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    Calleja, Nancy

    Nancy Calleja

    Professor, Department Chair of Counseling and Addiction Studies and Director of Addiction Counseling Program, teaches advanced issues in addiction counseling, program development and evaluation, diagnosis and treatment planning, critical issues in counseling, legal issues and consultation. Calleja is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and her work has focused on marginalized individuals in the juvenile justice, child welfare and public mental health systems. She has worked as a clinician, clinical supervisor and administrator for more than three decades in the non-profit human services, and continues to do so. Calleja has developed several comprehensive treatment programs for marginalized adults and youth with substance use and serious mental health disorders. She specializes in the clinical treatment of juvenile offenders, including juveniles with sexual behavior problems. Calleja consults nationally with governmental and non-profit organizations on business planning, program development and program evaluation, and has been awarded more than $6.2M for her research. She is a member of the Michigan Child Welfare Health Advisory Committee, past chair of the Licensure Committee, Michigan Counseling Association, past chair of the Ethics Committee, Michigan Counseling Association and past president of the Michigan Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. Calleja received the 2019-2020 Faculty Excellence Award, recognized for excellence as a scholar at University of Detroit Mercy. She joined the University in 2002.



    Camara, Ablaye

    Ablaye Camara

    Assistant Professor of Economics, teaches macroeconomics, microeconomics, International Monetary Analysis, Public Finance, Advanced Stats for Data Analytics and Business Forecasting. Camara began his career with the University in 2001 as a tutor and a student athlete for the men's soccer team. In 2007 he became the Simulation, Technology and Research (STAR) Center program coordinator with University Academic Services. In addition, he served as the assistant coach for Detroit Mercy's men's soccer team from 2009 to 2011. Camara earned his doctorate from Wayne State University and began teaching economics at Detroit Mercy in September 2008. Camara was inducted into the University of Detroit Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020.



    Carmona, Victor D.

    Victor D. Carmona

    Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Sustainability for the College of Engineering & Science, as well as Research Associate with the Center for Eco-Health Research (CENSALUD) at the University of El Salvador. Carmona has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arkansas and served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Biology Department at Occidental College. He has served three times as a Fulbright Scholar in Latin America, and undergraduate students in his research lab have gone on to conduct field-projects abroad through the Fulbright Student Program as well as Engineers without Borders. Carmona maintains active research projects in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, as well as the U.S., and regularly publishes scholarly articles with undergraduate co-authors. He joined University of Detroit Mercy in 2017 and has teacher-scholar projects with multiple departments across the College of Engineering & Science that engage local community partners to champion environmental sustainability & justice.



    Caspers, Mary Lou

    Mary Lou Caspers

    Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, teaches basic and advanced biochemistry. Caspers' publications and presentations deal with alterations in brain proteins as a function of aging and with the effects of metal ions such as aluminum on various enzymes in the blood, liver and brain; she is the author of more than 20 papers in refereed journals. Caspers is the recipient of the President's Award for Faculty Excellence and the Engineering and Science Teacher of the Year Award, as well as a number of research grants. Caspers received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She joined the University in 1977.



    Cavanagh, Gerald F. S.J.

    Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J.

    Professor of Management and Charles T. Fisher, III, Chair of Business Ethics, teaches corporate social responsibility and the ethics of business. He has authored five books, the latest, American Business Values, with International Perspectives, 6th edition, and more than 40 journal articles. Cavanagh has lectured and given workshops on business ethics throughout the U.S, as well as in Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany and India. He has consulted with business firms, governments and universities. He held the Dirksen Chair of Business Ethics at Santa Clara University and the Gasson Chair at Boston College. He served as interim dean of the College of Business Administration and as academic vice president and provost at University of Detroit Mercy. He received the President's Award for Faculty Excellence at University of Detroit Mercy, and the highest national award in his field (Sumner Marcus Award) from the Academy of Management. He chaired the Social Issues Division of the Academy of Management and the All-Academy of Management Task Force on Ethics. Cavanagh served on the boards of trustees of Fordham University, Santa Clara University, Xavier University, College of the Holy Cross, Loyola University of New Orleans and the University of Detroit. Cavanagh has recently written and lectured on: Ethics in the Global Marketplace, Business and Personal Values, Free Enterprise and Its Values, and Spirituality for the Manager. He holds a B.S. from Case Western Reserve University (engineering), Ph.L. (philosophy), M.B.A. (business), and M.Ed. (education) from St. Louis University, S.T.L. (theology) from Loyola University, Chicago and D.B.A. (Management) from Michigan State University, and he is an ordained Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus. Cavanagh is faculty advisor to the Detroit Mercy student service organization, APO, and leads an annual week long backpack trip with students to Shenandoah National Park, VA. He enjoys hiking and backpacking in the National Parks. Cavanagh joined the University in 1980.



    Chand, Sanjay

    Sanjay Chand

    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences, Division of Clinical Dentistry, Director of Infection Control. He teaches Pharmacology, Physical Assessment, Applied Clinical Therapeutics, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics to Dental students. He is Course Director of Head and Neck Anatomy and Integrated Biomedical Sciences 1 and 2 courses for Dental Hygiene students. He is course director and teaches Advanced Therapeutics to Physician Assistant students and Cardiovascular/ Nervous system Pharmacology to Nurse Anesthesia students at McNichols campus. Dr. Chand participates in continuing education courses through the University of Detroit Mercy and is a regular CE speaker at various national and international conferences. Additional responsibilities include monitoring infection control at the dental school and UHC including exposure incident management, advising and mentoring dental hygiene students as member of Dental Hygiene Admissions committee, membership and an advisory role in the Formulary committee and membership of the Rank and Tenure committee. He has served as Chair of the ADEA Section on Physiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Chand has received several teaching and academic awards from both dental and dental hygiene students. Dr. Chand holds an MD in Medicine and a Masters in Pharmacology from the Christian Medical College and Brown Memorial Hospital with accreditation from Toronto Western University and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). He joined the University in 2009.



    Chitre, Swati

    Swati Chitre

    Clinical Associate Professor, teaches Dental Anatomy and Operative Dentistry in the Integrated Clinical Foundations and Simulation courses. She actively participates in research related to Cariology, Preventive Dentistry. She has presented many posters and oral presentations in the national and international meetings in her area of interest. She holds a Registered Dental Hygiene degree from Oakland Community College, a Master of Science in Operative and Preventive Dentistry from Indiana University, a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Detroit Mercy. She is Fellow and active member of Academy of General Dentistry. Prof. Chitre joined the university in 2009.



    Choi, Wonseok

    Wonseok Choi

    Assistant Professor of Management, teaches organizational behavior, organization theory, strategic policy, and business ethics. He received a B.A. in Ethics Education and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Seoul National University prior to earning his doctorate from the University of Connecticut. He joined University of Detroit Mercy in 2015. His current research focuses on the impact of networks on employee effectiveness.



    Choinski, Mark F.

    Mark F. Choinski

    Technical Director and Designer for the Theater Company, teaches stagecraft and rehearsal and production. He designs lighting for all productions and scenic designs for two shows per season. Along with his Detroit Mercy experience, he has worked at almost every professional theater in the Detroit metro area and has built sets for local commercials and industrial films. He holds a B.A. degree from Mercy College of Detroit. Choinski joined the University in 1979.



    Christian, Holly L.

    Holly L. Christian

    Holly Christian joined Detroit Mercy Law in 2021 as a Toni Wisne Sabina Foundation Veterans Clinic Fellow. She is the first recipient of the Toni Wisne Sabina Veterans Law Clinic Fellowship. Holly is currently a staff lawyer at Swords to Plowshares in California.



    Ciotta, Barbara J.

    Barbara J. Ciotta

    Clinical Instructor, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches undergraduate clinical courses, health assessment, skills along with fundamentals and immersion clinical practicums. She has 30-plus years of clinical nursing experience. Her area of specialty is medical-surgical nursing along with oncology, hospice documentation and homecare. She earned her M.S.N. from the University of Phoenix and her N.E. from University of Detroit. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau. She is also actively involved in the Here to There program in Livonia, a program dedicated to reaching high school juniors and seniors and guiding them in future career decisions.



    Colbert, Curles

    Curles Colbert

    Clinical Assistant Professor, currently serves as Clinical Lead, managing dental and dental hygiene, as well as the faculty assigned to his group. Prof. Colbert earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Michigan in 1978. He has been involved in organized Dentistry for more than 25 years and has served as a member of the Michigan Dental Association’s Board of Trustees since 2011. He also served as a delegate to the American Dental Association (ADA) House of Delegates since 2011. Prof. Colbert was the 2018 recipient of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Michigan Section Joseph B. Harris Mentorship Award. He has special interest in Public Health Dentistry. Dr. Colbert joined the university in 2013.



    Coleman, Margaret E.

