Resource Faculty

Resource Faculty from each College or School are assigned to the New Faculty and provide informal guidance and support. The Resource Faculty also help facilitate the weekly orientation sessions.

Resource Faculty 2014-2015


Interim Director, New Faculty Program
Biology and Molecular Biology Department
ext. 5426
Office Location: Science Hall 122
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Scott Kight is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Molecular Biology. His Ph.D. from Indiana University is in Biology, concentrating in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Scott teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is a member of the doctoral faculty. He has been a member of the faculty at Montclair State University since 1997.

Scott's teaching interests include evolutionary biology, ecology and animal behavior. His research involves the ways that animals make decisions about reproduction, particularly decisions about the termination of parental care.

Modern Languages and Literatures Department
ext.  4452
Office Location: Schmitt Hall 241J

Elizabeth Emery is a Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures where she teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to French language, literature, and culture.  She received her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in French from New York University. Professor Emery has published widely on the reception of medieval art, architecture, and literature in nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe and America. She serves as Joint Editor of the journal Romance Studies, Book Review Coeditor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies, and as a board member of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association.  Current research interests include early photojournalism, celebrity interviews, European and American writer house museums, the history of collecting, the nineteenth-century French interest in Chinese, Indian, and Japanese art, and global food politics and sustainability studies.


Counseling and Educational Leadership Department
ext.  7186
Office Location: University Hall 3152

Kathy A. Gainor received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University.  She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Services.  Dr. Gainor is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Services and a licensed psychologist in New Jersey.  She is also an ordained interfaith minister, and is on the faculty of the Ministerial Training and Ordination Program at the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development where she was ordained.  Dr. Gainor’s research and teaching interests are in multiculturalism and culturally responsive counseling practice, spirituality and counseling practice, career counseling and development, and counselor training and pedagogy.


School of Communication and Media
ext.  4200
Office Location: Moorehead Hall 131

Professor Haines returned to his native state to serve as Chair of MSU’s Department of Communication Studies and to facilitate the establishment of the new School of Communication & Media which was launched in 2013. He has served as the Interim Associate Director of the School and on a variety of College and University committees. He is a strong faculty supporter of MSU’s Student Veterans Association.

He has held faculty positions at the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Memphis, and Trinity University in San Antonio where he served for twenty years before moving to MSU in 2008.

He is a Vietnam War veteran, and his publications have focused on critical analysis of media representations of the Vietnam War and on the anti-war movement among active duty soldiers during the war. His current writing project is a memoir that focuses on his experience as a gay anti-war soldier in Vietnam.

His teaching has included courses on media industries, critical analysis of film and television, media writing and production, and queer theory. He has worked as a news and public affairs producer in commercial and public broadcasting and was a member of a team that established the second public radio station licensed to a Native American tribe.

He is a recipient of the National Communication Association’s Lambda Award, and he has served as the Chair of the Western States Communication Association’s Media Studies Interest Group.


Biology and Molecular Biology Department
ext.  2027
Office Location: Science Hall 110

Dr. Petroff received her PhD from the University of York, UK, and her postdoctoral training at Cambridge University, UK. Prior to joining MSU she was a Research Scientist at the University of Iowa studying molecular and cellular neuroscience. Dr. Petroff’s NIH funded research is focused on how brain cells function and how this activity is regulated in physiological and pathophysiological conditions including brain tumors. Dr. Petroff is teaching Neurobiology, Advanced Neuroscience, Advanced Cell Physiology, and other coursed in the Department of Biology and Molecular Biology.


Economics and Finance Department
ext. 2126
Office Location: Partridge Hall 438

Luis San Vicente Portes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance. He joined MSU in 2005 after the completion of his doctoral degree at Georgetown University. He earned his bachelor's degree at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), holds diplomas in Business Development and Administration from ITAM, and on the Economics of the European Union from the London School of Economics. Dr. San Vicente Portes has worked for the Inter-American Development Bank for the World Bank in Washington, DC., and for the Ministry of Finance and Petroleos Mexicanos in Mexico.

Dr. San Vicente Portes' research focuses on macroeconomics and international economics. Using computational techniques he takes a theoretical approach in the study of business cycles, international trade and inequality. In particular, his research analyzes the macroeconomics effects of greater economic integration on business cycles and the distribution of income and wealth and has been published in journals such as Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, The Berkeley Journal of Macroeconomics, The Global Economy Journal, and the Journal of Development Economics, among others.