About Us

If you are a member of the faculty at Montclair State University, you are welcome to be a part of the Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA).

The Office of Faculty Advancement designs, implements, and facilitates ongoing programs such as our Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase, the Engaged Teaching Fellows Program, semester-long book club discussion group, workshops, guest speakers, online training and discussions through Magna Publications and our Canvas Communities, and cross-campus and inter-institutional collaborations.

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.

Associate Director

Julie Dalley is Associate Director, Program Manager, and Faculty Development Specialist for the Office for Faculty Advancement (formerly the Research Academy for University Learning). She holds a BA in History from Vermont College, Norwich University and an MA in English Composition from Montclair State University. She is a current doctoral candidate at Old Dominion University, with a concentration in narratology and literature studies.
She is chief writer and editor for The Teaching Times in Higher Education, a regular blogger at Tumblr and WordPress, and has co-authored articles for the Huffington Post and the Creative Research Center. Ms. Dalley is also an Adjunct Professor in the First-Year Writing Program at Montclair State University. Her current research includes analyzing the experience of real readers of fictional narratives and investigating active and engaged learning interventions in student learning through the use of PLCs. She directs the Professional Learning Community (PLC) for the STEM Pioneers program, an NSF-funded project that seeks to improve the retention, recruitment, and science literacy skills of first-generation college students in the STEM majors, by aligning faculty development and student learning communities. She also works in facilitating programs including contemplative pedagogies, bi-annual book club groups, workshops on active learning, engaging discussions in the classroom, using new strategies and technologies to improve student study and reading skills, using Open Education Resources (OERs) in higher education, and more.

Graduate Student Interns

Katherine Awad is a first-year graduate student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master’s Program. She holds a BA in psychology with a minor in writing from Stockton University. Her career interests include workplace learning, talent development, and recruitment. Katherine assisted in the development of the Faculty Hiring Toolkit and recently acquired an opportunity to research learning models in the workplace. When Katherine has some free time, she enjoys exploring and taking nature walks. Having lived in a quiet town, Katherine is excited to be studying in a lively suburb next door to New York.

Heather Petracco is a first-year graduate student in the Child Advocacy and Policy Master’s Program. She holds a BA in Psychology from Rider University. Her career interests include advocacy and assisting with the Child Welfare System. Heather assists with the Office’s social media and other creative endeavors with the use of Photoshop and Canva. She also recently assisted with the Office’s use of Qualtrics in order to obtain Faculty data through surveys. During Heather’s free time, she enjoys relaxing with her three dogs and exploring the nearby cities. Being used to moving around and being a part of big cities, Heather feels right at home in MSU.

Undergraduate Student Team

Amy Chen

Yuling Zheng