Hofstra University welcomes 42 new faculty members, including four to the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; three to the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science; two to the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS) Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; one to the HCLAS School of Education; two to the HCLAS School of Humanities, Fine and Performance Arts; 10 to the HCLAS School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; four to the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; five to the School of Health Professions and Human Services; six to the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine; two to the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies; three to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
“The faculty are the heart of Hofstra University,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail M. Simmons, PhD. “This fall we bring a highly accomplished, diverse, and enthusiastic group of newcomers to Hofstra who we know will help transform the lives of our students, the entire Hofstra community, and the world. We are proud to welcome them to our community.”
Kira Adaricheva joins Hofstra as an associate professor of mathematics. She received her PhD in algebra in 1992 from the Institute of Mathematics, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia, and has authored 37 published papers in algebra, logic, geometry, combinatorics, artificial intelligence and data analysis. Prior to joining Hofstra, she held positions at Harold Washington College in Chicago and Yeshiva University in New York City (as a research associate professor), and most recently was the chair of the mathematics department at a startup international university in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Recent courses taught include Analytic Geometry & Calculus I and II.
Kathleen Bakarich joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of accounting taxation and legal studies in business. She received her PhD in 2016 from Baruch College and earned her CPA license in New York in 2011. A Fulbright Scholar, she studied German and international accounting at the Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main and currently serves on the board of directors of the Fulbright Alumni Association’s Greater New York Chapter. Dr. Bakarich’s research interests lie in the conformity of financial accounting and tax reporting and its relationship to audit fees and quality in an international setting. Her research has been presented at various national conferences. Recent courses taught include Managerial Accounting and Financial Accounting Theory and Practice.
James Battaglia joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor and academic fieldwork coordinator of occupational therapy. He teaches Clinical Labs: Technology, Splinting, and Modalities, and both Fieldwork Seminars in the summer and fall. He is a doctoral candidate in the EdD program of Learning and Teaching in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Education. Formerly an adjunct professor at Hofstra, Professor Battaglia is a licensed occupational therapist who worked at North Shore LIJ Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services and Winthrop University Hospital: Home Health Agency, among other OT clinics. Recent courses taught include Human Anatomy and Movement.
Jase Bernhardt joins Hofstra as an instructor of geology, environment and sustainability. He received a BS in atmospheric science from Cornell University, his master’s degree in climatology from Penn State and is a PhD candidate (December 2016) at Penn State. His research interests lie in human impacts on climate, environmental history, climatology, climate change, meteorology, GIS applications. He currently teaches Sustainability Planning and Policy.
John Biggins joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of chemistry. He earned his PhD from Cornell University in 2004. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Biggins was a senior scientist and postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Delaware, and a predoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has won many competitive grants, ranging from $8,000 to $134,000, and has published many professional journal articles.
Craig Burnett joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of political science. He received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego, in 2010. Prior to joining Hofstra, he held positions at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and Appalachian State University. Dr. Burnett’s research focuses on state and local government, urban politics, political behavior, electoral institutions, and research methods. Recent courses taught include American Politics, State and Metropolitan Politics and Governments, Public Opinion and Political Communications, and Political Science Scope and Methods.
Jeanne Byrnes joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of counseling and mental health. Prior to her appointment, she served as an adjunct assistant professor and instructor at Hofstra, the internship, practicum and assessment coordinator at Hofstra’s Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions, and a clinical supervisor at the Saltzman Community Services Center. Recent courses taught include Rehabilitation Counseling Internship, Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum, Professional Orientation and Issues, Counseling Practice in Contemporary Society, and Mental Health Counseling Practicum.
Robert Cook joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of drama and dance. Prior to joining Hofstra, he taught at universities, academies and dance festivals across the country and around the world, including China, South Korea and Mexico. Professor Cook has performed and choreographed on stages from New York to Japan. Recent courses taught include Modern Dance, Pilates and a First Year Cluster.
