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Karen Aubuchon-Kozlowski, 25, will teach a scene design workshop for graduate and undergraduate students as well as scenic painting.



She holds a master of fine arts degree in theater design and technology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, as well as a bachelor’s degree in theater design and technology from Wayne State University. She continues to work as a scenic designer and hopes to pursue a study of ancient theater on a scenic level and how that applies to modern productions.

Aubuchon-Kozlowski, who is from the Detroit suburbs, has an interest in ancient world history. Her significant other is living in Kansas for now, so she says her only “family” in the area is her 1-year-old parrot, Grendel.



Debra Bohunicky will be lecturing in several undergraduate classes in community health, the practice of nursing and alternative health care. She’s also a clinical instructor for several courses.



Bohunicky is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in community health from the Decker School of Nursing and is working on a doctorate through Capella University. She is also a certified rehabilitation nurse, disability management specialist and clinical hypnotherapist as well as a Reiki master, Bach flower essence practitioner and an ordained minister.

She recently returned to Binghamton after living in Seattle. She lives with her mother, three cats and a dog. Bohunicky enjoys gardening, writing and reading, needlecrafts and many kinds of music.



James Burns is teach-ing Music Cultures of the World and Introduction to Ethnomusic-ology this semester. In the spring, he’ll teach an African music en-semble as well as Music and Ritual and a class about African and Caribbean music.



The assistant professor of music holds a doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin. His research interests include music, languages, religions and literature of Africa and the diaspora. Burns has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Togo and Benin.

Burns, a performing musician of African and Afro-Caribbean traditional music, recently published a CD of dance-drumming titled Ewe Drumming from Ghana: The Soup Which is Sweet Draws the Chairs in Closer.

Burns was born and raised in Texas, but has recently lived in Ghana, London and New Mexico. He has worked as a chef, a printing press operator, in the produce department at Whole Foods, and as a high school teacher. He and his wife, Sarina, have a 1-year-old child named Santiago.



Nancy DeJoy, associate professor of English and director of writing programs, teaches grad-uate courses in rhetoric and composition. She trains and mentors new teaching assistants in the English Depart-ment. This semester, she’s also teaching an undergraduate class.



DeJoy specializes in rhetoric and composition. Much of her research focuses on the teaching of first-year writing in American higher education, which is the subject of her recent book, Process This: Undergraduate Writing in Comp-osition Studies. She’s particularly interested in approaches to writing that can be used across the disciplines.

She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees from Purdue University and her bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College in Rochester, her hometown.

DeJoy has lived and taught in London and considers travel a vital part of life. She listens to many kinds of music. “I am one of those people who always sings in the car,” she said. “Right now I am really into Diana Krall.”



Randy Friedman is teaching introduction to philosophy, philosophy of religion and a seminar on Levinas this semester. He received his doctor-ate in religious studies this year from Brown University and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale University.



Friedman, a visiting assistant professor of philosophy, said his research focuses on Husserlian phenomenology and Ameri-can philosophy.

Friedman and his wife, a doctor, were married in August. They live in Binghamton.



Wanning Sun, a visiting professor with the Asian and Asian-American Studies Program, is teach-ing Media in Asia and Media and the Chinese Diaspora this semester. In the spring, she’ll teach a class on media and Asian women and another about Chinese television.



Wanning holds a doctorate in media and cultural studies from the University of Western Sydney as well as a master’s degree in communication from the University of Canberra and a master’s degree in international journalism from Shanghai International Studies University. Her areas of expertise include media and migration, media theory and analysis, gender and media presentation and Chinese media.

She and her partner, Jim, recently arrived in Binghamton with their 3-year-old daughter, Chi Chi.



Marilyn Tallerico, a professor in the Division of Education, will be facilitating the develop-ment of a new educational leadership program.



She holds a doctorate in educational leader-ship and policy studies from Arizona State University as well as a master’s in bilingual education and a bachelor’s in Spanish and secondary education, both from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include gender and politics in prekindergarten-12 edu-cational leadership and women and the superintendency.

Tallerico considers herself an avid out-doorsperson, happy kayaker and hopeful golfer.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08