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    Kagey, Jacob D.

    Jacob D. Kagey

    Associate Professor of Biology, teaches courses in the areas of genetics and cell biology. His research focuses on using the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) to model tumor development in humans. He received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in Genetics and a Ph.D. from Emory University in Genetics and Molecular Biology. As a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow he was awarded funding from NSF (National Science Foundation), NIH (National Institute of Health), DoD (Department of Defense), and HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute). Kagey joined the Biology Department in the fall of 2011.



    Kacir, David

    David Kacir

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Dentistry, Clinic Lead, earned a D.D.S. from University of Detroit Mercy and a Master in Biomedical Sciences from the Medical College of Ohio following his general practice residency in dentistry. He joined the University in 2012.



    Kang, HeKyong

    HeKyong, Kang

    Associate Professor, teaches both dental and postgraduate students various topics in orthodontics including diagnosis and treatment planning, mixed dentition, TADs hands-on course, orthodontic typodont course, and journal article review. She is also involved in postgraduate orthodontic student research and graduate orthodontic admissions. Prof. Kang received her M.S.D and Certificate in Orthodontics from Indiana University School of Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Tweed International Foundation. She joined the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 2014.



    Kashani, Nahid

    Nahid Kashani

    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Dentistry, Clinic Director, oversees the Group Practice Model for Dental and Dental Hygiene students.  She earned her D.D.S. and completed a two-year AEGD program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).  She went on to write a master’s thesis on infection control, earning a Master of Science in Dentistry in Oral Medicine also at CWRU. Her clinical interests include oral medicine, infection control, diagnosis, and dental materials.  Her research interests include education and dental curriculum, pain management and wound healing, infection control and dental materials. She maintains part-time practice. She joined the University in 1996.



    Keep, Suzanne M.

    Suzanne M. Keep

    Associate Professor, Site Coordinator, Aquinas Campus, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches at the Grand Rapids campus. Her area of expertise is community health. She earned her Ph.D. in Nursing from Rutgers The State University of New Jersey.



    Kelly, S.J., Justin J.

    Justin J. Kelly, S.J.

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies, teaches literature and theology, systematic theology and world religions. His courses include Spiritual Autobiographies, Poets, Mystics, and God, Theology of the Imagination, and the Quest for God today. He was a Warren Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Tulsa in 1991. He holds an A.B. and a Master of Arts from Loyola University in Chicago, a Licentiate in Theology from Woodstock College and a doctorate from Yale University. He joined the University in 1972.



    Kenno, Staci

    Staci Kenno

    Assistant Professor of Accounting, earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Management-Accounting from Queens University in Canada, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Windsor. She taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate accounting courses at Brock University for six years prior to joining Detroit Mercy in 2019. Kenno has published several peer-reviewed articles on topics that include the automotive industry and service-learning, in scholarly journals such as Management Accounting Research, Behavioral Research in Accounting, and the Journal of Applied Accounting Research.

    Kesavan, Ram

    Ram Kesavan

    Professor of Marketing, teaches in the areas of marketing/entrepreneurship. He has counseled over 300 small businesses, mostly minority owned. He has authored over 50 articles and a manuscript on international strategic marketing. Some of his work has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Academy of Marketing Science. He has served as the Sam Walton Free Enterprise fellow. He is the treasurer of the Marketing Management Association. Kesavan has a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He joined the University in 1980.



    Kikas, Lazaros D.

    Lazaros D. Kikas

    Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics, teaches courses in mathematics. He received degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Mathematics from University of Detroit Mercy, a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics Sciences from Oakland University. His field of study is in the area of applied discrete mathematics, specifically in graph theory, combinatorial optimization and their applications. He joined the University in 2003.



