Fall 2019 Neag School Faculty Appointments

This fall, the Neag School welcomes a number of visiting faculty members and also announces several new appointments for current members of the community. In addition, colleagues, friends, and guests celebrated the career of Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Scott Brown earlier this month, who has retired from the Neag School after 39 years of service.

Educational Leadership

  • Laura Burton
    Professor Laura Burton will serve as head of the Department of Educational Leadership. (Courtesy of U.S. Dept. of State in cooperation with the University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, & Society. Photographer: Jaron Johns)

    Laura Burton Department Head, Educational Leadership
    Professor Laura Burton steps in this fall as head of the Department of Educational Leadership during Jennifer McGarry’s yearlong sabbatical.

  • Danielle DeRosa Clinical Instructor, Sport Management
    Danielle DeRosa ’16 MA is serving as visiting clinical instructor with a focus on experiential learning, primarily with undergraduate students through internships and career development. For the past several years, DeRosa has developed professional development opportunities in her role with Husky Sport, as the assistant director of student and professional development while also serving as the Department of Educational Leadership’s Student and Staff Development Manager.

    Doug Glanville
    Doug Glanville joins the Neag School’s Department of Educational Leadership this fall. (Photo by Joe Faraoni/ ESPN Images)
  • Doug Glanville Academic Technician, Sport Management
    Doug Glanville brings a distinct perspective to his teaching on the subject of sports, activism, policy, and the media, including offering insight about baseball and how the sport translates to everyday life. Raised in Teaneck, N.J., Glanville graduated from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the first African American Ivy League graduate to play Major League Baseball. After retiring from a nine-year career in the MLB, Glanville began sharing his experience and knowledge through his writing, speaking, and sports commentary. He balances his broadcasting career at NBC Sports Chicago and ESPN with his goals as a teacher and advisor. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Game from Where I Stand: A Ballplayer’s Inside View. His work appears in The Athletic, The New York Times, and NBC Sports Chicago, as well as other publications. He also co-hosts the baseball podcast Starkville, where he and co-host Jayson Stark share baseball stories and trivia as they challenge their audience to rethink conventional wisdom. This fall, Glanville will be advising students and developing an online course on sport, race, and the media modeled after the courses he has taught at UPenn and Yale. Additionally, he will teach the undergraduate Sport in Society sections in the spring.
  • Preston Green — John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education
    Professor Preston Green was formally appointed the John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education last month.
    Read more.
  • Jesse Mala ’14 MA, ’18 Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor, Sport Management

    Jesse Mala
    Jesse Mala ’14 MS, ’18 Ph.D. joins the Neag School as a visiting assistant professor. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Mala)

    Jesse Mala ’14 MS, ’18 Ph.D. joins the Department of Educational Leadership as a visiting assistant professor. While his teaching duties will begin in the spring, this fall he will be advising master’s students, supporting master’s interns, as well as carrying out several research projects. His research interests include the role of physical activity and sport participation in fostering cognitive development and stress regulation among youth in poverty. He returns to UConn after a year at FitKids, a Champion School in Phoenix, where he gained experience as a coach and sport scientist.

  • Adam McCready Visiting Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs
    Adam McCready is serving as visiting assistant professor of higher education and student affairs in the Neag School. Most recently, he taught courses and took part in numerous research projects at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. His research focuses on the college student experience in order to address inequitable or oppressive structures in higher education. His current research work includes serving as principal investigator on a study focused collective fraternity chapter masculine norm climates and co-PI on examining the transition of transfer students from closed liberal arts colleges in New England. In addition, he serves on a research team that is examining the experiences of students of color with racialized hostilities on social media. McCready has 17 years of professional experience in higher education, including 15 years of experience as a higher education and student affairs professional in the areas of student activities, fraternity and sorority life, assessment, leadership development, student unions, and residential life. A first-generation college student, McCready earned his bachelor’s degree at George Washington University, his master’s at Bowling Green State University; and his Ph.D. at Boston College.
  • Eli Wolff Academic Technician, Sport Management
    Eli Wolff, who has been connected to the sport management program for more than a decade, joins the Neag School as an academic technician and adjunct faculty member. He will be supporting the
    Global Sports Mentoring Program this fall, developing an international experience course, advising students, and assisting with the facilities and event management courses in the spring. Wolff’s past work has been at the intersection of research, education, and advocacy in and through sport. He has been an advisor to the United Nations Sport for Development and Peace initiatives and activities and was a member of the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. He is a graduate of Brown University and has an MA in sport studies and is currently a Ph.D. student with the German Sport University of Cologne. 

Educational Psychology

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology Scott Brown
    After nearly four decades of service to the University, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology Scott Brown has retired from the Neag School. Read more.

    Scott Brown listens to remarks during his retirement celebration.
    Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Scott Brown listens to remarks from colleagues and friends during his recent retirement celebration, marking this 39 years of service to the University. (Shawn Kornegay/Neag School)
  • Susannah Everett Assistant Professor in Residence (formerly assistant research professor), Special Education
  • Sara Renzulli Visiting Associate Professor, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
    Sara Renzulli ’11 MA, ’13 Ph.D. joins the Neag School as visiting assistant professor of counseling education. She will be teaching master’s program courses, advising students, and supervising master’s students taking part in practica. She has served in numerous roles at the University of Connecticut, including as an academic advisor, adjunct faculty member, academic counselor, and most recently as a university specialist at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Melodee Walker Assistant Professor in Residence, Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER)
    Melodee Walker is serving in the Department of Educational Psychology as an assistant professor in residence at the Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER), where her responsibilities include coordinating IES-funded project activities, data collection, and dissemination of results; participating as a member of the
    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Research Network Team; and supervising graduate students. Most recently, she served as a research assistant professor at Boston University and as a learning specialist, consultant, and advocate for students with learning differences. Her research interests include dyslexia, diagnosis and remediation of learning disability, reading instruction, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) implementation.

Dean’s Office

Staff additions to the Neag School this fall also include three new members of the Dean’s Office: Carlton Jones, who joins the Neag School Dean’s Office as an academic advisor; Diane Matteau, administrative services assistant for Associate Dean Joseph Madaus; and LeShonda Owens, who began in June as assistant to the dean in June.