New on Campus

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“The faculty is the heart and soul of what we do in a university, so we need to make sure it remains a vital and continually renewed resource for our students.”
                                                                                           — President Susan A. Cole

Meet some of the new faculty and administrators who have joined the Montclair State University community in 2011.

Robert Cart, the new director of the John J. Cali School of Music, most recently served as dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Rowan University. An accomplished opera singer, he has performed leading roles with opera companies throughout America and Europe. He has also maintained an active schedule as a flutist. Cart received a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland.

Gerard Costa, director of the new Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, received a PhD from Temple University, taught in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and has practiced psychotherapy for over 30 years. He has a special interest in relationship-based approaches to autistic-spectrum disorders and was the founding director of the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health, which operates New Jersey’s only licensed, Medicaid-approved mental health clinic specializing in infants and young children and their families.

After earning a PhD from the University of Minnesota and spending eight years at Baruch College’s Ziklin School of Business, Mehmet Genc has joined the faculty of the Department of Management. His research focuses on how in-country institutional characteristics, such as the extent of corruption, regulation, and unwritten norms, shape the strategies of multinational firms and their competitive advantages and disadvantages in the international marketplace.

Thomas Herold comes to the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures after earning a master’s degree from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and a PhD from Harvard University. He received several prestigious awards at Harvard, including the Jack M. Stein Teaching Fellow Prize in Germanic Languages, six Derek Bok Center Certificates of Distinction in Teaching, and the Esther Sellholm Walz Prize for the best paper or essay. Herold’s research focuses primarily on 19th and 20th century German literature and film. He has published numerous articles and has three book projects in progress.

Kenneth Lam comes from his position as assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to the Cali School of Music, where he will conduct the Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra and lead the Orchestra Studies program. He recently took top honors at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition, and serves as Resident Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina; Artistic Director of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras; and Artistic Director of Hong Kong Voices. Lam read economics at Cambridge University and studied orchestra conducting at the Peabody Conservatory.

Having earned a PhD in school psychology at the University of Oregon, Danielle Parisi joins the Special Education faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Her research focus is in “response to intervention,” an innovative instructional approach that uses data to identify students with learning disabilities, support the development of appropriate instructional interventions, monitor their progress, and adjust interventions on the basis of individual student responses.

David Rotella earned a PhD at Ohio State University, began his career at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, and then moved to the pharmaceutical industry, conducting research at Wyeth Research, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He now returns to the academy as the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Chemistry. Rotella has played a leadership role within the Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, served as co-editor of the 7th edition of Burger’s Medicinal Chemistry, and serves as senior editor of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Drug Discovery book series. He has authored over 30 scientific publications and currently holds seven patents.