Disconnects, and Discontents in Contemporary American Society. He has published and presented papers on experimental analyses of psychological assessment instruments, psychotherapy process and outcome, regulatory issues concerning the practice of psychology, understanding psychoanalytic psychology as other than healthcare, philosophical issues in psychoanalytic psychology and has ongoing research projects concerning the influence of patients' prosody (voice characteristics) on clinical judgment, understanding absorbing and very psychologically involving experiences, among other projects. He received his B.S. in psychology from Tulane University in 1981 and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Syracuse University in 1988. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship through Wayne State Medical School in 1990.



    David, Jeanne M.

    Jeanne M. David

    Associate Professor of Accounting, teaches introductory and upper level financial and managerial accounting, auditing, and accounting information systems. She has published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Research in Accounting Ethics, the Indian Journal of Management Science, the International Journal of Marketing, Financial Services, and Management Research, the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and the Journal of Business Case Studies. She has made presentations for the American Accounting Association, ORSA/TIMS, the Michigan Association of CPAs, and the Institute of Management Accountants. She is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, and has previously served as Michigan Council director and Oakland County Chapter president for the IMA. She is also a member of the American Accounting Association, Beta Alpha Psi, Alpha Iota Delta, and the Michigan Association of CPAs. David received her CPA from the State of Texas, her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Texas A & M University and her B.S. from the University of Lowell. She joined the University in 1988.



    Dean, Jennifer

    Jennifer Dean

    Dean and Associate Librarian, University Libraries and Instructional Technology, provides leadership and direction for all libraries and the instructional design operations. She works to assure compliance with accreditation requirements and with national standards for academic libraries and instructional design. Her research is in organizational theory and leadership and communication. Dean holds a Bachelor of Music from Central Michigan University, a Master of Music and Performance Certificate from Northwestern University, and a Master in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. She is pursuing a Ph.D in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. She joined the University in 2016.



    Demir, Mustafa

    Mustafa Demir

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, specialized in Mathematics Education and Technology (2009) from Michigan State University. He teaches courses in Mathematics and Mathematics Education. He also designs online learning environments to improve students’ content and pedagogical knowledge in mathematics. Demir's research area is exploring mathematics learning and teaching in technology-based settings and analyzing effective integration of information technology into mathematics education. In particular, he is studying the effects of using virtual manipulatives with different instructional methods on students' learning of mathematics concepts. He has also a M.A. degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology (2004) from Michigan State University, and B.S. degree in Mathematics Education



    Denham, Mark E.

    Mark E. Denham

    Professor of Political Science and Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Education, Mark E. Denham, Ph.D., joined the University in 2013 as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education. His scholarly research has focused on the changing social dynamics throughout Africa and Third World problems. Denham has published on these and other topics, including his book, Citizenship After Liberalism, which explores both the political and philosophical concepts of citizenship throughout several geographical locations. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.Div. in social ethics from Boston University and a doctorate in political science from Ohio State University.



    Dereczyk, Amy L.

    Amy L. Dereczyk

    Associate Professor and Chairperson, Physician Assistant Program,  Ms. Dereczyk spent ten years in Emergency Medicine before joining the faculty at Detroit Mercy.  She is well published in peer review journals most notably on the topic of academic integrity and professionalism.  Ms. Dereczyk has made numerous trips to Africa to work in a clinic in Nigeria.  She has received several grants from the Physician Assistant Foundation to support this clinic.  Her interests are in serving the underserved both locally and internationally.



    DeWitt, Rachel D.

    Rachel D. DeWitt

    Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program, began her professional life as a high school science teacher.  While employed in secondary education she was actively involved in researching, writing, implementing, and teaching a newly adopted district-wide K-12 science curriculum.

    She earned her Physician Assistant degree in 2004 through the University of Detroit Mercy, earning many academic accolades, including the Chairperson’s Clinical Excellence Award, given to the top performing graduate student each year.

    After graduation Rachel worked in family practice where she enjoyed treating the broad spectrum of patients, managing chronic conditions, and practicing preventative medicine.  She then transitioned into Physical Medicine and Rehab, working both on the inpatient unit at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and in the outpatient PM&R clinic.

    In the fall of 2013, Rachel returned to the University of Detroit Mercy as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Accelerated Five Year PA Track.  She currently co-teaches the Physical Exam Practicum courses and serves as remediator for students who need assistance with Clinical Medicine.

    Rachel’s professional interests include improving patient education and patient’s access to care.



    Dicks, Vivian I.

