New Tenured Faculty Announced

March 08, 2007

The Wheelock College Board of Trustees has approved the promotion and tenure of five Wheelock faculty: Dr. Detris Adelabu, assistant professor of Human Development for the School of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Nina Aronoff, assistant professor of Social Work for the School of Social Work and Family Studies; Dr. Ellen Faszewski, assistant professor of Biology for the School of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Ellie Friedland, assistant professor of Education for the School of Education and Child Life; and Dr. Lee Whitfiled, assistant professor of History for the School of Arts and Sciences.

Adelabu teaches Human Growth and Development, Adolescent Development and Research Methods. Adelabu studies factors influencing school achievement among low-income rural and urban African American adolescents. Her work has been published in such journals as Adolescence, Urban Education and the Journal of School Violence. In addition, Adelabu has made dozens of national presentations to educators on topics related to African American student achievement, school climate, ethnic identity and school violence. She has received several awards and grants for her work, including two early career research awards. Adelabu serves on the board of two social justice organizations and as a reviewer for a major education journal.

Aronoff teaches courses in human behavior theory and social work practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities, at both the foundation and concentration levels. She also teaches an advanced elective on partnered practice. She consults in the areas of justice-based social work practice, leadership, organizational change, and partnered practice. She has previously taught as an adjunct instructor at Case Western Reserve University and Salem State College. She has many years of practice and administrative experience working with diverse groups of children and families and the organizations that serve their needs, particularly in the context of partnered practice that includes client systems and interprofessional providers. Her publications (authored and co-authored), presentations, and ongoing scholarship are related to these areas, as well as multicultural competence in social work education, justice-based practice and curriculum development, and female development and empowerment through sports.

Faszewski s a cell and developmental biologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), her primary research interests are amphibian development and sponge immunology. She is currently involved in research projects at Mount Holyoke College and the Marine Biology Lab in Woods Hole. She also has an interest in science education, including work with pre and in-service teachers as well as in curriculum development. She was a Co-Pi on a grant received from NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics (NOVA) to aid in the development of Wheelock’s Clear Sky Program, a Science for Teachers Pathway for students who wish to make science a core component of their elementary classrooms.

Friedland teaches courses in early childhood assessment and curriculum, including the undergraduate Integrated Core, for which she also supervises student teachers in kindergarten and grade 1 and 2 classrooms. She also teaches The Meaning and Development of Play and Introduction to Psychodrama and co-teaches the Summer Institute in Learning and Teaching through the Arts. Friedland integrates her background in theatre in her teaching and in her work with Wheelock faculty and students in Speaking and Listening Across the Curriculum and in her work with the Wheelock Family Theatre. Before coming to Wheelock College in 1999 Friedland taught at Endicott College, Cambridge College and Lesley University. She was a child and family psychotherapist for 10 years, working in an outreach program that served families with severe physical and sexual child abuse. She also studied and taught at the Actors Institute in Boston and New York.

Whitfield cherishes teaching history and learning with students. Since joining the Humanities faculty in 1997, her passion and energy are obvious in the courses she teaches in European, women's, African, and global history. Her freshmen seminars on "Salem Witch Trials" and "The History of Paris", and her summer study abroad on "African Americans in France" offered further student options to discover the mysteries of the past. Lee's travels, conference participation, interviews, and work with scholars in Austria, Turkey,

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