Resource Faculty

Resource Faculty from each College or School are assigned to the New Faculty and provide informal guidance and support. The Resource Faculty also help facilitate the weekly orientation sessions.

Resource Faculty 2017-2018



Director, New Faculty Program
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
ext. 54452
Office Location: Schmitt Hall 241J

Elizabeth Emery is Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to French language and nineteenth-century European and American literature and culture.  She received her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in French from New York University.

Professor Emery has published books and articles related to the reception of medieval art, architecture, and literature in nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe and America. She serves as Book Review Coeditor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies, as a board member of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, and as a member of the Modern Language Association LLC 19th-century French forum executive committee. 

Current research interests include early photojournalism, celebrity interviews, European and American writer house museums, the history of collecting, the nineteenth-century French interest in Chinese, Indian, and Japanese art, global food politics, and sustainability studies.

Professor Emery has been a member of the New Faculty Program in the past, serving most recently as Resource Faculty Member for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


School of Communication and Media
ext.  4464
Office Location: Morehead Hall 125

Hugh Curnutt is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication and Media where he specializes in media history and cultural theory.  He came to Montclair State University in 2008 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Curnutt’s research is broadly concerned with evolving communication technologies and the shifting intersection of media producers and consumers.  His teaching has included courses on critical theory, postmodernism, media ecology, and television studies.





Psychology Department
ext.  7951
Office Location: Dickson Hall 247

Laura Lakusta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. After completing a NIH funded postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, Professor Lakusta joined the Montclair State University faculty in 2008. She teaches a wide range of courses, including Developmental Psychology both at the undergraduate and graduate level, Child Psychology, and Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology. Professor Lakusta is the recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation that has supported her research exploring how infants conceptualize events and how such preverbal representations may support early language acquisition. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications including recent publications in the journals, Infancy, Language Learning and Development, and Cognitive Science. This is her first year serving as a Faculty Resource for the New Faculty program.



Family Science and Human Development Department
ext.  7984
Office Location: University Hall 4036

Dr. Olena Nesteruk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Science and Human Development. She came to Montclair State University in 2007 after receiving her Ph.D. in Family and Child Studies from Louisiana State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, including Family Development over Life Course, Immigrant Families, Family Stress Management, and Family Theories. Professor Nesteruk’s scholarship is focused on the experiences of immigrant families in the United States, over the life course and across generations. Specifically, she studies acculturation, changes in parenting practices and intergenerational relationships; ethnic identity, heritage language, and mate selection in the second generation; and issues pertaining to middle-aged and older immigrants. This is her first year serving as a Resource Faculty for the New Faculty program.



Biology and Molecular Biology Department
ext.  2027
Office Location: Science Hall 110

Dr. Petroff received her PhD from the University of York, UK, and her postdoctoral training at Cambridge University, UK. Prior to joining MSU she was a Research Scientist at the University of Iowa studying molecular and cellular neuroscience. Dr. Petroff’s NIH funded research is focused on how brain cells function and how this activity is regulated in physiological and pathophysiological conditions including brain tumors. Dr. Petroff is teaching Neurobiology, Advanced Neuroscience, Advanced Cell Physiology, and other coursed in the Department of Biology and Molecular Biology.



Writing Studies Department
ext.  7312
Office Location: Schmitt Hall 304

Jessica Restaino is Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Director of First-Year Writing. She is the author of First Semester: Graduate Students, Teaching Writing, and the Challenge of Middle Ground (Southern Illinois University Press and NCTE) and co-editor (with Laura Cella) of Unsustainable: Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public WritingService-Learning, and the University (Lexington). Her current book project considers feminist rhetorics and research methodologies in the context of terminal illness. She has published essays in journals such as Community Literacy, Peitho, Composition Forum, and Enculturation. Dr. Restaino joined Montclair State in 2005 after completing her PhD at Temple University. She teaches courses in composition theory and pedagogy, community literacy, rhetorical theory, and gender and women's studies.



Economics, Finance and Real Estate Department
ext. 2126
Office Location: The Feliciano School of Business

Luis San Vicente Portes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance. He joined MSU in 2005 after the completion of his doctoral degree at Georgetown University. He earned his bachelor's degree at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), holds diplomas in Business Development and Administration from ITAM, and on the Economics of the European Union from the London School of Economics. Dr. San Vicente Portes has worked for the Inter-American Development Bank for the World Bank in Washington, DC., and for the Ministry of Finance and Petroleos Mexicanos in Mexico.

Dr. San Vicente Portes' research focuses on macroeconomics and international economics. Using computational techniques he takes a theoretical approach in the study of business cycles, international trade and inequality. In particular, his research analyzes the macroeconomics effects of greater economic integration on business cycles and the distribution of income and wealth and has been published in journals such as Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, The Berkeley Journal of Macroeconomics, The Global Economy Journal, and the Journal of Development Economics, among others.