    Kim, Suk Hi

    Suk Hi Kim

    Professor of International Finance, is the discipline coordinator of finance and international business at University of Detroit Mercy. He has been the founder-editor of North Korean Review since 2005, he was the founder-editor of Multinational Business Review from 1992 to 2002, and he is the author of North Korea at a Crossroads (McFarland, 2003), the coauthor of Global Corporate Finance, sixth edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006), the coeditor of Economic Sanctions against a Nuclear North Korea (McFarland, 2007), and the coauthor of Corporate Financial Management (Copley, 2010). Kim served as a guest research fellow on North Korea at the Bank of Korea from May 20 to June 12, 2007 and at the Kyungnam University Graduate School of North Korea from May 22 to June 11, 2008. In addition, he received a book grant for his North Korean research from the Korea Foundation in 2007 and a cash grant for North Korean Review from the Academy of Korean Studies in 2008. Kim received the Distinguished Faculty Award from University of Detroit Mercy in 2003 and a Korea Global Award from Michigan State University in 2008. He studied Electric Engineering at Yonsei University for two years. In addition, he received a B.A. in Economics from Soongsil University in Korea, his M.A. in Economics from Yonsei University in Korea, his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, and his Ph.D. in Finance from St. Louis University. As a Fulbright Scholar, Kim taught international finance and corporate finance at Yonsei University in spring 1992. Finally, Kim had the two highly rewarding experiences in 2008. First, he visited the Kaesong Industrial Complex, located in North Korea just across the Demilitarized Zone, on June 5, 2008; His essay about the visit, “Visiting the Kaesong Industrial Complex,” appeared in an Internet journal, Nautilus Policy Forum Online, http://www.nautilus.org/fora/security/08066SukHiKim.html, on August 29, 2008. Second, he organized a session on the North Korean economy at the 9th World Knowledge Forum held in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 14-16, 2008. His essay about the session, “Pyongyang University of Science & Technology,” appeared in Nautilus Policy Forum Online, http://www.nautilus.org/fora/security/08100Kim.pdf, on Dec.23, 2008. He joined the University in 1977.



    Kinaia, Bassam M.

    Bassam M. Kinaia

    Associate Professor, Division of Graduate Education, Division of Clinical Essentials and Simulation, Director of Graduate Periodontology Program, teaches periodontal non-surgical and surgical therapies as well as dental implant placement and implant related regenerative therapies to graduate periodontal residents, dental students and dental hygiene students. Additional responsibilities include director of the Graduate Periodontics Program with emphasis on the clinical and didactic components of the program as well as mentoring periodontal residents and dental students in multiple research projects including systematic reviews, clinical studies and case series. He has received the Chasens Teaching and Research Fellowship from the American Academy of Periodontology. His focus is systematic reviews for dental implant and regenerative therapies. He lectures nationally and internationally giving continuing education courses related to soft tissue management and bone regenerative therapies around natural teeth and dental implants. He also serves on multiple committees at the University and the Michigan State Boards for Periodontics. Dr. Kinaia holds Master's Degree in Science, Certificate in Periodontics and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from University of Detroit Mercy. He joined the University in 2008 as a part time faculty and become a full time faculty in 2013.



    Kleinke, Darrell K.

    Darrell K. Kleinke

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Master's of Engineering Management, teaches mechanics of materials, machine design, capstone design, and product development process. His research interests lie in design methodologies, sensors and actuators, innovation techniques, biomimicry, mechanical system engineering and product architecture. Kleinke earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University. He has over 25 years of industrial experience and is a licensed professional engineer.



    Kloft, Leonard

    Leonard Kloft

    Assistant Dean, College of Business Administration, earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. An economic historian, he has taught a wide range of courses to graduate and undergraduate students. Prior to joining Detroit Mercy, he taught at Salisbury State University, Miami University of Ohio, Ohio Northern University, and Wright State University in Ohio, where he also served as director of the Graduate Program in Economics. He joined the University in 2011.



    Ko, Arthur C.

    Arthur C. Ko

    Associate Professor, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches in the Health Systems Management Program. His area of expertise is quality improvement, management, and informatics. He earned his Ph.D. from Wayne State University.  He joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2013.



