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Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs

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International Advisory Committee

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.

Committee Members

Mark Aakhus is a professor in the School of Communication & Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Communication with an emphasis in Management Information Systems and an M.A. from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. His research investigates the role of communication in managing complex situations through close examination of language and social interaction in professional practice, organizational processes, and in the design and use of information systems. He has published widely on these topics. He has held leadership positions in international scholarly research associations and active in developing international research collaborations and networks. His current projects focus on the design of collaborative governance for multi-sector, multi-stakeholder enterprises and on constructing methods for mapping social controversy over business practice in global production networks.

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.

Clinton J. Andrews is professor and associate dean for Planning and New Initiatives at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He teaches planning methods and energy and environmental policy. His research addresses behavioral, policy and planning questions related to energy use in the built environment. Dr. Andrews was educated at Brown and MIT as an engineer and planner. He has worked in the private sector as a design engineer and technology assessor, helped launch an energy planning project at MIT, and helped to found a science policy program at Princeton. At Rutgers, he has launched initiatives in energy planning and green building. Among his publications are the books Humble Analysis: The Practice of Joint fact-Finding, Regulating Regional Power Systems, and Industrial Ecology and Global Change. He has spent sabbatical leaves in China, Netherlands and the UK, and maintains active research collaborations with scholars in each of those countries.

Tania Castaneda is director of recruitment and enrollment for University Undergraduate Admissions. In this position, she oversees U.S. recruitment, international recruitment and campus programs for prospective students. Ms. Castañeda started up the international recruitment division within Admissions, devising and implementing a strategic international enrollment plan that has since realized five consecutive years of growth in enrollment. Her efforts have helped to position Rutgers as a top U.S. undergraduate education destination for international students, and greatly expanded the University’s overall visibility among students, families, overseas school counselors, and educational officials. She previously worked in admissions and student services for Clark University, Boston College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Before entering the field of education administration, Ms. Castañeda 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. Ms. Castañeda is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education with an organizational development/leadership focus, and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Boston College, a Master’s degree in psychology (organizational behavior concentration) 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 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 the Industry have sponsored his research. Chiew was a recipient of the American Chemical 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 a 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.

Javier I Escobar M.D., M.Sc. has been associate dean for Global Health and professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School since 2007. During the years 1994-2007, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Escobar was recently (2008-2013), a member of the Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association that developed the new diagnostic system in psychiatry (DSM-5). He is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars Program. He has also served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (2004-2005), and contributed to the development of a Global Health Office at NIMH. He has been a member of NIMH’s National Advisory Mental Health Council, an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Advisory Committee on Psychiatric Drugs and a standing member of numerous NIH research review committees and other national task forces. Throughout his career, Dr. Escobar has had many national and international assignments and has received many honors. Dr. Escobar has been an active researcher in the areas of clinical psychopharmacology, psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric diagnosis, cross-cultural medicine and psychiatry and the interphase between mental health and primary care, and this research has been funded by NIH. Dr. Escobar has been also an active mentor to young investigators and has been interested in health issues affecting immigrant populations from Latin America and South East Asia. He is the author of well over 250 scientific publications in national and international books and journals.

Gary Farney is an associate professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on the Rutgers-Newark Campus ( He is a historian of the ancient Mediterranean and an archaeologist. While a graduate student he was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome for one year (1996-1997), a fellow at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens for another year (1997-1998), and participated in three archaeological excavations in Italy (1995-1997). After earning his PhD, he served as an assistant professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (2000-2001) before taking his position at Rutgers-Newark. He was a fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul, Turkey (Spring 2013). At Rutgers, he directed a summer study abroad program in Greece for six years (2005-2010), and is currently directing an archaeological field school for Rutgers students in the Sabina region of central Italy (2012-Present: He has worked with Rutgers Study Abroad since 2006 as a faculty adviser, and for Fall 2014 he is working as Senior Adviser, Global Initiatives, for the Graduate School-Newark.

