Fellows Program 2008-2009


Tyson Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Foundations
Tyson Lewis is assistant professor of educational foundations at Montclair State University. His research focus is in philosophy of education, critical theory, and biopolitics. Dr. Lewis's articles have appeared in a variety of interdisciplinary journals including Theory and Event, Historical Materialism, Rethinking Marxism, Cultural Critique, Educational Theory, Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory, and the Journal of Aesthetic Education. Recently, he completed a co-edited volume entitled "The Challenge of Herbert Marcuse" for Rowmanand Littlefield, as well as a co-authored a primer on Marcuse and education for Sense publishers.

Mentor: Professor David Keiser

  A. David Trubatch, Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

A. David Trubatch is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montclair State University. Previously, he was Assistant Professor and Davies Fellow at the US Military Academy (West Point), where he also served temporarily as the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. Since his graduate-student days at the Courant Institute (New York University) and the University of Colorado, he has been actively involved in the integration of computing technology and applications into the undergraduate mathematics curriculum. His research focuses on nonlinear waves and, in particular, soliton equations and their solutions by the inverse-scattering transform. More recently he has been active in the ferrofluids research group in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Mentor: Professor Sarita Eisenberg

  Stefan A. Robila, Associate Professor, Computer Sciences

"Stefan A. Robila is an Associate Professor in Computer Science. Dr. Robila received his undergraduate education from "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, Iasi, Romania (B.S. in Computer Science) following them with graduate studies at University of Iowa and MS and PhD degrees at Syracuse University, NY (in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems respectively). His research interests include: image processing, information theory, parallel and distributed computing, remote sensing, hyperspectral image processing and technology in the classroom. Dr. Robila has published over thirty journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. His interests in improving computer science learning resulted in his participation in several undergraduate education panels (on the role of research projects in teaching, and the use of mobile instructional labs) and presentations (on phishing education, writing requirements in computing, etc.) as well as outside funding."

Mentor: Professor Dorothy Deremer

  Yanli Zhang, Assistant Professor, Management & Information Systems

Yanli Zhang is currently Assistant Professor in the Management and Information Systems Department at Montclair State University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Management (concentrating on strategy and international business) from Rutgers University in May 2007. Her research interests are in technological innovation, networks and Knowledge. Her paper on “Inter-Firm Networks and Innovation” won the Doug Nigh award in the International Management Division at the Academy of Management 2007 annual conference. She obtained a BA in Economics from Beijing University, China. Prior to joining Rutgers, she had worked as an economic analyst in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China, and a management consultant in Accenture, Beijing office.

Mentor: Professor Ram Subramanian

  Edina Renfro-Michel, Assistant Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership

Edina Renfro- Michel is an Assistant Professor for the Dept of Counseling and Educational Leadership. She achieved her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University; her M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans; and her B.A. from University of New Orleans. Her Professional Research/Interests are: Counselor supervision, adult child attachment, technology in counselor education.

Mentor: Professor Christine Lemesianou

  Kirk McDermid, Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Religion

Kirk McDermid is an assistant professor in Philosophy in the department of Philosophy & Religion. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral Fellow, where he taught as an adjunct before joining Montclair State. He was placed on the UWO Student Council's Honour Roll for teaching in 2001, and has been nominated several times as a graduate student for teaching awards. Dr. McDermid has taught courses in the philosophy of science, epistemology (theory of knowledge), logic & critical thinking, philosophy of mind, economic justice and decision theory. His recent pedagogical research involves the use of games to illustrate and explore difficult philosophical concepts such as Bayesian reasoning and Rawls' 'Original Position' argument. He has published articles inPhysics Letters and Religious Studies on the epistemology and metaphysics of science.

Mentor: Professor Mika Munakata

  Laura Dolp, Assistant Professor, John J. Cali School of Music

Laura Dolp is an assistant professor at the John J. Cali School of Music. She received her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Montclair State University she was a visiting faculty member at Fordham University and Wellesley College. She was a President’s Fellow at Columbia University and has received a DAAD scholarship at Humboldt–Universität in Berlin. Her interdisciplinary research interests embrace a variety of topics, from late nineteenth-century Austro-German music and visual arts to the music of Arvo Pärt and Orthodox iconography. Two ongoing projects explore the role of music in a literary context, in the novels of Willa Cather, and the relationship of music to modern dance, in the choreography of Mark Morris. She is a frequent speaker in the UK, Canada and the United States. Her articles appear in the Journal of Musicological Research and Muzyka. Currently, she is working on a book-length study of the historical relationship between cartography and the musical score.

