April/May 2016

Faculty, Staff — Update, Welcome


Kirsten Tripodi and Miguel Baltazar
Kirsten Tripodi, left, with Miguel Baltazar.

“On-Campus Hotels and Hospitality Programs: An Inventory,” the first joint-research poster presented by Kirsten Tripodi, hospitality/tourism management (Metro), was awarded best conference poster at the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educator (ICHRIE) North East, North Americas regional chapter conference at Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration on April 1. Tripodi and co-presenter Miguel Baltazar, hospitality management, James Madison University (JMU), Harrisonburg, Va., are working on a project in the area of experiential education in anticipation of JMU campus’s Madison Hotel. They hope not only to have the research paper abstract published in the conference proceedings, but also to publish a full paper in the 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports. Tripodi and Baltazar are targeting publications of papers in the same research stream with other hospitality academic publications by the end of the year.

René Steinke, English and director, MFA in creative writing (Flor), was awarded a fellowship (in fiction) by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Steinke is the award-winning author of The Fires, Holy Skirts and Friendswood.

Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor), wrote an op-ed piece, “How to Benefit from the ‘Boomer’ Brain Drain,” published in February in The Record.

Bruno Battistoli, communication and academic adviser, The Equinox (Metro), announced that the student newspaper, The Equinox, has won statewide awards for the second straight year in the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association’s journalism competition. Freshman Theresa King won first place for her column “Government Calls Womanhood a Luxury”; freshman Elizabeth White won second place for her column “Trump in the Doghouse”; and graduate student Timothy Yu won third place for the design and layout of the February 25 issue’s front page “Student Center Planned for the Green.” The Equinox is led by seniors Natasha Ashby, executive editor, and Angela Calvo, managing editor.

Joel Harmon, management and executive director, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) (Flor), was a panelist on the Green Jobs Panel during Raritan Valley Community College’s Earth Day celebration on April 19. Harmon provided perspectives on sustainability initiatives and careers at ISE’s 20 local corporate partners.

In March, Stephen Armeli, psychology; director of undergraduate psychology studies, MA program in general/theoretical psychology and BA/MA in general/theoretical psychology (Metro), co-presented a poster on “Distinct Forms of Drinking to Cope Motivation, Fatigue and Drinking-related Problems in College Students” at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York City. He co-wrote several articles: “Episode-specific Drinking-to-Cope Motivation and Next-day Stress-Reactivity,” in press with Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal; “A Daily Process Examination of Episode-specific Drinking-to-Cope Motivation Among College Students,” in press with Addictive Behaviors; “Drinking to Cope Motivation and Negative Mood-drinking Contingencies in a Daily Diary Study of College Students,” in press with the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs; and “PTSD and Daily Co-occurrence of Drug and Alcohol Use Among Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence,” in press with the Journal of Dual Diagnostics.

Yong Guo, pharmaceutical sciences and director of research, pharmacy (Flor), was a panelist at the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association career forum held at Rutgers University in February. He shared his insights and working experiences in the pharmaceutical industry and academia.

Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff were among the cast members in The University Players’ production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which was adapted and directed by James Rana, BA’98 (Metro), University College. They include Yelena Aronson, computer graphics; Anita Rivers, director of undergraduate adult/part-time admissions, enrollment management; and Thomas Swanzey, English and associate dean, Petrocelli College.

Bruce Peabody, political science and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (Flor), wrote an op-ed piece on “Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices?” for The Record in February.

Scott Behson, management (Metro), wrote two articles: “Work-Life Balance Is Easier When Your Manager Knows How to Assess Performance,” published in Harvard Business Review in April, and “One Super-Easy Way to Advocate for Parental Leave: Try Using Your ‘Out of Office’ Auto-reply Message to Get a Conversation Started,” posted on fastcompany.com in March.

Sena, Dunphy, Baluyut
From left are Maryann Sena, Paul Dunphy and Justin Baluyut.

Maryann Sena, periodicals coordinator; Paul Dunphy, head reference librarian; and Justin Baluyut, assistant circulation coordinator, all Giovatto Library (Metro), were recognized as the library’s Staff Member of the Month for February, March and April, respectively. Sena was honored for making students feel welcome and at home in the Schwartz Reading Room. Dunphy was recognized for participating in various library projects such as the Web page team and the 3D Printer Committee. Over spring break, he accompanied a student group to Ellis Island and talked about the role of FDU Founder Peter Sammartino in developing the island’s immigration museum. Also at the Dunphy recognition ceremony, the library staff gave Joseph Kiernan, campus provost (Metro) and senior vice provost for institutional effectiveness, a certificate of appreciation for his support of the library. Baluyut was commended for his willingness to help a student, staff/faculty member or co-worker with a request or question and even for technology support. He also easily accepts a weekend or evening shift if a co-worker is out and volunteers to work extra hours for midterms and finals.