    Kohnke, Anne

    Anne Kohnke

    Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Principal Investigator, Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program (CAE-CD) with the NSA., has a 25-year career in information technology (IT) where she transitioned from vice president of IT and chief information security officer position into full-time academia. In 2011 Kohnke became a tenured associate professor at Lawrence Technological University, where she taught technical IT and cybersecurity courses. She has served on numerous committees and assisted in the efforts to achieve Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. Kohnke brings her industry experiences into the classroom and designs experiential learning assignments for students around real-world work scenarios to help build conceptual, analytical and critical thinking skills. Her research is focused in the area of cybersecurity, risk management, threat modeling and mitigating attack vectors. She has recently co-authored six books in this field of study. In 2016, Kohnke was instrumental in the recertification efforts of the Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) at Detroit Mercy. She currently serves as the principal investigator for the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency CAE-CD Program. Kohnke earned her Ph.D. from Benedictine University.


    Kondili, Elvita

    Elvita Kondili

    Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, teaches the counseling practicum, research methods, introduction to addiction, ethical and legal issues in counseling, and program development. Her clinical experience includes 18 years in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Michigan in various treatment settings, including methadone treatment, intensive outpatient, crisis counseling, inpatient substance abuse and telehealth. Kondili received her bachelor's degree from the University of Tirana in Albania, her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and her Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She joined the University in 2018.



    Kotermanski, April

    April Kotermanski

    Clinic Coordinator, Division of Dental Hygiene, Campus: Corktown Campus, Building: School of Dentistry, Room: 302

    April Kotermanski is the Clinic Coordinator for the Dental Hygiene clinical courses for first and second-year dental hygiene students. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit Mercy. She joined the University in 2015 and practices in a private general dentistry office in Clinton Twp., Michigan. She currently is working on a Master degree of Health Services Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy.



    Koukal, David R.

    David R. Koukal

    Professor of Philosophy, teaches courses in phenomenology, existentialism, continental philosophy and social and political philosophy. His scholarly research has centered on the phenomenological method. He has published articles on how the work of various phenomenologists relates to expression, the body, imagination, media, pedagogy, politics and various technologies. Koukal holds a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Shimer College and a Master of Arts and a doctorate in Philosophy from Duquesne University. Koukal joined the University in fall 2000, received the Faculty Achievement Award in 2004, directed the University of Detroit Mercy Honors Program from 2001-2011 and has served as department chair.



    Kowalski, Sonya L.

    Sonya L. Kowalski

    Clinical Associate Professor, McAuley School of Nursing, joined the faculty full time in January 2013.  She is a certified adult health clinical nurse specialist and practices with a WOC appointment at the Detroit VAMC. She has taught medical surgical, health assessment, pathopharmacology and Mercy Jesuit courses and currently teaches nursing pharmacology courses. Dr. Kowalski earned her B.S.N. from Eastern Michigan University and her M.S.N. and D.N.P. from University of Detroit Mercy. 



    Kozicki, Zigmond A.

    Zigmond A. Kozicki

    Associate Professor in Health Services Administration at University of Detroit Mercy. Kozicki has been actively involved in healthcare since 1974 and in college/university education since 1976. He has achieved a Doctorate of Health Administration, Master of Science in Administration, Master of Arts in Social Psychology, Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from Central Michigan University. He leads courses in Health Services Organization Management, Health in the Community, Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, U.S. Healthcare System, Population Health and Theory and Practice of Health Services Management.

    His clinical research interest includes motor vehicle accident survivors, chronic pain management and his institutional research includes waterborne pathogens and health care acquired infections and the social determinants of violence. He is involved with several national health care advocacy organizations. He is a documentary film maker and is still active in the medical community as a clinician and administrator. He is a frequent presenter at national and international health care conferences.



