Uriah Anderson

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Education

M.A., Ph.D., Arizona State University
B.S., Indiana State University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1329
Email: uriah.anderson@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 227D

Areas of Expertise

Uriah Anderson received his PhD in social psychology from Arizona State University. His graduate worked focused on evolutionary social cognition, specifically how fundamental social motivations like protecting ourself and our loved ones, finding a mate, making friends, and gaining status influence the ways we perceive and think about others. For example, if we are worried about our physical safety, what types of people do we attend to? Whom do we remember later?

Since joining UMM in 2011, Dr. Anderson has taught a wide range of online courses in experimental psychology for the Psychology and Community Studies program. After spending his graduate career focused on such a narrow aspect of psychology, he is excited to have a chance to broaden his focus and teach some of the courses that first attracted him to psychology, like Intro to Psychology and Learning and Memory.


Heather Ball

Associate Professor of Special Education

Education

Ed.D., Ph.D., University of Maine
C.A.S., University of Maine
M.S.Ed., Duquesne University
B.A., Rhode Island College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1381
Email: hball@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 229B

Areas of Expertise

Social Context of Education, Social Justice, Special Education, New Teacher Induction, and Distance Education


Brian Beal

Professor of Marine Biology

Education

Ph.D., University of Maine
M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., University of Maine at Machias

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1314
Email: bbeal@maine.edu
Location: Science 002A

Areas of Expertise

Brian is a marine benthic (bottom) ecologist who graduated from UMM in 1979, and then went on to get a M.S. degree in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983. He began work at UMM in May 1985 as an Environmental Education Project Assistant and the next year became UMM’s first Environmental Resources Coordinator. In 1993, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Maine at Orono in Marine BioResources. For the past thirty years, Brian has taught courses half time and conducted applied research half time. His courses relate directly to the research he conducts on the ecology and culture of commercially-important shellfish: Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Introduction to Statistics, Applied Statistics, and Experimental Design and Analysis for Biologists. He helped to develop the only fisherman-sponsored lobster hatchery for public stock enhancement programs in Maine in the coastal town of Cutler that operated from 1986 to 1992, and he was instrumental in helping to establish in 1987 the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery, a university-supported program to produce cultured soft-shell clam juveniles for stock enhancement in Maine’s coastal communities that manage their clam stocks. In 2000, the Regional Hatchery became known as the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education (DEI), and in 2003 moved 3.5 miles from its home of 16 years at Perio Point on Moosabec Reach on Beals Island to Black Duck Cove on the Western Bay on Great Wass Island. DEI now serves as UMM’s Marine Science Field Station and supports activities of undergraduates in the three science programs at UMM affording them summer and intern opportunities where they can be involved in rearing shellfish or conducting research on a variety of coastal marine organisms. To see results of the applied research that Dr. Beal has conducted with students over the years, follow this link to the Downeast Institute’s Published Research page:

http://www.downeastinstitute.org/published-research.htm


Karen Beeftink

Assistant Professor of Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management

Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., West Virginia University
B.A., University of Illinois

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1249
Email: karen.beeftink@maine.edu
Location: Reynolds 23

Areas of Expertise

Specializes in nature-based tourism, ecotourism, outdoor recreation, and leisure programming. Works with non-profit organizations in providing recreational opportunities for youth in the community.


Gregory Benton

Assistant Professor of Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management

Education

M.S., Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
B.A., University of California Santa Barbara

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1401
Email: gregory.benton@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 129

Areas of Expertise

Specializes in natural and cultural resource interpretation, environmental education and human dimensions in resource management; qualitative phenomenological research methods.


Mark Douglas

Assistant Professor of Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management

Education

PhD (expected) University of Montana
MS Humboldt State University
BS Murray State University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1401
Email: mark.douglas@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 127

Areas of Expertise

Recreation Resource Planning and Management, Wilderness Stewardship, Visitor Use of Recreational and Protected Areas, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

Mark Douglas is from the bottomland hardwoods of northwest Tennessee. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services at Murray State University in Kentucky. In California he worked in outdoor education at the Pali Institute in the San Bernardino National Forest and in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area at Whiskeytown Environmental School. Before graduate school, Mark was a trip leader at Tanglewood Camp in Lincolnville, Maine. At Humboldt State University Mark studied wilderness visitor travel patterns for Yosemite National Park to earn his MS in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation. He later worked with Glacier National Park to establish building blocks for wilderness planning.

