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

Kerry Dunn

Kerry Dunn

Education

"Nazareth College is known and honored for their exceptional program for educators." One reason is professors like Kerry Dunn and her "undeniable LOVE for her students both past and present." — Melanie Antos '15, '17G, third-grade teacher

Olena Prokopovych

Olena Prokopovych

Political Science

Prof. Prokopovych offers students expertise in American politics and political philosophy — and political changes in Ukraine, where she grew up.

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."

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

Business and Leadership

In Prof. Adams’ classes: “The hands-on experience is what helped me prepare for my job as a digital marketer.” — Marissa Tortora '19

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.”

Matt Schoell

Matt Schoell

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Matt Schoell, Ph.D., gave me opportunities that "helped me become more confident in my own abilities and made me more comfortable with working on my own." — Krissy Chatt '19

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.

Wendy Norris

Wendy Norris

Mathematics

See why Dr. Norris loves teaching students how data science affects how we live, work, share, and play, and how to infuse ethics into artificial intelligence.

Yamuna Sangarasivam

Yamuna Sangarasivam

Anthropology

"The time that I shared with Professor Sangarasivam has shaped me into the person I am today. I never imagined academia would be so challenging. Because of her commitment to my success, I realized how rewarding a challenge could be." — Nick Gerbino '17

David Steitz

David Steitz

Psychology, gerontology

Dr. Steitz formed a creative partnership to hold college courses for Naz students and elder residents together at a senior living community, where students learn from, and with, the elders.

Jim Black

Jim Black

Education

Teacher candidates studying with Prof. Jim Black experience lots of hands-on learning, including modeling and scaffolded practice, to be ready to lead their own classrooms.

Devparna Roy

Devparna Roy

Sociology

"I am passionate about social justice, and I chose to become a sociologist because of my commitment to social justice issues." — Devparna Roy

Roy Stein

Roy Stein

Music/Business

Prof. Stein enhances student learning through his music industry connections, his own business and performing experience, and an on-campus record label. And don't miss his student-professor band performing around town.

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."

Zbigniew Granat

Zbigniew Granat

Music

"My primary role as a mentor is to inspire students to become passionate researchers and critical thinkers so they can make meaningful contributions to their chosen field, the communities in which they live and work, and the world," says Professor Zbigniew Granat.

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

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

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."

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

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."

Chelsea Wahl

Chelsea Wahl

Sociology

Chelsea Wahl's sociology interests include technology and inequity, and her courses include where technology, artificial intelligence, and society intersect — to prepare students to improve equity. She's also an avid gamer.

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

Noel wolfe

Noel Wolfe

Legal studies

Sydney Albrecht '20 said of Prof. Wolfe: "Her balance of challenging students while also putting their needs first prepared me for law school better than I ever could have imagined and played a key role in my positive experience at Naz."

Tom Lappas

Tom Lappas

History

Prof. Lappas makes an impact on students through “his generosity, accessibility, and commitment to teaching” and his support of students “both in and out of class” — Caitlin Howlett ‘08

Dr. Shafiq

MOHAMMAD SHAFIQ

Religious Studies

"We don't change people's way of believing," says Dr. Shafiq. "We change their behavior towards those with fundamentally different backgrounds than them."

Prof. Cathy Leverone in Nazareth's finance lab

Cathy Leverone

Finance

About Prof. Leverone: "Teaching has been the most rewarding experience of my career; there really is nothing like it! The size of the school gives me the opportunity to work with the students one on one. Every year I come away thinking these aren’t just great students; they are great people.” She is also the faculty advisor to a College investment fund managed entirely by students.

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."

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."

Chauncey Joyce on bike

Chauncey Joyce

Finance

Students of Chauncey Joyce — aka CJ — say his "enthusiasm/love of the subject matter is contagious. CJ goes above and beyond what is required and it is evident how much thought/care goes into each lecture."

Eileen-Beiter-portrait

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."

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.”

Rose Hair

Rose Hair

Human resource management

Brad Ford '18 said of Dr. Rose Hair (shown on a Nazareth study abroad trip to China): "Not only does she provide HR students with great industry specific knowledge, but she puts the extra time and effort to get to know her students, which is a testament to her character and dedication to Nazareth College."

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."