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New Faculty Directory

Welcome new 2019 Faculty!

College of the Arts

College of Education and Human Services

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Science and Mathematics

The Feliciano School of Business


School of Nursing

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 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 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

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
Biology and Molecular Biology Department
Office Location: Science Hall 110

ELENA PETROFF received her PhD from the University of York, UK, and her postdoctoral training at Cambridge University, UK. Prior to joining Montclair State, 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 courses in the Department of Biology and Molecular Biology.

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.


2018 New Montclair State University Faculty
2018 New Montclair State University Faculty