SUNY Canton Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members

SUNY Canton Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy welcomed 13 new faculty members to the college during his annual state-of-the-campus address.

NEW FACULTY – Pictured are some of SUNY Canton's new faculty members beginning this semester (l to r) Ali Zaidi, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Lawretta Ononye, Assistant Professor of Physics, Patrick LaPierre, American History Instructor, Brenda Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Susan Willette, Dental Hygiene Instructor, Christa Kelson, Accounting Instructor, Ronald Tavernier, Biology Instructor, Patricia Shinn, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Robert Boak, Building Construction Instructor, Rashid Aidun, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.

“Each new employee will help the college expand and grow,” Kennedy said. “I am looking forward to working with all of the faculty and staff at the college to create another year of evolution.”

Among the new faculty members are:

  • Rashid Aidun joined SUNY Canton as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He holds a doctorate from Clarkson University in Experimental Solid State Physics.
  • Brenda Armstrong joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree in Nursing from Murray State University in Kentucky.
  • Robert Boak joined SUNY Canton as a Building Construction Instructor. He is a 1998 SUNY Canton alumnus.
  • Christa Kelson joined the college as an Accounting Instructor. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Patrick LaPierre joins the college as an American History Instructor. He earned his master’s degree in History from Concordia University in Montreal.
  • Jiayvan “Jerry” Lin joined the college as an assistant professor of Mathematics. He holds a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of California Santa Barbara.
  • Lawretta Ononye joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Physics. She earned her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
  • Raghuraman Ramanathan joined the college as an Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications Instructor. He earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
  • Joanne Rozanski joined the college as an Instructional Support Assistant in the Dental Hygiene program, and will be working at SUNY Canton’s satellite site in Rome, N.Y.
  • Patricia Shinn joined SUNY Canton as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Russell Sage University in Troy.
  • Ronald Tavernier joined SUNY Canton as a Biology Instructor. He holds a doctorate in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Susan Willette joins the college as a Dental Hygiene instructor. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education from East Tennessee State University.
  • Ali Zaidi joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Spanish. Zaidi holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester.

 

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