Directors

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Directors

List of Directors:

Jessica Accurso-Salguero

Jennifer Aitken

​Bruce Beaman

Jennifer Fox

Elaine Gargiulo

Jennifer Jones

Craig Katz

Andrew Platizky

Fred Smith

Ashok Vaseashta

Read about each of our directors below


Dr. Jessica Accurso-Salguero

Director, Student Success

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Dr. Jessica Accurso-Salguero serves as the Director for Student Success at New Jersey City University. Dr. Accurso provides oversight to all aspects of the Freshmen Welcome Days, manages the testing center as well as the ASCEND Summer Bridge program. She serves as a liaison for cross-divisional collaborations related to advisement, registration, residential life, learning communities, and all retention efforts. In addition, Dr. Accurso works closely with implementing first and second year retention programs. She has been an adjunct faculty at NJCU and at Essex County College. At both Seton Hall University and New York University, Dr. Accurso worked in student engagement, retention, and assisted with the development of university policies and procedures. Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Accurso worked in the K-12 educational system as a teacher and administrator. Dr. Accurso received her BA in English and Spanish Secondary Education from Montclair State University, an MA in Higher Education English and Language Literacy from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education, Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on factors that impact student success and the experiences of Hispanic students in higher education.


Jennifer Aitken

Director, Office of Specialized Services and Supplemental Instruction

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Jennifer Aitken is the Director of the Office of Specialized Services and Supplemental Instruction. Ms. Aitken holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Peter's University and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from NJCU. Ms. Aitken serves as chair of NJCU's ADA Compliance Committee and is a member of the Commencement Committee, Student Assistance Team, and the President's Diversity Council. Ms. Aitken served one term as Secretary and two terms as President of the New Jersey Association on Higher Education and Disability. Ms. Aitken is also a member of the Hudson County Office of Disability Services Advisory Board, the Hudson County and Jersey City Workforce Development Board Disability Committee, the CarePoint Health Bayonne Medical Center Community Advisory Group, and the University Club of Hudson County. Ms. Aitken has been a member of the Rotary Club of Jersey City since July 2013. She served as Chairperson of the Club's Public Relations Committee between 2014-2017. She has held the offices of Vice President (2015-2016), President-elect (2016-2017), and President (2017-2018).


Bruce Beaman

Director, Youth Corps

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Mr. Bruce Beaman joined the New Jersey City University family in January 1988. Mr. Beaman has served on various University committees and projects. Two of the most notable were his service on the Career Development Committee as Chairman for over ten years and his service on the committee that brought to fruition the University's Charter School Academy where he is listed as one of its founders. Mr. Beaman graduated from the University of Illinois -Champaign/Urbana. He has received numerous awards and honors in both his athletic and professional career.

 


Jennifer Fox

Acting Director, Online Learning

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Jennifer Fox, Acting Director of NJCU's Department of Online Learning, supports faculty and students in their online teaching and learning endeavors. Jennifer conducts face-to-face and online faculty trainings in Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, Turnitin, Respondus, and related educational technologies. She works closely with faculty in sharing best practices for developing online coursework, and provides technical support to NJCU faculty and students in any and all distance learning topics. Jennifer has many years of e-Learning experience and comes from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she served both as the university's WebCT learning management system administrator and as an Instructional Designer for the UMDNJ School of Nursing. In addition to being the Quality Matters coordinator for NJCU, Jennifer possesses a B.S. degree in Geoscience from Mississippi State University and has earned certification in Blackboard's Advanced Teaching and Learning Online series.


