The Catholic University of America

Meet Our New
FACULTY MEMBERS

Seventeen new faculty members were welcomed to the University at an orientation in August. The folllowing biographies provide some information about them.

 

School of Arts and Sciences

Byung Min Chung  

Byung Min (Justin) Chung

Assistant Professor of Biology

After completing his doctoral degree at Northwestern University in 2009, Chung joined the laboratory of Pierre Coulombe in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Chung is interested in understanding the basic mechanisms driving cancer progression. His long-term goal is to develop better therapeutic tools and strategies for patient care. He began with studies of lung cancer (at Northwestern University), moved to models of skin cancer (Johns Hopkins University), and hopes to continue in breast cancer research as an independent investigator.

 

  Marilyn Matar

Marilyn Matar

Clinical Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (French)

Marilyn Matar has an M.A. in French literature from the Université Saint-Jospeh in Beirut, Lebanon (2005), and a Ph.D. in modern French studies from the University of Maryland, College Park (2014). Her research focuses on the representations of war and identities in conflict in the Francophone literature of the Machrek, with a special emphasis on Lebanon and the themes of memory and identity. Her forthcoming book, Les Représentations littéraires de la guerre civile libanaise: pour une poétique du lien (to be published by Presses de l’Université Saint-Joseph in 2016), explores the singularity of the aesthetics of writings from the Lebanese civil war and addresses the ethical questions raised by these works. Matar brings many years of teaching experience at universities and schools in Lebanon and the United States.

 

Megan Murton  

Megan Murton

Assistant Professor of English 

Megan Murton received her doctorate in medieval English literature at the University of Cambridge in 2014. Previously, she earned an M.Phil. in English language and literature with a medieval focus at the University of Oxford and a joint B.A. at Harvard University in French and linguistics. Her research focuses primarily on the poetry of Chaucer, his response to his literary sources, and the relation of his works to contemporary orthodox religious practice. Her dissertation focused on Chaucer’s poetics of prayer, a topic that she is now expanding into a book-length study under the title Prayer in Chaucer’s Poetry: Writing Christian and Pagan Devotion. The manuscript is currently under consideration for publication by Boydell & Brewer. She will teach in the Department of English and in the Center for the Study of Medieval and Byzantine Studies.

 

  Anita Shagnea

Anita Shagnea

Clinical Instructor of Mathematics

Anita Shagnea holds a Master of Sciences in applied mathematics from Oakland University in Rochester, NY. She brings seven years of teaching experience at the university level as well as six years at the high school level. In addition to her educational work inside the classroom, Shagnea has served for many years as a youth group leader in Catholic youth group meetings with young people from diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. She regularly leads youth trips. At CUA, she will teach undergraduate courses and mentor students in the Math Center.

School of Business and Economics

Anthony Cannizzaro  

Anthony Cannizzaro

Assistant Professor of Management

Anthony Cannizzaro holds a Ph.D. in international business from The George Washington University School of Business. His research interests include international business and global strategy, and he has been recognized with multiple Best Reviewer Awards from the Academy of Management. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.

 

  Douglas Frank

Douglas Frank

Associate Professor of Management

Douglas Frank holds a Ph.D. in managerial economics and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has a special interest in understanding how people’s values and beliefs affect their business decisions. Frank worked for more than a decade at Bayer AG, in the U.S. and Germany, and holds dual U.S.-French citizenship.

 

Irene Kim  

Irene Kim

Associate Professor of Accounting

Irene Kim moves to her new position after serving for two years in a visiting role. Before coming to CUA, Kim previously served as an assistant professor at George Washington University's School of Business and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Michigan and researches the effects of accounting decisions on stock market valuation.

 

  Gianfranco Piras

Gianfranco Piras

Associate Professor of Economics

Gianfranco Piras moves to his new position after serving for one year in a visiting role. Formerly, he was a research assistant professor at West Virginia University and assistant professor at the Catholic University in Chile. He earned his Ph.D. in econometrics and empirical economics from Tor Vergata University in Rome.

