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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Melanie Booth

Dr. Booth currently serves as Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and the Dominican Experience. Prior to Dominican, she served as Executive Director of The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education, where she led the creation of a national grant-funded initiative focused on developing learners' employability qualities. From 2013-2016, she led a full suite of educational programming for California and Hawaii as Vice President of Educational Programs for WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC). Areas of research and publication include learning assessment, experiential and community-based learning, heutagogy, faculty development, adult learning and development, and quality assurance. Dr. Booth has held academic positions at Marylhurst University, Saint Mary’s College of California, Grays Harbor Community College, and San Diego State University. She holds an EdD in Higher Education Leadership & Change from Fielding Graduate University, an MA in English - Rhetoric and Writing from San Diego State University, and a BA in English from Humboldt State University.