Lecturer in Modern Languages
Martha Barry-Plotkin received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Amherst College and her master’s degree in Spanish linguistics and literature from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Elms College, she worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and Boston College, and studied at the Instituto Internacional in Madrid and the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. She has also worked and consulted to develop job training and career counseling programs in various corporate and community organizations.
Tom Cerasulo, Ph.D.
Chair of Humanities & Fine Arts; Professor of English
Dr. Cerasulo teaches courses in American literature, cinema studies, and writing. He has published on film adaptations, on ethnicity, and on the cultural history of American authorship. Recent scholarly work appears in Arizona Quarterly, MELUS, Studies in American Culture, Twentieth Century Literature, American Writers, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction, and Critical Companion to Eugene O’Neill. He is the author of the book Authors Out Here: Fitzgerald, West, Parker, and Schulberg in Hollywood (University of South Carolina Press, 2010). He is currently working on a manuscript on writers and the television industry.
Daniel Chelotti, MFA
Associate Professor of English
Dan Chelotti is a widely published poet and author. He is the author of the poetry collection x (McSweeney’s) and two chapbooks of poetry,The Eights (Poetry Society of America) and Compost (Greying Ghost Press). His poems have appeared in many journals, including POETRY, jubilat, Boston Review, A Public Space, Fence, North American Review. His articles and interviews have appeared in Huffington Post, Kenyon Review Online, Los Angeles Review of Books. Chelotti has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and has received grants and fellowships from the Slovenian Arts Council and the Colraine Writers’ Workshop. In 2014, a poem that originally appeared in iO: A Journal of New American Poetry was selected by AE Stallings for a Best of the Net award. On campus, Dan is the faculty adviser to Bloom, the college’s literary magazine. He directs programs at The Blue House, and runs the Visiting Writers series.
Peter DePergola, Ph.D., MTS
Shaughness Family Chair for the Study of the Humanities; Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities; Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies; Director, Ethical Leadership and Bioethics and Medical Humanities Programs; Executive Director and Fellow, St. Augustine Center for Ethics, Religion, and Culture
Dr. Peter DePergola is the Shaughness Family Chair for the Study of the Humanities, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Director of the Ethical Leadership and Bioethics and Medical Humanities Programs, and Executive Director and Fellow of the St. Augustine Center for Ethics, Religion, and Culture at Elms College. He serves concurrently as Chief Ethics Officer, Senior Director of Clinical Ethics, Chief of the Ethics Consultation Service, and Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Baystate Health. Dr. DePergola holds secondary academic and research appointments at University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Sacred Heart University, University of Saint Joseph, Bay Path University, the American Academy of Neurology, and TEDMED.
Jasmine Hall, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Dr. Hall’s fields of interest are Victorian and modern British fiction, literary criticism, and popular culture. She has published and presented papers in Dickens Studies Annual and Studies in Short Fiction, as well as in collections on Victorian literature and detective fiction.
Joyce Hampton, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Professional Programs
Dr. Hampton is responsible for providing leadership in support of Strategic and Global Priorities for the institution, and for practices and policies regarding equitable and inclusive student retention and success. The goal is to develop a campus culture and climate where all college members experience a sense of belonging, community, and satisfaction. In addition, Dr. Hampton provides oversight for the International Programs Office, First Year Seminar and the Honors Programs.
Brian Kiernan, M.F.A.
Lecturer in Art
Brian has taught all levels of studio art classes in drawing, painting, color theory, and design for the last 7 years. In addition to being a half time faculty at Elms College he also runs Creative Spark an adult art education program in Indian Orchard, MA. Previous work experience includes teaching at Springfield Museum and AIC college as well as working in exhibitions and education at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum from 2007 – 2014. In the last few years he has completed several permanent display commissions for Mayo Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital, Yale New Haven Health, and UMass Medical Memorial Center. Most recently he took part in a large scale art exhibit displayed at the quarantine centers in Worcester, MA. He is currently represented by several galleries in New England and New York including L’Attitude Gallery and Boston Art in Boston.
Michael McGravey, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies (ITPS), Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. McGravey earned his doctorate in systematic theology from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). He holds a master’s degree in theology and religious studies from Villanova University and a bachelor’s from Gannon University. Prior to his experience at Duquesne, he served as a member of the Religious Studies department at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. His dissertation explored the connections between post-secularism, Continental Philosophy, and ecclesiology, relying on the philosophical writings of Jean-Luc Marion and Gianni Vattimo. Michael has published several book reviews in the field of religious studies and political theology.
Laura McNeil, Ph.D.
Director of the Honors Program, Associate Professor of History
Laura McNeil is the director of the Honors Scholar Program and an associate professor of history at Elms College. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her Ph.D. in history from Boston College. She offers survey courses in European and world history, and upper-level courses in her areas of specialization, modern Ireland and Britain. She enjoys travel and good food. As such, she has led study-abroad trips to Ireland and Italy, and enjoys offering unusual experiential-learning classes, most notably HIS250: “A Taste of Freedom,” a historical and culinary exploration of the American immigration experience.
Arthur Moses, B.S.
Lecturer in Art
Arthur Moses has taught at Elms College for most of the last 40 years. He is an accomplished artist who specializes in creative sculpture, historical restoration, and the design and production of foundry products. Before teaching at the Elms, he taught in secondary schools for more than 23 years. In addition to teaching and managing his own art business, he is very active in his local town government.
Jason Burke Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Murphy joined the Elms College Philosophy Department in fall 2010. Previously he taught philosophy, ethics, and political theory at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis Community College, Webster University, and Goethe-Universitat in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a research fellow in computer ethics at SLU School for Professional Studies, and held doctoral and teaching fellowships there in the Department of Philosophy. His areas of specialization are social/political philosophy, contemporary German philosophy, and ethics. Murphy has been published in The Monist and Basic Income Studies. He has served on the executive committees of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network and Basic Income Earth Network.
Damien Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Dr. Murray teaches courses in American history, including surveys and upper-level courses. He specializes in immigration, Irish-America, the progressive era, and transnational history. His most recent book is Irish Nationalists in Boston: Catholicism and Conflict, 1900-1928 (CUA Press, 2018). His first book, Romanticism, Nationalism and Irish Antiquarian Societies, 1840-80 was published by the Department of Old and Middle Irish, NUI Maynooth. His articles have been published in Studies in American Culture, the Journal of American Ethnic History and Éire-Ireland.
Amber Scoon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Art
Academic Degrees: · PhD in Philosophy, Art and Critical Theory (PACT) from European Graduate School (Switzerland/ Malta), 2011. · Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Mixed Media, American University (Washington, DC), Two-Year Program in Italy, 2004. · Bachelors of Science in Studio Arts, New York University (NY, NY), 2002. · Continued Education: Masters Degree Courses in Sustainable Cultural Heritage from The American University of Rome (Rome, Italy) and The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). (Rome, Italy).
Reverend Mark Stelzer, S.Th.D.
College Chaplain, Associate Professor of Humanities, Special Assistant to the President for Catholic Identity
Father Mark Stelzer is a native of the Diocese of Springfield and was ordained to the priesthood in 1983. He joined the Elms adjunct faculty in 1986 and has concurrently served in several pastoral and leadership positions on the diocesan level. From 1999 to 2003 Father Stelzer served as director of the Springfield Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy. He now serves as college chaplain and associate professor of humanities. In addition to his responsibilities at the college, Father Stelzer ministers as an on-call chaplain at Baystate Medical Center and the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee.