Faculty in Residence

The Faculty in Residence program maximizes the interaction between faculty and students outside of the classroom by having the faculty member live in community with the residents. Student life is enhanced by the collaboration of residence life staff and Faculty in Residence to incorporate academic life into the campus housing experience.

Rosalynde Loo (Del Rey North‌)

Associate Professor, Communication and Fine Arts

B.F.A. SUNY Purchase College
M.F.A. Hollins University

Rosalynde Loo is a dancer, choreographer and educator. She holds a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University.  She was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1993-1999), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999-2002), and the Liz Gerring Dance Company (2003-2006). In addition, LeBlanc has performed the works of Charles Moulton, Noemi LaFrance, Larry Keigwin, Kristen Smiarowski and Keith Johnson among others. She has also danced with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, and was invited to perform at the 2006 Salzburg Opera Festival. She has worked in front of and behind the camera with filmmakers such as, Tom Hurwitz, ASC, John Turturro, Burt Barr, Gretchen Bender and Matthew Rolston. LeBlanc has had her writing published in the leading, international dance periodicals, Dance Magazine and Ballettanz, and her choreography presented in venues around the country. She continues her work with Bill T. Jones in the preservation of his legacy and pedagogy by restaging his pieces at universities around the country. She spearheaded the 4-year educational partnership presently happening between Jones’ company and Loyola Marymount University Dance Department where she is an Associate Professor. Current projects for LeBlanc include producing and co-directing the documentary film entitled, D-Man, which received the 2013 Graves Award in the Humanities.


Email: rosalynde.loo@lmu.edu

K‌evin McDonald (Leavey 5/6)

Assistant Professor, History, BCLA

Ph.D., History, University of California-Santa Cruz
M.A., NJIT/Rutgers University
B.A., University of Richmond

Kevin P. McDonald is a historian of early America and the Atlantic World. His book, Pirates, Merchants, Settlers: Colonial America and the Indo-Atlantic World (Univ. of California Press, 2015), examines an illicit global trade network that connected the American colonies with the rich trading world of the Indian Ocean. Dr. McDonald teaches numerous classes in the History Department and in the Core Curriculum, including a First Year Seminar on "Oceans and Empires," a lower-division core course on America and the Atlantic World, and an upper-division course on Pirates and Piracy in World History. He has appeared on the History Channel and elsewhere as an expert on maritime pirates and piracy. Prof. McDonald has previously taught at UC Santa Cruz, the Cooper Union, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University (as an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities). He has also lived, studied, worked, and completed research in New York City, Spain, and the United Kingdom, including an appointment as Resident Assistant for the University of California, London Education Abroad Program. McDonald's interest in the oceans goes beyond the archives and the classroom and includes environmental advocacy. He also likes to travel, having thus far touched every continent except Antarctica (over 30 countries and 40+ states in the USA). Prof. McDonald is pleased to be a Faculty-in-Residence in Leavey 5/6.

Dr. Nora A. Murphy (Hannon/Tenderich)

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology

B.S. Trinity College
M.A. Northeastern University
Ph.D. Northeastern University

Dr. Murphy is a social psychologist who studies nonverbal communication and first impressions. Her work focuses on how nonverbal behavior shapes the impressions we make of strangers when meeting for the first time. Her research projects have included investigations of how age, emotions, personality traits (such as intelligence and neuroticism), and social identity relate to social interactions. Dr. Murphy’s work appears in scholarly journals including Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Psychology and Aging. Her Social Interaction Laboratory on the third floor of University Hall regularly employs undergraduate research assistant students who help coordinate research studies and conduct independent research studies. Dr. Murphy regularly teaches courses on Research Methods; Lifespan Development; and Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination. 

Dr. Murphy grew up in Rhode Island and has lived in various locations throughout the United States and abroad including: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington D.C., Melbourne (Australia), and Bern (Switzerland). A long-time vegetarian, Dr. Murphy runs at least one 5K per month. She is working with the residents in Hannon/Tenderich/Houses community. 

You may learn more about Dr. Murphy at http://noraamurphy.weebly.com/

Email: nora.murphy@lmu.edu

Dr. Heather P. Tarleton (Del Rey South)

Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Sciences

Affiliate Faculty, The Bioethics Institute

Ph.D. Princeton University
M.S. University of California, Los Angeles
M.P.A.P. Rutgers University

Dr. Heather Tarleton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health & Human Sciences here at Loyola Marymount University.  Dr. Tarleton teaches courses in chronic disease epidemiology, public health, metabolism and endocrinology, nutrition and behavior, psychosocial health and wellbeing, health services, cancer survivorship, and medical bioethics. 

Dr. Tarleton is the Principal Investigator of a three-year long cohort study titled “IMPAACT: Improving Physical Activity After Cancer Treatment”.  The IMPAACT Study examines the effects of a combined aerobic exercise and resistance training program on reducing the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis among cancer survivors.  The study aims to improve cancer survivors’ overall capacity to engage in physical activity by addressing fatigue, balance, musculoskeletal health and strength, cardiorespiratory fitness, neuropathy and psychosocial barriers to exercise participation.

Dr. Tarleton is also currently working with students at Loyola Marymount University on a project to examine musculoskeletal health among homeless young adults. Malnutrition, physically demanding modes of transportation, and abnormal sleeping habits are all factors that can negatively impact the health of homeless young adults.  Poor musculoskeletal health leads to mobility issues that limit an individual’s efforts to travel to appointments, interviews, or access medical and social services.  Since wellbeing is a complex phenomenon for those living the homeless experience, Dr. Tarleton encourages students to become sensitive to diversity of needs, issues with access and availability of city and state services, and interpersonal communication in order to promote humanity and dignity.

Dr. Tarleton loves traveling the world and has had the opportunity to visit over 15 countries. She looks forward to showing incoming freshman in Del Rey South how to combine what they are learning in class with other available opportunities so that they can experience LMU as a “school without walls.”

Email: heather.tarleton@lmu.edu