NJCU Faculty and Staff: Notables

News About NJCU's Faculty and Staff

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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 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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.


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]

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.


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]

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."

11/03/2020 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.


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"