School of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Faculty and Staff

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      Dr. David Brandon Dennis

      Associate Professor of History

      How did the formation of global networks of trade, transport, people, and power reshape European history in the modern era?  This core question animates the teaching and research interests of David Brandon Dennis.

      David DennisHe applies this global approach to specific areas of interest including masculinity history, maritime history, and the history of science and technology.  Professor Dennis received his Ph.D. in Modern European History from Ohio State University in 2011 with an emphasis on Germany.  Since coming to Dean College that same year, he has taught courses in German, European, and World history, as well as the history of gender and sexuality.  He also has served as an associate editor for the New England Journal of History since 2014.

      Among other honors, Dennis has received a Fulbright Research Award and a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship.  He has published in the Oxford journal German History and Blackwell’s Companion to German Cinema.  His current book project, Empire’s Prodigal Sons: Maritime Manhood,Citizenship, and Globalization in Wilhelmine Germany, investigates how German society navigated the pressures of increasing cross-border labor flows around 1900 by looking at merchant sailors, the world’s first globalized workforce, and the ways in which new ideas about masculinity sought to tie them to the German imperialist project. 

      Dennis has led Dean College’s Humanities Program since 2016.  His vision for the Program rests on the belief that the humanities—revitalized and reoriented for the 21st century—are essential for student learning.  In a diverse world, where memes and ideas flow readily across borders and a bewildering array of information and cultures are just a click away, the humanities offer the tools to think creatively and critically about how culture happens.  Such tools help prepare students for the promise and challenges of a connected world in careers ranging from marketing and government to education and the arts.     

      B.A., Texas Tech University 
      M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

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      Dr. Kristin Holster

      Professor, Sociology
      Coordinator, Social Sciences

      Professor Holster received her Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University in 2004.  Since joining the Dean faculty in 2005, she has developed both the associate and baccalaureate degrees in sociology, and has taught the full range of courses offered in those degree programs.  Dr. Holster has also created many new courses to enhance each degree.

      Kristin HolsterProfessor Holster’s current research interest focuses on the sociology of teaching and learning.   Specifically, her research explores the most effective teaching methods for ensuring that students are simultaneously learning discipline content and preparing to graduate from college fully equipped for their next steps in life. 

      Professor Holster is the coordinator for the social sciences and also advises two of Dean’s honor societies,  Phi Theta Kappa and Golden Key.  She believes strongly that the social sciences are an integral part of a liberal arts education. The social sciences focus on human behavior and social organizations and how social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental forces explain the connection between our individual experiences and the larger society.  In addition, the social sciences teach many vital skills that are applicable to any occupation.  These include teamwork and diversity skills, quantitative reasoning, evidence based analysis, and writing.

      B.A., Wheaton College
      Ph.D., Boston University

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      Dr. Rob Lawson

      Professor, History
      Director, Honors Program

      Rob Lawson

      Dr. Lawson has been awarded the 2017 Hicks-Kennedy Award by the New England History Teachers Association (NEHTA). The award recognizes his work as the Associate Editor of the New England Journal of History, where he has held the position since 2012. Dr. Lawson has also made Dean College the institutional home of the New England Journal of History

      B.A., Louisiana State University
      M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

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      Jeffrey A. Mallett

      Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Mathematics
      Science Laboratory Manager

      Jeffrey MallettB.S., University of Massachusetts, Lowell
      M.S., Brandeis University

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      Dr. Dawn Mendoza

      Associate Professor Mendoza directs the Berenson Writing Center, teaches writing and literature courses, and serves as Dean’s Writing Program Administrator developing curriculum and assessing writing performance.

      Associate Professor, English
      Director, Writing Center

      Dawn MendozaHer literary specialties include US Latino writers and the graphic novel, and she teaches composition at the first year and upper division levels, including honors sections and sections for multilingual writers.  Her work in writing center studies led her to serve a term as the two-year college representative to the International Writing Centers Association.  Professor Mendoza holds a BA degree in English from the University of Michigan, and MA and PhD degrees in English from Tufts University.

      B.A., University of Michigan
      M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University

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      Joanne Hogan

      Assistant Professor, Education Director, Children's Center Coordinator, Early Childhood Education

      M.Ed., Bridgewater State University

      B.A., Assumption College


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      Marge Morian-Boyle

      Assistant Professor, English

      Professor Marge Morian-Boyle is a writing specialist who teaches standard first year composition courses as well as specialized sections for multilingual students and sections designated to support students in Dean’s Arch program.

      Marge Morian-BoyleShe also offers an advanced professional writing course, Strategic Writing for Managers, required of all upper level Business students. Her literary interests are showcased in her popular core general education courses, which she developed: The Literature of Food, and Music in Literature.  

      Outside of Dean, she  is a professional vocalist, choir director, and violinist with The Parkway Concert Orchestra.  Professor Morian-Boyle earned her BA from Boston College, M.Ed. from Boston State College (University of MA, Boston), and holds two certificates in EFL training: Teaching English as a Second Language, and Teaching Business English Foundation.

      B.A., M.Ed., Boston College

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      Dr. Madani Naidjate

      Professor, Mathematics

      Madani NaidjateB.S., Algeris Polytechnic Institute
      M.S., Ph.D., Boston University

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      Dr. Richard Neville, III

      Assistant Professor, Mathematics

      Richard NevilleB.S., Pennsylvania State University
      M.A., Boston College
      Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY

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      Dr. Dawn Poirier, Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

      Dr. Poirier

      Dawn PoirierDuring her years at Dean, she has used her expertise in these areas to mentor the faculty at Dean to improve teaching practices and in turn greatly enhance student learning.

      “I am so honored to be taking on this role with Dean College,” said Dr. Dawn Poirier. “Dean is a truly special place, and I am excited to continue the School of Liberal Arts on this upward trajectory.”

      B.S., Simmons College
      M.Ed., Harvard University
      Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University 

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