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Faculty Convocation

2021

Annual Faculty Convocation

The Faculty Convocation introduces and welcomes our new faculty members to the University community and recognizes our faculty emeriti, newly tenured and promoted faculty, visiting professors, and the recipients of the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Award and the Faculty Excellence in Student Engagement Award.

2021 Honorees

Edward Beckenstein, Ph.D. 
Professor Emeritus
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

John D. Hogan, Ph.D. '60C
Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Douglas B. Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Shruti Balvalli Deshpande, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Vivek Gupta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Tamara Issak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Institute of Core Studies
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

William L. Murphy, J.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security
The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies

Frank X. Vazquez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gina Castle R. Bell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Rhetoric, Communication and Theatre
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Dana L. Chesney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Chiara Cillerai, Ph.D.
Professor
Institute for Core Studies/First-Year Writing
Promotion to Full Professor

Gina M. Florio, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Professor
Departments of Chemistry and Physics
Promotion to Full Professor

Steven M. Graham, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Chemistry
Promotion to Full Professor

Alison G. Hyslop, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean
Department of Chemistry
Promotion to Full Professor

Paula K. Lazrus, Ph.D.
Professor
Institute for Core Studies/Discover New York
Promotion to Full Professor

Erika Vause, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of History
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor 

Yong Yu, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Promotion to Full Professor

The School of Education

Elizabeth Chase, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

St. John's School of Law

Sheldon A. Evans, J.D.
Associate Professor
School of Law
Promotion to Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Manouchkathe Cassagnol, Pharm.D.
Clinical Professor
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Promotion to Clinical Professor

Vikas V. Dukhande, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Vivek Gupta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Olga Hilas '02P, '03Pharm.D.
Professor - Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Promotion to Full Professor - Industry Professional

Chung-Shien Lee '11Pharm.D.
Associate Professor - Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor - Industry Professional

Louise Lee, Ed.D.
Associate Professor - Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Conferral of Tenure

Celia Lu '11Pharm.D.
Associate Professor - Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor - Industry Professional

Kimberly E. Ng '12Pharm.D.
Associate Professor - Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor - Industry Professional

Ketankumar D. Patel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Wenchen Wu, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health
Promotion to Full Professor

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies

Edrex Fontanilla, M.F.A.
Associate Professor - Industry Professional
Division of Mass Communication
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor - Industry Professional

Brian K. Harte, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean
Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security
Conferral of Tenure

Luca Iandoli, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean
Division of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science
Promotion to Full Professor

Simon M. Pack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Sport Management
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Candice D. Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Mass Communication
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Nikhil Yadav, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Jin Zhi, D.Des.
Associate Professor - Industry Professional
Division of Mass Communication
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor - Industry Professional

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Brendan T. Conuel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy

Samira Fargali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Department of Biological Sciences

Tianchan Jiang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Department of Chemistry

Omar Montana, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Rev. Franklin "Danny" Pilario, C.M., Ph.D.
Visiting Professor and Vincentian Chair of Social Justice 2021-2022
Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Brandie S. Pugh, M.A. 
Instructor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Anne V. Vazquez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Department of Chemistry

Peter Ward, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor and Paul E. McKeever Chair
Department of Theology and Religious Studies

The School of Education

Joan I. Birringer-Haig '14Ed.D.
Assistant Professor 
Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership

Tonya Chacón, Psy.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor 
Department of Curriculum and instruction

School of Law

Adrián E. Alvarez, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law

Marissa Jackson Sow, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Colleen Carmody, Ed.D., RN, CNS
Senior Associate Dean for Nursing
Department of Clinical Health Professions

Sheryl R. Comet, DPT
Assistant Professor - Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions

Sunil Kumar '09GP, '14Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Industry Professional
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Gregory T. Torsiello '16P
Assistant Professor - Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Geeta Ali, M.Phil.
Visiting Professor
Department of Accountancy

Viswanathan Kumar, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow
Department of Marketing

James P. Minas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Business Analytics and Information Systems

Elaine A. Tontoh, M.Phil.
Visiting Professor
Department of Economics

Xin Zhao, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Department of Accountancy

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies

Christopher Mercado, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security

Regina K. Stuart, Esq. '10L
Assistant Professor
Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security

2020

Virtual Faculty Recognition Ceremony 2020

The Faculty Recognition Ceremony, traditionally the Faculty Convocation, gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of our faculty and welcome our newest members of the faculty. We will recognize our newly tenured and promoted faculty, our faculty emeriti, the recipient of the Academic-Service Learning Faculty Award, and the recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Student Engagement Award.

