|SOUTHEASTERN WELCOMES THREE NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS
HAMMOND – Three department heads
are among the new faculty and staff welcomed to Southeastern Louisiana
University this fall. Joining the university administration are Jeanne
Dubino, English; and Marc Riedel, sociology and criminal justice, David
Michael Sever, biological sciences.
The three departments are part
of Southeastern’s College of Arts and Sciences.
“We are very happy to have Drs.
Dubino, Riedel, and Severs with us,” said Dean Tammy Bourg. “They are accomplished
experts in their respective fields, with much academic and administrative
experience. We are looking forward to working with them to continue the
momentum of their departments, strengthen existing programs, and chart
Dubino comes to Southeastern
from Plymouth State University, where she served as a department chair
and faculty member since 1993 and was the university’s 2003-2004 Diversity
Scholar. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from
Boston College, the University of Delaware, and the University of Massachussetts-Amherst,
respectively. She has also taught as a visiting professor at Bilkent University
in Ankara, Turkey, and as an adjunct instructor at Westfield State College
in Westfield, Mass.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Dubino
spent the 2002-2003 academic year conducting research and teaching American
literature and women’s studies at Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya. She
also received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute
grant, and a Whiting Fellowship. She has published articles on novelist
Virginia Woolf, popular culture, postcolonial fiction, and travel literature.
Riedel was a professor with Southern
Illinois University’s Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections
since 1978. He served as the center’s director from 1979-1981. Previously,
he was project director for the Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal
Law at the University of Pennsylvania and an assistant professor at the
university’s School of Social Work.
He is the author of three books
and his research interests focus on prescribed and proscribed forms of
violence, including the death penalty, stranger homicides, intimate partner
homicide, and arrest clearances.
Sever earned his doctoral degree
in biology from Tulane University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from
Ohio University. He comes to Southeastern from Saint Mary’s College where
he taught since 1974 and was chair of the biology department from 1980-1989.
Interested in herpetology in
general, Sever is well known for more than 30 years of work on salamanders.
He discovered and named the species “Eurycea junaluska,” a salamander restricted
to the southern Appalachian Mountains.
He is a fellow of the Indiana
Academy of Science; received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Ohio
University Department of Biological Sciences; and served as associate editor
of the “Journal of Herpetology.” Sever has given more than 100 presentations
at professional meetings and is a member of the American Society of Ichthyologists
and Herpetologists, Herpetologists League, Society for the Study of Amphibians
and Reptiles, International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists, Indiana
Academy of Science, and Sigma Xi.