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School of Business & Liberal Arts: Faculty/Staff

Phil NeisserPhilip T. Neisser
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

  • Ph.D.: in Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1990
  • M.A.: in Government, Georgetown University, 1981
  • B.A.: Magna cum Laude in Political Science, SUNY Potsdam, 1979
  • More than 28 years’ experience as a faculty member
  • Author of scholarly work on many subjects, including welfare policy, the use of narrative in politics, and political polarization
  • Has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, appeared on National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and been featured on Huffington Post Live

Department Chair/Director Information

Marela Fiacco

Marela Fiacco
B.B.A., M.B.A, Ph.D.
Business Department Director
Healthcare Management Curriculum Coordinator
Healthcare Management/Business, Assistant Professor

  • B.B.A. in Marketing, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN
  • M.B.A. in Marketing, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Ph.D. in Business, with a concentration in Healthcare Administration
  • 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
Kirk Jones

Kirk Jones
A.A., B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Humanities Department Chair
English/Humanities, Associate Professor

  • A.A., SUNY Canton
  • B.A., SUNY Potsdam
  • M.A., SUNY Potsdam
  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Maureen Maiocco

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

Social Sciences Department Chair
Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator
Early Childhood, Professor

  • B.A. in Education, Curry College, Milton MA
  • M.S. in Teacher Leadership, Wheelock College, Boston, MA
  • Ed.D. in Child & Youth Studies Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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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
David Button

Hiren Bhavsar
B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Agribusiness Curriculum Coordinator
Business, Assistant Professor

  • B.S., Gujarat Agricultural University
  • M.S., Murray State University
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University - Agricultural Economics
Ed Boyd

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

  • Courses taught: Introductory Psyc., Abnormal Psyc., Child Development, Human Development, and Drugs, Alcohol and Society.
  • I love to teach (17 years at SUNY Canton and 18 years at St. Lawrence Univeristy) 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).
David Button

David Button
B.A., M.S.
Business, Lecturer

  • B.A., Southern Methodist University
  • M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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
Charles R. Fenner, Jr.

Charles R. Fenner, Jr.
B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Management Curriculum Coordinator
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.
Jennie Flanagan

Jennie Flanagan
A.S., A.S., B.T., M.H.A.
Healthcare Management, Lecturer

  • A.S., SUNY Canton
  • B.T., SUNY Canton
  • M.H.A., Seton Hall University
Emily Hamilton-Honey

Emily Hamilton-Honey
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Gender Studies Minor Coordinator
English/Humanities, Associate Professor

  • B.A., Western Michigan University
  • M.A., University of Michigan
  • Ph. D., University of Massachusetts
  • Courses taught or developed: Academic Reading & Writing, Composition and the Spoken Word, Literature of the Early American Republic, American Literature Comes of Age, American Literature in the Modern Era, The American Novel of the Twentieth Century, Contemporary Young Adult Literature, American Women Writers, History of Childhood and Youth in the U.S., Introduction to Gender Studies, Classic Detective Fiction.
Chengru Hu

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

  • B.B.A., University of Peking
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Selected Publications:
    • "Managerial Flexibilities and the Wealth Effect of New Product Introductions", with Wei Jiang and Cheng-few Lee, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Vol. 41(2), 2013
    • "Contesting Corporate Control: Shareholder Voting", with Maggie Foley, Robert Boylan, and Biqing Huang, International Journal of Corporate Governance, Vol. 4(2), 2013
    • "Valuating New Product Development Project with Stochastic Volatility Model", with Maggie Foley and Chulhee Jun, Journal of Mathematical Finance, Vol. 6, 2016
    • "Women in the Boardroom and Corporate Decisions of Italian listed companies: Does the "Critical Mass" Matter?", with Fabrizio Rossi and Maggie Foley, Management Decision, Vol. 55(7), 2017
    • "Managerial Risk Incentive and Accounting Conservatism", with Alan Jiang, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting (FORTHCOMING)
  • Other Professional Activities:
    • Associate Editor: Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting
    • Honorary Referee: Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Journal of Finance and Economics, Journal of Mathematical Finance
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Nadine Jennings
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
English, Professor

  • B.A., M.A., SUNY Potsdam
  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduate Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies CUNY
  • Interests: Indigenous Autobiography and Disability Studies
William Jones

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

Co-Chief Diversity Officer

  • Professor in Business, Legal Studies
  • 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, Environmental Law, Federal Indian Policy, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Correctional Philosophy
  • Areas of instruction: Business Law, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Federal Indian Law, Criminal Law, Civil Procedures, Real Estate Law
Alainya Kavaloski

Alainya Kavaloski
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Humanities, Assistant Professor

  • B.A., Edgewood College
  • M.A., Hebrew University
  • Ph.D., University Wisconsin-Madison
  • Courses taught or developed: Digital Graphic Storytelling, New Media Writing, Electronic Literature, Mobile Media Stories and Games
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Nicholas C. Kocher