    Margaret E. Coleman

    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, teaches dental anatomy, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide sedation to Dental Hygiene students. She is also involved in teaching local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation to practicing dental hygienists in a series of continuing education courses. Her interests focus on educational research. She has received several teaching awards. Coleman holds a Certificate and B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit. She joined the University in 1977.



    Campos, Marinele

    Marinele Campos

    Clinical Assistant Professor, teaches Clinical Periodontics to undergraduate and accelerated dental students. Prof. Campos graduated from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil with a Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Science in Periodontics. She later pursued research at University of Southern California where she earned a Ph.D. In 2014, Prof. Campos completed a periodontology residency at University of Detroit Mercy. She has taught in various capacities at several universities over the years.  Prof. Campos serves as an international guest lecturer and visiting professor at University of Sao Paulo, Bauru School of Dentistry. Prof. Campos’ research includes Periimplantitis, Microbiology and Immunology.  She joined the university in 2015



    Conant, Stephanie

    Stephanie Conant

    Associate Professor and Chair of Biology, earned a B.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Immunology from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She joined the Detroit Mercy Biology Department in 2008. Conant's research centers on understanding the role of cell cycle proteins in tumor development. Her lab studies the role of Cables1, a protein regulating cell cycle progression, which has been implicated as playing part in tumor development in many cases of ovarian, lung, and colon cancer. Mammalian epithelial cells are cultured and siRNA technology is used to disrupt normal protein presence and function to delineate the interactions and activity of the Cables1 protein in possible tumor formation. Conant leads the HHMI SeaPhage freshman research experience course that provides an authentic research and data collecting laboratory opportunity for introductory Biology students. Additionally, she teaches introductory biology, immunology, nutrition, anatomy and physiology and biology and social issues to Biology majors and Nursing students.



    Conrad, Megan

    Megan Conrad

    Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, holds a Ph.D. In Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University and joined Detroit Mercy in 2017. Conrad's research is centered around the assessment of human performance in healthy and disabled populations as it pertains to therapy, work, and product design. She teaches courses in biomedical engineering, biomechanics, materials, mechanical measurements, engineering graphics, and capstone design. Conrad is currently the director of the Biomedical Design minor and the Assistive Technologies Lab.



    Costello, Margaret

    Margaret Costello

    Associate Professor of Law and Director, Veterans Law Clinic, was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy law school, and currently teaches the Clinic. She also teaches a seminar in advanced torts. An experienced litigator and mediator, she practiced in Detroit for more than 20 years at Dykema Gossett. Costello focused her practice on litigation and appeals, including product liability, bankruptcy and commercial litigation, and international arbitration. Also a licensed psychologist, she received her B.S. degree from Penn State University and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Detroit College of Law; she also holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and Southern Illinois University. She joined the University in 2007.



    Courtney, Renee K.

    Renee K. Courtney

    Clinical Assistant Professor, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a certified Transcultural Nurse. Her areas of interest include transcultural healthcare, simulation, and interprofessional education/collaboration. Dr. Courtney earned her B.S.N. from Eastern Michigan University, M.S.N. from Michigan State University, D.N.P. from the University of Michigan-Flint, and Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education from Wayne State University. Her clinical experiences include working in emergency and short stay settings. Courtney maintains her clinical practice at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital as a hospitalist. She joined the University in 2016.



    Cunningham-Warren, Cara

    Cara Cunningham-Warren

    Associate Professor of Law, holds a B.A. from Michigan State University, a J.D. from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and an LL.M. from the University of Toronto. She clerked for Judge Virginia Morgan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, then worked as a litigator before joining the School of Law faculty. Cunningham Warren teaches comparative applied legal theory and analysis and public international law. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Law of the Americas; is a member of the Legal Writing Institute (where she served as co-chair of the Global Legal Writing Skills Committee); and is the author of a forthcoming textbook on International Law. She joined the University in 2000.



    Cutino, Salvatore

    Salvatore Cutino

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Responsible for evaluating patient outcomes, ensuring quality care and recommending/implementing clinic process improvements. Additionally he is a member of the Admissions Committee and serves as an advisor and mentor to dental students. Prof. Cutino served 26 years with the United States Air Force serving most recently as Deputy Commander and Chief of Dental Services for the Air Force’s largest dental clinic and only postgraduate training program in Joint Base Lackland-San Antonio Texas. He holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Detroit and General Practice Residency Certificate from Scott Air Force Base Medical Center Illinois. He joined the university in 2014.