New Faculty 2019—20

Jennifer Newell-Caito

portrait of Jennifer Newell-CaitoLecturer 

Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

Ph.D. in biochemistry, University of Rochester

Specialty: blood coagulation and protein biochemistry

Why UMaine? Not only do I have the opportunity to be in this beautiful state, but I get to teach subjects I love at a student-centered institution.

Casey Olechnow


School of Forest Resources

Eileen Owen-Williams

Assistant Professor of Nursing

School of Nursing

Ph.D. in nursing, University of Tennessee

Specialty: forensics, and rural and remote health

Why UMaine? After moving from the North, I chose UMaine because of the focus on rural and remote education, land grant status, and the opportunity for interdisciplinary research regarding factors related to environmental and human health in a rural setting.

Adam Paul


New Media Program

Franziska Peterson

portrait of Franziska PetersonAssistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Center for Research in STEM Education

Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, University of Wyoming

Specialty: mathematics education and interdisciplinary STEM education research

Why UMaine? I have been working at UMaine for three years, and it is a wonderful place to live and work!

Rob Pollien

Assistant Professor of Art

Department of Art

Adnan Rajib

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Civil land Environmental Engineering

Brendon Reay


Department of History

Ph.D. in classical studies, Stanford University

Specialty: Greek and Roman literature and history

Why UMaine? The students!

Kevin Roberge


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Ellen Roberts

Assistant Professor of Art

Department of Art

Julian Rosen

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Rachel Schattman

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture

School of Food and Agriculture 

Ph.D. in agroecology, University of Vermont

Specialty: agroecology, climate change, vegetable cropping systems, diversified agriculture

Why UMaine? University of Maine’s mission of teaching, research, and community engagement aligns with my professional goal to conduct meaningful, applied research that engages students and directly benefits the agricultural community.