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Thomas E. Broffman, PhD, LICSW, LCDP, LCDS, CEAP has been an assistant professor at Eastern CT State University, intheBSW Program since 2002. He is currently the faculty advisor for the social work club . He has a BSW and a MSW from theUniversity of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from Boston College, Graduate School of Social Work. He developed 2 new online courses,both social work electives: SWK 344 - SWK with Substance Abuse Issues and SWK 369 - SWK with Gambling Problems. He has over 30 years of experience in employee assistance programs, mental health, addictions, problemgambling, and co-occurring disorders. In 2006, he was awarded the Social Worker of the Year in Addictions by the RI Chapter of NASW in his home state of RI.


Dr. Jeff Calissi

Dr. Jeff Calissi, BM, Music Education, Radford University; MM and DMA, Performance, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University where he teaches MUS 120 - Introduction to Music History, MUS 205 – Music Theory I, and MUS 215/216 – Ear Training and Sight Singing I and II. As Director of Percussion Studies, he teaches private studio lessons, MUS 113 Percussion Ensemble, and MUS 212 Class Percussion.

As an instructor of MUS 120 for several years, Dr. Calissi has been involved with the creation of both an intersession (Winter and Summer session) section as well as the online version first being offered in the Summer of 2009. He has also been part of the First Year Program, clustering MUS 120 with MUS 130 – Music Cultures of the World and MUS 100 – Fundamentals of Music, providing a solid base of inter-disciplinary education for first year freshman.

Catherine A. Carlson, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Environmental Earth Science Department at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) in Willimantic, CT. She teaches courses in environmental geology, water resources, hydrology/ hydrogeology, water management, and environmental management, and is the advisor for the minor in Hydrogeology and the Certificate in Environmental Management and Policy. Dr. Carlson earned a Ph.D. in Geosciences (Hydrogeology) at Michigan State University, a MS in Hydrology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and a BA in Geology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her area of expertise is hydrology—the study of freshwater on and beneath the land surface. Dr. Carlson’s current research interests involve studying surface-water/ground-water interaction in wetlands, teaching critical thinking and writing in the sciences, and developing approaches to effectively teach science and environmental management courses online.


Anne Dawson

Anne Dawson is Professor of Art History and Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University. She has curated exhibitions for galleries and museums nationally and published articles and exhibition catalogues on early twentieth-century American and Contemporary art.

Dawson is the author and guest curator for Idol of the Moderns, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and American Painting (San Diego Museum of Art, 2002) and a contributing author for European Muses, American Masters 1870-1950 (Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, 2004). In addition to late nineteenth and early twentieth-century French and American art, she has a special interest in women and the visual arts and has designed courses, curated exhibitions and delivered papers on this topic.




Meredith Clermont-Ferrand, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of medieval British Literature at Eastern Connecticut State University.  She is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts with a Ph.D. in medieval British literature. Her favorite course to teach is English 214. Dr. Clermont-Ferrand has published extensively within her scholarly field.  Major publications are the introduction and William Stanley Merwin's translation of La Chanson de Roland for Random House. Her essay Subtext and Subversion in the Bayeux Tapestry was published in The Old English Newsletter and her two books Subtext and Subversion in the Bayeux Tapestry and Jean D'Angouleme's Copy of The Canterbury Tales: An Annotated Edition of the Bibliotheque Nationale's Fond Anglais 39 (Paris) were both published by the Edwin Mellen Press.


Daniel Donaghy

Daniel Donaghy has a B.A. in English from Kutztown University, an M.A. in English from Hollins College, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Rochester. He is the author of two poetry collections: Streetfighting (BkMk Press, 2005) and Start with the Trouble (University of Arkansas Press, 2009). His poems and stories have appeared in many of the most prestigious literary journals published in the United States.

Katalin Eibel-Spanyi, Ph.D., Professor of MarketingKatalin Eibel-Spanyi, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing. She earned her Ph.D. at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and started her career in Europe. She has over fifteen years of experience in teaching various marketing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has done scholarly work in more than ten countries including Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands, and has published articles in a broad range of journals and magazines. Her professional experience includes positions in international trade, the manufacturing sector, and telecommunications. She is the Faculty Advisor for the American Marketing Association ECSU Collegiate Chapter.

Please check out our AMA ECSU website and consider joining an enthusiastic and energetic group of students if you are interested in marketing.

Carlos A. Escoto completed a PhD in experimental psychology with an emphasis in health psychology at Loma Linda University. His first academic position was as a visiting professor at Mississippi State University. He is currently an Associate Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in the department of psychology where he is pursuing his research interests in various areas related to HIV and AIDS. He is also a research affiliate for the University of Connecticut Center for Health/HIV Intervention and Prevention and has recently been recruited as a regional trainer for the APA HIV Office for Psychology Education and APA's Behavioral Science Science Volunteer Program. Dr. Escoto has developed 2 online courses PSY 322 Human Sexuality and PSY 325 Health Psychology.


