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New Faculty Join St. John’s

2017 New Faculty Book
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Committed to a culture of student success and academic excellence, St. John’s has expanded its teaching ranks by 40 new faculty appointments across the University’s six schools and colleges.

“It is an honor and a privilege to welcome our new faculty members to St. John’s University,” said Robert A. Mangione ’77P, ’79GP, ’93PD, ’99Ed.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Each one is an accomplished educator recognized for outstanding scholarly achievements and deep commitment to both teaching and the University’s mission.”

Reflecting its efforts to ensure student success, the University offers a 17:1 student-faculty ratio. In addition, 92 percent of full-time faculty possess a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field.

Over the past three years, hiring new faculty and deans has been a University priority under the leadership of President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D. Nearly half of the new faculty are female, and nearly half come from historically underrepresented populations in higher education.

The following new faculty began their appointments at St. John’s in the fall of 2017:

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Steven Alvarez, Ph.D.,

The Graduate Center, CUNY; Assistant Professor, English

Gina Castle Bell, Ph.D.,
George Mason University; Assistant Professor,
Rhetoric, Communication, and Theatre

Robert Bland, Ph.D.,

University of Maryland; Assistant Professor, History 

Suzanne Cope, Ph.D.,

Lesley University; Assistant Professor,
ICS/English Composition

Syed K. Islam, Ph.D.,
The Graduate Center, CUNY; Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Tyreek Jackson, M.A.,
Columbia University; Instructor, Art and Design

Brian James, M.F.A.,
Rhode Island School of Design; Assistant Professor, Art and Design

Jiyun Kim, Ph.D., M.D.,
SUNY at Stony Brook; Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Eric J. Raymer, Ph.D.,
North Carolina State University; Assistant Professor, ICS/Scientific Inquiry

Juan Santos, Ph.D.,
University of Texas at Austin; Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

LaToya L. Sawyer, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate,
Syracuse University; Instructor, English

Frank X. Vazquez, Ph.D.,
University of Michigan; Assistant Professor, Chemistry


Yiming Zhao, Ph.D.,
New York University; Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

 

 

The School of Education


Bilge Cerezci, Ph.D.,
Erikson Institute and Loyola University; Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Thomas P. Dolan, Ed.D.,
Hofstra University; Associate Clinical Professor, Education Specialties

Elizabeth Gil, Ph.D.,
Michigan State University; Assistant Professor, Administrative and Instructional Leadership

Elena Jurasaite-O’Keefe, Ph.D.,
University of Michigan, and Ph.D., University of Siauliai-Lithuania; Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Stephen Kotok, Ph.D.,
Penn State University; Assistant Professor, Administrative and Instructional Leadership 

Rebecca Louick, Ph.D.,
Boston College; Assistant Professor, Education Specialties


Stephanie Tatum, Ph.D.,
University of Illinois; Associate Professor, Administrative and Instructional Leadership

 

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business


Andre de Souza, Ph.D.,
Leonard N. Stern School of Business,
New York University; Assistant Professor, Economics and Finance

Xiao (Joyce) Lin, Ph.D.,
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Assistant Professor, School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science

Christopher Long, Ph.D.,
Duke University; Associate Professor, Management

Kirstin Munro, Ph.D.,
Portland State University; Assistant Professor, Economics and Finance
 

 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Corinne I. Alois, M.S., PA-C,
Pace University; Assistant Professor/Industry Professional, Clinical Health Professions

Harry Barrett, M.P.H.,
Columbia University, M.S., St. John’s University, and D.Min., New York Theological Seminary; Associate Professor/Industry Professional, Pharmacy Administration and Public Health✝

Robina Colclough-Davy,
B.S., York College–CUNY; Instructor/Industry Professional, Clinical Health Professions

Yolene Gousse, Dr.PH.,
Downstate Medical Center, SUNY; Assistant Professor/Industry Professional, Pharmacy Administration and Public Health
 

St. John’s University is deeply saddened by the loss of Harry Barrett, M.P.H., M.S., D.Min., who started at St. John’s on April 1, 2017, and passed away on August 25, 2017.

College of Professional Studies


Christoforos Christoforou, Ph.D.,

The Graduate Center, CUNY; Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science

Denise M. Dragos, M.S.,

Pace University; Instructor, Computer Science, Mathematics,
and Science

Richard M. Frankel, J.D.,

Quinnipiac University Law School; Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and
Homeland Security

Robert Gonzalez, Ed.D.,

St. John’s University; Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security

Bernard A. Jones, D.Sc.,

New Jersey City University; Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security

Mark J. Juszczak, Ed.D.,

Teachers College, Columbia University; Assistant Professor, Mass Communication

April M. Merenda, M.P.S.,

St. John’s University; Assistant Professor, Administration and Economics

William L. Murphy, J.D.,

Touro College; Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security

Seunghyun “Brian” Park, Ph.D.,

Kansas State University; Assistant Professor, Administration and Economics

Sejal Singh, J.D.,

Brooklyn Law School; Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice,
Legal Studies, and Homeland Security

Lequez Spearman, Ph.D.,

University of Tennessee; Assistant Professor, Sport Management
 

 

School of Law


Lauren Roth, Ph.D.,

Columbia University, and J.D., Harvard Law School; Assistant Professor, Legal Writing