Krista Jenkins, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), headlined a series of discussions titled “American Identity and the Political Process” as part of the Lifetime Learning Series at the Washington Township Public Library in Long Valley, N.J. She spoke about the “Perils of Political Polling” on April 22 and “The Identity Crisis Within the Republican Party” on April 29. The series wraps up with discussions from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on May 6 (“Milennials — A Force to Be Reckoned With”) and on May 20 (“Madame President? Gender, the Presidency and Voters”). Jenkins was one of the panelists at the 2016 Women’s Leadership Seminar on April 27 at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, N.J. The discussion featured distinguished women leaders who spoke about the lessons they have learned along the path to empowerment. She was interviewed on the radio show “The Academic Minute,” where she talked about her research on mothers, daughters, politics, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Brian Knorr, physics (Flor), co-wrote the article “Demonstration of Single Crystal Growth via Solid-Solid Transformation of a Glass,” published in Scientific Reports in March. The article talked about findings regarding a new method of making single crystals that could enable a wider range of materials to be used in microelectronics, solar-energy devices and other high-technology applications. Knorr collaborated with Lehigh University’s Dmytro Savytskii, research scientist, materials science/engineering, who is lead author, and Volkmar Dierolf, distinguished professor and chair, physics at Lehigh.

Paris, Etc.: Writing and Illustrations, edited by Jessie Vail Aufiery, MFA’14 (Flor), world literature editor, The Literary Review, was published by Serving House Books in March. Among the contributors of poems, stories and essays about Paris were Renée Ashley, creative writing (Flor) and editor-at-large, The Literary Review; Walter Cummins, emeritus, English (Flor); Kathleen Graber, creative writing (Flor); Thomas Kennedy, creative writing (Flor); and Heather Lang, MFA’14 (Flor), associate poetry editor/online managing editor, The Literary Review.

Robert McGrath, psychology (Metro), was elected a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and was appointed chair of the Health Information Technology Special Interest Group of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and federal advocacy coordinator of American Psychological Association Division 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy). In January, he presented “Measuring Character in Youths: What Are the Obstacles?” at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values in Oxford, England, and “On the Unity of Virtue,” at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Also in January, McGrath co-presented two posters at the Annual Meeting of the American Professional Society on ADHD and Related Disorders in Washington, D.C.: “Are There Virtues Associated with Adult ADHD? Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths” and “Are There Character Strengths Associated with Adult ADHD? Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths.” He co-wrote two articles: “The Importance of Stepped Care Protocols for the Redesign of Behavioral Health Care in Patient-centered Medical Homes,” published on Integrated Primary and Behavioral Care: Role in Medical Homes and Chronic Disease Management, and “Beyond a Deficit Model of Strengths Training in Schools: Teaching Targeted-Strength Use to Gifted Students,” in press with Gifted Education International.

Joseph Gulfo, executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor), testified at a Senate hearing on “Connecting Patients to New and Potential Life-saving Treatments” on February 25 and, in relation to the issue, wrote an op-ed for The Hill titled “FDA Must Focus on Drug Safety and Effectiveness, Not Patients’ Life Outcomes.” He also wrote two articles in March: “The FDA Must Return to Its Public Health Mission” on The Hill, and “Ending the Prescribe-Don’t-Tell Charade for Off-Label Drugs: A Watershed Moment for Drug Companies’ First Amendment Rights” published by The Wall Street Journal.

Alevoor (Ravishankar) Rao, computer engineering/computer science (Metro), co-edited the article “Towards an Integrated Approach to Measurement, Analysis and Modeling of Cortical Networks” for the March issue of Frontiers in Neural Circuits.

Meaghan Guiney, psychology (Metro), co-presented a paper on “Improving Student Outcomes by Establishing an Effective Co-teaching Framework” at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists held in February in New Orleans, La. Also at the meeting, she co-conducted a mini-skills session on “Supervisor Bootcamp: Practical Strategies for Effective Supervision” and a session on “Securing Your First Job as a School Psychologist.” Guiney also co-wrote the article “Supervision and Mentoring for Early Career School Psychologists: Availability, Access, Structure and Implications,” which is in press with Psychology in the Schools.

In March, Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), presented on “Foreign Language as a Global Competency and the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit: Foreign Languages as a Career Asset” at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference in Columbus, Ohio, and attended the Internship Summit at the Globalization and Localization Association Conference in Brooklyn, N.Y. Stein-Smith’s article, “Pushing the Multilingual Envelope,” was published in the March issue of Language Magazine. Her latest book, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit: Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World, has been accepted for publication by Palgrave Macmillan and is due for release in July. A hardcover version of the book may be pre-ordered from Amazon. On April 22, Stein-Smith presented on “The Role of Multilingualism in the Implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” at the Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals at the Church Center for the United Nations, U.N. Plaza, in New York City.