 

School of Canon Law

William Daniel  

William L. Daniel

Assistant Professor of Canon Law

William L. Daniel, received a B.A. in philosophy from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, Minn. in 2002. He received a licentiate in canon law (J.C.L.) from Saint Paul University in 2006 and a doctorate in canon law (J.C.D.) from the same institution in 2015. He worked in the Chancery and Tribunal of the Diocese of Winona from 2006 to 2015. He has published several articles in the area of canonical procedural law as well as a 700-plus-page book of translations of decisions of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

 

  Monsignor Ronny Jenkins

Monsignor Ronny Jenkins

Associate Professor of Canon Law

Monsignor Ronny Jenkins, a priest of the Diocese of Austin and currently general secretary, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), rejoins the faculty of the School of Canon Law. He will begin teaching in the spring at the completion of his term as general secretary. Prior to joining the USCCB, Monsignor Jenkins was first assistant professor and then associate professor in the School of Canon Law. Since then, he has served as adjunct professor of canon law in the school.

  

School of Nursing

Joyce Johnson  

Joyce Johnson

Associate Professor of Nursing

Joyce Johnson received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Boston College and her master's and doctoral degrees from The Catholic University of America School of Nursing. She has served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and associate dean and clinical professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing. She previously served as CNO and hospital operations chief at both Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she has received a number of professional recognitions and has published more than 100 articles on nursing shortage issues, nursing management, information systems technology, patient safety, and quality improvement.

 

  Marye Kellermann

Marye Kellermann

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

Marye Kellerman is nationally certified as an adult and geriatric nurse practitioner. She received her B.S.N. from the University of Virginia and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland. An experienced advanced practice nurse and nurse educator, she has been a co-investigator on Parkinson’s disease research projects and currently provides primary care on a part-time basis at Benedictine Sisters Monastery.

  

Rebecca Robert  

Rebecca Robert

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Rebecca Robert earned a B.S.N. degree from Valparaiso University, an M.S.N. from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in international public health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is nationally certified as both a family and pediatric nurse practitioner. An expert on pediatric/infant nutrition, she has conducted research in the United States and in collaboration with the Instituto de Investigacion Nutricional in Lima, Peru.


National Catholic School of Social Service

  Jennifer Charles

Jennifer Charles

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Jennifer L.K. Charles, has a clinical social work background in community mental health, including crisis stabilization and mobile crisis response. Guided by her practice and educational experiences, Charles’s research focuses on the identification of and issues related to the stigma of mental illness. Particularly of interest to her are the negative attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of mental health service providers toward their clients as well as the influence of stigma on the mental health help-seeking behaviors of college-aged adults. She earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from Virginia Commonwealth University, her M.S.W. from Barry University, and her B.A. from Virginia Tech.

 

Eun Koh  

Eun Koh

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Eun Koh earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the Seoul National University in Korea, and her Master of Social Work and Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was an assistant professor of social work at the University of Arkansas prior to coming to CUA. Her main research interests focus on children and family services and policies, including those affecting abused and/or neglected children, and the well-being of racial and/or ethnic minorities, including issues of health and mental health disparities. She has extensive research experience with local and state social service agencies.

 
 

  Sarah Oliphant

Sarah Moore Oliphant

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work

Sarah Moore Oliphant has taught social work at George Mason University, Radford University, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University. She holds a doctorate from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, with a concentration in social and economic development. She focuses on international social work and women's issues and has participated around the world with Global Awareness Society International over the past five years. She is currently researching and writing about the experiences of Ethiopian immigrant women.

 

Randall O'Toole  

Randall O’Toole

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work

Randall O’Toole is a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., with more than 19 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a clinical setting. He obtained his Master of Social Work from CUA. He has also completed advanced certificate training programs in Clinical Social Work with Children and Adolescents as well as Clinical Supervision at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He was recently invited to join the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program as a guest faculty member. He previously served as an adjunct professor at both Catholic University and George Mason University. In addition to teaching, O’Toole is in active private practice, specializing in work with children, adolescents, and families. He was previously the director of clinical services and training at the Adolescent and Family Growth Center, where he focused on developing and implementing effective interventions for children and families as well as training staff.