Elisa Bandera, professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School, professor of epidemiology at School of Public Health, as well as chief of cancer epidemiology and health outcomes, co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, and interim director of the Population Science Research Support Shared Resource at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), was approved by the Board of Governors as the Unilever Chair for the Study of Diet and Nutrition in the Prevention of Chronic Disease at CINJ. Originally established by a gift from the Thomas J. Lipton Company to "support a scholar with a distinguished record in nutritional research at (CINJ)," Bandera started her tenure in this role on November 1, 2021 and will serve a five-year term.
On The Move
March 11, 2022: Celebrating 50 Years of Political Progress for Women
Gary Heir, clinical professor and director of the Division of Orofacial Pain and director of the Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain in the Diagnostic Sciences Department at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM), as well as an internationally renowned expert in orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders, was approved by the Board of Governors as the Robert and Susan Carmel Chair in Algesiology at RSDM. Heir assumed his new role on February 23, 2022.
February 25, 2022: Celebrating Black History as a Beloved Community
Michele Beckford has assumed the position of business manager of the School of Nursing's Finance Department, where she will provide oversight of the day-to-day financial activities and act as the primary approver of transactions processing through the school’s operating and designated accounts.
Valerie Fitzhugh, associate professor and pathologist at New Jersey Medical School, has been appointed joint chair of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine at New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Maura Reilly, a curator, writer, art consultant, and non-profit leader, joined the university and began her tenure as director of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers–New Brunswick on February 15, 2022, succeeding Donna Gustafson, who served as interim director since 2020 and who will continue at the Zimmerli as curator of the Art of the Americas collection and Mellon Director for Academic Programs.
February 11, 2022: Celebrating Black History Month
Julie Lockwood, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, began her tenure as interim director of Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) on February 3, 2022, succeeding Robert Kopp, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences and co-director of the new University Office of Climate Action, who served as EOAS director since 2017.
Stuart Shapiro, professor and former associate dean of faculty at the Bloustein School, has been named interim dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Distinguished Professor and director of Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab, stepped down from her position as dean to focus on her research and scholarship activities as a director and a member of the faculty.
January 28, 2022: Booster Requirement and Return to Campus
Danielle Dick has been appointed the inaugural director of the Rutgers Addiction Research Center at the Brain Health Institute and professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dick joins Rutgers after having served as distinguished commonwealth professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ethan Halm has joined Rutgers as the inaugural vice chancellor of population health for RBHS and deputy chief population health officer at RWJBarnabas Health. Previously, Halm served as a professor of internal medicine and population and data sciences at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and director of the Program in Outcomes and Health Services Research.
Kareem S. Mumford recently assumed his appointed position as the director of communications and marketing for the School of Arts and Sciences. Mumford joins Rutgers after serving as the manager of marketing and internal communications at the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies and the director of marketing and communications for Baruch College in Manhattan.
December 17, 2021: Reflections on the Year and Rutgers Day Returns
Earlier in December, Rutgers Board of Governors appointed multiple chairs in business, applied physics, and engineering. Appointments include: Vitaly Podzorov, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences, as the Donald H. Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics; Jeffrey A. Robinson, associate professor at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, as Prudential Chair in Business; and Shriram Ramanathan, joining the faculty at the School of Engineering in the fall of 2022 from Purdue University, as the first Rodkin-Weintraub Chair in Engineering.
Gladys Salva, finance director in the administration of the School of Nursing under Chief Financial Officer Maria Peralta, will retire after 20 years of dedicated service at Rutgers, effective January 1, 2022.
November 19, 2021: Sharing Thanks toward the Holidays
Alex Perez was appointed chief of staff and senior vice chancellor in the Rutgers–New Brunswick Office of the Chancellor-Provost in August 2021. Perez assumed this new role on New Brunswick’s leadership team after previously serving as associate general counsel in the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
November 5, 2021: Inauguration Festivities, Feedback Surveys, and more
Janet Cole joined the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy as director of development in late September 2021, having previously served as the regional director of development and alumni relations at Lehigh University for the past ten years. Prior to joining Lehigh, Cole had held various sales positions in the paper industry for nearly 20 years.
