College of Education and Human Services


Assistant Professor, Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education
ext. 5497
Office Location: University Hall 3162

DR. BACON received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Syracuse University.  Before coming to Montclair State, Dr. Bacon was an Assistant Professor at Lehman College, CUNY.  Her research investigates the impact of the standards-based reform movement on special and inclusive education.  Her broader research agenda focuses on critical and intersectional examinations of inclusive and special education systems from a disability studies perspective. She has integrated her research and service commitments by working closely with community members who are parent-advocates, self-advocates, teachers, and students with disabilities to promote policies and practices that advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities within K-12 and higher education systems.


Assistant Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership
ext. 7216
Office Location: University Hall 3162

DR. HODGE received her PhD from the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in 2015. Her work uses historical and qualitative methods to understand the changing nature of strategies for educational equity and the evolution of the American school district. Her dissertation research, funded by Penn State and the Conference on English Education, explored how educational systems, schools, and teachers negotiate the tension between standardization and differentiation in the context of Common Core implementation. Dr. Hodge’s work on interpretations of the Common Core English/Language Arts standards for classroom instruction appears in the journal English Teaching: Practice and Critique, and in the edited volume, Challenging Standards: Navigating Conflict and Building Capacity in the Era of the Common Core (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).


Assistant Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership
ext. 7216
Office Location: University Hall 3194

DR. JAFFE-WALTER’s research focuses on immigration and schooling, the anthropology of policy, teachers’ professional communities, and urban education reform, and has been published in journals such as the Harvard Educational Review and Teachers College Record.  Her book Coercive Concern: Nationalism, Liberalism and the Schooling of Muslim Youth (Stanford University Press) will be released in Spring 2016. Her dissertation was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation in Anthropology and Education by the Council on Anthropology and Education, American Anthropological Association.  Prior to her work in the academy, Dr. Jaffe-Walter taught humanities at Manhattan International High School, a public high school serving recently arrived immigrant youth.

Assistant Professor, Health and Nutrition Sciences
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Office Location: University Hall

DR. KERRIHARD’s research focuses on developing models for prediction of oxidation of food lipids preserving functional food compounds as they relate to healthy living and disease prevention. His work has also examined functional foods and nutraceuticals.  He has developed teaching materials and multimedia presentations on the subject, and has a forthcoming book chapter to be published in Specialty Oils and Fats in Food and Nutrition: Properties, Processing and Applications. He  plans to continue to conduct research with the Nestlé Corporation and hopes to involve other MSU faculty in that research.

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science and Physical Education
ext. 5253
Office Location: University Hall

DR. MATTHEWS joins the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education after completing a doctorate in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware. Using an integrative approach to cardiovascular research, he has focused on studying the effects of exercise and dietary sodium on the cardiovascular system.  Dr. Matthews strives to bring physiology research into the classroom, while at the same time taking students into the research laboratory.