2016 - 2017 Engaged Teaching Fellows Program Fellows and Mentors

2016 - 2017 Fellows and Mentors



‌‌Melissa Adamo

Melissa Adamo, Adjunct Professor, English/First-Year Writing

Melissa Adamo, Associate Editor for English Kills Review, received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark, and her essays, poems, and reviews have previously appeared in journals, such as Mezzo Cammin, Per Contra, and The Rumpus, among others. She currently teaches various composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Montclair State, Ramapo College, and Rutgers-Newark.


 ‌Alicia Broderick

Alicia Broderick, Associate Professor, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, & Literacy Education

Alicia A. Broderick is an Associate Professor in the Early Childhood, Elementary, & Literacy Education Department in the College of Education and Human Services, and is a Graduate Program Coordinator for their Inclusive Education graduate programs.  Her work is grounded in the field of critical disability studies, and her research interests center on inclusivity and exclusion in both P-12 and teacher education, critical autism studies, and democratic and alternative learning contexts.  Among the courses that she teaches are Foundations and Philosophy of Inclusive Education, Advanced Inclusive Pedagogies, and Action Research in Inclusive Education.  Her interests for the Engaged Teaching Fellows Program involve studying pedagogic strategies for facilitating active student engagement when students may experience resistance to the topics being explored.  Specifically, she hopes to plan for more purposeful engagement with experiential and engaged learning experiences across the Inclusive Education program that may enable students (who disproportionately identify as white and nondisabled) to understand the ways in which both ableist and racist inequities are structurally normative within our systems of general and special education.        

Andriy Fomin

Andriy Fomin, Adjunct Professor, Classics and General Humanities

Dr. Andriy Fomin has been working as adjunct instructor in the Department of Classics and General Humanities at Montclair State University since 2013, where he has taught classes on Classical antiquity, including offerings in ancient Greek, on Troy and the Trojan War, on classical mythology, and on Greek and Roman civilization.

He has earned his advanced degrees, an Ed.M. (Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education) and a Ph.D. (Classics), at Rutgers University. He has held fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and at the American Research Center in Sofia, and has been a research fellow at the University of Konstanz.

His scholarly interests include ancient Greek and Roman historiography and the literature of the Second Sophistic (the Greek cultural revolution in the Roman empire during the first three centuries CE). His current main research focus is on the late second/early third century CE Roman historian Dio Cassius.


 Monica Glina

Monica Glina, Adjunct Professor, Educational Foundations

Dr. Glina is a an instructor and Senior Research Associate for the Department of Educational Foundations and a Research Scientist for the REDSS Lab in the Department of Family and Child Studies at Montclair State University. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Educational Research at the University of Oslo in Norway. She received her EdD in Pedagogy from Montclair State University. She also holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and a BA in English from Boston University. She has specific expertise in classroom discourse, democratic pedagogy and teacher training/education. Her research is concerned with the impact of dialogic interaction on (1) aggression and (2) the development of classroom talk.

Dr. Glina has published several papers on the impact of classroom dialogue on both academic outcomes and prosocial behavior. She has served as a Senior Research Associate, Project Director and Discourse Coach on a grant sponsored by the Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) entitled Professional Development in Dialogic Teaching through Classroom Discussion to Improve Argument Literacy. The two goals of this collaboration with The Ohio State University for which she has been and continued to be a Research Associate are: (1) to train teachers to conduct classroom discussions that improve students’ abilities to comprehend and formulate arguments and (2) to research a professional development program in dialogic teaching that can improve students’ argument literacy skills. She is also a Research Associate on a grant funded by the Spencer Foundation called Measuring Argument Literacy Skills of Elementary School Students, as well as Research Scientist on two projects funded by the John Templeton Foundation called Reflecting on the Laws of Life: A Systems Evaluation Planning Project and Process Evaluation and Inspiring Youth Purpose through Reflection on the Laws of Life: Improving, Implementing, Evaluating and Researching the Inspire>Aspire Poster Program. She had also served as the Research Associate for a two prior grants sponsored by the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation: Measuring the Dialogic Quality of Classroom Talk, for which she helped to design and validate a new instrument that allows elementary school teachers to assess the dialogic quality of their interactions with their students and Student Thought and Classroom Language: Investigating the Connection, for which she developed data-analytic frameworks and coded persuasive compositions.

She has prepared curricula for a variety of undergraduate courses, such as Psychological Foundations of Education and Assessment of Learning, for students who are preparing to apply to the teacher education program, as well as graduate courses, such as Methods of Research and Learning Theories, for educators, administrators and school counselors who have returned to school to pursue advanced degrees.


 Jonathan Howell

Jonathan Howell, Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Jonathan Howell is an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics.  He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University.  He held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain at McGill University. 
Jonathan's research focuses on prosody, the “music” of language (e.g. intonation, stress and rhythm) and how we employ it to create meaning.  The relationship between the concrete physical properties of speech (e.g. articulation, acoustics) and abstract pragmatic meaning (e.g. speaker intent, common ground) is complex, and mediated by several layers of linguistic structure, including phonology, syntax and semantics (the subconscious grammatical organization of sounds, sentences and literal meaning, respectively).  Dr. Howell’s research is unique in its use of naturally-occurring speech from the web, such as podcasts and videos, together with data collected in a laboratory and analyzed using advanced computational methods.


