Seven New Faculty Join Complement for Fall 2015 Semester

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Algoma U

Algoma University would like to welcome all new and returning students back to campus today, as classes begin for the fall semester. The University would also like to welcome two new tenure-track and five contract limited term appointment (CLTA) faculty members to its faculty complement.

“These appointments not only strengthen the teaching contingent here at Algoma University, they are also bringing world-class research and practical experience to our programs of study,” said Dr. Richard McCutcheon, Academic Dean of Algoma University. “We are delighted to welcome these talented people to the Algoma University community and to the City of Sault Ste. Marie.”

Dr. Salimur Choudhury is one of two new tenure-track appointments. Choudhury holds a Ph.D. in Computing from Queen’s University, a M.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Lethbridge, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Information Technology from the Islamic University of Technology in Bangladesh. His research interests include applying different optimization techniques to solve problems in mobile wireless communication; designing algorithms for energy efficient wireless communication systems; and designing optimization algorithms for cache efficient information eccentric networking and rechargeable sensor networks. He will be teaching and researching in the University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Prior to coming to Algoma U, Choudhury held positions at William Patterson University of New Jersey and at Queen’s University.

Dr. Chris Hiller is the second of two tenure-track appointments. Hiller holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, an M.A. in Sociology and Equity Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and a B.A. Honours in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include exploring local efforts to engage non-Indigenous people in anti-colonial praxis; exploring the impacts of decolonizing initiatives at Algoma U; and responding to Indigenous calls to shift the grounds of settler-Indigenous relations in Canada. Hiller joins the University’s Department of Community Development and Social Work. She previously held a 10-month teaching contract with the University.

Dr. James Allen joins Algoma University’s Department of Psychology on a CLTA. Allen earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Victoria and his B.A. in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. His research focuses on various aspects of cognitive and social development among children and adolescents, particularly in the areas of narrative development and formation. He held previous appointments with Algoma U and Lake Superior State University.

Dr. Afshin Amiraslany joins Algoma U’s Department of Business and Economics on a CLTA. Amiraslany earned his Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Tarbiat Modares University in Iran, and his B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Shiraz University in Iran. His research interests include ecological economics; climate change economics; environmental economics; quantitative economics; econometrics; advanced statistics; and methods for business accounting. He held previous positions with the University of Saskatchewan and the IRG Health Informatics.

Dr. Marisha Caswell joins Algoma U’s Department of Law and Politics on a CLTA. Caswell earned her Ph.D. in History from Queen’s University, her M.A. in History from St. Mary’s University, and her B.A. Honours in History and Political Science from Dalhousie University. Her research interests include marriage, gender, and family in early modern and modern England, Europe, and the Atlantic World; crime and punishment in early modern history; the British Empire; Australian history; history of the common law; and digital humanities. Caswell has held positions with Algoma U’s Department of History and Philosophy, and at Queen’s University.

Elizabeth Gagnon joins the Arthur A. Wishart Library as an Academic Librarian on a CLTA. Gagnon is a Master of Library and Information Science candidate at Western University. She holds an M.A. in History from the University of Guelph and a B.A. in History and English from Lakehead University. Her research interests include digital humanities; developing relationships with faculty to impact program effectiveness; and the integration of information literacy across university curriculum. She has held positions at the Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science and with the Ontario Council of University Libraries.

Derek Rice joins the Department of Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) on a 23-month CLTA. Rice is working on his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Ottawa. He has an M.Sc. in Applied Economics from Georgia Southern University, a B.A. Honours in CESD from Algoma University College of Laurentian University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from York University. Rice’s interests include development economics; environmental economics; industrial organization; social economy; and macroeconomics. Rice is a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.