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Five faculty; three staff join growing UMFK campus community

August 22, 2003


The University of Maine at Fort Kent is welcoming five new faculty and three new staff members with the start of a new academic year.

Joining the faculty of the campus community are Stephen Hansen, Melissa Charette, Mark Richard, Joseph Becker and Joseph Zubrick.

Hansen joins UMFK as assistant professor of biology and environmental studies. He received his PhD in zoology from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. He also holds a master of science in biology, and a bachelor of science in forestry.

Prior to taking the position at UMFK he was the director of research and education at Vermilion, Lake Superior State University. He also taught general biology, zoology, environmental science, and animal physiology at Lake Superior State College in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Hansen has lectured on various subjects relating to zoology, biology, animal physiology and environmental sciences at University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario; Sylvan Learning Center in Guelph, Ontario; Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario; and Laurentian University among others. He brings much experience to UMFK that will prove vital to working with students in the classroom.

He is an avid outdoorsmen enjoying dog sledding, running, summer and winter camping, hiking, canoeing and photography.

Melissa Charette joins the campus community as an instructor of nursing. Charette graduated from UMFK in 2000 with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. She completed her graduate nursing through the University of Maine, and received her CNS and Psychiatric NP degrees from Husson College in Bangor.

Prior to taking the position at UMFK, Charette worked in Bangor at Acadia Hospital's adolescent inpatient unit where she was responsible for milieu management, charge nurse, primary nursing, medication administration and education, interviewing and hiring, group therapy, safety checks, admissions, discharges, mentoring nursing students and orienting new nurses.

Charette also volunteers at the Veteran's Center where she does readjustment, individual and group counseling of veterans, spouses and couples from WWII, Korean and Vietnam eras.

Mark Richard has taken the position of assistant professor of social studies education and social science. Richard received his Ph.D from Duke University in North Carolina, his master of arts from the University of Maine at Orono, and a degree in government and legal studies from Bowdoin College where he graduated magna cum laude in 1982.

Prior to coming to UMFK, Richard was teaching history through the humanities department at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

Richard taught United States history, western civilization and a new course on "Northeastern Borderlands: A History of French Canadians and Franco-Americans". He has also taught at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Landmark College in Vermont.

Along with his teaching experience Richard brings with him administrative and consulting experience, and knowledge of workshop presentation. He is a member of the American Historical Association, American Council for Québec Studies and the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States.

Joseph Becker has come to UMFK from Virginia to fill the position of assistant professor of English. He most recently taught at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia and was teaching on-line courses through Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Prior to his position at Central Virginia Community College, he taught at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, and University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He also held positions at Tri-County Technical College in South Carolina,

Becker received his Ph.D in 2002 and a master of arts in 1999 from the University of Arkansas. He also received a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in English Literature from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Becker is a published author and has presented his works on numerous occasions. In addition to English, he is proficient in French and German. He is a member of the American Comparative Literature Association; Modern Language Association; Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society; Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society; and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

The position of associate professor of theater and oral communications was filled by Joseph B. Zubrick of Presque Isle. Zubrick earned his masters of fine arts from Wayne State University in Michigan and a bachelor of arts in economics from St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania.

Zubrick came to UMFK from the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he was a part time instructor. He was also a part-time instructor and substitute teacher for MSAD#1. During his time at UMPI he served as interim director of the library, interim associate vice president for academic affairs, interim dean of arts and sciences, division chair in the humanities department and director/designer of theatre.

Prior to his position at UMPI he held positions as an instructor at the University of Michigan at Dearborn; an instructor at Marygrove College, a private, liberal arts college, located in Detroit, Michigan; and a technical director at the University of Detroit.

Zubrick has a broad background in theatre having designed and/or directed over 150 classical and contemporary plays, musical revues, musical comedies, and dance recitals.

He served as host/moderator for "County Scholars" on Time-Warner Cable from 1997 to 2000, on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, as adjudicator for the American College Theatre Festival. He is presently host for WAGM-TV's "Crimestoppers" which has a Maine Broadcasting Award. He has held that position since 1993. He has served as adjudicator for the Maine State Drama Festival from 1983 to present.

Additions to UMFK's professional staff include Jill Bouchard-Cairns, Catherine Maule and Dariel A. Jacobs.

Bouchard-Cairns fills the position of assistant director of admissions where she will assist in all areas of recruitment, assist in planning and developing marketing strategies, interview and counsel prospective students and all other duties related to her position.

Bouchard-Cairns graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1999 with a bachelor of arts in social science and a minor in educational studies.

Prior to taking the position at UMFK she held a position as admissions advisor at the University of Washington in Tacoma from 2001 to present. She also served as admission counselor from 1999 to 2001 at the University of Southern Maine.

She is a recent member of Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counseling where she served on the professional development committee. Bouchard-Cairns was also a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling; the New England Association of College Admission Counseling, where she served on the Annual Meeting Committee; the Human Relations Committee; and was a presenter at the NEACAC annual meeting.

Catherine Maule has taken the position of financial aid counselor. Maule received her bachelor of science in management from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire in May of 2003.

She was the senior business services assistant in the payroll department at Keene State College prior to being hired at UMFK. She held that position from 1998 to present. Maule also held positions with Home Health Care, Hospice and Community Services of Keene, New Hampshire in payroll, as administrative assistant in the Life Health Department of Stone and Michaud Insurance of Manchester, New Hampshire, and office manager at North Country Home Health Agency, Inc. of Littleton, New Hampshire.

Dariel A. Jacobs has joined the UMFK community as the director of student teaching, where she will have primary responsibility for implementation and oversight of all aspects of the University's pre-service teacher preparation program.

Jacobs received her doctor of philosophy degree from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto in June of 2003. She also received her master of arts from the University of Calgary in 1996, a bachelor of secondary education from the University of Calgary in 1981, a diploma in education from the University of Manitoba and a bachelor of arts from Washington State University.

Prior to her position at UMFK, Jacobs served as teacher education program assistant at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She was a Fulbright Exchange teacher in Washington, Illinois where she was an English instructor. Jacobs also instructed educational drama teaching methods to pre-service drama majors at University of Calgary, and was a drama and theatre specialist and fine arts coordinator and classroom teacher at Rocky View School Division in Calgary.