 Adrian Kerrihard

Adrian Kerrihard, Assistant Professor, Health & Nutrition Sciences


Dr. Kerrihard is an assistant professor of Food Science at Monclair State University.  He received his Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia in 2014, followed by continuing investigations as a postdoctoral researcher.  His research has applied novel modeling techniques to the successful quantification of chemical factors influencing edible oil degradation.  He has also performed research in the disciplines of sensory science and flavor chemistry, specifically in modeling volatile profiles within foods versus consumer experience.  His most recent work has examined antioxidants and other potentially healthful bioactives.  Dr. Kerrihard values helping students understand the governing principles of science, and making meaningful connections to real-world applications.

 Arnaud Kurze

Arnaud Kurze, Assistant Professor, Justice Studies

Arnaud Kurze is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. His scholarly work on transitional justice in the post-Arab Spring world focuses particularly on youth activism, art and collective memory. 
In summer 2015, he was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, studying youth resilience in North Africa and the Middle East. During 2012-2013 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Studies (CGS) at George Mason University. In the past, he was the Publication & Web Editor at CGS and Coordinator of CGS's "Human Rights, Justice & Democracy Project," funded by the Open Society Institute. Since 2013 he has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University. 
He has published in several academic journals, contributed to edited volumes and is author of several reports on foreign affairs for government and international organizations. He regularly writes analyses and op-ed articles online for think tanks and other institutions. He received numerous awards and fellowships from many progressive institutions such as the Woodrow Wilson Center and the American Council of Learned Societies.


 ‌‌Jorge Lorenzo-Trueba

Jorge Lorenzo-Trueba, Assistant Professer, Earth and Environmental Studies

Jorge Lorenzo-Trueba is an assistant professor interested in the effect of biological processes and human activities on the dynamics of coastal environments. Since he joined the Earth and Environmental Studies Department, Jorge has taught Introduction to Marine Science for non-majors, and Numerical Modeling of Earth Systems for graduate students. Before joining MSU, Jorge was a postdoctoral researcher at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and then at Rice University. He obtained his doctoral degree at University of Minnesota, and his undergraduate degree at the Technical University of Madrid, both in Civil Engineering .


 Carrie O'Dell

Carrie O'Dell, Instructor, English/First Year Writing

Carrie Lee O'Dell teaches writing at Montclair State University and works as a freelance dramaturg in New York and New Jersey. Carrie holds a BA in Theatre from Rhodes College and an MFA in Dramaturgy and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from SUNY Stony Brook. She has served as a dramaturg for HiveMind Theater, Shalimar Productions, Young Playwrights, Inc., and the late Elizabeth Swados at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts. Her writing has been performed at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, The Producer’s Club in NYC, and the Stony Brook Cabaret. In September 2014, she served/appeared as the dramaturg in the world premiere of Richard Schechner's Imagining O, presented at the Alexander Kasser Theater as part of the Peak Performance series. In 2015, she worked with No Dominion Theatre Co. on Departure, a devised performance at the Solitude House in High Bridge, NJ. Carrie serves as co-chair of the Live Literature Committee at MSU and seeks to better integrate performance and visual art into FYW curriculum.

 Kim Whittam

 Kim Whittam, Adjunct Professor, Theatre & Dance

Kim Whittam received her MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and her BFA in Dance from Montclair State University.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, teaching ballet to students in the BFA in Dance Program and choreographing for Departmental projects.  She is also Assistant to the MFA Coordinator, facilitating the launching of the newly developed low-residency MFA in Dance.  Kim is on the faculty at the Capezio/Peridance Center in NYC, where she has been a teacher and choreographer for the last ten years.  Her work as a performer and choreographer has been presented at venues throughout the country, and she is currently working with composer Angelo Bello on projects affiliated with the New York Philharmonic Biennial season.

 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.

 Kathy Curto

Kathryn 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.

Jean Alvares, Chair, Classics & General Humanities

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Ndidiamaka Amutah, Assistant Professor, Health & Nutrition Sciences

Ndidiamaka N.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 a councilor 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 Immediate Past- 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 America, and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Research.

Dr. Amutah is a Certified Health Education Specialist.She has taught courses on Program Planning and Evaluation, Research Methods, Adolescent Health, and Minority Women’s Health. 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 both domestically and internationally in the area of HIV/AIDS and infant mortality in urban communities.

Formerly, Dr. Amutah completed the Kellogg Community Health Scholar post-doctoral fellowship at Morgan State University. Her research study titled DRUMMing Up Data: A Maternal and Child Health Community Based Participatory Research focused on examining the family planning practices, beliefs, and aptitude for women ages 18-45 in Baltimore City.

Currently, Dr. Amutah is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences. In this capacity her research focuses on adverse birth outcomes for women of color, HIV/AIDS and women of color in an urban context, and community based participatory research. More information on Dr. Amutah can be found at www.ndidiamutahphd.com


Stefanie Brachfeld

Stefanie Brachfeld, Professor and Chair, Earth and Environmental Studies

Stefanie Brachfeld is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, and Director of the interdisciplinary PhD program in Environmental Management. Her teaching activities span Montclair State University’s General Education Program, Honors Program, and bachelors, masters, and doctoral level courses in Earth and Environmental Studies and Environmental Management. Dr. Brachfeld has participated in 10 marine geology expeditions to Antarctica, the Arctic Ocean, and North Atlantic Ocean. Her research addresses causes and effects of historic and modern ice shelf collapse, the use of provenance tracers to reconstruct Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics, the use of magnetic minerals as natural tracers of natural and anthropogenic processes, and terrestrial and planetary magnetism.



Elaine Gerber, Associate Professor, Anthropology

 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.

 Priya Lalvani

Priya Lalvani, Associate Professor, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Literacy Education


Gabriel Rubin, Associate Professor, Justice Studies

 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.