2013-2014 Engaged Teaching Fellows and Mentors

2013-2014 Fellows and Mentors



  Ndidiamaka N.Amutah, Assistant Professor, Health and Nutrition Sciences

Dr. Amutah received her PhD in Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health in
2010. She received her Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Maternal and Child Health in 2005. Her dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and it specifically examined neighborhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. Dr. Amutah also received a BS in Public Health and BA in Africana Studies from Rutgers, The State University of NJ.

Originally from Trenton NJ, Ndidi has a long standing commitment to public health that spans over 10 years of Public Health experience. Her current research interests include health disparities, reproductive health, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS in ethnic minority populations. Ndidi is a member of the American Public Health Association and is currently active in the Maternal and Child Health section. Additionally, Ndidi holds membership on the Board of Trustees for The Women’s Collective, is an active member of Delta Omega, Omega chapter public health honor society, and is the President of The Society of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI). Ndidi also holds membership in the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), Big Brothers, Big Sisters of American, Association and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Research. Dr. Amutah is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Dr. Amutah has worked as a researcher in community-based research settings in a variety of areas including maternal and child health, health disparities, and HIV/AIDS. She has published and presented in the area of HIV/AIDS and infant mortality in urban communities.


M. Laetitia Cairoli, Adjunct Professor, Anthropology

M. Laetitia Cairoli is an adjunct professor in the department of Anthropology where she teaches on the cultures of the Middle East. She lived and worked in Morocco, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as a researcher, investigating both women's organizations and the labor of young females in garment factories. She received her MA in anthropology from New York University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has published her research in several journals and in a recent ethnography entitled: Girls of the Factory: A Year with the Garment Workers of Morocco.


Joseph Donnelly, Professor, Health & Nutrition Sciences


Elaine Gerber, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Dr. Gerber is a medical anthropologist and disability studies scholar. Prior to joining the Anthropology faculty at Montclair State University, Dr. Gerber served for five years as the Senior Research Associate for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), and taught in the graduate program in Disability Studies at City University of New York (CUNY).  She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. (Let’s Go Blue!)  She is a past President of the Society for Disability Studies and is currently a member of the Disability Studies Quarterly editorial board. Her current research includes issues related to: food security & disablement; active living; audio description; blind theater; and the cultural construction of disability.  Her earlier work also centered around culture and the body, particularly in the area of women’s reproductive health.


Thomas Herold, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Thomas Herold studied in Berlin and Zurich. Before going to grad school at Harvard, he worked and lived in Providence and New York City. He graduated in May, 2010 with a dissertation on concepts of time in 20th century German novels. Before coming to Montclair State University, he was a College Fellow at Harvard. At Montclair State, he is the coordinator of the German program. His research focuses on 19th and 20th century German literature and film.


Haci-Murat Hubey, Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Haci-Murat (Mark) Hubey, received his PhD in Engineering in the field of Electromagnetic Wave Propagation and Reflection, from the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics group at University of New Hampshire. He has an MS in Industrial Engineering (Systems Engineering) from NJIT, and an MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. His research involves mathematical modeling of social phenomena, and includes some Fuzzy Logic, Nonlinear Dynamics, and is in various domains such as Economics, Linguistics, Biology, Social Phenomena and Epistemology (Philosophy). He is the author of books The Diagonal Infinity (problems of multiple scales), Mathematical and Computational Linguistics, and Mathematical Foundations of Linguistics


Marie Keem, Adjunct Professor, Family & Child Studies/Health & Nutrition Sciences

Marie Keem's interests lie in both Education and Health. In the field of Education, her research, writing, and teaching have been in the areas of young adults finding their way at college, K-12 teachers adopting new pedagogies, community college missions, and refugees’ and immigrants’ learning and adaptation in the United States and in France. Her experience in the field of Health includes designing and fielding a survey of physical activity, nutrition, and active transportation among residents of New York City. She has also carried out research on community vulnerability and responses to the spread of HIV among injecting drug users. 

A sociologist and a historian, Marie Keem holds a B.A. and an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Education and Sociology from Columbia University. She also holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (a Master’s degree) in Social Sciences from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (School for Advanced Social Science Research) in Paris, France.

Archana Kumar, Assistant Professor, Marketing

Archana Kumar is an Assistant Professor of Marketing, teaching Introduction to Marketing and Retail Marketing and Management.  In Spring 2013, she developed and taught a new hands-on experiential course on 'E-retailing and Multi-channel retailing'. Her principles areas of research are in consumer behavior, apparel retailing, branding strategies, electronic and mobile commerce shopping behavior and cross-cultural consumer behavior.


Dr. Kumar's research has been published in several referred journals including the Journal of Services Marketing, International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management and the Journal of Business Research.  She is also the recipient of the 2007 Emerald Research Fund Award for Indian Management Research.


Dr. Kumar is a member of the American Collegiate and Retailing Association (ACRA) and International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA).  Dr. Kumar has a PhD in Retail and Consumer Services and M.S. in Statistics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She also has a M.S. in Integrated Textile and Apparel Science from Auburn University.

James Rotonda, Adjunct Professor, Psychology

James Rotonda; Ph.D. Candidate, Adjunct Professor of Psychology did graduate work at Rutgers University Graduate School – Institute for Cognitive Studies, Newark, New Jersey He passed comprehensive examinations in Perception, Learning, Personality, and Developmental Psychology. He has taught; Graduate Tests and Measurement, Graduate Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. He was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from Montclair State Federation of Adjunct Faculty, AFT. His current research interests center around “Using Khan Academy to Engage Students in the Classroom” He has made conference presentations on this topic at The Ninth Annual Faculty Technology Showcase, January 15, 2013, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield NJ; and The 14th Annual NJ Edge.Net Faculty Showcase, March 15, 2013, Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ.


Quinn Vega, Professor, Biology & Molecular Biology


Dr. Ikechi Ekeledo, Associate Professor, Marketing and International Business

Dr. Ikechi Ekeledo is an associate professor of marketing and international business in the School of Business, Montclair State University, New Jersey. Before joining the faculty of Montclair State, he was an Assistant Professor of marketing at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in business administration (marketing) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds a M.B.A. in marketing, M.S. in industrial management, and B.S. in operations management all from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Dr. Ekeledo’s current research interests include international market entry strategies, services marketing, marketing strategy, and international business issues in sub-Saharan Africa. He has published in numerous marketing and international business journals, such as the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS), Journal of International Marketing, International Marketing Review, and Journal of Global Marketing. His teaching areas at Montclair State include: International Marketing (graduate and undergraduate), International Business (graduate and undergraduate), Services Marketing (graduate and undergraduate), International Market Entry Strategies (graduate), Export and Import Marketing Process (undergraduate), International Retailing (undergraduate), and Seminar in International Business (undergraduate). His business work experience includes sales management and production management. 


‌Jerry Alan Fails, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Jerry Alan Fails is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Fails received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and a M.S. from Brigham Young University both in the field of Computer Science. His primary focus of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a current focus on technologies that support children’s creativity, mobility, and collaboration. A major facet of his research is working with children and families in the design of improved or new technologies. He has worked with children as co-designers of technology for more than 10 years. He has presented at and published papers in the proceedings of several ACM-sponsored conferences including CHI, IDC, and MobileHCI.


Eva Goldfarb, Professor, Health & Nutrition Sciences


Mark Kay, Marketing, Associate Professor, Marketing

Mark J. Kay is an Associate professor in the Marketing Department. He has a Ph.D. from Baruch College (CUNY) as well as an MBA (International Marketing). He holds an MFA (Art & Design) and an MA (Religious Studies) from the University of Chicago, and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His broad research interests are interdisciplinary, having included studies of branding, sustainability, retailing, and arts marketing. During the 1990s, Dr. Kay developed and taught workshops in market logistics and AIDS prevention in East and Central Europe. He has written several case studies and lectured on the case method of teaching.


Lyndal Khaw, Assistant Professor, Family & Child Studies


Christine Lemesianou, Associate Director, School of Communication and Media


Kirk McDermid, Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Religion


Marissa Silverman, Assistant Professor, School of Music

Dr. Silverman holds a BA in English literature from New York University, an MFA in music performance from the State University of New York (Purchase), an MA in education from Pace University, and a PhD in music performance from New York University. Before her appointment as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music of Montclair State University, she taught secondary school band, general music, and English literature in New York City and at New York University (2000-2009). A Fulbright Scholar, her research interests include urban music education, music and social justice, interdisciplinary education, community music, secondary general music, curriculum development, and topics in the philosophy of music and music education. In addition to articles in The International Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, and The International Journal of Community Music, she has published invited book chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Philosophy, Music, Health and Wellbeing, and The Oxford Handbook of Music Education. She is also an active professional flutist in New York City.


Dirk Vanderklein, Associate Professor, Biology & Molecular Biology

Dr. Vanderklein is an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Molecular Biology. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota where he studied the impact of insect defoliation on tree seedling growth and physiology. His current research interests are to understand how Japanese knotweed impacts our water supply and the mechanisms that make is such an effective water user and to understand why certain trees in the New Jersey Pine Barrens are stunted in their growth. His interest in teaching led him to take courses in adult education while working on his PhD. Since coming to Montclair State University, he has been one of the primary faculty involved in developing and teaching the core freshman and sophomore biology courses. An integral part of these courses has been to involve students in developing and conducting their own research projects.