School of Liberal Arts
Faculty Accomplishments

Walid Abushahba, Ph.D., is a co-author of “Runx2 Is Overexpressed in Melanoma Cells and Mediates their Migration and Invasion,” which was published in Cancer Letters (Volume 348, Issue 1).

Ryan Allen, Humanities and Social Sciences, serves as the host of the “New Books in Education” podcast. The New Books Network is a consortium of podcasts dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to serious audiences.

Howard Benedikt, D.C., Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “Nutrition and Athletic Performance” in April at the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association in Valley Forge, PA. He also presented a talk on sports nutrition to New York Chiropractic College.

Mary Jane Clerkin, D.A., English, was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Hall of Fame during the USDLA National Conference in St. Louis, MO, in May. Dr. Clerkin was recognized for her contributions to the field of distance learning through leadership, technology, research and teaching. Dr. Clerkin served on the USDLA National Conference Program Committee and presented “How Easy Can Connections Get.” She currently serves on the USDLA International Forum for Women in E-learning Program Committee. She presented “Using Voice in Online Courses” at the NJEDge.net Best Practices Faculty Showcase in March.

Gloria M. Davy, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, was selected by the American Public Health Association caucus to review proposal abstracts and present on emerging public health issues at the American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition to be held in New Orleans, LA, in November.

Melissa DuBrowa, Ed.D., Developmental Education, is the author of the article “To Flip or Not to Flip … Is that REALLY the Question?” and the column “What’s My Line?” which were published in the April issue of Research and Teaching in Developmental Education.

Jessica Fargnoli, English, presented “Paperless Grading with Moodle 2.x Rubrics in Speech Communication and Public Speaking Courses” during the Roundtable on Assessment at the Tri-State Best Practices Conference in March at Bergen Community College.

Salena Fehnel, English, is the author of the novel Nesting Dolls (Northampton House, 2014). Professor Fehnel’s fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published in the American Writer’s Review and The Cohort Review.

Cezar Giosan, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, is a co-author of “Evolutionary cognitive therapy versus standard cognitive therapy for depression: a protocol for a blinded, randomized, superiority clinical trial,” which was published in the Trials Journal in March. He was also awarded a $1 million grant to serve as the principal investigator of a research project titled “D-Combat: A Computerized Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention for Depression.”

Heidi Hoefinger, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, is the author of the book Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia (Routledge, 2013), which has been nominated for The Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography by BBC Radio 4. Dr. Hoefinger spoke about her book in April at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In addition, Dr. Hoefinger is the author of “Gendered Motivations, Sociocultural Constraints, and Psycho-behavioral Consequences of Transnational Partnerships in Cambodia,” which appeared in Gender and Sexuality (Volume 15, Issue 1), and “Rape Issue Not Properly Addressed,” an editorial that was published in The Phnom Penh Post in February.

Robert Keiber, English, plays one of the lead characters in the movie Trust Me, I’m a Lifeguard, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was subsequently chosen and featured at the Soho International Film Festival in May. Christian Keiber, Professor Keiber’s son, was a co-writer on the movie.

Dean Kostos, English, is the author of the poem “The Loom Canoe,” which appeared on the Blanket Stories Website. All work posted on the Website will be published in a book by Ragged Sky Press. A debut reading of Mr. Kostos’ poem was held at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Vincent Maher, J.D., Math and Sciences, presented four papers at conferences in July: “When Technology Complicates Management: The Case of Jahi McMath” was presented at the Cambridge Conference on Business and Economics in Cambridge, United Kingdom; “Branding and Marketing Management in Emerging Health Care Markets” was presented at the First European Congress on Economics and Business in Brighton, United Kingdom; and “When Technology Complicates Management: The Case of Marlise Munoz” and “Management and Branding Issues in Emerging Markets” at the 16th Annual International Global Business and Technology Association Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Joyce Frei-McNeill, D.Lit., English, leads discussions during the series “On the Edge and Falling Off: Mental Instability as Portrayed in Film” being held at the Lake Hiawatha Library in Parsippany, NJ, through June. The films being screened and discussed include A Beautiful Mind, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Three Faces of Eve, The Snake Pit, and A Woman Under the Influence. She also served on a committee to select the winners of the Rotary International college scholarships at Boonton High School and Mountain Lakes High School, both in New Jersey. Dr. Frei-McNeill presented the scholarships to the winners at the respective awards ceremonies for each high school.

Donn Mitchell, Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “Cromwell’s Revenge” at the Koinonia Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary in March. The theme of the conference was “Wealth and Poverty in the Christian Tradition.” In addition, Professor Mitchell presented “Christendom and the Anglo-Catholic Critique of Capitalism” in April at a conference on Christianity and Capitalism at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.

