Marymount Manhattan

MMC Welcomes Eight New Full-Time Faculty

August 29, 2013
Eight new professors joined the full-time faculty in September 2013.
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    From left to right: Edrex Fontanilla, Trista Wang, Dan Hunt, Sarah Nelson Wright, Sydney Maresca, Mark Bresnan, Tahneer Oksman, Vinod Changarath

Mark Bresnan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Academic Writing

Dr. Bresnan received his doctoral and Masters degrees in English from The University of Iowa after having completed his B.A. in English with Distinction from St. Olaf College. He has nine years of college teaching experience, which include courses in rhetoric and composition, developmental writing, science writing, and American literature. Recently he taught Expository Writing as a lecturer at New York University. In addition to his instructional experience, Dr. Bresnan has a significant record in administration, collaborative instruction, and writing across the curriculum. While at the University of Iowa, he was recognized with the Gerber Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Vinod Changarath, M.M.S., Instructor of Finance

Professor Changarath is a Ph.D. candidate in Finance at the University of Cincinnati.
He completed his M.M.S. in Operations Research and Finance at Mumbai University, India and his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering at University of Calicut, India. Before starting his doctoral program, he had 13 years of work experience, with 12 years in equity research in Brokerage and Asset Management environments, emphasizing quantitative research methods and focused on global and Indian equities and Asian banks. Professor Changarath’s instructional experience includes teaching various courses in finance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA; Marshall University in Huntington, WV; and the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH. His research interest is in the area of financial institutions, with an empirical focus.


Edrex Fontanilla, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Communication Arts

Professor Fontanilla completed his M.F.A. in Literary Arts, M.A. in Computer Music, and B.A. in Visual Arts with Honors at Brown University. He is a highly collaborative scholar-practitioner who performs and creates in a variety of forms to explore perception, materiality and temporality in celebration of unique, experiential moments. Professor Fontanilla regularly integrates his research and sensibilities in experience design and digital media into his creative teaching and consulting practice. Having taught a wide range of students in both introductory and advanced production courses, he offers his students a number of foundational and experimental investigations in contemporary authorship.


Dan Hunt, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Communication Arts

Professor Hunt has taught various courses as an Adjunct Professor in the Communication Arts Department at Marymount Manhattan College since 2011. His educational background includes an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College and B.A. in Mass Communication and English from Westfield State College in Westfield, MA. Recently he completed a one-year Visiting Lectureship at SUNY New Paltz, where he also mentored students, conducted seminars on Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools for student groups, and worked with the Women’s Studies and Sociology Departments on a joint lecture and screening of his work to explore issues surrounding the gender binary and the criminal justice system. He is interested in fostering lasting collaborations with other academic departments to broaden the scope and experience for students throughout the year.

Sydney Maresca, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Professor Maresca is a professional costume designer with a strong background in costume construction and fashion history. Her designs have been seen all over New York City and the country. She is a resident designer with OBIE Award (Off-Broadway Theater Award) winning company The Debate Society (TDS) and her work was nominated for a Henry Hewes Design Award for TDS’s Buddy Cop 2. She has an M.F.A. degree from New York University’s Tisch Department of Design for Stage and Film and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. Professor Maresca has worked with students both as an educator and as a designer at a number of universities including Pace, Princeton, Sarah Lawrence, Western Connecticut State University, Juilliard and the Curtis Institute.

Tahneer Oksman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Academic Writing

Professor Oksman received a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She completed an M.A. in Humanities at the University of Chicago and a B.A. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the past six years Professor Oksman has taught writing and literature courses at various institutions. Her courses stress the importance of writing as a mode of thinking by incorporating visual elements, such as photographs, films, and graphic narratives, to teach the fundamentals of good writing and critical thinking. Professor Oksman will be serving as the Director of the Freshman Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College.

Trista (Shih-Ching) Wang, M.B.A., Instructor of Marketing

Professor Wang is a doctoral candidate in the Fox School of Business at Temple
University, Philadelphia, PA, with a broad range of research interests including the consumer decision-making process, sensory branding, luxury branding and product categorization. Most recently she has been researching the impact of social media on luxury branding strategies. Her teaching expertise includes various courses in Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, Strategic Marketing, Sales Management, Business to Business Marketing and International Marketing at Temple University and National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. She holds an M.B.A. in International Business/International Marketing and B.B.A. in International Business from National Chengchi University, Taiwan.

Sarah Nelson Wright, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Communication Arts

Professor Wright is an interdisciplinary media artist and educator with a strong record of socially engaged projects that employ art to engage in dialogue about access, equity and representation. She is also a dedicated university professor with experience teaching analytical and studio courses at NYU Polytechnic and Hunter College. In addition to teaching and making art, Professor Wright has a rigorous practice as a curator, engaging with community organizations to create events that use media art to fuel public dialogue. She received her M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College and her B.A. in American Studies at Yale University. She will be serving as Director for The Theresa Lang Center for Producing at Marymount Manhattan College.

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