Mentor: Professor Karen Goodman

  Cigdem Talgar, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Cigdem P Talgar is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University. She joined the university in 2004 after completing her Postdoctoral Training at the NYU Medical School's Child Study Center, investigating possible physiological markers or determinants for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Prior to this, she earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from NYU whilst investigating the attentional mechanisms mediating visual perception and cognition. This research along with her Post-Doctoral research established the groundwork to set up her Lab in Visual and Perceptual Attention at Montclair State University for which she is Director. Her Applied Psychological approach has allowed her to investigate more social phenomena from a cognitive perspective. Dr Talgar's research has been published in journals including Vision Research, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review and Current Biology. More recently, Dr Talgar has presented her research in collaboration with Montclair State students investigating the role of perception and experience on the Cross-Race Effect as well as the role of Logos in Marketing Efficacy at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. This research has not only allowed her to delve into Applied Psychology but also permitted her to investigate the pedagogical benefits of mentorship at the level of Undergraduate Study.

Mentor: Professor Meredyth Appelbaum

  Meredyth Appelbaum, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Meredyth Krych Appelbaum is a tenured assistant professor of psychology in the area of psychology of language. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 where she majored in both psychology and linguistics. After earning her PhD in cognitive psychology from Stanford University in 2001, Dr. Appelbaum was a visiting assistant professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Currently, she is an assistant professor of psychology at Montclair State University, in Montclair, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. Her major research interest involves understanding the fundamental processes people use to coordinate in face-to-face conversation and how this coordination facilitates mutual understanding. Recently she has become interested in the role of theory of mind in establishing mutual understanding. A secondary research interest is the relation between speaking, perceiving, and thinking and in what ways the act of describing actions or events may later bias memory of the perceived event.

Teaching Fellow: Professor Cigdem Talgar


Dorothy Deremer, Chairperson, Computer Science

Dr. Dorothy Deremer has PhD in statistics from New York University, an MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MA and BA in mathematics from Montclair State. She came to Montclair State in 1981 from Caldwell College where she had been the chairperson of the math department. She has been the chairperson of the Computer Science Department at Montclair State University since its inception in July 1998. Under her leadership the Department has received national ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accreditation for CS’s concentration in professional computing and the BS in Information Technology and has had a founding role in the BS in interdisciplinary Science Informatics and the inter-college minor in Cognitive Science. In the early 2000’s Dorothy Deremer was president of the NJ chapter of the Association for Women in Computing. For many years Dorothy Deremer has implemented active learning strategies specifically with the Johnson model of Cooperative Learning (CL). These include directing peer reviewed workshops at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) national technical symposiums, an invited keynote workshop leader, for example, on CL in Computer Science for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges in Augusta, GE. With others her work on peer learning was published in the peer reviewed Computer Science Education and SIGCSE Bulletin. She is currently working on implementing John Bigg’s constructive alignment and SOLO (structured of the observed learning outcomes) Taxonomy in her computing courses. Dorothy Deremer lives in Cedar Grove with her husband, a mathematics professor, and their dog Luther. They have two adult children.

Teaching Fellow: Professor Stefan Robila


Sarita Eisenberg, Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Dr. Sarita Eisenberg is a tenured Associate Professor in the area of child language acquisition and disorder and serves as the Concentration Coordinator for the Speech Pathology Masters program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Eisenberg came to Montclair State University seven years ago after teaching at William Paterson University and Columbia University Teachers College. Her teaching includes courses in Language Disorders in Children, Speech and Language Acquisition, Language Assessment, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, and Phonetics. She earned her Ph.D. from City University of New York and an M.A. from Temple University. She is certified as a speech-language pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as holding New Jersey State licensure in speech-language pathology, and is recognized as a specialist in Child Language by the Specialty Board on Child Language of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Eisenberg’s research has focused on deficits in the acquisition of syntax by preschool and school-aged children. Recently, she has begun to focus on assessments for the early diagnosis of language disorders in children. Her work has appeared in top tier journals, including Applied Psycholinguistics, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, First Language, Journal of Child Language, and Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools.

