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UMM Welcomes New Faculty Members

Added on: August 25, 2011

Three existing faculty appointed to new positions

MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias has announced the addition of three new full-time faculty members for the 2011-2012 academic year. In addition to the new faculty, three existing faculty members were recently appointed to new positions.

Karen Beeftink, a native of the Chicago area, has joined UMM as assistant professor of environmental recreation and tourism management. Beeftink recently completed her Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Pennsylvania State University. Her past experience includes serving as a program coordinator for a rural recreation program in West Virginia, co-directing a university study abroad program, and leading backpacking and wilderness trips.

Michael Fish, a native of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, has been hired as assistant professor of mathematics education. Fish is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in curriculum and instruction. He previously taught mathematics at public schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, and bilingual education at the K-12 and adult-learner levels in Japan. Fish received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Doane College in Nebraska, and completed his Master of Education degree from George Washington University in mathematics education.

Uriah Anderson, a native of Borden, Indiana, has joined the University as assistant professor of psychology. He will primarily be supporting the delivery of UMM’s online Psychology and Community Studies program. Anderson recently completed his Ph.D. in social psychology at Arizona State University, where he also earned his master’s degree in psychology. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University.

“I am excited to welcome these new faculty to our campus community,” said Stuart Swain, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “They join a group of faculty who are truly dedicated to providing our students with innovative, student-centered education. Karen, Michael, and Uriah are a great fit for our University.”

UMM is also pleased to announce new faculty appointments for three current university employees:

Bernie Vinzani has been named associate professor of art and book arts. Vinzani holds an M.F.A in printmaking and drawing and a bachelor’s degree in art from Indiana State University. He began teaching at UMM in 1988 and also serves as director of the UMM Art Galleries and the Book Arts Studio.

Heather Ball has been named assistant professor of special education for a two-year appointment. Ball recently completed her doctorate in special education from the University of Maine. She also holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Duquesne University, a certificate of advanced study in special education from the University of Maine, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhode Island College. Ball has taught at UMM since 2002.

Tora Johnson has been named instructor of geographic information systems and director of the GIS Service Center. Johnson began teaching at UMM in 2004 and has served as director of the GIS Laboratory and Service Center since 2008. She holds a master’s degree in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon.



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