Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First Year Studies
Dr. Robert Blaskiewicz received his Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University
in 2008, where he wrote dissertation on the fiction and memoirs of WWII combat veterans.
He has been a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech and a Visiting Assistant
Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He currently researches
and writes about extraordinary claims, with a special interest in conspiracy theories,
alternative medicine, and the paranormal. He's published about James Jone in War
& Literature, contributed an essay about the "Big Pharma Conspiracy Theory" to the
journal Medical Writing, and even showed up in an episode of Ancient Aliens. He's
written for Skeptical Inquirer and regularly contributes to the podcast Skepticality.
Frank A. Cerreto has been a member of the faculty of General Studies at Stockton University
since 1976. His doctorate, completed at Rutgers University, is in mathematics education.
His research interests include problem representation in mathematics education, connections
between mathematics and other disciplines, and technology and mathematics education.
For most of his career at Stockton, he has coordinated and taught in the University's
Basic Studies and First-Year Studies programs, while designing and teaching mathematics courses for liberal arts students
and for prospective teachers. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing
the University’s Quantitative-Reasoning-Across-the-Disciplines (QUAD) program.
Young Doo "Peter" Cho, Associate Professor of Mathematics and First Year Studies
Associate Professor of Mathematics and First Year Studies
Ph.D., The State University of New York at Buffalo
I earned my Ph.D. in Math Education from The State University of New York at Buffalo,
my M.A. in Mathematics also from SUNY Buffalo, my M.S. in Adolescent Education from
Molloy College (NY), and my Bachelor of Engineering at Korea University, South Korea.
My diverse teaching experience includes teaching mathematics at Rowan-Cabarrus Community
College, NC, and College of Coastal Georgia, GA. Prior to my arrival in the United States, I served as a pastor for college students
in Seoul, Korea for 15 years. My life motto is “Today is the most precious, meaningful,
and joyful day in my life. For the glory of God. In the sight of God. The Lord is
my owner.” I love anyone who hates math or loves math. Math is fun. Math is magic.
Let’s enjoy math together!
Joseph Cirio, Assistant Professor of Writing & First-Year Studies
Assistant Professor of Writing & First-Year Studies
Ph.D., Florida State University, English M.A. Florida State University, English B.A. Kutztown University, English B.S. Kutztown University, Psychology Joe received his Ph.D., in English, Rhetoric and Composition, from Florida State University
in August 2018. His research interests focus on the knowledge we can gain from the
study of everday writing, the ubiquitous, often mundane writing that mediates life.
His research projects have included a study of everyday writing among social activists,
the production and circulation of vernacular public memorials, and students' capacity
to invoke and articulate their prior, everyday writing experiences in the classroom.
His dissertation explores how community writers exchange values through everyday writing,
express writing expectations, and assess written texts.
Joe often brings these research interests to his teaching, inviting students to collect,
document, and archive their everyday writing to help us to reconsider our understanding
of writing., itself. Such an understanding can inform how we write for professional
genres. Joe grew up in Collegeville, PA, loves soft pretzels, has a cat named Turd Ferguson,
and is probably binge-watching Star Trek again.
M.F.A., University of Iowa, J.D., University of Oregon
I teach creative nonfiction. Before I joined the Stockton faculty in 2005, I did a
variety of jobs, including lawyer, waitress, circus laborer, copyeditor, and women’s
rights organizer. During my legal career, I served as editor-in-chief of the Oregon Law Review, clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and worked as a corporate
attorney in Japan in the 1980s.
Now my favorite passion is storytelling. I love helping students shape their own life-experiences
into stories. My creative nonfiction has appeared in Best American Travel Writing 2013; has won prizes from the Malahat Review, the Florida Review, Water~Stone Review, and other journals; and has been shortlisted in the Pushcart anthology. I earned
my M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa, my J.D. from the University
of Oregon School of Law, and my B.A. in comparative religion from Duke University.
As Writing Center Coordinator, I recruit, train, and supervise some of Stockton's
brightest and most creative students. I also teach in the First-year Studies (FRST),
Writing and EOF programs. My involvement in the FRST program gives me an opportunity
to help students gain confidence as university thinkers and writers. In my work with
the tutors, I stress the importance of understanding the learning differences among
all students and building on students’ strengths. In coordination with the Community
of Scholars, I regularly present workshops on writing, researching, and studying.
A 1982 Stockton graduate with a B.A. in Political Science, I earned my master's degree
in English at Georgetown University and returned to Stockton to run the Writing Center
in 1986. I consider myself blessed to have a job I love. I am also happily married
with one son and two sweet mixed-breed dogs.
Like the quick brown fox, Emari DiGiorgio jumps over the lazy dog. Native to the South
Jersey area, she subsists on a diet of fruits, berries, seaweed salad, yoga, poetry,
and long walks through the woods. She completed her MFA in Poetry from New York University
in May 2003 and was both a Goldwater and Starworks Fellow while a graduate student.
She has taught poetry and creative writing to disabled adults at Goldwater Hospital
and to children at Weill-Cornell University Medical Center. Besides stalking the Writing
Center, Emari teaches Rhetoric and Composition, College Writing, Creative Writing,
and Why Poetry Matters. Outside of Stockton University, Emari is also a visiting poet-in-the-schools
through the New Jersey State Council for the Arts.
Ms. Lauren M. Fonseca, Tutoring Center Specialist/Coordinator of Academic Support
Tutoring Center Specialist/Coordinator of Academic Support
M.A. Mercy College
I have served the School of General Studies as an adjunct instructor since 2012, and
joined the Tutoring Center staff in August, 2015. I received my BA in Literature from
Stockton University and my MA in English Literature at Mercy College. I wrote my Master's
thesis on electronic literature as a mechanism for teaching critical thinking. I have
an avid interest in technology as both a teaching tool and creative medium. I have
attended several THAT (The Humanities and Technology Camps) in the area and I am a
member of the International Digital Media and Arts Association. I am also the webmaster
for my family's non-profit, The Casey Coyle Memorial Fund.
Marcia Fiedler, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Marcia Fiedler, Coordinator of Jewish Studies and instructor of Jewish Studies, earned
an MA in Jewish Education from New York University and a BA in both Elementary Education
and Early Childhood Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Marcia has been involved
in Jewish Education for over 20 years. Her teaching experiences range from Early Childhood
Education through Adult Education. Marcia has held a variety of positions in the field
of education: teacher (grades N-12, and adult education), Religious School Administrator,
Instructor of Jewish Studies and Coordinator of Jewish Studies at Stockton University.
Marcia believes that anyone can learn and be successful if taught in the proper fashion.
It is important not to just teach the material, but to teach the student. The teacher
needs to teach students and incorporate all the different modes of learning.
Marcia teaches a variety of Jewish studies classes including Hebrew I, II, and II,
Women in the Bible, Bible as Literature, and Old Testament and Film. Marcia is very
involved in the Holocaust Resource Center (located on the second floor of the Library).
She can often be found working on a variety of projects and programs in the center.
If Marcia is not in her office, she can most likely be found in the resource center.
Geoffrey W. Gust, Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First Year Studies
Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First Year Studies
Ph.D., University of York
Geoffrey W. Gust joins the School of General Studies as a Visiting Assistant Professor
of Writing in First Year Studies. Dr. Gust earned a Ph.D. in English from the University
of York (England), after receiving an M.A. in English (and a Certificate in Medieval
Studies) from Arizona State University and a B.A. in English (with a concentration
in Secondary Education) from Drake University. He has over a decade of teaching experience
at Arizona State University and Temple University, where he served as the “resident
medievalist” for the past seven years and also taught assorted literature and writing
courses. In addition, Dr. Gust helped to lead the Temple Premodern Studies Colloquium,
initiated a Premodern Film Series, and served as Secretary of the Delaware Valley
Medieval Association. Dr. Gust’s scholarly publications to date have been on the
poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer and applications of literary theory to the Middle Ages,
the most notable being his book Constructing Chaucer: Author and Autofiction in the
Critical Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2009). He is currently completing a
book-length study of medieval obscenity and what he calls “Chaucerotics,” as well
as a trans-historical project that uses the lens of “medieval” Native American artifacts
as a way to reconsider key aspects of the Western European tradition known as the
Edward Horan, Tutoring Center Specialist:Coordinator for Graduate and First-Year Student Support
and AC Projects
Associate Provost for Programs and Planning and Associate Professor of Writing
Ph.D., Yale University
Dr. Hood holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University, an M.A. in
African and African-American Studies (Yale University) and a B.A. summa cum laude
in Black and Puerto Rican Studies (Hunter College). Dr. Hood has extensive experience
teaching composition, writing and rhetoric, and cultural studies in a variety of institutions.
She has a growing research record; has made numerous conference presentations; has
organized several conferences; and she is experienced using technology in her teaching.
Among her honors and awards are: Dissertation, Teaching and Graduate fellowships (at
Yale), a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, Scholarship and Welfare Fund Award, a
Black and Puerto Rican Studies Department Award, and the Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship
(at CUNY). Her interests include expository writing, visual rhetoric, and digital
Aleksondra Hultquist, Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First-Year Studies
Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First-Year Studies
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign M.A., San Francisco State University B.F.A., Rutgers University
Dr. Hultquist's teaching focus is in Critical Thinking, and a variey of General Studies
courses, including Poetry and Mathematics and the Passions. Scholarly work focuses
on the the literature and cluture of the long eighteenth-century, especially women
writers and the passions.Her current projects include her manuscript The Amatory Mode: Amatory Fiction's Passionate Legacy and editing vol. 6 (Love-Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister) of the upcomiing collected works of Aphra Behn by Cambridge University Press (2022),
for which she runs and idependent study.
Mariam Hussein, Visiting Instructor of Mathematics & First Year Studies
Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year Studies
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. In a zombie apocalypse,
I'd go straight for the Fruity Pebbles. My favorite superhero is the Hulk, and my
favorite philosopher is Louis C.K.
I came to writing by way of making and reading zines and comics, hanging around writing
centers and tattoo parlors, learning from and with critical pedagogues and anarchist
punks. I stayed because rhetoric matters.
As a writing researcher, I ask questions about how writing and rhetoric work on for
individuals, discourse communities, and social instiutions. As a writing teacher,
I ask questions about audience, purpose, and exigency.
Steve Marcus, Coordinator Holocaust & Genocide Dual Credit Consortia
Steven Marcus grew up in Jackson, NJ and has lived in Ocean City since 1986. He is
a 1981 graduate of Stockton State College BA, Historical Studies, and 2002 graduate
of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, MA, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
He taught high school for 33 years, including 30 years at Egg Harbor Township High
School. Mr.Marcus has been an adjunct at Stockton University for the last 11 years,
teaching in the School of General Studies, Holocaust and Genocide/Jewish Studies/Africana
Studies. He currently serves as the Coordinator of the Holocaust and Genocide Dual
Credit consortium for Stockton, where he supervises high school teachers and student
at several high school through out Southern New Jersey.
My professional life has three primary strands: my devotion to environmental advocacy,
curiosity about websites, and desire to help students adjust to university and develop
skills to succeed in university and as professional members of society after university.
These interests led me from the high mountain desert of rural Idaho to a double major
in biology and English for my BA from The College of Idaho, a small liberal arts school.
I followed that with graduate degrees in English at Clemson University and technical
communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech University. I share my passion for environmental
rhetoric in a GIS course, Voices and Visions on the Environment. This class explores
the natural environment through paintings and photography, scientific articles, fiction,
film, nonfiction, and music. I also share my knowledge about editing and document
design in Editing and Design, a 3000 level course. In addition, I teach college writing
and rhetoric and composition to help start students off well in university and professional
writing and design, a class that includes writing resumes, brochures, and newsletters
and making graphs and charts, to prepare students for success in the professional
and civic world. I have an infant, Grace, and a toddler, Sarah. I am currently serving
as the University's Director for the Institute for Faculty Development.
