Faculty Spotlight: Susan Osofsky, MSW, LCSW

Faculty Spotlight: Susan Osofsky, MSW, LCSW

By her own account, Susan Osofsky has never been one to plan too far ahead, so it seems fitting that an inherent characteristic of social work perfectly complements her agile approach: “One of the reasons I love this field is you can do all sorts of jobs and try things out,” she said. And that’s exactly what she did as she found her way to UNE Online. A spectrum of experiences Susan began by studying speech pathology and audiology but quickly learned that it wasn’t for her. “When I did my field placements and career counseling, I found I had little in common with speech pathologists,” she said, discovering that her passion was in social work. Inspired by her time as a camp counselor in a program for children from low-income families and as a resident advisor at Syracuse University, Susan switched to social work and earned her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her first placement out of graduate school… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lane Clarke, Education Program

Lane Clarke, Ed.D.

Dr. Lane Clarke is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of New England on the Biddeford Campus. As the department chair, she teaches classes at the undergraduate level to pre-service teachers in literacy and global education. Her research interests include online teaching, technology and literacy, and working with students who struggle with literacy. She has published three books: Educating Literacy Teachers Online: Tools, Techniques, and Transformations (Clarke & Watts-Taffe, 2013), The reading turn-around: A five-part framework for differentiated instruction (Jones, Clarke & Enriquez, 2009) and High-tech teaching success: A step by step guide to using innovative technology in your classroom (Clarke & Besnoy, 2009). In addition, she has articles published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Literacy Research, English Journal, and Language Arts, among others. We spoke with Dr. Clarke about her career and the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program she helped develop for online students. Can you tell… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Carol Marcotte – Education Program

Dr. Carol Marcotte is a long-time faculty member in the Graduate Programs in Education within the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Her primary specialty areas include literacy and educational leadership. In addition to having a background as a classroom teacher, she was also a principal for eight years. Her first role at University of New England was in 2001 as an adjunct faculty member. Currently an Associate Lecturer in the Educational Department at UNE, Carol’s primary responsibility is to be a Concentration leader for the Certificates in Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) and MSEd: Educational Leadership programs at UNE Online. In the aftermath of several devastating hurricanes, Dr. Marcotte has been very involved in humanitarian efforts with St. Maarten to support the students and schools on the island. Stepping in and helping the people of St. Maarten Dr. Marcotte has been visiting the island of St. Maarten regularly for more than 20 years now, and really has a heart for the… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Liz Zampino, Health Informatics program

Elizabeth Zampino

Liz Zampino is an adjunct faculty member at UNE Online in the Health Informatics program and is long-time professional in the world of health informatics, focusing on mobile health application design and adoption. Recently we spoke with Liz about her background as a Health Informatics professional, and her experience at UNE Online. Can you tell me a little about your background and how you got into the field of health informatics? I have a background in IT, and so it was a natural progression for me to go into clinical informatics. I was inspired to change my career path In 2004 when I was hospitalized for a few months due to a rare chronic disease. My time in the hospital gave me the opportunity to observe practicing clinicians firsthand, and up close. Over time, I couldn’t help but realize how clinicians would be able to provide care more efficiently and effectively with the addition of information technology. That got my wheels… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Judith Boudman, MSW – Social Work Program

Judith Boudman and her dogs

Community service has been part of Judith Boudman’s family for centuries. “Most of my ancestors were doctors,” she explained. “I feel as though community service is in my genes.” Her intrinsic passion for improving public welfare has translated to a number of roles within the realm of social work, proving that not only does one have the power to make a difference in people’s lives, but there are innumerable ways to do it. A dynamic journey As a college student during the ‘60s, Judith was affected by many events that sparked discussion about social issues: the Women’s Movement, the Kent State shooting, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. – just to name a few. “The decade was really traumatic, and it ignited a passion in me that I wanted to do something,” Judith said. After earning her degree in anthropology, she started on what would make for a rich resume years later: she sailed Southeast… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Joseph Walton, PharmD, MS, BCPS – Health Informatics

Dr. Joseph Walton

Dr. Joseph Walton is a faculty member in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies in the Health Informatics program, and has some fascinating projects going on in his professional career. We spoke with Dr. Walton recently about his work in the field of Health Informatics, and how he creates a sense of community among his online students. Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what drew you to teaching at UNE Online? I have been in the Pharmacy Informatics field for about five years now. I graduated from pharmacy school with a dual degree, earning both a Pharm.D. and a Master’s in Science and Technology Management. Throughout my education, I was able to incorporate a lot of technology and informatics-based projects into my coursework. After graduation, I was hired on at a cancer center as an Informatics Pharmacist and stayed there for about four years. While I was there I mentored college students and medical… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Amy Storch, BSW, MSW, Ph.D., LCSW – Social Work Prog

