The CTSE advisory board provides suggestions and feedback to the director and staff to assist in shaping the direction of programs and initiatives. The board, which meets twice per semester, is tasked with:
Dr. McCabe joined the Sawyer Business School Marketing faculty in September 2000. She developed and taught several new courses including sports marketing, business of sports, sports marketing consulting, Boston Red Sox marketing practicum, services marketing, marketing tools and analytics, and business research methods. In addition, Dr. McCabe created the sports marketing minor/concentration by partnering with the Boston Celtics, CSNNE, the Boston Red Sox and other sports organizations. She twice co-chaired committees tasked with revising the SBS undergraduate curriculum and her expertise in Experiential Learning Theory provided the foundation for the current BSBA curriculum. In addition, she developed the marketing honors program as a stand along track for marketing majors and as a gateway for high achieving students to enter the SBS Honors Program. Dr. McCabe was Chair of the Department of Marketing for eight years, during which time the undergraduate marketing program grew by 17%.
Dr. Catherine McCabe is currently the Associate Dean of the Sawyer Business School, Dean of Undergraduate Programs. She remains focused on several critical areas including:
Dr. Heather Dwyer earned her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, she both coordinated and participated in the Teaching Assistant Consultant Program. Following graduate school, Heather worked as a teaching consultant at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, where she supported faculty and graduate students in their teaching. At the Eberly Center, she coordinated the Graduate Teaching Fellows program, the Future Faculty Program, and the Wimmer Faculty Fellows program. Heather has instructed or helped to instruct courses in introductory biology, ecology, evolution, animal diversity, plant systematics, and first-year seminars in the sciences. She is particularly interested in issues of diversity and equity in higher education. Heather joined the CTSE team at Suffolk University as Assistant Director in 2016, and has been involved in educational development since 2011.
Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Psychology
BA Villanova University (Psychology)
MA, PhD, Boston University (Psychology)
Department of Psychology
41 Temple Street
Boston, MA 02114
PSYCH 226 Theories of Personality
PSYCH 326 Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH 772 The Teaching of Psychology
Personality and individual differences; adolescent and adult ego development; gender and women’s studies.
My research integrates several theoretical models and empirical domains from personality psychology, developmental psychology, and the field of gender studies. More specifically, I have been examining the relations among dispositional theories, developmental models of the ego, and theories of gender role development. Several recent studies have explored how individual differences in adolescent gender role development and ego development predict differences in the behavior, conscious attitudes, and unconscious processes of adolescents and young adults. Using the Loevinger’s model of ego development and Bem’s Gender Schema Theory, I have examined gender, gender role, and ego developmental differences in relationship satisfaction, divorce adjustment, identity development, perceptions of sexual harassment, and dream content.
Ongoing research explores additional behavioral, emotional, and cognitive correlates of these developmental lines. Recent co-authored presentations and publications with doctoral students extend these themes to related domains, including the prediction of adolescent academic achievement, sexual decision-making, experience of guilt and shame, capacity to envision therapeutic goals, valuing of monogamy, and development of political ideologies. My newest projects are exploring ego developmental differences in risky sexual behavior and personal integrity. I am also currently working on several studies that examine various methodological and psychometric properties of the Sentence Completion Test of ego development.
Schmookler, T., & Bursik, K. (2007). The value of monogamy in emerging adulthood: A gendered perspective. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24(6), 819-835.
Stackert, R., & Bursik, K. (2006). Ego development and the therapeutic goal-setting capacities of mentally ill adults. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 60, 357-374.
Bursik, K., & Martin, T. A. (2006). Ego development and adolescent academic achievement. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 16, 1-18.
Benetti-McQuoid, J., & Bursik, K. (2005). Individual differences in experiences of and responses to guilt and shame: Examining the lenses of gender and gender role. Sex Roles, 53, 133-142.
