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New Faculty Directory

Welcome new 2021 Faculty!

College of the Arts

Full Professor
Cali School of Music

B.M.     Eastman School of Music
M.M.   Manhattan School of Music


MS. ROBERTS has been a dedicated and accomplished teacher and music educator for over 25 years. Previously she was on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music since 1996 and served as Coordinator of the Vocal Department since 2001. Her voice studio has produced principal artists in many national and international professional venues, including the Metropolitan Opera, Munich Opera, Zurich Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Saint Louis Opera, Covent Garden and La Scala. Students of Ms. Roberts have been finalists and winners of such major vocal competitions as the Metropolitan Opera National Finals, the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the Giuseppe di Stefano Competition, the Jenny Lind Competition, the Gerda Lissner Competition, the Giulio Gari Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition. Others have entered young artist programs at Merola, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, Tanglewood and Chautauqua. Ms. Roberts has been a vocal instructor for the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (with the University of Cincinnati), a guest lecturer at the Classical Singer Convention, and an adjunct faculty member at the Westminster Choir College. She has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions, including the Schmidt Vocal Competition, Fulbright Scholarship and the Finals of the Concours de Musique du Canada. She is a current faculty member of Voice Experience with the Savannah Voice Festival. A lyric soprano, Ms. Roberts has sung with many opera companies throughout the United States, including the Santa Fe Opera and the Washington Opera, and performed numerous concerts at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall. She was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Winner and a Liederkranz Foundation Competition Winner. She has also recorded for radio and television. Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Screen Actors Guild.


College of Education and Human Services

Associate Professor
Department of Public Health

B.S.                Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
M.Sc.              The University of York
M.Phil.            New York University
Ph.D.              New York University


    DR. VILAR-COMPTE, who received her PhD from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University in May 2010, joins the Department of Public Health after being an Associate Professor at the Research Centre for Equitable Development at the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), and a Research Fellow at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Vilar-Compte’s work focuses on health inequities and early life health determinants, and the translation of this research into feasible and evidence-based interventions. She has performed research in areas such as breastfeeding, food insecurity, mHealth, and early nutrition environments, amongst others, and has more than 40 peer reviewed publications. Her research has been funded by national and international agencies, and she has extensively worked in liaison with international agencies. Dr. Vilar-Compte serves as an associate editor of the International Journal for Equity in Health.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Leadership

B.S.                 Adelphi University
M.S.                Sarah Lawrence College
M.S.                Bank Street College
Ph.D.               University of Connecticut


DR. VIRELLA joins the Department of Educational Leadership after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in July 2021. Her research interests include education reform, school leadership, principal preparation, urban educational leadership, and critical policy analysis. She has published four peer-reviewed articles, six book chapters, and has other manuscripts under review. Her dissertation titled “Nùmero 85: The Intersection of Public Policy, The Principalship, and Crisis” was an extensive examination of the potential of education policy as transformative for historically marginalized populations as well as the interaction between power and discursive law and media practices to reify or exacerbate inequities in Puerto Rico. During her doctoral studies, she served as the managing editor of the prestigious Educational Administration Quarterly. She is a UCEA Jackson Scholar, a Clark Scholar, as well as a Mellon Foundation Fellow.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

KIRK JOHNSON, Assistant Professor
Department of Justice Studies

B.A.       Seton Hall University in Religious Studies
M.A.      Drew University in Divinity
Ph.D.     Drew University in Medical Humanities


DR. JOHNSON, who received his PhD in Medical Humanities from Drew University in 2016, joins the Department of Justice Studies after serving as an adjunct professor at Montclair State, Seton Hall and other universities and as a professor at the WEB DuBois Scholars Summer Institute at Princeton University. Dr. Johnson’s areas of research include health disparities, bioethics, the caregiver-patient relationship, and the intersections of religion, race and medicine. Dr. Johnson is the author of two books Medical Stigmata: Race, Medicine, and the Pursuit of Theological Liberation (Palgrave, 2019) and The Anti-Racism Resource Guide Volume One: Supporting Black Businesses and Economics (Peculiar Capital, 2020). He is a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and The New York Academy of Medicine. He also serves as a member of the Atlantic Health Systems Bioethics Committee, was the Assistant Director of the Medical Humanities program at Drew University, and served as fellow emeritus of The American Heart Association’s Multicultural Initiatives Leadership Fellowship Program. 

College of Science and Mathematics

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science

B.S.     Hanyang University, South Korea
M.S.    Hanyang University, South Korea
Ph.D.  Rutgers University


DR. KIM, who received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 2019, is joining the Department of Computer Science. He also received a B.S. in Electronic and Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Hanyang University, South Korea, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Before joining Montclair State, Dr. Kim was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Computing and Software Engineering at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Kim’s research interests span the broad area of computer security, with a focus on mobile systems and applications. 


Assistant Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy

B.S.     University of Auckland, New Zealand
M.S.    University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ph.D.   Technical University of Munich, Germany
(Dr. of Nat. Sci.)



DR. LEUNG grew up in New Zealand and completed his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Auckland. He received his Doctor of Natural Science degree in physics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, during which he performed his experimental work at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France. Prior to joining Montclair State, Dr. Leung was a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar and Research Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University and a Research Assistant Professor at Duke University. Dr. Leung’s main research interest lies in nuclear and particle physics, particularly in experiments with low-energy particles to high precision. He is a major contributor in the nEDM (neutron Electric Dipole Moment) experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The experiment is searching for new sources of Charge-Parity (CP) symmetry violation which would constitute a major discovery in the understanding of fundamental particle interactions and could help explain the lack of significant amounts of antimatter in the observable universe.

The Feliciano School of Business

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics

B.A.                 Dickinson College
Ph.D.               University of Oklahoma


Dr. LEE is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business. His primary teaching and research interests include international economics and macroeconomics. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Economic Inquiry and Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics.

Before joining Montclair State, he worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, a national policy research institute. His primary responsibilities were publishing policy-oriented research and collaborating with government officials to design effective international macroeconomic policies.

Dr. Lee received his B.A. in Economics and International Business & Management from Dickinson College and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. 

Assistant Professor
Department of Accounting and Finance

B.S.    Central South University
M.S.    Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Ph.D.  Rutgers University


Dr. WANG, who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in May 2018. His research focused on designing accounting information systems and evaluating emerging techniques for audit analytics, including blockchain, deep learning, process mining, RPA, and cloud computing. Dr. Wang’s research has been published in several leading academic journals, including Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Accounting Horizons, and Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting. His research work has been presented at many high-quality academic conferences, including the American Accounting Association (AAA) Annual Meetings, the American Accounting Association (AAA) Midyear Meetings, Journal of Information Systems Conference, Rutgers World Continuous Auditing Research Symposium, and University of Waterloo CISA Biennial Symposium. Dr. Wang has taught many different courses, including Data Analytics in Accounting, Audit Analytics, Accounting Information Systems, Auditing, Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, and ERP Sandbox Operation Simulation. Dr. Wang received the Best Paper Award at Strategic and Emerging Technologies workshop at the annual American Accounting Association meeting in 2017, First Prize in the Teaching Award Competition, and Outstanding Educator Award in 2019. 

School of Nursing

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

B.S.                 Daemen College, Amherst, New York
M.S.N.             Daemen College, Amherst, New York
D.N.P.             University of Tennessee Health Science Center














Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

B.A.       Eureka College
M.S.N.  Yale University School of Nursing
Ph.D.     NYU School of Public Health


Dr. FOLASADE (FOLA) KOLADE is a board-certified advanced public health nurse.

Her initial nursing and midwifery education was in Nigeria. She graduated from Daemen College, Amherst, New York, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007 and a Master of Science in Nursing Education in 2010. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) in Public Health Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, in 2013. She is presently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Prior to her teaching career in nursing, she worked with diverse populations in maternal/child health, midwifery, and public health; she has also worked in acute care, operating room, oncology, and ICU. Folasade was a Volunteer RN for the New York City Medical Reserve Corps for almost four years. She continues to volunteer in various settings in the community.Dr.  Fola Kolade enjoys working with students, having taught in the classroom, clinical, online, and simulation-learning environments in associate and baccalaureate degree programs. Dr. Folasade’s passion is helping nursing students develop critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to launch them towards their full potential in the nursing profession.


Dr. McGAUGHEY holds a PhD from NYU’s School of Global Public Health. Her research examines the role of organizational factors in prenatal care and their connection to rates of preterm birth among women with low incomes and of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. A Certified Nurse-Midwife fluent in Spanish and with nearly 15 years’ clinical experience, Dr. McGaughey provides intrapartum care at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She practiced full-scope midwifery with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for seven years and served as interim Director of Midwifery at the hospital. She also worked as an RN on a medical/surgical unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital, specializing in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery. Dr. McGaughey’s clinical experience drives her passion for research. For her dissertation at NYU, she used data from New York Medicaid administrative claims and from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to identify variation in the use of evidence-based practice, and preterm birth rates. Dr. McGaughey is building a translational research network to further her studies of disparities in consequential perinatal outcomes. Dr. McGaughey has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on healthcare policy, management, and leadership. Clinically, she has trained students from midwifery, nurse-practitioner, nursing, and medical programs, including Harvard, Rutgers and Yale University. Dr. McGaughey holds an MSN from Yale University School of Nursing and a BA in Biology (with a Spanish Minor) from Eureka College.

Sprague Library

Librarian III

B.S.        Tulane University
M.L.I.S.  Palmer School of Library and Information Science –
LIU Post



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.

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

ELIZABETH EMERY is Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures 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 MA, MPhil, and PhD 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.

Associate Professor
Cali School of Music
Office Location: Chapin Hall

BRIAN ABRAMS, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT, Analytical Music Therapist and Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, has been a music therapist since 1995, with experience across a wide range of clinical contexts. Prior to his current position at Montclair State University as Associate Professor of Music (2008-present) and Coordinator of Music Therapy (2010-present), he served on the faculty at Immaculata University (2004-2008) and Utah State University (2001-2004). He has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as music therapy in cancer care, music psychotherapy, humanistic music therapy, and the interdisciplinary area of Health Humanities, including his role as one of five authors of a 2015 book by that title. He has also contributed to the establishment of several medical music therapy programs. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, such as Music Therapy Perspectives, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), including as President from 2007-2009. From 2005 through the present, he has served on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates, including as Assembly Representative on the AMTA Board of Directors from 2010-2013, and as Assembly Speaker from 2012-2013.

Associate Professor
Economics Department
Office Location: The Feliciano School of Business

Ram Sewak Dubey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. He received his PhD degree in economics from Cornell University and has been a faculty member at MSU since Fall, 2012. His teaching interests include undergraduate core and elective economics courses as well as core courses in the MBA program. He is an active researcher in the field of social choice and welfare with broad interest in the theoretical and empirical analysis of inequality in society. He has published in several esteemed research journals in economics. He has been a part of the New Faculty Program as a mentor for the last two years and is eagerly looking forward to meeting the new faculty members in the Fall semester.

Associate Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
Office Location: Richardson Hall 342

Henk Eshuis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received his PhD degree in chemistry from Bristol University, UK. After a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Irvine, he joined the faculty at MSU in the Fall of 2012. His regular teaching ranges from General Chemistry at the freshman level to Physical Chemistry at the junior level. At the graduate level, he teaches a course in Computational Chemistry. He is deeply involved in curriculum development within the department. His research is the development of quantum chemical methods and their application to relevant chemical problems, such as the elucidation of the reaction mechanism of transition metal-catalyzed reactions. He works with undergraduate students in his research group and values his role as a research mentor. His work is published in peer-reviewed journals. He has been a member of the Office for Faculty Advancement’s Advisory Council for the past year.

Associate Professor
Psychology Department
Office Location: Dickson Hall 247

LAURA LAKUSTA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. After completing an 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.

Associate Professor
Teaching and Learning Department
Office Location: University Hall

VICTORIA PUIG is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching English Language Learners. She is also the Faculty Liaison at the Ben Samuels Children Center.  Professor Puig earned her MA and Ed.D degrees in Early Childhood Special Education and her M.Ed degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Professor Puig’s research interests include inclusive early childhood education, cultural and linguistic diversity, partnering with families of young children with disabilities, and mentoring new teachers.  Professor Puig’s work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and texts and she has presented her research at international and national professional conferences.