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Hofstra Welcomes New Faculty Members

Hofstra University welcomes 22 new faculty members, including five from the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; four from the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; three from the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Humanities, Fine and Performance Arts; three from the School of Engineering and Applied Science; three from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; two from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; and two from the School of Health Professions and Human Services.


“Hofstra prides itself on the quality of its faculty,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail M. Simmons, PhD. “We look for educators who are not only excellent teachers but also individuals who are committed to scholarly research and service to the University as well as the community at large. Our newest crop of faculty will bolster academic departments across many of our schools, including our new schools in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and our growing School of Engineering and Applied Science and our School of Health Professions and Human Services.”

Emily Barkley-LevensonEmily Barkley-Levenson joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of psychology, specializing in developmental cognitive neuroscience. Her research investigates risky decision-making in adolescents and young adults. She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she served as a postdoctoral researcher in social neuroscience at the University of Southern California before joining the faculty at Hofstra. Recent courses taught include Introductory Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Statistics.

Russell Chun joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of journalism, media studies and public relations. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a multimedia designer for the sciences and as a consultant to the news industry. Prior to joining Hofstra, he taught at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where he established and led their curriculum in data journalism and served as their director of online education. He also taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Recent courses taught include Journalism Tools and Online Journalism.

Craig DaltonCraig Dalton joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of global studies and geography. He received his PhD in geography and a graduate certificate in cultural studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Dalton’s work on web-based geotechnologies extends from Google Maps to spatial data science to mobile phone users’ geographic practices. He authored multiple pieces on the history and power relations of Google Maps. Recent courses taught include World Regional Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Beginners, Introduction to GIS and Intermediate GIS.

Photographer: Janette Pellegrini

Aniruddha Deshpande joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of audiology. He received his PhD from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Deshpande was as a research audiologist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, University of Iowa. His research interests include tinnitus, amplification, cochlear implants and neuroimaging. Currently, he is researching the effectiveness of physiological and psycho-acoustic approaches for the assessment and management of tinnitus in different populations. Recent courses taught include Speech Aids, and Acoustics and Instrumentation.

Lian DuanLian Duan joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of information systems and business analytics. Prior to joining Hofstra, he taught in the Department of Information Systems at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Duan’s research interests lie in business analytics, correlation analysis, community detection, spatiotemporal data analytics, and clustering. Recent courses taught include Information Systems for Managers and Database Management Systems. He is also teaching a Graduate Internship.

Photographer: Janette Pellegrini

Andrea Efthymiou joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of writing studies and composition. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Efthymiou was a faculty member at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and associate director of Yeshiva’s Beren Writing Center. Her research focuses on writing programs and institutional mission. She currently teaches Composition.

Bettina Gilois joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of radio, television and film. Prior to joining Hofstra, she taught screenwriting at Chapman University. She has served as a screenwriter for many films since 1990, including several that were produced by Disney Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers and Tribeca Films. Professor Gilois is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and is the recipient of several screenwriting awards, including an ESPY Award for best sports movie, Glory Road, in 2006. Recent courses taught include Introduction to Screenwriting and Script Analysis.

Headshot_GonzalezAdam Gonzalez joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of health professions. He received his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Central Florida, where he spent several years researching sports science, exercise physiology and nutritional supplementation in a human performance laboratory. Dr. Gonzalez has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific articles in some of the top-tiered journals of applied physiology and sports nutrition. His primary research interests include exercise and nutritional interventions for optimizing body composition and the physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle hypertrophy. Recent courses taught include Fitness Programming for Special Populations, Implementing Fitness Programs and Sports Nutrition.

Bárbara P. González joins Hofstra as an associate professor of mathematics. She received her PhD from Cornell University in 2002, and is a Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities leadership fellow and an Engaging Mathematics (a National Science Foundation-funded program) partner. Dr. González’s current research interests lie in probability, statistics and mathematics education. Before joining Hofstra, she was the chair and an associate professor of mathematics, statistics and actuarial science at Roosevelt University, and she worked as an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Recent courses taught include Real Numbers and College Algebra, and Elementary Set Theory, Logic and Probability.

Garett Howardson joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of psychology. He received his PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from George Washington University. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Howardson was a consortium research fellow with the U.S. Army Research Institute. His research interest centers on training and workplace learning with an emphasis on quantitative, psychometric, and computational research methods to advance theory. Recent courses taught include Measurement of Work Performance and Attitude Theory.

Yi-Chin LinYi-Chin Lin joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of information systems and business analytics. She received her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, where her dissertation — “Three Essays on Technology-enabled Healthcare and Health Management – earned her the prestigious William W. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lin’s research interests lie at the intersection of information technology, healthcare, and decision and behavioral sciences. Recent courses taught include Introduction to Computer Concepts and Software Tools in Business, and Business Computer Networks.

Kristopher Lotier joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of writing studies and composition. He specializes in professional communication. Dr. Lotier’s research focuses on education as a practice of freedom, rhetorical invention, philosophy of mind, corporate social media, and the economic under-pinnings of contemporary writing theory. Recent courses taught include Writing Studies Composition and Writing for Work and the World.

