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 three times per semester, is tasked with:

  • Serving as liaisons on teaching and learning issues
  • Making suggestions on CTSE programs, policies, and resources
  • Reviewing and critiquing relevant written and online materials
  • Observing or participating in CTSE programs, workshops, or events

Advisory Board Members

Kirsten Behling, Director, Disability Services

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, Director, Sawyer Library

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.

Krisanne Bursik, Professor, Psychology, and Associate Dean, College

Krisanne Bursik, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Psychology


BA Villanova University (Psychology)
MA, PhD, Boston University (Psychology)

Contact Information

Suffolk University
Department of Psychology
41 Temple Street
Boston, MA 02114
Donahue 138
617-573-8295 (Office)
617-305-6318 (Fax)

Courses Taught

PSYCH 226 Theories of Personality
PSYCH 326 Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH 772 The Teaching of Psychology

Specialty Areas

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.

Selected Publications

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

Aron Darmody, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Business School

Areas of Expertise

Cultural studies of marketing practice
Consumer creativity
Virtual consumption


PhD, York University
MSc, Dublin City University
Bachelor of Commerce, University College Cork

Laurie Levesque, Associate Dean and Academic Director of Undergraduate Programs, Business School

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.

MJ Potvin, Instructor, Accounting, Business School

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, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism, College

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

Research Interests

Teaching and learning methodology
Cultural comparisons, including film movements
TV show’s adaptation in different countries
News reporting worldwide

Elizabeth Robinson, Assistant Professor, Education Studies Program, College


EdD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MA, University of Massachusetts, Boston
BA, Lehigh University

Research Interests

English as a Second Language
Teacher Education
Urban Education
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.

Patrick Shin, Associate Professor, Law School

Rebecca Sullivan, Senior Program Coordinator, CTSE

Rebecca Kmiec bio 

Ronald Wheeler, Director of the Law Library & Information Resources


BBA, University of Michigan
JD, University of Michigan
MLIS, Wayne State University


Legal Research
Queer Legal Scholarship


Ronald E. Wheeler serves as director of the Moakley Law Library. Wheeler, a recognized leader in the area of legal research instruction, teaches Advanced Legal Research and the research and writing seminar Queer Legal Scholarship. He has taught legal research in various contexts including in stand-alone first year legal research courses. Wheeler believes there should be a legal research component in every facet of the law curriculum including in study abroad programs. To that end, he has taught legal research abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Linz, Austria. Wheeler taught a course on U.S. legal research to Chinese law students at the East China University of Political Science and Law in the summer of 2012.

Wheeler’s scholarship focusing on legal research techniques, legal research instruction, and algorithm-driven search engines has gained him national attention, and he is often called upon to speak about teaching innovation and other legal research related topics. He is also a well-known speaker and author on issues related to law library management and the role of the law library in the enterprise of legal education. Wheeler pens a regular feature in Law Library Journal called Diversity Dialogues which aims to engage the scholarly conversation on issues of diversity of librarianship and in the legal profession.

In 2014 Wheeler was named to the Lawyers of Color 50 Under 50 list of minority attorneys making an impact on legal education.