Vincent C. Alexander, J.D. '75L
Professor Emeritus
St. John's School of Law

S. William Zito, Ph.D. '66P
Professor Emeritus
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 

George A. Maggiore '81MBA
Adjunct Professor
Department of Marketing
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Konrad Tuchscherer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Director, Graduate Admissions Assistance Program, and
Director, External Scholarships and Fellowships

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Sophie R. Bell, Ph.D.
Full Professor
Institute for Core Studies/First-Year Writing
Promotion to Full Professor

Gabriel E. Brownstein, M.F.A.
Full Professor
Department of English
Promotion to Full Professor

Florin Catrina, Ph.D.
Full Professor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Promotion to Full Professor

Jeremy V. Cruz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Amy M. King, Ph.D.
Full Professor
Department of English
Promotion to Full Professor

Gen Long, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physics
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Kathleen Lubey, Ph.D.
Full Professor
Department of English
Promotion to Full Professor

William Alexander Morel, M.F.A. '97C
Full Professor
Department of Art and Design
Promotion to Full Professor

Steve Puig, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Languages and Literatures
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Robert Jay Rivera, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Shanté Paradigm Smalls, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of English
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Wan Seok Yang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Yan Zhu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

St. John's School of Law

Rose C. Castello '06L
School of Law
Promotion to Full Professor of Legal Writing

Eva E. Subotnik, J.D.
School of Law
Promotion to Full Professor of Law

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Alexander J. Buoye, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Marketing
Appointed with Tenure at the Rank of Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Vibhuti Arya '06Pharm.D.
Clinical Professor
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Promotion to Clinical Professor

Angela D. Eaton, M.Ed.
Associate Professor/Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor/Industry Professional

Tina J. Kanmaz '93P, '95Pharm.D.
Clinical Professor
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Promotion to Clinical Professor

Farah E. Khorassani, Pharm.D.
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor

Sum Lam, Pharm.D.
Clinical Professor
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Promotion to Clinical Professor

Maria Marzella Mantione '96P, '98Pharm.D.
Clinical Professor
Department of Clinical Health Professions
Promotion to Clinical Professor

Sabesan Yoganathan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies

Denise M. Dragos, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Division of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science
Promotion to Assistant Professor

Neil Feinstein, M.S.
Associate Professor/Industry Professional
Division of Mass Communication
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor/Industry Professional

Fazel Keshtkar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Micahel A. Rizzo '89MBA
Associate Professor/Industry Professional
Division of Mass Communication
Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor/Industry Professional

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jessica L. Harris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of History

Erica Y. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

Imad Zaheer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

The School of Education

Joseph C. Rumenapp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Education Specialties

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Alexander Berman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Management

Alexander J. Buoye, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Marketing

Tracey L. Freiberg, M.Phil.
Visiting Professor
Department of Economics and Finance

Deon Gibson, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Department of Economics and Finance

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Colleen A. Carmody, Ed.D.
Associate Professor/Industry Professional and Senior Associate Dean for Nursing
Department of Clinical Health Professions

Felicia Carvalho '07Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Industry Professional
Department of Pharmaceutical Science

Yahaira Diaz '18MBA
Assistant Professor/Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions

Alan Lam, M.S.
Assistant Professor/Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions

Susan Rabinowicz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Industry Professional
Department of Clinical Health Professions

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies

Puya Ghazizadeh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science

Tiffany L. Mohr, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Mass Communication

Marina Sorochinski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security

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