The Distance Education TeamUnity College Distance Education
Dr. Amy Arnett
Dr. Amy Arnett is the Vice President for Distance Education and Professor of Ecology at Unity College. Dr. Arnett has been a professor at Unity College since 1999. She received a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Vermont. She conducted Postdoctoral Research at the University of Nebraska on the impact of invasive species on native communities.
Dr. Arnett studies insect ecology and has published widely in ecology and entomology journals. She was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar and studied with colleagues in Slovenia. Recently she was the recipient, along with colleagues, of a large National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of invasive pests in hemlock forests. Dr. Arnett brings a depth of ecological knowledge to the MS program along with years of teaching experience connecting with students and helping them work toward their career goals.
Dr. Pieter deHart
Dean of Environmental Conservation and Research / Professor of Biology, Dr. Pieter deHart is a Conservation Biologist addressing questions related to foraging ecology and population dynamics of organisms across multiple scales and habitats. He completed his B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island and his Master’s degree in Biology from Boston University, exploring the Population biology of multiple seal species in New England through the marine program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He then continued his exploration of marine mammals through an examination of Bowhead whale migration and Steller sea lion feeding patterns using stable isotope analyses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks during his PhD. Over the past decade he has taught Biology and been program director of Science and Math at Mount Ida College, and served as an Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research at Virginia Military Institute. During this time, he has conducted research exploring the role that higher trophic level consumers are affected by environmentally driven changes in food availability. As a systems-focused ecologist, he examines a wide range of species and systems, and has collaboratively published work ranging from the impacts of invasive plant species on the forest insect ecology, to dietary determinations of Mongoose in the Caribbean, and continues to explore a multitude of questions in a long-term project examining ecosystem dynamics in fish communities of the Brazilian Amazon. Through all his research endeavors, he has worked and published with undergraduates. In his teaching, he leads student-centered and active-learning courses ranging from Introductory Biology to Evolution, Aquatic Ecology, and Conservation Biology.
Dr. David Rogers
David Rogers is the Dean of Distance Education Undergraduate Programs. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, an M.A. in English from The University of Massachusetts Boston, and a B.A. in English from the University of West Florida. David’s research interests include political rhetoric, critical pedagogy, and cultural studies. Specifically, David is interested in the role affect and emotion play in political discourse. David has received research grants and teaching awards. He loves teaching, has taught a wide range of humanities and communications classes, and has developed and taught Study Abroad short courses. David brings a depth of experience to the BS program, and he enjoys providing support to students and faculty.
Dr. Brent Bibles
Dr. Brent Bibles is Distance Education Professor of Wildlife Biology. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona and BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Utah State. Brent has been involved in wildlife management since the 1980’s and is a well-respected expert in the field. Besides working in academia, he has worked for state wildlife and federal land management agencies. He is primarily an ornithologist but works with all taxa. He has worked with several threatened or endangered species, most recently the Mexican Spotted Owls and black-footed ferrets.
Dr. Bibles is an excellent teacher and works at delivering courses using question-driven instruction. His contribution to the Sustainable Natural Resource Management track of the MS in Professional Science is to add his management experience, quantitative abilities, and student-focused teaching style to the curriculum.
Director of Distance Education Enrollment Management, Christopher Vigezzi
Assistant Director for Concierge Services, Heather Stetkis comes to Unity College with a background in higher education and communications. She holds a B.S. in Communications from the New England School of Communications and an M.S. in Management from Kaplan University. Her experience includes academic advising, recruitment, and student support.
Heather works as the Assistant Director for Concierge Services at Unity College. From admissions to student services, she offers a unique and highly supportive experience for the Distance Education students.
Distance Education Concierge Nichole Clark returns to Unity College as an alumna with her B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education. During her time at Unity, Nichole took a keen interest in Conservation Law Enforcement. As a non-traditional student, Nichole has firsthand knowledge of the struggles that a working professional, parent, and student will experience while obtaining their education. As a graduate from Unity College, Nichole has unique insight and understanding of the college’s sustainability principles to help guide and support Distance Education students.
After she graduated, Nichole implemented an Animal Care Technician Internship program at The Humane Society Waterville Area, which has since accepted a Unity College student. With her real-world experience, Nichole can also speak to how our degrees can apply in a professional setting within today’s workforce.
Distance Education Concierge Brittany Iafrate returns to Unity College as an alumna with her Master’s in Sustainability Science. She graduated from Unity College in 2017 and also has a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College. Directly after her undergraduate graduation in 2014, she completed a six month immersive organic farm apprenticeship and then transitioned into working in the Johnny’s Selected Seeds contact center. She brings a love of sustainable agriculture and an excitement to work for and support her alma mater!
Distance Education Advisor Carol Jacobs comes to Unity with over 25 years of experience as a Dean, Instructor, Adult Education Director and Campus Director in a variety of venues. Her passion is in helping students achieve their dreams. She has a BS in Secondary Education – Business and Social Sciences from the University of Maine in Presque Isle and an MBA from Columbia College. She has 2 grown sons, lives on a farm and has black cat named Max.
Distance Education Instructional Designer Corey Butler is an instructional designer who collaborates with subject matter experts to deliver intuitive, engaging, and rigorous online curriculum. His background in instructional and information technology assures digital tools are effectively and meaningfully integrated into courses and assessments. He holds a B.A in New Media and an M.Ed in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine. Corey’s professional interests include competency-based education, assessment best practices, and adult learning theories.
Assistant Registrar for Transfer Evaluation Kerry Hafford holds a B.S. in Biology – Biomedical Sciences from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, a Graduate Certificate in Creative Leadership & Global Strategy from the University of Southern Maine and will her MBA at Fitchburg State University in May 2020. Her higher education experience has been focused on transfer evaluation, veteran services, and special projects.
Distance Education Office Manager Michelle Ross comes to Unity after 21 years of combined service in the Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Michelle has worked in Administration, Human Resources and Recruiting. While serving in the military, Michelle earned a BA in Environmental Studies from Ashford University through distance education.
Distance Education Concierge, Samuel Ross comes to Unity College with a background in higher education administration. With experience in recruitment and support for online students, he aims to find and assist students who are ready to make a change in their lives. He created an enrollment and support model in his most recent role and believes that online students deserve a meaningful and engaging experience. Samuel earned his B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chris Malmberg is an Instructional Designer with a background in the humanities. He received his M.F.A. and M.A. in Creative Writing and Literary Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he taught Composition and Creative Writing for several years. He is interested in the application of narrative in learning design, the evolving interface between humans and technology, and the ways in which education must evolve to serve peoples’ needs in a world that is constantly changing.
Associate Dean for Retention and Completion, Annie Chuprevich holds a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College and an M.S. in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Southern Maine. Her higher education experience includes student and faculty support, marketing, communication, academic affairs, registration, and course scheduling. Annie’s professional interests include accessibility and equity in education systems. Annie oversees the design, delivery, and quality of student support as well as completion and graduation.