Michele Barto
Michele Barto

In March, Michele Barto, hospitality/tourism management (Metro), presented a paper, “Let the Leash Go for Deeper Learning and Meaningful Connections!” at the Fifth Annual Tri-State Best Practices Conference held at Bergen Community Community College at the Meadowlands, Lyndhurst, N.J. Her paper focused on letting the leash go from strict lecture to facilitating learning and critical thinking. According to Barto, “Adapting project-based and problem-based learning models and adding them to your course content will increase success for all students.”

Eamon Doherty, administrative science and director, Cyber Crime Training Lab (Metro), and MAS students Michael Divito and Mario Gonzalez attended the 10th Annual Conference of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) on March 18 in Princeton, N.J. Among those who spoke about the opportunities and threats concerning the IoT (Internet of Things) were New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, NJOHSP Director Chris Rodriguez and CIA Director John Brennan.

Daniel Cassino, political science and director of experimental research, PublicMind™ (Flor), wrote the article “Even the Thought of Earning Less Than Their Wives Changes How Men Behave” published in the Harvard Business Review on April 19.

“Coney Art Walls: A Congress of Curious Peoples,” a mural by Marie Roberts, fine arts, created in 2015 for Coney Art Walls, an outdoor museum of street art, is one of seven pieces that have been chosen to remain on display for the 2016 season. The installation, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, brings together 30 contemporary artists. Roberts’ mural measures 8 ft. x 24 ft. and is located on the corner of Stillwell Avenue and Bowery St. in Coney Island. “This Side of Dreamland,” a documentary about Roberts was shown as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival in California on April 25.

Jong-Chae Kim
Jong-Chae Kim

Jong-Chae Kim, sports administration (Metro), presented on career development in the sports industry at Shindorim High School in Seoul, South Korea, on March 25, and had the opportunity to meet some of the school’s students and teachers. Kim was invited by the school’s principal.

Debbie Green, psychology (Metro), did three presentations at the annual conference of the American Psychology and Law Society in Atlanta, Ga., in March. She co-presented two papers, “Predicting Nonrestorability of Incompetent to Stand Trial Defendants: Granting Jackson Relief” and “Predicting the Length of Hospitalization for Restoration of Competency to Stand Trial Using the MMPI-2-RF,” and a poster on “Using the TOMM to Assess Feigned Cognitive Impairment Among Female Defendants Found Incompetent to Stand Trial.” Green co-authored the following articles: “Inconsistent Responding in a Criminal Forensic Setting: An Evaluation of the VRIN-r and TRIN-r Scales of the MMPI-2-RF,” in press with the Journal of Personality Assessment; “Introduction to This Special Issue: Conditional Release: Part II,” in press with Behavioral Sciences and the Law; and “Perpetrators of Violence,” in press with Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. She is also co-editor of the book The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology: A Casebook, in press with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Jason Scorza, vice provost for academic/international affairs (Metro/Flor) and philosophy/political science (Metro), interviewed Amb. Hahn Choong-Hee, deputy permanent representative of South Korea to the United Nations, as part of the University’s United Nations Pathways Ambassador Forums. To read more about the forum in The Pillar, the Florham Campus’ student newspaper, go to http://www.fdupillar.com/?p=2973.

In the News …

Greg Herenda, head men’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro), was quoted in the following articles in March: “FDU Closing in on First NCAA Berth Since 2005,” “Jersey Madness: Turnaround Seasons Put FDU in NCAAs, Seton Hall on Verge” and “Coach Lifts FDU from the Ashes: Herenda Makes Believers of His Players, Then Leads Them to NCAAs” (The Record); “NCAA Basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson Closes in on a Bid” (northjersey.com); and “‘Why Not?’: FDU Takes Aim at North Carolina, But First Things First” (New York Post).

Sheldon Drucker, president, was quoted in the njtoday.net article “FDU’s New Jersey Speakers Series Announces 2016–17 Season” in March.

