Advisory Board

Professor Halcyon Mancuso

Executive Director, MHWPC

Visiting Lecturer, Department of English

Email: hmancuso@framingham.edu

Research/Teaching/Professional Interests

First-year writing; professional writing; fiction writing; public relations and corporate communications; career mentoring; first-year college experience.

Why humanities?

Humanities, in its purest form, is about looking at what makes us human and what we create as humans. Studying and learning about that is powerful! It helps people become global citizens, not just national citizens. Now more than ever, we need more people who can think critically and handle multiple perspectives—people who have not just a tolerance, but also a true appreciation, for diverse perspectives and worldviews.

Dr. Desmond McCarthy

Assistant Director, MHWPC

Professor, Department of English

Email: dmccarthy@framingham.edu

Research/Teaching/Professional Interests

Modern and contemporary American fiction; American ethnic literature; journalism.

Why humanities?

The humanities are more essential than ever. The abilities to locate and then evaluate relevant information, communicate clearly and effectively, and work collaboratively are required in nearly every line of work in our knowledge-based economy. The imagination, creativity, and empathy humanities graduates bring not only to the workplace, but also to our nation's civic and political life, are just as invaluable.

Dean Marc Cote

Dean, Arts and Humanities

Professor, Department of Art and Music

Email: mcote@framingham.edu

More about Dean Cote's background and courses taught.

Professor Colleen Coyne

Inaugural Faculty Fellow, MHWPC

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Email: ccoyne1@framingham.edu

Research/Teaching/Professional Interests

Professional writing; community-based learning and engagement; English internship coordination.

Why humanities? 

During their time at FSU, our humanities students develop crucial skills for the twenty-first-century workforce, including creativity, problem-solving, and empathy. They’re also confident learners who rise to challenges and can adapt to a variety of professional settings. I love helping students think about the significant academic, professional, and personal experiences that have shaped their career goals, and how to effectively communicate their diverse capabilities to potential employers.

Dr. Everton Vargas daCosta

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Department of World Languages

Email: evargasdacosta@framingham.edu

Research/Teaching/Professional Interests

Language teacher education; community engagement and project-based pedagogy; Portuguese, Spanish, and linguistics.

Why humanities? 

Humanities majors have the ability to communicate and establish connections with people. They understand people’s minds, cultures, and history, and do full-strength critical thinking. All of these things are essential job skills.

Rich Davino

Director

Career Services and Employer Relations

Dr. Audrey Kali

Professor

Department of Communication, Media, and Performance

Email: akali@framingham.edu

Research/Teaching/Professional Interests

Rhetoric and argumentation; visual rhetoric; animal studies.

Why humanities?

When you study the humanities, you explore human values, personal meaning, and creative expression. An understanding of the nuances of language, the versatility of the arts, the footprints of history, and the challenges of critical thinking are vital to living beyond the narrow constrictions of one’s own personal space. We are only human to the extent that we can make bridges between the solitude of our minds and our interactions with others.

Dr. Yumi Park

Assistant Professor of Art History

Department of Art and Music

Email: ypark@framingham.edu

Research/Teaching/Professional Interests

Ancient American art; multidisciplinary studies; art history.

Why humanities? 

The humanities serve as a foundation for all other disciplines, helping students develop creative and analytic thinking alongside communication skills that will help them in any field of study or work. Humanities disciplines emphasize the ability to see issues both as a whole and as parts, revealing the importance of approaching a topic from diverse perspectives to gain complete understanding. Varied training in humanities fields encourages students to find the empathy and ethics that will enable them to become leaders in society.

Dr. Bridgette Sheridan

Professor

Department of History

Email: bsheridan@framingham.edu

More about Dr. Sheridan's background and interests.

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Gregory Halfond, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Framingham State University

Dr. Paula M. Krebs, Executive Director, Modern Language Association