CAS Welcomes 17 New Tenure-Track Faculty

CAS Tenure Track New Faculty

Bottom (L-R): Stacy Olitsky, Jury Smith, Dominque Ruggieri, Ilene Warner-Maron, Laura Crispin, Tim Lockridge
Top: Aisha Lockridge, Ginger Hoffman, Suniti Sharma, Elizabeth Ann Becker, Vanessa Wills, Christopher Close, Amber Abbas

Faculty are at the heart of the learning experience. We have good reason, therefore, to celebrate the strengthening of the heart of the College with the arrival of 17 new tenure-track faculty this academic year. Here is a brief introduction:

Amber Abbas (University of Texas at Austin), Department of History, with a research focus on South Asia.

Susan Andrews (Columbia University), Department of Theology and Religious Studies, with a research focus on East Asian religions.

Elizabeth Becker (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Department of Psychology, with a research focus on the neural and hormonal mechanisms of social behavior.

Carolyn Berenato (Saint Joseph’s University), Department of Special Education, with a research focus on the educational philosophy of John Dewey.

Christopher Close (University of Pennsylvania), Department of History, with a research focus on early modern Europe.

Laura Crispin (Ohio State University), Department of Economics, with a research focus on the economics of education and school quality.

Yu Gu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Department of Physics, with a research focus on laser materials processing.

Ginger Hoffman (Yale and MIT), Department of Philosophy, with a research focus on philosophy of mind and metaethics. Dr. Hoffman comes to SJU from a position at Loyola University (New Orleans).

Aisha Lockridge, (Stonybrook University), Department of English, with a research focus on African American literature and Black feminism/Womanism. Dr. Lockridge comes to SJU from a position at Allegheny College.

Tim Lockridge (Virginia Tech), Department of Communication Studies, with a research focus on digital rhetoric and new media.

Stacy Olitsky (University of Pennsylvania), Department of Teacher Education, with a research focus on sociological issues in urban schools.

Will Place (Ohio State University), Department of Educational Leadership, with a research focus on current issues in the preparation of educational administrators. Dr. Place is coming from the University of Dayton to chair the Department of Educational Leadership.

Dominique Ruggieri (Temple University), Department of Health Services, with a research focus on public health communications.

Suniti Sharma (Purdue University), Department of Teacher Education, with a research focus on life stories and pedagogical issues in secondary education. Dr. Sharma comes to SJU from a position at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Jury Smith (Temple University), Department of Art, with a creative focus on ceramics.

Ilene Warner-Maron (University of the Sciences), Department of Health Services, with a research focus on health interventions for older adults.

Vanessa Wills (University of Pittsburgh), Department of Philosophy, with a research focus on moral philosophy and Karl Marx.