NORTH ADAMS, Massachusetts – The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is pleased to announce that seven new faculty members will join the Trailblazer community for the College’s fall semester: Eunice Uhm, Mariah Hepworth, Omotara Adeeko, Carter J Carter, Darren Johnson, Amy Shapiro and Kara Corlew.
New faculty members include:
Dr. Eunice Uhm joined the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at MCLA as an Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies. She specializes in modern and contemporary art, with a transnational focus on the United States and East Asia. Her work examines the conditions of migration and diasporic aesthetic subjectivities in works of contemporary Japanese and South Korean art from the 1960s to the present day. Previously, she taught classes on modern and contemporary art with a focus on race and transnationalism, as well as Asian and Asian American art. She has organized panels and presented her work on Asian American art at national conferences such as CAA. Her essay, “Contradictions and Continuity: Constructing Asian American Political and Aesthetic Subjectivities in the Work of Ruth Asawa,” is forthcoming (Verge: Studies in Global Asias, University of Minnesota Press). She recently co-curated an online exhibition on the Korean Diaspora, titled I Am Here/You Were There: Archiving Transnational Memory Within the Korean Diaspora (https://www.iamhere-youwerethere.com/). Beyond her academic research and curatorial work, she is an active member of many grassroots community organizations for Asian Americans and immigrant rights, and is involved in immigrant rights campaigns such as que Love has no borders: A call for justice in our immigration system. Dr. Uhm received a doctorate in art history from The Ohio State University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Kalamazoo College.
Mariah Hepworth joined the Department of History and Political Science at MCLA. She fell in love with history as an undergraduate at Seattle University, where she graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, specializing in modern America with additional expertise in World War I, American cinema, and popular culture. His current manuscript examines the critical role that commercial war films have played in shaping the public’s collective understanding of war and the nation’s foreign entanglements. Mariah has taught courses in American military, political, social and cultural history, courses ranging from the story of the American soldier to the story of American celebrity. Each of his courses emphasizes race, class and gender as the main categories of analysis. Mariah lives in Shelburne Falls with her two cats, Arthur and Donna.
Omotara Adeeko joined the MCLA mathematics department as an assistant professor of economics. She received her BA (2011) in Economics from Redeemers University, Nigeria and her MA in Economics from Eastern Illinois University in 2014. Adeeko received her PhD in Economics in 2021 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His doctoral work focused on the estimation of profitability, economy of scale, technological progress and total factor productivity in developing economies. Adeeko’s current research focuses on the specific and accurate methods of forecasting the prices of commonly consumed grains or pulses in Nigeria using different models which include Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA), Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) , the seasonal decomposition of time series by the loess method (STLM), and a hybrid model that combines these three models.
Carter J. Carter joined the Department of Psychology at MCLA as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology. He will teach courses in abnormal psychology, clinical theory and practice, and qualitative research. Dr. Carter is a graduate of New York University (BA), Simmons University School of Social Work (MSW), Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy), and Smith College School for Social Work (Ph .D.). Dr. Carter’s work – as a psychotherapist, scholar, teacher and activist – addresses the causes and effects of violence, abuse, discrimination and bigotry. He brings an active interdisciplinary research program to MCLA that studies different forms of racially motivated aggression, from mass shootings to workplace discrimination, and he will involve students in this research. Dr. Carter will also maintain a part-time private practice in psychotherapy and clinical supervision, primarily for other queer people of color. A leader in the field of psychoanalysis, Dr. Carter is a member of the Board of Directors for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and Associate Editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. He lives on a working farm in the hills of Franklin County, where he writes the recipe column for the local newspaper – “Larder Ardor with Carter Carter”.
Darren Johnson joined MCLA’s English/Communications Department as a journalism professor and supervisor of the Beacon newspaper and WJJW, MCLA’s radio station. He has extensive experience, having recently taught journalism classes at the University of Albany and managed student newspapers in the SUNY system, as well as launching an independent student newspaper in the New York metropolitan area called Campus News. Three years ago, Johnson bought a struggling 180-year-old newspaper in his hometown and made it journalistically and financially viable again. His writing has appeared in numerous newspapers, from small weeklies to the New York Times, and he was once named Writer of the Year by the New York Press Association. He is a regular speaker at College Media Association and Associated College Press conferences. He holds an MA in Writing and Literature from Southampton College, Long Island University.
Amy Shapiro joins MCLA’s business department this year after teaching as a visiting assistant professor of marketing for the past four years contributing to entrepreneurship studies. Shapiro grew up in North Adams in his family business and works in community economic development for Western Massachusetts. After earning a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management, Shapiro developed and developed a business assistance program that has supported hundreds of business owners as director of the commercial development of the Franklin County Community Development Corp. profit that helps businesses start, stabilize, grow and obtain financing in Western Massachusetts. She has played an important role in the development of the professional field of state enterprise assistance providers. Early in his career, Shapiro pursued community economic development interests and later co-owned a retail and ceramic manufacturing business. She has two adult daughters, loves creative projects of all kinds and outdoor pursuits, and resides in Ashfield, Mass.
Kara Corley joined MCLA’s Department of Biology to teach health sciences as an assistant professor. She is a radiology technician and holds a bachelor’s degree in radiological sciences from MCLA. Corlew served over 12 years in the Army Reserve. Most recently, she worked for Carlos Otis Clinic-Stratton Mountain Urgent Care as a full time X-ray technologist as well as day at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Diagnostic Imaging. She enjoys coaching, teaching and developing the skills of others. Corlew lives in South Londonderry, Vermont, where she spends time outdoors with her children and dogs.
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