1 NATASHA ABNER Linguistics Department B.A. University of Michigan, Summa cum Laude Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles DR. ABNER received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles in Her dissertation, There Once Was a Verb: The Predicative Core of Possessive and Nominalization Structures in American Sign Language, explores properties of complex nominal and verbal structures in American Sign Language (ASL) and their implications for human language, both spoken and signed. Dr. Abner has done fieldwork on typologically diverse languages including ASL, English, French Sign Language, Nicaraguan Sign Language, Tongan, and homesign. In 2011, for her efforts in the development and implementation of the first ASL instruction program at UCLA and her service to UCLA and the broader community, she was awarded the Charles E. and Sue K. Young Award, an award given annually to one student in the UCLA Humanities Division. Since earning her degree, Dr. Abner has been a postdoctoral scholar in the Goldin-Meadow laboratory in the University of Chicago s researching issues of language development and emergence in Deaf individuals and communities. KEVIN ASKEW B.A. University of Scranton M.A. University of South Florida Ph.D. University of South Florida DR. ASKEW received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of South Florida in August Prior to joining the faculty at Montclair State University, Dr. Askew worked as an internal consultant for ittti located in Tochigi, Japan. Dr. Askew s research interests include harmful work behaviors, use of the personal computer at work, and technology and human behavior. Recent publications include The Effects Commitment to Multiple Foci: An Analysis of Relative Influence and Interactions published in Human Performance. Current research projects include investigating office workers and how the theory of planned behavior can be a model of cyberloafing, as well as examining a job-specific approach to the measurement of counterproductive work behaviors. Our students will benefit greatly from Dr. Askew s experience and expertise in and he brings a strength to support methodological and statistical courses important across the graduate and undergraduate major.
2 JULIA H. COYNE Assistant Director, Clinical and School Psychilogy Training, DR. COYNE received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago in May She holds both New Jersey and national certification as a school psychologist and most recently completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Kessler Foundation for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Lab at Children s Specialized Hospital. Prior to this, she worked as a school psychologist in Illinois for six years. Her expertise in school psychology, coupled with her continued affiliation with the National Association of School Psychologists will serve the department and graduate program well in her role as assistant director. BRAD FORENZA Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy B.S. Ithaca College M.A. Columbia University Ph.D. Rutgers University DR. FORENZA received his Ph.D. in social work with concentration in policy analysis and administration from Rutgers University. There, his dissertation explored processes and outcomes allied with civic engagement among youth aging out of foster care. Dr. Forenza started his career as an intern in the Office of (former) United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. For eight subsequent years, he was Senior Aide to a member of the New Jersey Legislature. Dr. Forenza s policy experience is accentuated by: (1) direct social work practice at youth & family development agencies, and (2) applied research/program evaluation for clients in the human services. SALLY L. GRAPIN B.A. Brown University M.Ed. University of Florida Ph.D. University of Florida DR. GRAPIN received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Florida in August She received her bachelor s degree from Brown University, where she was awarded the Muriel Fain Shur Memorial Premium, which is awarded to the graduating psychology major who demonstrated the most promise to the field of psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral training locally in the Glen Rock public school system, and grew up in New Jersey, so she is very familiar with our state s school systems, which will serve our graduate students pursuing certification in school psychology. During her education at the University of Florida, Dr. Grapin served as a liaison to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Grapin s research interests are in standardized assessment and developing appropriate cut scores. Recent publications include Normative Assessment of Scholarly Productivity and Impact of School Psychology Faculty in Psychology in the Schools. Dr. Grapin will lend her expertise to graduate students in the department s School Psychology certification and Clinical Psychology degree programs.
3 JENNIFER HOLLY-WELLS English Department B.A. College of St. Benedict M.A. Drew University M.Phil. Drew University Ph.D. Drew University DR. HOLLY-WELLS is the new Associate Director of First-Year Writing. Jennifer received her BA in English from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, and an MA, M.Phil and Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature from Drew University. Jennifer brings with her a wealth of administrative and teaching experience with writing and writing programs. She has published articles about writing instruction and administration in Writing Lab Newsletter and Small Talk. Jennifer will be an integral and active member of our award-winning program. JUAN JURADO TORRESQUESANA Spanish/ Italian Department B.A. University of Salamanca M.A. University of Salamanca Ph.D. University of Salamanca DR. JURADO TORRESQUANA is currently pursuing a second doctorate at the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain) in the Application of Technology to Foreign Language Teaching. He earned his first Ph.D. in English Philology at the University of Salamanca in Dr. Jurado has had a very prolific academic career in foreign language education, having earned two undergraduate degrees in Germanic and Hispanic Philology (1992 and 2008, respectively), and a Master of Arts in in Teaching Spanish as a foreign language from the University of Salamanca in He is also an active scholar, with the publication of a book, Phonological Evolution from Indo- European to Modern English: The Fundamentals for Practice (2006), and articles on English and Hispanic linguistics. Dr. Jurado is the coordinator of the Spanish language program and his extensive teaching career in the U.S. and abroad, in a variety of formats (face-to-face, hybrid and fully online) will continue to be invaluable to the Spanish program.
4 MARK KITZIE B.A. Montclair University M.A. New York University Ed. S. Seton Hall University Psy. M. Rutgers University Psy. D. Rutgers University DR. KITZIE received his Psy.D. in School Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University in January A member of The Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology and the New Jersey Psychological Association, he taught as an assistant professor with the previously, and will continue to teach in the Clinical Psychology degree and School Psychology certification programs at the graduate level as a clinical specialist. His experience as a clinical director at the Youth Development Clinic in Newark, NJ, and his practice in the area of therapy and assessment of children, adolescents, & young adults, will continue to serve the department and graduate students well. Dr. Kitzie teaches courses such as Cognitive Assessment and Personality Assessment. ARNAUD KURZE Justice Studies Department B.A. Sciences Po M.A. FernUniversitat Ph.D. George Mason University DR. KURZE received his Ph.D. in Political Science from George Mason University in Prior to his arrival at MSU, Dr. Kurze served as a junior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and as an Adjunct Professor at New York University. Dr. Kurze, who speaks four languages fluently, has published numerous articles in the areas of transitional and restorative justice. He also has taught a wide-range of undergraduate and graduate classes relating to international justice. Dr. Kurze brings extensive research and teaching expertise in international human rights and transitional justice, and will be an exciting addition to the Department of Justice Studies Department.
5 JOSIANE MENOS B.A. New York University M.A. New York University M.S. Long Island University Psy. D. Yeshiva University Dr. MENOS received her Psy.D. in School & Clinical Psychology at Yeshiva University s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in June She served as a Region 5 district representative with the New York City Department of Education for four years, where she represented the DOE at parent-initiated impartial hearings and mediations. She also worked as a school psychologist in New York City for middle and high school students for 13 years. Dr. Menos holds certification in both New York and New Jersey as a school psychologist. Her education and combined experience in the field will benefit graduate students in the Clinical Psychology degree and School Psychology certification programs through courses such as Behavioral Assessment, Family Systems and Childhood Disorders, as well as providing clinical supervision to graduate students. MICHELE NASCIMENTO KETTNER Spanish/ Italian Department B.A. Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil M.A. The City University of New York Ph.D. The City University of New York DR. KETTNER received her Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures from the Graduate Center in From her dissertation, The Transnational Latin American Regionalism of Mario Vargas Llosa and Milton Hatoum, she has published Memory and the Flows of Identity in Hatoum s Amazon with Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade (CECS). Her scholarship in this field and in popular Brazilian culture has resulted in the publication of articles and co-authorship of the book Maracatu de Baque Virado (NY: Hal Leonard, 2013). Dr. Kettner was first hired as an adjunct professor of Portuguese in FA08, and helped develop the minor in Portuguese Studies (established FA12). She teaches a wide range of courses, from elementary language to advanced literature courses and coordinates the Portuguese program Dr. Kettner is essential to the program, which will continue to grow to meet the needs of our student population.
