New Faculty & Staff

E. Shaskan Bumas,
M.F.A.W., Ph.D

Assistant Professor of English


Bumas received an M.F.A.W. and a dual Ph.D. in English/American Literature and Comparative Literature from Washington University, St. Louis. He has been Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Indiana University, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, and Exchange Scholar at Hangzhou Institute. His book, The Price of Tea in China, won the AWP Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Best Book of the Year in Fiction. For critical work, Bumas received a Fulbright Research Grant and a Mellon Early Modern Dissertation Fellowship. He has won a Pushcart Prize, an A.E. Hotchner Drama Award, a Carrie S. Galt Fiction award, two St. Louis Drama Club awards, and Southwest Review’s Fiction Award.

Ken Counselman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Curriculum & Instruction
Counselman is the new Early Childhood Education faculty member in ACI. He comes to us from SUNY, New Paltz, where he was coordinator of the Early Childhood program. With a doctorate in American History focusing on the history of childhood, he has studied at the Claremont Graduate School and Pacific Oaks College. He has taught children three through seven years of age as well as adults at all levels. He has served on local, state, and national professional organization boards and is making a long commute from Cold Spring, New York in order to be able to work in our wonderful urban environment. He is delighted to be here.
Alexander de Noble, Ed. D
Associate Professor of Special Education
DeNoble earned his doctorate in Special Education Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Special Education from Jersey City State College. During a career in education that began in 1969, DeNoble has held various positions with the Hudson County Schools of Technology, as a child study team member and teacher at the Jersey City Public Schools, and as a speech pathologist with the Mount Carmel Guild. He also worked as an adjunct professor of Specialist Education at New Jersey City University. Dr. DeNoble has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally on the topics of inclusion, learning styles, and career transition.
Dennis Dittrich, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art
Dittrich began his career as an illustrator in 1982 and earned his M.F.A. from Syracuse University in 1986. His thesis, The American Illustrator as Author, examines common links between various professional artists whose writings have served as a vehicle for illustration. Dittrich’s clients include Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, Electra Records, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His work has also been featured in American Artist. Currently serving the Society of Illustrators as vice-president and membership chairperson, Dittrich has also served on the New York Board of Directors of the Graphic Artist Guild. He has taught at St. John’s University, Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, Nassau Community College, and the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art.
Xiaoli (Sherly) Fang, M.A., M.L.S
Distance Learning/Reference Librarian
Fang earned two master’s degrees from the University of Arizona: one a Master of Library Science and the other a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Fudan University, the People’s Republic of China. Fang began her career as an academic librarian in 1998 when she accepted the position of Reference/Instruction Librarian with Bluefield State College Library, West Virginia. Her academic background includes teaching Philosophy at Shanghai University, China and editing a magazine for an international cultural exchange company in Florida. She has published articles on Chinese culture with a focus on the Red Guard Movement in the Chinese Cultural Revolution and on the cultural identity of Chinese Americans as depicted in Chinese American literature.
Hanae Haouari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Haouari earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from City University of New York in 1996. The title of her dissertation is Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Clusters in Argon Matrices. She holds a B.S. (1990) degree in Chemistry from University Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco and an M.S. (1992) from City College of New York. She spent two years as a post-doc at the University of Utah and Michigan State University. Her research area involves Raman spectroscopy, molecular beam, and chemical dynamics. She has considerable teaching experience both at the introductory and advanced level. She taught as adjunct faculty at Bronx Community College, Lansing Community College, Metro State College of Denver, and Aurora Community College. Her present focus is in chemical education and the development of new teaching techniques and technology.
Craig Hermann, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
Hermann joins the Health Sciences Department having formerly served as a half-time assistant professor in the Business Administration Department. Professor Hermann taught Business Law I and II and Business Ethics in that department and is now focusing on teaching health care related courses and developing options for the Health Sciences Department with respect to a possible graduate program in Health Care Administration. Hermann holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration, an M.A. in English with a specialization in English as a Second Language, and an M.S. in Health Care Administration along with a Juris Doctorate. His background includes teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he has presented seminars at Bellevue Hospital Medical Center in New York City. In Arizona he served as the Administrator of the State of Arizona TB Control Bureau. Professor Hermann has legal experience with Traffic Division Administration Forums (a private concern providing arbitrators for commercial disputes) and as a Criminal Division Municipal Judge in the State of South Carolina. He has worked extensively in both the health insurance and residential construction industries and has served in elected political positions at both the city and county levels in the city of Summit and Union County, New Jersey.
Tan Lin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Before coming to NJCU, Lin taught at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His specialization is in Creative Writing as well as 19th and 20th century cultural theory. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He is currently completing a book on T.S. Eliot and his connections to spiritualism, as well as a second manuscript on garbage and recycling. His poems and fiction have appeared in numerous journals including The Village Voice, Conjunctions, New American Writing, Asian-American Writing, The Boston.
Review, Hambone, The Ohio Review, and Tripwire. His first book of poetry, Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe, was published by Sun & Moon Press in 1996. He has been an artist in residence at Centre College in Kentucky and most recently at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He collaborated with Maya Lin in Reading a Garden, a poetry installation and landscape project for the Cleveland Public Library. He has authored a series of 10 artists books with the faculty and students of the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore where he was a visiting artist in residence. He also appeared in an animated movie by the filmmaker Lewis Klahr entitled Calendar the Siamese. His scholarly articles and art reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including Artbyte, Cabinet, and Chain. He has recently completed a catalog essay for the sculptor Charles Goldman held at the Sculpture Center in New York City.
Stephen H. Longo, B.F.A., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Art
Longo earned his M.S. in Packaging & Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and his B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Pratt/NYIT. He began teaching at Kutztown University 26 years ago as an Assistant Professor of Art. He has also taught at Kean University, Pratt Institute, and William Paterson University. He has specialized in national brand consumer products package design and corporate identity since 1975, being responsible for the design of such blue chip accounts as Haagen-Dazs, Borden’s Cremora, Star Kist Tuna, Nabisco Foods, Kraft, Revlon, Cheeseborough Ponds, Unilever, Mead-Johnson, Colgate, H.J. Heinz, Weight Watchers, and Frito-Lay to name a few. His expertise covers the areas of food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, hardware, housewares, and gift packaging. A participant in numerous national and international competitions, his work has won many coveted awards. Examples of his work can be found in many books and periodicals. He is also the owner of many patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Howard McCalebb, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art
Howard McCalebb received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Cornell University and his B.A. in Sculpture from California State University at Hayward. His lifelong commitment as an educator began at San Jose State University in California and followed with positions at: the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Rutgers University, Newark; Hunter College, New York; Cornell University; and Parsons School of Design. McCalebb is an artist and educator whose work is represented in several distinguished art collections throughout the world. He has exhibited in Denmark, Germany, and Hong Kong. In the United States he has exhibited at: Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco; Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York; Exit Art, New York; Art in General, New York; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca; Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth; San Francisco Museum of Art; and the San Jose Museum of Art. His sculpture was recently featured in the historic “Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century” exhibition at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase New York. This exhibition featured all of the major contributions to the genre, including Julio González, Pablo Picasso, Anthony Caro, and David Smith. Most recently, he was honored as Visiting Critic at the prestigious international artist colony Art/Omi in Upstate New York for which he wrote a paper and led a discussion on the topic: Vernacular Color: Reflections on National, Ethnic, and Gender Expression.
Muriel Rand, Ed.D
Assistant Dean of the College of Education
Rand has been Assistant Professor of Administration, Curriculum and Instruction at NJCU for the last five years before taking the position as Assistant Dean. Her specialty is Early Childhood Education and she has worked as an Early Childhood music teacher and a professional development curriculum consultant to various school districts including Jersey City, Union City, and Newark. Dr. Rand has written two books of teaching cases: Voices from the Field: Cases of Student Teachers and Giving It Some Thought: Cases for Early Childhood Practice and has published articles on other aspects of preparing Early Childhood teachers. She is currently working on a book about classroom management in Early Childhood Education. Rand serves as the president of the New Jersey Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, as the vice-president of the Policy Advisory Board of the New Jersey Professional Development Center for Early Childhood Task Force, and on the board of the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children. She received her M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education from Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
Catherine Derrick Shevey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Administration
Curriculum & Instruction
Shevey earned her doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin. Her dissertation was a study on school leadership from the perspective of school superintendents and school board presidents comparing styles of male and female superintendents. She received her master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and Adult Education and her bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Education, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to her appointment at NJCU, Shevey was the school superintendent in Demarest, New Jersey. She also worked as the director of elementary education for Montclair and was an elementary principal in Ridgewood. A native of Wisconsin, Shevey served as a superintendent in Fontana, Wisconsin, a principal in Waukesha, Wisconsin, director of the Alverno College Campus Lab School in Milwaukee, adjunct instructor in the Education Department at Alverno, and was an emotional disabilities teacher for several years in Franklin, Wisconsin. In 1978, she received the District Teacher of the Year Award. While Shevey brings a wealth of experience as an educator, she is committed to life long learning and eager to share her love for learning with the students at NJCU.
Maria-Jose Soares, M.A.
International Student Advisor
An immigrant to this country from Portugal, Soares was raised in Newark, New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from Montclair State University. She began her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Portuguese Studies and earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Literature of the Portuguese Diaspora. Ms. Soares is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on the concept of nationhood (patria/matria) within the works of the Portuguese Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago. Ms. Soares is a native speaker of Portuguese and fluent in French and Spanish; she has studied French in Paris and taught high school French and Spanish. Before joining NJCU, she worked as an International Admissions Coordinator for Schiller International University in Dunedin, Florida.
Annet. Sulton, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate Professor for Criminal Justice
Sulton earned her B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University; an M.A. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, Albany; a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park; and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She taught at several institutions including Howard University and Spelman College. Within the field of Criminal Justice, Dr. Sulton specializes in crime prevention and has conducted research and written articles on this topic. Dr. Sulton is an attorney, concentrating her law practice in civil rights, public policy, wrongful death litigation, and small business consulting. She is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Wisconsin and Colorado and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Tenth Circuits.
Maredia D. L. Warren, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Music
Dance & Theatre
Warren earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in Music and Music Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, and her B. Mus. Ed. from Howard University. Her post graduate study includes work in Kodaly Music Education, Conducting, and World Music at The University of Hartford; Kodaly Pedogogical Institute in Kescemet, Hungary; Butler University; UCLA; and San Diego State University. Most recently she taught graduate Conducting and Music Education methods at William Paterson University. She served as Visiting Specialist in Music Education at Montclair University and adjunct faculty at Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) and Fairleigh Dickinson University. An educator in the Teaneck schools for twenty years, she was Music Specialist (K-6) and Director of Choral Music at Teaneck High School. She is an active clinician and adjudicator at the state and national level and has conducted several honor choruses including the New Jersey All State Chorus. The recipient of numerous honors, she was awarded the Princeton University Prize for Distinguished Secondary Teaching in 1993. Her multicultural interests and her international choral and music education activities have included performing tours, study, and workshops in Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, and China.

Patricia Wilder, R.N., C.M.S.
Assistant Professor for Nursing Department

Wilder earned her M.S. in Nursing Education from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York graduating with highest academic honors. Her research focused on differing demographic characteristics of the chemically addicted and mentally ill population versus persons with mental illness alone. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from New York Regents College. She is an experienced clinician in Psychiatric Nursing. During the past 16 years her specialties have included administration and practice in adult, child, and adolescent inpatient, community, residential, and rehabilitation settings. As Director of Nursing for a community-based agency designed to serve the psychiatrically and developmentally disabled, she centralized that department, created a behavioral health agency, and created avenues to foster community relations and education of clients and staff. She has held several adjunct and clinical positions including positions at the College of Staten Island, Wagner College, and Raritan Valley Community College. She holds memberships in the national honor society of Psychology, Psi Chi, and in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She was inducted into Who’s Who in American Nursing in 1994. She is certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She continues to practice as a consultant for a medically supervised community agency serving the mentally ill and chemically addicted as well as acute adult and geriatric inpatients.