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Jondavid Delong Jondavid DeLong
B.A., J.D.
  • 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 sixteen years
  • Significant editorial, project management, business development and management positions with legal publisher Thomson/West
  • Former Senior Consultant with Bearing Point focused on web technology implementation


Department Chairs

Amani Awwad

Amani Awwad
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Social Sciences Department Chair
Sociology, Associate Professor

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

William T. Jones
M.S., J.D.
Business Department Chair
Legal Studies, Assistant 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

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 FOB 308.

David Butler

David Butler
A.S., B.A., M.A.
English, Professor

  • A.S., SUNY Canton
  • B.A., Ithaca College
  • M.A., University of Maine at Orono
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, Associate 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.
Marcellina Hamilton

Marcellina Hamilton
B.S., M.B.A., Ph. D.
Business , Associate Professor

  • B.S., University of Lagos
  • M.B.A., Delaware State University - concentration in Finance
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland Eastern Shore - Leadership Organization
  • Director of the Canton Center for Economic Education.
  • Prior employments include working with consumer product company, Lever Brothers, and pharmaceutical company Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithline).
  • Area of training/interest is in Business, Management, and Organizational Leadership. I have taught basic principle courses in Accounting, Finance, Banking, Economics and Management. Other courses that I teach are Leadership and Change, Applied Organizational Management and Strategic Management.
Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton
B.S., M.B.A.
Business Administration, Assistant Professor

  • Assistant Professor, Business Administration
  • B.S., Central Michigan University
  • M.B.A., Delaware State University
Emily Hamilton-Honey

Emily Hamilton-Honey
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, Instructor

  • A.A., SUNY Canton
  • B.A., SUNY Potsdam
  • M.A., SUNY Potsdam
Christa Kelson

Christa K. Kelson
B.S., M.B.A.
Accounting, Assistant 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, Instructor

  • 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
Raymond Krisciunas

Raymond Krisciunas
B.A., M.A., A.B.D.
History, Professor

  • B.A., M.A., University of Connecticut
  • A.B.D., Indiana University
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
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, Assistant Professor

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

Stephen Ledoux
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Social Sciences, Professor

  • B.A., M.A., California State University
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee
B.A., M.A.
English/Humanities, Instructor

  • 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
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Christina Huie Lesyk, LMSW, CSEP
Social Sciences, Adjunct Instructor

  • 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
Maureen Maiocco

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

Professor, Early Childhood

  • 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
Christina Martin

Christina Martin
B.A., M.S.T.
Early Childhood, Instructor

  • 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
John Nixon

John Nixon
B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Psychology, Professor

  • Ph.D, George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
  • Came to the North Country to direct the children’s unit at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center
  • Took a position at Potsdam State University as Exceptional Child Specialist for a US Dept of Ed project.
  • Became a member of the Psychology Department at Potsdam State, and started the Institute for the Study of Applied Behavior Analysis at Potsdam, which delivered continuing education in clinical psychology to psychiatrists, psychologists and psychiatric social workers in the Northeast.
  • Developed private practice specializing in child and family counseling, called Adirondack Developmental Associates, and worked with regional schools, family court and child protective services.
  • Entered SUNY Canton as a faculty member, specializing in developmental and educational psychology, while still working part-time at Potsdam State.
  • In 2000, awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to teach and conduct research in Ukraine for a year.
  • Received a US State Department grant to continue work with host university, Kherson State University in Ukraine from 2003-06.
  • Involved in international Psychology, presenting numerous workshops, posters and symposia regionally and at several national conferences of the American Psychological Association on the Fulbright experience.
  • Live with wife, Linda, in Macomb, New York, raising cattle and enjoying the paradise of Northern New York.
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.
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, Assistant 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
Eunjyu Yu

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

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

Gaylynn Welch
Social Sciences, Instructor

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

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Aimee Felt
Secretary I

  • Secretary I, School of Business & Liberal Arts
Kathy Limoges

Kathy Limoges
Secretary II

  • Secretary II, School of Business & Liberal Arts
  • 1980 graduate of SUNY Canton with an A.A.S. degree in Secretarial Science

School of Business & Liberal Arts
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Phone: (315) 386-7328
Fax: (315) 386-7933