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Why ENHP? New Faculty Tell Us What First Attracted Them to Our College

What brings a new diverse group of faculty members to the University of Hartford? As several of ENHP’s faculty members complete their first year or first semester of teaching in May 2011, they share what it was that first attracted them to our college.

Buffo, Mackey, Christensen, Oshio, Goodworth

Pictured above (l-r) ENHP assistant professors Gerard Buffo, Megan Mackey, Mary B. Christensen, Toko Oshio, and Adam Goodworth.

Gerard Buffo, assistant professor, Department of Health Sciences

"I saw in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions the opportunity to combine clinical expertise, community outreach, undergraduate education and relevant research in an enthusiastic small urban setting."

Buffo joined the Department of Health Sciences in January 2011. He is a board certified radiologist who trained at SUNY Stony Brook and has served the greater Hartford area for over 20 years. Former president of the Radiological Society of Connecticut, he was recently inducted as a fellow of the American College of Radiology. His area of particular interest is cross sectional body imaging. 

Mary Christensen, assistant professor, Department of Education and Human Services, coordinator of secondary education, director of Educational Main Street (EMS) and investigator for the 21st Century grant project

"I came to the University of Hartford in 2000 as director of Educational Main Street because I wanted to champion education and inner city youth. So, I am not new to the University but moving to a full-time faculty position in fall 2010 was the next logical step in continuing my work. I now have the opportunity to influence future teachers as well as inner city youth."

Christensen has over 37 years of experience in education as a certified teacher, professor and administrator in both the public school arena and higher education. As Educational Main Street director, she is responsible for grant writing, budget expenditures, and personnel issues. She oversees the design of training materials and publications and directs/develops EMS programs. Her work involves liaison with school principals as well as leaders of community groups.

As Coordinator for secondary English education and assistant professor in education, Christensen is responsible for teaching seminar classes, advising students, hiring adjunct faculty, and writing accrediting reports. She is currently working on a research study with Global Communications Academy where she is the project investigator for the 21st century grant.

Adam Goodworth, assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy

"I was attracted to ENHP because of the emphasis on multi-disciplinary learning and research."

Goodworth joined the Department of Physical Therapy in September, 2010.  He received his BS and MS degrees in engineering from Colorado School of Mines before completing his Ph.D. at Oregon Health & Science University in 2010, where he studied human balance control and developed models of sensorimotor integration.   Goodworth then engaged in post-doctoral research in neurology where he investigated curvilinear walking in patients with neurological disorders.  He teaches in motor control, kinesiology, neuroscience, and scientific inquiry in the Department of Physical Therapy.

Megan Mackey, assistant professor, Department of Education and Human Services

"I was drawn to the University of Hartford and more specifically, to the College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions, by the commitment to continued growth and development I saw demonstrated by the administration, faculty, and staff."   

Mackey joined the Department of Education and Human Services in September 2010. She is an assistant professor of special education.  Before moving into the college ranks, she spent eight years as a middle school special education teacher in New York.  Prior to her arrival at the University of Hartford, she taught at universities in Colorado and Maryland.  Her primary research interests lie in inclusive education and the utilization of paraprofessionals in special education.

Toko Oshio, assistant professor, Department of Education and Human Services

"I found the ENHP mission and vision to be a good match with my values.  There is a balance of research and teaching and an opportunity to teach effectively in smaller class sizes.  I was particularly attracted to ENHP’s Institute for Translational Research and the possibility of doing meaningful research in my area of expertise – early childhood."

Oshio joined the Department of Education and Human Services in September 2010.  Her research interest is in the area of socio-emotional development of infants, toddlers, and young children.  She holds a Ph.D. in child development from Michigan State University and received a post-doctoral research training at the University of Notre Dame.  She has studied development in young children in the U.S. and Japan. In particular, she focuses on examining child-parent relationships, child-teacher relationships, and how child development is influenced by factors within a child and interactions in environments such as the family, school, and culture.