Mark has worked for the Resource Systems Group doing visitor use monitoring in the US Forest Service Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. He worked with the Superior National Forest to examine canoe travel in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. His current research focuses on wilderness affectivity and affect. He serves on the Stewardship Committee of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy.


William Driscoll

Assistant Professor of Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies

Education

L.P.D., Northeastern University
J.D., Suffolk University School of Law
A.B.D., California Intercontinental University
M.B.A., Sawyer Business School
B.S., Eastern Nazarene College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1243
Email: william.driscoll@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 133

Areas of Expertise

Professor Driscoll comes to UMM from Quincy, MA, where he served as Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Eastern Nazarene College, and adjunct instructor at Wentworth Institute of Technology of Boston, MA, and Marian Court College of Swampscott, MA. His teaching interests include business law, entrepreneurship, and non-profit management. While at Eastern Nazarene College, Professor Driscoll served as faculty advisor to the Student Investment Group, Microenterprise Fund, and Business Forum, and designed and built the campus Trading Room and Business Center.

Professor Driscoll received his Doctor of Law & Policy from Northeastern University. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University School of Law, Master of Business Administration from Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College. Professor Driscoll has earned Project Management certificates from Villanova University. He is a licensed Massachusetts real estate broker, and holds several trade licenses.

For nearly 25 years prior to his academic career, Professor Driscoll led entrepreneurial ventures in the trades and real estate across the Northeast. He has served as a board member, advisor or volunteer for several non-profit organizations, including Rebuilding Together/Boston, REACH-123, NECHAMA Disaster Response, and Persevere Disaster Relief. Professor Driscoll enjoys volunteering alongside his three sons – Bill, Jr., John, and Jaime – and since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has participated in 50+ recovery and relief projects to federally declared disaster zones.


Meghan Wilson Duff

Associate Professor of Psychology

Education

M.S., Psy.D., Antioch New England Graduate School
B.S., Emory University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1227
Email: meghan.duff@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 227C

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Meghan Wilson Duff is an Associate Professor of Psychology in UMM’s Psychology and Community Studies Program. Meghan is originally from southern Vermont. She has a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH. She previously worked as a child & family therapist and an adolescent substance abuse treatment provider. Her undergraduate majors at Emory University were Russian Language & Linguistics and Physical Anthropology & Human Biology. Meghan was a 2003-2004 NH/VT Schweitzer Fellow while completing her graduate work. The Schweitzer Fellowship was started to develop leaders in service from different professions to address health and wellness needs of communities and achieve health equity. Meghan continues to be involved with the Schweitzer Fellowship. Her service work influences her teaching, and she is happy to be part of program that integrates Service Learning and Community Engagement (SL/CE) throughout the curriculum. Meghan currently helps support the Machias Cohort of the University of Southern Maine’s Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. The Machias Cohort makes it possible for students in Washington County to attain their Masters via a combination of distance technology and local classes while remaining in county.


Ellen Hostert

Professor of Biology

Education

Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz
M.A., University of Northern Iowa
B.A., Cornell College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1301
Email: ehostert@maine.edu
Location: Science 123

Areas of Expertise

Research Interest: I am a population geneticist, so I use the tools of genetics to address questions in evolutionary biology. My research examines genetic variation in natural populations of animals. My current project examines variation in an immune system gene in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). We amplify our gene of interest with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). We look for alternate forms of the gene (alleles) by running our PCR reactions on gels using the single-stranded conformational polymorphism (SSCP) technique. SSCP gives us a way to “see” alleles that differ by as little as one base. When we find a new allele, we clone it and sequence it.

Previous Student Project: Molecular Analysis of Coyotes in Maine: Evidence for Hybridization with Wolves?

Favorite organism: Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly.


Tora Johnson

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Systems
Director of the GIS Service Center

Education

M.Phil., College of the Atlantic
B.S., University of Oregon
PhD, University of Maine
U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner License

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1214
Email: tjohnson@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 223

Areas of Expertise

Since 1996, she has taught marine, environmental, and geographic information systems (GIS) at the college level. She teaches GIS and environmental studies at UMM and serves as the director of the GIS Laboratory and Service Center. Before her son was born in 1996, Tora made a career of teaching and crewing aboard several of the large sailing vessels that ply the coast of New England, as well as commercial fishing in Alaska.

