University of Maine at Augusta faculty and staff are engaged in a variety of academic, community and research activities. They are available to provide commentary and analysis across a host of topic areas. Their areas of professional expertise and interests are offered below.
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James F. Conneely
President, University of Maine at Augusta
Ph.D. Higher Education Administration with a special emphasis in management and research, Georgia State University
M.S. in Ed. Alfred University
B.A. Psychology, secondary concentration in Theology, Saint Bonaventure University
Certificates from Harvard University’s Management Development Program, Institutional Educational Management, and New President’s programs
Certificate from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Education summer institute at Dartmouth University
Expertise: Strategic and financial planning, auxiliary operations and financial management, retention and student success, organizational and leadership effectiveness, and student development including generational issues.
Professor of English
Ph.D. Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature
M.Phil. Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature
M.A. Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature
B.A. Brandeis University, History of Ideas
Expertise: 20th-century American literature, with focus on the middlebrow, immigration, gender, and race; cultural studies; women’s and gender studies; the graphic novel; back-to-the-land memoirs.
Carey S. Clark
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D. Humanities, Transformative Learning and Change, California Institute of Integral Studies
M.S. Nursing Education, California State University
B.S. Nursing, Excelsior College
A.S. Nursing, Rio Hondo College
B.S. Foods and Nutrition, Whittier College
Expertise: Nursing, Health, Public Health, Stress and Health, Yoga, Integrative Health Modalities, End of Life, Death and Dying, Policy and Politics in Healthcare and Legislation, Patient Advocacy, Caring in Nursing Academia, Creativity and Healing, Transformative Change Processes, Medical Cannabis
Lecturer of Mental Health and Human Services
B.A., Midland Lutheran College
B.S., University of Nebraska
M.S., University of Southern Maine
CAS and ABD in Special Education/Early Intervention and Public Policy, University of Maine
Expertise: Preschool and elementary education, special education and early intervention as well early childhood mental health issues, Head Start, and literacy in the early years.
James M. Cook
Assistant Professor of Social Science
Ph.D. University of Arizona, Sociology
M.A. University of Arizona, Sociology
B.A. Oberlin College, Sociology
Expertise: Social Media: particularly: A) Social Media Use by Politicians, B) Use of Twitter, C) Identity on Social Media, Politics: particularly: A) Legislatures, B) Social Association in Politics, C) The Impact of Gender in Political Representation, and D) Gendered Patterns of Communication in Politics. Social Networks, particularly: A) Homophily, the tendency for social ties to occur between people of similar backgrounds, B) Social networks in legislatures, C) Social networks over social media
Ph.D. in Community and Cultural Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi
Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaiʻi
M.A. in Community and Cultural Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi
Quentin Burdick Rural Health Practicum, East Hawaii Community Mental Health Center – Honokaʻa Clinic
B.S. in Psychology (cum laude), Department of Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University. Minors: Spanish, Speech Communication
Expertise: Psychology of Disaster and Climate Change; Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region; Disaster and Climate Change preparedness for individuals, families, and communities; Anxiety, particularly school, test, math, writing, and performance anxiety; Social Justice; Community Development; Community Psychology; Cultural Psychology; Poverty; Race; Class/Socioeconomic Status
Guy R. Cousins
Lecturer of Mental Health and Human Services
Previous member of the Substance Abuse Licensing Board
M.S.W. University of Dundee
B.S. University of Maine at Fort Kent
Expertise: Behavioral health issues, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services, national associations dealing with behavioral health issues (NASADAD & NASMHPD), clinical services, administrative & clinical oversight
Assistant Professor of Dental Health
Maine Dental Board Member
M.Ed. Boston University
B.S. Northeastern University
EFDA University of Maine at Augusta
Expertise: Dental and oral health
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
Ph.D. Interdisciplinary in Sensors, University of Maine
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Maine
B.S. Electrical Engineering/Minor in Optical and Illumination Engineering, University of New Hampshire
Expertise: Chemical and biological sensors, Piezoelectric sensors, Acoustic waves in solids and liquids, Electrical engineering, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Mathematical modeling, STEM education, 3-D printing and applied manufacturing, Data visualization
Associate Professor of American Studies
Ph.D. in American Studies, emphasis in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, Washington State University
M.A. in English: Literature and Culture, minor in Sociology, Oregon State University
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Literature, Gender, and American Culture, Humboldt State University
Expertise: Interdisciplinary theory and practice; Intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship; feminism, community, power; cultural politics, popular culture, social and cultural movements. Youth and girls’ cultures, dystopia in young adult fiction, fitness cultures, Hip Hop music and culture, revolution, cultural negotiations and empowerment.
Associate Professor of Social Science
Expertise: Culture, Pop Culture, Deviance, and Social Psychology.
Assistant Professor of Mental Health and Human Services
Ph.D. Human Services emphasis on organization leadership, Capella University
M.S.W. University of Maine
B.S. Rehabilitation Services, University of Maine at Farmington
A.S. Criminal Justice, University of Maine at Augusta
Expertise: Mental health services and addiction services, current research in the area of aging in Maine.
UMA/University College Lecturer in Business
Principal Examiner for Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection
President of the American Conference of Uniform Consumer Credit Code States
B.A. in Public Management, University of Maine
Master of Public Administration, University of Maine
Expertise: Banking/Financial Services, Financial Regulation, Consumer Credit, Investments/Stock Markets, Commercial/Business Lending/Development, Personal Finance/Money Management, and Consumer Protection/Fraud Issues.
Richard C. Lumb
Adjunct Professor Justice Studies & Sociology at UMA.
Emeritus Associate Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Brockport.
Ph.D. College of Education, Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, Florida State University.
M.S. College of Education, Department of Counseling and Adult Education. University of Southern Maine.
B.S. College of Education, Vocational Technology, Major in Criminal Justice. University of Southern Maine
A.A.S. Law Enforcement Studies. Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute.
Expertise: Policing and criminal justice; community problem oriented policing; sustainable community capacity building to reduce crime and disorder and improve community quality of life; the effects of accumulated stress, adversity and trauma on police and first responders; and organizational supervision and management in public safety through organizational reengineering.
Master of Arts in Teaching, English Education, Boston University
Master of Science, Computer Technology in Education, Thomas College
Bachelor of Science, English, Northeastern University
Expertise: Communications, Speechwriting, Marketing and Public Relations.
Personal Interests and Informal Areas for Comment: Perspective of a Native Mainer, Careers in Higher Education, Event Planning
Professor of English
Ellen M. Taylor has a grant from Maine Women Writers, and a Presidential Research Grant this year to study 20th century American poets, Kate Barnes and her mother, Elizabeth Coatsworth. Taylor’s third collection of poetry, Compass Rose, was published last summer, and she has poetry forthcoming in Poui: Journal of the West Indies. She worked with the Maine Humanities Council leading book discussions over the summer, and this semester will be teaching Creative Writing 1 and 2. Taylor also serves on the Fulbright Review Board for scholars applying to work in the Balkans.
Lecturer of Computer Information Systems
Ph.D. Philosophy in Computer Science, University of Maine
M.S. Computer Science, University of Maine
M.S. Software Engineering, Azusa Pacific University
B.S. Communications, Shippensburg University
Expertise: Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Multi-agent Systems, Machine Reinforcement Learning