SI 2017 Presenters

Catherine Baird SI 2017 Catherine Baird is the Online and Outreach Services Librarian at Montclair State University.  She also acts as the Liaison Librarian to Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education, Educational Foundations, Secondary and Special Education, Counseling and Educational Leadership and Modern Languages. She holds an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario and an MA from the University of British Columbia. Catherine’s research interests include information literacy, information behavior, and online teaching and learning.
Chris Donohue SI 2017 Christopher Donohue is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University. He also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Data Collection and Management, the Book Review Editor for Sociological Inquiry, and the Council Representative for the NY/NJ region for Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Honors Society. Dr. Donoghue has taught face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses for 17 years. His areas of teaching specialization are in the sociology of aging, social welfare and education. His research focus is on social psychological topics in education.
Dr. Kathy A. Gainor is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership.  She has been a counselor educator for over 25 years and has been integrating online learning in her classes for almost 15 years.  As part of her teaching philosophy, Dr. Gainor believes the effective teaching and learning, especially in professional training programs, includes andragogical practices and processes that facilitate self-reflection, critical thinking and inquiry, and effective written and oral communication without sacrificing high standards and rigor.
Marsha Grant Ford SI 2017a Dr. Marsha L. Grant Ford, a Philadelphia native, is currently an assistant professor and clinical education coordinator  at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls and East Stroudsburg University, the University of Virginia, and Temple University for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, respectively. Her research interests are clinical education, injury pathology, gymnastic injuries, and culturally competent athletic heath care. She has been a certified athletic trainer and an athletic training educator, teaching all aspects of athletic injury management and prevention. She is the first certified African American female and for over 30 years has worked as a clinician at the high school, collegiate, national levels and at the international levels with women’s lacrosse and basketball. She has traveled extensively with USA basketball and was selected as an athletic trainer for gymnastics and basketball at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Marsha Grant Ford has over 25 years of experience as the Head Athletic Trainer at International Gymnastics Camp with campers, elite gymnasts and international competitors and recently was selected to be a member of the athletic training staff at the 2001 USA men’s and women’s gymnastics championships, the 2005 and 2012 American Cups, the 2010 VISA Championships and parts of the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. She has been selected to the USA Gymnastics Health Care Referral Network. She concluded committee responsibilities in June of 2012 with the NATA Education Committee and has served as a member of the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee.  She was the recipient of the Bill Chisholm Professional Service Award in 2011. Marsha Grant-Ford also is credentialed as a radiologic technologist with experience as an assistant chief technologist in computerized tomography (CT) at a level I trauma center, pediatric CT, and general radiography. She has also taught, coached and officiated high school field hockey and lacrosse, and plays USTA team tennis.
Eunice Grippaldi SI 2017 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.
karen Kemp SI 2017 Karen Kemp serves as the Manager of Technology Support Services for the Division of Information Technology.  Ms. Kemp spent more than 20 years in the IT Industry. Through the course of her career, she has spent time managing Quality Control, an Associate Director of Project Management, and as an IT Consultant – just to name a few.  This vast experience has enabled Ms. Kemp to develop a comprehensive knowledge base and multi-faceted approach to IT. Over her career in IT, Ms. Kemp has specialized in Business Process Management, Building Systems to Increase Team Knowledge and Managing Projects of Various Sizes.  She has managed teams implementing PeopleSoft, JDE, Microsoft Dynamics and Oracle ERP systems. As a Customer Support Leader, Ms. Kemp has focused on growing internal knowledge, leveraging internal systems to share knowledge with clients and ensuring metrics are in place to measure continued customer satisfaction. In addition to the years spent in the IT industry, Ms. Kemp has also spent years as a Business Teacher and Director of Education and Training with DOL’s Job Corps Program which is the equivalent to a Principal in the public schools.
nicole small Dr. Nicole Koppel is the MBA Director and a professor in the Department of Information Management & Business Analytics.  In her role as MBA Director, Nicole oversees both the weeknight MBA program and the Saturday-only satellite MBA program. In addition, she teaches courses in operations management, statistics, and management information systems. Dr. Koppel uses various pedagogical techniques and delivery methods, teaching traditional, hybrid, and online courses. Dr. Koppel received a PhD degree in Operations Management and an MBA from Rutgers University, an MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University, and a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. Her research focus is in the broad area of Assessment in Technology and Quantitative Studies. She has also published in the area of Operations Management. Dr. Koppel’s research can be found in many peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences.
Doug Larkin SI 2017 Douglas B. Larkin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary and Special Education at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He worked as a high school physics and chemistry teacher for ten years—most recently in Trenton, NJ—and also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching physics and mathematics in Kenya and Papua New Guinea. He received his Ph.D. in Teacher Education in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main research concerns the preparation of science teachers for culturally diverse classrooms. His book, “Deep Knowledge: Learning to Teach Science for Understanding and Equity,” was published by Teachers College Press in 2013.  He currently serves as the Science Teacher Education section editor for the journal Science Education. Prior to becoming the Director of Technical Support Services, she was the University Help Desk Manager at Montclair State University for four years. Summer has set down major roots within higher education in New Jersey as she was previously employed at Bergen Community College as the Help Desk Manager and Interim User Services Manager prior to joining Montclair State University. She attended Seton Hall University for a B.S. in Management Information Systems. She received her ITIL Foundation certification and is actively pursuing her ITIL Expert certification.
Dana Levitt SI 2017 Dr. Dana Heller Levitt is a Professor of Counseling at Montclair State University and the previous Graduate Program Coordinator for Master’s Programs. She has been a counselor educator for over 16 years, and has served as a member of the CACREP Board of Directors from 2011-2016, including three years on the Executive Committee. Dr. Levitt has published works in the areas of professional ethics and counselor development, including Values and Ethics in Counseling: Real Life Ethical Decision-Making.
Headshot - Peter J. McAliney, Ph.D. Dr. Peter Mcaliney , Executive Director Online and Extended Learning, has considerable experience from both his academic and private sector positions creating, establishing and managing portfolios of certificate and degree programs. In addition to previous executive positions with Ameritas Educational Services, Dr. McAliney directed activities in Continuing and Professional Studies at Baruch College, CUNY, and has over ten years of experience teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch. A certified project management professional, his collaborative and leadership skills have been proven through his work with a range of higher education programs, both online and in blended modalities. Dr. McAliney holds his BS from the Stern School of Business at NYU; MBA from Baruch College; and the PhD from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, NYU.
sm Siobhan McCarthy is a Reference Librarian in the Reference and Research Services Department of Sprague Library. Her areas of responsibility are providing reference and interlibrary borrowing assistance, teaching library instruction classes, and serving as liaison to several departments and other campus units. Her interests include information literacy, outreach, digital literacy, open access, open source software, emerging technologies, and sustainability. She is co-chair of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries Technology Committee, and a member of the Executive Board of the College & Universities Section of the New Jersey Library Association. She has a B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology and a MLIS from Rutgers University.
Kirk McDermid SI 2017 Kirk McDermid was trained as an epistemologist and philosopher of science after receiving a bachelor’s degree in physics. Kirk has interests in general philosophy of science and epistemology, as well as miracles, philosophy of quantum theory, and plagiarism.  He teaches courses in epistemology, logic & critical thinking, and philosophy of science, and his teaching focuses on incorporating game design elements to facilitate differentiated learning, intrinsic motivation, and student autonomy.  He has been involved in Montclair State’s General Education program since 2012, leading faculty to reform and renew the curriculum to increase its internal coherence and its connections with disciplinary programs.
Elizabeth McPherson SI 2017 Elizabeth McPherson is an associate professor and coordinator of the BA in Dance at Montclair State University. She received her BFA from Juilliard, followed by an MA from The City College of New York, and a PhD from New York University. She is the author of The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews and The Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education, 1900-1995, in addition to articles and reviews for Ballet Review, Dance Teacher Magazine, and The Journal of Dance Education. She worked on the film Miss Hill, Making Dance Matter as a consultant and member of the producing board as well as appearing in the film. She is the Executive Editor for the journal Dance Education in Practice, produced by the National Dance Education Organization with the publisher Taylor and Francis.
Ross Malaga SI 2017 Ross Malaga is a Professor in the Department of Information Management & Business Analytics and the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship.  He serves as the Faculty Lead for the online MBA program. He teaches courses in entrepreneurship, electronic commerce, management information systems, and emerging information technologies. Dr. Malaga has over 20 years of experience in the information technology field as a consultant, educator, and serial entrepreneur. He is a sought after consultant, speaker, and expert legal witness in the areas of search engine optimization (SEO) and Internet marketing. Dr. Malaga’s academic research focuses on equity crowdfunding, SEO, and teaching in hybrid and online environments. His research has appeared in prestigious journals such as Communications of the ACM, Venture Capital, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and the Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Information Resources Management Journal and also serves on several editorial review boards. Prior to joining the faculty at Montclair State University, Dr. Malaga served as a Teaching Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and as an Instructor in the School of Management at George Mason University. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University in 1998.
