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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

Bill Myers

William Myers '86
AAS, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Business Department Director
Business, Associate Professor

  • AAS, SUNY Canton
  • B.S., Robert’s Wesleyan College
  • M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Prescott College
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, 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
Hiren Bhavsar

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

  • B.S., Gujarat Agricultural University
  • M.S., Murray State University
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University - Agricultural Economics
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Kimberly Boyd
Social Sciences, Lecturer

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

  • B.A., Southern Methodist University
  • M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Marcella Chiromo

Marcella Chiromo
B.A., M.S.
Social Sciences, Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., International Psychology The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • M.A., Intercultural Youth and Family Development, Univeristy of Montana
  • B.S., Psychology, University of the Cumberlands
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 Fenner

Charles R. Fenner, Jr.
B.A., MBA, 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
Healthcare Management/Business, Associate Professor

  • BBA in Marketing, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN
  • MBA 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
Jennie Flanagan

Jennie Flanagan
A.S., A.S., B.Tech, MHA
Healthcare Management, Lecturer

  • A.S., SUNY Canton
  • B.Tech., SUNY Canton
  • MHA, Seton Hall University
Emily Hamilton-Honey

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

  • 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
BBA, Ph.D.
Finance, Professor

  • BBA, 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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Phillip James

Phillip C. James
B.S., MBA, Ph.D.
Accounting, Associate Professor

  • M.S., University of the West Indies
    Ph.D., University of Technology, Jamaica
  • Courses taught or developed: Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Auditing, Accounting Principles/Financial Accounting, Accounting Research
Bill Jones

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

  • 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, Associate 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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Elena A. Khapalova
B.A., MBA, Ph.D.
Business, Assistant Professor

  • B.A. in Economics, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
  • MBA in MIS (Management Information Systems), Washington State University, WA
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Operations Management, Washington State University, WA
Nick Kocher

Nicholas C. Kocher '04
Business and Accounting, Lecturer

  • B.A. SUNY Canton, 2004: Financial Services Management
  • MBA 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., MBA, Ph.D.
Finance, Associate Professor

  • B.S., Magadh University, India
  • MBA, 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
English/Humanities, Associate Professor

  • B.A., Syracuse University
  • MFA, Syracuse University
Melissa Lee

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

  • B.A., LeMoyne College
  • M.A., Marquette University
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Christina Leshko
Social Sciences, Lecturer

  • B.A., Rutgers University
  • M.A., Michigan State University
Christina Lesyk

Christina Huie Lesyk LMSW, CSEP
Social Sciences, Assistant Professor

  • BA, Columbia University/Barnard College
  • MSW, City University of New York/Hunter College School of Social Work
  • Ph.D., 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
Ed Mafoua

Edouard Mafoua
Engineer Degree, M.S., Ph.D.
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
Early Childhood, Lecturer & Student Teacher Coordinator

  • Instructor, Early Childhood
  • B.A., SUNY Cortland
  • MST, SUNY Potsdam
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Daniel McLane
Ph.D., M.A., B.A.
Social Sciences, Lecturer

  • Ph.D. in Sociology from Colorado State University
  • M.A. in International Affairs from American University
  • M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from United Nations' University for Peace
  • B.A. in Africana Studies from Binghamton University
Patrick McManus

Patrick McManus

  • M.S., St. Lawrence University
  • M.A., Northern Arizona University
  • B.A., Northern Arizona University
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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Vicki Perrine
Healthcare Management, Business Lecturer

  • MBA, Healthcare Concentration, SUNY IT
  • MHA, Seton Hall University
  • BSN, SUNY Plattsburgh
  • AAS, Nursing, SUNY Canton
  • FACHE, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
  • FABC, Fellow in the Advisory Board Company
  • NYS Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
  • NYS Registered Nurse
  • 39 years healthcare experience 
  • 32 years in healthcare management / administration
  • Courses taught or developed: Healthcare Financing, US Healthcare Systems, Healthcare Facility Administration, Nursing Home Administration, Medical Practice Management, Managed Care, Introduction to Health Services Management
Stephanie Petkovsek

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

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

Rosemary Philips
B.A, J.D.
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.
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Karen St. Hilaire
Business, Lecturer

Nadine Samuels

Nadine Samuels
Accounting, Assistant Professor

  • B.S., SUNY Albany
  • MBA, Hofstra University
  • NYS Certified Public Accountant
  • Lived and worked in China and Singapore and traveled frequently throughout North America and Europe in senior leadership positions.
  • Courses taught include: financial, managerial, intermediate accounting and auditing
  • Interests include: Corporate Governance, Internal Audit, and Accounting Curriculum
Tony Signorelli

Anthony Signorelli
B.A., MD
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
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Shawn Tiernan
Humanities, Lecturer

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Jamie Weber
Humanities, Lecturer

  • AAS, SUNY Canton
  • B.A., SUNY Potsdam - English Writing
  • B.A., SUNY Potsdam - Sociology
  • M.A., SUNY Potsdam - English & Communication
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Duane Wesolick
B.S., M.A.
History, Lecturer

  • B.S., Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.A., Western Carolina University
Barat Wolfe

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

  • 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, instructional technology, assessment, and inclusive pedagogy.
  • 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 the first-place winner of the 2018 Open SUNY Effective Practice Award for her innovative pedagogy and the 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
Administrative Assistant 2

  • AAS in Accounting, SUNY Canton, 1999
Christina Brocious

Christina Brocious
Administrative Assistant 1

  • School of Business & Liberal Arts