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School of Arts & Science Introduces New Faculty

Iona College's McSpedon Hall
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Dean Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., has announced new full-time faculty of the School of Arts & Science joining Iona College this fall for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Marius Drager, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

MS, Technical University Braunschwig
Ph.D., Brown University
Dr. Drager received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Brown University working with Dr. Amit Basu on a new method to synthesize oligosaccharides. Additionally, he performed postdoctoral research with Dr. Seann Mulcahy at Providence College on transition metal catalyzed ring closing reactions. His research interests can be broadly defined as reaction development and synthesis of organic compounds. More specifically, Dr. Drager is interested in the analysis, synthesis, or modification of cyclic molecules, with a strong focus on pharmacological active pyridine compounds and carbohydrate-based plant-based oligosaccharides. Following the theme of ring containing molecules, his current research revolves around the synthesis of pyridines using a novel [2+2+2] cycloaddition between two alkynes and a nitrile, activated via transition metals. However, as sugars are notoriously hard to break up with (be that in research or nutrition), a return to carbohydrates is already in the making.
Jongwook Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

MS and Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Joining the faculty this fall, Dr. Kim received a Ph.D. and an MS in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin after completing his undergraduate work at Korea University. Kim’s interests include automated software development using program analysis and transformation techniques.
James M. Micik, Ed.D.
Instructor of Scientific and Technological Literacy

MA and Ed.D., Columbia University
MS Secondary Education, Central Connecticut State University
MS Biology, University of Bridgeport
Dr. Micik has served as an adjunct professor at Iona College for 31 years and begins his 32nd-year as a full-time instructor in the Scientific and Technological Literacy program this fall. Dr. Micik was presented the “Recognition Award for Outstanding Academic Accomplishments and Dedicated Service” at the College’s Convocation in 2011. Dr. Micik is a former assistant professor at Franklin Pierce University, and a science teacher at Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn and Greenwich Public Schools in Connecticut. He served as an adjunct professor at Iona, Manhattanville College and the University of Bridgeport, and is the co-author of education publications and units of study. He has presented science education topics at the Connecticut Science Teachers Annual Conference and the International Teachers Conference at Bloomfield College.
Nora Slonimsky, Ph.D.
Gardiner Assistant Professor of History

MA, Binghamton University
Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
Dr. Slonimsky recently received her Ph.D. in History while studying the intersection of legal, book and political history. Minoring in intellectual history, she also holds an MA in American Studies and a BA in English Literature and History from Binghamton University. She taught history for several years at Hunter College and served as a Writing Across the Curriculum fellow at Lehman College. Prior to returning to New York to begin her position as the Gardiner Assistant Professor of History at Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, Dr. Slonimsky spent her final year of graduate school in Philadelphia as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow in Early American Literature and Material Texts at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Catherine Smith, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Philosophy

MA and Ph.D., Cornell University
Dr. Smith’s primary research interests are in Kant's ethics and in normative ethics, more generally. She is particularly interested in questions surrounding self-respect.
Kimberly Spanjol, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

MA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
Dr. Spanjol holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree and license in Mental Health Counseling. She is a licensed and doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst and is also certified in animal assisted therapy, animals and human health, dialectical behavior therapy, holistic health counseling, humane education, humane literacy and teaching mindfulness to youth.
Christoph Winkler, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor and Founding Program Director of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Dr. Winkler is the Endowed Professor and Founding Program Director of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and will hold a dual faculty appointment in both the School of Arts & Science and School of Business. Dr. Winkler received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and comes to Iona with a reputation as a gifted educator with extensive experience in developing and managing entrepreneurship programs. Most recently he served as an entrepreneurship faculty member and academic director at the Long Island University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Dr. Winkler was also on the faculty of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where he served as the associate director of the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise and Director for Technology, Innovation and Research at the CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship.