The International Advisory Committee (IAC) aims to expand international and global perspectives in research and education within Rutgers University. The Committee reviews and suggests policies and university practices as these relate to international and global engagement; explores innovative ways to create engaging, cross-cultural international partnerships and exchange programs as well as facilitates new initiatives for multi-disciplinary international curricular and research programs involving various schools and departments. The IAC promotes special events related to international affairs and assists in the development of outreach programs created by business, education, and civic groups across New Jersey. The Committee proposes projects that enhance Rutgers’ visibility in global and international programs within and beyond the University.
Karen Alexander is Dean of Junior and Senior Year Programs at Douglass Residential College and an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, both at Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey. In her newly created position at Douglass she will be developing programs to involve students in collaborative, project-based, experiential learning that encompasses local and global awareness. Student engagement with leadership, social justice, media and technology, and environmental stewardship will also be priorities for her office. For seven years prior to joining Douglass, she served as Senior Editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, in which capacity she worked with scholars in a variety of disciplines from around the world. She is a co-founder of Films for the Feminist Classroom, an online, open-access resource that strives to enhance the use of media texts in teaching. Her interests include the technology-driven changes taking place in higher education and academic publishing as well as experimental writing, documentary film, and feminist art. She co-edited War and Terror: Feminist Perspectives (University of Chicago Press, 2008) with Mary Hawkesworth. She earned a PhD in English from the University of London in 2005, and holds Master’s degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of Louisville.
Elizabeth Atkins is the Assistant Dean for the Office of International Students at Rutgers-Camden. Her responsibilities include international student services, programming, recruitment, and immigration advising. Prior to joining Rutgers, Atkins served as the Program Manager and International Student Advisor at Drexel University. Before that, Atkins taught English as a Second Language at Arcadia University and in Barcelona, Spain. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Virginia. She also holds a Master's degree in Higher Education and a Master's in Nonprofit Administration, both from Drexel University. Atkins is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and has presented at a number of NAFSA conferences on topics relating to immigration advising and intercultural conflict resolution.
Paula Caligiuri is a professor in the Department of Human Resource Management in the School of Management and Labor Relations and was the Director of the Center for Human Resource Strategy from 2001 until 2010. She has been named as one of the most prolific authors in the field of international business for her work in international human resource management, global leadership development, international assignee management, and cultural agility. Her academic publications include several articles in the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of World Business, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and International Journal of Intercultural Relations. She is on the editorial boards for numerous journals including Journal of World Business and Journal of Global Mobility and is the current HR Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. She has authored or co-authored several books – including Managing the Global Workforce and Cultural Agility: Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals. Across a range of sectors, she works extensively with leading organizations in the United States, Asia, and Europe. She is a frequent keynote speaker for industry conferences and company meetings and a frequent expert on CNN and CNN International. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State University in industrial and organizational psychology.
Tania Castanedais Director of International Recruitment and Enrollment for University Undergraduate Admissions. Her office is responsible for positioning Rutgers as a top U.S. undergraduate education destination for international students, promoting the University’s overall visibility among students, families, overseas school counselors, and educational officials, and enrolling a highly qualified and diverse class of international students at Rutgers. She previously worked in admissions and student services for Clark University, Boston College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Before entering the field of education administration, Castaneda served as a Project Director at a market research firm, designing and executing multi-national market development initiatives for a variety of product and service organizations. She began her career as an Executive Recruiter. Castaneda holds a Master’s degree in counseling from Boston College, a Master’s degree in Psychology/Organizational Behavior from Brandeis University, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Wellesley College.
Yee Chiew, Associate Dean for International Programs, School of Engineering, joined Rutgers in 1985 after studying at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Pennsylvania as well as a post-doc at SUNY Stony Brook. He currently serves as a professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Graduate Fellowship Program in Pharmaceutical Engineering. Chiew has been three times recognized with the Teaching Excellence Award in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and the Engineering Governing Council Excellence in Teaching Award. Chiew’s research interests are in the areas of complex fluids, nano-colloids, supercritical fluid phase equilibrium, and pharmaceutical products and engineering science. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and presentations. NSF, the Department of Education, American Chemical Society, and Industry have sponsored his research. Chiew was a recipient of the American Chemical Society Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering in 1999. He was awarded a Henry Rutgers Fellowship Award and was a recipient of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship Award for Scholarly Excellence in 1991. Chiew brings a wealth of international experience including a faculty appointment at the National University of Singapore where he was recognized with Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Educator Awards.