Jeff Friedman, Ph.D is associate professor of dance studies in the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has been an internationally-known working artist as a performer, choreographer, director and teacher in a wide variety of sites including visiting lecturer at Auckland University's Dance Programme and as a Fulbright Fellow at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. He has presented his lecture-performance titled "The Eros of Oral History" at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand; Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey; Salzburg Experimental Dance Academy, Austria; The International Dance Festival, Bytom, Poland; Kampnagel Performing Arts Center, Hamburg and Leipzig University, Germany; and at Coventry, Surrey and Bournemouth Universities, the U.K. In conjunction with his presentations, Jeff has also taught a specialized training course in oral history methods focusing on embodied channels of communication in most of these locations. Formerly a member of the experimental dance company ODC/San Francisco, he toured Southeast Asia, sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency, and the former Soviet Union. Jeff's print text and oral history scholarship has also been published internationally, including journals and book chapters with Oxford, Leipzig University, and University of Barcelona presses and through research organizations in Germany, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. His scholarly presentations include recent conferences in Sydney, Seoul, Taipei, Jerusalem, Rome, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, and the University of Warsaw' s Center for American Studies; as well as Guadalajara, Buenos Aires, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the Society of Dance Research Journal in Seoul, Korea.

Eric Garfunkel, interim vice president for international and global affairs, is committed to global education and research excellence and holds a distinguished record of success as a professor in the Rutgers Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology for over 30 years, as well as a visiting professor to universities all over the world—including those in Berlin, Florence, and Shanghai. During his time at Rutgers, he spearheaded the development of the multidisciplinary Laboratory for Surface Materials—which researches high technology surfaces and interfaces—and the Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology—which focuses on atomic scale and nanoscale manipulation of materials. He is working on the synthesis and characterization of materials that can be used for energy, such as solar and battery, and nanoelectronics. He is a global scholar involved in developing partnerships and close research collaborations with Chinese universities and African colleagues.  He isn’t just devoted to the work inside the laboratory; he is steadfast in creating collaborative worldwide connections that build a global network of scholars. He has served as co-chair of the International Materials Research Conference and is currently involved in a range of activities in Africa. At Rutgers, he has secured internationally focused grants. He has served as a research panel reviewer for faculty grants offered by the GAIA Centers and has worked extensively with the Center for African Studies. He has previously held positions at University of Paris-Sud in Paris, France, and at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. 

Carol S. Goldin, associate dean for assessment at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, is responsible for academic planning and program development, dual degree programs, strategic initiatives, accreditation, and assessment. She assumed her present a position after serving as director of academic and strategic planning in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at Rutgers. She has been with the university for almost 30 years and is an expert in accreditation, organizational development, and strategic planning. She received the President’s Award for Excellence in Administration in 1998. Dr. Goldin is a medical anthropologist with interests in stigma, difference, and disability issues. She has taught courses in sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice at several universities and at state prisons. After she served in the Peace Corps in Peru, she completed a PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and a post-doctoral appointment at Northwestern University. She has served on numerous University task forces and committees, most recently the Middle States Association Periodic Review Committee, the Executive Council on Assessment, the Osher Lifelong Learning Advisory Board, and strategic planning committees for Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

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.

Rick H. Lee is the director of Global Programs and Relations at the GAIA Centers. He completed his Ph.D. in English in 2009 at Rutgers and has most recently served as the Associate Director of the Tyler Clementi Center, where his responsibilities included promoting the center’s mission and acting as a liaison between the center and other Rutgers units. He has also served as the Director of Alumni and Public Relations in the English department, and as Coordinator of Asian American studies programming for the American Studies department. In these roles, he has developed innovative and accessible programming for the Rutgers community and the general public. Rick places a strong emphasis on the value and promotion of diversity and inclusion and serves as a leading member of the university’s Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, a group dedicated to promoting social justice and fostering intercultural dialogue. He has delivered many scholarly presentations, many of which focus on the literary and cultural representations of Asian, Asian American, and Asian Canadian identities, as well as on the ongoing role of HIV/AIDS in gay culture.

