The flow of new hires and promotions has returned at Pitt, after a near freeze in hiring last year.
Below is a listing of just some of the people who have joined the University or moved to new administrative positions this year. In most cases, the names and positions listed were provided by the schools or units as key changes they wanted to highlight.
DIETRICH SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Amanda Boston: Assistant professor, Africana Studies
Rory Carroll: Lecturer, Biological Sciences
Sherwin Cedeno: Lecturer, Statistics
Darlene Dubuisson: Assistant professor, Anthropology
Anna Ettinger: Research assistant professor (previously staff), Psychology
Reem Hannun: Research assistant professor, Geology and Environmental Science
Keila Grinberg: Professor, History
Muhammad Khan: Assistant professor, Economics
Sara Magrin: Associate professor, Philosophy
Saoirse McSharry: Lecturer, Biological Sciences
Angie Ocampo: Assistant professor, Political Science
Thomas Pendlebury: Assistant professor, Philosophy
Daniel Perrefort: Research assistant professor (previously graduate student), Physics and Astronomy
David Outomuro Priede: Lecturer, Biological Sciences
Jacob Rosen: Associate professor, Philosophy
Sara Sannino: Research assistant professor (previously post doctoral associate), Biological Sciences
Michael Sawyer: Associate professor, English
Sergei Sheludiakov: Research assistant professor, Physics and Astronomy
Zi Tong: Research assistant professor, Chemistry
Gabriel Tourek: Assistant professor, Economics
The Dietrich School also added some faculty members who transitioned from visiting status:
Nancy Fultz: Lecturer, Sociology
Jessica FitzPatrick: Lecturer, English
Kyle Parks: Laboratory instructor, Biological Sciences
Jennifer Roccisana: Laboratory instructor, Biological Sciences
Patrick Shirey: Assistant professor, Geology and Environmental Science
Apanchanit Viranuvat: Instructor, Hispanic Languages & Literatures
COMPUTING AND INFORMATION
Malihe Alikhani: Assistant professor, Department of Computer Science
Arjun Chandrasekhar: Teaching assistant professor, Department of Computer Science
Na Du: Assistant professor, Department of Informatics and Networked Systems
Morgan Frank: Assistant professor, Department of Informatics and Networked Systems and Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship
Chelsea Gunn: Teaching assistant professor, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship
Kuo-Ting (Tim) Huang: Assistant professor, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship
Ahmed Ibrahim: Teaching assistant professor, Department of Informatics and Networked Systems
Xiaowei Jia: Assistant professor, Department of Computer Science
Rebecca Morris: Teaching associate professor, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship
Kaushik Seshadreesan: Assistant professor, Department of Informatics and Networked Systems
Longfei Shangguan: Assistant professor, Department of Computer Science
Mary Kay Biagini: Chair, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship
Eleanor “Nora” Mattern: Director, Sara Fine Institute
Visiting professors: The new visiting professors are associate professor George Barganier (associate professor in criminal justice studies at San Francisco State University), visiting assistant professor Camilla Bell (graduate of the Syracuse University Ph.D. program in cultural foundations of education), Colleen Eddy (graduate of the University of Missouri Ph.D. program in counseling psychology), and visiting assistant professor Tom Ralston (former superintendent of Avonworth School District). Ralston is also the new director of the school's Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents.
In addition, Pitt Education has hired the following six assistant professors:
M. Beatrice Dias: Assistant professor of Digital Media, Learning, and Leadership
Heather McCambly: Assistant professor of Critical Higher Education Policy
Lisa Ortiz: Assistant professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture
Watufani Poe: Assistant professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture
Veena Vasudevan: Assistant professor of Digital Media and Learning
Hayley Weddle: Assistant professor of Educational Policy
HEALTH SCIENCE LEADERSHIP
Anantha Shekhar, senior vice chancellor for Health Sciences, announced several leadership changes over the past several months.
New to Pitt:
Uduak S. Ndoh: Inaugural vice chancellor and deputy chief information officer for the Health Sciences. He will lead the Health Sciences IT strategy to develop technologies and platforms that support education, research and clinical activities. Ndoh comes to Pitt from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he serves as associate dean for information technology and as chief information officer.
Page B. Pennell: Chair of the Department of Neurology in our School of Medicine. Pennell comes to Pitt from Harvard Medical School, where she served as a professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Neurology.