amanda mock SI 2017 Students in high school need teachers who set high standards and then support them on their path to achieving those standards. With a little bit of love, a lot of humor, and extensive skills-based teaching, Amanda Mock works to ensure that every one of her students achieves the goals she sets for them and, more importantly, the goals they set for themselves. She has been teaching for eight years and is currently a teacher of A.P. United States History, College Prep United States History, and A.P. Economics at West Milford High School. Through this position, she coaches the award-winning Model United Nations team in fearless debate, leads her department in a “This Day in History” piece for the morning announcements, and coordinates an internship program with a local historical site, Long Pond Ironworks. She takes pride in writing comprehensive letters of recommendation on the basis of true merit and holding firm to the belief that what we learn from our past must inform our future. Additionally, Amanda is known for her dedication to the written word, though her students initially find it ludicrous that she does not have cable television and actually reads for fun. By the end of the school year all students know that her favorite publication is National Geographic and that her favorite book genre is historical fiction. They also know that she loves maps and works to engender a similar appreciation in her young scholars. Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and 2009, respectively. She is currently studying to obtain a Master of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University. Her career is dedicated to all of her fabulous teachers at Hampton Township School District in Pittsburgh, PA, with a special measure of praise for Mrs. Foley, without whom true scholarship and a career in education would not be possible.
Jiancy Moreno-Lasalle SI 2017 Jiancy Moreno-Lassalle is an alumnus of Montclair State University’s psychology undergraduate program. Throughout his time as a student, he participated in an eclectic mix of learning environments such as the traditional lectures, online, and hybrid environments. Additionally, Jiancy has been working for the Division of Information Technology’s Technology Support Services department for a few years where he has helped support the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems. Now, he serves the University community as the application support specialist for student services.
Laura Nicosia SI 2017 Laura Nicosia, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English at Montclair State University where she teaches American literature and Young Adult/Children’s Literatures, pedagogical methods of teaching English, and where she explores educational uses of technology to improve teaching and learning. She currently serves as the NJ State Representative to the Assembly on Literature of Adolescents (ALAN) and is immediate Past-President of the NJ Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE). In addition to presenting traditional literary papers and panel sessions, and building upon her expertise as a teacher educator, Nicosia offers Professional Development (PD) workshops, courses and training sessions to novice and veteran educators from elementary through graduate levels of teaching on English/Language Arts curriculum, Digital Literacies, Social Networking and Collaborative Technologies.  Nicosia is the author of Educators Online: Preparing Today’s Educators for Tomorrow’s Digital Literacies, published by Peter Lang, Inc. (2013) along with numerous articles on both literature and educational technologies. Her upcoming collected edition (under contract with Sense Publishers) is entitled: Through a Distorted Lens: Media as Curricula and Pedagogy in the 21st Century—is due out summer 2017.
Rich Peterson SI 2017 Rich Peterson is a Professor at Montclair State University and for the past twenty years he has taught such courses as management information systems, systems analysis and design, business communications, business research methods, business decision making, and personal finance. He also coordinates the undergraduate business administration curriculum, including assessment of learning initiatives.  Dr. Peterson holds a Ph. D. and an M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. from Edinboro State University.
Chris Petrillo SI 2017 Chris Petrillo graduated from Montclair State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology with Teacher Certification. Chris is also a graduate of the first cohort of the Robert F. Noyce Teaching Fellowship, which focuses on the professional development of high-quality science teachers. He has served the campus community in many capacities during his stay at the university, from running Supplemental Instruction sessions for freshman biology students with the Center for Academic Development and Assessment, to co-facilitating an environmental science summer program with the Passaic River Institute, to his longest-held position assisting faculty and students alike as a Phone Support technician with the Office of Information Technology. Chris’ experience as a graduate of the Teacher Education program offers him a unique perspective in working with Technology, Training, and Integration as an Instructional Design Assistant, as he marries the needs and experiences of students in modern online learning environments with pedagogical strategies and best practices of teachers that serve to deepen the learning experiences of their students. Future endeavors see him returning to the classroom to teach high school biology and environmental science classes.
Courtney Reinisch SI 2017 Courtney Reinisch, DNP, APN-C, DCC serves as the Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Nursing for  the Montclair State University School of Nursing.  Her primary teaching responsibility is with the RN to BSN program. Prior to joining MSU, she was a member of Rutgers College of Nursing faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2011, attaining promotion to Associate rank in 2013.  Courtney directed the family nurse practitioner program from 2012-14 and the DNP program for the duration of her appointment.  Courtney began her academic career an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing.
