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:
Professor Hilary J. Allen joined the Suffolk University Law faculty as an Associate Professor in the Fall of 2014. Previously, she was a Visiting Professor at Brooklyn Law School, and an Assistant Professor at Loyola New Orleans College of Law. She teaches courses in Banking Law, Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance and Corporations Law, and has been invited to teach classes on international and comparative financial regulation in Austria and Australia.
Professor Allen’s research concentrates on domestic and international financial stability regulation. She is actively involved in presenting scholarly publications at roundtables and conferences in the United States and abroad, and her research has appeared in the Ohio State Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Lewis and Clark Law Review and the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, amongst others. Her research has been selected for presentation at forums including the AALS Annual Meeting, the C-LEAF Junior Faculty Workshop at George Washington University Law School, and the inaugural conference of the Journal of Financial Regulation in Paris, France. She has also published a number of industry-targeted articles on financial regulatory reform in the BNA Banking Report.
Professor Allen received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, Australia, and her Master of Laws in Securities and Financial Regulation Law from Georgetown University Law Center (for which she received the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Plaque for graduating first in her class). Prior to entering the academy, Professor Allen spent seven years working in the financial services groups of prominent law firms in London, Sydney and New York (most recently at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York). In 2010, she worked with the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which was appointed by Congress to study the causes of the financial crisis of 2007-2008
Kirsten Behling is the director of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Suffolk University. Kirsten came to Suffolk in 2008 to help establish the Office of Disability Services. Currently ODS serves over 400 undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities, providing academic and residential accommodations to students with a wide range of disabilities. The Office of Disability Services oversees access to all university sponsored events, including commencement and convocation. Kirsten frequently provides direct service to faculty on the topics of differentiated instruction, Universal Course Design and working with students with sensory disabilities through individual consultations or workshops sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Excellence.
Prior to joining Suffolk, Kirsten work for the University Centers of Excellence on Disability at both the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of New Hampshire. At both institutions Kirsten wrote and directed projects funded by the Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education on inclusive practices for students with disabilities in postsecondary education. A larger part of her work includes faculty development around universal design and differentiated instruction in the classroom.
Kirsten’s interests include promoting self-advocacy for students with disabilities, developing best practices for teaching students with sensory disabilities, expediting the alternative text format process and identifying professional development opportunities for professionals in disability services roles.
In addition to Kirsten’s role at Suffolk, she serves at the president of the New England Association of Higher Education and Disability Services (AHEAD).
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.
Dr. Linda Bruenjes is the Associate Director, Technology Innovation in Learning and Teaching, for the CTSE. 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.
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
Cultural studies of marketing practice
PhD, York University
MSc, Dublin City University
Bachelor of Commerce, University College Cork
Professor George graduated from Boston College Law School in 1993, and from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1990 with a degree in Finance and International Business. After graduating from Boston College Law School, Professor George clerked for the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Before joining Suffolk Law School, Professor George was a senior associate at the law firm of Ryan, Coughlin & Betke, LLP, where she specialized in insurance defense litigation. Professor George has been teaching legal writing for the past ten years and is highly involved in the national legal writing community and currently serves as the co-chair of the National Legal Writing Institute’s Scholarship and Development Outreach Committee. She has presented at numerous local, regional, and national conferences and her scholarship has focused on sexual harassment law, cognitive science and learning, and most recently, mindfulness training.
Laurie L. Levesque is an Associate Dean and the Academic Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Business School. In her current roles she is rolling out the sophomore and junior components of the revised BSBA curriculum, heading the Chairs Task Force on Undergraduates Online Courses, working with the ePortfolio, planning a series of professional development workshops for seniors, supporting enhanced internship opportunities, refining assurance of learning for the BSBA, developing retention initiatives, working with student club leaders, and developing a series of other initiatives focused on undergraduate business education. Since joining Suffolk in 2001, she has been active in the governance and curriculum of the Business School as Chair of the Management Department and her leadership of the Curriculum Task Force and the Curriculum Implementation Committee, and membership in the Undergraduate Program Committee and the Provost's Curriculum Committee.
Laurie earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was also a graduate fellow of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and hosted workshops and teacher feedback sessions for doctoral students. While working on her master's degree in organizational behavior at the University of Hartford, Laurie helped launch Educational Main Street. EMS linked the university with three Hartford public schools, offering extensive tutoring services, after-school programs, teacher partnerships, and numerous other programs. Her BS in Business Administration and minor in Sociology are from the University of New Hampshire.
At Suffolk, Laurie has taught a variety of courses, including leadership and social responsibility, organizational behavior, interpersonal effectiveness, social cognition in the workplace, management science, global travel seminar to London, as well as mini-courses on creativity, group dynamics, and servant leadership. She has written three teaching cases examining workplace dynamics in emerging or small organizations. Her research has focused on the development of work roles in high tech start-up firms, opportunistic hiring practices, and psychological contracts and social networks in an emerging organization.
In her free time, Laurie travels, paints and sketches. She participates in charity wet paint auctions and is a member of several regional art groups.
Dr. Danny Mann earned his Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience from University of California, Irvine. In graduate school, he was selected for a Pedagogical Fellowship that began his career in educational development with Teaching Assistants. After a few years of working with TAs and attaining more teaching experience, he worked with faculty, post-docs and TAs as the Instructional Development Associate at the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center at UC Irvine. Danny excitedly joined the CTSE team at Suffolk in July 2015. His research interests range from sensory perception to the assessment of teaching and learning in higher education.
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.
Monika Raesch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism at Suffolk University. She teaches both video production and film studies, including a course in World Cinema. She is a native of Germany and holds degrees from four different countries, implying her passion for foreign cultures and film. Prior to joining Suffolk University she taught film and media studies in the UK.
Executive Diploma, Chartered Management Institute, UK
PhD European Graduate School, Switzerland
Certificate in Education Plymouth University, UK
MA Emerson College
BA Framingham State College
Teaching and learning methodology
Cultural comparisons, including film movements
TV show’s adaptation in different countries
News reporting worldwide
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.