Dr. Michael Gable received his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Zoology, from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He then went on to earn both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Dr. Gable came straight from New Hampshire to Willimantic, Connecticut, in 1972. At ECSU, he taught a realm of courDr. Michael Gableses on animals, including field courses that regularly involved trips to Maine, New Hampshire and Bermuda. The University recognized Dr. Gablefor outstanding teaching on two different occasions.

Dr. Gable also worked with over 100 students over the years as Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in various laboratories for courses on invertebrates and vertebrates, and with almost 100 students in undergraduate research projects. These research projects mostly centered on small crustaceans known as amphipods. Most of the species he has studied are from Bermuda and the Caribbean. Two students from the 1980s have continued to collaborate with him in ongoing research, one at the Peabody Museum, Yale University, and the other at the Comparative Museum of Zoology, Harvard University.

In the 1990s, Dr. Gable’s research took him to Europe, where many specimens from expeditions to the Caribbean are deposited in Zoology Museums. Dr. Gable spent approximately two of the last fifteen years studying specimens in many European Museums and with many European researchers. Throughout the years Dr. Gable has published his research and presented papers at national and international meetings, often with Eastern undergraduates or former undergraduates.

In August of 2008, Dr. Gable officially retired after thirty-six years of teaching. He is pleased to continue his teaching career with online courses offered through The School of Continuing Education at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Jaime S. Gomez  Ph.D.


Dr. Jaime S. Gomez is Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department. He teaches courses in technology in organizations, media aesthetics and video production. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University and a Doctoral degree in Communication from the University of Utah where he taught organizational and business communications, and mass communication courses. He co-authored a book in media production and published another one in Spanish on new technologies in education.




Andrew Nilsson


Andrew Nilsson is a Professor and Coordinator of the undergraduate program in social work at Eastern Connecticut State University.  He holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in social welfare policy from Brandeis University.  He is a licensed clinical social worker.

 Dr. Nilsson’s social work career includes work in a federal institution for psychiatric patients and narcotic addicts, an addiction treatment program in a federal prison, and school social work at the elementary and middle school levels. He began teaching at Eastern in 1978 and introduced social welfare policy to the university curriculum.  SWK 325 Social Welfare Policy, a required course for social work majors, is one of his favorite courses.





Doncho Petkov


Dr. Don Petkov joined Eastern Connecticut State University, USA in 2002 and is a Full Professor and Coordinator of the BIS program. He was a professor in the past at the University of Natal Pmb, SA. He is a deputy editor (USA) for Systems Research and Behavioral Science, published by Wiley and Senior Area Editor (Software Engineering) of the International Journal on IT and the Systems Approach (IJITSA), published by IGI Global. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Systems Education (EDSIG AITP), Scientific Inquiry Journal and International Journal on Decision Support Technologies (IGI Global). He  has over 100 refereed publications.

Dorothy Phillips


Dorothy Phillips has over 30 years of experience in health care and public health.  She has a BA in English from Hobart & William Smith College, a BS in Nursing from University of California San Francisco, and a Masters in Nursing and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Connecticut.  Her professional experience has been in cancer, women's health, care of the elderly, occupational health, and public health research.  From 1994 through 2009 she was a Nurse Practitioner and Associate Director of Health Services at Eastern, where she developed her focus on women’s health and nutrition.  She began her teaching career at Eastern in 2001.





Dr. David L. Stoloff is a Professor in the Education Department and Director of Eastern CSU’s Center for Educational Excellence.  He has been teaching online courses within Eastern’s Master of Science degree program in Educational Technology since 1999.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education from UCLA, a MS in Educational Technology from Concordia University in Montreal, and a BS in Biology from SUNY-Brockport.  He has taught in higher education for more than 25 years and was a high school biology and mathematics teacher for 5 years.  He may be reached at .



Dr. Elena Tapia



Dr. Elena Tapia, Professor of Linguistics, holds two masters degrees, one in Spanish and one in Linguistics. She earned her Ph. D. in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She served as chair of Eastern's English Department from 2001-2009.  Dr. Tapia teaches courses in linguistics such as Modern American Grammar, History & Development of the English Language, African American English & Verbal Traditions, and Language Acquisition in Young Children. Her research involves cognitive linguistics. She has published articles on cognitive metaphor, on non-mainstream forms of English, and on the pedagogy of cognitive linguistics.

Dr. Nanette Tummers

Dr. Nanette Tummers is an associate professor of health education. Dr. Tummers received a Doctorate of Education in Health Promotion and Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught health education at the middle school and high school levels. She is a certified holistic stress management instructor. Dr. Tummers teaches and researches stress management with college students, adults, children, at risk adolescents, individuals in recovery, and athletes.