Faculty Fellows & Program Leaders
David Lee Keiser is Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Montclair State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher preparation and pedagogy, and is an associate with the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) Program at the Garrison Institute. He is the co-editor of Teacher Education for Democracy and Social Justice (Routledge, 2005), and is a published poet. His recent scholarly and creative work can be found in Democracy and Education, Teacher Education and Practice, and Making Connections. He may be reached at email@example.com
Dr. Cigdem P. Talgar joined the Research Academy as Associate Director in 2011, with a career-long dedication to promoting excellence in University teaching which includes four years of active involvement directly with the Research Academy. She is currently the Acting Director of the Research Academy and oversees all programs and research development. As a Psychologist with a Ph.D. from NYU, Dr. Talgar’s research has focused on both Experimental and Applied Psychological research including topics in Attention, Perception, Cognition and Social Psychology. More recently she has focused on how different psychological phenomenon impact the classroom-learning environment. Dr. Talgar looks forward to the opportunity to work with individuals throughout the University to facilitate interdisciplinary research with the common goal of building engaged learning environments.
Julie Dalley is Assistant Director and Editor for the Research Academy for University Learning. She holds a B.A. in History from Vermont College, Norwich University, Vermont and an M.A. in English Composition from Montclair State University. She is chief writer and editor for The Teaching Times in Higher Education, a regular blogger at Tumblr, and has co-authored articles for the Huffington Post. She has brought a strong background in education to the Research Academy, with experience as a high school history teacher, debate club mentor/coach and historical researcher of women in antiquity. She worked for five years as a marketing and program coordinator for an Internet Recruitment software company and a human capital research institute (non-profit). She has served in several volunteer positions, including as an Emergency Care Attendant for a local ambulance service in her hometown in Vermont, as well as a youth soccer coach for Vermont Technical College's youth programs. She continues her research into the historical, social and cultural power and influence of women, and between genders and well as continued studies in college writing and composition.
Maughn Gregory, Ph.D., J.D. is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations atMontclair State University, where he is faculty advisor to the Institute forthe Advancement of Philosophy for Children and Director of the ClassroomInquiry Project in Newark. He publishesand teaches in the areas of Philosophy of Education, Pragmatism, Philosophy forChildren, Gender and Education, and Critical Thinking. Dr. Gregory regularly conducts workshops onthese topics throughout the US and around the world.
Michael A. Kruge is Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He was formerly Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at MSU, Professor and Chair in the Department of Geology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a Geochemist for Standard Oil (Ohio)/British Petroleum. He holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley (1985). His research interests include: Environmental geochemistry and forensics of organic contaminants in sediments. Marine, estuarine and lacustrine biogeochemistry. Geochemistry of peat. Fossil organic matter as indicator of environmental change. Applications of analytical pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Biological marker compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in, petroleum, petroleum source rocks, oil shales, coal and sediments. Nature of organic sulfur in fossil fuels, a precursor of acid rain. He is the author of about fifty peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Faculty & Staff Working Group
Esmilda Abreu received her interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Dance from Hampshire College and her Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Capella University Business School in Organization and Management. Her Dissertation is on Women and Mentoring. She is also an engaged teaching fellow at the Research Academy at Montclair State University. Ms. Abreu began as teaching faculty at Ramapo College in 1998 and has been teaching Women's and Gender Studies and Psychology at Montclair since 2000.