Daniel Cassino, political science and director of experimental research, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in the following articles in March and April about PublicMind polls: “How Would Trump Fare in N.J. Against Clinton or Sanders” (SoloNews and nj.com); “NJ Voters Size Up the Presidential Frontrunners” (92.7 WOBM and New Jersey 101.5); “NJ Men Spooked by the Thought of a Woman as President, Poll Finds” (New Jersey 101.5); “Many New Jersey Men Uneasy at Idea of Female President, Poll Finds” (newsworks.org); “Survey Finds Clinton’s Gender a Variable Factor Among Male Voters in NJ” (capitalnewyork.com, PoliticoNewJersey and njbiz.com); “Does Hillary Clinton’s Gender Hurt Her Among Male Voters? Political Scientists Weigh In,” (Vox and New York Magazine); and “How Much Support Does Hillary Actually Lose Because She’s a Woman? An Experiment Suggests That Hillary’s Gender Is a Bigger Obstacle Than Race Was for Obama” (Women in the World and vocativ.com); and “Sexism in Politics, Surprise, Surprise” (Indiana Daily Student). Cassino was also quoted in The Record’s April article “Jackson: Democrats’ New Jersey Dominance in Play” and mentioned in the article “Fear of Earning Less Than Their Wives Is Enough to Push Men to Support Trump: The Stereotype of the Male Breadwinner is Still Alive and Kicking” (fortune.com).

Andrew Rosman, dean, Silberman College (Metro/Flor), was quoted in the April njbiz.com article “Institute for Sustainable Enterprise Celebrates Benchmark Anniversary.”

Herbert Ouida, director, Global Enterprise Network, global learning (Metro), was quoted in The Record’s March article “Patience for Cuban Trade: Despite Thaw, Hurdles Remain, Forum Told.”

Jennifer Cleveland, associate director, COMPASS program (Metro), was quoted in the April northjersey.com article “Case Made for Martial Arts Being a Help to Those Living with Autism.”

Peter Woolley, campus provost (Flor) and senior vice provost for government/community affairs, was quoted in the following articles in March: “It’s That Time of Year When Special Interests Beg NJ Lawmakers for Money” on New Jersey 101.5, “Three Things Bernie Sanders Needs to Do to Win the Democratic Nomination” on theguardian.com, and “Is Christie Picking a Local Fight to Garner National Attention?” in the New Jersey Law Journal.

Deborah Fredericks, associate dean of continuing education operations and college learning outcomes assessment, Petrocelli College (Metro), was quoted in the April NJBIZ article “FDU’s Center for Excellence to Hold Annual Conference for Women in Nonprofit Leadership.”

Geoffrey Weinman, English and dean, Becton College (Flor), was quoted in the April New York Daily News’ article “Even in the Age of STEM, Employers Still Value Liberal Arts Degrees.”

Thomas “Andy” Paulus, director of intramural/head baseball coach, athletics (Flor), was quoted in the article “Retired Park Police Officer Making Shatter-proof Baseball Bats” posted on dailyrecord.com in April.

Krista Jenkins, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), in the following articles in March about PublicMind polls: “No Consensus on Whether Double-dipping Should Stop,” (njtoday.net); “NJ Voters Say $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Is Too High, Poll Shows,” “How Do You Respond to the Tip Jar” and “Christie Says He Won’t Abandon NJ’s Republican Party After He Leaves Office” (New Jersey 101.5); “Poll: New Jerseyans Unaware of ‘Double-dipping’ Pensions Controversy” (capitalnewyork.com); and “The Marriage of Donald Trump and Chris Christie: The New, New Jersey Boys” (Huffpost Politics); “Business Lobby Sounded Alarm on Minimum-wage Increase — Back in 2013” (NJSpotlight); “N.J. Residents Lacking Consumer Confidence, Poll Finds” (njbiz.com, The Bergen Dispatch and WBGO.org); “Is Your Financial Situation Improving? For Many in NJ, Answer is ‘No’” (New Jersey 101.5 and 92.7 WOBM); “Why Would Any Elected Official Endorse Donald Trump? Reasons Vary” (thestreet.com); and “Calls for Christie to Resign Intensify in the Wake of Trump Endorsement” (Crain’s New York Business and Bloomberg News). She also was quoted in the following articles in March and April: “Hillary or Bernie? Scholar Has Studied Generational Political Differences Between Mothers & Daughters: FDU Professor on Why Moms Support Hillary Clinton While Daughters Back Bernie Sanders” (newswise.com); “Does CD7’s Deep Republican Bench Mean Trouble for Lance?” (PolitickerNJ); “Analysis: Christie’s Push for New Casinos Faces Obstacles” (northjersey.com); and “What Tuesday Primary Election Results Mean to Trump, Clinton and More” (nj.com).


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of April 19, 2016.

Welcome to Edward Barden, officer, public safety (Metro); Jeffrey Brandes, head men’s/women’s tennis coach, athletics (Metro); Frederick DeFrance, assistant baseball coach, athletics (Flor); Christopher Karpinski, traffic control officer, public safety (Flor); Kelly Keyes, career development specialist, career development (Flor); Christian McCue, officer, public safety (Metro); Kane Pappas, talent network coordinator, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); Scott Shappell, enrollment management analyst, information resources/technology (Metro); Ronnie Thompson, learning disabilities specialist, Regional Center for Learning Disabilities (Metro); and Arthur Zonin, traffic control officer, public safety (Flor).