    Krishnan, Mohan

    Mohan Krishnan

    Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a B. Tech Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras, India), an M. Tech Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, India), and a Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario, Canada). His current area of specialization is Autonomous Mobility Robotics in which he has taught and carried out research extensively since 1996. In particular, he has worked on problems involving the use of Computational Intelligence Techniques in autonomous vehicle navigation and intelligent control; graph-theoretic approaches to robot path and motion planning; & modeling of mechatronic systems. His expertise also extends to applications of Digital Signal Processing, including Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning problems involving both 1-D and 2-D signals such as signature verification and identification of shape contours of objects. He has had a lifelong interest in engineering education and, in particular, Engineering Design education. He has published extensively on the topic. A paper entitled “A Competition-Motivated Capstone Design Course: The Result of a Fifteen Year Evolution” published in the IEEE Transactions on Education won the Best Journal Paper Award in 2001. During the course of his career he has developed many new courses on various engineering topics. Dr. Krishnan has been granted a Fulbright US Scholar Program Award to support a 6-month stay in Slovenia from October 2020 through April 2021. He will work cooperatively on teaching and research activities in Mobile Robotics with another specialist in the area from the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana.



    Kroupa, Daniel R.

    Daniel R. Kroupa

    Lecturer of History and Director of Museum Studies, teaches American history and coordinates the Museum Studies minor. An experienced museum professional, Kroupa has worked as a historical interpreter at The Henry Ford (museum and Greenfield Village) and managed the educational programs of the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. He worked for eight years as social science education specialist and manager of docent programs for the Education Division of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Prior to pursuing formal studies in history, he studied illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. Kroupa holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Arts in History from Michigan State University. He joined the University in 2010.



    Krukonis, Eric S.

    Eric S. Krukonis

    Associate Professor, Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences, Assistant Director, Research, teaches current topics in microbiology and infectious disease to dental hygiene and dental students as well as periodontal, endodontic and orthodontic residents. Dr. Krukonis’ particular interests are in bacterial pathogenesis and understanding the microbial etiology of dentally-related diseases including caries, implantitis, periodontitis and other microbially-influenced processes. Dr. Krukonis obtained his Ph.D. in microbiology in 1998 from Tufts University. He has over 20 peer-reviewed publications in the field of bacterial pathogenesis, is an editor for the Journal Infection and Immunity and reviews papers for over a dozen academic journals including the Journal of Dental Research. Dr. Krukonis joined the University in July 2013.



    Kutil, Emily

    Emily Kutil

    Instructor, School of Architecture, teaches design studios and visual communication courses. Kutil is an architectural designer and researcher. As a member of We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective, an interdisciplinary collaboration between community activists, academics, researchers and designers, she researches and visualizes information about water, land, and education issues in Detroit. Kutil also coordinates Black Bottom Street View, a project to visualize Detroit’s historic Black Bottom neighborhood using the Burton Historical Collection’s archive. The project will produce a website, mobile exhibit, and book that serve as a platform for neighborhood histories. Black Bottom Street View was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant in 2016. Kutil earned her Master of Architecture (with High Distinction) in 2013 from the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati. She joined University of Detroit Mercy as an adjunct professor in 2015 and became an instructor in 2017.


    Kwapis-Jaeger, Judy

    Judy Kwapis-Jaeger

    Associate Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, teaches dental materials, clinical RDA expanded functions, legal, ethical and professional issues, research and statistics and clinical dental hygiene while maintaining clinical practices. She has published and presented papers on legal/ethical issues, learning styles, interdisciplinary course work and curriculum. Ms. Kwapis-Jaeger was the recipient of the Quest for Excellence in Dental Education. She received a certificate, a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene and a M.A. in Education from the University of Detroit. In addition, she is a Registered Dental Assistant. She joined the University in 1978.


    Kwasky, Andrea N.

    Andrea N. Kwasky

    Clinical Professor, McAuley School of Nursingteaches psychiatric nursing and leadership. She is  board certified as a child and adolescent clinical nurse specialist and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.  Her area of expertise is children, adolescents and young adults. She earned her B.S.N. from Western Michigan University, M.S.N. from Wayne State University and D.N.P. from Oakland University.  Dr. Kwasky joined the College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing in 2009.