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Welcome Additions


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Nov. 15, 2012

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

Assistant Professor of English Robert Lehman specializes in British and American modernism, continental Philosophy and visual culture. Lehman earned his PhD from Cornell University after earning degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Florida. He is currently completing a book on modernisms critique of historical reason, The Impossibility of Being Modern: Time, Tradition and Event in Modernist Literature and Philosophy. He has been published in the Journal of Modern Literature, New Literary History and Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities.


Assistant Professor of Communication Matt Sienkiewicz teaches courses in global media cultures and media theory.  He earned his Master of Arts and PhD in Communication Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.  His research focuses on the West's investment in Middle Eastern broadcasting initiatives as well as portrayals of race and religion on the American screen.  In addition to his work as a scholar, Sienkiewicz is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and screenwriter.


   Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Joyce Edmonds is an advanced practice public health nurse with additional certification in public health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. A former nurse consultant in the Oregon Department of Health, assistant chief nurse in the Georgia Department of Public Health and assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Edmonds is currently pursuing research on the rising rates of cesarean sections and the influence of culture and social norms on childbirth decisions. Edmonds previously conducted NIH-funded research in Bangladesh on the decision-making process that determined whether women would give birth at home or in a health care facility. She earned a doctorate from Emory University’s School of Nursing and a master’s in public health from Oregon Health and Science University. Edmonds has published articles in Social Science and Medicine, the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, and the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.


School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Philip Browning Helsel is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He earned a doctorate in pastoral theology and a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. A pastoral theologian, his work has centered on care of the dying, grief and caregiving and the sociology of family. Rev. Helsel has served as a chaplain in psychiatric hospitals, general hospitals and hospice settings. Prior to his post at STM, he was lecturer at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He has been published in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Pastoral Psychology and the Journal of Religion and Health. This semester, he is teaching Pastoral Care and Counseling and Trauma and Addiction.