Jean-Marc Coicaud is a Professor of Law and Global Affairs, and Director of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers. Prior to joining Rutgers, from 2003 to 2011, he served as the Director of the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. From 1996 to 2003, he was Senior Academic Officer and Director of Studies at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. From 1992 to 1996 he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali (New York). A former Fellow at Harvard University (Center for International Affairs, Department of Philosophy, and Harvard Law School, from 1986 to 1992), Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Legislative Aide with the European Parliament (Financial Committee). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure-Ulm (Paris), at the Chuo Law School (Tokyo) and has taught at the New School for Social Research. In addition, he has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University (Beijing). Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Doctorat d'Etat in Political Theory from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris. He also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, literature, and linguistics. Jean-Marc Coicaud has published books, chapters, and articles in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, international relations, and international law, which are available in over 5 languages.
Mary Elizabeth Curran is an Associate Dean of Local-Global Partnerships and Coordinator of Language Education Programs at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE). She teaches courses on second language acquisition, the relationship between language and culture, and teacher education. Her scholarship focuses on the topics of globalization and education, identity and second language acquisition, and language teacher education. She has published in journals such as The Journal of Teacher Education, TESOL Quarterly, Theory and Practice, and Learning Languages. In 2010, the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations annual conference was hosted at Rutgers, under Curran's guidance. In 2010-11, she received an Internationalizing Teacher Education Grant from the Longview Foundation, through which she created the GSE Teaching the World Fellows Program. One of the fruits of this grant was a Teaching the World Forum in 2011, in which faculty and students presented on the intersections between globalization and their disciplines. In the 2012-13 academic year, this program has extended to a state-wide initiative across New Jersey. Curran has designed a GSE collaborative program with the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mexico offered in January. For the past several years, Curran and colleagues have received funding from STARTALK and The Freeman Foundation for Rutgers Chinese language teacher development and student language program initiatives in which the objective is to expand resources for fostering linguistic and cultural competency.
Rebecca Davis, Director and Lecturer, Center for International Social Work at the Rutgers University School of Social Work, has primary teaching responsibilities in clinical social work practice with children and families in the domestic and international contexts. Davis’s 19 years of international experience in social work began in 1992 as a Fulbright Scholar in social work at the University of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania. She provided leadership on several United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded initiatives in child welfare reform and social work education across the former Soviet Bloc. Davis has completed four evaluation studies for USAID’s Social Transition Team, Europe & Eurasia Bureau on the evolution of and best practices in community based social services. She co-authored a study for USAID on Social Work Education and the Practice Environment in Europe and Eurasia. In 2009, she authored a study on “Human Capacity within Child Welfare Systems: the Social Work Workforce in Africa.” The paper highlights the growing global awareness of the need for a strong social work profession and workforce capacity to address vulnerable populations across the globe. Davis’s career includes positions in clinical practice, management, and academic and continuing education in the U.S. and internationally. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey and North Carolina, and was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Social Workers – New Jersey Chapter.
