World-class Faculty

Northeastern faculty members integrate professional experience with deep theoretical knowledge. They collaborate with colleagues on campus and on the other side of the world to pursue interdisciplinary research that turns discoveries into practical solutions. Meet a few of our distinguished faculty here, and learn more about our faculty experts.

Master of Education

Leslie HitchLeslie Hitch, Assistant Academic Specialist

Leslie Hitch specializes in curriculum development and teaching in the Higher Education Administration program and the Higher Education Administration and Adult and Organizational Learning masters and certificate programs. She is a visiting lecturer for the Swinburne University of Technology–Northeastern University Global Leadership Program in Melbourne, Australia. She has held faculty and administrative positions at Babson and Simmons colleges in Boston. Ms. Hitch earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and MBA and BA degrees from Simmons College.

Gail Matthews-DeNataleGail Matthews-DeNatale, PhD, Assistant Academic Specialist

Gail Matthews-DeNatale is an assistant academic specialist in the Graduate School of Education, developing and teaching blended and fully online courses on topics like emerging educational trends and adult learning. Dr. Matthews-DeNatale also leads the ePortfolio Initiative and serves as co-principal investigator for the Connect to Learning grant work for the US Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). Prior to joining, Dr. Matthews-DeNatale was a faculty member at a number of prestigious institutions–including George Mason University, Simmons College and Indiana University–and a consultant to the Educause Learning Initiative, National Endowment for the Arts, and Yale University Summer Programs. She is a founding member of the Board of Trustees for the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), is a former member of the NERCOMP Board of Trustees. She earned her doctorate from Indiana University-Bloomington and BA from Kenyon College.

Lydia YoungLydia Young, Assistant Academic Specialist

Lydia R.L. Young is a faculty member in the Graduate Education programs, where she collaborates with Master in Education teams to review the current course curriculum and practices. Dr. Young creates innovative programs and opportunities that support teacher development, designs writing curriculum and resources for graduate students, and develops online tools for teacher candidates and university supervisors to network and access resources. From 2008 to 2011, she also served as the director of Field Placement for the MAT program. Dr. Young teaches Language, Culture, and Literacy in the Middle and High Schools; Teaching in the Disciplines: English; Student Teaching Practicum; Research Design in Education; Facilitation and Instruction; and Sociocultural Contexts. Dr. Young is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. She was nominated for a Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.

Master of Science in Finance

Harlan PlattHarlan Platt, Professor, College of Business Administration

Harlan Platt is a member of the board of directors of Republic Financial Corporation and the chairman of John Hancock Collateral Investment Trust. He has served on the boards of companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the Dublin Stock Exchange, and the NASDAQ. Platt was the faculty dean for the Turnaround Management Association from 1993 to 2003, where he created its certification exam. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Maine, an MA from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Northwestern University.

Master of Science in Health Informatics

Daniel Feinberg, Clinical Faculty Member; Director of the Graduate Health Informatics Program, College of Computer and Information Science

Daniel Feinberg has overseen the health informatics programs since 2009. He is the founder of the healthcare information technology and medical device company, RetinaCheck. Feinberg served as president of the New England chapter of the Health Informatics Management Systems Society in 2009–2010. He holds an MBA with a healthcare management focus from Boston University.


Master of Science in Leadership

Teresa M. GoodeTeresa Goode, Assistant Academic Specialist

Teresa M. Goode researches, designs, and teaches graduate-level leadership courses, utilizing her expertise in consulting, process improvement, culture change, organization development, and executive coaching. Dr. Goode brings a global perspective to her work as a result of international work in Mexico and Australia and extensive travel throughout Australia, India, and Europe. Before transitioning to academia, Dr. Goode worked in the telecommunications industry in a number of leadership positions, including as a workforce performance manager for Verizon Inc., an international process consultant for Bell Atlantic, and a management trainer for NYNEX. She is a member of the American Society for Training and Development, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Dr. Goode is the founder of Goode Leadership Development, a consulting firm that specializes in designing and implementing leadership development programs. She earned her EdD and MA from Columbia University as well as an MBA from Suffolk University.

No photoJulia Ivy, Assistant Academic Specialist

Julia Ivy’s research interests include stakeholder relationships, social capital, and business management in ethically and structurally challenging business environments in emerging economies. Prior to joining Northeastern, Dr. Ivy served as faculty at the University of Alaska Southeast, the International Institute of Business in Ukraine, and at the Institute of Privatization and Management in Belarus, and the University of New Haven. Dr. Ivy launched and managed an international training and consulting firm in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. She is a PhD in Management candidate at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom but also has earned a PhD in Social and Educational Psychology from Belarusian State P. University.

Joseph GriffinJoseph Griffin, Assistant Academic Specialist

Joseph A. Griffin not only teaches and designs courses, but also serves as a mentor to adjunct faculty members and participates in development work to reach out to new students and build key partnerships with business leaders. Having worked in the residential construction industry, he has published numerous articles related to project management, and is the author of the textbook, Residential Construction Management: Managing According to the Project Lifecycle. Mr. Griffin is an active member of the local and international chapters of the Project Management Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), he earned his MBA from Lenoir-Rhyne University and MPM from Western Carolina University.

Master of Science in Taxation

Timothy Gagnon, Assistant Academic Specialist, College of Business Administration

Timothy Gagnon is a partner at Coleman & Gagnon, a practice covering personal law, corporate, and taxation areas, including estate planning and administration, probate, nonprofit organizations, taxation, corporate governance and entity structuring. Gagnon is a CPA and has worked for several public accounting firms. He is a member of the American, Massachusetts, Boston, and Rhode Island Bar Associations, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received a JD from Boston College Law School, an MBA from Sacred Heart University, an MS from Bentley University, and a BS from the University of Maine.

Timothy Rupert, Professor and Golemme Administrative Chair in Accounting, College of Business Administration

A member of the editorial board for the journal Advances in Accounting Education, Professor Rupert’s research interests include cognitive and decision-making processes of taxpayers and tax practitioners. His research uses behavioral methodologies to examine the impact of changes in the structure of the tax system on decision-making and fairness perceptions. He holds a PhD in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, an MS in taxation, and a BS in accounting from the University of Akron.

Master of Science in Sports Leadership

Robert M. Prior, Assistant Academic Specialist, College of Professional Studies

Dr. Robert M. Prior brings a wealth of experience as a practitioner in the sports industry–having worked at both the professional and collegiate levels–to Northeastern. Dr. Prior is also a Master teacher who oversees the course design and instruction of select courses delivered by the Sports Leadership faculty. Professionally he has worked for the Boston Celtics, Major League Soccer, Atlanta Braves and the Olympic Committee during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. His experience at higher education institutions includes playing an integral role in transitioning the Nova Southeastern University athletic program into the NCAA Division II and founding the Sports Management Master’s program at Lasell College. He is a board member for the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation as well as a member of the group’s Publicity and Promotions Committee. In addition, Dr. Prior is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management, and the National Sports Marketing Network; he earned his EdD from Nova Southeastern University and MS from Saint Thomas University.