College of Education and Human Services

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ASHLEY ERMER
Assistant Professor
Family Science and Human Development Department
ermera@mail.montclair.edu
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Office Location: University Hall

DR. ERMER received her Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in April 2017. She joins the Department of Family Science and Human Development, bringing expertise in Gerontology—an important and growing field of study within family science. Dr. Ermer has published articles, presented numerous conference papers and served as a guest lecturer on the topic. She has also published in popular media, including the Wall Street Journal.

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RACHEL GARVER
Assistant Professor
Counseling and Educational Leadership Department
garverr@mail.montclair.edu
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Office Location: University Hall

DR. GARVER, a new faculty member in the Educational Leadership program, received her Ph.D. in Education from the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University in May 2017.  Dr. Garver has published research articles, book chapters, and book reviews and has presented conference papers on issues of segregation, equity, civil rights and immigration as they relate to educational practice and social policy. Dr. Garver has also been involved with numerous advocacy organizations advancing social justice inside and outside academia.

 

TAMARA LEECH
Associate Professor
Public Health Department
leecht@mail.montclair.edu
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Office Location: University Hall

DR. LEECH received her PhD in Sociology with a cognate in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2006. She comes to MSU from Indiana University’s Fairbanks School of Public Health, where she was a tenured Associate Professor and was Director of the Survey Research Center at Indiana University. Her research focuses on the social, cultural and relational aspects of health during adolescence and young adulthood. She has received several grants and has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Leech has made important contributions to the interdisciplinary field of the study of health inequality.

 

REBECCA LINARES
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department
linaresr@mail.montclair.edu
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Office Location: University Hall

DR. LINARES received her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in May 2017. Dr. Linares’ scholarship focuses on early literacy development, particularly for young children who are English language learners. She has spent extended time in schools and classrooms in the U.S. and in a rural indigenous school in Peru, where she studied a Quechua-Spanish bilingual classroom. Dr. Linares has presented her research at several academic conferences. She has also engaged in volunteer work in the community and as an advocate for bilingual speakers and English language learners inside and outside of schools.

 

DAVID PHILLIPS
Assistant Professor
Exercise Science and Physical Education Department
phillipsdav@mail.montclair.edu
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Office Location: University Hall

DR. PHILLIPS recently received his Ph.D. in Human Physiology from the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, specializing in Biomechanics. Dr. Phillips has conducted research in the Orthopedics Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Oregon and at the Biomechanics Laboratory at Barry University, and has taught classes in Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics. He has presented papers at several academic conferences and has submitted research papers to peer reviewed journals. 

 

BLANCA VEGA
Assistant Professor
Counseling and Educational Leadership Department
vegab@mail.montclair.edu
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Office Location: University Hall

DR. VEGA received her Ed.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2015. She will be a faculty member in the Higher Educational Leadership concentration within the Educational Leadership program. Dr. Vega has published articles in well-recognized journals, book chapters and research reports. She has expertise in issues of race, diversity, equity, educational opportunity, and law in the U.S. as well as in higher education policy in Ecuador. She has presented numerous papers at national and local conferences on topics such as undocumented students, the law, and financial aid. Given her international and national experience, she has been quoted in popular media such as the New York Times.