Hofstra University welcomes 26 new faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year, including eight in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; nine in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (five in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, two in the School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, one in the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, and one in the School of Education); six in the School of Health Professions and Human Services; two in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; and one in the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science.
“Hofstra University’s faculty is one of its greatest resources,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail M. Simmons. “Our professors are leaders in their disciplines and mentors in the classroom. We are proud to welcome new faculty members this fall, who will bolster Hofstra’s commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarly research and service, and who will enhance our reputation as an internationally recognized university.”
Frank G. Zarb School of Business
John “Jack” Castonguay joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of accounting, tax and legal studies. He received his PhD in accounting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before joining the Hofstra faculty. He holds a BBA in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from James Madison University and is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Amir Gandomi joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of information systems and business analytics. He received his PhD in industrial engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Gandomi was an assistant professor in Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management. His research interests include marketing, operations research and IT, with a focus on big data analytics as it relates to marketing. His research has appeared in leading journals such as Omega, The International Journal of Management Science, The International Journal of Information Management, and Computers & Industrial Engineering.
Li Huang joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of marketing and international business. She received her PhD in business administration from the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Dr. Huang’s research examines how social relationships influence consumer memories and decisions. Her research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research and International Journal of Research in Marketing. Prior to joining Hofstra, she taught at City University of Hong Kong and the University of South Carolina, where she was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Huang won the 2017 Mathew Joseph Emerging Scholar Award from the American Marketing Association.
Moonsoo Kang joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of finance. He received his PhD in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Kang taught at Frostburg State University in Maryland, Quinnipiac University and Iona College. His research, which focuses on asset pricing, market microstructure, market efficiency and corporate finance, has been published in such journals as the Journal of Banking and Finance and The Financial Review.
Jingquan Li joins Hofstra as a special associate professor of information systems and business analytics. He has a PhD in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Li was a tenured professor of computer information systems at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. His teaching and research interests include information systems, information security and privacy, business analytics, and health informatics. Dr. Li has published his work in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Decision Support Systems and Population Health Management.
Daphna Motro joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship. She earned her PhD in management and organizations from the University of Arizona. Dr. Motro’s research examines how experiencing emotion and expressing emotion impacts several organizational outcomes, such as dishonesty, motivation, cooperation and performance evaluations. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, and Academy of Management Proceedings. While at the University of Arizona, she received two doctoral fellowship awards and secured several research grants from the university’s Eller Center for Leadership Ethics.
Kate Suslava joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of accounting, tax and legal studies. Prior to joining Hofstra, she taught at the Rutgers Business School, where she is a PhD candidate in accounting. While at Rutgers, Professor Suslava won several fellowship awards and research grants. She has been an invited speaker at Rutgers Business School and New York University and has presented her research at conferences across the globe.
Lutisha S. Vickerie joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship. She holds a JD from Rutgers School of Law, where she is currently a PhD candidate in organization management. Dr. Vickerie is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an attorney, representing a multinational firm and its subsidiaries on international business regulation and policy matters. She is the co-founder and former vice president of Fair To Women, Inc., where she advocated on behalf of women across the world facing socio-economic marginalization.
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Kerri L. Ackerly joins Hofstra as an instructor of biology. She holds a PhD from McGill University, a public research university in Montreal. Her research focuses on how the environment affects the morphology, physiology and performance of fishes. Prior to joining Hofstra, she was a marine science educator at the WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay and a research assistant at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Kara Jaremko joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of chemistry. She holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California-San Diego. Her research focuses on being able to understand and ultimately manipulate the production of natural products, which has applications ranging from biofuels to pharmaceuticals.
Yisheng Peng joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of psychology. He holds a PhD degree with dual concentrations in industrial-organizational psychology and developmental psychology from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include aging and older worker issues (retirement/post-retirement work), workplace mistreatment, stress coping, emotion regulation, as well as knowledge sharing/retention.
Zoran Sunic joins Hofstra as a professor of mathematics. Prior to joining Hofstra, he taught at Cornell University, the University of Nebraska, and Texas A&M University. Dr. Sunic’s research and teaching interests include groups, dynamics, graphs; theoretical computer science (algorithms, automata, formal languages); and probability and statistics (modeling and understanding large networks).
Yi (Jenny) Xiao joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of psychology. She holds her PhD in social psychology from New York University. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Xiao taught psychology at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota. Her research focuses on how social identity and group processes shape basic aspects of our perception and cognition.
- School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts
Joseph Bartolotta joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of writing studies and rhetoric. He holds a PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Bartolotta lectured and taught at the University of New Mexico, where he co-founded the Laboratory for Usability, Communication, and Information Design (LUCID) and directed the professional writing internship program.