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" segment, 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 Centr 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.

Mingwei Liu is an assistant professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations. His research interests fall into three broad areas. The first is Asian industrial relations, with a specific focus on Chinese employment relations, trade unions, human resource management, and skill development. The second is high performance work practices, with a specific focus on the healthcare and heavy machinery industries. The third is corporate social responsibility and labor standards in global value chains. He has published his research in journals such as Industrial and Labor Relations Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, and Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Business Studies and has served as a consultant to government and non-government organizations as well as multinational corporations. He has won numerous awards, grants, and fellowships and been reported by Associated Press, Voice of America, Ice Production Network, and China Business News. He holds a Ph.D. degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

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.

James Masschaele is a professor of history who currently serves as executive vice-dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick. His prior administrative work includes service as chair of the Rutgers-NB history department anddDirector of the interdisciplinary Program in Medieval Studies. A native of Canada, he holds a Licentiate degree from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is a specialist in medieval British history and the author of two monographs, Peasants, Merchants, and Markets (St. Martin's Press, 1997) and Jury, State, and Society in Medieval England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). His international research collaborations include work with scholars in France, Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. He sits on the editorial board of Speculum, the flagship journal of the Medieval Academy of America, and is a member of several British societies devoted to the publication of historical records. His current research focuses on international commercial law in medieval Europe. He is also working on a book devoted to forms of resistance and popular revolts in medieval towns.

Eileen Murphy is the director of research development in the Office of Research and Economic Development at Rutgers University, where she coordinates multi-disciplinary research teams of faculty from throughout the university, including faculty from the medical schools, engineering, life sciences and the affiliated health fields. She directs and manages the limited submission process for the university and coordinates several team-based projects with research development colleagues from throughout the area campuses and schools. Prior to this position, she served for three years as Director of research and grants at the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Her own research interests include occurrence, fate and transport of pharmaceuticals and other anthropogenically-derived organic chemicals in the environment, particularly in water. She continues her academic pursuits by as a chartered member of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Science Advisory Board and serves as a peer reviewer on a number of USEPA proposal panels. Before coming to Rutgers to work on large, interdisciplinary projects, she served as the director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Division of Science, Research and Technology where her responsibilities included overseeing the toxicology and risk assessment program, greenhouse gas program, and environmental exposure program, among others. She also served as assistant director for four years and as a research scientist for 15 years within the group, developing an expertise in the drinking water field. She has authored and co- numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers that have appeared in scholarly journals, including Environmental Science and Technology.

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 vice president for continuing studies and has been with the Division of Continuing Studies ( 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 15 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.   

Urmi Otiv is director of the Center for Global Services, and has been with the center in various roles of increasing responsibility since 1998. Her office coordinates cultural programs and immigration-related services for approximately 6000 international students, faculty, scholars, and their dependents, and serves the broader campus community in an administrative and advisory capacity. Prior to joining the Center, Urmi has taught courses in Philosophy, Hinduism, and Logic and Critical Thinking at University of Mumbai in India and at Oklahoma State University. Urmi earned a master's degree in philosophy and psychology from University of Mumbai and a second master's degree in education from Rutgers University.

Danica Ramos is a sophomore in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences double-majoring in Public Health and Cultural Anthropology, with a minor in microbiology. She is currently involved on campus as a major representative on the SEBS Governing Council, secretary of Active Minds, a new student organization focused on raising awareness and discussion on mental health, a member of the SEBS Ambassadors program, and a domestic roommate in the Global Roommates program, in which returning students live with first-year international students to help them acclimate to life in college. In the 2014 spring semester she helped carry out a study funded through the GAIA centers on college student awareness of maternal global health issues. After graduating she hopes to gain some experience working abroad before returning to school for her MPH and pursuing a career in international public health.

