Tom Cerasulo, Ph.D.
Chair, 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.
Christopher Bakriges, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Music
Dr. Bakriges is both a pianist and ethnomusicologist. His fields of interest include the impact of African American music in Europe, as well as global practices and processes of musical improvisation. He is active as a pianist, composer, and arranger, and regularly performs and presents at conferences around the country and in Europe.
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.
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.
Nanci Costanzo, CAGS
Associate Professor of Art
Nanci Sarisley Costanzo has taught in public and private schools and colleges for the past 27 years. She received the Outstanding Arts Educator in Massachusetts Award by the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education. She was invited to present at the first People to People Art Education Delegation to the People’s Republic of China and also participated and exhibited at the First Sino-American Conference on Women’s Issues in Beijing, China. She is a painter and printmaker, and has exhibited extensively. She has received several awards for her paintings, and her work is in private and public collections in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., New York, and Rome, Italy.
Peter DePergola, Ph.D., MTS
Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Dr. Peter DePergola is Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Elms College, Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Director of Clinical Ethics at Baystate Health.
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 Academic Affairs for Strategic and Global Initiatives
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.
Michael McGravey, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of 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 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. He serves on the executive committees of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network and the 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.
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.
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