Kayo Denda is the Head of Margery Somers Foster Center and a Women's Studies Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries. Her responsibilities include collection development for resources on women and gender, and liaison work with faculty and students of the Women's and Gender Studies Department and affiliated institutes and centers. With emerging interest in multimedia on campus, Denda has initiated a series of co-curricular interventions for undergraduate students, which have examined issues of feminist pedagogy, visual literacy, and representation, while expanding the arena of library intervention. Denda’s recent presentations have included "New Media and Gender at Rutgers: Transcending the Digital Divide and Building Young Women’s Capabilities," delivered at the New Media Consortium Conference (2011), “Please May We Include Your Poster in Our Repository?: Permission, Due Diligence and Supporting Rights Metadata," delivered at the Association for College and Research Libraries Annual Conference (2011), and "Training Studies for Global Citizenship: Exploring the Role of Academic Libraries in Study Abroad Programs," delivered at the World Library and Information Congress (2010). Denda is the recipient of the Significant Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship Award (2007), presented by the Women’s Studies Section of the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries. She holds an Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in Library Science, both from Rutgers University. She is originally from Japan, and was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Stuart L. Deutsch is a University Professor at Rutgers and Director of Global and International Programs at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. He served as Dean of Rutgers School of Law–Newark from July 1999 until July 2009, when he was named University Professor. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where he was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Professor Deutsch is an expert on environmental law and property law, both of which he teaches at the School of Law-Newark. He has participated with the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern European Law Initiative regarding the environmental and natural resources laws of eastern European nations, and the World Conservation Union’s Commission on Environmental Law. He also has been a member of several national and New Jersey committees concerning the legal profession, ethics, diversity, and legal education and has been chair of the Environmental Law and Local Government Law Sections of the Association of American Law Schools. Deutsch also was a professor of law, founding co-director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law, and founding director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology at Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also served as interim dean.
Giorgio DiMauro is Director of the Center for Global Education (Study Abroad) and an affiliated faculty member in the Program in Russian and East European Languages and Literatures. He came to Rutgers in July 2012 from Princeton University, where he was the Associate Director of Study Abroad in the Office of International Programs. Prior to that he worked in the Office of International Programs at Harvard University. At both universities he was involved in a broad effort to internationalize the curriculum and increase study abroad opportunities for students, work that he now continues at Rutgers. His goal is to offer a wide array of meaningful international experiences to Rutgers undergraduates – from study abroad to service learning, internships, and research. Giorgio trained as a medievalist in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where he earned his PhD in 2002, and he has worked and studied in Russia, Poland, and Italy.
Maryella Hannum is Senior Program Administrator at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers). She began her affiliation with Rutgers University in 2005 at the Rutgers Business School managing day-to-day operations of International Executive MBA programs located in Beijing and Shanghai, China. She later worked in undergraduate education in the Office of International Programs at the School of Arts and Sciences, and for the Rutgers Global Initiatives program. Currently, she is responsible for Global Programs within GAIA Centers, and for developing and facilitating programs around topics of global concern as well as new opportunities for research and learning. As part of the Rutgers UN affiliation, she serves as main representative and liaison to the United Nations, Department of Public Information (UN DPI). In 2011, she served as Co-Chair of the Youth Sub-Committee for the Conference Planning Committee for the United Nations Department of Public Information, Non-Governmental Organization (UN DPI NGO) 64th annual conference, held in Bonn, Germany. She is a board member with the Friends of the Davis International Center at Princeton University, where she has served for the past 9 years. Prior to her work at Rutgers, she worked in educational account management with Microsoft Corporation and at Merrill Lynch in Mutual Fund Operations. Hannum graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies. She is working towards attaining a Master’s of Science in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Global Business and Economics, at Rutgers-Newark. Hannum is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators; and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).
Jerome J. (“Jerry”) Kukor is the Dean of the Graduate School – New Brunswick at Rutgers University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and served on the research faculty at Michigan for 10 years prior to coming to Rutgers in 1997. He is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, where he served for five years as Dean of Academic Programs. Dr. Kukor’s expertise is in environmental microbiology and microbial chemistry. His research, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for the past 25 years, focuses on analysis of the determinants of biodegradability of xenobiotic compounds by microorganisms. He has authored more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and has mentored two dozen doctoral and master’s students, a dozen postdoctoral scholars, and nearly 30 undergraduate honors students.
Veena Kumar, Director of the Program in American Language Studies (PALS), has over 25 years of experience in teaching the English language, ESL, and ESP at different academic levels in the United Kingdom, France, India, and the U.S. She is a great supporter of e-learning and has spent a substantial amount of time and effort researching the medium. She has taught online courses for the University of Maryland and was nominated for the Teacher Excellence Award (2004). In addition, she has been an Educational Consultant for major projects with the World Bank, the European Commission, the Commonwealth of Learning (Canada) and the British Council (UK). She sees herself as a true “Citizen of the World” and finds interacting with people from different cultures educational and emotionally rewarding.
Ardele Lister teaches Media in the Visual Arts Dept., Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers. Her works in analog and digital media have been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, and museums. One of the first artists to work with digital technologies, Lister’s art (notably “Hell”, 1984) led to her producing and directing work on avant-garde television projects such as Pee Wee' s Playhouse (CBS). For this innovative television show, Lister produced all the “Connect the Dots” segments, in which live-action Pee Wee ‘jumped’ into the computer-generated and animated “Magic Screen”. Her films are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Kunsthalle (Berlin). You can see her works at MoMa, NY in their Media Lounge. The issue of defining identity in our globalized culture, and the role of media in shaping our identities, is at the center of Ardele’s research. She is currently at work on an interactive project that will hopefully promote understanding across racial, religious and national boundaries.
Claire McInerney is an Associate Dean in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers. She has held a number of other administrative positions in addition to teaching, research and service. Her scholarship is in the area of the creation, sharing, and exchange of knowledge in organizations, gender & technology, and information in health care. She has authored or edited five books and 51 articles or other publications. During the past five years Prof. McInerney has been an investigator on major projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the HP teaching initiative, and the National Institute of Health. Currently, she is working with researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry to study how effective communication and information practices can improve the quality of health care. She also serves as a visiting professor at the National University of Ireland in Dublin, University College Dublin.
Marty Markowitz is currently the Senior Associate Dean at the Rutgers Business School (RBS), and is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the RBS New Brunswick undergraduate program. Formerly the Director for International Programs at the RBS, he managed the International Executive MBA programs in China; worked with the officials from the Chinese Government to gain approval for RBS programs; negotiated agreements with schools and vendors; in cooperation with the NJ Department of Commerce, Port Authority of NY/NJ, U.S. Commercial Service and the District Export Council, ran workshops on how to do business in other countries; and developed plans to expand international programs offered at RBS in cooperation with universities in other countries.
Fran Mascia-Lees is Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SAS) and Professor of Anthropology, where she chaired the Department from 2004-2010. Her research focuses on politics and aesthetics and the body and embodiment, primarily in the context of consumer capitalism. She has done fieldwork in the Caribbean, Mexico, among Native Americans, and at multiple sites across the United States. Since 2007, she has been an International Scholar with the Open Society Institute, working with young scholars on educational transformation at the University of Sophia, Bulgaria; University of Prishtina, Kosovo, and Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Her most recent books are A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and Gender and Difference in a Globalizing World (Waveland Press, 2010). Mascia-Lees served as Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) from 2001-2006,and was awarded the Mayfield Award for Excellence in the Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology by the American Anthropological Association in 1998. As Area Dean, she works with departments in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and oversees SAS Area Studies Centers.
Eugene Murphy is Assistant Vice President for International and Global Affairs, responsible for coordinating and facilitating the day-to-day work of the GAIA Centers. Gene is new to Rutgers but has been involved in international education for more than two decades – both as a faculty member and as an administrator – at NYU, CUNY, Columbia, and Fairfield. He holds a doctorate in Anthropology from Columbia and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Harvard College. At NYU he helped build the Office of Global Programs and several of the university’s twelve overseas Centers. He also served as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, NYU’s largest school. His research and teaching have focused mainly on China, social theory, and comparative social organization, with additional interests in linguistic anthropology, medical anthropology, and Latin American studies.
Richard Novak is the Interim Vice President for Continuing Studies and has been with the Division of Continuing Studies (http://docs.rutgers.edu/) since its inception in July 1996. He has been engaged with online learning at Rutgers since 1998. He most recently served as Associate Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Learning. He is also an associate member of the graduate faculty in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, teaching face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online courses beginning in 1993. Dr. Novak is Past-President of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the principal U.S. organization for professional and continuing higher education. Dr. Novak provides executive leadership for a large and diverse university-wide division at Rutgers (DoCS) that includes over 125 employees in 14 distinct units at over a dozen locations. DoCS coordinates hundreds of credit and non-credit programs, enrolling thousands of participants, reaching audiences from youth to retirees and providing various support services across the university. In 2004, Dr. Novak was presented the Walton S. Bittner Service Citation for Imaginative Leadership in the Advancement of Continuing Education by UPCEA. In April 2011 he was awarded the national Excellence in Online Administration award. He has given major conference presentations, on topics related to global continuing education and distance education themes, in Brazil, China, England, Mexico, and Portugal.