David Schwarzer SI 2017 David Schwarzer is a Full Professor in the Department of Secondary and Special Education at Montclair State University in New Jersey – USA.  He was born in Argentina, raised in Israel and now resides in the USA.  He and his wife Talya raise three multilingual children in Hebrew Spanish and English. His professional experiences are centered on the development of literacy in today’s mostly transnational and multilingual learning communities.  Moreover, he is a leading scholar in the theorical and practical distinctions between bilingual – multilingual and translingual education. He is particularly interested in the role of monolingual teachers fostering transliteracy in the USA where he lives for over 15 years. In the last five years, he has explored the importance globalization and social justice in teacher education programs in the USA. He has worked in Israel and the USA at public universities and within the public school system.  He was the principal of a school in Tel-Aviv (Bialik School – Featured as a documentary that won the Oscars awards in 2011 Strangers no more); National Superintendent for Literacy Development in Jerusalem; Director of the Center of Multiliteracy development at Key College – Beer Sheva; Assistant Professor of Education at the university of Missouri Kansas City, the University of Texas – Austin; Associate Professor of Education at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He has published five books: Successful Teaching: What Every Novice Teacher Needs to Know. (Rowman and Littlefield); Promoting global competence and social justice in teacher education: Successes and challenges within local and international contexts. (Lexington Book Publishers); Practice Informing Research – Research Informing Practice: Innovative Teaching Methodologies for World Language Educators (Information Age Publishing); Research as a tool for empowerment: Theory informing practice (Information Age Publishing) and Noa’s ark: One child’s voyage into multiliteracy. (Heinemann).  He has also written multiple chapters and articles in English, Hebrew and Spanish in journals such as Language Arts; Foreign Language Annals; Adult and Adolescent Literacy among others. In terms of technology and online curriculum development, Dr. Schwarzer uses technology on a regular basis but by no means he is a technology expert.  His first experience with a complete online course was Spring 2017.  However, he believes that this course was the BEST course he has ever taught in his long academic career.  Developing cutting edge technologically enhanced online learning communities is a new area of research and development for him.

John Clark is a graduate student at Montclair State University in the Secondary and Special Education department pursuing MAT in English as a Second language. He is a graduate assistant in the department. He has a B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans. His research interests are literacy development among individuals who are incarcerated, and he is also interested in technology enhanced multiliteracy development in a wide variety of settings. John is working with Dr. Schwarzer and Dr. Grinberg in editing a book to be called The Social History of Education, which will explore a myriad of socio-historical concepts as they relate to education.  John and Dr. Schwarzer will be engaging in a dialogical text analysis for the chapter relating to language policy in the context of education. As part of his graduate assistantship, he has been instrumental in collecting relevant online resources, monitoring students work, maintaining communications with students, conducting virtual office hours, and helping students achieve mastery in their assignments by providing feedback through a three-tier mastery approach.

Sejal Rana is a graduate student from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and her master’s degree in teaching with the concentration in Physical Education and Health Education for k-12. Her focus is on developing curriculum that is culturally responsive to her students with a concentration on community involvement as she is a firm believer in “it takes a village to raise a child”. Sejal strives to implement social justice and democracy through the curriculum in attempts to break the barrier between students and teachers. Sejal was a graduate assistant for Dr. David Schwarzer during her time at Montclair State University during the 2016-2017 year. She worked on many tasks such as converting classes to an online platform, tutoring students that were enrolled in the teacher education program at Montclair State University, and managing the book Successful Teaching: What Every Novice Teacher Should Know. Through the process of getting the book published she also developed and managed the book’s website as well as edited the chapters sent for approval. Sejal has co-authored a chapter in the book Successful Teaching: What Every Novice Teacher Should Know. She also received two awards that recognize her efforts during the graduate assistantship. She earned the “Graduate Student Award of Excellence” from The Department of Secondary and Special Education at Montclair State University. She also earned the George D. Heiss Memorial Research Award from the Department of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University. Aside from her experiences as a student teacher and graduate assistant, Sejal utilizes technology daily. She does not consider herself an expert on technology however she has learned to implement it in meaningful ways through her teaching. She helped Dr. Schwarzer update courses over the semesters, on Canvas, which was used as a means of communication for requirements in various classes. Her first experience with developing a full online class was with Dr. Schwarzer for the Spring 2017 semester. Sejal has also utilized Polar Heart Rate Monitors in her physical education classes as an assessment tool as well. Implementing technology in meaningful ways in the classroom is a skill Sejal is learning to develop and enhance every day.

Emile Talarico SI 2017 Emile Talarico had thirty-six years experience as an educator, before retiring from public education. This included seventeen years as a teacher and nineteen years as a school district administrator. He has worked extensively, over twelve years, with New Jersey Department of Education on various Core Curriculum Content Standards committees.

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