People Whose Affiliation with the Center is Vincentian Research Fellow

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Abraham

Assistant Professor

St. John's University

Dr. Abraham Stefanidis is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business. Dr. Sefanidis has received a number of fellowships and awards, including the ‘2008 European Commission Marie Curie Research Fellowship’, the ‘2010/2011 Emerald/EMRBI Business Research Award for Emerging Researchers’ and the '2013 St. John's University Student Government Inc. Professor of the Year Award'. His research has appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, the International Journal of Human Resource Management and the Business Ethics: A European Review. Dr. Stefanidis’ research is in the area of International Management.

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Rosemary

Kenneth Wang Professor of Law

St. John's University

Rosemary C. Salomone, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., is the Kenneth Wang Professor of Law. She teaches constitutional law, administrative law, and a seminar on children and the law and has served in past years as Associate Academic Dean and Director of the Center for Law and Public Policy. Dr. Salomone has lectured internationally and published extensively on education law and policy and children’s rights. In addition to her most recent book, True American: Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children (Harvard University Press, 2010), she also is the author of Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling (Yale University Press), Visions of Schooling: Conscience, Community, and Common Education (Yale University Press), and Equal Education Under Law: Legal Rights and Federal Policy in the Post “Brown” Era (St. Martin’s Press). She holds advanced degrees from Columbia University (Ph.D., LL.M., M.Phil.), Brooklyn Law School (J.D.), and Hunter College (M.A.).

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Judith A.

Associate Professor

St. John's University

An Associate Professor in the Sociology & Anthropology Department in St John’s College, Dr. Ryder also is faculty in the Crime & Justice Master’s program. In 2003 she earned her doctorate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Ryder previously spent over 15 years in the not-for-profit sector, including research positions at the Institute on Trauma and Violence, National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI), the Center for Community and Urban Health, and the National School Safety Center. She received her M.A. from the University of California Santa Barbara, and her BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sharon Lynch

Associate Professor

St. John's University

Dr. Norton graduated from Notre Dame Academy, Grymes Hill and the University of Dayton in Ohio. She was awarded a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University in 1974. She began her law career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Here, she was assigned to trial and appellate bureaus and argued appeals in the Court of Appeals. She also tried white collar and violent crime cases, subsequently becoming the first woman to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in Staten Island. For the next 15 years, she practiced civil litigation and specialized in representing victims of employment discrimination and prosecuted state and federal civil rights cases as a partner in a civil law firm. As an Associate Professor at St. John’s University, she has taught Legal Studies and Criminal Justice courses and served as the Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies. In May, 2006, she was named the Vice Provost for the Staten Island Campus, the highest academic office on campus. Dr. Norton has now returned to the classroom as a tenured Associate Professor.

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Mary Ellen

Associate Professor

St. John's University

Mary Ellen Freeley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Administration and Instructional Leadership in The School of Education. She began her career teaching in a public school in Bedford Stuyvesant and served as a Superintendent of Schools in Nassau County for 12 years in diverse districts.Dr. Freeley is also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Team of the Institute for Catholic Schools, has received several awards for teaching, and has held leadership positions in several professional associations. She serves on University and departmental committees and is an active member of the St. John’s chapter of the Ladies of Charity. She holds an Ed.D. in Administrative and Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Queens College.

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Cynthia

Associate Professor

St. John's University

Currently, Dr. Chambers is the Head of the Information Management (Cataloging) Department of the University Libraries and serves as the liaison to the Theology and Religious Studies Department. She is also part of the adjunct faculty in the Theology Department. Here she teaches the “Introduction to the Bible” course. Dr. Chambers is active in the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, having served on the synod’s Archives Advisory Committee, the Commission for Women, the Domestic Violence Task Force, and as secretary of the Outreach Committee. Dr. Chambers holds a B.A. (Music) from Capital University, an M.L.S. from Kent State University, and an M.T.S. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

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Manouchkathe

Associate Clinical Professor

St. John's University

Dr. Manouchkathe Cassagnol graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahasse, Florida, in 2005. In the following years, Dr. Cassagnol successfully completed American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accredited residencies in Pharmacy Practice and a specialty in Internal Medicine Pharmacotherapy at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York. She also completed a Drug Interactions Fellowship with the Medical Letter, Inc. New Rochelle, NY. Currently, Dr. Cassagnol is an associate clinical professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice Department at St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In addition, Dr. Cassagnol serves as a clinical coordinator of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy for the Department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York.