Betsy McShea, Associate Professor of Mathematics and First Year Studies
Associate Professor of Mathematics and First Year Studies
Ph.D., The American University
In 1997, I received my PhD in Mathematics Education from American University in Washington,
D.C. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and I teach a variety
of courses including Developmental Math, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebraic Problem
Solving, Sports and Math, Foundations of Math, and Math for Elementary School Teachers.
I have a wide range of interests in the field of mathematics especially the integration
of mathematics across other disciplines. I have presented several papers/workshops
on integrating sports, games, the Harry Potter books, politics, and business into
the math classroom. I also have done a variety of pedagogical/curriculum work with
local school districts and K-12 teachers.
My main interests other than teaching include my family (my husband and 3 kids), animals
including my two dogs (Max and Clifford), sports/exercising (I was an assistant coach
of the Stockton women's basketball team for several years), the outdoors, movies,
Richard M. Miller, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
My love for learning and teaching is what inspired me to pursue the field of education.
My philosophy of lifelong learning for the sake of learning sets and example for my
students to explore the unknown. Students are not simply a group of people who sit
in my class for a semester but individuals, with his and her own talents, skills and
I take pride in learning from my students as much as helping them acquire new skills
and renewed self esteem. My accolades include numerous awards and scholarships, such
as Avi Chai Foundation Awards, Chai Award for dedication to education, National curriculum
awards, as well as scholarships for education, seminars, and workshops. As a chaplain
for Hospice, consultant for a nursing home and educational organizations, I am able
to utilize my research on "Caring" to connect with my Stockton students on a variety
of levels and assist them in looking at their experiences through different lenses.
Biography: Doctorate in Education and Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) from Seton Hall University B.S. and M.A. in Judaic/Hebrew Studies from H.U.C., Los Angeles Certification from Machon Greenberg Teachers Institute in Jerusalem Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshiva education NJ and NY State Certification as a Principal, and teacher certification Taught adult education and University students at Fairleigh Dickinson University &
Stockton University Exceptional IDEA - student evaluations at Stockton University Garnished several awards in Jewish education Involved in community organizations dealing with education Taught Elementary, Junior High, and High School students Experienced leading education workshops Positive relationships with faculty, staff, parents, students, and the community Served on Board for Teacher Credential Review, and supervised teacher for NJ certification
and licensing Principal for three decades in private/parochial schools.
Francis was born in the eastern part of Kenya (many years ago!) and earned his BS
in Mathematics at the University of Nairobi before getting his MS in Mathematics at
the same institution. In fall of 2002 Francis joined Syracuse University in New York
as a teaching assistant as well as a doctoral student in mathematics education. In
August 2008 he completed his Ph.D. program and in the same year he was hired as an
assistant professor of developmental mathematics at Stockton.
His research interests revolve around issues of equity in mathematics education with
a focus on students' construction of mathematics identities and use of technology
in the mathematics classroom.
John O'Hara, Associate Professor of Critical Thinking andFirst Year Studies
Associate Professor of Critical Thinking andFirst Year Studies
Ph.D., University of Miami
John F. O’Hara joined the faculty of General Studies in the FRST program at Stockton
University in 2013 after teaching for ten years at the University of Miami, FL, and
Temple University. He earned his Ph.D. in English in 2003 from the University of Miami
with a focus on twentieth-century American literature, war literature and arts, and
critical and interpretive theory. His primary academic interests include the Vietnam
War, American countercultures, postmodernism, gender studies, and writing/teaching
pedagogies. Some of his favorite things besides thinking, reading and writing are
baseball, antique American music, films old and new, and – of course – students!
Since 2004 I have been the Math Center Coordinator here at Stockton. I have a staff
of very talented student tutors that help students in a wide range of topics including
math, the physical sciences, statistics, and computer science. I also teach introductory
level college mathematics and a course about humanity's role in space. All of this
combines into a very interesting and rewarding job in particular when I am able to
help build a student's confidence and see that light smile that comes with enlightenment.
