SHU awards tenure and doctorates to nine faculty members

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Nine faculty members at Sacred Heart University have received tenure or promotion.


K. Kathy Dhanda von Wilton, Professor of Management – Previously, Dhanda was a professor at the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University in Chicago. She was also visiting professor at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University and invited professor at AUT University in New Zealand and the American University in Paris. Your academic scholarship will focus on sustainability issues with a focus on environmental modeling, carbon markets, emissions trading, and sustainable supply chains. It has appeared in over 30 articles including the Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management Perspectives, Energy Economics, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing Policy Watch, Organization and Environment, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and others. Dhanda is also a co-author of Environmental Networks: A Framework for Economic Decision-Making and Policy Analysis (Edward Elgar) and Sustainability: Foundations for Business (Sage). Her teaching responsibilities at Jack Welch College of Business and Technology (WCBT) include operations management, supply chain management and sustainable management.

Jill Douglass of Newtown, Associate Professor of Communication Disorders – Douglass’ research focuses on the cognitive and emotional effects of stuttering on individuals and their families, as well as covert stuttering and the process of “getting out of the stuttering closet.” She teaches Speech Disorders, Introduction to Clinical Methodology and Observation, Speech Disorders, and Clinical Internships for the College of Health Professions. Douglass is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a state certified speech pathologist. She received a tenure and a promotion to associate professor.

D. Cenk Erdil von Trumbull, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering – Erdil joined Sacred Heart University in the fall of 2017. He heads the state-of-the-art artificial intelligence laboratory at WBCT and is co-director of the Code. org Regional partnership program. His research includes cloud computing, artificial intelligence, pre-kindergarten 12 coding, and health informatics. He is also a co-principal investigator on several outside research grants, including the US Department of Education funded {FUTURE} project and the National Science Foundation-funded NOYCE grant program. Erdil received a tenure and a promotion to associate professor.

Derby’s Susan Goncalves, Associate Professor of Nursing – Goncalves’ research focuses on caring and compassionate care, evidence-based nursing practice, and leadership in nursing. It has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, the Journal of Nursing Education, The Nursing Education Perspectives, the American Journal of Critical Care Nurses, the International Journal of Christianity and Education, American Nurse Today, and other notable publications. She teaches pharmacology and nursing implications, nursing leadership, evidence-based nursing practice and transitions into professional practice (keystone course) for the Dr. Susan L. Davis & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing at Sacred Heart. Her professional passions include faith community nursing, medical-surgical nursing, evidence-based practice, interprofessional training, and palliative care. She is active with the Connecticut Nurses Association, whose mission is to improve, empower, and protect the nursing profession and improve health care in our communities. She has received numerous community awards as well as the SHU Distinguished Faculty Alumni Award. Goncalves received a tenure and promotion to associate professor.

Tolga Kaya from New Haven, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering – Kaya joined Sacred Heart University in the fall of 2017 as an Associate Professor and Program Director of Computer Engineering at the School of Computer Science and Engineering. He teaches engineering and computer science courses and oversees the growth of the SHU’s engineering program, including the installation of the state-of-the-art IDEA Lab. He has a diverse research background and has achievements in the fields of electrical engineering, computer and biomedical engineering. His research focuses primarily on wearable devices for monitoring athlete physiology, as well as Internet of Things devices and 3D printing technology. Kaya received a tenure and a promotion to full professor.

Mahfuja Malik of Sandy Hook, Associate Professor of Accounting – Malik’s research interests are in financial accounting. She is particularly interested in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, conservative accounting, and financial and non-financial information. It has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Journal of Applied Accounting Research, and many other notable publications. She has also presented her research at numerous peer-reviewed conferences. She teaches financial accounting and reporting as well as advanced accounting. She recently received the WCBT Outstanding Research Award and a University Research / Creativity Scholarship. Malik received a tenure and a promotion to associate professor.

Jennifer Trudeau of Stamford, Associate Professor of Economics – Trudeau’s main research focuses on health economics, particularly infant and maternal health. She has examined the effects of various factors that influence individual behavior and health outcomes, from exposure to the sun to media depictions of teenage pregnancy to insurance mandates as part of health reform. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and her work has been published in several well-known journals, including the American Journal of Health Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, and Economics & Human Biology. Her research was awarded runner-up for the Georgescu-Roegen Prize and a university scholarship. She was recently selected as the most cited author to be featured in a virtual Wiley issue on International Women’s Day. She teaches principles for business courses, business administration and health economics at the WCBT and has received a term of office and a promotion to associate professor.

Michelle Wormley of Fairfield, Associate Professor of Physiotherapy – Wormley joined Sacred Heart University in 2009 as a full-time clinical physiotherapist. Since 2010 she has worked in the department as clinical assistant professor, deputy director for clinical training and assistant professor. She is a certified lymphedema therapist and has reported on state and national levels on neurological physiotherapy and the problem-based learning approach. She teaches physiotherapy management to patients with medically complex problems and patients with neurological dysfunction. Wormley has received a tenure and promotion to associate professor.


Michael Zhang, Professor of Management – Zhang teaches courses for students and graduates in the fields of strategic management, international business and knowledge management at the WCBT. His main research interests are strategic management of information technologies, intercultural topics in knowledge management and simulation in management education. His work has been published in management journals such as the Journal of Management, the Journal of Engineering & Technology Management, the Asia Pacific Business Review, and the International Journal of Knowledge Management. He was promoted from associate professor to full professor of management.

PHOTO: Top row from left: K. Kathy Dhanda, Jill Douglass, D. Cenk Erdil, Susan Goncalves and Tolga Kaya. Bottom row from left: Mahfuja Malik, Jennifer Trudeau, Michelle Wormley and Michael Zhang.

About Sacred Heart University

As the second largest independent Catholic university in New England and one of the fastest growing in the United States, Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, graduate, and graduate programs and certification programs on its Fairfield, Connecticut campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programming. More than 9,000 students attend the university’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & Art; Social work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis and the Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions because it was founded and run by lay people. Contemporary Catholic University is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, while developing students into thought leaders who create change – in their own lives, in their professions, and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in the Best 385 Colleges – 2020 Edition, Best in the Northeast, and Best 252 Business Schools – 2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning NPR-affiliated radio station WSHU, a Division I track and field program, and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance, and theater.

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