Fall 2016

Faculty and Leadership Hires

Dr. Jack Hopkins
New Asst. Prof. of Wildlife, Dr. Jack Hopkins, engages students in a radio-telemetry exercise.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ecology Dr. Heather Arnett

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ecology Dr. Heather Arnett comes to Unity College from the University of Maine, where she was responsible for designing and managing the hybrid summer Introductory Biology course as an adjunct professor.  As a professor interested in diversity and inclusion, Arnett also led and coordinated a workshop and symposium for “Women in Science and Academia.    

McKay Farm & Research Station Manager Christopher J. Bond

Christopher J. Bond will serve as manager at the McKay Farm & Research Station, the multi-faceted greenhouse operation in Thorndike gifted to the college in December 2013.

Bond’s past work as a horticulturist and Farm Food Program coordinator at Case Western Reserve University will help advance the mission at McKay.

Chief Distance Education Officer Dr. Michelle Caminos

Caminos, the first-ever Chief Distance Education Officer at Unity College, brings a rich mix of online teaching and distance education program development success to this critical position. We are excited to have her in this pivotal role.

Mathematics Instructor Kathleen Coseo

Kathleen Coseo is no stranger to Unity College after serving as an adjunct professor for the past four years. Coseo has consistently received outstanding reviews and feedback from students, supervising faculty, and other colleagues, and she makes math relevant and interesting to her students at a time when math skills are in high demand in the workplace.

Visiting Associate Professor of Ecology Pieter deHart

Visiting Associate Professor of Ecology Dr. Pieter deHart is a Conservation Biologist addressing questions related to foraging ecology and population dynamics of organisms across multiple scales and habitats.  With work in Rhode Island, Boston, Woods Hole, Alaska, and Virginia, Dr. deHart bring extensive systems-focused ecology understanding to our campus.

Sustainability Engagement & Data Coordinator Jonathan Gibbons

Jonathan Gibbons, hired to the new post of Sustainability Engagement & Data Coordinator, will identify and track sustainability metrics for multiple analysis and reporting purposes to help reach the goals of the college Strategic Plan. He also develops and delivers outreach and communications for college-wide sustainability programs, projects, initiatives, and events.

Visiting Instructor of Writing Paul Guernsey

Visiting Instructor of Writing Paul Guernsey was hired in August after serving as an adjunct instructor in writing at Unity College since 2010. As a published author of several books and experienced in journalism, education and public information his skills are already valued on campus.

Dr. Todd Hand

New Asst. Prof. of Conservation Law, Todd Hand,
helps student re-create a wildlife crime scene.

Assistant Professor of Conservation Law Enforcement Todd Hand

Professor Hand brings much needed capacity to Unity’s Conservation Law Enforcement program. Hand possesses a Master of Criminal Justice in Forensic Psychology from Saint Leo University, Fla.  He is a welcome addition to campus.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology Dr. John B. “Jack” Hopkins III

Dr. Jack Hopkins, the new Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, intends to work with Unity students and faculty, other research institutions, and domestic and international researchers and land and game managers to bring the global wildlife research and conservation community closer together.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and Writing Dr. Joshua A. Kercsmar

Dr. Joshua A. Kercsmar, newly hired as Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and Writing, has worked as a farmer, commercial fisherman, carpenter, architectural draftsperson, and editor, all of which he says “has honed my ability to collaborate with a wide range of people inside and outside of academia, and given me a passion for hands-on learning.”

Dean of Students Raymond Phinney

Dean of Students Raymond Phinney comes to Unity College from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he was Associate Dean of Student Life and Development, leading residence life, student activities, health and dining services, orientation, student conduct, and other campus affairs. He is already making his presence valued on campus.

Chief Marketing Officer Diane Ray 

As a part of Unity College’s innovative first among equals approach to institutional leadership, Ray will lead marketing and recruitment efforts for America’s Environmental College. Ray is responsible for converting national exposure into more tangible results like increased student applications and new market development, and key stakeholder partnerships.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities Deanna Witman

Witman is a visual artist, explorer, and teacher working in photographic media who maintains an active studio practice with work deeply rooted in ideas of ephemerality, biology, and synergy. In her new role, Witman will be teaching photography, digital media, and documentary filmmaking.