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February 6, 2008

Promotions, Tenure Granted to St. Francis Professors

The St. Francis College Board of Trustees awarded five college professors with promotions or tenure at its recent meeting. "These professors have spent years with our students in and out of the classroom as not just teachers, but mentors as well," said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean Timothy Houlihan. "We are proud to honor their commitment to St. Francis College and to our students with these promotions."

  • Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Ian Maloney, Ph.D., was granted tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor of English.
    • Dr. Maloney enjoys the interdisciplinary study of American literature and culture. New York writing is his passion and particularly the writings of Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. Ian has been selected for the Speakers in the Humanities Program (2003-2005) by the New York Council for the Humanities and is currently the Managing Editor of the Arthur Miller Journal, which is published at St. Francis College. Ian's first book, Melville's Monumental Imagination (Routledge) came out in 2006. Dr. Maloney also wrote the Introductions for the Barnes and Noble editions of Herman Melville's Israel Potter and Walt Whitman's Specimen Days, as well as articles on William Apess and Saul Bellow for The Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literature (Greenwood). Ian has also coauthored an article with Br. Edward Wesley, "The Orphic Quest for Contact and Collaboration across Disciplinary Lines," which appeared in Collaborating, Literature, and Composition (Hampton Press, 2007). He is currently writing his first book of creative non-fiction.
  • Gerard Shaw, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Physical Education was granted tenure.
    • Professor Shaw's background is in athletics and physical education. He earned both an Ed.D. in Sport Psychology and a masters degree in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University, Teacher's College. He is a fencing master, a degree he earned from the Institut National des Sports of France, and that he puts to use coaching the College's Women's Fencing Team. Professor Shaw teaches a variety of courses at St. Francis College including; Kinesiology, Introduction to Sport Management, Organization and Administration of Physical Education, Psychology of Sport and Physical Education for Students with Special Needs. He is also a licensed psychoanalyst.
  • In the Psychology Department, both Michele Hirsch, Ph.D. and Renee Goodstein, Ph.D. were promoted to Professor of Psychology.
    • As both a scientist and practitioner, Dr. Hirsch's interests lie in the area of health psychology, specifically pain, trauma, the mind/body connection, psychoneuroimmunology, and healing. A chapter on a biopsychosocial perspective on cross-cultural healing appears in the Handbook of Culture, Therapy and Healing (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004). She has published in the journals Pain and Clinical Infectious Diseases and has presented at regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Hirsch currently serves as the chairperson for the Faculty Research Committee; she is a member of the Honors Council and co-director of the Women's Studies Minor. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys mentoring and collaborating with students on their Honors thesis and independent study research projects.
    • Professor Goodstein's work focuses on integrative psychotherapy and multicultural issues. She serves as Director of Student Affairs at the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology at St. Francis College, Practicum Supervisor in the doctorial program at Teachers College, Columbia University, and as Consultant for the Anti-Defamation League. Her awards for teaching and service at St. Francis include Faculty Member of the Year, the Franciscan Spirit Award, Faculty Recognition Day Award, and induction as honorary member of the Duns Scotus Honors Society. She has worked in counseling and diversity for almost twenty years as a researcher and practitioner.
  • Michael Kaune, Ph.D. was promoted to Professor of Criminal Justice.
    • Professor Kaune's recent scholarly work has focused on hair testing for illegal drugs and was funded by the Edward Byrne Memorial Fund. He has presented his research to such organizations as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, and the American Probation and Parole Association. He is a co-author of Criminal Justice in Action and Criminal Justice in Action: The Core. He has published or presented many criminal justice topics in the past, including - Community Policing, Cultural Conflicts and Policing, Law Enforcement Concerns with Raves and Police Liability for the Use of Force. Dr. Kaune worked in the field of criminal justice during the 1970's and 1980's as a police officer, a probation and parole officer and as a deputy marshal.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.
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