December 5, 2018

Michelle Edelstein has been promoted to manager of planning, communication, and marketing for the School of Public Health.

Michael C. Sturman joins the department of human resource management, School of Management and Labor Relations, as professor. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell, where he served as the Kenneth and Marjorie Blanchard Professor of Human Resources prior to joining the Rutgers faculty. He studies job performance prediction, compensation systems, and human resources analytics and metrics.

November 20, 2018

Harmut (“Harty”) Mokros, professor of communication and former senior associate dean, School of Communication and Information, is retiring in December after 30 years at Rutgers. For information about his retirement party, email

Ryan Greenbaum, department of human resource management, School of Management and Labor Relations, was appointed as a teaching instructor. Greenbaum earned an M.B.A. in business administration from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and served as an adjunct professor in OSU’s department of management. His expertise is behavioral ethics and sports management.

Rosemarie Puig, management assistant, Graduate Medical Education, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is retiring on December 1 after 26 years of service.

November 7, 2018

Carol Sadley, associate professor, School of Health Professions, is retiring in December after 25 years with the physician assistant program.

October 24, 2018

Rutgers–New Brunswick has appointed Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah as the new dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Previously, she was the Ch2m chair of transport and professor of urban studies and an affiliated professor at the School of Engineering in the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom.

Ann Tucker, associate professor and chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies, School of Health Professions, is retiring in December after 32 years with the school.

The Rutgers Board of Governors has awarded the Karmazin and Lillard Chair in Adult Autism to Vanessa Hus Bal, associate professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. 

Rebecca Greenbaum has been appointed professor of human resource management at the School of Management and Labor Relations. Previously, she held the William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration at Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University.

Heidi Davis has been appointed as executive director for research services, contracts, and grants at the School of Nursing. Previously, Davis was director of grants and sponsored programs at Loyola University.

October 10, 2018

Ingrid Fulmer rejoins the School of Management and Labor Relations as associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of Human Resource Management on November 1.

Lori Covey, professor, department of cell biology and neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, and an accomplished scholar in the field of immunology, has been named area dean of life sciences.

September 26, 2018

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has named M. Michele Blackwood as its new chief of breast surgery. Blackwood also serves as the medical director and northern regional director of breast services for RWJBarnabas Health.

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Thomas Lennon has been named director of the Rutgers Film Bureau. Lennon has been nominated for four Oscars, premiered two films at Sundance Film Festival, and made films for PBS’s Frontline and The American Experience.

The School of Public Health has named Jason Roy as chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and director of Rutgers University Biostatistics and Epidemiology Services.

Debra Lancaster has been appointed executive director of the Center for Women and Work at the School of Management and Labor Relations. Lancaster, who most recently served as chief program officer at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, started at the center in the mid-1990s and founded the Occupational Training and Education Consortium in 1997.

September 12, 2018

Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, professor and vice-chair for research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, and an associate research member at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been appointed as Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Provost–Newark.

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers joins the School of Management and Labor Relations as director of the Center for Women and Work and professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. She continues in her roles as a professor and undergraduate director of Women's and Gender Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences.

David S. Vicario, a professor and longtime chair in the Department of Psychology has been named area dean for social and behavioral sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences.

The School of Public Health has named Kitaw Demissie as the associate dean for faculty affairs. 

The following RBHS faculty members were promoted and/or granted tenure effective July 1, 2018:

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Christina Howlett, Clinical Associate Professor

New Jersey Medical School
Lily Arora, Associate Professor
Padmapriya Banada, Assistant Professor
Kathleen Beebe, Professor
Ravi Chokshi, Associate Professor
Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor
Stella Elkabes, Professor
Dennis Grech, Associate Professor
Caroline Hayes-Rosen, Associate Professor
Utz Herbig, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Andrea Hidalgo, Associate Professor
Evelyne Kalyoussef, Associate Professor
Cheryl Kennedy, Professor
Piotr Kisza, Associate Professor
Pradeep Kumar, Assistant Professor
Edward Lee, Associate Professor
James Liu, Professor
Yiyan Liu, Professor
Jyothi Nagajyothi, Associate Professor
James Oleske, Distinguished Professor
Jayashree Pain, Assistant Professor
Chan Woo Park, Associate Professor
Gloria Rodriguez, Associate Professor
Hassan Safi, Assistant Professor
Nizar Souayah, Professor
Harsh Sule, Associate Professor
Yeming Sun, Associate Professor
Lai-Hua Xie, Associate Professor, award of tenure
George Yap, Professor

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Geronima Alday, Assistant Professor
Azima Ashraf, Associate Professor
Rohail Asrar, Assistant Professor
Aswine Bal, Professor
Vikram Bhise, Associate Professor
Jisun Cha, Associate Professor
Chang Chan, Associate Professor
Deannon Colon, Assistant Professor
Malik Deen, Associate Professor
Roseanne Dobkin, Professor
Huizhou Fan, Professor
Christine Fratzola, Professor
Jeremy Grayson, Associate Professor
Steven Horwitz, Assistant Professor
Sabiha Hussain, Associate Professor
Dorothy Isecke, Assistant Professor
Estela Jacinto, Professor
Janos Jeges, Associate Professor
Isaac Kim, Professor
Soula Koniaris, Associate Professor
Ralee Konigsberg, Assistant Professor
William Kostis, Associate Professor
Geuntaek Lee, Assistant Professor
Anthony Lemaire, Associate Professor
Ernest Leva, Professor
Amin Maghari, Assistant Professor
Niveditha Meghadri, Assistant Professor
Janice Mehnert, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Neeti Misra, Assistant Professor
Ke Nie, Associate Professor
Michael Noll, Assistant Professor
Enrique Pantin, Professor
Payal Parikh, Assistant Professor
Rahul Parikh, Associate Professor
Dhenu Patel, Assistant Professor
Kamini Patel, Assistant Professor
Gregory Pierson, Assistant Professor
Rachel Power, Assistant Professor
Jonathan Prenner, Clinical Professor
Xin Qi, Assistant Professor
Mladen-Roko Rasin, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Joshua Raymond, Associate Professor
Hatem Sabaawy, Associate Professor
Daniel Schneider, Associate Professor
Bennett Shenker, Associate Professor
Jerod Stapelton, Associate Professor
Mark Stein, Professor
Jag Sunderram, Professor
Anthony Tobia, Professor
Jennifer Turkish, Assistant Professor
Grant Wei, Associate Professor
Xin Yu, Assistant Professor
Huaye Zhang, Associate Professor

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Ali Abbas, Associate Professor
Richard Bloomstein, Associate Professor
Peter Duda, Associate Professor
Mohamed Kamel, Associate Professor
Padma Mukherjee, Associate Professor
Cibele Nasri-Heir, Associate Professor
Herminio Perez, Assistant Professor
George Schmidt, Clinical Assistant Professor

School of Health Professions
Gerard Fluet, Associate Professor
Suril Gohel, Assistant Professor
Nancy Mingelgreen, Assistant Professor
James Scott Parrott, Professor
Shristi Rawal, Assistant Professor

School of Nursing
Irina Benenson, Assistant Professor
Linda Flynn, Professor, award of tenure
Yuri Jadotte, Associate Professor
Beth Knox, Assistant Professor
Sallie Anne Porter, Associate Professor
Darcel Reyes, Clinical Assistant Professor

School of Public Health
Judith Graber, Associate Professor