New Faculty Join the Ranks

Thursday, November 15, 2012
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A Superb Group of New Faculty are Hard at Work in the College

Four assistant professors have been appointed to the College faculty this fall, each anchoring important subfields within their disciplines—musical theatre, public administration, media studies, and sociolinguistics. Many new lecturers have come on board, supporting the teaching mission throughout the College, with the largest concentration in English as a Second Language, a program that has expanded significantly over the past year due to increased international student enrollments. A new clinical assistant professor in counseling psychology rounds out the incoming "class." The College is proud to welcome these fine scholars and teachers to its ranks.

Assistant Professors

John Berst

John Berst
Department of Theatre and Dance

John Berst earned a B.A. at the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.F.A. at Purdue University. He has professional theatre experience as a music director and actor and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. He has taught and directed and/or music directed at the University of Southern Indiana, Vincennes University, and Indiana University, among other institutions. Professor Berst has previously taught at UNH as a lecturer and adjunct instructor. His courses include the History of Musical Theatre in America, Musical Theatre Voice, Audition and Repertoire, and Musical Theatre Scene Study. He directed last year’s production of Company and will continue to direct UNH’s mainstage musical theatre productions.


Daniel Broomberg

Daniel Bromberg
Department of Political Science

Daniel Bromberg earned a B.A. at the State University of New York at Albany, an M.P.A. at the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. at Rutgers. He comes to UNH from Western Carolina University where he was assistant professor of public affairs. His research focuses on privatization and a range of topics within public and nonprofit management. At UNH, he will be instrumental in the administration of the Masters of Public Administration program. Professor Bromberg teaches the Foundations and Theories of Public Administration and other key M.P.A. courses. His recent publications include a co-edited collection titled Citizen Participation: Cases of Citizen Engagement in Government and a co-authored book chapter in E-Governance and Civic Engagement: Factors and Determinants of E-Democracy.


Kevin Healey

Kevin Healey
Department of Communication

Kevin Healey earned a B.A. at Drew University, an M.A. at The New School University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation is titled, "The Spirit of Networks: New Media and the Changing Role of Religion in American Public Life." Professor Healey's research focuses on the intersection of media, religion, and culture with an emphasis on digital media. He is currently working on a co-edited collection, under contract from Peter Lang Publishers, called Prophetic Critique and Popular Media: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications. Professor Healey's courses at UNH include the seminars Digital Democracies and Media, Religion, and Culture. He has taught previously at Western Connecticut State University, Rutgers, and the University of Illinois, where he held a post-doctoral fellowship.


Maya Ravindranath

Maya Ravindranath
Department of English, Linguistics Program

Maya Ravindranath earned a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. She won a Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her dissertation, "Language Shift and the Speech Community: Sociolinguistic Change in the Garifuna of Belize." Her research interests include language variation and change, language contact, language maintenance and shift, and endangered languages. Previously a lecturer at UNH, her courses include Introduction to Linguistics, Sociolinguistics Survey, and Linguistics Field Methods. Professor Ravindranath, with her students, is embarking on a new project called the New Hampshire Language and Life Project, in which she will explore dialectical variation in eastern New England.


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