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Jondavid Delong Jondavid DeLong
B.A., J.D.

Legal Studies, Professor
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) with honors, SUNY Buffalo School of Law
  • B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Vassar College
  • Practicing Attorney in New York State for more than 20 years
  • Significant editorial, project management, business development and management positions with legal publisher Thomson/Reuters Management
  • Former Senior Consultant with Bearing Point focused on web technology implementation


Department Chairs

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Nadine Jennings
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Humanities Department Chair
English, Professor

  • B.A., M.A., SUNY Potsdam
  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Alex Lesyk

Alex Lesyk
Business Department Chair
Legal Studies, Assistant Professor

  • Assistant Professor, Legal Studies
  • B.A., Columbia University
  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
Maureen Maiocco

Maureen P. Maiocco
B.A., M.S., Ed.D.

Social Sciences Department Chair
Early Childhood, Professor

  • B.A. in Education, Curry College, Milton MA
  • M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership, Wheelock College, Boston, MA
  • Ed.D. in Child & Youth Studies Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Specialization: Curriculum Development & Systemic Change
  • Small Business Owner/Director, M.F. Powers, Inc., Massachusetts
  • Recipient of 18 Golden Apples for Teaching Excellence, SUNY Canton
  • Recipient 2011 SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Early Childhood A.S. Degree Program Director
  • Advisor, Early Childhood Student Club

Amani Awwad

Amani Awwad
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Sociology, Associate Professor

  • B.A., Siena Heights University
  • M.A., Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Ed Boyd

Ed Boyd
B.S., M.Ed.
Social Sciences, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • Courses taught: Introductory Psyc., Abnormal Psyc., Child Development, Human Development, and Drugs, Alcohol and Society.
  • I love to teach (10 years at SUNY Canton) and I believe deeply that knowledge in the Social Sciences, in addition to preparing students for careers, allows them to live richer, more autonomous lives.
  • Greatest pleasure comes from facilitating eclectic and critical thinking in my students.
  • Outside of class you're most likely to find me on a trout stream or in a wild berry patch (followed hopefully by a trip to the kitchen to cook speckled trout and bake wild berry pie).
  • Come visit me in MAC 308.

Daniel Fay

Daniel G. Fay
B.B.A., M.S.
Accounting, Professor

  • Professor, Accounting
  • B.B.A. University of Clarkson
  • M.S. University of Clarkson
Charles R. Fenner, Jr.

Charles R. Fenner, Jr., Ph.D.
Business, Professor

  • Lead Professor, Technology Management
  • 20 years of military service
  • Served the last 12 years in the Army as a military attaché technician coordinating bi-lateral military programs at the US embassies in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, UK, and Romania.
  • Dr. Fenner's military honors include: the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal.
Marela Fiacco

Marela Fiacco
B.B.A., M.B.A
Healthcare Management Curriculum Coordinator
Healthcare Management/Business, Lecturer

  • B.B.A. in Marketing, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN
  • M.B.A. in Marketing, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Courses taught or developed: Healthcare Finance, Healthcare Facility Administration, Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare, Public Health Issues, U.S. Healthcare System, Macroeconomics, Management Communications, Personal Finance
  • Advisor, Golden Key Honors Society
Emily Hamilton-Honey

Emily Hamilton-Honey
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
English/Humanities, Assistant Professor

  • Assistant Professor, Humanities
  • B.A., Western Michigan University
  • M.A., University of Michigan
  • Ph. D., University of Massachusetts
Chengru Hu

Chengru Hu
B.B.A., Ph.D.
Finance, Associate Professor

  • Associate Professor, Finance
  • B.B.A., University of Perking
  • Ph.D., University of Rutgers
Kirk Jones

Kirk Jones
A.A., B.A., M.A.
English/Humanities, Assistant Professor

  • A.A., SUNY Canton
  • B.A., SUNY Potsdam
  • M.A., SUNY Potsdam
William Jones

William T. Jones
M.S., J.D.
Legal Studies, Associate Professor

  • Professor in Business, Legal Studies, Criminal Justice
  • B.A., SUNY Oswego
  • M.S., Boston University
  • Juris Doctor, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Courses taught or developed: Legal Writing/Research, Litigation, Business Law, Business Communication, Diagnostic Evaluation of the Offender, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Correctional Philosophy
  • Areas of instruction: Constitutional Law, Family Law, Federal Indian Law, Criminal Law, Civil Procedures
Christa Kelson

Christa K. Kelson
B.S., M.B.A.
Accounting, Visiting Associate Professor

  • M.B.A., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • B.S., Accounting University of Utah
  • Courses Taught: Accounting Principles I and Cost Accounting
  • Former Controller of a manufacturing plant within the packaging industry.
  • Additional employment experience as a Cost Analyst and Corporate Accountant within the private sector.
  • Served as a Director on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Paper Products.
  • Special interests: Hiking, mountain biking, golf, travel (anywhere), yoga, and relaxing with friends and family.
Bruce Kenna

