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Welcome to the 2019 Spring Semester from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences!  It’s wonderful to have you here. The College Dean’s Office, along with the Business Management Division and faculty from the Education and Humanities Divisions moved into Wright Hall on the Brattle Campus during the fall, and we’re now settled in. Along with our returning students, we also welcome our starting first year students, transfer students, and incoming exchange students. Forty students are studying abroad in places as varied as Argentina, England, Japan, Sweden and Thailand.

We are pleased to welcome Rebecca Rea, our new Coordinator of Academic Operations.

And we bid a fond farewell to Heather Macdonald, Associate Professor and Judith Periale, Academic Coordinator of Psychology/Applied Therapies Division, who are retiring from Lesley.

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new Bachelor of Social Work program, which draws on our social justice roots. We’re now accepting students for Fall 2019. Three new social work faculty and staff have joined us:

During the fall semester, the College hosted a number of scholarly conferences and events, including: 

We welcomed Boston Speaker Series Dr. Lisa Genova, the author of Still Alice, who shared her research about the human brain and neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, and what we can do to prevent them.

New chemistry labs in University Hall on the Porter campus offer students a rigorous pathway to science careers

Lesley started a series of podcasts featuring Lesley faculty talking about their work. Two of our faculty were featured during the fall semester:

At the recent Yale International Policy Competition, Lesley students proposed solutions the world’s problems or, more specifically, current conflicts related to the South China Sea.

The Council of Independent Colleges announced an award to the Lesley Humanities Division and Lasell College of a Continuing Collaboration Grant to develop online versions of language courses that already exist in one of both institutions and open those courses to students of both institutions. 

Here’s what some of our alums are up to.

  • Sarah Groh (2013, Human Services and Global Studies) served as Congresswoman Ayanna Presley’s campaign manager and is currently Presley’s Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C.
  • Scott Wheeler (2010, Management) has had a varied career in sports management. He is an Event Sales Manager for Topgolf in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Jared Winston (2013, Biology) completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northeastern in 2018 and is working a therapist at Bay State Physical Therapy in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

And this January, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students are enjoying two study abroad opportunities:

I remain delighted to be a part of this special community. I look forward to working with you and I wish you an enjoyable, productive and successful semester!


Steven S. Shapiro

Dean and Professor of Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Recent Academic Accomplishments

In addition to teaching, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty have been professionally active with research and scholarly presentations, often in collaboration with Lesley students.

Lesley Education students Camille Gerard, Patrick Lessage, Fareesa Syeda and Samantha Zarkower joined Professor Brooke Eisenbach in two session presentations at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Conference in Houston, TX November 15-18, 2018.  The sessions focused on LGBTQIA+ literature in the English Language Arts Classrooms and Censorship of Young Adult texts.

  • Professor Eisenbach also presented a session at the NCTE Annual Conference in Houston, TX focused on the infusion of Young Adult Literacy and literacy practices in the virtual K12 classroom.
  • Professor Eisenbach published a volume of the Handbook of Resources for Middle Level Education (through the American Education Research Association (AERA) Middle Level Special Interest Group (Sig) in October. The focus of the Handbook is Meeting the Needs of Middle Level Learners within the Virtual Classroom Context.
  • Professor Eisenbach co-authored a peer-reviewed article in "The Leaflet", the flagship journal of New England Association of Teacher English (NEATE) focused on the power of literature as a catalyst for conversation surrounding mental illness and mental health needs in the classroom.

 Professor Christine Evans presented a paper “Le cent-cinquantenaire de la Révolution française: Prélude au débat sur la debacle” (The one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the French Revolution: Prelude to the debate on the debacle) at the international colloquium “Simone Weil, an engaged philosopher: A politics of the good for our time” organized by the French Institute of Tel Aviv and the Open University in Ra’anana, Israel October 30/31, 2018.

 Professor Lisa Fiore's most recent book, “Grit, Resilience, and Motivation in Early Childhood”, moves past current media buzz about grit, resilience, and motivation as proverbial silver bullets and provides early childhood educators with a much-needed focus on developmentally appropriate activities and expectations related to those terms.

Professor Donna Halper received First Prize in the 9th Annual Collectors Competition from Historic New England for her collection of media-related memorabilia.  The awards ceremony was held in Waltham, MA, November 19, 2018.

  • Professor Halper also wrote the forward to poet Meg Smith's latest volume, "This Scarlet Dancing", published November 1, 2018. 
  • Professor Halper was recently invited to join the board of the International Journal of Social Sciences and Media Studies and to serve as a reviewer for the Broadcast Education Association conferences.  
  • Professor Halper gave a talk to the Boston chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research about how the arrival of television impacted the sportswriters, the players and the fans. November 3, 2018.

Professor Michael Illuzzi presented a paper “Escaping Neo-liberal Colorblind Cages: Lessons from Dr. King’s Poor People’s Movement” at the Association for Political Theory conference in Philadelphia, October 18-20m 2018. 