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William Ryall

Assistant Professor

St. John's University

Dr. Ryall Carroll has been an Assistant Professor of Marketing at St. John’s University since the Fall of 2008, after completing his Ph.D. in marketing at the City University of New York - Baruch College. Dr. Carroll's work has been published in top academic journals including the Journal of Advertising, Marketing Letters, as well in books such as Psycholinguistic Phenomena in Marketing Communications. He has taught Marketing at both the graduate and undergraduate level across three continents- The US, Europe and Asia. In addition to his teaching Dr. Carroll is also on the executive board of St. John’s academic honor society- Beta Gamma Sigma. Prior to pursuing his academic career, Dr. Carroll held various marketing positions at NOP Worldwide Marketing Research Company and Ralston Purina Company. Dr. Carroll earned his MS in Marketing Research from the University of Texas in Arlington, and his BA in Economics from the University of Rochester.

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Thomas

Associate Professor

St. John's University

Thomas J. Ward, D.P.A., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Leadership, Division of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, and Director of Graduate Program in Criminal Justice Leadership, College of Professional Studies. Dr. Ward earned his B.S. and M.A. at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Doctorate in Public Administration at Nova Southeastern University. He joined the faculty at St. John’s full time in 1997 after serving as Assistant Commissioner for Training and Organizational Development at the New York City Department of Correction and varied professional experience in health care fraud investigations, security services, and in the New York City Police Department, where he served in the elite Tactical Patrol Force and in the Detective Division. His publications and research focus on Leadership and Management Accountability.
 

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Scyatta

Associate Professor

St. John's University

Scyatta A. Wallace, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. After earning a B.A. In Psychology at Yale University, Dr. Wallace pursued her Masters and Ph.D. at Fordham University in Applied Developmental Psychology. She joined the faculty at St. John’s in 2008. Dr. Wallace’s research focuses on how context (social interactions, media and culture) impact HIV risk among urban Black youth. In addition, Her work is focused on helping empower youth to achieve overall health and wellness by educating teens, parents and organizations that serve them. Her expertise includes qualitative and quantitative methods and partnering with community based organizations.

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Sharon

Associate Clinical Professor

See

St. John's University

Sharon See, Pharm.D., BCPS, Associate Clinical Professor, Clinical Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dr. See received her BS and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Rutgers University and completed an inpatient Family Medicine Pharmacy specialty residency at Deaconess Hospital and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, MO. In conjunction with her full time  appointment at St. John’s University, she is a clinical faculty member in the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Health where she is the coordinator of the inpatient pharmacotherapy curriculum. Dr.See teaches and supervises pharmacy students on rounds and collaborates with the medical team to provide rational, optimal and evidence-based drug therapy for patients. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Her interests include evidence based medicine, teaching with technology, and adult medicine.
 

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Judith

Chair and Professor

St. John's Universty

Judith McVarish, Ph.D., is the Chair and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in The School of Education and a Vincentian Research Fellow, Class of 2012. She earned an M.Ed. in Mathematics Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Lesley University, MA. Her research interests are assessment and evaluation, student engagement in mathematics, and parental involvement. Toward that interest, she has developed “In Addition,” an afterschool mathematics program situated in a public elementary school serving 24 students in grades three, four, and five and their parents. She is also a leader and instructor in the institute for Catholic Schools, created by the Board of Trustees and the President of St. John’s University.

