Faculty Announcements September 2013

Associate Professor Peggy O’Reilly, Education Division


Message from Dr. Marion Terenzio, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty:

It is with great pleasure that we welcome into our faculty family Dr. Gregory Edens, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Ada McKenzie, Assistant Professor of World Literature, Grace Cook, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Esther Dillard, Interim Assistant Professor of Communications. 
We would like to welcome back from their spring 2013 sabbatical/study leaves, Dr. Robert Bunch and Professor Martha LaBare. We wish productive sabbatical/study leaves in the Fall 2013 semester to Dr. Ken Myers and in the Spring 2013 semester to Drs. Angela Conrad, Debra Curtis, and Esmail Najmi.

Please congratulate the following faculty who were granted promotion and/or tenure by the Board of Trustees:

• Dr. Marianne Flood, promotion to Professor of Nursing
• Professor Tom Toynton, promotion to Associate Professor of Creative Arts and Technology and tenure
• Dr. Dunja Trunk, promotion to Associate Professor of Psychology and tenure



Creative Arts and Technology

As part of her summer studio work, Professor Lynne Oddo completed a series of small sculptures, entitled Indigenous Dancers. They were inspired by a project initiated with students last fall in her Life Drawing for Motion class. Five pieces were chosen and are on exhibit at the Copper Trout Gallery in upstate New York (or can be seen at: lynneoddo.com).


Adjunct Lecturer Joan Buzick, Division is presenting an "Institute" at the Pennsylvania 2013 Migrant Education Program and English as a Second Language Conference, Education without Borders - Pursuing Excellence and Exploring Possibilities.

Adjunct Lecturer Susan Sorce Monfet, this year’s award winner, was one of those graduate students back in the early ‘90’s. Susan brings her background as classroom teacher, an early interventionist, and a presenter of numerous professional development workshops, to her current job as a member of the Preschool Intervention and Referral Specialists (PIRS) team and the Assistant Administrator of the Orange Early Childhood Center. Susan’s official responsibilities include the daily functioning of the center and mentoring the Inclusion staff. Mim Kohn, (a previous NJDEC Teacher of the Year Winner) who nominated Susan and made the presentation at the conference noted, “Susan initiates many tasks that have not been assigned to her, but which she realizes will facilitate the staff in their work.  If Susan sees or perceives a need, she reaches out to fill it.  While her resume states that Susan is “highly qualified”, I would say that she is also “Highly Respected.”

In addition to her work for the Orange Public School District, Susan is following in Lucille’s footsteps through the courses she teaches at both Montclair State University and Bloomfield College. NJDEC is proud of this talented member and honored to present her with this award.

The NJDEC Lucille Weistuch Early Childhood Special Education Award, honors an ECSE professional who has made an outstanding contribution to young children and their families in work that reaches beyond the classroom. It is named in honor of a former president of NJDEC whose vision and mentoring of her graduate students continues to have a positive impact on the Subdivision. 

Associate Professor Peggy O’Reilly presented a workshop on June 26th entitled “Making Words Come Alive in the Elementary Classroom” for the Statewide Conference on Inclusive Education sponsored by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education. The Coalition is a professional organization dedicated to the inclusion of students with disabilities within New Jersey Public Schools and is a statewide advocacy and professional development organization.


Professor of English Angela Conrad presented “Women as Vessels in The Song of the Lark and Shadows on the Rock” at the International Willa Cather Seminar in Flagstaff, Arizona in June.

Assistant Professor of English Brandon Fralix presented “The WPA Census and Minority Serving Institutions: Queries about Placement and Developmental Writing” at the July conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators in Savannah, Georgia.

Professor of English Paul Genega gave a poetry reading on May 19th at the Claverack Library, Claverack, New York. His poem Tragedy appeared in the spring 2013 issue of The Stillwater Review (Betty June Silconas Poetry Center, Sussex County Community College). This fall his chapbook A Stone for Nina will be the focus of a series of writing workshops at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor, New York.

Professor of Philosophy Richard Hart and senior Philosophy major James Lethbridge each presented papers at an international conference on the work of John Steinbeck (“Steinbeck and the Politics of Crisis: Ethics, Society and Ecology”), held May 1-3, 2013, at the Martha Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University in California. Professor Hart’s paper was entitled “The Winter of Discontent and Moral Progress” and Mr. Lethbridge’s title was “Humanity Reflected in a Tide Pool: Steinbeck, Cannery Row, and Pre-Socratic Philosophy." Mr. Lethbridge was one of two undergraduate students to have their papers accepted, and he was awarded a travel stipend by the organizing committee. He is presently enrolled in the Masters in Philosophy program at the University of Toledo, where he has been awarded a position as Research Assistant. Professor Hart also offered an Introduction and Appreciation (“Ethics of a Tightrope Walker”) of keynote speaker Charles Johnson at the Frontiers of Philosophy conference, April 26-28, 2013, at Stony Brook University. On May 22nd, Hart conducted an educational program (“Case Studies in Ethics”) for a group of residents at Cold Spring Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Woodbury, New York.

Assistant Professor of English Ada McKenzie’s essay “Sankofa’s Songbirds: African American Children as Culture Bearers in Jazz-Infused Children’s Literature” is appearing in Identity Quest: African Youth in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture, to be published by Routledge African Series in early October.

Natural Science and Mathematics

Student Ceram Messam was awarded $6,000 ($3,000 scholarship; $2,500 stipend for research participation; $750 for material or supply purchases and/or attendance at a professional conference) by the Merck Undergraduate Science Endeavor (MUSE) Program.

Social and Behavioral Science

Professor Vânia Penha-Lopes, had a book signing in Brazil this summer. Noted here is the announcement of the book and a copy of the cover.

A Paco Editorial
convida para o lançamento da obra:
Pioneiros: Cotistas na Universidade Brasileira
Vânia Penha-Lopes

Dia 08/08/13, às 18h30
Livraria Cultura - Cine Vitória
R. Sen. Dantas, 45 - Centro
Rio de Janeiro – RJ

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