Faculty Image - Tom CerasuloTom Cerasulo, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor of English

Alumnae Library 317
413-265-2345 | cerasulot@elms.edu

B.A., New York University
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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.

Veritas Auditorium Stage Left, Berchmans Hall (BH215)
413-265-2453 | bakrigesc@elms.edu

B.A., M.A., University of Detroit
M.A., Wesleyan University
Ph.D., York University

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.

Daniel Chelotti, M.F.A.

The Blue House, 147 Grape St. (across Fairview Ave. from Gaylord House)
413-265-2487 | chelottid@elms.edu

B.A., M.F.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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 S. Costanzo, C.A.G.S

Alumnae Library 301
413-265-2358 | costanzon@elms.edu

B.A., Central Connecticut State University
M.A.E., Rhode Island School of Design
C.A.G.S., European Graduate School, Leuk, Switzerland

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 A. DePergola II, Ph.D., M.T.S.

Alumnae Library 312
413-265-2421 | depergolap@elms.edu

B.A., College of Our Lady of the Elms
M.T.S., Boston College
Ph.D., Duquesne University
Internship & Residency, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Fellowship, Tufts University School of Medicine
Advanced Training, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics

Dr. Peter DePergola is Founder and President of V.I.P. Bioethics and Director of Clinical Ethics at Baystate Health. He holds academic faculty appointments in medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine; in medical humanities at the College of Our Lady of the Elms; in philosophy, theology, and religious studies at Sacred Heart University; and in neuroethics at the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. DePergola earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in philosophy and religious studies at Elms College; his M.T.S. degree, magna cum laude, in ethics at Boston College; and his Ph.D. degree, summa cum laude, in healthcare ethics at Duquesne University. He completed his internship and residency in clinical bioethics, concentrating in neurology, at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPMC – Mercy); his fellowship in clinical bioethics, concentrating in neuropsychiatry, at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM – Baystate Health); and his advanced training in philosophical bioethics, concentrating in neurothanatology, at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. DePergola is an appointed Bureau Expert of the International Neuroethics Society, a referee for multiple scholarly journals, and the author of numerous publications in the fields of philosophy, theology, bioethics, and medical humanities. His current research explores the neurophilosophical and neurotheological relationships shared between episodic memory, emotional rationality, and narrative identity in light of contemporary capacities in cognitive manipulation, particularly as it relates to ethical decision making and to the metaphysics of hope.

Jasmine Hall, Ph.D.

Alumnae Library 314
413-265-2420 | hallj@elms.edu

B.A., Brandeis University
M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

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.

Alumnae Library 102
413-265-2423 | hamptonj@elms.edu

B.S., University of Texas
M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

Dr. Hampton directs the English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) program, and is committed to seeing students improve their language proficiency in order to reach their goals. She directs the exchange program with the University of Kochi in Kochi, Japan and oversees the Asian Studies minor. Dr. Hampton has traveled extensively throughout Asia and she strives to develop a more global perspective in all students through their educational journey at Elms College.

Laura McNeil, Ph.D.

15 Gaylord St.
413-265-2580 | mcneill@elms.edu

B.A., Hampshire College
M.A., Ph.D., Boston College

Dr. McNeil teaches courses in European and world history, including survey and upper-level courses. She specializes in the histories of modern Ireland, modern Britain, and the British Empire. Her research interests presently center upon 19th century Irish democratic and revolutionary politics.

Arthur Moses, B.S.

Berchmans Hall
413-265-2312 | mosesa@elms.edu

B.S., Springfield College

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.

Alumnae Library 319
413-265-2373 | murphyjason@elms.edu

B.A., Hendrix College
Ph.D., St. Louis University

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.

15 Gaylord St.
413-265-2579 | murraydamien@elms.edu

B.A., M.A., National University of Ireland at Maynooth
Ph.D., Boston College

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 book, Romanticism, Nationalism and Irish Antiquarian Societies, was based upon his master’s thesis at NUI Maynooth. His present research interests center upon Irish-American nationalism and Catholic identity in Boston at the turn of the century. His articles have been published in Studies in American Culture, the Journal of American Ethnic History and Éire-Ireland.

Martin Pion, Ph.D.

15 Gaylord St.
413-265-2581 | pionm@elms.edu

B.A., M.A., St. Michael’s College
Ph.D., Andover Newton Theological School

Dr. Pion is versed in the fields of ethics, scripture, lay ministry, ecumenism, Jewish-Christian dialogue, and sacramental theology. He teaches, presents workshops and lectures, and serves on ethics committees and boards of medical organizations. He is also president of the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts and Director of the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies at the College.

Fr. Warren J. Savage, S.T.B., M.Div.

15 Gaylord St.
413-265-2575 | savagew@elms.edu

Certificate of African Studies, University of Legon – Ghana, West Africa
B.A., Assumption College, Worcester
M.A., S.T.B., Gregorian University, Rome
Advanced Studies at The Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey

Father Savage, a priest in the Springfield Diocese, is a professor in the permanent diaconate formation and lay ministry program, and president of Project Reach Out in Westfield, a community, based diversity training and race relations program. Father Savage was a participant in the northeast seminar of the Pastor Theologian Program sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry in New Jersey. He is Chaplain at Westfield State University; Members of Spiritual Directors International, Academy of Homiletics and The Society of Christian Spirituality.

Reverend Mark S. Stelzer, Ph.D.

35 Gaylord St., first floor
413-265-2590/on campus ext. 359 | stelzerm@elms.edu

B.A., M.A., M.Div., St. John’s Seminary
S.T.L, S.T.D., The Catholic University of America

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.

Javier Venturi, Ph.D. (ABD)

Alumnae Library 302
413-265-2223 | venturij@elms.edu

B.A., Southeastern Louisiana University
M.A., Louisiana State University
Ph.D. ABD, University of Massachusetts

Javier Venturi specializes in Hispanic Studies and international cinema.  His primary academic interests are related to Spanish historical memory, gender, immigration, emigration and exile, hauntology, national identity construction, propaganda films and documentaries. He joined the Elms College modern languages department in fall 2010. Before teaching at Elms College, he taught Spanish and Italian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and has taught Spanish at Amherst College and Louisiana State University. He served in Americorps at Southeastern Louisiana University from 1999 to 2000, volunteered for humanitarian relief as an interpreter/translator for the U.S. Army after Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1999, and served in the linguist battalion in the Louisiana Army National Guard. In addition, Mr. Venturi is a member of the scientific committee and juror for the Montecatini International Short Film Festival (MISFF) in Italy.

Iris Yolanda Van Derdys-Ortiz, C.A.G.S.


B.A., M.P.A., University of Puerto Rico
C.A.G.S. in Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Iris Yolanda Van Derdys-Ortiz has taught Spanish at Holyoke Community College, public schools in Springfield and Bloomfield, Connecticut, and at MacDuffie School in Springfield, where she was also international students activity coordinator. She had previously taught business in Puerto Rico at the Instituto de Educación Universal and at American College in Bayamón. She is a member of the Foreign Language Teachers of Western Massachusetts Collaborative. From 2000 to 2008 she was the publisher, writer, and director of Elite, a bi-monthly Spanish magazine she created whichcirculated through western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. She was also editor for Despertar Latino, a Spanish newspaper from the Diocese of Springfield. A former executive board member of the Spanish American Union-La Casa Hispana, she is currently on the board of directors of The Catholic Communications Corporation which supports the Diocese of Springfield.