Michael Montlack, English, is the author of the poems “Iceland: Huldofolk” and “Should We Have Stayed at Home…” which were published in the spring issue of Skidrow Penthouse literary journal. He is also the author of “In the Medinas of Morocco,” which was published in the spring issue of the Cimarron Review. Mr. Montlack’s poem “Gender” was published in the June issue of Narrative Northeast, a literary and arts magazine dedicated to diverse voices and visions. In addition, his poems “Geographic Polygamy” and “A High Way to Hell” were published in the literary journal Assaracus.

Stella Nicolaou, Fashion, recently served as a reviewer for portfolios by students at the City University of New York. The projects included branding, packaging, advertisements and graphics for products on Websites, print media and promotion through social media – from concept to retail launching.

Jea Sophia Oh, Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “A Whiteheadian Robbery: Salim Symbiosis, a Suggestion of Eco-Ethics of Foods” at the Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy in Osaka, Japan, in March. In addition, Professor Oh presented “This is My Body … A Eucharistic Food Ethics” at the annual mid-Atlantic meeting of the American Academy of Religion at Mount Saint Mary College in March.

George Orfanos, Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “The Conceptual Taxonomy of Power Vacuums” at the International Conference for Academic Disciplines at the J.B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in May.

Afshin Razani, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “Struggling for Peace and Justice in the Middle East” on April 29 as part of the Justice Lecture series at Raritan Valley Community College.

Eugene Ruffini, English, is the author of the play COLOR, excerpts of which were presented at the Theater for the New City during the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts in New York City in May.

Marc Shur, Ph.D., Associate Chair, Math and Sciences, served as a judge and commenter for a graduate student poster session competition at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in April.

Kaydian-Simone Reid, Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “Girls’ Bodies: Bartering at the Expense of their Sexual Health” as part of a panel presentation at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference titled “Getting to Zero: Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS.” The conference was held at the United Nations in New York City in March.

Judith Sedaitis, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, received a Fulbright grant to teach and lecture during her Spring Quarter sabbatical at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) in Kaunas, Lithuania. Dr. Sedaitis will extend her doctoral dissertation research on the transition from communist regimes. In May, Dr. Sedaitis presented “Social Networks, Ethnicity, Migration, & Education” to students at VMU.

Marc Shur, Ph.D., Math and Sciences, is serving on a dissertation committee for a University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate who is studying the impact of stress and cortisol on captive chimpanzee behavior.

Jea Sophia Oh, Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “Doing Non-Doing, A Daoist Virtue for Ecotopia: An Ecological Ethics from the East” at the biannual Half the World Symposium on Asian Environments, hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May.

Catherine St. John, D.A., Humanities and Social Sciences created images that were included in the recent presentation “Contemporary Accomplished Artists” at the Pequannock Township Public Library in Pequannock, NJ.

David Andrew Stoler, English, led the “Tradition/Transition: Heritage and Identity in the New Language Classroom” workshop, which was sponsored by STARTALK@NYU in partnership with Columbia University. The workshop was held at Columbia University in February.

David Andrew Stoler, English, directed and edited the video to accompany the song “Just a Little Heartbreak” by the Brooklyn alt-country band, Karen & the Sorrows. The video was released this summer in conjunction with the band’s new album, The Names of Things.

Roseann Torsiello, Ed.D., Chair, Online, School of Liberal Arts, received the Distinguished Alumni Award in May from Felician College. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication, leadership and service to the advancement of Felician College. Dr. Torsiello is Secretary/Treasurer of the Felician College Alumni Board, a group she has served for 16 years. In addition, Dr. Torsiello presented “Emerging Technologies and Information Literacy in Online Learning” at the United States Distance Learning Association National Conference in St. Louis, MO, in May.

Hui-wen Tu, Ed.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “Applying Blackboard Tools to Promote Contract Learning in Blended Classes” at the Lily Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning held May 29 to June 1 in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Tu presented “College Students’ Autobiographical Research in Searching Personal Cultural Identity” and “Contract Learning and Metacognitive Knowledge in Blended Classes” at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences annual conference at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tu also presented these papers at the Lilly International Spring Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning in Bethesda, MD, along with a third paper titled “Applying Blackboard Tools to Promote Contract Learning in a Blended Class.”

Hugo Walter, Ph.D., English, presented on Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility at Princeton Windrows, a retirement community in Plainsboro, NJ. Dr. Walter is a member of The Jane Austen Society of North America.

Jonathan Weidenbaum, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, participated in a panel discussion on the book Levinas and Asian Thought at the 2014 Annual Conference of the North American Levinas Society in Ocean City, MD, in May. In addition, Dr. Weidenbaum served on a panel titled “Theology Without Walls” at the annual mid-Atlantic meeting of the American Academy of Religion at Mount Saint Mary College in March.