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September 28, 2000   More new faculty at Concordia University




Photo of Young Kim and Majidul Islam

Young Kim and Majidul Islam

Photo: Onur Bodur, Jordan Le Bel and Zeki Gidengil

Onur Bodur, Jordan Le Bel and Chair of Marketing Zeki Gidengil

Photo: Karen Li

Karen Li

Photo: Gail Fayerman and Dominic Peltier-Rivest

Gail Fayerman, Director of the Diploma in Accountancy program, and Dominic Peltier-Rivest



Last issue, we published the first instalment of a series of short biographies of new tenure-track faculty. Here, we continue the introductions.

Arshad Ahmad (Finance) joined the Department in 1982. He holds an MBA degree from McGill University (doctorate expected in November), as well as a CGA designation. He has been recognized for his teaching, including a 3M fellowship (1992). He has written several textbooks on corporate and personal finance, and does research on instructional design and the role of computers in education. He is the founding director of the Finance co-op program.

Kristina Huneault (Art History) came to Concordia last year from McGill. She has an MA in Canadian art history from Concordia (1994) and a PhD from the University of Manchester, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar (1998). She specializes in 19th- and early-20th-century British and Canadian art, as well as art-historical methodology. She is particularly interested in the representation of women at work.

Majidul Islam (Accountancy) has a BComm in business and a Master’s in accounting from Dhaka University, and a PhD from the Moscow Institute of National Economy. He is also a CGA candidate (Quebec). Before he started teaching at Concordia in 1993, he taught at the Universities of Chittagong (Bangladesh) and Nigeria. He also worked for the government of Fujairah, U.A.E., and for US AID in Dhaka, and as a consultant in Nigeria.
Joung Kim (Accountancy) received his PhD from the University of South Carolina and taught several accounting classes there last year. He did his Master’s degree at the University of Illinois and his undergraduate degree in business administration at Korea University. He is a certified public tax accountant.

Nawwaf Kharma (Electrical/ Computer Engineering) teaches software engineering. He does research in character/pattern recognition and artificial intelligence. He has lectured at the University of Paisley, near Glasgow, Scotland, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD from Imperial College, University of London, and a BEng from City University, London.

Kevin Laframboise (DS/MIS) returned to university following a career as a teacher/administrator to pursue MSc and PhD (imminent) degrees in administration. His research interests include the management and control of quality, both in manufacturing and the service industries. He has researched and supervised research in policing in Canada. He is also about to embark on work related to e-commerce.

Jordan Le Bel (Marketing) is about to complete his PhD from McGill University. He holds a BSc and MSc from Cornell University. Among his varied work experiences, he has been an executive chef and was a visiting lecturer at the Norwegian Institute of Hotel Management.

Karen Li (Psychology) is a specialist in cognition and aging. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, focusing on the role of inhibition in working memory. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University and at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. She continues to study the role of inhibition in the co-ordination of concurrent and sequential task performance.

Michel Magnan (Accountancy) has been named as a full, tenured professor to the Lawrence Bloomberg Endowed Chair in Accountancy. He earned a PhD in business administration from the University of Washington (Seattle), and in recent years has been a full professor at the HEC here in Montreal. He is a chartered accountant, and was made a Fellow (FCA) by the Order in 1998.

José Antonio Giménez-Micó (CMLL) has a PhD in general and comparative literature from the Université de Montréal (1996). Thanks to a SSHRC fellowship, he conducted postdoctoral research at the Northrop Frye Centre and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto (1996-97). He is currently pursuing a study supported by SSHRC on Utopia and Deterritorialization in the New World: A Comparative Study of Utopian Projects by Exiles, focusing on the writings of Louis Riel in Canada and José Vasconcelos in Mexico.

Heidi Muchall (Chemistry) earned her Diploma in Chemistry (1992) and her PhD (1996) from at the University of Essen (Germany). She did postdoctoral work at McMaster University, and spent last year as an assistant professor at SUNY Potsdam (NY). She is a physical organic chemist, with expertise in mechanism and reactive intermediates, computational chemistry, and photoelectron spectroscopy.

Françoise Naudillon (Études françaises) comes from Karukéra (Guadeloupe), but lived most of her life in France, where she taught the Studies Abroad program for students from the University of California at the Universities of Bordeaux and Toulouse. She will teach French literature and that of the Caribbean and Africa. She is particularly interested in such forms as thrillers and romances, and the spread of literature via new technology.

Mohammad Nekili (Electrical and Computer Engineering) joined the department last January. He has a Master’s from an institute in Algeria, and a PhD from the École Polytechnique. He lectured in Algeria and at Dalhousie University, and has collaborated with Nortel on chip-manufacturing projects.

Bradley J. Nelson (CMLL) obtained his PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and linguistics from the University of Minnesota in 1999. He specializes in Peninsular literature, particularly that of the Spanish Golden Age, for which he received a grant from a Spanish-U.S. cultural program, and a University of Minnesota Graduate School doctoral dissertation fellowship.

Helena Osana (Education) has a BSc in mathematics from McGill University, an MA in math education from UBC, and PhD in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She held a faculty position for four years in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at the University of Missouri - Columbia. She has been doing research on the relationship between conceptual understanding and moral reasoning.

Dominic Peltier-Rivest (Accountancy) earned his PhD in accounting and finance from Florida State University. Before joining Concordia, he taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he was also director of the Bachelor’s degree program in Management Accounting.

More new tenure-track faculty in the next issue of CTR, October 12








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