Meet the Faculty of Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita of Framingham State University, has had an extensive career in higher education, including 43 years in teaching and senior level administrative positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Queens College, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She received an Andrew Dickson White Fellowship to Cornell, two Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, was a Radcliffe Fellow, and an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow. Dr. Heineman was chair of the English Department at Framingham State University, and was then appointed Academic Vice President. In 1999, Dr. Heineman became President of Framingham State University, where she served until retiring in 2006. She has published four books and numerous articles in the field of Victorian literature. Dr. Heineman now spends her retirement years traveling, writing, and teaching in Framingham’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning program. Dr. Heineman’s novel, Emma Redux, a continuation of Jane Austen’s Emma, has been accepted for publication by TouchPoint Press, and will appear next year.

yumi p huntington

Yumi Park Huntington, PhD, is an interdisciplinary art historian of ancient America. She specializes in South America, investing ceramic objects, architectural structures, and other kinds of archaeological evidence from the past four thousand years. Her research emphasizes questions of cultural identity, intercultural transmission, and relationships between human construction and natural landscape. Park Huntington offers courses not only in ancient American art but also African American art, Asian art, and African art. In addition, she actively pursues innovative teaching methods with digital tools, online learning, and community-oriented projects such as public exhibitions.

Lawrence McKenna

Larry McKenna has been teaching-at graduate, undergraduate, secondary and middle school levels-since 1987. His primary teaching practice is best described as “immersive.” He and his students use real data and real mathematics to understand both the content and significance of science to our society. McKenna teaches undergraduate classes on geology, physics, solar system astronomy, climate and statistics. He also teaches the capstone class in the M. Ed. STEM specialization, STEM 962 A World Connected: Interdependence and Systems in Science. His research interests center around numerical modeling of complex systems, currently focused on population dynamics of alligators and characterizing rates and causes of ecological change in salt marsh and near shore environments.

Eric joined the Framingham State University fRAMily in June 2021 as the Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence. Eric brings extensive experience developing programs that prioritize equity, social justice, and belonging for all students through identity-based affinity groups, inclusive programming such as Heritage Awareness Months, and collaboration with campus and community partners. In particular, Eric is committed to an intersectional approach that centers and uplifts the voices and narratives of students who hold historically marginalized identities. Prior to joining FSU, Eric’s work focused on expanding academic opportunities and building community to empower first-generation, undocumented, and low-income students of color in middle school, high school, and college settings. Eric currently serves the town of Natick, MA, as a member of the Equity Task Force, and he previously worked on the town’s planning committee for Earth Day celebrations. In his free time, Eric enjoys outdoor activities including rock climbing, trail running, and mountain biking. He is also an avid photographer, and he enjoys birdwatching, hiking, and gardening with his wife Bonnie. Eric holds a masters degree in education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelors degree in psychology from Amherst College. He is currently enrolled in the doctor of education program at Northeastern University. His research interests are shaped by critical race and community cultural wealth theories and focus on the ways in which minoritized students navigate power dynamics throughout their college experience.

David Smailes

Dr. David Smailes is the Program Coordinator and Advisor for the Master of Public Administration program and an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Framingham State University. Dr. Smailes received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his B.A. from the College of Wooster in Ohio. His research interests include American political history, public administration, the presidency and American political thought. Prior to joining the Framingham State community, Dr. Smailes taught at Westfield State University (where he served as department chair and program director for the MPA program) and Regis College. Areas of specialization: American politics (including all three branches of government), public administration, political theory and American political history.