Category: Faculty News

MET’s Mega-Project Expert Says Rhode Island’s Highway Plans “Easier” Than Big Dig

May 19th, 2016 in Administrative Sciences, Ginny Greiman, MET News

Big DigFew know more about the challenges that accompany sprawling mega-projects than Metropolitan College Assistant Professor Virginia Greiman, who served as deputy chief legal counsel and risk manager on Boston’s years-long $15 billion Big Dig, and currently lends her significant expertise in grand-scale project coordination to MET’s Administrative Sciences faculty and students.

With Rhode Island facing down an ambitious highway overhaul of its own—one that has drawn comparisons to the Big Dig—the Associated Press caught up with Professor Greiman, who assessed that the Ocean State’s interstate effort is likely to be “a heckuva lot easier” than was Boston’s.

Read more at the Bellingham Herald.

CPE Program Head Discusses Value of Court Interpreters

April 6th, 2016 in Faculty News, MET News


For legal interpreters, nearly every day is their day in court. Michael O’Laughlin, director of the interpreting certificate program at BU’s Center for Professional Education, was recently quoted in the Boston Herald championing the value of court interpreters.

Along with legal interpretation, the Center for Professional Education offers certificate programs in community and medical interpreting.

Read O’Laughlin’s remarks in the Boston Herald.

Professors Channel Energy into Problem-Solving Climate Change

April 6th, 2016 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Madhu Dutta-Koehler, MET News


MET City Planning & Urban Affairs program coordinator Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler was part of a fourteen-professor panel on climate change and environmental policy held at the Rafik B. Hariri Building earlier this month. The symposium, part of the “Research on Tap” lecture series, saw BU educators present relevant findings and analyses, including the concepts at the root of Applied Sustainability, to a crowd of roughly 60 gathered faculty members and students.

Dutta-Koehler, whose research and teaching focuses on climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability in the built environment, was recently named a board member of the University’s newly constituted Institute of Sustainable Energy.

Read more about the lecture at the Daily Free Press.

Incarceration Specialist and Criminal Justice Professor Debunks Solitary Myths

April 1st, 2016 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News

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Solitary confinement for inmates may be a controversial practice, as the phrase can conjure images of borderline cruel and unusual isolation, but according to MET professor and incarceration authority Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, the way prisons actually utilize “solitary” is essential, and greatly misunderstood. “Restrictive housing is a necessity in correctional facilities,” she wrote in a recent BU Today op-ed, noting that it is often used to protect prisoners that would otherwise be endangered.

Mastrorilli, who also serves as faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—rated as the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—added, “The problem occurs when it is the placement of first resort rather than last.”

Read the rest of Dr. Mastrorilli’s “POV” op-ed at BU Today.

Former MET Dean Says BU’s Top Marks on Federal Test Prove School to be “Financially Solid”

April 1st, 2016 in Faculty News, Finance, Jay Halfond, MET News


Boston University has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a model of financial responsibility, receiving a perfect score in a recent survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The study examined the way both for-profit and not-for-profit private institutions of higher education allocate federal funds and student aid, and according to BU Distance Education professor and former MET dean Jay Halfond, the report indicates that “It is clear that BU is financially solid based on its savings, equity and income.”

Read more about The Chronicle of Higher Education’s report and grading process at The Daily Free Press.

MET Criminal Justice Expert Cited in Cop Profiling Report

March 16th, 2016 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Shea Cronin


Boston police may be making progress in resolving the racial disparities among those they stop and frisk, but according to a MET professor of Criminal Justice, the purported improvement in profiling practices is being overblown by the department.

Read the remarks by Assistant Professor Shea Cronin at ABC News.

MET to Host Global Cybersecurity Meet-Up

March 8th, 2016 in Academic Events, Administrative Sciences, Criminal Justice, Ginny Greiman, MET News, Networking, Risk Management, Tanya Zlateva


Information security has become a principal strategic concern of governments around the world, and with leading graduate programs in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity offered at MET, BU has been selected to host the 11th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. The conference, which unites academics, specialists, and officials from around the globe, will be held March 17-18, and chaired by MET Dean Tanya Zlateva, with Professor Virginia Greiman of the Department of Administrative Sciences serving as program chair.

Read the full press release

Continuing Education Essential to Evolving Universities, Says Former Dean

February 16th, 2016 in Administrative Sciences, Jay Halfond, MET News

Continuing Education Essential to Evolving Universities, Says Former Dean

Continuing education serves a key role for universities seeking to adapt to the evolving professional landscape, according to former MET dean and current Professor of the Practice Jay Halfond.

In an interview with The evoLLLution about challenges facing the higher education leadership of today, Halfond advocates for the importance of foundational learning like liberal arts studies, and for schools like Metropolitan College, which serve as the vital outreach arm of many universities.

“Continuing educators are in a unique position to bring greater student access to their institutions—by enhancing the generational, geographic, ethnic, international, and socio-economic mix of students,” he says.

Read more of Professor Halfond’s insights into the evolving educational landscape in The evoLLLution.

Analytics Scholar’s Findings Land in Top-Rated A.I. Journal

January 22nd, 2016 in Administrative Sciences, Canan Gunes Corlu, Data Analytics, MET News


Dr. Canan Gunes Corlu, a MET assistant professor in the Department of Administrative Sciences and faculty coordinator to the Applied Business Analytics programs, authored a paper that has been accepted for publication in a highly prestigious scientific journal.

Dr. Corlu’s paper, “Empirical Distributions of Daily Equity Index Returns: A Comparison,” will see publication in the pages of Expert Systems with Applications, which is rated as the top journal in the field of Artificial Intelligence by Google Scholar.

Former MET Dean Blazes Trail Teaching American Culture to International Students

January 11th, 2016 in Jay Halfond, MET News


Professor of the Practice Jay Halfond believes that most American universities fail to offer their international students as rounded an education as their domestic peers receive, and that the key to remedying this disparity is in offering those who come to the United States for their education a more nuanced perspective on American culture—controversies, conflicts, inconsistencies, and all.

In a recent Huffington Post article, the former Metropolitan College dean, now an instructor in the Administrative Sciences program, makes his case for educating international students in the field of American culture and institutions so that they can better understand the context that their U.S.-born peers might take for granted.

For more on Professor Halfond’s innovative approach, including the way he used Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” ordeal to explain the origins of the culture’s common “-gate” suffix, read his piece at the Huffington Post.