Thomas Berkhoudt: Associate vice chancellor for grants and awards in the Health Sciences
Timothy Billiar: Associate senior vice chancellor for clinical academics
Jaime R. Cerilli: Associate vice chancellor for strategic space planning and management in the Health Sciences and director of strategic space planning for the School of Medicine
Michael Gaber: Associate dean of finance for the School of Medicine
Mark T. Gladwin: Associate vice chancellor for science strategy and associate dean for physician-scientist mentoring
Richard Henderson: Associate vice chancellor finance management in the Health Sciences
Deborah Kollar: Associate vice chancellor for administration and HR management & policy in the Health Sciences, and director of human resources for the School of Medicine
Joon Sup Lee: Vice dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine
William J. Madden: Vice chancellor for finance and administration, Health Sciences, and vice dean for administration, School of Medicine
Charles Kotuby Jr.: Executive director, Center for International Legal Education. Kotuby is an international law counsel who represents multinational corporations in complex international disputes.
SpearIt: Professor of law. SpearIt is an internationally recognized scholar and teacher. SpearIt graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Houston; a masters of theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, Ph.D. in religious studies at University of California Santa Barbara, and J.D. from University of California Berkeley School of Law.
Anjali Vats: Associate professor of law with a secondary appointment in the Department of Communications in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences. She has taught at Boston College Law School, UC Davis School of Law and Indiana University. Before becoming a professor, Vats clerked for the now retired Chief Justice A. William Maupin of the Supreme Court of Nevada.
Christian Sundquist: Professor of law. Sundquist formerly served as the associate dean of faculty research and scholarship and a professor of law at Albany Law School, where he co-founded The Institute for Racial Justice Research and Advocacy. He teaches Evidence, Criminal Law and Racial Justice courses and serves as an inaugural faculty affiliate with the Pitt’s Social and Racial Determinants of Equity and Well-Being Cluster.
HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES
Reivian Berrios Barillas: Assistant professor of physical therapy
Leland Clark: Executive director of student affairs
Christina Davis: Assistant professor of physician assistant studies
Shelly DiCesaro: Associate professor in Sports Medicine and Nutrition’s athletic training program
Clive D’Souza: Assistant professor of rehabilitation science and technology
Pamela Dunlap: Assistant professor of physical therapy
Devin Kielur: Assistant professor in Sports Medicine & Nutrition’s athletic training program
Kara Kobal: Associate professor of physical therapy
Michael Lebec: Professor of physical therapy
Erin Mathia: Assistant professor of occupational therapy
Elizabeth Narducci: Assistant professor of physical therapy
Kim Nixon-Cave: Professor of physical therapy and program director for the new hybrid DPT program
Mark Malacarne: Assistant professor of physical therapy
Tara McSwigan: Assistant professor of physician assistant studies
Melissa Ruscetta: Assistant professor and externship coordinator for the audiology program in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders
Adam Sterczala: Research assistant professor at the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and Warrior Human Performance Center
Lauren Taylor: Assistant professor of physician assistant studies
Daniel Tolomeo: Assistant professor of physician assistant studies
Yanshan Wang: Vice chair of research and assistant professor of health information management
Toni Wilson: Assistant professor of physician assistant studies
PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Melinda Haas: Assistant professor. She studies law and international security, with her current research focusing on how congressional regulation can have unintended effects on the types of covert action used in U.S. foreign policy. Haas received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in politics, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Bucknell University.
Erica Owen: Promoted to associate dean. Owen, a specialist in international political economy, began her new appointment July 1. She has been a faculty member at GSPIA since 2018. In her new position, she will serve as chief academic officer of the School, fostering the development of faculty and research, while working to implement the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and initiatives related to curriculum.
Nicola Foote: The new dean of the Honors College also has joined GSPIA as a full professor.
Victor Figuereo: Assistant professor whose work focuses on racialization, the intersections of race and ethnicity, and access to health and mental health care as it pertains to the psychological well-being and distress of Latinx individuals living in the United States. He completed his master’s degree in social work and doctorate degree at the Boston College School of Social Work.
Genevra (Nev) Jones: Assistant professor and community engaged mental health services researcher, with an interdisciplinary academic background in social and political philosophy, community psychology and medical anthropology. She comes to Pitt from the University of South Florida.
Brooke Rawls: Assistant professor and academic coordinator for the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates program. Rawls received her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University in Instructional Management and Leadership. She also has more than 11 years of diverse experience within the field of social work.
SWANSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Lei Fang: Assistant professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Alessandro Fascetti: Assistant professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rajkumar Chinnakonda Kubendran: Assistant professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jourdain Bernard Lamperski: Assistant professor, Industrial Engineering
Qihan Liu: Assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Mohammad Sadegh Masnadi Shirazinejad: Assistant professor, Chemical/Petroleum Engineering
Helen Schwerdt: Assistant professor, Bioengineering Department
Meng Wang: Assistant professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Peipei Zhou: Assistant professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering