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    Daimi, Kevin

    Kevin Daimi

    Professor Emeritus 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. He joined the University in 2004. 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 Detroit Mercy, 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 for 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 a Bachelor of Science 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. He began teaching at the University in 2004 as a visiting assistant professor and became a tenure track assistant professor in 2005.



    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.



    Davis, Nickolas

    Nickolas Davis

    Assistant Professor of Social Work, research interests include social work and technology, data/client privacy, and social work regulation and licensing. Davis has over ten years of social work experience in various sectors including managed care, telemental health, hospice, public school systems and community-based mental health. He holds the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Certified Social Worker in Health Care (C-SWHC), and Board-Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD) credentials. Davis earned his doctorate in public affairs and social work from the School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the International Public Policy Association, and the Network for Social Work Management. He was selected as a Policy Fellow for the Network for Social Work Management for 2019 to 2020.


    Davis, Louis M.

    Louis M. Davis

    Assistant Professor, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches in the undergraduate nursing program. He is a Family Nurse Practitioner. He earned his doctor of nursing practice (DNP) from the University of Detroit Mercy.  Dr. Davis joined the McAuley School of Nursing as adjunct in 2014 then, full time term faculty in 2016, and permanent full time in 2017.



    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

    Associate Professor of Mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education and Technology from Michigan State University (2009). He joined the University in 2010. Demir 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 focuses on learning and teaching mathematics in technology-based settings and the effective integration of information technology into mathematics education. His most recent research examines the impact of using web-based technologies with different instructional methods on students' knowledge of mathematics. He also holds a M.A. degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology (2004) from Michigan State University, and B.S. degree in Mathematics Education (1999) from Marmara University, Turkey.



    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 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.Div. in Social Ethics from Boston University and a doctorate in Political Science from The Ohio State University.



    Dereczyk, Amy L.

    Amy L. Dereczyk

    Associate Professor and Chairperson, Physician Assistant Program, spent 10 years in Emergency Medicine before joining the faculty at Detroit Mercy in 2008. She is well published in peer review journals most notably on the topic of academic integrity and professionalism. 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.



    DeVoy, Pat

    Pat DeVoy

    Assistant Professor, Health Information Management and Technology.  Dr. Pat DeVoy has been at the University of Detroit Mercy since 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor and Department Chair/Program Director of Health Information Management and Technology.  She has a PhD in Higher Education Global Leadership from Indiana Tech, EdS in Higher Education Leadership, a MA in Educational Psychology and a MA in Adult and Community Education from Eastern Michigan University.  She also possesses a BS in Allied Health Management from Madonna University, an AAS in Health Information Technology from Davenport University and an AS from Washtenaw Community College. She’s a RHIA, LPN, CPC, CPPM, and CMA (AAMA).

    Pat is an allied health educator with extensive experience in out-patient health information and leadership.  She excels at teaching and developing in-seat and online health information management and allied health curriculum and courses with advanced Blackboard skills.  She has taught and developed all facets of health information management and allied health curriculum with extensive higher education material review experience.  Pat has also authored textbook segments, developed textbook ancillaries, developed test banks and textbook/video scripts.

    Pat’s PhD focus is Health Information Management (HIM) and Servant Leadership and plans to continue to complete research in the field of HIM Education, Service Learning, and Servant Leadership within a global perspective.



    DeWitt, Rachel D.

    Rachel D. DeWitt

    Associate 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 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, DeWitt 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, DeWitt returned to 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.

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



    Diakonov, Gina

    Gina Diakonov

    Clinical Instructor,Gina Diakonov is a clinical instructor for the Clinical Service Learning course for senior year dental students and the Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic. She is the co-director of the Community Based Dental Education Program. Additional responsibilities include organizing community based programs like, Give Kids A Smile and organizing Detroit Mercy’s participation in Men’s Health Event and community health fairs. Her interests focus on dental public health and tobacco cessation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit Mercy. She joined the University in 2015.



    DiPaolo, Donald G.

    Donald G. DiPaolo

    Professor and Director of the Leadership Minor Program, teaches introduction to leadership courses. DiPaolo 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

    Professor and Chair, Nurse Anesthesia, has directed the program since 1991. He holds a RN diploma from Mercy School of Nursing of Detroit, a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a M.S. from Mercy College of Detroit, and a Ph.D. 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 Master's of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. Dow joined the University in 2008.



    Dowgwillo, Emily

    Emily Dowgwillo

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Psychology Clinic, earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Dowgwillo joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2020 after completing her clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She teaches psychology to undergraduate and graduate students and has been appointed the associate director of the psychology clinic. Dowgwillo's program of research examines the between and within personal assessment of co-occurring personality dysfunction, psychopathology and interpersonal dynamics in daily life, with the ultimate goal of identifying person-specific interventions that can be administered in the moment using smartphone technology. In pursuing these research domains, she relies on intensive longitudinal data (e.g. using ecological momentary assessments), utilizes advanced quantitative methods such as multilevel models, parallel process growth curve models, structural equation models and person-specific (i.e. idiographic) models.


    Dubin, Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Dubin

    Emeritus Professor of Law, 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 levels. His research interests are focused on experimental, analytical and numerical modeling of flow and heat transfer in metal foam in various thermal-management applications. He has authored over 150 referred scientific/engineering papers 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. Dukhan joined the University in 2005 and was honored with Detroit Mercy’s Faculty Achievement Award in 2011. In the 2014-2015 academic year, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Istanbul Technical University and in 2018 he was a Fulbright Specialist at Yildiz Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey). Dukhan earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo in 1996, and worked in academia and industry.



    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 Detroit Mercy 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.