Adj. Asst. Prof. Patricia Riggin (Theater) arrives at Boston College after five years as an artist-in-residence at Emerson College, where she taught acting and voice. This past October, she directed "Hope" as part of the "Evening of One-Acts" that opened the Boston College theater season.
Riggin has worked in the theater as director, teacher and actor. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and master of fine arts degree in acting from Brandeis University, she continued her training in New York City where she began her acting and directing careers.
As a member of Actors' Equity, she has performed in New York City and in regional theatres, including Syracuse Stage, Portland Stage, and the Kennedy Center. While in New York, she also taught at Circle in the Square and Hunter College and trained with William Esper, Kristin Linklater, and Michael Howard.
This past year she directed "Art" at the Bar Harbor Theatre and "Boston Marathon" at Boston Playwrights Theatre. Other professional directing credits include "Twelfth Night," "Coastal Disturbances," "Pride's Crossing," "Ashes" and "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Michael Russell, senior research associate at the Lynch School of Education with the National Board on Educational Testing and Public Policy, is a former technology consultant whose interests are the impact of technology on learning, and the intersections of testing and technology.
Russell received a doctorate in educational research, measurement and evaluation from the Lynch School in 1999, and has directed or consulted on numerous projects focusing on the impact of standards and assessments on teaching and learning.
He has received press coverage of his studies into the effect of students' use of computers on MCAS results. He is currently developing and implementing an evaluation program that examines the distribution and access of technology across the Wellesley Public Schools system.
Russell is editor of Boston College's first electronic journal, The Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment, launched in the summer of 2002. The Lynch School Web site features an interview with him about the publication.
Adj. Asst. Prof. Angela Senander (Theology) is a post-doctoral fellow who received her doctorate in theological ethics from Boston College in 2001. Her dissertation was titled "Toward Liberation from Abortion: A Catholic Reflection on Abortion in the United States."
She currently is teaching three sections of Introduction to Christian Theology and preparing a pair of papers to be delivered at upcoming theological conferences. One paper, "From Avoiding Scandal to Love of Neighbor: Retrieving a Spirit-Inspired Understanding of Church Witness," is to be delivered at the annual meeting of the College Theology Society in May. The other, on humility, is to be given at the Catholic Theological Society of America's annual meeting in June.
Senander has done communications work for the Pro-Life offices of the Boston Archdiocese and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and has volunteered as a counselor at crisis-pregnancy centers.
She took a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame in 1993 before coming to Boston College for her graduate studies. She taught courses in theology as an assistant professor at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn., in 2001-02.
"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College. This is the final installment of "Welcome Additions" for the 2002-03 academic year.
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