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OFA Advisory Board

The OFA Advisory Board is designed to provide feedback and advisory guidance to the workings of the Office of Faculty Advancement. It will consist of representatives from across the University, including at least one faculty representative from every college and school and additional staff representatives from related offices, such as Student Development and Faculty Life, and Instructional Technology and Design Services, and the Library. The Board will provide a diverse range of faculty perspectives and expertise to help guide the OFA in developing new programs and services to promote excellence in scholarship and teaching.

Jessica Bacon, Teaching and Learning

Jessica_BaconDr. Jessica Bacon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University, where she teaches classes on inclusive education and disability studies. Dr. Bacon received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Syracuse University in 2012. Dr. Bacon’s recent publications have investigated the impact of educational policy and standards-based reform movement on inclusive education, embedding disability studies in the K-12 curricula, and post-secondary inclusive programming for students with intellectual and developmental disability labels. She has integrated her research and service commitments by collaborating with community members who are parent-advocates, self-advocates, teachers, and students with disabilities in order to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities within schooling and community systems.

Deepak Bal, Mathematics

Dr. Deepak BalDeepak Bal (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. His research is in the field of Combinatorics and Graph Theory and involves the interplay between probability and discrete structures. He typically teaches Calculus courses as well as upper-level mathematics courses, such as Applied Combinatorics and Graph Theory, Foundations of Modern Algebra, and graduate-level Combinatorics. In 2019-20, Dr. Bal was a Fellow in the Engaged Teaching Fellows Program.

Bond Benton, School of Communication and Media

Dr. Bond Benton is an Associate Professor of Public Relations in the School of Communications and Media. Benton comes to Montclair State University with a wide range of international experience, earning his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna and working abroad with the U.S. Department of State for nearly 10 years.

Danné E. Davis, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Danne DavisDanné E. Davis earned her Ph.D. from Boston College. With a concentration in curriculum and instruction, she is an associate professor of elementary education in MSU’s Teaching and Learning department. Dr. Davis has published and presented various papers about diversity in teacher education. Currently, she is under contract with Cognella Publishing to write Disrupting Social Studies: Stories and Strategies for Classrooms. An LGBTQ+ ally, she conducts research and workshops on the integration of LGBTQ children’s literature in elementary contexts. Dr. Davis is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Association for Multicultural Education 2011 G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year, 2012 Distinguished Faculty awardee for Excellence in Teacher Preparation from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the NJ Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and 2013 Faculty/Staff LGBTQ Ally of the Year. Dr. Davis is a creative who embraces lifelong learning.

Henk Eshuis, Chemistry

Dr. Henk EshuisHenk Eshuis is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research focuses on the development of electronic structure methods and the application of such methods to relevant chemical problems, such as first-row transition metal catalysis. Of particular interest is the role played by and the correct description of long-range interactions between electrons. He teaches General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry and is involved in curriculum development for these courses.

Elaine Gerber, Anthropology

Dr. Elaine GerberElaine Gerber is a medical anthropologist and disability studies scholar, and a former president of the Society for Disability Studies.  Prior to joining the MSU faculty, she served for five years as the Senior Research Associate for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and taught in the graduate program in Disability Studies at the City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. Her work examines the intersection between culture and the body.There are theoretical contributions and practical applications to her work.

Kathleen Kelley, Theatre and Dance

Kathleen KelleyKathleen Kelley is an Associate Professor of Dance and Technology whose creative research explores collaboration, mutual support structures, and feminist/queer modes of community. She is interested in the effects of technological enmeshment on the body, which leads her to create dance films, interactive installations, and live performance events that incorporate digital media. She is a 2019 Gibney Work Up resident artist, a Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence in 2018, and a 2015-2016 LEIMAY Fellow whose creative work has premiered in performance venues across New York and through video platforms such as NPR First Look. She serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Dance Education in Process, and mentors fellow artists in writing, production, and film development. She received an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019.


Kirk McDermid, Philosophy

Teaches large freshman General Education and upper-level seminars in philosophy; has extensive experience with online teaching.

Kate E. Temoney, Religion

Dr. Kate TemoneyDr. Kate E. Temoney is a former Assistant Dean of Students and an Assistant Professor of Religion. She holds an MEd from The College of William & Mary and an MA and PhD in Religion from Florida State University. Trained as a comparative religious ethicist, her international publications and presentations examine the intersections of religion with warfare, genocide, human rights, peace building, and theory of history. Her teaching experience includes teaching face-to-face and online introductory and upper-level courses at predominately white as well as historically black universities. Dr. Temoney is a 2019 Northwestern Holocaust Education Foundation Fellow, 2019-2020 Montclair State University Engaged Teaching Fellow, and 2021 United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum Faculty Seminar Awardee. A selection of her courses includes Religions of the World, Religion and Human Rights, African Religions, Religious Ethics, and Religious Perspectives on the Holocaust.

Yolanda Alvarez, Office of the Dean of Students

Dr. Yolanda AlvarezYolanda Alvarez is an Associate Dean of Students at Montclair State University. She holds an MA in Mental Health and Counseling from New York University and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University. She began her career at Montclair State in 2015 supporting enrollment management and student affairs functions for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; she is currently managing a variety of functions within the Office of the Dean of Students. Yolanda has 20+ years of experience designing and implementing student development offerings that impact many and are critical to maintaining a thriving inclusive campus culture.

Yanick Joseph, School of Nursing and The Graduate School
Dr. Yanick JosephYanick Joseph, RN, MPA, MSN, Ed. D is an experienced leader in healthcare management with 30+ years in health care management and over 12 years in nursing education. My perspective of teaching is grounded in the constructivist framework of learning, the classroom dynamics I employ permit dialogue, self-direction, and inquiry which foster a higher degree of student engagement. I embrace instructional technology that can be used to authenticate the promotion of scholarship.
I teach in the School of Nursing at the graduate and undergraduate levels. My area of research is in implicit bias in student nurses and my passion is in experiential learning and simulation.
My signature strengths include: a vibrant, collaborative, ethical leader with exceptional communication and problem-solving skills, with the ability to engage and mentor students and high-performance teams. My clinical expertise lies in the introduction of nursing care principles and health assessment, women’s health, leadership, policy, team building/ coaching/ mentoring, and innovative customer relationship management.

Danianne Mizzy, Library Administration
Danianne Mizzy is the Dean of Library Services and brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in library services to her role at Montclair State University. At Cornell, Mizzy launched a personal librarian program to welcome first-year, first-generation students, to help them make a successful academic transition and foster a sense of belonging. Mizzy earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Fine Arts in Design from the Yale School of Drama and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Brown University. Prior to working in library services, she worked as a theatrical lighting designer and designed the lighting for August Wilson’s play Fences at the Yale Repertory Theater, ultimately taking it to Broadway, among many other productions.

Advisory Board processes

Board members are appointed by the Provost upon recommendation from the current Board and OFA. Members are asked to serve for a year term, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. The goal is to maintain a healthy balance between new members and returning members. maximum 3-year terms, and can serve multiple terms with at least one year off of the Board between terms. The Chair is elected yearly at the first meeting of the year.  Each college/school representative will recruit/recommend additional/replacements from their college/school


The Advisory Board will meet monthly to discuss new and ongoing initiatives in the OFA. In addition to this monthly meeting, Board members will be asked to occasionally volunteer as faculty liaisons to their colleges, workshop leaders, panel guests, etc. depending on time and availability.

Occasionally, the Advisory Board will convene smaller working groups to take on larger projects. Members will volunteer for these groups and will report back to Board during monthly meetings.