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 for Faculty Advancement supports faculty development through workshops, guides, and guidance on this website, and programming.  Current programs include High Impact Course Redesign, bi-annual teaching conferences, and programming to support faculty scholarship.  The Office for Faculty Advancement is supported by the Provost’s Office and is located on the third floor of Schmitt Hall.

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 Assistant

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.


Former Graduate Student Interns and Staff

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.