Terry Tompkins joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of music and coordinator of music business. He is a 25-year music industry veteran. Prior to joining Hofstra, he served as program director/instructor of music business at Bowling Green State University and taught music industry at Millersville University, Saint Joseph’s University and Drexel University, where he developed the curriculum and oversaw MAD Dragon Records, a nationally recognized award-winning student-run record label. Professor Tompkins holds a BA from Temple University and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.
- Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Katrina Rochelle Sims joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of history. She holds a PhD in 20th century American history, African American history and women’s history. Dr. Sims’ research explores the intersection of black racial uplift strategies, black women’s entry and marginalization within distinctly male-dominated spaces such as fraternal orders, and institutional racism, specifically the implementation of regulatory policies to hinder predominately black communities from accessing state programs and funding resources.
- School of Education
Rebecca Natow joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of educational and policy leadership in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education. She holds an EdD, EdM and MA in higher and postsecondary education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Dr. Natow has conducted extensive research into the higher education rulemaking process, which involves the creation of regulations that implement and administer federal higher education policy. She is the author of Higher Education Rulemaking: The Politics of Creating Regulatory Policy, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Her dissertation, titled Making Policy in the United States Department of Education: The Political Process of Federal Rulemaking for Higher Education, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Politics of Education Association.
School of Health Professions and Human Services
Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L, joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of occupational therapy. She is a certified early intervention provider and has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including schools, outpatient rehab and home care for both adult and geriatric clients. Professor Akselrud established and owns an OT outpatient facility for both children and adults in Brooklyn, Forward OT PLLC. Prior to joining Hofstra, she taught at LIU Brooklyn, York-CUNY and Touro College. She holds a post-professional doctorate from Quinnipiac University.
Alicia Bosley joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of counseling and mental health professions. She holds a PhD in family therapy from Nova Southeastern University, where she also served as an adjunct professor. Dr. Bosley’s clinical experience includes stints as therapist/supervisor for Sunshine Social Services in Florida and clinical supervisor for Wediko Children’s Services in New Hampshire.
Susan M. DeMetropolis joins Hofstra as an instructor of speech-language-hearing sciences. Prior to joining Hofstra, Ms. DeMetropolis taught at Marymount Manhattan College, LIU Post, Adelphi University and CUNY Queens College. She has 10 years of clinical experience, working as a speech-language pathologist specializing in adult neurogenics. She’s currently a doctoral candidate at Adelphi University.
Yu-Pin Hsu joins Hofstra as special assistant professor of occupational therapy. She is a senior occupational therapist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Hsu has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, where she focused on the anatomy, physiology, proper techniques, ergonomics and biomechanics for undergraduate and graduate students to prevent injury. She holds an EdD from Columbia University Teachers College and an MS in occupational therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Walter Markowitz joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of health professions. Prior to joining Hofstra, he held administrative, planning and research positions for Northwell Health or its predecessor-component hospitals for more than 30 years, most recently as director of strategic planning for Northwell. He worked with the Northwell Center for Learning and Innovation, where he taught workshops in health care management, strategic planning and grant writing, in addition to securing grants for multiple service delivery programs and other projects. Dr. Markowitz holds an EdD from Dowling College.
Maria Sanmartin joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of health professions. She holds a PhD in economics from Stony Brook University, where she served as an instructor and a teaching assistant. She held similar posts at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and Universidad de Montevideo in her native Uruguay. Her research focuses on health economics, applied econometrics and labor economics.
Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Nicole Franklin joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of radio, television, film. An award-winning filmmaker and published writer, Ms. Franklin has nearly three decades of industry experience as a television director, stage manager, editor, educator, public speaker, web event host and contributing writer. She has produced independent films for such cable networks as Showtime, BET and Nickelodeon, and has worked on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning.
Geoff Tarson joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of radio, television, film. Mr. Tarson is a seasoned television writer, having worked on such shows as Suddenly Susan (NBC), That’s So Raven (Disney Channel) and Half & Half (UPN), as well as in pilot development in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and has written more than 20 produced television scripts. Prior to joining Hofstra, he taught at Marist College and Dutchess Community College and was a lecturer at Northwestern University.
Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science
Salvador Rojas-Murillo joins Hofstra as an instructor of engineering. He holds an MS in industrial engineering form Lehigh University and is a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa. His research interest focuses on human factors with a specialty in the field of visual cognition. His research seeks to understand how people see and interpret what they see. Prior to joining Hofstra, Mr. Rojas-Murillo served as a research engineer for University of Iowa hospitals and clinics, and he taught undergraduate and graduate industrial engineering courses in his native Mexico.