Elaine Gargiulo

Director, Military and Veterans Services

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Mrs. Elaine Gargiulo has been an employee of New Jersey City University (NJCU) since 1997. She has held multiple positions in the University Advisement Center, including Transfer Evaluator, Testing Coordinator, Academic Advisor and Veterans Representative. She has also acted as an instructor, teaching orientation and study skills courses to incoming freshmen cohorts. She is currently the Director of Military and Veterans Services, and brings with her twenty years of experience in working with veterans, service members and their families. She is an alumnus of New Jersey City University, where she received both her BA and MA in the areas of Psychology and Educational Psychology, respectively. She currently serves as the President of the NJ Association of Veterans Program Administrators, a group of educators and community providers dedicated to serving the educational needs of the military population, and sits on various committees to help strengthen the relationships with service providers within the community to better serve the Veterans population of NJCU.


Dr. Jennifer Jones

Director, Academic Career Planning and Placement

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As Director of the Career Center, Dr. Jones has extensive experience in career counseling, advisement, workforce development, and management. She helped implement NJCU’s $5.7 million Challenge Grant which expanded cooperative education. She served as president of state and national co-op associations. Her corporate experience includes positions with AT&T, Small Business Investment Company, and Hertz Corporation; her community service includes membership on Hudson County Ethics Board, Jersey City Employment and Training Board, Workforce Investment Board, Suits for Success Board, and American Conference on Diversity Higher Education Committee. Dr. Jones holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fordham University, a M.A. in Counseling from Seton Hall University and a B.A. in Education from New Jersey City University.


Craig Katz

Director, Office of International Programs

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Craig Katz has been Director of New Jersey City University’s Office of International Programs since 2010, providing support services to the University’s international student and scholars and managing NJCU’s exchange programs and Study Abroad program. He has lived and worked in a number of countries and has been an English as a Second Language teacher and ESL program director, an International Student Advisor, and a Study Abroad coordinator at several colleges and universities in the US. Mr. Katz has a Bachelors degree in History from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from Temple University.


Andrew Platizky

Director, OSP/EOF

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Mr. Andrew Platizky held many positions at the University's OSP/EOF program including Counselor, Tutorial Coordinator, Associate Director, and Director. As Director, his responsibilities include directing a program which assists students in gaining access to the University and provides them with support services to assist them to obtain jobs and/or be accepted into graduate schools. Mr. Platizky graduated from Rutgers University Cum Laude and was awarded membership in both The National Honor Societies of Psychology and History. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from Yeshiva University and certification as a Public Manager from Rutgers University.


Fred Smith

Director, Library Services

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Mr Fred Smith is Director of Library Services at the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library; he has been employed in various positions in the Library for over thirty years. He has memberships in such diverse organizations as the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Red Dragon Society, the Park History Honor Society, and Beta Phi Mu (library science honor society). He received his undergraduate degree in history, a master's degree in medieval history along with additional studies toward a doctoral degree, all from New York University. He possesses a master’s degree from Columbia University in library service.


Dr. Ashok Vaseashta

Executive Director, Office of Research Grants and Sponsored Programs

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Dr. Ashok Vaseashta serves as Executive Director and Chair of Institution Review Board at NJCU. He is responsible for functions to support, incentivize and enhance the research footprint at NJCU, oversee compliance with federal policies, interface with the Government for grants related communication, and facilitate support for sponsored research functions. He obtained PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. He holds another PhD (Electrical Eng.) and M. Tech (Physics) at IIT Delhi and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Physics (with Honors) at University of Delhi. Prior to joining NJCU, he served as Vice Provost for Research at Claflin University, Chief Research Officer and Director of Research at Norwich University Applied Research Institutes and full (tenured) Professor of Physics at Marshall University. His personal interests include flying fixed wing aerial instruments, unmanned aerial vehicles and research interest include nanotechnology-based chemical-biological sensor platforms in support of defense and security for critical-infrastructure protection. He served on special assignments while detailed at the U.S. Department of State. He serves as honorary Chaired Professor of Nanotechnology at the Academy of Science, Moldova. He is a fellow of American Physical Society, New York Academy of Sciences, and Institute of Nanotechnology (UK). He has authored over 250 research publications and edited/authored seven books on nanotechnology and cyber security.