Katya Zinn, a Lesley University Expressive Art Therapy major and Global Studies minor, joined Professors Kristina Lamour Sansone (LA+D) and Kazuyo Kubo in a panel presentation entitled “Seeing Everyday Through Design: Cross Cultural Visual Literacy Experience” at the annual conference of the International Visual Literacy Association on November 3rd in Chicago.

Professor Mary Beth Lawton presented a paper, “Strengthening Early Attachments”, at the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children, October 5/6, 2018, Alpharetta, GA.

Professors Kimberly Lowe, Liv CumminsSummer Clark and Lisa Spitz (LA+D) presented a paper at the New England Educational Assessment Network Fall Forum on “I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours: Overcoming the Practical Challenges of Peer Review/Critique in the Classroom”, November 2, 2018.

Director of Academic Advising  Diep Luu published a media review, “Human Flow directed by Ai Weiwei” published in the Journal of Comparative Education Review, November 2018.

Professor Amy Mertl published an opinion column "De-stress and Breathe Easy: The Public Health Benefits of Urban Trees" in the Somerville Times, published October 17, 2018.

Professor Mary Dockray Miller delivered the keynote address, entitled "Women's Patronage, Authorship, and Collaboration in the Medieval Literary Canon", at The Medieval Literary Canon in the Digital Age conference at Ghent University, Belgium, September 17 & 18, 2018.

Biology student MacKenzie Schoenthaler, former student Nathan Coney and  Professor David Morimoto  published a paper “Urban birds related to habitat, population density, and socioeconomics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: Scaling biodiversity immersion in cities”, Atualidades Ornitlogicas On-Line, 205 (September-October): 49-63.

Professor Jim O'Keefe presented a paper, "Using a Dynamic Scatterplot Tool for Interdisciplinary Explorations" at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference, October 4-6, 2018 in Hartford, CT.

Professor Michelle Pate presented on a panel “Laying the Foundation for Tomorrow's Profession: Ethically Sound Undergraduate Art Therapy Education”, November 1, 2018.

Professor Annie Pluto's  latest collection of poetry, "Lubbock Electric", was recently reviewed in Up The Staircase Quarterly. The reviewer noted "Lubbock Electric, is a landscape of America, a strong rush across Texas, the Plains, to the East Coast’s Brooklyn and Boston. ... Pluto explores the cadences of love, of death, and of memory."

  • Professor Pluto also was interviewed by Doug Holder of the Somerville Times, published January 9, 2019.

Professor Janet Sauer facilitated a panel presentation "Breaking the silence: Disability, Sex, and Gender Identity" at the Violence Against Women conference, Lesley University, November 9, 2018.

  • Professor Sauer also presented a paper "Collaborating with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families in the Special Education Process" at the MA Council for Exceptional Children conference. November 16, 2018.

Professor Leela Tanikella presented a paper "Media and Migration: The Transnational Politics of Indo-Caribbean Communication and Culture" at the American Anthropological Association meetings in San Jose, California, November 15, 2018.

Professor Nafisa Tanjeem gave an invited talk on “Solidarity with Whom? Negotiating Neoliberal Solidarity in Transnational Organizing Spaces” at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University, November 1, 2018.

  • Professor Tanjeem also presented a paper "Who can be a transnational feminist activist? Exploring the politics of access, language, and funding" at the National Women's Studies Association Conference held in Atlanta, GA November 9, 2018.
  • Professor Tanjeem gave a talk on "The Present and Future of Gender Studies in Bangladesh" in the conference "The Present and Future of Bengal Studies: Prospects and Problems" held at Boston University. September 14, 2018.

Student Research Grants

For the fall semester six College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students were awarded Research Grants.

Caroline Burke
Investigating the energetic cost of innate immune response and Pseudogymnoascus destructans fungal activity on post-hibernating little brown myotis and the link with the recovery of local populations in NW from White-Nose Syndrome.

Andrew Henry                                  
Developing an analytical simulation utility to create business intelligence for small, local businesses and support instructional scenarios.

Nataliya Ryzhenko
Vermicomposting as a method of soil fertilization.

MacKenzie Schoenthaler  
Researching the correlations between bird abundance and diversity around Cambridge, MA.

Caitlin Sugrue 
Studying the lived experience of student athletes who have experienced sports-related concussions.                          

Mecivir Tersoo-Ivase
Exploring the interaction between living organisms and their environment, with a focus on invertebrates and their habitat.

Student Conference Grants

For the fall semester nine College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students received Conference Grants to attend or present a paper with a faculty member.

Kenzie Moniz, Robert Forrester
Addressing social emotional competencies through young adult literature, presentation for concurrent session at Association of Middle Level Education National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Gwendolyn Squires
Poetry, presentation for at Sigma Tau Delta International Conference, St. Louis, MA, March 27-30, 2019.

Camille Gerard, Fareesa Syeda, Sam Zarkower, Patrick Lessage
De-stigmatizing mental illness through young adult literature, workshop session at New England League of Middle Schools, Providence, RI.

Alessandra Spencer-Pereira
Institutional Racism: Modern Day Slavery, presentation for National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Columbus, OH, June 25-27, 2019.

Danni Greene
ABLE Assembly: Arts Betters the Lives of Everyone, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Boston, MA, April 12-14, 2019.