Welcome New CASL Faculty, Fall 2021

August 13, 2021

CASL welcomes four new full-time faculty members this fall.

Message from Dean Martin Hershock:

Dear CASL Community Members,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our newest faculty colleagues. Professors Donelson and Schaeffer have substantial technical and professional writing experience that will benefit our students through the Professional Writing and Rhetoric program. Professor Nasralah, a mathematician, comes to us from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a university renowned for project based learning embedded throughout the curriculum. Professor Janakiraman, a biologist, has been active as a mentor to students, engaging them through science competitions. These new faculty are well-positioned to work with us to contribute to the active engagement of CASL students in the classroom.

The work of those involved in the hiring of these new faculty is appreciated. Thank you all for your hard work and congratulations on adding such stelar faculty to our college!

Please join me in welcoming our new colleagues to campus. 

Martin J. Hershock, Dean

Jerrice Donelson

Lecturer III in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Dept. of Language, Culture and Communication

Jerrice Donelson (a ’13, ‘15 UM-Dearborn alumna) is a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University with concentrations in writing, rhetoric, and American cultures, critical studies in literacy and digital pedagogy, experience architecture/user experience. She has been teaching as a LEO Lecturer I here at UM-Dearborn, working interactively with students to identify writing challenges and comprehensive writing development. Jerrice has also worked in the technical/professional writing field, most recently with Automotive Billing Solutions.

Raji Janakiraman

Lecturer III in Biological Sciences, Dept. of Natural Sciences

Raji Janakiraman received her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Indiana University, and worked as a research fellow in the Department of Biology at UM-Ann Arbor. She has been teaching as a LEO Lecturer in the Natural Sciences Department since 2011, instructing students in molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, and microbial genetics. Raji has spent time mentoring and coaching elementary and middle school students in Science Olympiad competitions.

Hussein Nasralah

Lecturer III in Mathematics, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics

Hussein Nasralah received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2018 from Wayne State University, where he was also a graduate teaching assistant and mentor. He joins our faculty after working as a postdoctoral scholar and primary instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, teaching matrices/linear algebra, calculus, financial mathematics, and probability. Hussein’s research interests include probability theory, stochastic processes, mathematical finance, and partial differential equations.

Alicia Schaeffer

Lecturer III in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Dept. of Language, Culture and Communication 

Alicia Schaeffer holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Most recently, she has been instructing students in creative writing, writing studio, business writing and technical writing here at UM-Dearborn. Alicia has been active on campus, too, serving as a faculty consultant for the Writing Center and on the Campus Writing Awards judging panel. She also has years of professional writing experience, working for JetBlue Airways and Lockwood Publications.

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