Rutgers Awards Faculty with International Ties
By James Lickfield, Public Relations Intern, GAIA Centers
With the academic year coming to an end, it’s time for Rutgers University to highlight the work of its talented faculty. On May 7, 2014, Rutgers recognized more than 30 faculty members with 7 different awards for a range of contributions including excellence in research or teaching and diversity. GAIA is pleased to announce that many of these recipients boast international connections.
Julie A. Ruth of the School of Business in Camden was recognized with The Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ruth is a professor and area head for marketing, HR and organizational behavior. Her research interests, among others, are the emotions and consumer behavior and brand marketing strategies. Ruth helps run an international study program in South Africa and is on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of advertising.
Roberto Chang and Yuri Gershtein both received The Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence in Research. Chang, a professor in the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences has worked internationally since the early 2000’s in short term capacities at European Central Bank as well as the Bank of Spain and The Bank of Italy. He currently has a number of publications to his name covering topics such as debt maturity and exchange rate policies.
Yuri Gershtein is currently an associate professor of Physics in the School of Arts and Sciences, whose research specializes in High Energy Physics. Notably, Gershtein recently helped with the Higgs Boson discovery, a major step forward in the field. Gershtein holds several leadership positions including on the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields Executive committee and travels the globe sharing his research internationally, including seminars in Moscow and Protvino.
Mark Gregory Robson, with the Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, was given The Rutgers Faculty-Scholar Teacher Award. Robson is interested in exposure science and pesticide use, primarily in developing countries and the policies that impact pesticide use on a global scale. Robson has extensive research and teaching collaborations around the world, with several on-going projects in Southeast Asia. In 2010, Robson received an honorary degree from the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Four of the ten recipients of the Board of Trustees Research Fellowships for Scholarly Excellence, Sadia Abbas, Mark Zaki, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi and Pam McElwee have strong international ties. Abbas is an assistant professor with the Department of English at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, whose recent research engages with the global circulation of Islamism, especially in its relation with left politics, the colonial construction of religious identity, Pakistani laws between imperialism and the military, and aesthetic responses to Islamism and the state in the Pakistani Anglophone novel and contemporary painting.
Mark Zaki, an assistant professor of music in the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University–Camden, is no stranger to recognition. Zaki’s work is internationally recognized with awards and recognition from the International Society of Contemporary Music, Musica Nova (Prague) and a Mellon Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from Princeton University. His work has also been presented through various channels all throughout the world.
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi has long been indebted to long term ethnographic field work in diverse societies and settings. Ghassem-Fachandi has conducted ethnographic research in the United States, Gibraltar, and India and boast a large collection of books and articles to his name from politics to religion.
Pamela McElwee is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, whose research interests lie within human adaptation to global environmental change specifically in biodiversity conservation and climate change in Asia. She primarily does fieldwork in Vietnam, and uses field methods ranging from quantitative household surveys to qualitative interviews to forest mensuration and botanical sampling to study ecologically critical regions, such as tropical forests and coastal estuaries.
Shireen Rizvi, an associate professor with the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, was one of six recipients of The Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Some of Rizvi’s research interests are borderline personality disorder, suicidal behavior and development of mobile technology applications to aid in skills generalization. She was also the Program Chair for the 2010 and 2011 annual conference of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Lucille A. Joel was one of five faculty members honored with The Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award. A distinguished professor of The College of Nursing. Joel has been a part of UN and UNICEF for the International Council of Nurses (ICN) since 1996. She was also President of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools from 2006-2008.