Celebrating Faculty and Staff Scholarship

2016 – 2017

Celebrating Faculty and Staff Scholarship recognizes the scholarly activities of NECC faculty and staff that have been published or presented over the past year. NECC faculty and staff may contact Kim Burns, Dean of Academic Innovations at kburns@necc.mass.edu to provide information on scholarly activities.

  • Adjunct Professor of Art Bonnie Ashmore-Davis’ painting It Would Have Been Enough was shown at the Flint Water Crisis exhibit at Buckhan Gallery in Flint, MI this October. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibit goes to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, to assist families of the children who were affected by lead poisoning. Bonnie’s painting, Sound Off was selected as one of only 29 pieces to be included in the 59th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art by jurors Steven Harvey, director of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in NYC and Jennifer Samet, co-director of SHFAP. The exhibition ran through July 18th at the Strohl Art Center at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.
  • Adjunct Theater and Communication Professor Brianne Beatrice was nominated for the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award at Salem State University, and was nominated by Broadway World for the Best Actress in a Play for her role as Bonnie in Gloucester Stage Company’s Production of The Last Schwartz in July 2016. 
  • Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Sciences Mark Beaudry published four book reviews in The Security Beacon newsletter of the Boston Chapter of ASIS International. Reviews were of the following: Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard; Islam Without Allah: The Rise of Religious Externalism in Safavid Iran by Colin Turner; Twelver Shiism: Unity and Diversity in the Life of Islam, 632 to 1722 by Andrew J. Newman and Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup by Christopher de Bellaigue.
  • Professor and Coordinator of Journalism/Communication Amy Callahan presented From Absence to Ellen: Portrayals of LGBT People in Media and Why Visibility Matters at the Woburn Public Library Speakers Series in partnership with the NECC Speakers Bureau. Professor Callahan was also a featured speaker at the first Annual Meeting of Haverhill Matters, a journalism co-op associated with The Banyan Project.
  • Community Services Support Merrimack Graduate Fellow Joanna de Pena was honored with The El Mundo Boston Latino 30 under 30 award.
  • Early College Art instructor Kate Gartrell showed a solo exhibition of paintings at Colo-Colo Gallery in New Bedford, MA in August.
  • Professor and Program Coordinator for Respiratory Care, Jennifer Jackson-Stevens, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Massasoit Community College during the Massasoit Community College Respiratory Care Program Reunion and Alumni Awards Banquet on November 17, 2016.
  • Professor and Coordinator for Human Services Brian MacKenna-Rice presented a workshop titled Drug and Alcohol Counseling for Guidance Counselors for NECC partner school districts and a lecture on Adolescents and Substance Abuse at a meeting of the Northeast Region for School Nurses.
  • Program Manager Brianne McDonough co-presented The Orlando Tragedy: Our Collective Response at the NASPA Regional 1 Annual Conference held in Burlington, VT along with colleagues Eric Crumrine, Associate Director of Residential Education at Berklee College of Music and Donnie Taveras, Student Services Specialist at YearUp. Panelists included Julia Golden-Battle, Assistant Director/LGBTQ Liaison, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Salem State University; Alex Cabal, Director, Center for Diversity and Social Justice at Wentworth Institute of Technology; and Patrick Hale, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs at Stonehill College.
  • Adjunct Professor of Art Dianne Pappas’ sculpture Vessel was recently shown at the National Academy Museum & School in New York, NY.
  • Assistant Professor of English Patricia Portanova and Professor of English as a Second Language Richard Lizotte co-wrote a chapter titled “Internationalization and the Place of Resident ML Students: Identifying Points of Leverage and Advocacy” for a collection titled Linguistically Diverse Immigrant and Resident Writers: Transitions from High School to College published by Routledge. The chapter was a collaboration with Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, Dana Ferris, and Margi Wald.
  • Professor of Developmental English, Curriculum Coordinator for Developmental Reading, and Faculty Fellow Patricia Schade co-facilitated a four day training titled Reading Apprenticeship Leadership in Community of Practice for colleagues from across the country. Collaborators for this project included: Nika Hogan, Community College National Coordinator, Cindy Hicks, Professor Emeritus, Chabot Community College, Theresa Martin STEM faculty, Santa Monica Community College, and Ann Foster, Foster 3CSN Network and Reading Apprenticeship Coordinator.
  • Professor of English Elle Yarborough presented Writing Interactive Stories: Platforms and Assignments at a panel on Teaching the Multimodal Research Essay: Cinemagraphs, Instagram, Pictographs, and Digital Journalism at the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.