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MCLA Welcomes Four New Professors This Fall

09/05/2010

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome four new professors and an instructor to campus this fall.

Ingrid F. Castro, Ph.D. will join the College as an assistant professor of sociology in the department of sociology, anthropology and social work. She comes to MCLA from Northeastern Illinois University, where she served as an associate professor. She earned her Ph.D. and her master's degree in sociology from Northeastern University in Boston and her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. In addition, she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and women's studies from the State University of New York in Potsdam, N.Y.

Rita Nnodim, Ph.D., will join MCLA as an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies in the department of philosophy, interdisciplinary studies and modern languages. She previously served as a visiting lecturer at MCLA in that department, and also has lectured at the University of Birmingham, England, and at Roncalli College in Wiesbaden, Germany. Nnodim earned her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology, focusing on West African studies, at the University of Birmingham. She earned her master's degree in African studies, linguistics and literature, and social anthropology and education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

Laura E. Standley, MFA, will join the College as an assistant professor of theatre in the department of fine and performing arts. She comes to the College from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, N.C., where she served as a visiting lecturer. Previously, Standley was an adjunct faculty member at Stony Brook University in Long Island, N.Y., and the associate artistic director and founding member of New York City Theatre, Ground Up Productions. She earned her MFA in drama at the University of California in Irvine, Calif., and her bachelor's degree in theater and communications from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.

Jennifer Zoltanski, Ph.D., will join MCLA's department of sociology, anthropology and social work as an assistant professor of sociology. She comes to MCLA from Wheaton College in Norton, where she served as a visiting assistant professor in the sociology department. Previously, she served as an adjunct professor in the sociology departments at Washington State University-Vancouver; Portland State University in Portland, Ore.; and Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore. She earned her Ph.D. and master's of arts degree in sociology from Brandeis University, a master's of science degree in sociology from Portland State University, and her bachelor's degree in French at the University of Denver in Denver, Colo.

Toni Diamond '70, M.Ed., joins the education department as an instructor. She comes to MCLA from a position in Berlin, N.Y., where she served as superintendent of schools. In addition, Diamond had a 25-year career in K-12 education, including service as an elementary school teacher, a student services coordinator and a principal. She has taught in education for several years and also is a consultant to McCann High School. She earned her bachelor's and M.Ed. degrees from MCLA.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu .