Lynch School of Education Assistant Professor Kristen Bottema-Beutel is an expert in special education whose research examines social interaction dynamics, decision-making processes in peer inclusion, and social interventions among youths with autism spectrum disorders. She earned her PhD from the joint program at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University in 2011. Bottema-Beutel holds a master’s degree in special education from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of science in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan. A post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University in 2012–13, Bottema-Beutel has published her research in such publications as Exceptional Family, Linguistics and Education, and the American Journal of Play.
After teaching part-time in the Philosophy Department and College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program for a number of years, Adjunct Assistant Professor Deborah De Chiara-Quenzer has become a full-time Philosophy faculty member. Prior to her work at BC, she was a professor of philosophy at St. John’s Seminary. De Chiara-Quenzer, who holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston College, earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York-Stony Brook. Her research interests include Ancient Greek Philosophy – especially Plato and Aristotle – history of Western Philosophy, ethics and political philosophy. She is currently teaching Perspectives (Western Culture) and Western Cultural Tradition in the A&S Honors Program.
Stephanie Jernigan began her career at the Carroll School of Management in 2011 as an adjunct professor, then served as a visiting professor before accepting a full-time appointment as an adjunct assistant professor. With an expertise in operations and logistics and a doctorate from Georgia Institute of Technology, Jernigan has worked at Norfolk Southern Railroad and Avon Products. She also spent two years as a research associate at the Center for Transportation and Logistics at MIT, where she investigated ways to lower the carbon footprint of multinational supply chains and means of assessing supply chain risk in new product launches. At BC, Jernigan is teaching Math for Management, Operations Management, Intro to Business Statistics, and a Risk Analysis and Simulation Class.
Professor of Chemistry Shih-Yuan Liu joined Boston College from the University of Oregon, where he taught for six years. Liu’s research interests include the development of heterocycles — compounds that have atoms of at least two different elements as members of their rings. In particular, Liu’s work focuses on boron-nitrogen heterocycles and their materials and biomedical applications. Liu received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Austria’s Vienna University of Technology and earned his PhD in organic chemistry from MIT, where he was a post-doctoral researcher before joining the Oregon faculty. In 2012, he won the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry’s Award for Early Excellence. His research has been published in journals including Angewandte Chemie and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice Esther Gimeno Ugalde, coordinator of the Spanish CCR1, CCR2 and Avanzado courses, pursues research in areas such as applied linguistics, Spanish language teaching, sociolinguistics (Spanish and Catalan) and cinema studies. Ugalde earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Vienna, and a bachelor’s degree from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She was a founding member of BETA (Asociación de Jóvenes Doctores en Hispanismo), an organization that brings together young researchers in the fields involving Hispanic literature and cultural studies, and has served as its vice president since 2011. Ugalde is also the principal investigator of MICA (Red de Mujeres Iberoamericanas de Cine y Medios Audiovisuales), the first online catalogue and database of feature films directed by Ibero-American women.