Saurin Rawal is a masters student in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers. He is currently working under Prof. Alexander V. Neimark on diffusion through single file membranes using Monte Carlo Simulations. He came to Rutgers in the spring of 2013 and prior to that did his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from University of Mumbai, India. He is currently actively working on his research with fervor. He is an avid follower of soccer and loves playing it as well. He also loves to read science fiction novels. He volunteers frequently to help new students feel welcomed in Rutgers.

Stephan K. Schwander is the director of the Center for Global Public Health and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Rutgers School of Public Health (Piscataway NB campus). Dr. Schwander began studies on human medicine in 1976 (Frankfurt/Germany), where he did residencies in Pediatrics, Internal, and Tropical Medicine and obtained a MD in 1982 and a PhD in Medical Sciences in 1987 (Hamburg/Germany). Early in his career he tended towards investigation and developed a special interest in the fields of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. In 1992/1993 he led a comparative randomized antituberculous treatment study in patients with HIV-1 associated pulmonary tuberculosis at the Joint Clinical Research Centre in Kampala/Uganda and also acted as interim director of UCSF HIV/AIDS-related projects (STDs, HIV-1 diagnostics, cryptococcosis) at Makerere University. Following a postdoctoral period in the Divisions of Pulmonary Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH with research on immunopathogenesis of pulmonary tuberculosis he continued translational biomedical research work in the Department of Microbiology at the National Institute for Respiratory Diseases (INER) in Mexico City as a recent faculty member. In 2001 he joined the faculty at New Jersey Medical School and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at Rutgers, formerly UMDNJ, in 2002 and has since then has been actively engaged in global public health research initiatives.

Dr. Schwander’s current research continues to focus on human immunology and lung cell immunity during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and disease and since 2006 incorporates the confounding effects from aerogenic exposure to particulate matter. He was awarded an ongoing 5-year RO1 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for a research project entitled “Air Pollution Effects on Human Antimycobacterial Immunity”. This project with the National Institute for Ecology (INEC) MX; Autonomous University of Mexico (UAM); University of Alberta, Canada; Duke University and the University of Michigan assesses the impact of ambient and indoor air pollution particulate matter exposure on protective antimycobacterial immunity in the community of Iztapalapa, Mexico City and in Piscataway. Other related research in Dr. Schwander’s lab at Rutgers School of Public Health includes assessments of the effects of diesel exhaust particles, World Trade Center dust; and engineered and consumer product-derived nanomaterial on human immune cell functions in context of grants from the NIEHS and US EPA with investigators in environmental, exposure and material sciences, and lung cell biology at Rutgers University, Duke University, and Imperial College in London. He recently began air pollution studies in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda/East Africa, in collaboration with Dr. Qingyu Meng (SPH ENOH) and researchers at the Nevada Desert Research Institute and Makerere University in Kampala/Uganda.

Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D. is the vice chancellor for Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and dean, Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is also a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and a professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She received her Ph.D. from the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rockefeller University. She began her independent career at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, with a concomitant appointment as Associate Professor at the Weill Cornell Graduate School, where she served as Director for the Ph.D Program in Pharmacology. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2013, she was a member at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the vice president of research and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMDNJ.

Dr. Scotto is internationally recognized for her work on the regulation of drug resistance genes that impact sensitivity of cancer cells to therapeutic agents. She is the author of numerous articles, reviews and patents in this area. The Scotto lab also studies the regulation of alternative splicing, particularly as it relates to the cancer phenotype. She serves on multiple committees within the cancer field, and is on the editorial board of two cancer journals. Combining her dedication to the nurturing and training of young scientists with her passion for the translation of basic science into new disease treatments, she has been very active in both industry organizations and scientific societies that are dedicated to promoting clinical/translational research, both in New Jersey and at the national level. She has received several distinguished honors, including NJABR Outstanding Woman in Research, AACR Outstanding Dedication to the Scientist Survivor Program Award and the 2011 Distinguished Alumna, Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University.

Rayman L. Solomon became provost of Rutgers University – Camden on January 1, 2014. He was dean and professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden beginning on July 1, 1998 and stepped down as dean or June 30, 2014. 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.

