Faculty challenge and support Nazareth students — to help you flourish and achieve more than you ever expected.

Carolyn Lagoe

Carolyn Lagoe

English and Communication

Carolyn went out of her way to make sure that I knew how successful I will be, regardless of changing my major late. She gave me sound advice about my future, and took the time out of her busy schedule to constantly check on me.” — Molly Stark ‘17

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Eileen Beiter

Accounting

"When my students graduate, they become a part of my professional network," says Prof. Eileen Beiter. "This department remains a resource and support in their first job and throughout their career. They eventually become resources for the college by hosting interns or by guest speaking in class. We faculty expect to build lifelong connections."

Mark Weber

Mark Weber

Business & management

"Mark is a very knowledgeable professor who incorporates his real-life experiences into the courses.... Mark is very personable, and he always makes himself available to his students outside the classroom." — Max Powell '12

Leah Stacy

Leah Stacy

Communications and media

"Leah Stacy doesn't just teach; she engages, challenges and encourages. She helped me and so many of my classmates navigate our paths and find our niches. I still go back to her to celebrate victories and seek her guidance." — Chase Ferren '16

Lynn O'Brien

Lynn O'Brien

Biochemistry

From Dr. O'Brien: "The best way to understand science is to do science! Working on an undergraduate research project with a faculty member provides a student the thrill of discovery and prepares them to solve problems beyond the classroom."

Tim Thibodeau

Timothy Thibodeau

History & political science

From Dr. Thibodeau: "Our department has a strong sense of community among the faculty that is generously shared with our majors. We spend considerable time outside of the classroom meeting with our students, sharing social events together and most importantly, sharing good stories and good laughs together."

Allen Shannon

Allen Shannon

Theatre arts, scene design

From Prof. Allen Shannon: "Students get into the (scene) shop and start working hands-on right away and much sooner than at a larger college. They get direct and frequent access to full-time professors from day one."

Corinne Dempsey

Corinne Dempsey

Religious studies; international and global studies

"Dr. Dempsey provides insight, challenges you, asks the tough questions, and encourages you to think about the world and the way it works on a larger level. Dr. Dempsey also makes herself relatable to students, treating you as a peer." — Megan Matott '14

Nancy Stelau

Nancy Strelau

Music

Prof. Strelau tells students: "Let me know what your end goal is, so I can help you achieve it through profound and life-changing experiences."

Timothy Kneeland

Timothy Kneeland

History & political science

From Dr. Kneeland: "What makes Naz unique is that we all have the common goal of changing lives. Students don’t just take classes at Naz, they work with professors. Teaching is not transactional, it’s relational."

Corinne Aquilina

Corinne Aquilina

Musical theatre

From Corinne Aquilina: "You should have a job before you graduate. My colleagues and I can take you to the door. You have to walk through it. We're always looking to connect students with professionals and opportunities, through internships, our partnership with Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, and senior showcases here and in New York City."

Marjorie Roth

Marjorie Roth

Music

About Dr. Roth: “Her vocation and her dedication to her students are beyond belief. She is demanding in all the best ways, and makes striving for excellence feel as natural as being alive.”

Maria-Hopkins

Maria Baldassarre Hopkins

Education

Dr. Hopkins: “There are these great moments where the shift from confusion to understanding is palpable, where students move from silence to asking interesting and messy questions to making complex observations and keen insights ... and everyone is just tuned in. I get so much energy from these moments.”

Isabel Cordova

Isabel Córdova

History & political science

Dr. Córdova gives students hands-on opportunities to be immersed in Latino history through class assignments, internships, and grant-funded projects — including an oral history project she and Spanish Professor Hilda Chacón spearheaded with the Rochester Public Library.

Lisa Durant Jones

Lisa Durant-Jones

Speech-language pathology

Dr. D-J is an expert in the field who teaches with intention, challenging you in the classroom but also supporting you along the way. She encourages civic engagement and teaches the importance of meeting genuine needs in the community. She supported the research and volunteer work I did at Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach Center, which led to opportunities to co-present at national and international conferences." — Anne Marie LaFave ‘13, ‘15G

Susan Nowak

Susan Nowak

Religious studies

From Dr. Nowak: "The transformation that I'm hoping for is that each student is able to find his or her true self, for the moment, to be authentically and justly who he or she is. I want each student to feel empowered to be the strongest, most compassionate, hopeful, energized person that they can be."

Sam Nolte-Yupari

Samantha Nolte-Yupari

Art education

About Dr. Nolte-Yupari: “She’s so willing to give support, advice, help with research, and to make connections for us. She’s energetic, enthusiastic, and overall makes it a fun experience. It makes it easy to remember the lessons.” — Emily Richmond ‘16G