Christa K. Kelson
B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Accounting Curriculum Coordinator
Accounting, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., Northcentral University
  • M.B.A., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • B.S., Accounting University of Utah
  • Courses taught or developed: Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Accounting Information Systems
Nicholas C. Kocher

Nicholas C. Kocher '04
B.A., M.B.A.
Business and Accounting, Lecturer

  • 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 Curriculum Coordinator
Finance, Associate 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, Associate Professor

  • B.A., Syracuse University
  • M.F.A., Syracuse University
Patrick LaPierre

Patrick LaPierre
B.A., Ph.D.
Liberal Arts Curriculum Coordinator
History, Professor

  • B.A., McGill University
  • M.A., Concordia University (Montreal)
  • Ph.D., University of Rochester
  • Research Interests: American Intellectual History, Political Theory
Melissa Lee

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

  • B.A., LeMoyne College
  • M.A., Marquette University
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, Hospitality Management, Iowa State University (to be completed)
  • New York State Licensure as a Master of Social Work (LMSW)
  • Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) 
  • Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP)
  • Certified Guest Services Professional (CGSP)
  • Instruction in Hospitality Management, Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Child and Family Services and Social Work.
Ran Li

Ran Li
Accounting, Assistant Professor

  • B.A., Heilongjiang Institute of Commerce
  • M.S., Robert Morris University
Edouard Mafoua

Edouard Mafoua
Engineer Degree, M.S., Ph.D.
Business Administration Curriculum Coordinator
Economics, 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
Patrick McManus

Patrick McManus

  • M.S., St. Lawrence University
  • M.A., Northern Arizona University
  • B.A., Northern Arizona University
William Myers

William Myers '86
A.A.S., B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Business, Assistant Professor

  • A.A.S., SUNY Canton
  • B.S., Robert’s Wesleyan College
  • M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Prescott College
Sean O'Brien

Sean O'Brien
B.A., Ph. D.
English/Humanities, Associate Professor

  • B.A., Xavier University
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
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Michael O'Connor
B.B.A., M.B.A, Ed.D.
Emergency Management, Associate Professor

Emergency Management Curriculum Coordinator

  • 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: African American History, Early American History; Modern U.S. History; Modern European History

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

  • B.A. in Psychology, Western Washington University
  • J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH
  • 25+ Years of legal experience in Criminal and Family Law
  • Courses taught or developed: American Legal System; Business Law I; Business Law II; Constitutional Law; Family Law; Legal Research; Legal Studies Internship: Orientation to Culminating Experience.
Janice Robinson

Janice Robinson, SHRM-SCP
A.A., B.S., M.S., A.B.D.
Accounting & Business, 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 as VP & Controller of a publically traded Real Estate Investment Trust on the NYSE, VP of Operations, Corporate Controller & Accounting Manager for national and regional commercial and residential real estate management companies; previously employed as a Staff Accountant at regionally recognized CPA firm.
Anthony Signorelli

Anthony Signorelli
B.A., M. D.
Business Department, 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
Jennifer Sovde

Jennifer Sovde  
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
History, Assistant Professor

  • B.A., Bemidji State University
  • M.A., Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington
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
Jennifer Waite

Jennifer Waite
, Assistant Professor

  • B.A. in Sociology, Cortland University
  • M.Ed. in Education, St. Lawrence University
  • M.S.W. in Social Work, Syracuse University
  • Licensed Master Social Worker, NYS (2004-Present)
  • Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (2010 - Present)
  • Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor 91983-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.
Barat Wolfe

Barat Wolfe
B.S., M.A., Ph.D.  
Psychology, Assistant Professor

Applied Psychology Curriculum Coordinator

  • B.S., St. Lawrence University
  • M.A., University of Ottawa
  • Ph.D., University of Windsor 
Eunjyu Yu

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

  • B.A., M.A., Pusan National University, South Korea
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • Area of research interest: applied linguistics, literacy, educational technology, assessment, and Pedagogy in multicultural/multilingual contexts.
  • Her scholarship has appeared in various journals including English Leadership Quarterly, Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, Research and Teaching in Developmental Education, and others.
  • Recipient of numerous awards, including Honorable Mention of the 2013 English Leadership Quarterly Best Article of the Year Award, for her paper “Ready for college? What college students have to say about their high school English experiences” by the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Former consultant with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
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., University of Peshawar
  • M.A., Queens College
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester

Clerical Staff

Tina Demo

Tina Demo
Secretary II

  • Secretary II, School of Business & Liberal Arts
  • AAS in Accounting, SUNY Canton, 1999
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Shayna L. Hotrum
Office Assistant I

  • AS in Liberal Arts, SUNY Canton, 2015

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Phone: (315) 386-7328
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