2015-2016 Engaged Teaching Fellows Program Fellows and Mentors

2015-2016 Fellows and Mentors



Catherine Baird

Catherine Baird, Online and Outreach Services Librarian, Sprague Library

Catherine Baird is the Online and Outreach Services Librarian at Montclair State University Library.  To this role, she brings her knowledge of learning, technology, communications, libraries and information.  Her current projects include seeking a better understanding the information behavior of students and faculty as well as creating a coordinated approach to information literacy instruction, including online instruction, at Montclair.


Before joining Montclair, Catherine was a Librarian at Ontario’s Sheridan College and McMaster University.  She has an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario as well as an MA in German from the University of British Columbia.

 Thomas Bentey

Thomas Bentey, Adjunct Professor, School of Communication and Media

Thomas Bentey graduated from Rutgers University in 2003 with a BA in English and obtained a MA degree in Media Studies from The New School in 2012. As part of his graduate degree requirements, Thomas made a feature film.  “At the Jersey Shore” went on to screen at national film festivals, (including the inaugural Montclair Film Festival) and received international Cable VOD, iTunes and Amazon.com distribution. His new short film/TV Pilot "Flat Brim" screened at the 2015 Garden State Film Festival and Lighthouse International Film Festival. He currently teaches Fundamentals of Speech at Montclair State University and Intercultural Communications at Middlesex County College. Thomas is excited to foster and develop student engagement techniques with his colleagues during his time as an Engaged Teaching Fellow.



Renata Blumberg, Assistant Professor, Health & Nutrition Sciences

 Kathy Curto

Kathy Curto, Adjunct Professor, First-Year Writing

Kathy Curto teaches writing at Montclair State University and The Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College.  She holds a BA and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work. Kathy’s work has been published in the newly released anthology, Listen to Your Mother:  What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and in publications including Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, Italian Americana, VIA-Voices in Italian Americana and Lumina.  For more information visit her website:  www.kathycurto.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathy-Curto/1620064871543156?ref=tn_tnmn.


 ‌Henk Eshuis

Henk Eshuis, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Henk Eshuis received his M.Sc. in Chemistry from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from Bristol University in the UK. He held a post-doctoral position at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University.
His research is involved with the application and development of electronic structure methods. State-of-the-art computational methods are applied to the elucidation of reaction mechanisms involving transition metal catalysts. Of particular interest is the role played by weak, non-covalent interactions. Methods are tested and developed to describe these interactions to a higher degree of accuracy. In addition, he performs computational studies to describe the photooxidation of isoprene in the atmosphere in the presence of NOx.

Kathy Gainor, Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership

Dr. Kathy A. Gainor is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership.  A counseling psychologist, counselor educator, and ordained interfaith minister, her research and teaching interests focus on multiculturalism and culturally responsive counseling practice, spirituality and counseling practice, career counseling and development, and counselor training and pedagogy.  Dr. Gainor entered academia in order to reach more clients through the professional counselors that she trains. With over 25 years of professional experience in mental health predominantly providing counseling, psychotherapy, and consultative services to students, faculty, and staff at university counseling centers, she is committed to creating a learning experience that supports her students in becoming competent, ethical, culturally responsive, and reflective practitioners. Teaching is her passion and her “calling.”
 ‌Reginia Judge

Reginia Judge, Assistant Professor, Justice Studies

Reginia Judge, Esq. is an assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies.  She received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.  In addition to teaching hands-on courses entitled, “Computer Applications in the Legal Environment” and “Law Office Management and Technology,” she lectures in the areas of consumer law and civil litigation.  Professor Judge teaches several online courses which include  “Police Civil Liability” and “Technology in the Criminal Justice System.”  She is also the coordinator of technology for the Department of Justice Studies.  Her current research is in the area of media and the criminal justice system.



Carol Kotch, Adjunct Professor, Classics & General Humanities


T.T. Selvarajan, Associate Professor, Management

Angela Sheely-Moore 

Angela Sheely-Moore, Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership

Dr. Angela Sheely-Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership. In addition to teaching core courses in both the MA and PhD programs, Dr. Sheely-Moore teaches within her specializations of school counseling and play therapy. Her current research interests include school counseling, multicultural counseling, and best practices in counselor education. She has worked in P-16 settings as a school counselor, administrator, and clinical counselor. Dr. Sheely-Moore was the former Assistant Director for the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas and currently serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Play Therapy.