My background is a bit diverse academically and culturally. I was born in Ecuador
where I spent most of my childhood. A Stockton alumnus, I graduated with a B.S. in
Mathematics in 1995. I then went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
where I received an M.S. in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering.
Nancy Reddy, Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year Studies
Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year Studies
A native of Pittsburgh, Nancy Reddy earned her PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also earned an MFA in poetry. At Stockton
she teaches first year writing and creative nonfiction. Her research interests include
writing pedagogy, archival research and extracurricular literacy's and writing groups.
Her first book of poetry, Double Jinx, won the 2014 National Poetry Series and was
published by Milkweed Editions in September 2015. She also has an article, co-written
with Christa Olson, recently published in Literacy in Composition Studiies.
Emily Ryan, Instructor of Mathematics & First Year Studies
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and First Year Studies
Ph.D. Urban Ed/Temple University a Masters of Arts (M.A.)in Math Education and a Masters's of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)in
creative writing and literature from the City College of New York. My background
in creative writing, the performing arts, and mathematics education have provided
me the confidence and flexibility to embrace and favor the student-centered, social-justice
oriented and cooperative learning environment where student engagement and critical
thinking are central and always sought after. Mathematics is the perfect vehicle for
problem-solving and critical thinking:my objective, regardless of students' mathematical
aptitude and interest level, is to foster students' creative abilities and provide
them with the tools needed to experience mathematics as it is intended. In my view, the classroom represents a space and onging opportunities for student
to deepen their understanding of the world, develop a more nuanced and sophisticated
view of their lives outside the classrrom, and to begin the process of imagining themselves
as transformative agents committed to the fight for a more equitable tommorrow. I
am convinced that mathematics classrooms are the ideal sites for this transformation.
Siobahn Suppa, Assistant Professor of Mathematics & First Year Studies
Assistant Professor of Mathematics & First Year Studies
Ph.D. Education concentration in Mathematics, University of Delaware MS, Mathematics, University of Delaware BS, Mathematics, Rowan University I teach mathematics courses for the first year studies program and I am very passionate
about helping all students succeed in mathematics. My research focuses on examining
curricular features that support mathematics teachers and instructors of varying levels of
experience to provide high quality learning opportunities for all students. Mathematics
teachers have been found to heavily rely on textbooks while teaching and designing
lessons for students. If we hope to improve the way mathematics is taught in this
country, we must focus on designing better textbooks for teachers and students. Other
countries, such as Japan, have implemented continuous improvement systems in order
to improve curricula gradually over time. I have big hopes and dreams to help improve
mathematics education across the entire nation by integrating the ideas of continous
improvement systems in the US. Born in southern Florida, my favorite hobby is playing beach volleyball.I play GAV
tournaments at the open level which occur all over the jersey shore and I travel occasionally
to play in some tournaments across the country. I hope to one day win a qualifier
in order to play the pros (and humbly lose to them). I also sing and play keyboards.
My husband and I met playing beach volleyball and got married on the beach (with a
volleyball in hand). I feel very blessed to have a job that I love, at an instituion
that I love, surrounded by colleagues whom I love, in anorthern state that still provides
ample opportunities to play the sport that I love:beach volleyball, with my soulmate
and best friend: the man that I love.
Emily VanDuyne, Assistant Professor of Writing and FIrst Year Studies
Assistant Professor of Writing and FIrst Year Studies
A 2009 graduate of the Solstice MFA in creative writing, with a concentration in poetry,
Emily Van Duyne also graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in literature and creative
writing, and a minor in women and gender studies. Her work has most recently appeared
in Transtudies, Contrary, Diagram, and Mead. In 2014, her open letter about adjunct
labor in American higher education was published by The Adjunct Project, and received
national attention from Salon and The New Inquiry.
Lisa Youngblood, Instructor of Writing and First Year Studies