Biographies

 

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Nicola Pitchford

Dr. Pitchford currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Dominican. She joined Dominican in 2011 as Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. In addition to her duties as Dean of AHSS, Dr. Pitchford recently served as Interim Dean of the School of Education & Counseling Psychology.

Prior to arriving at Dominican, Dr. Pitchford spent most of her career at Fordham University in New York City. She joined the Fordham faculty in 1995 as Assistant Professor of English and received tenure in 2001. She served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English, Co-Director of the Literary Studies Program and then as Chair of the Department of English. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Associate VP and Associate Chief Academic Officer.

Dr. Pitchford was born and raised in Great Britain. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Pomona College in English and Creative Writing and her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in English with an emphasis on modern and contemporary U.S. and British literature. Her first faculty position was as a Lecturer in the Women’s Studies Department there.

Dr. Pitchford’s research and teaching interests include issues in higher education; contemporary British fiction; women’s studies and feminist theory; race, immigration and national identity; postmodern and postcolonial theory; and cultural studies. Her publications include articles on feminism and pornography; Black British writing; and the future of liberal arts education, among others. She is the author of the book, Tactical Readings: Feminist Postmodernism in the Novels of Kathy Acker and Angela Carter (Bucknell University Press).

 

 

 

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Mojgan Behmand

Dr. Behmand currently serves as Dean of General Studies at Dominican. She earned her MA and PhD in English and American Studies at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany, with minors in Medieval Studies and Political Science. She has been teaching in Dominican’s Department of Literature & Languages since 2007, with an affinity for specialty courses on 19th century women’s literature, Gothic novels, and world literature. In January of 2010, she was elected by her students as Dominican’s Teacher of the Year. During her tenure at Dominican, she has held a number of administrative positions: Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Faculty Development, founding Director of First Year Experience "Big History," and Director of the General Education program. Dr. Behmand has published and presented widely on medieval Persian epics and passion plays, Big History pedagogy, curricular revision and faculty development. She is the creator and co-editor of the book Teaching Big History published by UC Press in 2014.


 

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Ashley Finley

Dr. Finley currently serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Dominican Experience at Dominican. She is also national evaluator for the Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) project, a national project dedicated to understanding the intersection of students’ engaged learning, civic development, and well-being. Her recent publications include the edited volume Civic Learning and Teaching and Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices with co-author Tia McNair, in addition to numerous book chapters and monographs. Prior to joining Dominican, she was senior director of assessment and research at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and a faculty member in sociology at Dickinson College. Her work at Dominican and with colleges and universities nationally has focused on engaging faculty and staff in developing student-centered, sustainable practices that enable the advancement of student success and learning with an emphasis on equity and evidence-based standards for improvement.