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Honoring Emeriti Faculty – November 2016

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Six faculty members were granted Emeriti status at Montclair State University’s recent Board of Trustees meeting. These Professors Emeriti and many more of Montclair State’s esteemed faculty were honored at a luncheon following the meeting, that began with remarks from Provost Willard Gingerich and included recognition of all emeriti faculty in attendance. The new inductees were Professors Emeriti Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo, Carl Gottschall, Linda Gould-Levine and Thomas “Ted” Williamson.

Vice President for University Advancement, Jack Shannon, offered remarks on the growth of Montclair State’s campus and ways the university can continue to work closely with the Emeriti Association. He noted that alumni remain closely connected to faculty after graduation, and often come back to campus to visit or attend events with their former professors.

Emeriti faculty are an integral part of the campus community, serving as advocates for the University and its mission. As contributors to the University through their professional achievements, they provide significant scholarly resources to benefit current students and alumni.

Several of these renowned professors are also alumni of Montclair State University, including Marybeth Henry ’70, ’72 MA. “The Emeriti luncheon was such a success! It was great to be able to catch up with so many people,” says Henry.

We invite you to view photos from the luncheon. The Office of the Provost and Division of University Advancement look forward to continuing to host events and activities for Emeriti faculty at Montclair State. For more information, contact Deb Corasio, Office of Alumni Relations, at 973-655-4207 or

Join us in congratulating our newest Professors Emeriti! Read some highlights about their tenure at Montclair State. These well-renowned faculty have served on many state-wide and national associations, published scholarly articles, reviews and journals and remain active in their discipline.

Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo

Department of Art and Design
College of the Arts

Professor Emerita del Alamo served the University and our students for 26 years.  During her tenure, Professor del Alamo served as advisor to the BA students in Studio Arts and Art History; served on numerous committees and was an active member of the Honors Program faculty. Dr. del Alamo is a scholar of Spanish art of international repute; and her book, Palace of the Mind: The Cloister of Silos and Spanish Sculpture of the Twelfth Century, among other essays, is the recognized authoritative work on the subject. She has published numerous articles and given papers at international conferences in English, Spanish and French.

Carl Gottschall
Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science and Mathematics

Professor Gottschall served the University and our students for 50 years and taught nearly twenty different mathematics courses during his tenure, he founded the Gifted and Talented Center; co-founded the Legal Studies Center; developed the Pre-Law Studies Minor and taught legal decision-making courses for pre-law students until the time of his retirement.

Linda Gould-Levine
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Levine served the University and our students for forty-four years. She developed and taught numerous courses in Spanish Peninsular literature, women’s literature and film, directed graduate theses and served on numerous thesis committees. Dr. Levine held various leadership positions, including Chair of the Spanish and Italian Department and participated actively in many departmental, college and university committees; she was also one of the founders and directors of the Women’s Studies Program and Major.

Thomas “Ted” Williamson
College of Science and Mathematics

Professor Williamson served the University and our students for forty-five years and taught a wide range of courses in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, both at the undergraduate and graduate level; served at certain times as Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the department and Assistant Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics; helped found the MathLab for Basic Skills courses; contributed to the creation of the Department of Computer Science and the creation of the Faculty Scholarship Incentive Program. Dr. Williamson has published numerous mathematical papers in prestigious journals including Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.