Welcome New CASL Faculty

September 4, 2018

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

Message from Dean Martin Hershock:

Dear CASL Community Members,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you all to our newest faculty colleagues.  I am sure that you will agree (as our new hires' records make clear) that the college continues to attract outstanding faculty.  Our academic programs, our students, and the college's research profile are all enhanced through such stellar hires. 

Once again, the various search committees involved in this process are to be commended.  Thank you all for your hard work.  

Please join me in welcoming our new colleagues to campus. 

Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine

Assistant Professor of English, Dept. of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts

Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He previously taught at the American University of Beirut, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Kenyon College. Ghassan’s research interests include Anglophone Arab literature, Ethnic-American literature, comedy and folklore in fiction writing, creative writing pedagogy, and short story cycles.

Christopher Alteri

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Dept. of Natural Sciences

Christopher Alteri has been a research faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School for the past 10 years. His main area of expertise is bacterial pathogenesis and infectious diseases. His laboratory focuses on understanding interbacterial competition between pathogens, specifically focusing on the specialized secretion system known as the Type VI secretion system (T6SS). T6SS is a weapon deployed by bacteria to directly attack and kill competitors. Another aspect of his research involves exploring host-microbe interactions with pathogenic E. coli.

Michael Dabkowski

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics

Michael Dabkowski is a Michigan native and a UM-Dearborn Mathematics alumnus, who graduated in 2004. Mike earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2011 for his work on the supercritical surface quasi-geostrophic equation. After earning his degree, he spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and three years as a postdoctoral assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Before accepting a position at UM-Dearborn, Mike was an assistant professor of mathematics at Lawrence Technological University. His research is broadly focused on nonlinear and nonlocal partial differential equations with applications to fluid mechanics, particle coarsening models and conformal complex geometry.

Zhong Xu Liu

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences

Zhong Xu Liu received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, then obtained both a Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Toronto. Liu’s research program investigates how the hippocampus of our brain supports our visual memory encoding and retrieval. He uses behavior, eye tracking, and neuroimaging methods in his research. Before becoming a cognitive neuroscientist, Liu was a structural engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Steven Scribner

Lecturer III in Chemistry, Dept. of Natural Sciences

Steven Scribner received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Wayne State University and began teaching at Marygrove College in Detroit in 1998. For 20 years, he taught a number of science courses at Marygrove including general, organic, biochemistry, analytical, and physical chemistry. Scribner has two daughters that are currently both in graduate school. He is a 5x All-American triathlete and 5x ironman.

Velimir Stojkovski

Lecturer III in Philosophy, Dept. of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts

Velimir Stojkovski is a Michigan native and a UM-Dearborn alumnus, earning his B.A. in philosophy and sociology in 2007, and was named the Philosophy Honors Scholar that year. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Marquette University. Stojkovski's area of specialization includes German Idealism and Asian Philosophy.

Pamela Todoroff

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

Pamela Todoroff has been a writer all her life. From sappy poetry in high school to corporate risk management procedures and annual reports, words fuel her life. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Liberal Studies (American culture), and a Master of Arts (comp & rhetoric) from the University of Michigan-Flint. She taught at Oakland University for six years before coming full time to the University of Michigan-Dearborn. While her profession absorbs the majority of her efforts, Pamela is committed to completing two manuscripts, being a devoted Baba to fabulous twins, and training her Akita rescue to behave.

Zhi (Elena) Zhang

Assistant Professor of Biology, Dept. of Natural Sciences

Zhi Zhang received her Ph.D. in biology/neuroscience from Wesleyan University;  her  M.S. in molecular neurobiology from the Beijing Institute of Neuroscience/Beijing Center for Neural Regeneration and Repairing; and her  M.D. in clinical medicine from Capital Medical University in Beijing, China. Dr. Zhang’s interests include neuroinflammation and glutamate excitotoxicity in neurological disorders. She uses animal models as a tool to evaluate the efficacy of nanotechnology guided drug therapies, such as anti-inflammatory drug conjugates, on the long-term survival and cognitive improvement.

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