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Lisa BotshonLisa Botshon

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 ClarkCarey 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


Patricia ClarkPatricia Clark

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 CookJames 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


Kati CorlewKati Corlew

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 CousinsGuy 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


Nancy FosterNancy Foster

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


Lester FrenchLester French

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


Sarah HentgesSarah Hentges

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.


Lorien Lake-CorralLorien Lake-Corral

Associate Professor of Social Science

BA, Sociology, 2001. SUNY Geneseo.
MA, Sociology, 2004. University of Arizona.
PhD, Sociology, 2012. University of Arizona.

Expertise: Culture, Pop Culture, Deviance, and Social Psychology.


Kim LaneKim Lane

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.


David LeachDavid Leach

UMA 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.


Ellen TaylorEllen Taylor

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.