Bruce Kenna
B.A., M.S.
Psychology, Associate Professor

  • B.A., SUNY Potsdam
  • M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award 2006
Nicholas C. Kocher

Nicholas C. Kocher ‘04
B.A., M.B.A.
Business and Accounting, Assistant Professor

  • B.A. SUNY Canton, 2004: Financial Services Management
  • M.B.A. Clarkson University, 2006: Innovation and New Venture Management
  • Courses taught: Principles of Accounting I, Global Finance, Introduction to Finance, Principles of Retailing and Sales Management
  • Alumni/Development Associate with the Canton College Foundation
  • Special interests: skiing, tennis and traveling
Umesh Kumar

Umesh Kumar
B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Finance, Assistant Professor

  • B.S., Magadh University, India
  • M.B.A., University of Mumbai, India - Finance
  • Ph. D., University of Texas at San Antonio - Finance
  • Over six years of managerial experience with the Securities & Exchange Board of India
  • Research & Publications:
    • Single-Stock Futures: Evidence from the Indian Securities Market (with Yiuman Tse), Global Finance Journal, Volume 20, Issue 3, 2009
    • Settlement Differences and the Law of One Price: Evidence from the Indian Stock Market (with Palani-Rajan Kadapakkam), Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 2009
    • Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Response in the Post-SOX Era (with Brian Harte), Journal of Applied Financial Research, Vol 1 2012
    • Impact of Liquidity on the Futures–Cash Basis: Evidence from the Indian Market (with Palani-Rajan Kadapakkam), Journal of Futures Markets, Volume 33, Issue 3, March 2013
    • An Index-Based Model for Determining the Investment Benchmark of Renewable Energy Projects in South Africa, South African Journal of Economics (with John Fay), Volume 33, Issue 3, September 2013
    • Market Based Incentives in Developing Countries: Geographical Dispersion, Antecedents and Implications of the Clean Development Mechanism, Climate and Development(with John Fay), accepted for publication in 2015
Phil Lamarche

Phil LaMarche
B.A., M.F.A.
English/Humanities, Assistant Professor

  • Assistant Professor, Humanities
  • B.A., M.F.A., Syracuse University
Patrick LaPierre

Patrick LaPierre
B.A., Ph.D.
History, Associate Professor

  • B.A., McGill University
  • Ph. D., University of Rochester
  • Research Interests: American Intellectual History, Political Theory
Stephen Ledoux

Desiree LeBoeuf-Davis
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Psychology, Assistant Professor

  • B.A. in Psychology, SUNY Potsdam
  • M.A. in Counseling & Guidance, Louisiana Tech University
  • PhD in Counseling Psychology, Louisiana Tech University
  • Courses taught or developed: Child Development; Introduction to Psychology; Organizational Psychology; Personality & Individual Differences; Social Psychology
Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee
B.A., M.A.
English/Humanities, Assistant Professor

  • Instructor, Humanities
  • B.A., LeMoyne College
  • M.A., Marquette University
Alex Lesyk

Alex Lesyk
Legal Studies, Assistant Professor

  • Assistant Professor, Legal Studies
  • B.A., Columbia University
  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
Christina Lesyk

Christina Huie Lesyk, LMSW, CSEP
Social Sciences, Lecturer

  • BA, Columbia University/Barnard College
  • MSW, City University of New York/Hunter College School of Social Work
  • PhD, Iowa State University (to be completed in 2016)
  • New York State Licensure as a Master of Social Work (LMSW)
  • Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP)
  • Instruction in Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Child and Family Services and Social Work.
  • Over 20 years of administrative experience, including the oversight of award-winning community service programs in domestic violence, homeless housing and emergency services.
Edouard Mafoua

Edouard Mafoua
Engineer Degree, M.S., Ph.D.
Economics, Associate Professor

  • 10-years of African experience in Projects and Programs Management
  • Ph.D. in Applied Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Applied Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Engineer (5-year) degree in Agri-Management, University of Godollo, Hungary
  • Faculty Advisor of the Sigma Beta Delta
  • Teaches Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Managerial Economics, Environmental Economics, Global Economy, and Regional Economic Development in Africa
Christina Martin

Christina Martin
B.A., M.S.T.
Early Childhood, Assistant Professor

  • Instructor, Early Childhood
  • B.A., SUNY Cortland
  • M.S.T., SUNY Potsdam
Diane Muehl

Diane Muehl
B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Sociology, Associate Professor

  • B.S., SUNY Albany
  • M.S., Purdue University
  • M.A., Eastern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sean O'Brien