Gayle Pearson is currently an Assistant Dean at the College of Nursing. She completed a Doctorate of Public Health at Columbia University. Starting her career in nursing education at Case Western Reserve, she taught Maternity Nursing and then returned to New Jersey, where she taught Pediatrics at both Rutgers and Seton Hall Universities. During that time she had a federally funded grant to conduct the second School Nurse Practitioner program in the nation. She became the first Director of the Continuing Education program initiated at the College of Nursing, and has built the program into the Center for Professional Development (CPD), which is known internationally for the quality and effectiveness of the offerings that are provided. Pearson is involved in extensive volunteer work. As a member of her church she serves on the Outreach Committee, which helps people through local organizations in communities such as Morristown and Newark, as well as national and international missions. To date she has worked with both the church and Foundation For Peace serving people in Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Kenya and Native Americans in Arizona. She has also given NCLEX reviews in the Philippines helping nurses there to realize their dream of practicing nursing in the United States. She has been active in the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, Inc. where she was bestowed the distinguished Honorary Membership. She won the state EOF Champion Award and most recently the College of Nursing EOF Bobbie Perdue Community Service Award. Most recently, she received funding from the Haitian Nurses Foundation to conduct a trainer program for the faculty at a baccalaureate in Leogane, Haiti from November 2011- June 2012.
Joanna Regulska is the Vice President for International and Global Affairs, and a Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and Geography. She is responsible for developing a comprehensive, campus-wide set of international initiatives and services, initiating collaborative projects and strategic partnerships around the world, and expanding students’ opportunities for international study and research. Her research and teaching concentrates on women’s agency, political activism, grassroots mobilization and the construction of women’s political spaces. Her current research focuses on the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia, and their everyday practices and livelihood strategies of survival. Regulska is author of over 90 articles and chapters, has presented more than 100 papers and is author and co-author of several books, including From Cold War to the EU: Women and Gender in Contemporary Europe with B. Smith (Routledge 2012); and Cooperation or Conflict: State, the European Union and Women with M. Fuszara, M. Grabowska and J. Mizielinska (2008, WAP in Polish). Her research and policy work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Rockefeller Fund, and the Mellon Foundation among others ($9 million). She is an active member of the Commission of International Programs, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the Association of the International Education Administrators. In 2011, she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Tbilisi State University, Republic of Georgia. She is also a recipient of the Knight Cross of the Order of Restitution of the Republic of Poland (2004) and of a Presidential Award for the Distinguished Public Service, Rutgers University (1996).
Hal Salzman is a sociologist and Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (BSPPP) and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. His research focuses on the globalization of science and engineering, workforce education and development, workplace restructuring, skill requirements, engineering and technology. Recent articles include a review of international educational performance, in Nature magazine, and “Collaborative Advantage” in Issues in Science and Technology, which proposes new science and technology policy approaches. With colleagues, he is studying the globalization of engineering in China, India, and Latin America, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation, and a Sloan Foundation study of the science and engineering workforce. Salzman has conducted a number of studies of the Information Technology industry, on both software design and work practices and on science and engineering work force issues, and of corporate restructuring and the impact on jobs and training. Currently he is also conducting a National Science Foundation/International Polar Year project on employment, subsistence and sustainability in oil, mining, and fishing and villages in the Arctic.
Rayman L. Solomon became Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden on July 1, 1998. Prior to coming to Rutgers-Camden, Solomon was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Curriculum at Northwestern University School of Law (1989-1998). Before that he was Associate Director and a Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation (1980-1989). While there he was also the editor of the American Bar Foundation Research Journal (now Law & Social Inquiry). Solomon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University (1968) and has a J.D. (1976) and a Ph.D. (1986) in American Legal History from the University of Chicago. He served as Director of the Seventh Circuit History Project (1976-1978) and published A History of the United States Court of Appeals, 1891 - 1941 (Government Printing Office, 1981). Solomon served as a law clerk to the Honorable George Edwards, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1978-1979). He also was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago, where he taught legal research and writing (1979-1980). Solomon's areas of research are the history of the American legal profession, the history of judicial ethics, and federal court history.