Tora’s current human ecological research focuses on political conflicts over marine and coastal resources and the uses of maps in decision-making. Tora & GPS students map Passamaquoddy petroglyphs. In service projects through the UMM GIS Service Center, Tora and her students work with local towns, organizations and businesses to conserve Downeast Maine’s natural resources and plan for a prosperous and sustainable future. Tora was the principal investigator for a statewide GIS education initiative in GIS education involving nine colleges and universities. She has also collaborated with installation artists and sculptors on community-based and place-based installation art projects.

Also a writer, Tora’s award-winning book, Entanglements: The Intertwined Fates of Whales and Fishermen, was released in 2005. She was the marine reporter for the Martha’s Vineyard Times from 1998 to 2000. In addition to columns and feature articles for magazines and newspapers, she has published the Guide to Freshwater Animals without Backbones (with Arlene De Strulle; The Catskill Center, 1997).


Eric Jones

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology

Education

Ph.D., Florida State University
B.S., Florida State University
A.S., Tallahassee Community College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1267
Email: eric.jones1@maine.edu
Location: Science 125

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Eric Jones graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a Ph.D. in biological sciences. Dr. Jones studied plant mating system evolution in the genus Houstonia (Rubiaceae, the coffee family). Eric’s interests are in biodiversity, the philosophy of science, and botany in the broad sense. His background in botany ranges from molecular biology to phylogenetics and development. Dr. Jones currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Botany at the University of Maine at Machias where he teaches courses in general biology, general botany, general ecology, plant systematics, plant ecology, and phylogenetic methods. Dr. Jones is also the curator of the UMM herbarium, which houses collections of vascular and non-vascular plants and marine macroalgae.


Gayle Kraus

Professor of Marine Ecology

Education

Ph.D. Zoology University of Rhode Island
M.S. Biology Hofstra
B.A. Biology Hofstra

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1261
Email: gkraus@maine.edu
Location: Science 15

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Kraus regularly teaches Marine Mammals and Pelagic Birds, Oceanography, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Ornithology, Skeletal Preparation, and General Ecology. She periodically adds Special Topics in Wildlife Rehabilitation to her teaching schedule. Gayle loves fieldwork and service learning which she incorporates into her classes. Gayle and her students have participated in the Marine Mammal Stranding Network for over a decade, assessing the status of numerous Harbor Seal pups, Grey Seal pups and juvenile Harp Seals, rescuing and performing triage on various seals and collecting basic data from a variety of dead whales, dolphins and seals. Skeletal Preparation developed as an outgrowth of this work. Gayle and her students have articulated a Minke Whale, a Pilot Whale, several seals and dolphins and even a tuna. As part of Ichthyology and other classes, Gayle and her students maintain numerous fresh and saltwater aquaria in the Science building. Recently they have started culturing corals. In Invertebrate Zoology, she and her students monitor local zooplankton communities. She has trained students in toxic algal monitoring and amphibian monitoring for over twenty years. She is a compiler for Audubon Christmas Bird Count and incorporates various censusing techniques in Ornithology. Gayle was a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator for over twenty years. She is returning to this work, specializing in young White-tailed deer and a few other local mammals at her home. In her spare time she and her students have built and maintain two labyrinth gardens on campus.


Lois-Ann Kuntz

Professor of Psychology
Chair of the Arts and Letters Division

Education

Ph.D., University of Florida
M.S., University of Central Florida
B.S., University of Georgia

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1424
Email: lkuntz@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 229B

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Kuntz joined the UMM faculty over 10 years ago bringing expertise as an applied psychologist. She is interested in how to improve human relations within the physical, biological, social occupational and technological environments. Dr. Kuntz believes that classroom opportunities that include service learning/community engagement (SL/CE) are crucial preparation for majors. These activities prepare campus and distance students for both graduate school and immediate employment as problem solving skills, critical thinking, and collaboration are vital to be successful in either realm. Dr. Kuntz received the Donald Harward Award from Maine Campus Compact in recognition of her SL/CE course work. She facilitates workshops for other faculty utilizing SL/CE in distance classes and recently had a chapter published with a colleague in the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: A Sourcebook, by SAGE publication. Dr. Kuntz is the advisor for the 100% Society which hosts an LGBTA youth state-wide Rainbow Ball Weekend. She is very honored that graduating senior classes have named her the recipient of the Frederick Reynolds Faculty Award several times as well as naming her their Class Marshall during graduation.

