Welcome Additions

Welcome Additions

Ditsapelo McFarland

A native of Botswana, Asst. Prof. Ditsapelo McFarland (CSON) returns to Boston College after teaching for three years as an assistant professor at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Botswana.

McFarland received her doctorate from Boston College in 1999 and a master's degree in nursing science in 1986 from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.

McFarland also served as the chief diagnostic and research officer for the Botswana health ministry and as a nurse in Botswanan hospitals. She has also worked in hospitals in Vermont and Massachusetts.

McFarland's research interests include developing a survey instrument to measure knowledge about cancer testing in Botswana and studying the Botswanan women's perceptions of health.

Susannah Stern

Asst. Prof. Susannah Stern (Communication) comes to Boston College from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her primary scholarly interests are in youth, gender and electronic media. Stern studies how children and adolescents use, and are affected by, electronic media, and how they learn from mediated gender representations. Her most recent projects include teen expression on personal World Wide Web home pages, ethical issues involved with studying youth online and gender representations on prime time advertisements and in teen movies.

Stern has published her work in such journals as Women's Studies in Communication and Convergence: The Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies, and in handbooks on women and teenage health and sexuality issues.

Michele Montavon

Along with a doctoral degree in education earned last year from Columbia University, Asst. Prof. Michele Montavon (LSOE) holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from St. Xavier College in Chicago and a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

Montavon, whose dissertation is titled "Drug Education in Public School Districts: A Study of Curriculum Selection," has authored numerous papers on such topics as drug prevention in schools, health education, nutrition for adolescents and sex education.

Her professional experiences include consulting to Worcester Public Schools, where she worked with administrators to redesign instructional support services and devise survey instruments to assess needs. Montavon also served 11 years as director of health and substance abuse prevention for that school system.

In addition, Montavon taught high school in the Archdiocese of Boston and worked as a nurse for five years in Washington, DC, and Boston.

David Dickinson

Prior to joining BC, Prof. David Dickinson (LSOE) worked at the Education Development Center in Newton, a non-profit organization that promotes learning and human development projects in countries around the world. Among the initiatives he directed were evaluations of early childhood programs in Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Krygstan.

Dickinson, who has taught at Clark University, Tufts University and Connecticut College, has co-authored three books on early literacy, including Beginning Literacy with Language: Young Children Learning at Home and School and Handbook of Early Literacy Research, both published in 2001.

Dickinson holds a doctoral degree in education from Harvard University, a master's degree from Temple University and a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College.

Caroline Bicks

In addition to Elizabeth and Jacobean drama, Asst. Prof. Caroline Bicks (English) includes women in early modern culture, and lyric and epic poetry among her academic interests.

A former professional actress who trained at New York City's famous The Circle in Square Theater, Bicks holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned her doctoral degree from Stanford University.

Bicks comes to Boston College from Ohio State University where she served as an assistant professor. Previously, she taught at Stanford and worked as a high school teacher in New York and California.

She is the author of the forthcoming book Midwiving Narratives in Shakespeare's England and numerous journal articles.

-Stephen Gawlik

"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College.


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