SI 2015 Presenters

Catherine Baird Catherine Baird is the Online and Outreach Services Librarian at MSU and she loves it! She joined Montclair in September 2014, having worked previously as a Librarian at Sheridan College, York University and McMaster University, all in Southwestern Ontario. Since September, she has created a Youtube channel for the library, experimented with library modules in Canvas, and is dedicated to improving the user experience of the library website. Catherine is also a passionate teacher and regularly teaches library and research skills to students as part of the library instruction program.


Jason Dickinson Dr. Jason Dickinson is the Director for the McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy at Montclair State University. As Director he serves as the Center’s Graduate Program Coordinator and oversees the Center’s various academic programs, including the online MA Child Advocacy degree program–one of two fully online MA programs at Montclair State.


Laura Field Dr. Laura Field taught at several schools in North Carolina, including Guilford College and The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, before teaching at Montclair State. In addition to her PhD, Laura holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Prof. Field recently completed her dissertation, which considers the challenges of employing a feminist pedagogy in the writing classroom and suggests how women’s rhetoric(s) may offer methods for resolving the conflict.


Denise Geier Dr. Denise Geier has many years of experience in the public school system in New Jersey and has been a teacher, guidance counselor, elementary principal, and district curriculum director. She was the recipient of several educational grants, including the Garden State Principals’ Center Opportunity Grant, several grants to attend the National Gallery of Art’s summer institutes, and a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund participant. Since retiring from public education, she has taught both on ground and online at the university level. Dr. Geier holds a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Rutgers University.


Eunice Grippaldi Eunice Grippaldi is presently Program Administrator and Graduate Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership in the Counseling and Educational Leadership Department at Montclair State University. She has served as deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent for 10 years, and over 25 years as a school principal, district supervisor, elementary and middle school teacher, and director of a school for gifted children. She has also served in the role of staff developer sharing her expertise and research interests in the field of leadership, assessment, instructional pedagogy and diversity. She has served as an executive member on the Teacher Education Policy Committee (TEPC) and on the board of directors for the New Jersey Network for Educational Renewal and Orange Community School Initiative. She has done extensive work in the field of leadership and received a Dodge Fellowship Grant to study leadership at Harvard University.


Sumi Hagiwara Dr. Sumi Hagiwara is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education (ECELE). She researches STEM education for teacher preparation, student learning, and parent engagement. Dr. Hagiwara has a particular interest in the integration of gaming, namely Minecraft, for instruction and assessment. Dr. Hagiwara recently served on a panel at the Games for Learning Summit with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology and the Games for Change conference. She co-edited the book, Change Agents in Science Education, and has publications in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, International Journal of Science Education, Cultural Studies in Science Education and Education and Urban Society.


Gerrie Logan Gerrie Logan, a full-time instructor at MSU, has taught first year writing at William Paterson University and Ramapo College of New Jersey. She has also taught Effective Public Speaking and conducted workshops in Time Management and Goal Setting as well as Maximizing Performance Skills for companies such as T. J. Maxx, Walmart, and Price Waterhouse.


Rich Peterson Dr. Rich Peterson is a Professor at Montclair State University and for the past sixteen years he has taught such courses as management information systems, systems analysis and design, decision support systems, networking, business communications, business research methods, business decision making, and personal finance. Dr. Peterson holds a Ph. D. and an M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. from Edinboro State University.


Rick Reid Dr. Rick Reid’s research considers the intersections between avant-garde literatures, critical theory, rhetoric, and technology. Most recently, Rick published a scholarly article entitled “Frequency” that connects the poetry of architect and multimedia artist Vito Acconci to cybernetic theory and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology. Having experience with teaching in hybrid, online, and traditional formats, Rick has been a co-designer and instructor of the new MSU Writing Studio, an innovative approach to writing instruction that emphasizes one-on-one instruction and flexible, student-directed learning.


John Scorsone John Scorsone is a business leader, entrepreneur, educator, and a Visiting Professor faculty member at Montclair State University’s School of Business teaching Management, Applied Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Management Information Systems, and has led several independent study initiatives for company sponsored student experiential projects. John’s business career includes senior level management roles in both the large corporate multi‐national and small business enterprises. His leadership roles in strategy and corporate entrepreneurship include accomplishments in sales, marketing, product development, and product line strategy and management in the computer industry. He founded and led a consulting practice offering services to major companies in MIS strategy, project and program management, and professional staffing. As an accredited investor, he also co–‐founded a medical device startup company raising capital to finance early stage development as President and COO. John has lectured and mentored aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals at his alma mater, Baruch College, City University of New York where he received a BBA in Public Accounting and an MBA in Computer Methodologies.


Emile Talarico Dr. Emile Talarico is a Professor and Program Administrator for the Educational Leadership Online Master’s Program at Montclair State University. He has thirty-six years experience as an educator, including seventeen years as a classroom teacher and nineteen years as a school district administrator. His research interest includes curriculum and assessment with a concentration in Educational Leadership in the online learning environment. He has worked for over twelve years with New Jersey Department of Education to revise the state mandated NJ Core Curriculum Standards and as part of the NJDOE’s Model Curriculum Committee.


Marie Tizon Marie Tizon, a Montclair State University alumna, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in health studies in 2004. Her career in post-secondary disability services began when she was hired as a notetaker and academic aide during her junior year at MSU. In May 2011, she earned her Masters degree in Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs and Higher Education at MSU. Currently, she is the Assistant Director for the Disability Resource Center and in this role, she will continue to meet the growing demands of students with disabilities on campus and maintain collaborative working relationships with faculty and staff.


Leslie Wilson Dr. Leslie Wilson is a member of the MSU faculty. He has teaching and administrative responsibilities within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center of Pedagogy. A professor of American and African history, Leslie specializes in American urban history. His interests in the interactions of people and their environments led him to use games in several of his courses. He started teaching with traditional classroom games developed by Mark Carnes at Barnard College (Reacting With the Past and then branched into computer based gaming. In his current Introduction to American Civilization class and the Study of History classes, his students experiment with computer and video games including Sim City, Caesar, and Assassin’s Creed. Outside of the classroom he is an avid fan of sports-related video games.

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