New Faculty Join Immaculata University
Immaculata University announces that several new faculty members from Chester County have joined the University in various academic departments.
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Chester County Faculty:
Cecile Adkins, MA, RD, LDN – of West Chester, PA: instructor in Nutrition
Adkins is expected to receive her Ed.D. in College Teaching and Learning from Walden University by the end of 2016. She earned her M.A. degree in Nutrition Education from Immaculata and her B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Nevada. She has been an adjunct faculty member for West Chester University and Delaware Community College. She has spent several years as a consultant dietitian for organizations including Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Lisa A. Brown, MSW – of Downingtown, PA: associate faculty in Sociology and Criminology
Brown earned her MSW from Marywood College and her undergraduate degree from Rosemont College. She holds licensure from the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Brown has been an adjunct faculty member for Immaculata for over 17 years while she maintained positions as a social worker.
Michael J. Castaldi, M.S. – of West Chester, PA: associate faculty in Chemistry
Earning a Master of Science in Science and math Education, Castaldi graduated from St. Peter’s College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He spent most of his career at Pfizer Global Research were he retired as senior scientist.
Lina Castro, MS – of Malvern, PA: program director for Fashion Merchandising
Castro earned her Master in Fashion Apparel Studies from Philadelphia University and her undergraduate degree in Textile Design from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia. During her career she has served as an adjunct faculty member for several colleges – including Immaculata University and she has worked for various apparel companies.
Joseph Gehring, M.M. – of Phoenixville, PA: associate faculty in Music and music director and conductor of the Immaculata Symphony
Gehring earned his M.M. degree in Performance and Conducting from West Chester University where he also received his undergraduate degree in Music Education. Serving as an adjunct faculty member for Immaculata since 2010, he keeps active by serving as director for several local musical organizations.
Ashley Higgins, Psy.D. – of Chester Springs, PA: associate professor of Psychology
Dr. Higgins earned her Psy.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and she received a M.S. in Psychology from Villanova University and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Ursinus College. Most recently she worked for the Mood and Anxiety Treatment Research Center at the University of Penn.
Eileen D. Hotte, Ph.D. – of West Chester, PA: associate faculty in Mathematics
Dr. Hotte earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University where she also received her M.S. degree in Radiological Physics. She earned her undergraduate degree in Physics from Emmanuel College. For over 35 years Dr. Hotte has been an adjunct faculty member at various regional colleges and universities while maintaining a professional career in the environmental industry with Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals.
Pamela Hudson, Ph.D. – of West Chester, PA: associate faculty in Nursing
Dr. Hudson earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve and received two master’s degrees from Widener University and her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Immaculata University. Dr. Hudson had served as an adjunct faculty member for Immaculata for the past decade while working in several surgical care facilities including serving as vice president of Davita, Inc., from 2001-2004.
Danielle Kronmuller, MA, RD, LDN – of Phoenixville, PA: director of Dietetic Internship
Earning both her Master of Arts in Nutrition Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Immaculata University, Kronmuller has worked for the Hickory House Nursing Home as a registered dietitian and Food and Nutrition Services Department head for five years.
Mark McFadden, Ed.D. – of Elverson, PA: assistant professor of Business
Dr. McFadden earned his Ed.D. from Immaculata University and his M.S. degree from Villanova University. He also received a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Finance from DeSales University. For 11 years he was an associate professor of Mathematics for Montgomery County Community College and has served as an adjunct faculty member for several regional colleges. He began his career as an actuarial analyst for The Vanguard Group.
Deneen Miller, Ph.D. – of Exton, PA.: assistant professor of Psychology
Dr. Miller recently earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary and her Master of Science in Clinical and Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland. For the past four years, Dr. Miller has worked for G.I.R.L.S. with P.E.A.R.L.S. Youth Program and held various counseling positions within William and Mary and also served as an adjunct faculty member there.
Celina M. Siwula, B.S.N., M.Ed., M.S.N., RN, CLNC – of Malvern, PA: Instructor in Nursing
Siwula is working toward her Ed.D. in Higher Education – Nursing concentration from Immaculata where she received her M.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees. She also earned a M.Ed from Eastern University. As a registered nurse, and a certified school nurse, Siwula has held nursing positions for the Great Valley School District and several local hospitals. She has been an adjunct faculty member for Immaculata and Penn State.
Berks County Faculty:
Christopher S. Harrington, Ed.D. – of Sinking Springs, PA: assistant professor of Education.
Receiving his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University, Dr. Harrington also earned a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Kutztown University and began his collegiate career at Millersville University earning a Bachelor of Science in Education – Industrial Arts/Technology Education. For the past two years, he was the director of Technology and Innovative Learning at Kutztown Area School District. He has 11 years of teaching experience at the K-12 level and also worked in K-12 administrative roles.
Lancaster County Faculty:
Elie Hsiao, M.A. – of Mountville, PA: Associate faculty in Biology
Hsiao earned his Master of Arts in Biology, with a concentration in biochemistry, from Johns Hopkins University after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. Hsiao started his teaching career as an adjunct faculty member at several community colleges before serving as an adjunct faculty at Immaculata for the past three years.
Lehigh County Faculty:
Hee Jin Chung, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT – of Breinigsville, PA: instructor in Music Therapy
Currently working toward her Ph.D. in Music Therapy, Chung received her Master of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University, the Steinhardt School of Education. She is a graduate of Ewha Woman’s University’s Graduate School of Education with a M.Ed. in Music Education and also earned her B.M. from Ewha Woman’s University School of Music in her native Korea. She has taught at Temple University, Malloy College and Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy.
Montgomery County Faculty:
Joshua J. Weikert, Ph.D. – of Collegeville, PA: associate faculty in Politics
Earning his Ph.D. from Temple University in Political Science, Dr. Weikert received his Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Villanova and his undergraduate degree in Political Science (International Relations) from West Chester University. Beginning his professional teaching career as an adjunct faculty member, Dr. Weikert taught at various colleges and universities across the region.
New Jersey Faculty:
Laurie DiRosa, Ed.D. of Clementon, NJ: Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Earning her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University, Dr. DiRosa had earned her M.S. degree in Health Promotion Management from American University and her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Ursinus College. She has 12 years of teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Kelly C. George, Ph.D. – of Philadelphia, PA: Assistant Professor of Communication
Receiving her Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Temple University, George had earned a Master of Arts in Health Communication from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theater Arts from Rutgers University. George has taught media and communication courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at various local colleges and universities.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.