About Us

The Office for Faculty Advancement supports faculty development through in-person and online programming, a robust website, and a variety of faculty development workshops. Current programs include High Impact Course Redesign, bi-annual teaching conferences, reading groups on diversity, equity and inclusion, and programming to support faculty scholarship. The Office for Faculty Advancement is supported by the Provost’s Office and is located on the first floor of Sprague Library.

Executive Director

Dr. Emily Isaacs, Professor in the Department of Writing Studies, has a long record of teaching, scholarship and service at Montclair State University, most recently as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Science and Mathematics, Assistant to the Provost for Special Projects, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously she served a term as English Department Chair and for some years as Director of the University Writing Program where she led the Program to national prominence.

Dr. Isaacs has recently published Writing at the State U: Instruction and Administration at 106 U.S. Comprehensive Universities (2018) and Intersections: Writing Academically with Catherine Keohane (2017). In addition to another book, she has published numerous articles and delivered many conference presentations on teaching writing, writing programming in public higher education, and challenges in higher education. She represents MSU to the APLU Personalized Learning Collaborative which is exploring the application of adaptive teaching methodologies to a range of undergraduate courses nationwide.

Program Coordinator and Website Developer

Anthony Knowles comes to the Office for Faculty Advancement and higher education from a career in design, working in the areas of graphic, environmental, and exhibit design. Originally from Mississippi, Anthony holds a BFA in graphic design with a minor in psychology from Mississippi State University. Anthony has a keen eye for aesthetics and functionality, and has worked on a wide range of corporate, civic, and institutional projects as a consultant and in-house expert. In recent years he has worked as the founder and principal of AK.Design Lab.

At OFA Anthony deploys his strong attention to detail and his experience with managing complex projects involving many people and moving parts. He works with these OFA initiatives: TAC: Teaching in the Age of COVID, a HEERF grant, the High Impact Course Redesign program; the Department of Education multi-institutional grant, At Home in College in the Age of COVID-19: Improving Instruction, Access, and Engagement in Minority-Serving Institutions; and, the creation of asynchronous faculty development content for the OFA website. Anthony recently moved to Montclair where he enjoys time with his family and the community after many years in Brooklyn.

Faculty Developers

Melissa Adamo was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award at Montclair State in 2019 and was an Engaged Teaching Fellow in 2016. She has presented on panels regarding teaching methods at the Northeast Modern Language Association as well as Montclair’s own Teaching and Learning Showcase. With over ten years of college classroom experience at a variety of New Jersey institutions, Melissa excels at engaging students in the classroom and designing course materials that are clear and detailed. She loves helping faculty develop ways to compassionately meet their students where they are.
Pamela Booker /MFA (She/Her/Hers) is an Interdisciplinary Writing/Performance-Media Artist, Educator, and Eco-Activist. Her pedagogy is informed by the “artist as scholar” methods in partnership with cultural inquiry, race/gender/LGBTQ identities, and divergent storytelling styles. She holds an MA in Dramatic Writing & Performance Studies from New York University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Her teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels focuses on returning adult and first-generation college student populations, a range of writing and critical thinking course content at Montclair State University, and formerly at NYU Global Studies and as Core-faculty in the undergraduate programs at Goddard College. Recent featured publications include Eco-Mediations & Memories of Dirt (About Place Journal) and the critically acclaimed anthology BlacktinoQueerPerformance (Duke Univ. Press). Currently, she is completing a collection of speculative short fiction stories and also recently founded WheresYourTree.com, an urban green initiatives project.
Catherine Keohane is interim Associate Director for Teaching and Learning for the Office for Faculty Development. Dr. Keohane has a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University. She has designed and taught upper- and lower-division literature and composition courses, and has experience teaching in multiple modalities. She has presented on student engagement at MLA, and recently has begun to develop open-educational resources that work to mitigate financial barriers to students’ success.
Christine McGoey Christine McGoey has an M.A. in English and a J.D. in Law. She uses practical approaches to solve teaching problems and enjoys helping faculty develop courses, assignments, and options for classrooms. Christine brings varied experience as a former practicing lawyer, a public interest issues and campaign advocate, and a professional writer creating advertising content to her work. Her experience as a meditation teacher also helps her to stay focused and practice reflection, awareness, and compassion in the classroom.
Christina Paolucci is a performing arts professional with 25 years experience in the field and in dance education. She is an adjunct professor of ballet and pointe technique in the Department of Theatre and Dance and serves as an Admissions Coordinator for the Dance Division.

