SVC Welcomes Six New Faculty Members for 2019-20

by Public Relations | Sep 26, 2019

LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College welcomed six new faculty members for the 2019-20 academic year.

Fr. Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., will serve as an assistant professor of physics in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing. Fr. Michael graduated from Saint Vincent College with bachelor of science degrees in both physics and mathematics, before earning a master’s in divinity from Saint Vincent. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned both a master’s and Ph.D. in physics. His dissertation and research work at North Carolina involved developing methods for using xenon-129 as an MRI bioprobe for temperature and molecular structure. Prior to his graduate and doctoral work, Fr. Michael was also published with Saint Vincent College’s Dr. Anis Maize on using theoretical calculations of atomic polarizability as a teaching tool for undergraduates.

Dr. Lucas Briola has been hired as an assistant professor of theology in the Saint Vincent College School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Briola, who has previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Saint Vincent, graduated from SVC in 2013 with bachelor of arts degrees in theology and history. He went on to earn a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, before earning his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Briola’s scholarly interests include integral ecology and Laudato Si’, Scholasticism, theological responses to the opiate crisis and the Second Vatican Council.

Dr. Matthias P. Hühn has joined the staff in Saint Vincent’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government as the Mary S. Carey professor in ethics and Catholic social thought. Hühn received the bulk of his schooling at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, where he earned a Ph.D. in management, a Master’s of Philosophy in management, economics and politics and a Master of Letters in literature and society. He also earned a vordiplom in business economics from the University of Hannover in Germany. He has held previous teaching positions at University of Navarra, China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS), University of Witten/Herdecke, the British University of Egypt and the European Business School (ECSP). Hühn’s research involves the philosophical foundations, epistemic and ethical, of management and economics. In 2016, he was awarded the Emerald Literati Award for a paper on management education, while he serves as an editor for Frontiers in Organizational Psychology and Business Ethics: A European Review.

Dr. Katie Leckenby has been hired as an assistant professor of education in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Leckenby attended Slippery Rock University for both undergraduate and graduate studies, earning bachelor of science degrees in music therapy and elementary education and a master’s degree in special education. She holds education certification and teaching experience in elementary (grades K-6), special education (N-12), mid-level English (7-9) and mid-level mathematics (7-9), while she is a board-certified music therapist. Her doctoral dissertation addressed suburban middle school educators’ perception of students’ mental health.

Dr. Whitney Liske has joined the Boyer School faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics. Liske holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from the College of Saint Benedict, while she earned both a master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. Liske has previously taught at Notre Dame and was recently named a fellow for Project NExT, a professional development program for new or recent Ph.D. recipients in the mathematical sciences. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Defining Equations of Rees Algebras of Artinian Gorenstein Rings.”

Carla Tomas will serve as coordinator of the bachelor of science in nursing collaborative program between Saint Vincent College and Carlow University. Tomas, who earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in nursing from Waynesburg University, has been a full-time faculty member in Carlow University’s nursing program since 2013. With a strong background in trauma, she specializes in critical care. During her time at Carlow, she has played a leading role in developing its student retention program in the nursing department, while her research interests are in nursing student retention and persistence.



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