Valeria Luiselli joins Hofstra as an instructor of romance languages. She received her PhD from Columbia University, where she served as a teaching fellow prior to joining Hofstra. Dr. Luiselli is an accomplished author whose books have been translated in several languages. She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including: the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Award, 2014; the American Booksellers Association Award “Best Debut Fiction,” 2014; and the Berlin Academy of Arts Award Fellowship for Young Artists and Writers, 2014. Her research interests lie in theory and practice of translation; Latin American literary and cultural studies; transatlantic studies; modernism; architecture history and urban semiotics; and late 19th and early 20th century Mexico-U.S. relations. Recent courses taught include Elementary Spanish 2 and Advanced Spanish Conversation.

Antonios Marsellos joins Hofstra as a professor of geology, environment and sustainability. He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Marsellos was a lecturer at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom, the University of Florida and Broward University. He also served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Florida and Union College. His research interests lie in active tectonic areas, surface processes and natural hazards. Recent courses taught include Planet Earth Laboratory, and Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology.

McMastersPicKelly McMasters joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of English. She is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, which was listed as one of Oprah’s top 5 summer memoirs and is the basis for the documentary film The Atomic States of America, a 2012 Sundance selection. Her essays, reviews and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, Newsday and Time Out New York, among others. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia’s School of the Arts. Prior to joining Hofstra, Professor McMasters taught at Franklin & Marshall College, Columbia University, and mediabistro.com. Recent courses taught include Introduction to Creative Writing and Life Writing.

Soudeh MirghasemiSoudeh Mirghasemi joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of economics. She received her doctoral degree in economics from the University of Arizona in 2015. Dr. Mirghasemi’s research interests lie broadly in environmental and resource economics, economic history and spatial econometrics. Her current research focuses on studying the effect of climate change on agriculture, accounting for spatial heterogeneity in the Ricardian approach. She currently teaches Principles of Economics II.

Alexander Pesch joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of engineering. He received his PhD from Cleveland State University, where he also served as a post-doctoral fellow. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Pesch taught undergraduate classes at Cleveland State and participated in research at the Center for Rotating Machinery Dynamics and Control. His research interests lie in active magnetic bearings, robust control, rotordynamics and machining. He currently teaches Measurements and Instrumentation Laboratory.

Bradley Phillippi joins Hofstra as an instructor of anthropology. An historical archaeologist, his research interests lie in race, labor and inequality in the 18th and 19th century Northeast. Dr. Phillippi recently completed an archaeological project in the Town of Brookhaven, and he plans to expand his research on the transition from enslaved to free labor on Long Island. As director of the Center for Public Archaeology at Hofstra, Bradley works with local descendant communities to develop projects that use archaeological methods and material culture to recover forgotten histories and address contemporary issues. He currently teaches Culture, Tradition, and Transformation.

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Edward “Ted” Segal joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of civil engineering. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 2015, where his research investigated the use of polyester rope as an alternative to steel cable for suspended footbridges. His current research focuses on developing sustainable solutions for civil engineering applications by analyzing, designing, testing and optimizing structures constructed from unconventional synthetic and natural materials. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Segal worked as a staff engineer at a national engineering firm, where he designed glass and metal enclosures in addition to serving as a preceptor and guest lecturer at Princeton. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in New York. Recent courses taught include Designing the Human Made World – Laboratory, Mechanics: Statics, Independent Engineering Design, and Soil Mechanics and Foundations.

Santiago Slabodsky joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of religion and holds the Florence and Robert Kaufman chair in Jewish Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Slabodsky served as director of Religion, Ethics and Society and was an assistant professor of Global Ethics at the Claremont Consortium in California. He has been a visiting professor in institutions in Spain, Macedonia, the Netherlands, EEUU/Canada, Costa Rica and Argentina, and has lectured throughout Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. His research explores intercultural encounters between Jewish and Global South social theories and political movements. Recent courses taught include Jewish Christian Relations and The American Jewish Experience.

Christine TanChristine Tan joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of accounting, tax and legal studies. Prior to joining Hofstra, she was the XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) project manager at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, where she led the team that was responsible for updating the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles Financial Reporting Taxonomy for new accounting pronouncements, common reporting practices and for ongoing taxonomy architectural developments. Dr. Tan has taught at New York University, Baruch College – City University of New York, the University of Melbourne and Fordham. Her research in financial reporting has been published in many accounting journals. Dr. Tan is a member of the FASB’s Taxonomy Advisory Group and Dimensions Working Group. Recent courses taught include Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I and II.

Erin Ward-Erin Ward-Ciesielski joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of psychology. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington and served as a psychology resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Ward-Ciesielski’s research interests lie in treatment development and evaluation for suicidal individuals. Recent courses taught include Abnormal Psychology, Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment, and Suicide Intervention and Research.

Angeliki Zavou joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of computer science. She received a PhD in computer science, with a specialization in cloud security, from Columbia University. Prior to joining Hofstra, she served as a research assistant in Columbia’s Network Security Lab, where she built an auditing infrastructure for cloud-hosted services. A Greek native, Dr. Zavou held IT positions in Athens and at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Her research interests span broad areas of systems and software security, with a focus on information flow tracking and privacy issues in the cloud. She currently teaches Fundamentals of Computer Science III.

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