Vareschi, C., & Bursik, K. (2005). Attachment style differences in the parental interactions and adaptation patterns of divorcing parents. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 42, 15
Dr. Linda Bruenjes is the CTSE Director. Prior to joining Suffolk University, she was the Assistant Dean for Teaching & Instructional Technology and Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at MCPHS University. During her 16-year tenure at Lasell College, she taught a number of undergraduate and graduate accounting, computer technology, and management information science courses. She also served as department chair, center director, and developer and facilitator of the College’s online faculty certification program. As founding Director of Online Learning and Academic Technology, Linda assisted faculty in the development, delivery, and assessment of online and hybrid courses. She earned her doctoral degree at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and her M. S. in Business Education at Suffolk University. Her research interests are strongly embedded in adult learning theory and are focused on faculty development, the use of technology as a teaching and learning tools, and the science of learning.
Mary-Joan (MJ) Potvin earned her Master of Science in Accounting from Suffolk University in May 2005 and became an Instructor in Accounting at the University in the fall of that same year. She has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate accounting courses in live and online formats. She is an innovative teacher with a special passion for technology.
Before entering academe, MJ spent nearly 25 years in a variety of roles in industry, including: Audit Manager (PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP), Controller (Variagenics, Inc.), Director of Financial Reporting (Harborside Healthcare Corporation), Director of Project Management (The XBR Company), and Senior Corporate Auditor/Operations Consultant (Melville Corporation). MJ is a licensed CPA (Massachusetts, 1989). She provides accounting, consulting and training services to clients, principally in the biotechnology industry. MJ is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) and serves on the Board of Directors of the MSCPA Educational Foundation and Scholarship Committee. A graduate of Merrimack College (BSBA Accounting, 1986), she has served on the college's Alumni Business Advisory Council and mentored Merrimack students through the Girard School Mentoring Program.
For four years, Potvin was the Associate Director of Graduate Programs in Accounting at Suffolk, serving as academic advisor to over 250 graduate accounting students, counseling newly admitted students, and recruiting prospective degree candidates. She served on the Graduate Programs Committee and has received formal recognition from her students for excellence in teaching and outstanding service to graduate students.
Sharon Britton is the Director of Mildred F. Sawyer Library at Suffolk University. Sawyer library serves the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business students. It also serves as a liaison library to students from the Fenway Library Consortia, of which the Library is a member. She is eager to enhance the services and resources of the library to better serve Suffolk’s students, faculty and administrators and welcomes constructive feedback from all patrons. She has recently formed a Library Advisory Board to assist her and her colleagues at Sawyer in meeting and perhaps surpassing expectations of students, faculty and administrators.
Ms. Britton holds a BA in English with a Psychology minor, from Bridgewater State University, and a Master of Library Science (MLS) from the University of Rhode Island. Sharon came to the University in July, 2013, She was previously Library Director at Bowling Green State University—Firelands Campus, in Huron, Ohio. She has also served as the Director of Public Services at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and Assistant University Librarian at the University of New Hampshire.
Outside of Library Science and Psychology, Sharon’s interests are biking, hiking, kayaking, and of course reading. At Bowling Green she served as Co-Advisor to the Women’s Resource Group, an organization originally formed as a resource for battered and other at risk women on campus. It’s role expanded to include social activities such as performing Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, in which she read one of the monologues in a campus production. The Group received the Feminist Falcon (university mascot) Award for Institutional Change.
EdD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MA, University of Massachusetts, Boston
BA, Lehigh University
English as a Second Language
Teachers’ engagement with research
Adjunct Professor, Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 at University of New Hampshire, Manchester
Supervisor of Reading Specialist and ELA Certification, 2007-2008, Springfield, MA
Project and Research Assistant for ACCELA Alliance, 2004-2008, UMass, Amherst
University Preparation ESL Teacher, 2002-2004, UMass Boston
Bilingual Reading Teacher, 2000-2002, Brockton Public Schools, MA.