Jean Alvares, Chairperson, Classics & General Humanities

 Brian Abrams

Brian Abrams, Associate Professor, John C. Cali School of Music

Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, Analytical Music Therapist and Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, has been a music therapist since 1995, with experience across a wide range of clinical contexts. Prior to his current position at Montclair State University as Associate Professor of Music (2008-present) and Coordinator of Music Therapy (2010-present), he served on the faculty at Immaculata University (2004-2008) and Utah State University (2001-2004). He has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as music therapy in cancer care, music psychotherapy, humanistic music therapy, and the interdisciplinary area of Health Humanities, including his role as one of five authors of a 2015 book by that title. He has also contributed to the establishment of several medical music therapy programs. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, such as Music Therapy Perspectives, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), including as President from 2007-2009. From 2005 through the present, he has served on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates, including as Assembly Representative on the AMTA Board of Directors from 2010-2013, and as Assembly Speaker from 2012-2013.

William Colucci, Instructional Specialist, Information Management and Business Analytics


Jerry Alan Fails, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Jerry Alan Fails is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Montclair State University. His general area of research is human-computer interaction (HCI), with a focus on technologies that support children’s creativity, mobility, and collaboration. Dr. Fails has been designing technologies with and for children since 2003. He founded and directs an intergenerational design team called Kidsteam at Montclair State University. In Kidsteam, children and adults work as partners in the design process and often work on designing and developing informal educational experiences.
   Karen Goodman, Professor, John C. Cali School of Music
 Doug Murray

Douglas W. Murray, Assistant Professor, Health and Nutrition Sciences

Dr. Murray is currently Assistant Professor of Food Systems at Montclair State University in New Jersey. His current research interests include Serious Leisure satisfaction and motivation across multiple activities, food safety, and the craft beer industry.  Murray has published in academic journals such as: Appetite, the British Food Journal, the World Leisure Journal, and Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology and serves on the scientific advisory boards of the International Conference of Culinary Arts and Sciences and the Jordan International Tourism and Hospitality Conference.  He completed his doctoral degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Auburn University where he was awarded the Malone-Zallen Graduate Research Fellowship.  In addition to his teaching and research experience Dr. Murray brings extensive food management expertise, having held leadership positions in chain restaurant operations, private clubs, and institutions.

Chris Parker

Christopher Parker, Adjunct Professor, Classics & General Humanities

 Tony Spanakos

 Tony Spanakos, Associate Professor, Political Science and Law

Anthony Spanakos is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University. Previously, he taught at Tufts University, Manhattanville College, Touro College, among other universities. He was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Brasilia (2002) and the Institute for Advanced Study of Administration in Venezuela (2008), and a Visiting Fellow at the East Asia Institute in Singapore (2009). He is co-editor of Conceptualising Comparative Politics book series at Routledge. His research has focused on citizenship, democratization, political economy and foreign policy in Latin America and Asia, as well as on using popular culture to teach political philosophy. He is the co-editor of Reforming Brazil (Lexington 2004) and Conceptualising Comparative Politics (Routledge 2015). He is the author of articles published in a number of scholarly journals including Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, New Political Science, and Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, among others. Some of his more recent articles include:

Anthony P. Spanakos, “Institutionalities and Political Change in Bolivarian Venezuela,” Anthony P. Spanakos and Francisco Panizza Ed. Conceptualizing Comparative Politics, (Routledge 2015)

Anthony P. Spanakos and Joseph Marques, "South-South Relations and the English School of International Relations: Chinese and Brazilian Ideas and Involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa," Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, June 2014.

Anthony P. Spanakos “Hell’s Kitchen’s Prolonged Crisis and Would-be Sovereigns: Daredevil, Hobbes, and Schmitt,” PS: Political Science & Politics (Jan 2014) p. 94-97.

Petra van't Slot 
Petra van 't Slot, Instructional Specialist Chemistry and Biochemistry
Petra's interest is in the field of Education. She received her MSc in Biomolecular Sciences from Wageningen University in The Netherlands and went on to receive a postdoctoral teaching degree from Utrecht University. Her extensive teaching experience includes 9th-12th grade and college courses. Her previous employers include high schools and a four-year university in The Netherlands and California.

Always aiming for the most effective way of transferring new knowledge, she has been and is actively involved in curriculum development. She is excited to be part of the 2014-2015 Engaged Teacher Fellow program.