NJCU Faculty and Staff: Notables

News About NJCU's Faculty and Staff

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DATE ADMIN/FACULTY/
STAFF MEMBER (Title)
SYNOPSIS
01/14/2022 Mark Nicolson (MDT Voice Faculty) Professor Mark Nicolson, a long-time NJCU voice faculty member and renowned operatic tenor, trained Bradley Cooper prior to his role in 𝘼 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙧 𝙞𝙨 𝘽𝙤𝙧𝙣 for two years in his private studio in Manhattan. He is mentioned in this article by ClassicFM.com.
01/06/2022

Dr. Bruce Chadwick (Professor of History)

Bruce Chadwick, recently retired NJCU Professor of History and the author of several books, wrote this article for New Jersey Stage entitled "Theaters Forced To Fight Covid Issues Again"
12/20/2021 Chris Shamburg, Tracy Amerman, and Laura Zieger (Ed Tech)

NJCU Ed Tech faculty members Drs. Chris Shamburg, Tracy Amerman, and Laura Zieger, and doctoral student Dr. Samantha Bahna published "When School Bells Last Rung: New Jersey Schools and the Reaction to COVID‑19" in the recent edition of the journal 𝘌𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘛𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺. It is a wide-ranging research study on the immediate effects of the shift to remote learning in the State of New Jersey. The full text was made available here by the National Institutes of Health and is available through the department’s web site njcu.edu/edtech.

12/17/2021 Michael Edmondson (Dean, College of Professional Studies)

Michael Edmondson, Ph.D., Dean, College of Professional Studies, Director of NJCU @ Fort Monmouth and Dean, Professional Education and Lifelong Learning (PELL), has published his seventh book in just seven years. The book, due out this week, is entitled 𝘌𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘮𝘣𝘪𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘺: 𝘈 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘵-𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘌𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘮𝘺. Visit Dr. Edmondson’s publisher website. You can order his book or learn more on Amazon.

12/16/2021 Dr. Jodi Bailey (Vice President for Student Affairs)

Dr. Jodi Bailey, NJCU Vice President for Student Affairs, was a guest on NBC-4 television in New York, discussing the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is impacting college campuses. Dr. Bailey appears at the 2:25 mark of the informative story by Linda Gaudino. You can watch the segment here.

12/11/2021 Fran Moran (Professor in Political Science)

Fran Moran, NJCU Professor of Political Science and President of NJCU's University Senate, is quoted in an article in The Hudson Reporter, entitled "Looking back at Hudson County voter turnout in 2021" in the section titled State politics and incumbent difficulties. Read more.

12/10/2021 Deborah Jack (Associate Professor in Art Photography)

Deborah Jack, NJCU Associate Professor in Art Photography, has her work entitled “𝗗𝗲𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗵 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗸: 𝟮𝟬 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀” on view at the Pen & Brush gallery in New York City’s Flatiron District (29 East 22nd Street), now through January 29, 2022. Read a recent feature on Professor Jack in Artsy.

11/19/2021 Gail Marquis (Director of Development for The William J. Maxwell College of Arts & Sciences)

Gail Marquis, NJCU’s Director of Development for The William J. Maxwell College of Arts & Sciences, a United States Olympian and Silver Medalist for Team USA Women's Basketball during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, continues to do ‘Olympian things’. On November 19, she attended the Science Olympics hosted by the Hudson County Schools of Technology’s Explore Middle School in Jersey City. While there, she served as the keynote speaker for the event. Read more.

11/19/2021 David Blackmore (Co-Director of NJCU’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies and Professor of English)

David Blackmore, Co-Director of NJCU’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies and Professor of English recently published an article in the scholarly journal Chasqui. It was published in the 50.1 edition of the journal. The title of the article is “Wild Times Ending Badly: Gasparino Damata’s Os solteirões and the Censorship of Queer Fiction under the Brazilian Military Regime”. To read the article, visit: https://chasquirll.org/recent-issues/.

11/04/2021 James Broderick (Professor of English) and Lewis Seagull (Adjunct Professor of English)

Two NJCU professors have collaborated for an off-Broadway performance in New York. James Broderick, a professor in the English Department is the playwright of The Hamlet Experience, while Lewis Seagull, a long-time adjunct professor in the English Department will play the featured role of Polonius. Shows are November 4 (6:15 p.m.), November 6 (2:15 p.m.) and November 7 (6 p.m.) at the Latea Theater, 107 Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Tickets and More info

10/26/2021 Dr. John Blicharz (Director of Centralized Tutoring and Academic Support Programming), Veronica Garcia (Director of Student Outreach and Retention) and Mercedez Ruiz (Coordinator of Academic Coaching and At-Risk Outreach)

John Blicharz, Ph.D. (Director of Centralized Tutoring and Academic Support Programming), Veronica Garcia, M.A. (Director of Student Outreach and Retention) and Mercedez Ruiz, M.A., NCC (Coordinator of Academic Coaching and At-Risk Outreach) presented at the HACU 35th Annual Conference on October 26.The title of their presentation is: “Rebound Academic Probation Program: Shared Resources and Cross-divisional Partnerships That Work”.

10/25/2021 Dr. Max Herman (Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology) Max Herman, NJCU Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, and an expert on urban sociology and social conflict, is one of several experts quoted in a nationally syndicated story from the USA Today network of papers discussing the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Read more from NorthJersey.com.
10/21/2021 Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams
(Chair, Women's and Gender Studies)

Antoinette Ellis-Williams (@Dr_AnnieEllis), the chair of Women’s and Gender Studies is one of just 15 artists and artist collectives selected by Audible for the first phase of the Newark Artist Collaboration a program created to amplify the work of Newark-based artists and encourage local investment in Newark’s creative community. Dr. Ellis-Williams is an accomplished  multidisciplinary visual artist, poet, playwright, actor, and scholar. She was selected to create a vibrant mounted fence mural on Lackawanna Avenue across from Broad Street Station. Upon installation, the mural will be programmed with live performance. Read more from New Jersey Stage.

10/21/2021 Michelle Doll (Adjunct Professor, Art) NJCU art professor Michelle Doll is the guest juror for this year’s 18th Annual RVCC Juried Student Art Exhibition at Raritan Valley Community College.
09/28/2021 Carlos Lejnieks (Board of Trustees)

Carlos Lejnieks, a member of the NJCU Board of Trustees, was featured in a profile in Hispanic Executive magazine entitled "Carlos Lejnieks Is a Born Mentor". The article tells the story of his passion for mentoring and volunteerism that has led him to serve as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, NJ.

08/15/2021 William Westerman (Assistant Professor, Sociology/Anthropology) NJCU professor William Westerman, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, the co-founder of First Friends of New Jersey and New York — an organization that monitors the human rights conditions of detention centers and refugees — was interviewed by News12 New Jersey, discussing the conflict in Afghanistan and a possible surge in the refugee population here in New Jersey. Dr. Westerman appears beginning at the 1:29 mark.
08/04/2021 Dr. Jodi Bailey (Vice President for Student Affairs) Dr. Jodi Bailey is the featured administrator in this television interview with NJ Spotlight News, discussing campus vaccination efforts to keep college campuses safe from COVID-19 as in-person classes resume this fall.
07/29/2021 Angel Gonzalez (Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer) Dr. Angel Gonzalez is introduced in NJ.com and The Jersey Journal as NJCU's inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The article also discusses the importance of creating an office of inclusion and diversity at NJCU and its partner school Hudson County Community College. Dr. Gonzalez discusses his goals and how his office will lead, and the resources it will provide.
07/26/2021 Andrés Acebo
(Chief of Staff)

Andy Acebo was featured in a profile in Hispanic Executive magazine entitled "Andrés Acebo Rights the Ship". The article details his journey, which started when his parents fled Cuba nearly 60 years ago, and the path that led him from law school and partner to working in service of a public anchor institution at NJCU.

04/22/2021 Ellen Garvey
(English)

Ellen Garvey, a Professor in the English Department, including the Honors Program and in Women's and Gender Studies, is quoted in a story in Medium.com discussing How cycling became a feminist issue.

04/02/2021 Martha Mooke
(Adjunct Professor, Music, Dance and Theatre)

Martha Mooke, the Coordinator of Strings in NJCU's Music, Dance and Theatre Department, recently appeared with Phoebe Bridgers in the Virtual Tibet House Benefit Concert produced by Philip Glass. She also released two recordings: “Buzz: Music in Harmony with Nature,” and a collection of her unique sounds, "Electroacoustic Viola" on Splice's Sonic Collective label.

04/01/2021 Sung Ho Yang
(Adjunct Professor, Music, Dance and Theatre)

Sung Ho Yang, an adjunct professor, in the Music, Dance and Theatre Department, and an accomplished pianist, will be joining piano faculty members for the Kirov International Virtual Summer Music Festival at the Kirov Academy of Washington D.C. between July 12 and Aug 6. He will be working with Dr. Edvinas Minkstimas and Yangsook Lee, Music Artistic Director.

04/01/2021 Nick Biello
(Professor, Music, Dance and Theatre)

Nick Biello, a saxophonist and composer who teaches alto saxophone applied at NJCU, recently begun a residency at the Mondrian Park Avenue performing his arrangements of The Music of the Beatles. The concert series will run from March to late July and feature Biello’s virtuosic saxophone, modern arrangements of some of Lennon and McCartney’s most treasured material, and a top-notch band of rising stars on the New York City jazz scene. Tickets are available at www.feverup.com.

March 2021

Dr. Sue Henderson

(NJCU President)

NJCU President Sue Henderson, Ph.D., is one of 15 women statewide featured on the cover of the March 2021 edition of Commerce Magazine: The Business of New Jersey. The special edition is a tribute to Women’s History Month and is entitled ‘Celebrating Women Leaders’. She is quoted in a section on higher education on page 10.
March 2021 Professors John Laski and David Weiss (School of Business) NJCU professors Dr. John Laski and David Weiss are featured in an article discussing logistics, entitled “NJ Positioned for a Key Role in Post-Pandemic Economy” on page 32 of the March 2021 edition of Commerce Magazine: The Business of New Jersey.
03/31/2021 Marc Brown
(Head Men's Basketball Coach)
Marc Brown, in his 14th season as head coach of the NJCU men's basketball program, was voted the New Jersey Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time all in the last nine seasons. Only his father, legendary coach Charlie Brown, has won the award more as an NJCU coach [six times]. The awards were announced by the NJAC on March 31.
03/31/2021 Nick Biello
(Professor, Music, Dance and Theatre)

Nick Biello, a saxophonist and composer who teaches alto saxophone applied at NJCU, has been chosen to direct the Drayton Harbor Music Festival camp from July 12-17 in Blaine, Wash., featuring faculty members from the Berklee School of Music.

03/30/2021 Andrés Acebo
(Chief of Staff)
Andy Acebo has been named a 2021 Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the areas of labor and employment law, governmental law, and education law.
03/26/2021

Dr. Sue Henderson

(NJCU President)

NJCU President Sue Henderson, Ph.D. has been named to the 2021 ROI Influencers: Women in Business Top 50 list, in rankings announced by ROI-NJ.
03/18/2021

Dr. Bruce Chadwick

(Professor of History)

Bruce Chadwick, NJCU Professor of History and the author of several books, will host a virtual round table event entitled "North Jersey Civil War Round Table: Hail to the ChiefsTwo Presidents, One War" on March 25 at 7:15 p.m. via Zoom. To learn more or register, read the event details.
03/18/2021

John Blicharz

(Director of Centralized Tutoring and Academic Support Programming

John Blicharz is a featured presenter for the webinar, Road to Recovery: Best Practices for Accessing State and Federal Funds for Academic Support on March 18, 2021, hosted by TutorMe.
03/17/2021 Deborah Jack (Associate Professor in Art Photography)
Deborah Jack is hosting a film screening and conversation for "Press Your Ear to the Wind: Duet 3" on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 2-3:15 p.m. How do we experience the land and the sea as containers or agents of memory? How can inherited and personal rituals amplify our interconnectedness with the landscapes we inhabit?
03/17/2021

Dr. Michael Edmondson

(Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning (PELL) and Interim Director of NJCU @ Ft. Monmouth)

Dr. Michael Edmondson is one of just 29 individuals nationally to have been selected to the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education's Class of 2021. The six-month program is designed for individuals who aspire to presidencies at four-year public research universities and regional comprehensive institutions. Dr. Edmondson is the only representative chosen from the state of New Jersey. He will begin the program in June, 2021.

03/15/2021

Dr. Sue Henderson

(NJCU President)

NJCU President Sue Henderson, Ph.D. was awarded the International Woman of the Year by the City of West New York, N.J. during its International Women’s Day virtual celebration on March 15. [Read More]
03/09/2021

Deborah Jack

(Associate Professor in Art Photography)

Deborah Jack is one of the contemporary Caribbean artists featured in a virtual exhibition that examines the complexity of Caribbean relationships to water.
03/08/2021 Ann E. Wallace, Ph.D.
(Associate Professor, English)

Dr. Wallace is the author of a HuffPost article entitled "I’ve Been Sick From COVID-19 For Almost A Year. Here’s What My Life Has Been Like." It is a first-person account of the last year of her life as a COVID long hauler. It is the third of three articles she has written on the subject.

03/07/2021

Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams
(Chair, Women's and Gender Studies)

In recognition of International Women’s Day 2021, Dr. Ellis-Williams is profiled by the Hoboken Girl in a question and answer feature.

 

03/05/2021 Professors EunSu Lee, Melanie McDonald, Erin O’Neill, William Montgomery

In a collaboration between NJCU’s Management, Health Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences Departments, NJCU Professors EunSu Lee, Melanie McDonald, Erin O’Neill, and William Montgomery co-published a paper entitled  "Statewide Ambulance Coverage of a Mixed Region of Urban, Rural and Frontier under Travel Time Catchment Areas" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Read the abstract or the full publication.

03/04/2021 Dr. Erin O’Neill (Professor in the Health Sciences) and Stacey Flanagan (Health Sciences Adjunct Professor) The National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) has announced that two NJCU professors Dr. Erin O’Neill, professor in the Health Sciences Department, and Health Sciences Adjunct Professor Stacey Flanagan, the Director of the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services were each selected as 2021 Fellows. [Full story]
02/24/2021

Deborah Jack

(Associate Professor in Art Photography)

Professor Deborah Jack was interviewed by Jessica Lanay for BOMB magazine, discussing ideations around landscape images.
02/22/2021 Dr. Sue Henderson (NJCU President) NJCU President Sue Henderson, Ph.D. has been named to the 2021 ROI Influencers Power List for Higher Education by ROI-NJ, a statewide leading business publication.
02/19/2021 Andrés Acebo
(Chief of Staff)

On February 24, Andy Acebo moderated a virtual discussion on The Biden Administration & the Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations. Acebo is the current chair of the Hispanic National Bar Association Special Committee on Cuba.

12/17/2020 Ira Thor
(Senior Director of University Communications)

Ira Thor, a long-time contributor to COSIDA and the field of athletic communications, served as the moderator for a CoSIDA Professional Development and Continuing Education webinar entitled "Listening & Leading: Adjusting On The Fly: How to prepare for sudden competition disruptions, cancellations & scheduling issues."

11/20/2020 Valerie Gonzalez (Vocal Instructor, Music, Dance and Theatre) Canadian soprano Valerie Gonzalez, a vocal instructor in NJCU's MDT department, was featured in a documentary where she shared stories of racism committed against her family long ago and how she is still reckoning with them today, showcasing the impacts of generational trauma. The documentary is entitled For All to Hear on
11/03/2020 Ira Thor
(Senior Director of University Communications)

On Election Day 2020, Ira Thor was re-elected to a second three-year term on the Howell Township Board of Education in Monmouth County. He received 14,448 votes — the most ever cast for a male candidate in a contested Board of Education race in the history of Howell Township. Thor is the only current full-time employee of NJCU who holds an official elected position in the state of New Jersey.

09/22/2020

Sevincgul Ulu

(Professor of Marketing)

Sev Ulu, a Professor of Marketing in the NJCU School of Business, contributed to a Forbes article entitled "The Highs And Lows Of The COVID-19 Pandemic For Working Parents, And The Implications For The Future Of Work"