Amanda Damiano joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of journalism, media studies and public relations. She received her PhD in communication from SUNY Buffalo in 2014 and has written many journal articles and conference papers. Prior to joining Hofstra, she held appointed positions at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, Canisius College in Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo and Mohawk Valley Community College. Recent courses taught include Public Relations Research Methods and Assessment, Public Relations Copywriting, and Understanding Audiences.
Jean Deo joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of biology. She earned her PhD in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University in 2014. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Deo held adjunct, advisory and laboratory technician positions at Rutgers, the University of Pittsburgh, City College of New York, Barnard College and Quinnipiac University. Recent courses taught include Biology in Society; Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Lab; and General Ecology.
Christopher Dippel joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of drama and dance. He is an accomplished actor, director, and playwright. Three of his plays have been produced in New York and Chicago. Professor Dippel is a founding member of the New York Neo-Futurists, who write and perform Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind in Manhattan at the Kraine Theatre 50 weeks a year. Recent courses taught include Freshman Theater Lab, Play Analysis, Improv for Everyone, Rehearsal and Performance, Fundamentals of Acting, Senior Practicum, Advanced Production Laboratory, Repertory Theater, and Greek tragedy in Literature and Performance.
Michael Dores joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of biology. He received his PhD from Northwestern University in 2008. Prior to joining Hofstra, he was an instructor, lecturer, curriculum developer and research mentor at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the mechanisms that control G protein-coupled receptor signaling in human vascular cells, which could lead to the treatment of many human diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Recent courses taught include Cell Biology and Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics.
Rebecca Dougherty joins the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine as co-director of the Advanced Clinical Learning Experience. In this role, she will help develop and oversee the clinical curricular activities for the school’s third and fourth year students. Dr. Dougherty earned her MD in 2005 from the Temple University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. Most recently, she served as fourth year clerkship coordinator for the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Sean Fanelli joins Hofstra as a special professor of specialized programs in education. Prior to his appointment, he served as the interim dean of the School of Education for three years. He joined Hofstra after serving as president of Nassau Community College for 27 years and holds a PhD in biological sciences from Fordham University. Dr. Fanelli also serves as the Director of the MSEd Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies program and Co-director of the EdD Educational and Policy Leadership program. Recent courses taught include Economics and Finance of Higher Education, Governance in Higher Education, Contemporary Issues in Higher Education, Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education, Planning, Assessment, Accreditation in Higher Education, and Organization Theory and Decision Making in Higher Education.
Gabrielle Goldberg joins the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Department of Science Education as an assistant professor of medical education. She earned her MD in 2000 from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology. From 2006 to 2013, Dr. Goldberg was the assistant attending physician in the palliative medicine division at Mt. Sinai. She has authored a number of papers in the field of geriatrics and palliative medicine.
Sumin Han joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of information systems and business analytics. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she worked as an instructor and research assistant prior to joining Hofstra. She also worked as a research assistant for several institutions in South Korea and is the recipients of several grants. Recent courses taught include Intermediate Business Statistics and Business Forecasting.
Russell Harbaugh joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of radio, television, film. Prior to joining Hofstra, he taught at City College of New York and Columbia University. Professor Harbaugh has a score of writing and directing experience, including his first feature film, Love After Love, which is in post production and stars Andie MacDowell and Chris O’Dowd. He also collaborated on 2014’s The Mend, starring Josh Lucas, which earned Professor Harbaugh a nomination for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Screenplay.” Recent courses taught include Introduction to Screenwriting, Advanced Screenwriting and Script Analysis.
Marc Herbert joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of physics and astronomy. He earned his PhD in experimental high energy physics from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Herbert was an adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra, Molloy College and William Paterson University. He worked as a senior software engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp. and Bloomberg, LP, among other technology firms. Recent courses taught include General Physics Lab and Elementary Physics.
Meg Holzer joins Hofstra as an assistant visiting professor in legal writing. She earned her JD from NYU School of Law in 2005. Prior to joining Hofstra, Ms. Holzer served as a Public Policy Litigation & Law staff attorney at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she advised affiliates and worked on challenges to legislation that threatened PPFA’s member health centers. She is a former litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, where she focused on criminal and regulatory investigations. Recent courses taught include Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research.
