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2020 Summer Institute Presenters

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9am to 3:45pm

Dr. Emily Isaacs
Prof. Isaacs specializes in writing pedagogy, writing assessment, and writing programming in higher education. Professor Isaacs’ scholarship is focused on best practices for writing instruction and administration, the national state of writing instruction and support at U.S. four-year universities, and teaching and learning in public higher education. Recently her articles have appeared in _Pedagogy_, _College English_, _Writing Program Administration_, _Writing Center Journal_, _Journal of Teaching Writing_ and in several book collections. In addition, she is the author of three books, including most recently, Writing at the State U (Utah State UP).

Dr. Kate E. Temoney
Dr. Temoney is a former Assistant Dean of Students and currently an Assistant Professor of Religion. She holds master’s degrees from The College of William & Mary and Florida State University and a PhD in Religion from Florida State University. Trained as a comparative religious ethicist, her publications assess the intersections of religion with warfare, genocide, peace building, and theory of history. She has 21 years of teaching experience that includes two- and four-year institutions, predominately white and historically black universities, face-to-face and online courses, introductory and upper-level courses, and non-traditional and traditional-aged students. 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 include Religious Ethics, Religions of the World, the Holocaust, Religion and Human Rights, and Multicultural Film.

Dr. Kirsten Monsen
Dr. Monsen-Collar is a Population Geneticist/Molecular Ecologist with 29 years’ experience in both field and laboratory settings. Her expertise is in evaluating the population and conservation genetics of small, isolated, and threatened populations of amphibians and reptiles. Over the last eight years she has been using molecular methods to detect wildlife pathogens in natural and captive populations of amphibians and reptiles and their environments.


Dr. Zoë Burkholder
Zoë Burkholder, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project at MSU. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Education from New York University and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkely. She is an historian of education whose research focuses on the history of racial equality and school integration in the United States, from the 1840s through the present. She is the author of Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race, 1900-1954 (Oxford University Press, 2011), as well as numerous scholarly journal articles and political commentaries.


Dr. María Cioè-Peña
María Cioè-Peña earned her Ph.D. in the Urban Education from The Graduate Center – City University of New York, where she was also an Advance Research Collaborative fellow and a Presidential MAGNET Fellow. She is a former elementary school teacher whose passion for children and social justice in education pushes her to fight for equity and full inclusion for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities. With a B.A. in English and an M.S.Ed. in teaching urban students with disabilities, María’s research focuses on bilingual children with dis/abilities, their families, and their ability to access multilingual learning spaces within NYC public schools. Her interests are deeply rooted in language practices and dis/ability awareness within schools and families. María was recently awarded first place for 2019 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year by the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE).


James Ascuitto
Professor Ascuitto is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary and Special Education at Montclair State University. He brings to Montclair State University 40 years of classroom teaching and supervision in both private and public education. For 25 years, Professor Ascuitto was the Mahwah High School District 6 – 12 Science Supervisor, 9 – 12 Practical Arts Supervisor and more recently 6 – 12 Mathematics Supervisor and 9 – 12 Business Department Supervisor. Professor Ascuitto’s classroom experience ranges from middle school, high school, and university science and mathematics teaching. His comprehensive teaching certification includes Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and also holds a New Jersey Supervisor Certificate. In the private sector, he developed and taught courses in the History and Philosophy of Science. As an Upward Bound teacher, while at Ramapo College of New Jersey Youth & Pre-College Program, he worked with inner-city children teaching an inquiry-bases physics course…(full biography available in the Summer Institute Canvas Community).


Dr. Courtney Reinisch
Courtney Reinisch, DNP, APN-C, DCC serves as the Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Nursing for  the Montclair State University School of Nursing.  Her primary teaching responsibility is with the RN to BSN program. Prior to joining MSU, she was a member of Rutgers College of Nursing faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2011, attaining promotion to Associate rank in 2013.  Courtney directed the family nurse practitioner program from 2012-14 and the DNP program for the duration of her appointment.  Courtney began her academic career an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. 


Dr. Nicole Koppel, MBA Director and Professor of Information Management and Business Analytics, Feliciano School of Business
Dr. Nicole Koppel is the MBA Director and a professor in the Department of Information Management & Business Analytics.  In her role as MBA Director, she oversees all of the MBA programs including the Weeknight, Executive, Weekend Hybrid, and Online MBA program. In addition, she teaches courses in operations management, statistics, and management information systems. She uses various pedagogical techniques and delivery methods, teaching traditional, hybrid, and online courses. She received a PhD degree in Operations Management and an MBA from Rutgers University, an MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University, and a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. Her research focus is in the broad area of Assessment in Technology and Quantitative Studies. She has also published in the area of Operations Management. Her research can be found in many peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. 

Dr. Manveer Mann
Manveer Mann is an assistant professor of Marketing at Montclair State University. She has over seven years of experience in higher education teaching in areas including international business, marketing, and retailing in various modalities including face to face, hybrid, and fully online. Before joining Montclair State University, she was an assistant professor at Old Dominion University, Virginia. She received a PhD from Auburn University, Alabama. Her research interests span a number of topics in marketing including consumer behavior, retailing, and ethics. Her research has appeared in several academic journals including Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, and the International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management. She has presented her research in numerous international and national conferences including Society of Consumer Psychology, Transformative Consumer Research, Academy of Marketing Science, and American Collegiate Retailing Association.

Dr. Te Wu
Dr. Te Wu is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University,  and the founder and CEO of PMO Advisory, a consulting and a PMI Global Registered Education Provider. He has more than 25 years of professional experience specializing in strategy execution and establishing and leading large PMOs. Te is certified in Portfolio (PfMP), Program (PgMP), Project (PMP), and Risk Management (PMI-RMP). He is also an award-winning project manager, earning Honorable Mention in 2015 Project of the Year by the PMI-NJ Chapter. Te holds a doctoral degree as well as multiple masters and bachelor degrees. He is an active volunteer with PMI at local and Global levels. On Global, he is serving on multiple core committees including Portfolio Management and Risk Management. He is an active voting member of International Standard Organization Technical Committee 258 (ISO/TC 258) focusing on project, program, and portfolio management. He is one of the few people that spans the boundaries of being a practitioner, an executive, a teacher, a thought leader, and a researcher.

Dr. Ram Dubey
Dr. Ram Bubey went to Graduate School at Cornell University and completed his Masters and doctorate degrees in Economics in 2010 and 2011. His undergraduate degree (1988) is from University of Roorkee (now renamed as Indian Institute of  Technology, Roorkee) in Civil Engineering  and master degree (1990) is from  Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in Water Resource Engineering. He worked in the Civil Services, Indian Revenue Services (Customs and Central Excise) during 1990-2004 in the Government of India. After receiving the doctorate degree, he worked as a visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Colgate University in 2011-2012. He joined the Montclair State University in Fall 2012 and have been teaching in the MBA program at the Feliciano School of Business since Summer 2013. In addition to teaching the Managerial Economics course for the MBA program (on campus and off-campus, weekdays and weekend, Hybrid and Executive and now Online), he also teach undergraduate courses like ECON 317 Elementary Mathematical Techniques for Economics, ECON 301 Money and Banking, and other principles and intermediate level economics courses. His current research is in the field of social choice and welfare with focus of equity and efficiency and economic dynamics.  He is an active researcher and his research articles have been published in Economic Theory, International Journal of Economic Theory, Social Choice and Welfare, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Social Sciences, Economic Theory Bulletin, Economics Bulletin, and Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics. You can find working paper versions of his published articles and current research papers on his Google Sites page.

Dr. Wencang (Warren) Zhou
Dr. Wencang (Warren) Zhou is the chairperson and a professor in the Department of Management of Feliciano School of Business.  He has been in higher education for more than 10 years. As an entrepreneurial professor, he strives for new ways to engage students in the classroom. He has been teaching various courses at both undergraduate and MBA level, including Entrepreneurial Mindset, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Negotiation, and Business Statistics. His primary research interests reside in the organizational behavior perspective of entrepreneurship, especially on the individual difference, entrepreneurial motivation, entrepreneurial teams, and shared leadership. His research has been published in some of the top entrepreneurship and management journals, such as Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Business Ethics, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, and International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management. He received his Ph.D. in Business from the City University of New York in 2012, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior. He also got his Master in Management degree from Fudan University and B.S. degree from Peking University in China. Prior to his academic career in the United States, he worked in the banking industry in Shanghai, China for seven years.


Gail Yosh
Gail Yosh is the founder and president of Quanta Communications, LLC, a consulting company that provides marketing communications and organizational productivity support to small businesses and individuals. Gail has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, corporate communications, and event marketing for FORTUNE 500 companies such as Cendant Corporation and Medco (Express Scripts). Her expertise extends to Internal & External Corporate Communications, Marketing Communications, Career Communications, Personal Branding, Presentation Skills, Networking, and Business Writing. Gail earned both her MBA in International Business and her BS in Business Administration from Montclair State University. Gail is currently pursuing her doctorate in Marketing at Pace University with research focusing on the impact of psychological ownership and sensory marketing on consumer behavior. Gail has done consulting in the pharmacy benefit management, financial, and entertainment industries. In the process, she has assisted with photography and design, rebranding and marketing communication, event marketing, project management, promotion services, and the creation of corporate value propositions. Gail is the faculty advisor of the Feliciano Women in Business organization, a member of the Marketing Management Association and the Association of Consumer Research, and has a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do, a martial art she has studied for twenty years.


Reba Wissner
Reba Wissner is on the music history faculty of Montclair State University, New York University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and Ramapo College of New Jersey. She received her MFA and PhD in musicology from Brandeis University and her BA in music and Italian from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is the author of articles on pedagogy, seventeenth-century Venetian opera, Italian immigrant theater in New York City, and television music of the 1950s and 1960s, and has presented her research at conferences throughout the United States and Europe. She is the author of two books, A Dimension of Sound: Music in The Twilight Zone and We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits and the Aural Imagination, and is currently finishing her third, Music and the Atomic Bomb on American Television, 1950–1969. As a faculty developer, her interests lie in supporting first-generation college students, active learning strategies, and instructional support for contingent faculty. She is currently writing a monograph about teaching strategies for adjunct faculty.


Dr. Lee Behlman
Lee Behlman is an associate professor in the English department and director of the MSU Honors Program. He’s currently teaching a summer course on late-19th-century and early-20th-century children’s literature. He has recently adopted online course tools such as Perusall and Panopto into his teaching and he looks forward to talking about how he makes use of them for class assignments.

Julie Dalley
Julie Dalley is Associate Director for the Office for Faculty Advancement. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts/Literature from Vermont College, Norwich University, Vermont, and an M.A. in English/Writing Studies from Montclair State University. Ms. Dalley is currently a doctoral candidate at Old Dominion University, where her area of study is narratology, reader communities, and popular/science fiction literature. Her research investigates the intersection of narrative reader theory and real reader experiences in reading popular, genre, and science fiction narratives. In her role as Associate Director for the OFA, Ms. Dalley conducts faculty development workshops, fosters interdisciplinary collaborations, designs and facilitates events, and performs faculty consultations that all work towards fostering teaching excellence at Montclair State, as well as encouraging evidence-based course design that engage students and creates opportunities for deeper learning. She runs the Engaged Teaching Fellows Program, is a co-investigator for the NSF-Funded project, STEM Pioneers, and collaborates with several other faculty communities to facilitate teaching excellence and increased student learning.


Shannon Bellum
Shannon Bellum, MA, MFA, is the Department Administrator and Internship Director for the department of Family Science and Human Development. As an early adopter to online course format, I have developed creative and successful teaching techniques for translating course content to the online environment. Through partnerships with OIT instructional staff, I have explored various software as it becomes available to faculty and staff to utilize in our class and community settings. Over the past 12 years, I have taught a variety of courses in lecture, seminar, and applied learning formats.