This morning, Fitchburg State University President Richard Lapidus welcomed those gathered in-person, and virtually, to the first ever School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education's Graduate Education Celebration. After remarks by Suzanne Ortega, President of the Council of Graduate Schools, who joined remotely, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Catherine R. Canney presented the inaugural 2022 Graduate Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching to Professor Henry Culver. Then a panel of students, Kondwani Moya, and Kamelia Lechani along with Professors Kyle Moody, and Daneen Deptula talked about the graduate program experience.
Are you interested in Fitchburg State's MA in English program? As part of the GCE blog's "Our Faculty" series, we introduce Dr. Benjamin Railton, Professor in the English Studies department and the Graduate English chair.
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Are you interested in Fitchburg State's special education programs? Meet Dr. Robert Shapiro, assistant professor and graduate program chair of the applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program.
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Do you have a passion for history? Do you aspire to a career as a professional historian or as a historical researcher or writer? Are you a teacher on your way to your professional licensure or a professionally licensed history teacher seeking a Master’s degree in your subject field? Do you want to learn more about our graduate program in history?
What is your educational background?
Ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated by ancient civilizations and languages, but once I started studying history and Latin in high school I really never looked back. I completed my B.A. in Religion and History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
What is your educational background, and what certifications do you have relevant to your program?
I received my bachelor’s degree from Salve Regina University in 2003, in early childhood education and philosophy with a minor in special education. I attended Lesley University and received my master’s degree in special education in 2009. I completed my doctoral degree in February of 2017. I currently hold licenses and Early Education and Care certifications in the areas of early childhood and special education (mild to moderate, prek-8).
What is your educational background, and what certifications do you have relevant to your program? I earned two associate degrees from Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) in Gardner, one is in general studies with a health track and my second is an associate degree in nursing. After graduating, I worked as a registered nurse for about a year in long-term care. I decided to go back for my bachelor's at Fitchburg State University, because I knew it would open up even more opportunities for career advancement.
When my undergraduate career began at Fitchburg State College in the fall of 1987, I don’t think I realized just how far my degree would take me.
After graduating in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree, I went on to serve many different roles in the field of education. Those roles have included many different teaching experiences, as well as administrative roles later on in my career.
Although I continued my education, completing my graduate degree elsewhere in 2001, I truly believe that it was my undergraduate time at Fitchburg State that instilled in me the content and strategies needed to be a knowledgeable, skillful, ethical, and caring educator.
Tell us about your experience in Forensic Nursing.The majority of my experience as a forensic RN has been as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). Many facilities utilize the role of a SANE combined with a generalist forensic RN role. This includes providing care, evidence collection, and documentation (photographs, diagrams, and narrative) for any forensic patient. Forensic patients seek healthcare which is, or will be, related to a legal proceeding. Common examples include patients who experience domestic violence, child or elder abuse/neglect, sexual assault/perpetration. Other infrequent examples in my experience include photo-documentation of a shark bite, and photo-documentation of a deceased motor vehicle collision victim (MVC) where the airbag failed to deploy. In addition to clinical practice roles, I also have experience as a legal nurse consultant. Most of my work with attorneys involved extensive record review and writing reports. The SANE role includes providing a physical examination, collection of evidence, and testifying in court as an expert and/or fact witness. In 2010, I was approached by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and asked to create a presentation that details when cardio-pulmonary resuscitation should and should not be done.