6 SUSANNA PASTORINO Spanish/ Italian Department B.A. University of Salerno, Italy M.A. Arizona State University MS. PASTORINO earned her Master of Arts degree from Arizona State University in English linguistics with a thesis investigating Root infinitives and functional categories in three bilingual Italian-English children. She is an active and engaged instructor and researcher in the Italian section of the department of Spanish and Italian. This is the second year of her instructional specialist line, and she was first hired as an adjunct professor of Italian in FA06. Her background and preparation in applied linguistics have resulted in the contribution to co-authorship of supplementary materials for the teaching of Italian. In 2012, she co-authored (with B. Carbon) Sei pronto a migliorare and is currently co-authoring (with A. Dini) two Italian film guides for foreign language teaching to be published next year by Edizioni Farinelli. Additionally, she is an excellent teacher of Italian who consistently receives superlative evaluations from her students for all her classes, be they face-to-face or fully online. MICHAEL ROBBINS English Department B.A. University of Colorado M.F.A. University of Oregon M.A. University of Chicago Ph.D. University of Chicago DR. ROBBINS received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in His first book of poems, Alien vs. Predator (Penguin 2012), is characterized by linguistic code-switching, canonical and pop culture allusion, and devastating humor, and it has been widely praised as an important contribution to the tradition of verse poetry in English. Another book of poems, The Second Sex, is forthcoming from Penguin, and his book entitled Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop, forthcoming from Simon and Schuster, is a critical discussion of poetry and pop music as imaginative resources of protection. Dr. Robbins is an exciting new voice in American poetry and an inspiring teacher who will contribute to our English Department curriculum and our Creative Writing Minor.
7 DANIEL V. SIMONET B.A. St. John s University M.A. University of Tulsa Ph. D. University of Tulsa DR. SIMONET received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa in May His dissertation investigated the contingent effects of emotional intelligence and emergent affective states under competitive versus cooperative negotiations. Dr. Simonet s research interests include developing multi-level models of people and teams which help integrate micro- and macro-level perspectives of organizational functioning. Recent publications include Are Leaders and Managers Distinguishable? A Competency-Based Conceptual Integration in the peer-reviewed Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, as well as his co-authored book chapter Trait Activation Theory: Application, Further Developments, and Implications for Workplace Fit in the Handbook of Personality at Work. He taught several courses while at the University of Tulsa, including Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Theories of Personality. Dr. Simonet s expertise will be shared with both undergraduate and graduate students in courses such as Personnel Psychology, Leadership, and Personnel Selection. BRENDA M. SHEEHAN Department Administrator, Justice Studies Department B.A. Montclair State University M.A. Montclair State University MS. SHEEHAN is the Department Administrator for the Department of Justice Studies. In this role, Ms. Sheehan provides significant administrative support to the department. She serves as the initial contact for all Justice Studies majors, and also provides student advisement and general information to our students about the major and minors. Ms. Sheehan previously held the positions of Doctoral Program Administrator for Montclair State University (MSU) s CEHS Dean s Office, and was the Doctoral Program Coordinator at MSU s Center for Pedagogy. Ms. Sheehan brings with her a wealth of administrative experience and institutional knowledge, and is a much welcome addition to the Department of Justice Studies.
8 VIKASH SINGH Sociology Department B.S. CCS University, India M.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey DR. SINGH received his PhD in Sociology from Rutgers, New Brunswick, in May His dissertation research addresses the expressions of neo-liberal social changes, social inequalities and conflicts, and the anxieties of social and sexual recognition in a rapidly expanding popular religious movement in India. Dr. Singh s research interests include social theory and phenomenology, caste/race, ethics, popular culture and aesthetics, and collective action. He has also worked on a number of projects on urban and rural poverty, homeless children, entitlements, and social movements in India. He has been published in Culture and Religion, Sociological Forum, International Journal of Zizek Studies, and the Economic and Political Weekly. He has also published chapters in edited volumes published by the Oxford University Press, Routledge, and working papers from the Overseas Development Institute. CALVINJON SMILEY Justice Studies Department B.A. Lehigh University M.A. Lehigh University M. Phil. The City University of New York-Graduate Center Ph.D. The City University of New York-Graduate Center DR. SMILEY received his Ph.D. in Sociology, with a Certificate in Africana Studies, from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in March Dr. Smiley s dissertation, entitled Existing But Not Living: Civil Death and the Carceral State, is a qualitative study of his work, through a community-based reentry organization, with men and women in half-way houses in Newark, NJ, and their challenges as they seek to reenter society. Dr. Smiley s research focuses on prisoner reentry, inequality, and the impact of prisons on poor communities. Dr. Smiley will be a valuable and welcome addition to the Department of Justice Studies.