Sept. 12, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) recently welcomed seven new, full-time faculty members to five departments on campus, including five assistant professors and two instructors.
As an instructor in MCLA’s Department of Physics, Bridget Gormalley ’09 will teach general physics courses, and also staff Bowman Hall’s maker space. A native of Pittsfield, she earned her associate’s degree in engineering from Berkshire Community College (BCC), her Bachelor of Science degree in physics, summa cum laude, from MCLA, and a master’s degree in applied physics from Columbia University in New York, N.Y.
She previously worked at St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield as a physics and robotics teacher, and also BCC as an adjunct instructor. At MCLA, she was the co-director of the Advanced Robotics Summer Camp in 2016, and was an adjunct lab instructor at MCLA from fall 2013 to spring 2014.
Dr. George Salam Hamaoui, who began at MCLA in September 2016 as a lab instructor, now is an assistant professor of biology. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in microbiology from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he performed research that focused on the feather degrading microbial communities of songbirds, and on the microbes inhabiting iron and manganese deposits in caves of New Mexico.
He completed his Ph.D. in microbiology at UMASS-Amherst, where his graduate research focused on the effects of anthropogenic stress in the form of land-use and climate change disturbances, on nitrogen-cycling microbial communities in tropical and temperate forest soils.
Dr. Matthew Kostek, an assistant professor in biology, has joined the campus to teach human physiology. He spent eight years at the University of Connecticut in Mansfield, Conn., where he gained experience as a clinical researcher and earned his Master of Science degree in health promotion and his Ph.D in kinesiology. He has more than 15 years of clinical and professional experience as a personal trainer, an exercise physiologist, a wellness coach, and as an instructor.
He holds professional certifications from both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM, EP-C) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA, CSCS). Most recently, he taught as an adjunct instructor in the Health Sciences Department at Worcester State University, and at Becker College in Worcester.
Dr. Hannah Noel has joined MCLA’s Department of English/Communications as an assistant professor, to teach courses in multi-ethnic studies and digital communications. A native of Florida, Mass., she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in American studies, with Honors in latina/o studies, from Williams College. She holds her master’s degree and Ph.D in American culture, with a graduate certificate in Latina/o studies, from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She previously was a visiting assistant professor of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino studies at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. Her research interests include media and cultural studies, race, ethnicity, new racism and immigration in the United States. Her current book project is “Representing Immigration Crisis: Latinos, Crime, and Race in the Obama Era.”
Dr. Victoria Papa joined the campus as an assistant professor in the Department of English/Communications. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., her master’s degree in English from the SUNY-Albany, and completed her Ph.D in English at Northeastern University in Boston, where she also taught in their writing program, 2009-2017.
Her teaching and research interests include 20th century and contemporary multiethnic literatures, modernism, gender and sexuality studies, visual culture, and the digital humanities. Her essay, “Embodied Haunting: Aesthetics and the Archive in Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” will appear in the forthcoming anthology, “Madness in Black Women’s Fictions: Aesthetics of Resistance and the Practice of Diaspora” (Palgrave Macmillan).
Dr. Nicole Porther joined MCLA as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, where she will teach community health. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her M.P.H and Ph.D. degrees from Florida International University in Miami, Fla.
She previously was a visiting assistant professor of public health and biology at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and Nova Southeastern University in Broward County, Fla. Her teaching interests include genetics, evolution and public health, public health toxicology, and her primary research interests are in the field of cancer biology and cancer epidemiology.

Marianne Young has joined the campus as an instructor in the Department of Education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I., in English and secondary education, and her Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from Vermont College of Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.

In addition to pursuing doctoral studies at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio, she completed the “Accomplished Principal Field and Pilot Test,” sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She previously taught English for grades 8 – 12 at Leland and Gray Union High School and Middle School in Townshend, Vt., prior to becoming that school’s middle school principal. She served as principal of Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington from 1999 to 2007, and again from 2009 to 2017, and also as superintendent of the Lenox Public Schools, from 2007 to 2009.

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