Teaching Fellow: Professor A. David Trubatch

  Ram Subramanian, Professor, Management and Information Systems Department

Ram Subramanian received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 1990 and taught for sixteen years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan before joining Montclair State University in 2006. He teaches the business school capstone course, Strategic Management, as well as Small Business/Entrepreneurship and Family Business. In addition, Ram teaches MBA courses at the school’s Brookdale campus. His research interest is in the broad area of organization-environment interface and his scholarly work has been published in Journal of Management, Management International Review, and Journal of Business Research, among others.

  Mika Munakata, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Mika Munakata is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics education from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2002. She teaches courses ranging from mathematics courses for non-mathematics majors to doctoral-level courses for the Ed.D. program in mathematics pedagogy. Previous to Montclair State, Mika taught middle and high school mathematics for nine years. She draws heavily upon those experiences in both her teaching and research. Her research interests focus on students’ mathematical thinking, especially as it pertains to estimation and problem-solving tasks. Currently, she is co-director of the five-year National Science Foundation’s GK12 Fellows in the Middle program at Montclair State. The program trains science and mathematics graduate students to work with teachers to infuse the middle school curriculum with research-based and inquiry-driven mathematics and science.

Teaching Fellow: Professor Kirk McDermid

  Christine Lemesianou, Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Christine A. Lemesianou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Since joining Montclair State University in 2000, she has also served as the Coordinator for the Fundamentals of Speech Program. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication studies, persuasion, research methods and globalization and has a strong interest in creating innovative pedagogical practices. Her research interests include communication and identity, globalization and borders, critical pedagogy, and new media and interactive technologies. She is currently working on a manuscript that investigates global literacies.

Teaching Fellow: Professor Edina Renfro-Michel

  Karen Goodman, Professor, School of Music

Karen D. Goodman holds degrees from the City University of New York- Hunter College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as professional credentials in music therapy, creative arts therapy and special education. Her research-based clinical work includes practice at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (child psychiatry); Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center (child and adult psychiatry); Child Development Research Center (preventive mental health nursery); Communication Disorders Demonstration Program-Montclair State (child autism) and Regional Day School at Morris (multiply handicapped children). The results of Prof. Goodman’s qualitative research are reflected in publications and regional, national, and international presentations over a period of many years. Most recently, she presented at the 12th International Music Therapy Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on issues related to training and education in music therapy. She has served as editor of Music Therapy: The Journal of the American Association for Music Therapyand was named to the Advisory Board of the Creativity Foundation, founded by the late Dr. Silvano Arieti as well as the Child Development Research Center Board, founded by the late Dr. Judith Kestenberg. Her book, Music Therapy Groupwork with Special Needs Children: The Evolving Process (pub. 2007; Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas) is acclaimed in journals such as The British Journal of Music Therapy, The Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, The Canadian Journal of Music Therapy andThe Arts in Psychotherapy and has sold throughout the world. Prof. Goodman, currently the Graduate Coordinator of Music Therapy Studies for the John J Cali School of Music, has taught at Montclair State since 1978. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys seeing clients in her private practice, serving as a clinical consultant to numerous school districts and consulting to Pearson and Oxford University publishing companies. She is under contract for a book related to the training and education of music therapists.

Teaching Fellow: Professor Laura Dolp

  Eva Goldfarb, Chairperson/Professor, Health and Nutrition Sciences

Dr. Eva S. Goldfarb, Professor of Health Education and Chair of the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sexuality education. She has developed and led sexuality education and sexual health programs with youth, parents, educators, and other professionals and has trained current and future school teachers across the country to be better sexuality educators. Dr. Goldfarb is co-author of the groundbreaking curriculaOur Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 10-12 and Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 4-6, for which she was awarded and honorary doctorate of Humane Letters. She is the co-author and co-editor of Filling the Gaps: Hard-To-Teach Topics in Human Sexuality, a book for educators, and co-author of the curriculum Making Smarter Choices About Sex, a sexual abstinence curriculum for middle school adolescents. Most recently, Dr. Goldfarb co-authoredBeing Out, Staying Safe, the first HIV/STD prevention curriculum specifically geared for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual teens. Her work is featured in the video Sexuality and Our Faith and has also been featured on MTV.com, and in Newsweek, The Nation, Self and The New York Times. Dr. Goldfarb has published numerous articles and essays and presented at conferences worldwide in the area of sexuality education and sexual health. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary) from the Starr King School for the Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at The HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Teaching Fellow: Professor Stephanie Navarro Silvera