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From left to right: Victoria Cunningham, Ph.D., SallyAnn Giess, Ph.D., Karyn Doke, Ph.D., Rafael Alexandre Mello, David Williamson, D.B.A.

This fall, the College welcomes five full-time faculty members to tenure-track positions.

“On behalf of our faculty and staff, I am honored to welcome our new faculty to The College of Saint Rose,” said Dr. Margaret McLane, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “They are sure to contribute greatly to our campus with their extensive knowledge and experience in their fields. I look forward to working closely with them to ensure their success with our students and their research efforts that will improve the greater Saint Rose community.”

We look forward to meeting these new professors, who participated in new faculty orientation on Tuesday, August 15:

Victoria “Torie” Cunningham
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Education: Ph.D., counseling, CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited, University of North Texas; M.A., counselor education, University of Central Florida; B.S, psychology, University of Florida
Last position: Adjunct instructor, University of North Texas
Research Interests: Complex trauma; complex trauma in LGBTQ+ populations; trauma-informed counseling interventions
Teaching at Saint Rose: Lifespan development issues; introduction to child/adolescent counseling; basic counseling skills

Karyn Doke
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Education: Ph.D. candidate, University at Albany; M.S., computer science, University at Albany; M.S., computer information systems, Saint Rose; B.S., engineering, Concordia University, Montreal.
Last position: full-time visiting computer science faculty, Saint Rose; research assistant, University at Albany
Research interests: Wireless networks for rural areas; spectrum sensing and characterization; spectrum sharing
Teaching at Saint Rose: Advanced programming; data structures and algorithms; software engineering, internet programming; theory of computation

SallyAnn Giess
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Education: Ph.D., communication sciences and disorders, University of Florida; M.A., communication sciences and disorders, State University of New York at
Buffalo; B.A., speech and hearing science, SUNY at Buffalo; J.D., University of Dayton School of Law
Last position: Speech-language pathologist, University Health Partners of Hawaii; adjunct professor, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine communication sciences and disorders program
Research interests: Differential diagnosis of reading disabilities; prevention of communication disorders; intervention for spoken and written language disabilities in the school-age population
Teaching at Saint Rose: Language development; disorders, and literacy; language development; organization and administration of public school speech-language therapy programs

Rafael Alexandre Mello
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Education: Ph.D. candidate, international relations, University of Brasilia;, M.A., international relations, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil; B.A., international relations and political science, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
Last position: Political science adjunct instructor, Le Moyne College, Syracuse
Research interests: politics of the global south; rising powers and the international system; political economy of development; political ecology of development; critical international relations theory and meta-theory; Latin American social thought.
Teaching at Saint Rose: International relations; global environmental politics; global political economy; politics of development in the third world; politics of Latin America; the Middle East and North Africa; U.S. foreign policy.

David Williamson
Assistant Professor of Management
Education: D.B.A., Fox School of Business, Temple University, M.S, hospitality and tourism management, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst; B.A., American Studies, Marlboro College.
Last position: Adjunct assistant professor, Columbia-Green Community College (Macro-economics, introduction to digital marketing.)
Research interests: Compensation anxiety in temporary organizations; Post-COVID consumer behavior in food service industry; using technology in food production to mitigate foodborne illness
Teaching at Saint Rose: Human resources management; compensation and benefits; organizational Behavior