New Employees in July

Please help us welcome our new colleagues whom started in July.

7.1.2016 – JosAuerbach, Joshua (1)h Auerbach joins the Division of Information Technology and Sciences as an Assistant Professor.   Currently on a post-doc playing with robots at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems of the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne (yes, right on Lake Geneva), Josh’s PhD (2013) is from UVM’s Interdisciplinary Program in Computer Sciences. His BS (2004, with honors) is from McGill – computer science with a minor in philosophy. In addition to academic teaching experience, Josh has considerable software development proficiency, with expertise in Machine Learning, Evolutionary Robotics and Darwinian Neurodynamics.

Josh may be found in West Hall room 101 and may be reached at jauerbach@champlain.edu.


Buckstein, Dan7.1.2016 – Dan Buckstein joins the Division of Information Technology and Sciences as an Assistant Professor for Game Programming. Dan has a BS in Game Development and Entrepreneurship (2012) and an MS in Computer Science (2015) from UOIT – the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. We were particularly impressed by Dan’s classroom presence and are glad to have his natural talent for the benefit of our students.

Dan may be found in West Hall room 202 and may be reached at dbuckstein@champlain.edu.


DeRocher, Patricia7.1.2016 – Patricia DeRocher joins us as an Assistant Professor in the Core Division. She holds a BA in English Literature from Saint Michael’s College, an MA in English Literature from University of Vermont, an MA in Feminist Studies from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Patricia will focus on teaching first-year Rhetoric students as well as second-year students. She has worked as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Teaching Assistant, Adjunct Lecturer and, most recently, as an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Adirondack. She is the recipient of several awards, including Teaching Assistant of the Year, and Graduate Teaching Award.

Patricia may be found in Aiken Hall room 202 and may be reached at pderocher@champlain.edu.


7.1.2016 – Cathy Duffy joins the Robert P. Stiller School of Business as an Associate Professor.  Cathy will be teaching in the Accounting Program. She comes to us from the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, where she served as the Adult Undergraduate Academic Business Management Coordinator since 2014 and as Assistant Professor in Accounting and Finance since 2001.  Cathy has an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from California Lutheran University, Masters in Science of Taxation from DePaul University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She has a range of publications and presentations on topics ranging from “Playing Games in the Accounting Classroom: Monopoly Does the Job” to “Preparing Students for the Real World Through Interdisciplinary Courses”.

Cathy may be found in the S.D. Ireland Family for Global Business in room 214B and may be reached at 802.865.8445 or at cduffy@champlain.edu.


Farooq, Sajid 27.1.2016 – Sajid Farooq joins the Division of Information Technology and Sciences as an Assistant Professor.  He has a BS in MIS from the International Islamic University of Malasia (2004) and a PhD from the Computer Vision and Graphics Lab of the University of Glasgow (2011). Sajid brings an impressive set of technical skills and seemingly unbounded energy to his passion as a prolific developer of electronic games who loves to teach.

Sajid may be found in West Hall and may be reached at sfarooq@champlain.edu.


ferguson_jonathan_sm7.1.2016 – Jonathan Ferguson joins us as Assistant Professor of Game Design after serving as an Instructor of Game Design since 2008.  Jonathan holds a BA in English and Critical Theory from the University of Maryland and a MAS in Innovation and Information Technology from Champlain College.  Jonathan’s contributions to the growth and success of the Game Studio have been numerous, from managing the Pineapple server to running the Quality Assurance labs.  He has also been an active contributor and collaborator in other areas of the College.  Jonathan has many years of industry experience as a user interface architect, interaction designer, and computer scientist.

Jonathan may be found in the Center for Communication and Creative Media in room C231F and may reached at 802.383.6610 or at jferguson@champlain.edu.


Goldstein, Adam7.1.2016 – Adam Goldstein joins the Division of Information Technology and Sciences as an Assistant Professor: Adam brings vast industry experience as an information security officer at elite academic institutions. His BS (with high honors) is from Rutgers and his MS in Information Assurance is from Norwich University. Currently, Adam is completing a program in Risk Management and Strategic Decision Making from Stanford University. Adam has been active in both teaching and curriculum development in his field.

Adam may be found in Foster Hall room 203 and may be reached at agoldstein@champlain.edu.


Gungor, Murat7.1.2016 – Murat Gungor joins Champlain as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Information Technology and Sciences.  Murat completed both an MS and a PhD in Computer and Information Science at Syracuse University, 2001 and 2006, respectively. His BS, in Industrial Engineering, is from Sakarya University (Turkey). Murat will bring extensive teaching experience in software engineering.

Murat may be found in West Hall and may be reached at mgungor@champlain.edu.


7.1.2016 – Caitlyn Hollister caitlin_hollisterjoins the Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) and the Division of Continuing Professional Studies as an Associate Director.  Caitlyn will be supervising TAP candidates in Vermont schools, instructing them during seminar trainings and guiding and supporting interns toward Vermont teacher licensure.

Caitlyn was a teacher leader for 10 years in Boston’s public schools. She served on the Massachusetts Department of Educations’s Task Force on Educator Effectiveness and was a Teaching Policy Fellow.  She has received several teaching awards including Boston Educator of the Year. Caitlyn has a B.A. in History from Brown University and a Masters in Elementary Education from UMass Boston’s Teacher Residency. Cailtlyn holds Educator Licenses in Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities, and English as a Second Language. She earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.  Caitlyn moved to Vermont in 2014 and has served as an Independent Consultant to various programs and schools, providing feedback and evaluations of classroom teachers.  Caitlyn is proficient in both Spanish and French.

Caitlyn may be found in the Miller Center at Lakeside and may be reached at 80.651.5844 or at chollister@champlain.edu.


Kopec, David 7.1.2016 – David Kopek joins Champlain and the Division of Information Technology and Sciences as an Assistant Professor.  Both of David’s degrees are from Dartmouth College: a BA in Economics and an MS in Computer Science. His entrepreneurial and software development skills caught the attention of our search committee, as did the quality of his recently published introductory programming book, Dart for Absolute Beginners. Adjunct teaching experience at SUNY Suffolk is credited with awakening a love of teaching that motivates his move to our fair state.

David may be found in West Hall in room 102 and may be reached at dkopec@champlain.edu.


7.1.2016 – Mamarybeth_mcnultyry Beth McNulty joins Champlain as an Associate Director of the TAP program, supervising TAP candidates in Vermont schools, instructing them during seminar trainings and guiding and supporting interns toward Vermont teacher licensure.

Mary Beth is a licensed English and Theater Arts teacher. She is a teaching artist and independent consultant to teacher preparation programs. Mary Beth brings extensive experience working with teacher preparation programs for the state of Vermont as the Agency of Education’s Educational Consultant and Coordinator of Professional Standards. Mary Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction as an English Major and Drama Minor. She added her Masters of Teaching in English Education with credentials in Secondary English and Theater Arts. Mary Beth is the Executive Co-Director of Project Shift, a non-profit organization working to develop professional learning opportunities for educators that are designed to support student growth and development.

Mary Beth may be found at the Miller Center at Lakeside and may be reached at 802.651.5844 or at mmcnulty@champlain.edu.


Opperman, Michael7.1.2016 – Michael Opperman will be filling a newly funded position in the Mathematics Program this fall as Assistant Professor in the Division of Information Technology and Sciences. Mike has a PhD in Mathematics from Clarkson University (2013) and has been a successful teacher here as a member of our adjunct faculty, showing particular sensitivity to students that are math averse. In addition, his skill set and interest in applied math will make him a valuable addition to our growing Data Analytics faculty.

Mike may be found in West Hall room 108 and may be reached at mopperman@champlain.edu.


John Rasmussen7.1.2016 – John Rasmussen joins us as Assistant Professor of Filmmaking in the Division of Communication and Creative Media. John holds a BA in History and Spanish from the University of Iowa and a MFA in Film Production from the University of Miami. John has taught a variety of courses ranging from video and film production, editing, and sound recording, to film history, writing, and producing at Miami International University of Art and Design since 2006. He has worked as director for Own Productions and exhibited his films at various national and international film festivals. Prior to joining Champlain College, John was working as a freelance filmmaker in Port au Prince, Haiti.

John may be found in the Communication and Creative Media building and may be reached at jrasmussen@champlain.edu.


7.1.2016 – Warren Sides joins Champlain as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Mathematics in the Division of Information Technology and Sciences Division.  Warren will be teaching various MTH courses including Calculus, Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics.

Warren has been teaching mathematics in the area for over ten years. He has been an adjunct instructor at Champlain College, Saint Michael’s College, The Community College of Vermont, and The University of Vermont. Warren has an MS in Mathematics from the University of Vermont (2005) and a BA in Mathematics from Bloomsburg University (2001).

Warren may be found in West Hall and may be reached at sides@champlain.edu.


3Dr Francisco Valle7.1.2016 – Francisco Valle joins Champlain as a Visiting Professor for Marketing in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. Francisco is the President and Founder of Valle Consulting in San Diego, CA which provides advice in strategy, development of sustainable competition advantage, brand positioning, marketing, advertising, and the Hisapanic market. Has broad-ranging experience working with organizations from Merrill Lynch to the YMCA. Has served in multiple roles such as Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations for Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA.  He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Claremont Graduate University MBA in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton BS in Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Biology from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Francisco’s book, “How to Win the Hispanic Gold Rush” focuses on Hispanic Marketing and was published in 2003 and 2005 and was selected by Forbes Magazine’s Book Club as a recommended reading for its members.

Francisco may be found in the S.D. Ireland Family for Global Business in room 213C and may be reached at 802.865.8446 or at fvalle@champlain.edu.


VanDora Williams_41Crop7.1.2016 – Van Dora Williams joins us as Associate Professor and Program Director for the Broadcast Media Production and Filmmaking programs, and Sonic Arts specialization in the Communication and Creative Media Division. She holds a BA in Human Communication from Hunter College, an MA in Professional Writing from Regent University, and is completing her PhD in Communication at Regent University. Her dissertation focuses on a local response to the 1915 film Birth of a Nation. Van Dora taught broadcast media classes in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication at Hampton University since 2006, and has worked as a writer, reporter, anchor, and producer. She is the recipient of several awards, including Emmy and Telly Awards.

Van Dora may be found in the Center for Communication and Creative Media and may be reached at vwilliams@champlain.edu.


7.1.2016 – Shawn shawn_willisWillis joins Champlain as an Associate Director of the TAP program, supervising TAP candidates in Vermont schools, instructing them during seminar trainings and guiding and supporting interns toward Vermont teacher licensure.

Shawn brings 24 years of teaching middle school science and math to the TAP program. She is a teacher leader who has led and implemented effective educational reforms, such as looping, team-teaching, integrating curriculum and partnering with businesses to Vermont schools. Shawn has a BS in Biology from UVM. She has a Post Baccalaureate Teaching Degree from Trinity College. She has an MA Equivalent Science Education with graduate studies from Champlain College, St. Michael’s College, and University of Vermont. Shawn recently taught science and math in Zurich, Switzerland for a year where she assisted in developing science and math curricular updates using new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Shawn may be found in the Miller Center at Lakeside, and may be reached at 802.654.5844 or at swillis@champlain.edu.


Susan_Headshot7.5.2016 – Susan Adkins joins Champlain as Visiting Access Services Manager in the Library. Susan will be overseeing the libraries access services – specifically circulation and borrowing services, and building access. Susan will also join Champlain’s Teaching Librarian team to deliver information literacy instruction in the Core.

Susan returns to Champlain after spending the Spring semester working with us as a Reference & Instruction Librarian. Prior to her time here in Champlain, Susan spent a number of years in the Netherlands, where she worked in school libraries. Susan obtained her Master of Library & Information Science at Texas Woman’s University.

Susan may be found in the Miller Information Commons and may be reached at 802.865.6489 or at sadkins@champlain.edu.


emily_crist headshot7.11.2016 – Emily Crist joins the Library team as the Experience Design Librarian.  Emily’s new role will take an action-oriented research approach to understanding the needs of our library users (students, faculty and staff), and designing experiences and services, both in person and online, to meet these needs. Additionally, Emily will take a research and assessment approach to library usage and services to connect to wider Higher Education trends, such as student success and retention. Emily will also join the library’s teaching librarian team to deliver course embedded information literacy instruction within the Core curriculum.

Emily has worked a variety of research institutes, including McGill Primary Health Care Research Network. Most recently, Emily has worked in UVM’s Bailey Howe Library, where she worked closely with their international student population. Emily completed her Master of Library Science in McGill University in 2014. Prior to that, she obtained a BA in Interior Design and an MA in English, both from Ball State University in Indiana. Most recently, Emily spent two weeks on the west coast after successfully securing a grant to attend the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship.

Emily may be found in the Miller Information Commons and may be reached at 802.865.5827 or at ecrist@champlain.edu.


7.25.2016 – Megan Darrigo joiDarrigoMeganns Champlain as an Area Coordinator. Meg will oversee the operations of our residence hall in Winooski, Spinner Place.  She will supervise a group of resident assistants, and work behind the scenes with our Housing Operations Manager to ensure students are have housing accommodations.

Meg comes to us from New England College where she worked in the Department of Residential Life and Housing as a Graduate Hall Director, and also served as a mentor in their Academic Success Services. Meg received her Bachelor degree in Human Services from Lyndon State College, and recently received her Masters in Higher Education Administration from New England College in New Hampshire.

Megan may be found in Skiff Hall & Annex on the second floor and may be reached at 802.651.5841 or at mdarrigo@champlain.edu.