“I’ve always been interested in what we can do to improve people’s lives. I’m interested in how to improve human relations within our physical, biological, social, occupational and technological environments. Unlike many people’s image of a psychologist, I am not trained to ‘psychoanalyze’. Instead, my quest is to apply psychological theory to real world problems for groups and individuals, and this is exactly what my students get to experience with their research projects for various community agencies.” Lois-Ann Kuntz


Marcus LiBrizzi

Professor of English

Education

B.A., Bard College at Simon’s Rock
M.A., University of Maine
Ph.D., McGill University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1230
Email: mlibrizz@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 241


Garret Lee

Lecturer of Education
Field Placement Coordinator

Education

M.A., University of New Mexico
B.A., Eastern Washington University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1321
Email: garret.lee@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 229A

Areas of Expertise

Content Area Literacy Methods, K-12 Curriculum & Assessment Design, Alternative Education, Literature & Technology.

Garret Lee is a Lecturer of Education and the Placement Coordinator for the Education Program’s Field Placement experiences. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Washington University in English Literary Studies and a Master’s Degree from the University of New Mexico in Educational Leadership.


Tessa Mellas

Assistant Professor of English

Education

BA, St. Lawrence University, English (focus in Creative Writing), and Music
MFA, Bowling Green State University, Creative Writing (focus in Fiction)
PhD, University of Cincinnati, English and Comparative Literature, Creative Dissertation

Contact Information

Phone: 255-1338
Email: tessa.mellas@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 237

Areas of Expertise

Magical Realism, the Fantastic, the Female Grotesque, Eco-Fabulism, Eco-Criticism, the Lyric Essay, Feminism, African American Literature, LGBT Literature, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Rhetoric and Composition, Literacy.

Tessa teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at UMM. She has recently taught literature courses on Feminist Fabulists, African American Authors, and Neil Gaiman. Her debut story collection Lungs Full of Noise won the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was published by the University of Iowa Press. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as StoryQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, and The Pinch, and in various anthologies.

She has presented at the Associated Writers and Writers Programs (AWP) Conference the last three years on eco-fabulism, publishing and promoting story collections, flash fiction, and multi-modality in the creative writing classroom.

Tessa is working on an apocalyptic novella-in-flash about beasts in Canada who are hunted down to solve food scarcity problems. These lyrical and fantastical flash pieces blend fiction and poetry. She is co-editing an anthology on eco-fabulism with fiction writer Alexander Lumans.

She curates the Maine Writers Series and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. She enjoys figure skating, gardening, hiking, swimming, and vegan cooking. She has composting worms in her office. Bring your banana peels to class for the worms!


James Moreira

Associate Professor of Community Studies

Education

M.A., Ph.D., Memorial University of Newfoundland
B.A., University of King’s College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1414
Email: james.moreira@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 227A

Areas of Expertise

Anthropology and Community Studies


Gerard P. NeCastro

Professor of English & Humanities

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of California-Riverside
B.A., Mercyhurst College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1293
Email: necastro@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 239


Jeremy Nettleton

Assistant Professor of Marine Biology

Education

Ph.D., M.S., University of New Hampshire
B.S., Iowa State University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1206
Email: jeremy.nettleton@maine.edu
Location: Science 117

Areas of Expertise

Marine Biology


Eugene C. Nichols

Professor of Music

Education

M.M., and M.M., Northern Illinois University
B.M., State University of New York at Potsdam

Contact Information

Telephone: (207) 255-1229
Email: gnichols@maine.edu
Location: POW 201


William Otto

Professor of Chemistry
Chair of the Environmental and Biological Sciences Division

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas
B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1345
Email: william.otto@maine.edu
Location: Science 107

Areas of Expertise

Dr. William Otto is an analytical chemist by training, with a very strong focus on the environment. He is currently interested in environmental monitoring with a focus on the Downeast rivers that are home to the endangered Atlantic Salmon. He regularly incorporates chemical monitoring of the rivers and ocean in courses. His students have monitored pH of the rivers, demonstrating episodic acid rain events that may be impairing the survival of Atlantic Salmon.

Dr. Otto also has a very strong interest in energy. At UMM, he has guided several student projects that focused on energy. In 2004-2005 as part of an EPA P3 funded project, he worked with a student group identifying what green features would be feasibly incorporated into a new building at UMM. In 2007-2009, he worked with students in developing the greenhouse gas inventory for UMM. This was the focus of the project oriented Environmental Studies: Issues and Actions course that he taught.


