Mercyhurst welcomes 14 new faculty

Old Main

Mercyhurst University’s continued commitment to teaching excellence and academic growth has led to the hiring of 14 new full-time faculty members, effective at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

“Mercyhurst excels on the passion, commitment and academic expertise of its faculty,” said Phillip J. Belfiore, Ph.D., associate provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This incoming class of new faculty members shows all the potential to build upon that reputation. I look forward to the uniqueness each new member will add the mix.”

Of these positions, six are new, while eight were previously held by professors who have since retired or resigned.

The following is a list of new Mercyhurst University faculty members:

Gregory Brown

Instructor in English

M.A. University of Mississippi

Ph.D. University of Mississippi

Amy Burniston

Instructor of Biology

B.S. Pennsylvania State University

M.S. Mercyhurst University


Thomas Cook

Assistant Professor of Public Health

B.A. University of Chicago

M.P.H. Case Western Reserve University

Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University


Marcie Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

B.S. Gannon University

M.S. University of Nebraska


William Jeffress

Instructor of Sport Business

B.S. University of New Haven

M.S. University of New Haven

M.S. Gannon University

Ph.D. Gannon University (ABD)


Ryan Johnson

Instructor of Hospitality Management

B.A. Mercyhurst University

M.A. Sonoma State University

(Currently completing M.S. degree)


Caesar Montevecchio

Instructor of Religious Studies

B.A. Georgetown University

M.S. Harvard Divinity School

Ph.D. Duquesne University


Raj Parikh

Dean of Walker School of Business

B. Tech Indian Institute of Technology

Ph.D. University of Buffalo


Keshav Prasad Pokhrel

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

B.S. Tribhuvan University

M.S. Tribhuvan University

M.A. Marshall University

M.A. University of South Florida

Ph.D. University of South Florida


Liz Stillwaggon Swan

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

B.A. Loyola University of Maryland

M.A. San Francisco State University

Ph.D. University of South Carolina


Christopher Taylor

Instructor of Chemistry

B.S. Evergreen State College

M.S. University of Michigan

Ph.D. University of Michigan


James Teufel

Assistant Professor of Public Health

A.A. Middlesex County College

B.A. Drew University

M.P.H. University of South Carolina

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University


Lauren Williams

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

B.A. The College of New Jersey

M.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Bowu Zhang

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

B.S. University of Science and Technology, China

Ph.D. George Washington University

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