Maureen Houck joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of nursing. Prior to her appointment, Professor Houck served for nearly two decades as a nurse practitioner at the Hofstra Health and Wellness Center and as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department of a Level 1 Trauma Center in Stony Brook University Hospital.
Cliff Jernigan joins Hofstra as an associate professor in media studies and public relations. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Jernigan served as Hofstra’s Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice Dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. He received his PhD from Penn State University. Recent courses taught include Media Literacy: Criticism and Analysis.
Janice T. John joins the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Department of Science Education as an assistant professor of medical education. After teaching high school for a year, she earned her DO from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006. Dr. John left her home state to fulfill a residency and fellowship in pediatrics at Stony Brook University Medical Center. As a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stony Brook from 2011-2014, she was the director of the Keeping Families Healthy program.
Daniel Johnson joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. He earned his PhD from Cornell University. Prior to joining Hofstra University he was a research associate in the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics at Rockefeller University as well as postdoctoral research associate at Rockefeller and at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Cornell University. Dr. Johnson’s research interests lie in experimental biophysics and the development of new imaging techniques, and he has published many articles in professional journals. Recent courses taught include General Physics Lecture and General Physics Lab.
Neil Katz joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of accounting tax and legal studies in business. He earned his JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and is the managing partner of Katz, Bernstein & Katz, LLP, which focuses on federal and state income tax issues and matters relating to corporate, partnership, estate and gift taxation. In 2012, he testified as an expert witness at a hearing before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Small Business, Sub-Committee on Economic Growth, and Capital Access. Recent courses taught include Federal Income Tax of Corporations and Shareholders, Estate and Gift Tax, and a Research Seminar class.
Nicole Lefton joins Hofstra as an assistant professor and director of academic support and bar preparation. She received her JD from Cornell Law School. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Lefton was the senior director of academics at Kaplan Bar Review. In addition, she taught legal writing and lawyering skills to both JD and International LLM students at Cardozo School of Law. She is admitted to the New York State Bar. Recent courses taught include Approaches to Legal Analysis and Writing and Perspectives of Law.
Youn Seon Lim joins the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Department of Science Education as an assistant professor of medical education research. In her new role, she will support medical education research through collaborative and independent activities as well provide statistical advice to students engaged in clinical research. After earning master’s degrees in educational psychology and statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Lim remained at the same institution to earn her PhD in psychometrics in 2015.
Jieqiong Ma joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of marketing and international business. She earned her PhD from St. Louis University, where she served as an instructor and guest lecturer prior to joining Hofstra. Dr. Ma’s research interests lie in multinational enterprise global strategy, institutional environment, entry mode and corporate social responsibility. Recent courses taught include Introduction to International Business and Asian Business.
Daniel Meltzer joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of psychology. He earned both his MA and PhD in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra. His scholarly research focuses on occupational health psychology, studying how workplace factors hinder or facilitate employees’ performance, engagement, health, and well-being. Prior to joining Hofstra, he worked for a Fortune 100 company where he gained hands-on experience working on compensation policy and practice, employee performance management, and employee engagement initiatives. Recent courses taught include Psychological Statistics and Measurement of Work Performance.
Nicholas Merna joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of engineering. He holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of California Irvine. His research and teaching interests lie in tissue engineering, with an emphasis on organ decellularization and vascular systems. Recent courses taught include Introduction to Bioengineering, Thermodynamics, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Independent Readings in Engineering, and Independent Study–Honors Undergraduate Research.
Khalid Moidu joins Hofstra as an associate professor of health professions. He earned his PhD in medical informatics and general practice in Sweden in 1992. Prior to joining Hofstra, he taught at George Mason University, Purdue University and Montana Tech University. Dr. Moidu has extensive clinical and technical experience, having worked to improve adoption of electronic health records in both acute care and primary care levels. Recent courses taught include Health Information Systems and Strategic and Financial Planning for Health Information Systems.