    Vivian I. Dicks

    Professor of Communication Studies and Department Chairperson, teaches public speaking, argumentation, research methods, audience analysis and media social responsibility. Her research and publications investigate legal rhetoric, particularly courtroom argument. She holds a B.A. from Wayne State University, a Master of Arts and a doctorate from Ohio State University and a J.D. from the Detroit College of Law, now the Michigan State University College of Law. She joined the University in 1979.



    DiPaolo, Donald G.

    Donald G. DiPaolo

    Professor and Coordinator of the Leadership Minor Program, teaches introduction to leadership courses. He regularly presents on campus and facilitates leadership retreats for students, faculty and staff. His publications and professional presentations have been in the area of leadership and leadership education. DiPaolo earned his doctorate from University of Michigan and joined the faculty there in 1997. He came to University of Detroit Mercy and served as chair of the Education Department from 2003 to 2006. DiPaolo was selected to serve as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Leadership Education and has held that position since 2007. He is a leading national voice for effective undergraduate leadership education and has been recognized internationally for his contributions to campus life.



    Dosch, Michael

    Michael Dosch CRNA Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Chair, Nurse Anesthesia, has directed the program since 1991. He holds an RN diploma from Mercy School of Nursing of Detroit, a BA from the University of Michigan, an MS from Mercy College of Detroit, and a PhD from Wayne State University. He teaches the anesthesia gas machine, volatile anesthetic pharmacology, physics, and thoracic anesthesia. He has been active in service to his profession including as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the AANA Journal, a member of the National Certification Examination Committee of NBCRNA, and many years service as on-site reviewer (currently a Chair Reviewer) for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. He has published and spoken extensively on the anesthesia gas machine and other topics. He also maintains an active clinical practice.



    Dow, Marilyn

    Marilyn Dow

    Director, School of Dentistry Library, provides reference and research skills instruction in dentistry, dental hygiene, political science, legal administration, legal assistant, economics, and marketing. She holds a B.A. in History from Michigan State University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. Marilyn joined the University in 2008.



    Dubin, Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Dubin

    Professor of Law, has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Evidence, Trial Practice, Law & Psychiatry and Professional Responsibility. He was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve two terms as a member of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission which is the entity that prosecutes lawyers for acts of professional misconduct. His professional writings including books, law review articles and journal articles have been in the area of trial practice, evidence and professional responsibility. Dubin is a frequent legal guest on radio and television programs and has been quoted many times in newspapers including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribute and the National Law Journal. He joined the University in 1975.



    Dukhan, Nihad

    Nihad Dukhan

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), teaches thermal science courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. His research interests are focused on experimental, analytical and numerical modeling of flow and heat transfer in metal foam. He has authored over 140 scientific/engineering publications and edited the most recent book on metal foam’s fundamentals and applications. He is a member of the international scientific committee of the bi-annual conference on metal foam. Dr. Dukhan earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo in 1996, and worked in academia and the industry. In 2014-2015 academic year, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Istanbul Technical University.



    Duryea, Daniel G.

    Daniel Garrett Duryea

    Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Studies. Daniel Duryea, Ph.D., LPC, CADC, teaches courses in assessment, multicultural counseling, recovery processes, the effects of drugs on behavior, and the internship. He has published in the area of substance use and sexual orientation and has recently completed investigations into the accuracy of clinician diagnosis and significant issues impacting addiction counselor preparation. Duryea’s current research is focused on exploring student motivation to enter the addiction treatment field, an examination of client engagement in substance abuse treatment and best practices in education and preparation of addiction counselors. He has presented at both the state and national levels on such topics that include the consequences of substance use and sexual orientation among college student populations, addiction counselor training and education and psychopharmacology in counselor education. Duryea is actively involved with the national and state associations of the American Counseling Association, the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and the Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors. He received a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision in 2007, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to joining University of Detroit Mercy, Duryea taught at the State University of New York at Oswego. In addition, he has more than 13 years experience as an addiction counselor in Buffalo, New York at the Erie County Medical Center. He joined the University in 2009.



    Dutta, Utpal

    Utpal Dutta

    Professor and Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering, teaches transportation engineering, constructional materials, engineering economics and optimization. Dutta’s publications and professional presentations both here and abroad have dealt with transportation planning, use of waste materials in highway construction and transportation safety and control. He is currently doing research on the use of automotive shredder residue in asphalt pavement. In 1994, he was awarded the UDM President’s Award for Faculty Excellence. Dutta has a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan. He joined the University in 1988.