October 22, 2021: Open Enrollment Period, Academic Master Plan Town Hall, Podcasts, and more!
Kimberly Hopely assumed her appointed position as the next president of the Rutgers University Foundation and executive vice president for development and alumni engagement on October 11. Hopely joined Rutgers from her role as senior vice president and chief development officer at Arizona State University.
Theresa Kirby has been promoted to the position of associate dean of administration at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, after having served as Bloustein's director of business administration and human resources since 2017.
October 8, 2021: Fight the Flu, Go Pink, & Climate Action
Jim Samuel has been appointed associate professor of practice and executive director of Master of Public Informatics at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Samuel joins Rutgers from the School of Business and Leadership at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
September 24, 2021: Progress Is Earned!
Michael Zwick began his appointment as senior vice president for research in the Office for Research after a national search on September 1, 2021. Zwick joins Rutgers from his previous roles as associate vice president for research of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University as well as associate dean for research and professor of human genetics and pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
September 10, 2021: We R Back!
Dorothea Berkhout, associate dean and executive director for administration at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (EJBPPP), retired on July 1 after 25 years of service at EJBPPP. Berkhout spent 38 years at Rutgers University, serving in various roles under five presidents.
William Jones was appointed as executive director of the Office of Career Exploration and Success (CES) at Rutgers–New Brunswick effective July 1. Jones assumed this role after serving in several other leadership roles at CES, including senior director, director of operations and strategic initiatives, and interim executive director.
May 21, 2021: WhyIVaxRU
Jerome Kukor, dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at Rutgers–New Brunswick and RBHS, will retire July 1, 2021, after 13 years as dean and 24 years as a faculty member at Rutgers. Henrik Pedersen, currently serving as associate dean for academic programs and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at the School of Engineering, has been appointed to serve as interim dean of SGS.
May 7, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccination at Rutgers
Susan English, executive assistant to the chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick, retired in April after more than 27 years of dedicated service. Susan previously worked in the offices of the Registrar, Provost, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and University Counsel, among others. Maria Crocco, formerly of the Office of General Counsel, has been named as the new executive assistant to the chancellor.
Melodee Lasky, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs–health and wellness and associate vice president for student health at RBHS, will be retiring this year after 19 years of service. Read about her accomplishments and contributions during her tenure in Rutgers Today article.
Partho Sengupta, will be joining Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) as the Henry Rutgers Professor of Cardiology and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at RWJMS, and Chief of Cardiology at RWJUH, assuming the positions effective July 1, 2021.
April 23, 2021: Virtual Rutgers Day Starts Tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Nicholas J. Bessman joined Rutgers Center for Immunity and Inflammation and the Department of Medicine at New Jersey Medical School as a tenure-track assistant professor on April 1 from his former position as a post-doctoral associate in Gregory Sonnenberg Lab at from Weill Cornell Medicine.
Cameron Knight has been named director of the bachelor of fine arts acting program in the Theater Department at Mason Gross School for the Arts (MGSA), replacing acting head Barbara Marchant, who is retiring. Knight joins MGSA from his previous role as associate professor of acting and directing at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
April 9, 2021: Toward a Healthier and More Inclusive Campus
Carlos N. Pato and Michele T. Pato were selected to assume the respective roles of the first executive chair of psychiatry at RBHS and the inaugural director of new Rutgers Center for Genomics of Psychiatric Health and Addiction. In addition to their inaugural RBHS leadership positions overseeing behavioral health, addictions and cutting-edge, genomic psychiatry research, this husband and wife duo will also hold faculty roles as professors of psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School.
February 26, 2021: Working Toward Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience
Krisellen Maloney, vice president for information services and university librarian will step down on May 17 and return to the faculty as a Distinguished Professor after serving in her current role since 2015.
Consuella Askew, current associate university librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers–Newark, will begin her tenure as interim vice president for University Libraries and university librarian for one year, during which a national search will be launched to look for someone to permanently serve in this position.
December 18, 2020: Faculty Honors, 2020 Reflections, and more
Sylvia Bush, project manager in the Office of Graduate Medical Education at New Jersey Medical School, will retire on December 31, 2020 after 29 years of dedicated at Rutgers. Thank you for your service, Sylvia!