Graduate Student Interns

Pranav Gopalakrishnan is an international graduate student in the MBA program. His undergraduate degree in architecture gives him strong problem-solving and technical skills. Pranav takes care of updating the website, organizing and scheduling events, working on OFA’s secondary website, amongst other general administrative tasks.

 

Undergraduate Student Assistants

Daine Ocampo Martinez is a federal work study student in OFA, with a major in Linguistics and minor in Sociology. They hope to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work. Daine helps with daily administrative tasks. federal work study student in OFA, with a major in Linguistics and minor in Sociology. They hope to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work. Daine helps with daily administrative tasks.
Malachi Abernathy, a Federal Work Study student pursuing their undergraduate as a part of the Class of 2025. Currently enrolled as undecided, yet seeking to audition for the John J. Cali School, where they hope to be enrolled as a Music Education major for Fall of 2022.
Carolina Perez a first generation college student is currently in her first year studying Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Currently running her small business Sweet Snax by Lina as well as being a part of OFA.
Janae Owens, is a first year undergraduate student majoring in Early Childhood Education. Janae plans to become an elementary school teacher and hopes to network while working at OFA. Janae worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at a local Childcare Center. Her interests outside of school include singing, learning new skills, and cooking.
Luis Tiru is a graduate student finishing his last semester in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. He graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with his BA in Forensic Psychology. His interests include Change Management and Organizational Effectiveness. Luis is currently working on the OFA’s Adjunct Faculty Toolkit to improve the accessibility of resources for our adjunct faculty.

Interns

Andrew Ciechanowski is currently completing his final year in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Masters Program at MSU. He holds a BA in Sociology and a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice from William Patterson University. Andrew is currently working to further develop the OFA’s leadership training and development platform for academic department chairs.
Stephanie Rim is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Public and Professional Writing with a minor in Business Administration. She currently interns at the OFA office and specializes in writing, editing, social media management, graphic design, and web development. She assists the faculty developers towards many of the office’s events and projects on campus.
Carlos Salvador is a student and tutor at Montclair State University as well as an educator at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. But, most importantly he is a writer.

 

Former Graduate Student Interns and Staff

Nikita Kumbhani is an international graduate student in the Computer Science program. She is a Java developer with strong analytical, problem-solving, and technical skills. Nikita takes care of updating the website, designing and managing surveys, coordinating and organizing events, sending email confirmation, along with many other administrative tasks.
Hannah Wieselthier is currently in her second year in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Masters Program. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Currently working on creating a leadership development training program for department chairs, Hannah’s research interests include training and development, assessments, selection, and personality.

Steven Langer is currently in his second year in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Masters Program. He earned his BA in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, with minors in neuroscience and military science. Steven is currently developing a leadership training and development platform for academic department chairs. His interests in his field include training and development, performance assessment systems, employee and organization member morale and motivation, and leadership development.
Matthew Giuliano is currently in his first year in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Masters Program. He earned his BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey with a minor in economics. His interests in the field include leadership development, personnel selection and placement, training and development, employee motivation, and performance assessment systems.

Nnamdi Chuka-Maduji is a graduate student in the M.S. in Computer Science at Montclair State University. Nnamdi is the office organizer, edits the webpage, manages the database, and contributes to data analysis. Beyond that, Nnamdi does everything he possibly can — and more — to help give the OFA ship afloat in good times and bad.