Hofstra University welcomes 17 new faculty members for the 2018-19 academic year, including four in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; five in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (three in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, one in the School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, and one in the School of Education); three in the School of Health Professions and Human Services; two in the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science; and three in the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing & Physician Assistant Studies.
“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
Tong (Torrie) Wu joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of information systems & business analytics. Dr. Wu received her PhD from the University of Rochester. She also holds three master’s degrees in finance and economics, mathematics, and business administration. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Dr. Wu taught statistics courses at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and graduate students at Simon Business School, University of Rochester. Her work on topics such as social media analytics and business analytics has been published in Decision Support Systems and System Sciences journal.
Shu Yang joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of management & entrepreneurship. Yang is completing her PhD at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in economics from Southwest Jiaotong University in China, a master’s degree in international business from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China, and her Master of Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in New York. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Yang was an adjunct professor at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, and served as a Writing Across Curriculums (WAC)/Communication Fellow in their Bernard Schwartz Communication Institute. She has published research in Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy and the Entrepreneurship Research Journal, and was awarded the Doctoral Student Research Grant twice from the Graduate Center, CUNY. She also serves as the key advisory board member for Jewel Capital, a New York-based startup working in the field of commercial real estate loans.
Alex Young joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of accounting, taxation and legal studies in business. Hailing from Iowa, Dr. Young received his PhD in accounting from Duke University and holds a bachelor’s degree in management (accounting) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a certified management accountant. Dr. Young has published articles in the industry journals Accounting and Business Research and Annals of Finance. He has also presented his research at the American Accounting Association’s annual meetings.
Tianpeng Zhou joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of finance. Dr. Zhou earned his PhD in finance from Michigan State University. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Dr. Zhou taught undergraduate corporate finance and investments courses at Michigan State University. He was awarded the 2017 Summer/Fall Dissertation Completion Fellowship by the Eli Broad College of Business and serves as a chartered financial analyst.
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Uday Madaan joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of biology. Dr. Madaan began his research career as an undergraduate at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and completed his doctoral degree at Queens College, CUNY. While pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Madaan taught Introductory Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Molecular Genetics. He then became a postdoctoral scientist at Weill Cornell Medical College researching aspects of thyroid cancer.
Joni Seeling joins Hofstra as a special assistant professor of biology. Dr. Seeling received both her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and chemistry and PhD in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Iowa State University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah, where she studied colon cancer. Dr. Seeling continued her research and teaching career in New York and Texas before arriving at Hofstra University. She has received grant awards from both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and has published her work in scientific journals.
Matt Smylie joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. Dr. Smylie earned a PhD and Master of Science in physics from the University of Notre Dame and graduate degrees in physics and German at Fairfield University. Prior to graduate school, he spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, working on satellite-based infrared sensors. After completing his graduate degrees, Dr. Smylie became a postdoctoral scholar at Argonne National Laboratory in the Materials Science Division. He then returned to Notre Dame as a visiting postdoctoral teaching fellow for one semester. He was awarded the first joint-institute Notre Dame Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship.
School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts
Olivia Mode-Cater joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of drama and dance. Prior to coming to Hofstra, she was an adjunct faculty member in the dance department at Rutgers University. Dr. Mode-Cater has presented on dance education at national and regional conferences. She has earned several recognitions, including the 2012 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award, and serves on the Board of Dance New Jersey. She is also a contributing writer for Dance Studio Life magazine and the founder of Dance ED Tips, a brand dedicated to improving dance classes.
School of Education
Lauren Tyndorf joins Hofstra as a special instructor of specialized programs in education. Tyndorf is pursuing her EdD in curriculum and teaching physical education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also obtained her Master of Arts in motor learning and control from Teachers College. During her time there, Tyndorf served as a supervisor in the Cerebral Palsy Research Camp and as the graduate placement supervisor. Before attending Teachers College, Tyndorf received her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education teaching from The College of New Jersey. She has received numerous awards, including the Sally Flanagan Field Experience II Scholarship Award. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Tyndorf worked as a health and physical education teacher at Robbinsville High School in New Jersey for four years. She currently serves as an assistant coach for the Special Olympics of New Jersey.
School of Health Professions and Human Services
Patrizia Bonaventura joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of speech, language and hearing sciences. She has worked as a speech scientist and a phonetician for 11 years in the field of speech technology, collaborating with national and international labs and companies. After obtaining her PhD in speech and hearing sciences at Ohio State University in 2003, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of linguistics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; as an assistant professor in the department of communication sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH; and in the department of speech pathology at Monmouth University in New Jersey.
Chanapong Rojanaworarit joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of health professions. Dr. Rojanaworarit has been a practicing dentist since 2007. Prior to coming to Hofstra, he taught epidemiology at Mahidol University in Thailand. He has experience in teaching several courses at the master’s and doctoral levels, including principles of epidemiology, statistical methods in epidemiology, public health research methodology, oral epidemiology, and dental public health. He also served as a member of the executive committee for the Master of Public Health program at Mahidol University.
Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science
Lynn Albers joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of engineering. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Dr. Albers was an assistant professor of engineering at Campbell University. She earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU) specializing in thermal sciences. Prior to matriculating at NCSU as a National Science Foundation Fellow, she worked at the North Carolina Solar Center, developing a passion for wind and solar energy research. Dr. Albers has also been an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education since 2009 and serves as Chair for the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division.
Jianchen Shan joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of computer science. He received his PhD from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and earned both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Shanghai University. His research interests include cloud computing, parallel and distributed computing, high-performance computing, mobile computing, big data, operating system and computer architecture.
Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing & Physician Assistant Studies
Thomas Gallo joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of physician assistant studies. Gallo graduated from Long Island University’s Physician Assistant Program and obtained his Juris Doctor from New England Law School in Boston. After graduating, he worked in various clinical specialties, including obstetrics/gynecology, cardiovascular surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. He maintains his clinical skills through volunteer work in the U.S. and abroad. Gallo also lectures on numerous topics such as legal medicine, HIPAA compliance, healthcare law, and medical ethics. Additionally, as an experienced healthcare attorney, he serves as General Counsel to the New York State Society of Physician Assistants.
Mary C. Lemp joins Hofstra as an assistant professor of nursing. She comes to Hofstra with 35+ years of experience as a health care professional, working primarily in a hospital setting, as a registered nurse in nursing education and nursing management. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University with a focus on clinical leadership. Prior to this, she received her Master of Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as an adult nurse practitioner.
Carol M. Patrick joins Hofstra as an instructor of clinical nursing. She received her Master of Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Patrick is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Acute Care and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, and holds Nurse Executive Advanced Certification. In addition, she holds certification for 30 years as a certified critical care registered nurse. Patrick has been a member of Northwell Health as an acute care nurse practitioner in a variety of leadership and clinical positions. She received the Wisdom in the Workplace Award as well as the Award for Excellence at Huntington Hospital.