Luke Svasti is a junior in the SAS Honors program, currently majoring in political science, labor and industrial relations and minoring in women’s and gender studies. He serves the student body as a SAS At-Large Senator as well as the legislative affairs committee chair of RUSA. He is also involved in the New Jersey Folk Festival as the crafts coordinator and is an Aresty Peer Instructor. He has tutored at the Plangere Writing Center for the past year and specializes in helping students from international East Asian backgrounds. He is also a native of Singapore, as well as a qualified Canadian Private Pilot.

Lorrin Thomasis an associate professor of history and co-director of Latin American and Latino Studies at Rutgers-Camden. Her research explores ideas about rights and equality in the twentieth century Americas. Her first book, Puerto Rican Citizen: History and Political Identity in Twentieth Century New York City(University of Chicago Press, 2010; winner, Saloutos prize of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society of the OAH and honorable mention, Casa de las Américas prize), traces the complex meanings of citizenship for Puerto Ricans in the United States. Professor Thomas’s new book project is a study of the politics of human rights around the Americas in the wake of the social and political movements of the 1960s. Professor Thomas teaches a range of courses on Latin American history and the history of the Americas, including survey courses on Latin America and the Caribbean, and seminars on U.S. and Latin American relations, modern Mexico, and race and ethnicity in the Americas.

Riva Touger-Decker is a professor and chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences School of Health Related Professions and professor and director of the division of nutrition in Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Within SHRP she oversees undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and graduate nutrition programs and the Institute for Nutrition Interventions. Online courses offered for academic and continuing education through her department are available globally via the MOODLE distance learning platform In RSDM, she is the course director for the nutrition didactic and clinical courses. She has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the senior editor for the 2nd edition of Nutrition and Oral Medicine. Her research has focused on nutrition and oral medicine, orofacial pain and oropharygneal cancers, nutrition focused physical exam, advanced practice and interprofessional education. Dr Touger-Decker is the nutrition section associate editor for the Journal of the American Dental Association and an editorial board member for Topics in Clinical Nutrition. She is currently the chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Advanced Level Clinical Dietetics Practice Taskforce and serves on committees for the International Association of Dental Research and American Association of Dental Research. Dr. Touger-Decker has been a visiting professor at Newcastle University in England and the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Dental Medicine and has a collaborative education and training program with University of Shizuoka in Shizuoka, Japan since 2004 to provide nutrition training to their nutrition/dietetics faculty and students using in-person and virtual training and education environments. Working with universities and professional groups in Israel since 2011, she has collaborated with Tel Hai College, conducted grant-funded clinical training programs for dietitians within the geriatric division of the Israel Ministry of Health and clinical preceptors for Hebrew University and Tel Hai College around the country.

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 director of Rutgers China Office and special assistant to the executive vice president for Academic Affairs. He is affiliated with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and School of Social Work. 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 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.

Suzanne Willard, PhD, APN, FAAN is a clinical professor at Rutgers University in the School of Nursing. She has been an HIV nurse clinician since 1990 with a focus on prevention of mother to child transmission, women’s health and quality improvement initiatives. She was instrumental in designing care and treatment programs including quality improvement programs for the HIV services in the Philadelphia region as well as for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Through the foundation she conducted work in over 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was the first nurse on the US Department of Health and Human Services Treatment Guidelines Committee which develops treatment guidelines for HIV treatment. Dr. Willard currently serves as the President of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Since coming to Rutgers, Dr. Willard has overseen the design and implementation of programs which have been supported by over 3 million dollars in federal and private funding. She is principal investigator on one of four nursing programs in the US which will educate nurses in the advance practice of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. She oversaw and led the curriculum harmonization of advanced practice nursing program in a merged academic environment. She has led the implementation of an interprofessional educational and practice program that provides primary health and mental health care services in Newark. Additionally she has worked to design and initiate curriculum for global studies at the school. The inaugural course was held in the Summer of 2013 in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing is passionate about the role of nurses as leaders in the programming that will lead to the eradication of HIV/AIDS.

Lily Young is the 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.






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