Chris Cancialosi ’02 MA is more than just a master’s degree alumnus. He is a former adjunct professor, Iraq war veteran, and entrepreneur. Chris is the founder of gothamCULTURE, a leadership and organizational development consultancy. Currently living and working bi-coastally, Chris recently came back to campus for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Dean’s Recognition Awards, at which he was honored.
Cancialosi says that the Psychology program gave him a solid base to go out into the job market and land his first job. “The program really gives you the foundation to help you get launched – it provides tremendously helpful, practical experience as opposed to a purely academic curriculum.” When asked about his experience as an adjunct professor, Chris says he was, “thrilled to be asked to be a part of the program.” He taught a kickoff course to the Psychology minor and was a crucial part of the Emerging Leaders Learning Community.
“I believe firmly in educating and sharing practical knowledge, as well as giving knew graduates experiences to learn and prove themselves,” notes Cancialosi. “My company is active in providing internships and hiring graduates.” Chris also mentions some mentors,friends and colleagues from Montclair State, including Drs. Jennifer Bragger and Valerie Sessa.
Cancialosi credits his success to a “culmination of experiences”. He says he received a “great educational foundation” and that being a veteran gave him an “interesting and unique perspective on the world” and that coming back from Iraq gave him the confidence, wisdom, and experience to start his own company. “That experience really is a gift, when you look back on it retrospectively,” notes Cancialosi.