Daniel Qualls

Associate Professor of Education
Chair of the Professional Studies Division

Education

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A.T., East Tennessee State University
M.A., University of Memphis
B.A., University of Memphis

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1260
Email: daniel.qualls@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 229C

Areas of Expertise

Social Studies Education, Rural Outreach, K-12 Curriculum Development and Teaching Methods, Geography and Archeology.

Daniel Qualls is an associate professor in the Education Program. He previously taught high school social studies for Memphis City Schools as well as in the mountains of East Tennessee. Before becoming a teacher, Dr. Qualls worked as an archaeologist in the Mid-South region of the United States. His teaching areas include instructional methods and social sciences. Since 2014, he has been the Curriculum Coordinator for Mano en Mano’s Blueberry Harvest School for children of migrant workers.


Jon Reisman

Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Education

M.A., Brown University
M.A., University of Southern Maine
B.A., Colby College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1242
Email: jreisman@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 229E

Areas of Expertise

Education and Environmental Policy, Politics, and Washington County.


Lori Schnieders

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Education

Ed.D., University of Louisville
M.Ed., Xavier University
B.A., Northern Kentucky University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1460
Email: lschnieders@maine.edu
Location: Torrey 117B

Areas of Expertise

Psychology


Sherrie Sprangers

Professor of Biology

Education

Ph.D., Marquette University
B.S., University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1205
Email: ssprange@maine.edu
Location: Science 202

Areas of Expertise

Biology


Stuart Swain

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Education

Ph.D., University of Maine
M.A., University of Washington
B.A., Colby College

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1302
Email: stuart.swain@maine.edu
Location: Science 204B

Areas of Expertise

Stuart Swain has been a mathematics professor at UMM since 1987. He teaches across the math curriculum. Stuart enjoys working with students in all majors and with all kinds of math backgrounds. His teaching expertise is in guiding students to develop a deep conceptual understanding as the foundation for their mathematics success.

Stuart has served the University in a wide range of roles over the years, including as division chair, provost, and interim president. In his doctoral work he focused on the ways diversity education can best be infused across a student’s collegiate experience.


Melanie Tardiff

Lecturer of Mathematics

Education

B.S., University of Maine at Fort Kent
B.S., University of Maine at Machias

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1358
Email: melanie.tardiff@maine.edu
Location: Science 213

Areas of Expertise

Mathematics


Bernie Vinzani

Professor of Art and Book Arts

Education

Director of Art Galleries
B.S., M.F.A., Indiana State University

Contact Information

Phone: 255-1279
Email: bvinzani@maine.edu
Location: DOR 1

Areas of Expertise

Bernie Vinzani was born in Gary, Indiana. After completing his undergraduate and MFA graduate degree in Fine Arts, he was hired by Vincennes University as Assistant Professor of Art and was responsible for setting up a professional printmaking studio at the school. During this time he began making paper as an adjunct craft to teach his print students about the qualities of fine paper. In 1979, he joined Twinrocker Paper Inc. as a papermaker where he collaborated making editions of work for such artists as Robert Natkin, Claire Van Vliet, William Wegman, and Ansel Adams.

His own visual work was shown in such venues as the VI International Print Biennial, Cracow Poland, Twinrocker Papermakers, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Das Papier, Duren, Germany, and Paperworks, Caracas, Venezuela. In 1982 he moved to Downeast Maine where he established a small paper studio where he made specialty papers for art and book conservation. Institutional clients include: The Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University Libraries, and Northeast Document Conservation Center.

In 1987 he began teaching at the University of Maine at Machias where he became a part time regular faculty member and Art Gallery Director. In July 2010 he hosted the Paper and Book Intensive on the UMM campus. He is now Professor of Art and Book Arts and directs the Book Arts Workshop.

Vinzani’s work and has been featured in such publications as Hand Papermaking, The Book of Fine Paper, American Craft Magazine, Art New England and The Boston Globe. He has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado, The Southwest Craft Center, Texas, the International Paper Conference, Boston, and the Paper and Book Intensive, Michigan.

His work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

He currently teaches Art Foundation courses, Drawing, Book Arts, Papermaking, Printmaking and supervises UMM Senior IFA major projects.