Holy Cross Announces Faculty Tenure Decisions

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nine faculty members at the College of the Holy Cross have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

Amy Singleton Adams, of the modern languages and literatures department, received her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has studied at the Russian School of Norwich University in Vermont, and the Alexandar Hertzen Pedagogical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Adams is a member of the International Studies Committee and the coordinator of the Russian and East European, International Studies Concentration.  She is a resident of Jamaica Plain.

Nancy R. Baldiga, of the economics department, received her bachelor's degree from Williams College, and a master's degree in taxation from Bentley College.  A certified C.P.A., Baldiga worked at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) before teaching.  She has expertise in auditing and the financial reporting by bankrupt companies.  While at Holy Cross, she has served on the Committee on Academic Standing.  Baldiga is a resident of Hopkinton.

Daniel B. Bitran, of the psychology department, earned a bachelor's degree from City University New York, Queens College, and a doctorate from State University of New York at Buffalo.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut from 1986-1988.  He has served on the Research and Publications Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee.  Bitran resides in Worcester.

Alisa A. DeStefano, of the mathematics department, graduated from Northeastern University in 1987 with a degree in mathematics.  She came to Holy Cross in 1992, after earning her doctorate from Dartmouth College.   She has expertise in control theory, dynamical systems, and partial differential equations.  DeStefano has served on the Premedical and Predental Programs Committee.  She resides in Northboro.

Edward R. Isser, a member of the theatre department and a 1978 graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., has been at Holy Cross since 1995.  He received his doctorate from Stanford University in 1991.  He was the liaison to the National Association of Schools of Theater and recently supervised the development of a revolutionary Web site on William Shakespeare.  Isser is a resident of West Greenwich, R.I.

Aldo A. Lauria-Santiago, of the history department, earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton University in 1981 and his doctorate in history from the University of Chicago in 1992.  He is a member of the Latin American Studies Association and the American Historical Association.  Lauria-Santiago currently resides in Worcester.

Richard C. Schmidt, a member of the psychology department, received both his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from the University of Connecticut.  He specializes in the study of cognitive psychology and is a Biopsychology Concentration faculty member.  Schmidt is a resident of Jefferson.

Cynthia L. Stone, of the modern languages and literatures department, earned her bachelors degree from Williams College and her Ph.D. in Colonial Spanish American Literature from the University of Michigan.  While at Holy Cross, Stone has served on the Study Abroad Committee and the Curriculum Committee.  She is a resident of Worcester.

Amy R. Wolfson, a member of the psychology department and a licensed psychologist, earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard-Radcliffe University and her doctorate from Washington University.  She is the co-author of a landmark study on early school start times and the sleep-wake patterns of adolescents and children; she also has expertise in issues pertaining to stress and coping in children.  Wolfson is the psychology department's liaison to the Teacher Certification Program and is on the Committee on Interdisciplinary and Special Studies.  She is a resident of Worcester.