Nükhet Varlık is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, where she teaches courses on the history of Islamic Civilization, Ottoman history, and history of medicine. Recently, she joined the advisory faculty for Modern Greek Studies Program at Rutgers. She is the author of several articles and currently has two books in progress: A monograph entitled Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600 (contracted by Cambridge University Press) and a collection of articles she is editing entitled Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean (contracted by Ashgate Press). She is the recipient of a NEH Fellowship by the American Research Institute in Turkey, a Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Senior Fellowship, and a Turkish Cultural Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. She is interested in the early modern history of medicine and health systems in the Mediterranean world and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Jeannie Wang is the Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) at Rutgers-Newark. She is responsible for setting strategic vision for OISS and provides leadership, training and services to the staff, international students and scholars on the Newark campus. Educated in three countries, she earned her Bachelor's degree in English in China, Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision in Canada and Masters of Science in Information Systems in the U.S.. She has devoted her career in international education in the U.S. and in China, covering the areas of international student/scholar advising, study abroad, international exchange and teaching English as a second language. She also has experiences in academic advising and international business. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2008, she served as the Director of the International Students & Scholars Office of Pace University over all its campuses in New York City and Westchester County. She has been a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since 1997.
Jeff (Jianfeng) Wang is the Directorof Rutgers China Programs and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is affiliated with the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA). Dr. Wang works closely with Rutgers deans, faculty, staff, and students to expand Rutgers’ existing programs in China and to develop a new range of institutional partnerships while working to secure external funding to support such initiatives. Prior to this, Dr. Wang worked for six years as the China Program Director with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia (UGA). While at UGA, he developed and managed more than 40 China programs, which included more than 100 UGA students and 600 public administrators/visiting scholars from China and other parts of the world. He also played a key role in facilitating a China strategic relationship, campus wide China initiative collaboration, the development of China study abroad opportunities, and a partnership with Georgia state agencies and other organizations to promote broad connections with China. Dr. Wang brought more than $1.2 million in China-related grants and contracts. The China Program he managed was cited in UGA’s Strategic Plan as one of the two international programs on campus that have achieved international distinction. Both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate passed resolutions recognizing the program as a leading force in developing education and cultural ties between Georgia and China.
Lily Young isthe Dean for International Programs in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She is a Professor II in the Department of Environmental Sciences and specializes in the environmental microbiology of natural and engineered systems. Her research has focused on the fate of organic contaminants in the environment and has pioneered the understanding of petroleum biodegradation in the anaerobic environment. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and an edited book. Her research support comes from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Naval Research, and other state and regional agencies. At Rutgers, Young served as the Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences for 7 years, and was the first Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Her professional service activities include Scientific Advisory Committee to the Engineering directorate at NSF, 4 National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council committees and reports, numerous review panels for NSF and NIEHS, various program and operational committees for the ASM, Chair of Gordon Research Conference, editorial boards for scientific journals, and review panels for domestic and international university programs. Young’s honors include elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, American Society of Microbiology Proctor and Gamble Award in Environmental Microbiology, invited presentation to the President’s Circle of the National Academy of Sciences, Frank H. Parker Distinguished Lecture Vanderbilt University, and John M. Henske Endowed Lecture Yale University.
Yongwei Zhang is Dean of International Programs at the Rutgers Business School (RBS), Newark and New Brunswick. He oversees RBS’ International Executive MBA programs in China (Beijing and Shanghai) and Singapore. He also leads the effort to directly recruit international students from China, as well as from other nations in Asia, for RBS. Zhang came to the United States from China in early 1985. Upon completing his doctoral degree in Economic Geography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1989, Zhang began his academic career as a Professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. During more than two decades of his professional career, Zhang has served as a department head, including positions as Director of University Programs in Asia, Chancellor of Missouri State University Branch Campus in China, Assistant Vice President at Missouri State University and Director of International Programs. Before coming to Rutgers, Zhang served for four years at the University of Minnesota as the Director of its renowned China Center.