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Lasell Promotes Nine Full-time Faculty Members, Honors New Emeritus Professor

July 26, 2022

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Provost Eric Turner recently announced the promotion of nine full-time faculty members and the designation of newly retired professor Marie Franklin to emeritus status.  

Deborah Baldizar, M.F.A., a visual artist whose work explores the intersection of personal identity and physical place, was promoted to Associate Professor of Art and Graphic Design. Baldizar teaches courses in ceramics, drawing, and the intersectionality of social justice and creativity. She recently led the creation of a community “U Belong” mural.  

Ken Calhoun, M.F.A., was promoted to Professor of Graphic Design. He is also the chair of the graphic design program within Lasell’s School of Communication and the Arts. Calhoun is a multidisciplinary artist with experience as a creative director, designer, and writer across numerous industries. His 2014 novel, Black Moon, was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.
José Guzmán, Ph.D., was promoted to Professor of Spanish, and continues to serve as coordinator of Lasell’s world language program. Guzmán is frequently published in both Spanish and English scholarly journals and leads the University’s Shoulder to Shoulder service learning trip to his home country of Ecuador.  

Liz Hartmann, Ph.D., a licensed special educator whose research examines how to support learners with multiple and complex special needs, was promoted to Professor of Education. Hartmann teaches courses on inclusive education, cultural competence, and learner variability, and continues to consult with national and international educational organizations.  

Cris Haverty, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences, was promoted to Professor of Athletic Training. Haverty has taught at Lasell for more than two decades and has led the effort to expand the University’s academic offerings and accreditations in the sciences for both undergraduate and graduate students.   

Bruce McKinnon, MBA, was promoted to Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship. McKinnon teaches courses on organizational behavior, operations strategy, and contemporary issues in business, among others. His self-described professional “sweet spot” is commercializing, scaling, and making profitable the dreams and ideas of entrepreneurs.  

Dan Sargeant, Ph.D., was promoted to Associate Professor of Sport Management. Sargeant teaches courses on sport governance and sport leadership, and coordinates the University’s graduate program in sport management.  

Nancy Waldron, Ph.D., program chair of marketing, entrepreneurship, and international business, was promoted to Professor of Marketing. Waldron has held a variety of positions within the small business sector in industries including banking, publishing, and manufacturing. Her scholarly interests lie in business marketing and entrepreneurship.  

Marty Walsh, Ph.D., was promoted to Professor of Management. Walsh teaches courses on global leadership, emerging markets, and cross-cultural management. He is certified as a Foreign Service Officer in Asian Languages and Area Studies, and holds membership on the Council on Foreign Relations in addition to other policy and commerce-based organizations. 

Marie Franklin, M.S., retired in May as an associate professor of journalism and is now a Professor Emerita. Franklin taught at Lasell for more than 14 years after a career at the Boston Globe, and is highly regarded for her efforts in revitalizing Lasell’s student newspaper, the 1851 Chronicle, into a robust campus news outlet.