Meet the Faculty of Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Paul Buono is a member of the music faculty at WPI, Clark University, and Assumption University where he is the director of the jazz ensemble. Paul holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in jazz performance as well as a law degree. He has toured internationally as a pianist and musical director for various ensembles. Paul performs and records regularly and teaches privately.

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.

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.

Nicholas S. Racheotes, PhD is Professor Emeritus of History, Framingham State University, and Research Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard. He holds a BA from Brandeis and a PhD in history from Boston College (BC). While at BC, Dr. Racheotes was Dr. John L. Heineman’s student in several courses, his teaching assistant, and was awarded the inaugural post-doctoral teaching fellowship which Dr. Heineman founded. In thirty-five years at FSU, Dr. Racheotes served as a member of its History Department and in various other capacities. With a primary research interest in the religious history of Russia, Dr. Racheotes has written the book The Life and Thought of Filaret Drozdov, 1782-1867: The Thorny Path to Sainthood and several articles appearing in a variety of scholarly journals and online at,.

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.