Welcome Additions

Welcome Additions

Gail L. Hoffman

Gail L. Hoffman, a visiting professor in the Classical Studies and Fine Arts departments, received her bachelor's degree from Yale University and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.

A scholar of Greek and Roman art and archeology, she previously taught as an associate professor of classics at Yale, where in 1999 seniors voted her the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. The prize, one of six awarded at Senior Class Day that year to outstanding teachers, cited her delight in learning and devotion to students.

Hoffman is author of Imports and Immigrants: Near Eastern Contacts with Iron Age Crete, a reassessment of artistic relationships between ancient Greece and other regions of the Aegean basin.

She is teaching a course in Classical Mythology this semester.

Michael B. O'Leary

Asst. Prof. Michael O'Leary (CSOM) of the Organization Studies Department received his doctorate last year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, where his thesis was titled "Work at a Distance: A Multi-Dimensional, Multi-Method View of Geographically Dispersed Work."

He has published several papers on work distribution in the Hudson's Bay Company between 1670 and 1826.

O'Leary is a creator of www.virtualteamsresearch.org, a Web site, listserve and reference database supporting the growing community of scholars studying geographically dispersed teams.

He previously worked for Coopers & Lybrand Consulting in its higher education practice, and for Pelavin Associates, a Washington, DC-based education policy research firm. He earned his bachelor's degree in public policy studies from Duke University in 1991.

Raymond Friel

Raymond Friel, a visiting faculty member at the Law School, graduated from the law school of University College Cork and went on to be admitted to practice at the Bar of Ireland in 1986, after being awarded the degree of barrister at law.

In 1988 he obtained a master's of law degree from the University of Exeter, winning a Dean's Commendation and the Centre for European Legal Studies Prize. After a period in practice, Friel joined the University of Limerick in 1990 as a full-time legal academic, being nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1995 and 1996. He was appointed Head of the Law School in 1996.

Friel is the author of Law of Contract, now in its second edition, which is regarded as the authoritative work on Irish contract law. He was responsible for the monograph on Irish contract law in the International Encyclopedia of Laws and is the Irish reporter for the Trento Common Core Project on pre-contractual liability. He is also co-author of Irish Stamp Duty Law, now in its third edition.

-Mark Sullivan

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


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