Sean O'Brien
Ph. D.
English/Humanities, Assistant Professor

  • Assistant Professor, Humanities
  • B.A., Xavier University
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor
B.B.A., M.B.A, Ed.D.
Emergency Management, Associate Professor

  • Ed.D. University of Akron
  • M.B.A. Ohio University
  • B.B.A. Ohio University
  • Incident Command/Emergency Operation Center Government Liaison, Northern
  • Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Consultant/Evaluator, North Central Association of Colleges & Schools, Higher Learning Commission, Academic Quality Improvement Program
  • Former 1st Lieutenant Ohio Military Reserve, Military Police, Military Intelligence, Chemical Officer Training
  • Former Consultant, Institute for Defense Analysis, Washington D.C.
  • Former Team Leader and Examiner, Ohio Award for Excellence/Ohio Partnership for Excellence
  • Former Regional Campus Dean, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim Vice President for Development, etc.
Stephanie Petkovsek

Stephanie Petkovsek
B.A., M.A.
History, Lecturer

  • B.A., Syracuse University
  • M.A., SUNY Buffalo (University at Buffalo)
  • Courses taught or developed: Early American History; Modern U.S. History; Modern European History

Rosemary Philips
B.A, J.D.
Legal Studies, Lecturer

  • B.A. in Psychology, Western Washington University
  • J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH
  • Courses taught or developed: American Legal System; Business Law I; Business Law II; Legal Research; Legal Studies Internship: Orientation to Culminating Experience.
Janice Robinson

Janice Robinson
A.A., B.S., M.S., A.B.D.
Doctor of Business Administration Accounting & Business Administration, Associate Professor

  • A.A. Community Colleges of Baltimore County
  • B.S., University of Baltimore
  • M.S., The John Hopkins University
  • A.B.D. Doctor of Business Administration Northcentral University
  • 25+ years of corporate experience in: Real Estate Management, Finance, and Operations Management as VP & Controller of company listed on NYSE, VP of Operations, Corporate Controller & Accounting Manager for national companies; also previously employed as a Staff Accountant in a regional CPA firm
Anthony Signorelli

Anthony Signorelli
B.A., M. D.
Health Care Management, Associate Professor

  • B.A. - St. Micheal's College in Vermont
  • Doctorate from Vrij Universiteit in Belgium
  • Research Assistant for neurosurgery at Albany Medical College
  • Research Assistant in in vitro fertilization and pathology
  • Previous experience as Chemistry and Biology adjunct at Mildred Elley College, SUNY Albany, Hudson Valley Community College, and Siena College
Karen Spellacy

Karen Spellacy
B.A., M.A.
Economics, Professor

  • B.A. in English - University of Rhode Island
  • M.A. in Economics University of Connecticut
  • Courses taught or developed at SUNY Canton are: Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Statistics, Introduction to Gender Issues, Economics and Social Issues, Managerial Economics, Global Economy, Management Communications, Survey of American Economic History, Environmental Economics
Brian Trill

Brian Trill
A.A.S., B.S., M.P.A., M.S., M.S., D.B.A.
, Assistant Professor

  • A.A.S. in Accounting, Alfred State College
  • B.A. in Accounting, Bemidji State University
  • M.P.A. in Public Administration, Ball State University
  • M.S. in Accounting, University of Indianapolis
  • D.B.A. in Accounting, Argosy University
  • Courses taught or developed: Business & Accounting Field Experience; Foundations of Financial Accounting; Foundations of Managerial Accounting; Government & Nonprofit Accounting; Individual Taxation; Survey of Accounting.
  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program
Jennifer Waite

Jennifer Waite
, Assistant Professor

  • B.A. in Sociology, Cortland University
  • M.Ed. in Education, St. Lawrence University
  • M.S. in Social Work, St. Lawrence University
  • Licensed Master Social Worker, NYS (2004-Present)
  • Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (2010 - Present)
  • Courses taught or developed: Crisis Intervention; Group Leadership Skills; Human Services Forum; Introduction to Human Services; Introduction to Psychology; Practicum in Human Services; Seminar in Human Services; Working in Human Services Agencies.
Eunjyu Yu

Eunjyu Yu
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
English/Humanities, Assistant Professor

  • B.A., M.A., Pusan National University, South Korea
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Ali Zaidi

Ali Zaidi
B.A., B.A.,M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Spanish, Associate Professor

  • B.A., Regents College
  • B.A., M.A., Peshawar University
  • M.A., Queens College
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester
Clerical Staff

Aimee Felt

Aimee Felt
B.A., M.S.Ed.
Secretary I

  • Secretary I, School of Business & Liberal Arts
  • B.A. in English, SUNY Potsdam, 2009
  • M.S.Ed. in Information & Communication Technology, 2011
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Kellie Harris
Secretary II

  • Secretary II, School of Business & Liberal Arts

School of Business & Liberal Arts
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