MCLA Welcomes Six New Faculty to Campus


 NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has welcomed six new faculty members to campus this fall, with a seventh to join the College in the spring.

Shahnaz Abdullah, Ph.D., joined the College as an assistant professor in business administration. She earned her doctorate in economics from the University of Birmingham (England). She previously taught at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Claflin University and the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh).

Rebekah Benjamin, Ph.D., joined the College as an assistant professor in the psychology department. She completed her doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Georgia-Athens, in August. Prior to entering that program, she was a high school English teacher. While at the University of Georgia, she taught undergraduate psychology courses and worked in the housing department.

Lisa Donovan, Ph.D., will join the Fine and Performing Arts Department as an associate professor in arts management, in January, 2013. Donovan is an associate professor of creative arts in learning at Lesley University, and has taught as a visiting assistant professor at MCLA. She holds her doctorate from Lesley University.

Melinda (Mindy) Dow '95, M.F.A., joins the College as an assistant professor in the department of English/communications. She previously was self-employed as a freelance writer and education consultant. Prior to that, she taught English at Monument Mountain Regional High School for three years.

Justin Golub, Ph.D., joins the biology department as an assistant professor. He completed his doctorate at Clark University, where he also completed his master's degree. Prior to beginning that program, he worked as a supplemental instructor at Brooklyn College in New York.

Jeffrey McRae, M.F.A. is an assistant professor in English/communications. He received his degree from Washington University-St. Louis, and has been a visiting instructor and a visiting assistant professor at MCLA since 2003.

James Niedbalski '82 joins the English/communications department as an instructor, after having worked part-time in the department for several years. Prior to his work at MCLA, he taught journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University and Southern Vermont College. He holds a master's degree in professional writing from UMASS-Dartmouth, which he completed in 1998.

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