November 6, 2020: Adopt-A-Family; First-Generation Students; & Town Halls
In a campuswide message, Chancellor Molloy announced the appointment of Francine Conway, dean and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, as provost and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs of Rutgers–New Brunswick. With her wealth of experience and expertise as a leader in a variety of roles during her tenure at Rutgers, Conway is especially well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities and exceed expectations in her new role. Please join Chancellor Molloy and all of Rutgers–New Brunswick in congratulating and welcoming Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Conway and reading her message to the New Brunswick community.
October 9, 2020
Manasa Ayyala, assistant professor of medicine at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), has been appointed director of The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at NJMS. In this role, Ayyala will work to keep humanism at the core of medicine, promoting the delivery of care that is kind, just, and humble.
September 25, 2020
Jonathan Potter has been reappointed as dean of the School of Communication and Information by the Office of the Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick, and he will continue in his role as dean of the school for another five years.
August 26, 2020 - New Student Convocation
Petros Levounis, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School, has been appointed associate dean for professional development effective August 24. In this role, he will guide faculty as they seek promotions in their academic rank, or tenure, as well as oversee student career development.
August 12, 2020
Rajendradas "Raj" Arumugam, senior audio visual technologist for technology support at New Jersey Medical School, has retired after 26 years of dedicated service.
Dorian Wilson, clinical professor of surgery and director of the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, has retired after 30 years of service. Dorian is one of the first African American transplant surgeons in the nation.
July 29, 2020
Laura J. Lawson has been appointed as the interim executive dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) as well as the interim executive director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, effective July 1, 2020. Over the past decade, Lawson has assumed a variety of roles as a member of the SEBS community, including professor of landscape architecture and dean of academic programs.
July 15, 2020
Mariana Figueiro, currently a professor of architecture and biological sciences as well as the director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will assume two new leadership roles at RBHS on September 1, 2020. Figueiro will serve as the director of the new Center for Healthy Aging at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, as well as chief of the new Division of Sleep and Circadian Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In her newly appointed roles, Figueiro will lead these programs that examine the intersections of aging, sleep, and circadian fields of research.
July 1, 2020
Linda Flynn, a tenured professor and formerly the senior associate dean of nursing science, has been appointed as dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing. An alumna of the School of Nursing, Flynn has served as the school's interim dean since September 1, 2019. Flynn boasts extensive academic leadership and research experience that includes tenures in senior positions at the University of Colorado and Rutgers as well as producing research initiatives that have impacted federal policy. Congratulations, Dean Flynn!
March 25, 2020
David Alland, professor of medicine, chief of infectious disease, and director of the Center for Emerging Pathogens at New Jersey Medical School, is fulfilling additional roles as the director of the Public Health Research Institute and director of the new Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (CCRP2).
January 29, 2020
Chantal Brazeau, professor of family medicine and psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School, will be fulfilling the role of chief wellness officer at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Valerie Fitzhugh, associate professor and pathologist at New Jersey Medical School, has been appointed the interim chair for the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine at New Jersey Medical School and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
James Guarrera, professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery, will fulfill his new role as interim chair of surgery at New Jersey Medical School.
Noa’a Shimoni, associate professor of the Department of Family Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine as of January 6, 2020.
January 15, 2020
Frank A. Ghinassi, president and chief executive officer of University Behavioral Health Care, has been appointed as senior vice president of Behavioral Health and Addictions Service Line at RWJBarnabas Health. Ghinassi will maintain a dual role. Read more about his roles in health.
December 4, 2019
Cheryl Egan will join Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Master of Health Administration Program as a career management specialist. Egan joins the program from Rutgers–Newark, where she was the assistant director and intern coordinator at the Career Development Center.
November 20, 2019
Amana Kaskazi has been appointed as an assistant director for accreditation and assessment at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She will manage the ongoing data collection, analyses, and reporting at the school for national accreditations, state-required program reviews, program learning outcomes assessment, and other special projects.