Zeinab Nassrallah joins the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Department of Science Education as an assistant professor of anatomy. She currently teaches first and second year students in our longitudinal Structure curriculum. Dr. Nassrallah earned her PhD in anatomy from the Penn State University School of Medicine in 2015 and holds a master’s degree in basic medical sciences from Wayne State University. She has taught at both Oakland University in Michigan and Penn State.
Sasha Maria (S.M.) Rodriguez joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of sociology. She earned her PhD from SUNY Stony Brook. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Rodriguez taught at Stony Brook and SUNY Old Westbury. Her research and teaching interests lie in the logic of crime, law and justice, social movements, sexual politics, qualitative research methods, and Africa and the African Diaspora. Recent courses taught include Introduction to Criminology.
Eric Rowland joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of mathematics. He holds a PhD from Rutgers University. Prior to joining Hofstra, he held academic posts the University of Liege in Belgium, University of Quebec at Montreal, University of Waterloo, and Tulane University. Dr. Rowland’s research interests lie in number theory, combinatorics on words, p-adic analytic combinatorics, enumerative combinatorics, cellular automata, symbolic computation, and automatic theorem proving. Recent courses taught include Elementary Set Theory, Logic, & Probability, and Linear Mathematics & Matrices.
Elisabeth Schlegel joins the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Department of Science Education as an associate professor of faculty development. A native of Austria, she earned her PhD in genetics and microbiology from the University of Salzburg in 2000. She also holds an MBA from Post University in Waterbury, CT. Dr. Schlegel’s interest in faculty development was nurtured while she was on the faculty at Ross School of Medicine. She left Ross in 2015 to join Harvard Medical School, where she served as a global health medical education specialist for the school’s Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam.
Scott Schroeder joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of Speech, Language, Hearing. He earned his PhD from Northwestern University, where he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and teaching assistant prior to joining Hofstra. Dr. Schroeder’s primary research interest lies in language comprehension in linguistically diverse populations. He has presented at national and international conferences and has published many journal articles. Recent courses taught include Developmental Psycholinguistics and Experimental Psycholinguistics.
Oren Segal joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of computer science. He earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he worked as an adjunct professor prior to joining Hofstra. Dr. Segal also has many years of experience in research, development and management of software projects in embedded systems, driver development, compression, high speed communications, automated trading systems, games and multimedia. He is currently researching ways to improve performance and performance per watt of high performance computing and big data applications through the use of heterogeneous clusters and high level programming. Recent courses taught include Fundamentals of Computer Science II and Introduction to Embedded Systems Design.
Bo Tang joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of computer science. Prior to joining Hofstra, he was a researcher at National Signal & Communication Research Institute in Beijing, China. He earned his PhD from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, in 2016. His research interests lie in statistical machine learning, robotics, and big data analysis, as well as their applications in smart cities (e.g., smart grid, smart healthcare and smart transportation). Recent courses taught include Fundamentals of Computer Science I, Data Science, and Special Topic: Data Science.
Ellen Yaroshefsky joins Hofstra as the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics. Prior to joining Hofstra, she was a clinical professor of law and the director of the Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, she was an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and then went into private practice. She serves on the New York State Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, on ethics committees of state and local bar associations, and currently co-chairs the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Recent courses taught include Legal Ethics, Criminal Procedure, and Ethics in Criminal Advocacy.
Cheryl Zauderer joins Hofstra as an associate professor of nursing – family nurse practitioner. She holds a PhD in psychology and is a board-certified nurse practitioner. Prior to joining Hofstra, she was an associate professor at New York Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor at Molloy College. She has many years in private practice as a nurse practitioner in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and is also a certified nurse-midwife. She has published many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has been a presenter at dozens of national conferences. Recent courses taught include Pathophysiology Across the Life Span and Family Nurse Practitioner I: Care of Women.
Other new faculty include:
- Richard Bambrick, special assistant professor of journalism and media studies
- Gioia Ciani, assistant professor of health professions
- Shivnath Mazumder, assistant professor of chemistry