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Wilkes University Welcomes New Faculty Members

by Gabrielle D'Amico

Wilkes University recently welcomed seventeen new faculty members. The new faculty and their areas of specialization include:

Nelson Anaya has returned to Wilkes in the College of Business and Engineering as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Anaya taught previously at Humboldt University, at University of Rhode Island and at Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia). Anaya earned a doctor of philosophy in civil and environmental engineering from University of Rhode Island, a master of engineering in civil engineering from University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia).

Chelsea Chamberlain has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the Division of Global Cultures: History, Languages and Philosophy. Chamberlain was previously a teaching fellow and research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. Chamberlain has produced many publications and presentations in the social history of medicine, disability and childhood. Chamberlain earned a doctor of philosophy in history from University of Pennsylvania, a master of arts in history from University of Montana and a bachelor of arts in history from Whitworth University.

Diane Daddario has returned to Wilkes in the Passan School of Nursing as faculty of practice in the Department of Graduate Nursing. Daddario has extensive experience in the nursing field, working as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and serving as an adjunct professor since 2017. Daddario earned a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a doctor of nursing practice from Wilkes University, a post-master’s adult nurse practitioner and a master of science in nursing adult clinical nurse specialist from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor of science in nursing from Penn State, a diploma in nursing from Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing, and a diploma in practical nursing from Danville Area School District School of Practical Nursing.

Jill Ferretti has joined the Passan School of Nursing as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing. Ferretti previously worked at Quality Patient Centered SRVS as a registered nurse in corrections, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley as a registered nurse and regional childbirth educator, and at Wilkes Barre General Hospital as a registered nurse in obstetrics/labor and delivery. Ferretti earned a master of science/family nurse practitioner from Chamberlain University, a bachelor of science from Misericordia University and an associate of science from Luzerne County Community College.

Todd Hastings has joined the Passan School of Nursing as an assistant professor in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing. Hastings has performed as an academic nurse educator and a content expert in psychiatric mental health nursing for almost 20 years. He previously taught at Cedar Crest College and Misericordia University. Hastings earned a doctor of philosophy in nursing education from the University of Phoenix, a master of science in nursing from Wilkes University (with a program focus as a psychiatric mental-health clinical nurse specialist) and an associate of applied science in nursing from Luzerne County Community College.

Jayme Hines has joined the College of Health and Education as an assistant professor in the Department of Undergraduate Education. Prior to joining Wilkes, Hines worked in higher education at Keene State College as an assistant professor of education. Hines earned a doctor of education from the College of Saint Mary, master of education in early childhood education from the College of Charleston, and a bachelor of science in elementary education from St. Bonaventure University.

Matthew Jennings has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Earth Systems Sciences. Prior to joining Wilkes, Jennings was an assistant professor at Centenary College of Louisiana. Jennings earned a doctor of philosophy in biological sciences from University of Arkansas, a master of science in biology from Villanova University and a bachelor of science (SJLA Honors Program) in biology and philosophy from the University of Scranton.

Susan Koronkiewicz has returned to Wilkes in the Passan School of Nursing as an assistant professor in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing. Koronkiewicz has extensive teaching experience in the field of nursing and previously worked at Luzerne County Community College, the University of New Mexico Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability in Albuquerque. Koronkiewicz earned both a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in nursing education from Wilkes University, and is working toward a doctor of philosophy in nursing from Villanova University.

Micayla Lacey has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Prior to joining Wilkes, Lacey was an instructor at the University of Alabama. Lacey has authored various publications and presentations related to social psychology and psychophysiology. Lacey earned both a doctor of philosophy in experimental psychology and master of arts in psychology from the University of Alabama and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Lee University.

Rubi Mahato has joined the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Mahato previously served as a lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Binghamton University, a medical writer at Pharma Health Labs and an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mahato earned an executive master of business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a doctor of philosophy in pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry from University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor of pharmacy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Mahato was also a visiting research scholar at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

Andrea Mantione has joined the Passan School of Nursing as an assistant professor in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing. Previously at the University of Scranton, Mantione was a director at the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured and at Leahy Community Health and Family Center, a family nurse practitioner at Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured, a University of Scranton administer of University of Success and a part of the adjunct faculty in the department of undergraduate and graduate nursing. She is a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. Mantione earned a doctor of nursing practice, master of health administration and a master of science in nursing from the University of Scranton, and a bachelor of science in nursing from Wilkes University.

Alison Morooney has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the Division of Performing Arts. Prior to joining Wilkes, Morooney taught multiple theater courses at Penn State. Morooney also has authored various publications and presentations related to acting and musical theater and brings extensive experience in directing and choreography. Morooney earned a master of fine arts in theatre and directing for the musical theatre stage, a certificate in business in fundraising and advancement and a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre from Penn State.

Roblyn Rawlins has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as a visiting assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Before joining Wilkes, Rawlins was a non-tenure track teaching professional and a visiting assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She had previously been professor of sociology and criminal justice and chair of the division of social sciences at the College of New Rochelle. Rawlins earned both a doctor of philosophy and a master of arts in sociology from Stony Brook University, and a bachelor of science in urban studies from Georgia State University.

Lauren Rossiter has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Before Wilkes, Rossiter worked at The College of New Jersey. Rossiter earned a doctor of philosophy in the department of chemistry from Temple University, and a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Messiah College.

Vandy Scoates has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the Division of Performing Arts. Prior to joining Wilkes, Scoates was a visiting assistant professor of theatre at High Point University. Scoates earned a master of fine arts in scenography from University of North Carolina Greensboro, a master of arts in theatre arts from Villanova University and a bachelor of arts in theatre arts from California State University Fullerton.

Nichole Sell has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Previously, Sell was a lecturer at Penn State. She earned both a doctor of philosophy and a master of science in biobehavioral health from Penn State, a master of education in counseling and human services from Lehigh University and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Cedar Crest College.

Amy Stancavage has returned to Wilkes in the Passan School of Nursing as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing. Stancavage has years of experience in the nursing field and previously worked at Wilkes University and Luzerne County Community College as an adjunct clinical instructor and at Geisinger Medical Center on the surgical/trauma intensive care unit, the special care unit/ICU step down and as a registered nurse. Stancavage earned both a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in nursing education from Wilkes University. 

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