November 6, 2019
James Oleske, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School, director of the division of pediatric allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases, and director of the pediatric palliative care program, is retiring after more than 40 years of service. A prestigious member of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Oleske was among the first to recognize that the disease that would come to be known as AIDS could be transmitted at birth.
September 25, 2019
James Tagerty has been appointed as a business assistant at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Tagerty will assist with budgeting, expenses and grants for the New Jersey Travel Independence Program, and provide assistance on training programs and research projects.
September 11, 2019
Daniel da Silva joins the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, School of Arts and Sciences, as an assistant professor. da Silva holds a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University.
Aashna Jain has joined the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy as a research project coordinator.
The following RBHS faculty members were promoted and/or granted tenure effective July 1, 2019. These faculty are leaders within the university and their respective fields, and their achievements demonstrate the university’s exceptional contributions as an institution to basic science investigation and to the practice and teaching of the health professions.
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Lauren Aleksunes, Professor, with tenure
Mary Bridgeman, Clinical Professor
Laurie Joseph, Associate Research Professor
Leonid Kagan, Associate Professor, with tenure
Rama Malaviya, Associate Research Professor
Anita Siu, Clinical Professor
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Sujoy Chakravarty, Associate Research Professor
New Jersey Medical School
Mark Adams, Associate Professor
Irfan Ahmed, Associate Professor
Purnima Bhanot, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Eugenio Capitle, Associate Professor
Humaira Chaudhry, Associate Professor
Sylvia Christakos, Distinguished Professor, with tenure
Michael Falvo, Associate Professor
Adam Fox, Associate Professor
Brian Gerhardstein, Associate Professor
Lisa Gittens-Williams, Professor
Keith Guevarra, Associate Professor
Stephen Kamin, Professor
Joshua Kaplan, Associate Professor
Jonathan Keith, Associate Professor
Anastasia Kunac, Associate Professor
Pierre Lespinasse, Associate Professor
Anita Mehta, Assistant Professor
Sara Sinha Morelli, Associate Professor
Tiffany Murano, Professor
Jayoung Pak, Associate Professor
Anthony Rosania, Associate Professor
Pallavi Solanki, Associate Professor
Selvakumar Subbian, Associate Professor
Hanan Tanuos, Associate Professor
Alfonso Waller, Associate Professor
Cornelia Wenokor, Associate Professor
Shauna Williams, Associate Professor
Yu-Lan Mary Ying, Associate Professor
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Indira Amato, Associate Professor
Uchechi Azubuine, Assistant Professor
Mona Bijlani, Associate Professor
Mary Carayannopoulos, Associate Professor
Janice Cato-Varlack, Associate Professor
Catherine Chen, Assistant Professor
Li Chen, Assistant Professor
Shan Chen, Associate Professor
Meigra Chin, Associate Professor
Antonio Chiricolo, Associate Professor
John Collins, Associate Professor
Benjamin Crabtree, Distinguished Professor, with tenure
Vicki Craig, Associate Professor
Avani Desai, Assistant Professor
Eumena Divino, Assistant Professor
Minh-Tu Do, Assistant Professor
Cheryl Dreyfus, Distinguished Professor, with tenure
Abhishek Dwivedi, Assistant Professor
Zhaohui Feng, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Christopher Fjotland, Assistant Professor
Jacqueline Fleming, Associate Professor
Shridar Ganesan, Professor, with tenure
Mariam Gangat, Associate Professor
Gabrielle Gangemi, Assistant Professor
Aziz Ghaly, Associate Professor
Elizabeth Goodman, Associate Professor
Rachael Grieco, Assistant Professor
Gaurav Gupta, Associate Professor
Mohammad Hafiz, Assistant Professor
Eric Hargreaves, Assistant Professor
Carol Harnett, Assistant Professor
Carolyn Heckman, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Shunli Hou, Assistant Professor
Yan Ying Huo, Assistant Professor
Alexander Kahan, Assistant Professor
Malvika Kaul, Assistant Professor
Sara Khalil, Assistant Professor
Maria Kowzun, Assistant Professor
Cynthia Koziol-White, Assistant Professor
Benjamin Landgraf, Assistant Professor
Emanuel Lerner, Associate Professor
Omar Mahmoud, Associate Professor
Geoffrey McAuliffe, Assistant Professor
Svetlana Minakhina, Assistant Professor
Michael Mirza, Assistant Professor
Lakshmi Moorthy, Professor
Suzana Morgan, Assistant Professor
Vikas Nanda, Professor, with tenure
Wendy Neal, Associate Professor
Shilpa Pai, Associate Professor
Erica Paladini, Assistant Professor
Zhiping Pang, Associate Professor, promotion with award of tenure
Carla Pardee, Assistant Professor
Vimal Patel, Associate Professor
Laryssa Patti, Assistant Professor
Matthew Pepper, Assistant Professor
Marinelle Quim, Assistant Professor
Usha Ramachandran, Associate Professor
Shelly Rishty, Assistant Professor
Elsie Roca-Piccini, Associate Professor
Todd Rosen, Associate Professor
Igor Rybinnik, Associate Professor
Kristen San Filippo, Assistant Professor
Daniel Schaer, Assistant Professor
Randy Shafritz, Associate Professor
Sheraz Siddiqui, Associate Professor
Eric Singer, Associate Professor
Edith Sitrin, Clinical Assistant Professor
Anna Sliwowska, Assistant Professor
David Sorrentino, Associate Professor
JayeshKumar Thaker, Assistant Professor
Adam Trenton, Associate Professor
Anu Upadhyay, Associate Professor
Bing Xia, Professor, with tenure
Huaye Zhang, Associate Professor, award of tenure
School of Dental Medicine
Tomas Ballesteros, Assistant Professor
Hind El-Hammali, Assistant Professor
Raphael Figueroa, Clinical Associate Professor
Jeffrey Linfante, Associate Professor
Rami Muadab, Assistant Professor
Emily Sabato, Assistant Professor
Bradley Smith, Assistant Professor
Christine Stinton, Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions
Sylvia Ardeljan-Savic, Assistant Professor
Zakia Clay, Assistant Professor
Sunhee Eissenstat, Assistant Professor
Tameika Minor, Assistant Professor
Anthony Zazzarino, Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Sharon Anderson, Associate Professor
Linda Hassler, Assistant Professor
Michael McLaughlin, Assistant Professor
Mary Stachowiak, Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Emily Barrett, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Maria Hrywna, Assistant Professor
Jesse Plascak, Assistant Professor
Mitchel Rosen, Associate Professor
Olivia Wackowski, Associate Professor, with tenure
August 28, 2019
Gerald Beegan has been appointed interim dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has been part of Mason Gross for over 19 years and previously served as chair of the Department of Art and Design.
Linda Flynn, professor and senior associate dean of Nursing Science, has been appointed interim dean of Rutgers School of Nursing. Flynn begins her new position in September. Prior to joining Rutgers, she served as associate dean of academic programs at the University of Colorado.
Benjamin F. Crabtree, professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been named Distinguished Professor by Rutgers Board of Governors in recognition of his research on improving family medicine and primary care globally.
Jermaine Toney has been appointed an assistant professor in economics at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at Cornell University.
Eric Seymour has joined Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy as an assistant professor in urban planning. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University's Population Studies and Training Center.
Soumitra Bhuyan has been appointed as an assistant professor in health administration at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Previously, he was an assistant professor at the University of Memphis’s School of Public Health.
May 22, 2019
M. Bishr Omary has been appointed as the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research. He will join Rutgers in August. Currently, he is the special advisor on Research to the Dean, professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastroenterology, and professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. Read more about Omary.
Christina Ragone has joined Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy as a coordinator for undergraduate student services. Previously, Ragone worked at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she was an academic advisor at the College of Engineering and Technology Advising Center. She earned her BA in sociology from Rutgers in 2008.
May 8, 2019
Enobong (Anna) Branch joins Rutgers–New Brunswick as vice chancellor for diversity, inclusion and community engagement, and professor of sociology effective August 12, 2019. Currently, Branch is associate chancellor for equity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Elizabeth Leibach, chair and professor of the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Medical Imaging Sciences, School of Health Professions, has been appointed as the RBHS Veterans Affairs Affiliation Initiative Liaison. She will advance coordinated clinical, educational, and research activities across the organizations and develop a strategy at the VA New Jersey sites.
Madison Welch joins Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy as a development specialist focusing on cultivating alumni relations. Previously, Welch worked at The Valerie Fund in Maplewood coordinating fundraising and communications for donor events.
William "Bill" Waldman, professor of professional practice, School of Social Work, will retire on July 1, 2019. Waldman has been a faculty member at the school since 2001.
April 10, 2019
Janice Vasicek, center administrator/business specialist at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is retiring in May. Vasicek has been with the Heldrich Center since April 2003, providing budgeting and financial support to faculty and staff and supervising administrative support staff. She was also a print buyer for Rutgers’ Department of University Relations from 1994 to 2003.
March 27, 2019
Devin English joins the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at the School of Public Health as an assistant professor in August. He was previously an assistant research professor at Hunter College.
March 13, 2019
Hee-Sook Kim has been named a faculty member at the Public Health Research Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, & Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School. Kim was formerly a research assistant professor at Cleveland State University.
February 27, 2019
Jimmy Green has been appointed as research project manager at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Green will manage aspects of the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System, New Jersey’s centralized longitudinal data system. Previously, he worked at Domus Kids and Newark Public Schools.
The School of Management and Labor Relations welcomes Naomi R. Williams as assistant professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. Williams holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and previously served as assistant professor of African and African-American studies at The College at Brockport.
February 13, 2019
Jennifer Hollingshead has been appointed as Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications for Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She was previously at the University of Missouri in various roles, including chief communications officer for the university president, vice presidents, and board of curators, and the marketing manager for the University of Missouri Health, the university's academic medical center. Most recently, she served as vice president at Prairie Dog|TCG, a national health care marketing agency in Kansas City, Mo. Read more about Hollingshead.
Fatima Mir has been appointed as a grant business specialist at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Previously, she was a business assistant at the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
Painter and printmaker Didier William joins the faculty of the Department of Art and Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts as an assistant professor in expanded print. William’s professorship begins in fall 2019.
Kyra Sutton joins the Department of Human Resource Management, School of Management and Labor Relations, as an assistant teaching professor. Sutton holds a Ph.D. in Labor and Human Resources from Ohio State University. She served on the faculty at Auburn University and Georgia State University before coming to Rutgers.
New Jersey Medical School welcomed the following researchers and faculty members in 2018.
- Kang Li, associate professor, Department of Orthopaedics, was formerly an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers.
- Alice Chu, associate professor and chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics, was formerly an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at New York University.
- Neil Kaushal, assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedics.
January 30, 2019
Bill Marosy, director of grants and contracts administration, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is retiring after 25 years with Rutgers. He has served in his current role for the last 10 years and was previously the business manager for the school’s Center for Urban Policy Research.
January 16, 2019
Billy Terry has been named director of the National Transit Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Previously, Terry served as a senior legislative representative at the American Public Transportation Association, where he advocated for federal public transportation funding and legislation that enhances the operation of transit services across the country.
New Jersey Medical School welcomed the following researchers and faculty members in 2018:
- Tessa Bergsbaken, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington.
- Dustin Cummings, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
- Thomas Dick, associate professor of medicine and director of antimicrobial drug discovery, Public Health Research Institute, was previously director of Biosafety Level 3 Core Facility at the National University of Singapore.
- Nataki Douglas, associate professor and director of translational research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.
- Huijuan Hu, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine.
- Yosuke Kumamoto, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate research scientist at Yale University.
- Dongfang Liu, associate professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
- Joseph B. Oliver, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
- Dane Parker, tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, previously established his laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center.
- Flavio Paterno, associate professor in the Department of Surgery.
- Huzaifa Shakir, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
- Jason Scott Weinstein, assistant professor and Chancellor Scholar in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former instructor at Yale University School of Medicine.
December 19, 2018
Linda Flynn, professor, School of Nursing, has been promoted to the position of senior associate dean of the Division of Nursing Science, with responsibility for the Ph.D. in Nursing program, and oversight of the Office of Research Services, Contracts and Grants. Previously, she was director of the Ph.D. program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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