Dr. Amy Storch, BSW, MSW, PhD, LCSW

Broadening perspectives. Fostering community. These missions have guided Dr. Amy Storch for nearly a decade as she’s taught foundational and practical courses, created landmark programs, and has advised hundreds of future social workers throughout their academic journeys and into their careers. She approaches her work from the rich vantage point of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, global traveler, nationally Certified American Sign Language Interpreter and lifelong helper. The next step in a helpful path Assisting others has always been a way of life for Amy. She grew up as a child of two Deaf parents. As the only one in the family who could hear, “they depended on me for a lot of things,” she said. Even today, she continues to take on projects like video relay interpretation. Social work happened “just by happenstance,” Amy said. “I knew I wanted to go to college but didn’t know what I wanted to do.” Her dissertation analyzed the effectiveness of therapy for… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Leanne DiMaio – MPH Program

Leanne DiMaio, MBA, MPH

Recently, Leanne DiMaio was asked to be the subject matter expert and course designer for a brand new course within the Masters of Science in Applied Nutrition program, ‘Nutrition, Wellness, and Multimedia Communication.’ Leanne has been a course facilitator in the UNE Online MPH program since 2012, directly after graduating from the MPH program herself. She earned her MBA from Saint Joseph’s College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. Leanne is currently in the process of earning her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN). Leanne currently works in the field of Population Health and Wellness and leads a team who focuses on managing disease management and wellness programs. Here, she discusses her interactive teaching style and the benefits of working with UNE students. Can you tell us a little bit about your background, and what drew you to teaching at UNE? I was previously a student at UNE and had a fantastic experience. I graduated… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Joanna Rosebush, Ph.D., RD, LD - Applied Nutrition

Joanna Rosebush, PhD, RD, LD

Joanna Rosebush Ph.D., RD, LD is a faculty member at UNE Online. She earned her Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, and her Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition Sciences with a special skill requirement in physiology. She is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and has been an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1995. Dr. Rosebush recently developed the course APN 615 Nutrition and Metabolism at UNE Online in the Applied Nutrition Master’s program. Her extensive experience in clinical nutrition makes her a perfect fit for this class, which was built to examine advanced concepts of human metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water as well as the biological and physiological actions of these nutrients. Recently, we were able to ask her a few questions about her experience at UNE Online helping develop an online nutrition course, and her time here as a faculty member helping prepare her students for the real… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Micaela Karlsen – Applied Nutrition Program

Micaela Karlsen, Applied Nutrition Faculty

UNE Applied Nutrition faculty member Micaela Karlsen is a doctoral fellow in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and holds a Master of Science and Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a nationally-recognized speaker in the field of nutrition and currently serves on two boards – the Expert & Medical Advisory Board for the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference and the Board of Directors for Plant-based Prevention of Disease (P-POD). She founded and maintains PlantBasedResearch.org, an online database of peer-reviewed, scientific research and other resources relevant to plant-based nutrition, as well as Sustainable Diet, a comprehensive support program for plant-based eating. Her new book, A Plant-Based Life just hit shelves and is a practical how-to guide for people thinking about transitioning to plant-based eating. Micaela brings her considerable expertise to her role as a faculty member at UNE Online and has recently developed the course Nutrition Practice… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Duane A. Bedell – Health Informatics Program

Duane A. Bedell, Health Informatics Instructor

Duane Bedell is an instructor at UNE Online in the Health Informatics program. He’s passionate about the field of education and works diligently to set his students up for success in the field of Health Informatics. Duane earned his MA in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan-Flint, his BS in Information Technology and Security from Baker College of Flint, and is currently in the process of earning his Ed.S. and Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Michigan-Flint. Duane’s areas of expertise include Computer Science, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, Content Management Systems, Data Networking, Servers, and Software Assurance – all of which make him a great fit for the Health Informatics program at UNE. The three courses he teaches for UNE are ‘Computer Science for Health Informatics Professionals,’ ‘Database Design, Standards, Access, and Modeling,’ and ‘Data Analytics & Visualization.’ Duane generously agreed to be the focus for our latest Health Informatics Faculty Spotlight. Here’s what… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Imran Khan, MBA, MS, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS – Health Inform

We caught up with Health Informatics faculty member Imran Khan recently, to discuss his perspective on how he fosters a sense of community with his online students, and also to get his take on upcoming trends in the field of Health Informatics. Imran Khan earned his MBA from the University of Illinois, then went on to earn his MS in Medical Informatics at Northwestern University. He also has a BS in Computer Engineering and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. In addition, Imran holds a CPHIMS (Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems) certification. This is a professional certification program for experienced healthcare information and management systems professionals. He has also earned his Fellow Healthcare Information Management System Society (FHIMSS) certification. Being a Fellow is an honor which professionally recognizes him as a leader within the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which is the leading Health Informatics organization in the country, dedicated to improving healthcare quality,… Read More >

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John Gale - UNE Adjunct Faculty member - 2015 NRHA Volunteer of the Year!

John Gale, NRHA 2015 Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to John Gale, one of UNE’s adjunct faculty members in the Graduate Programs in Public Health! John was selected to be presented with the 2015 NRHA Volunteer of the Year Award at NRHA’s 38th Annual Rural Health Conference on April 16 in Philadelphia. About the NRHA The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members, according to their website. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. Passion in the field of rural health John was recognized by the NRHA as being a leading researcher on rural health clinics and having done extensive work on issues related to critical access hospitals. While John has focused on the operation and function of rural delivery and safety net systems of care, other key areas of his work include the integration of primary… Read More >

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