Jun 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Department of Humanities Faculty & Staff

Note: For all faculty listings in this section of the catalog, the year when a faculty member joined the Academy staff follows each name. Other information includes the individual’s faculty rank, degrees earned, where obtained, professional licenses held, and military affiliation. In a department that includes more than one discipline, the faculty member’s area of specialization is indicated.

Superscripts used in this listing are:

1faculty member has received the Academy’s Vice Admiral Gordon McLintock Award for Exemplary Leadership
2faculty member has received the Academy’s Sue Alice McNulty Award for Distinguished Teaching.
3faculty member has received the Captain C.A. Prosser Award for Student Service.
4faculty member has held command at sea of an unlimited tonnage vessel.

Department Head

Michael E. Melcer (1996)
B.S., Stony Brook University (SUNY)
M.A., College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY)
Ph.D., College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY)


Assistant Department Head

LCDR Patrick J. Speelman, USMS (2012)
B.A., The Ohio State University
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Temple University



Melanie Ross (2004)
A.B., Princeton University
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University

Joshua Smith (2003)
M.A. (Honours), University of St. Andrews
A.S., Maine Maritime Academy
M.A., East Carolina University
Ph.D., University of Maine

LCDR Jennifer L. Speelman, USMS (2011)
B.A., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Temple University

Gregory F. Sullivan (2006)
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University

Jeffrey F. Taffet (2002)
B.A., Franklin and Marshall University
M.A., Georgetown University
Ph.D., Georgetown University


Associate Professors

Susan Comilang (2015)
B.A., Columbia Union College
M.A., Washington State University
Ph.D., George Washington University

Paul Devlin (2015)
B.A. St. John’s University
M.A. St. John’s University
Ph.D. Stony Brook University (SUNY)


Assistant Professors

Diana Filar (2022)
B.F.A., Emerson College
M.A., University of New Mexico
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Yonina Hoffman (2022)
B.A. West Virginia University
M.A. The Ohio State University
Ph.D. The Ohio State University



Dan Irving (2018)
B.A., Queens College
M.A., Binghamton University
Ph.D., Stony Brook University


Administrative Assistant 



Professors Emeriti

Jane Pacht Brickman (1981)
B.A., Queens College
M.A., Ph.D., CUNY

Arthur L. Donovan
(History, 1988-2003)
A.B., Harvard University
M.S., University of Wisconsin
Ph.D., Princeton University

Robert P. Gardella
(History, 1977- 2006)
B.A., Rice University
M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington

Jacques Szaluta 2
(History, 1965-2001)
B.S., New York University
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University