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Thomas

Professor of English
Director of Liberal Studies
Chair in the Division of English/Speech

St. John's University

Thomas M. Kitts, Ph.D., a Vincentian Research Fellow, is also a Professor of English, Director of Liberal Studies and Chair in the Division of English/Speech in the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University. He is the author of two books, Ray Davies: I’m Not Like Everybody Else (Routledge, 2008) and The Theatrical Life of George Henry Boker (Peter Lang, 1994). He has edited three books, coedited two journals—Popular Music and Society and the newly established Rock Music Studies—and authored a play, Gypsies (1994). His articles and reviews on popular culture and literature have appeared in numerous publications. He has  also created instructors’ manuals to accompany texts on literature for McGraw-Hill. Kitts holds an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and graduate degrees from New York University.

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Caroline

Associate Professor and Outreach Librarian

St. John's University

Caroline Fuchs, M.A., M.L.S., a Vincentian Research Fellow, is also an Associate Professor and Outreach Librarian for the University Libraries at St. John’s. She is an active member of the library community and currently serves as President of the Greater New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She holds an M.L.S. and M.A. degrees in English and history. Her research interests are American literature, information literacy, comics and graphic novels, and comics in education.

M.L.S., Academic and Digital Library and Information Science, St. John's University
M.A., Philosophy of Religion; Moral Theology; Metaphysics, Fordham University

Kathryn G.

Associate Professor

Information and communication technologies and the social justice and ethical dimensions these tools offer in the pursuit of peace and preservation of human rights.

St. John's University

Professor Shaughnessy holds an M.L.S. in Academic and Digital Library and Information Science from St. John's University and a M.A. in the Philosophy of Religion, Moral Theology from Fordham University. Her research interest is information and communication technologies and the social justice and ethical dimensions these tools offer in the pursuit of peace and preservation of human rights. Professor Shaughnessy serves as faculty for the Global Development and Social Justice masters program, where she is developing a digital resource library for the online MA, and as a faculty expert for the Holy See Mission for the Committee on Information.

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M.S., Journalism, Columbia University; B.A., Journalism, Ohio State University

Mark J.

Associate Professor

Secrecy, First Amendment, and the People’s Right to Know
 

St. John's University

Professor Prendergast joined the full-time faculty in 2007, precisely 40 years after beginning his college career as a St. John's freshman.  He returned in 2002 as a member of the adjunct faculty to teach journalism while working at The New York Times. He previously worked at The New York Daily News and The Washington Post, among others.  Most recently, he was the 2009-12 Ombudsman for Stars and Stripes, guarding the military newspaper's independence and editorial integrity.  His professional honors include a 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Column Writing and the 2011 First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.  He holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio State.  His research interests are privacy, secrecy, the First Amendment, and the people's "right to know."

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Pharm. D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Priti N.

Associate Clinical Professor

Access to multilingual medication instructions, and Language Access Provisions in State Pharmacy Practice Acts and Resources

St. John's University

Dr. Patel earned a Pharm.D. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy after attending Wellesley College. She joined the Faculty at St. John’s in 2004 where she also co-directs the St. John’s University Drug Information Service at LIJ Medical Center. Her research interests are access to multilingual medication instructions and Language Access Provisions in State Pharmacy Practice Acts and Resources.

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J.D., Boston University School of Law; LL.M., J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law

Marc O.

Assistant Professor, Assistant Director

Law and Religion, Criminal Law

St. John's University

Professor DeGirolami completed his undergraduate work at Duke, earned a M.A. in Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard, his J.D. at Boston University School of Law and both his J.S.D. and LL.M. at Columbia Law. He has clerked for US District Judge William Smith of Rhode Island and US Circuit Court Judge Jerome Farris of Seattle, before coming to St. John’s where he teaches law and religion, as well as criminal law with an emphasis on theories of punishment. Marc taught at Columbia Law School and at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. Marc has presented and published widely and is currently working on “Tragedy and History: The Quality of Religious Liberty” (Harvard University Press).

 

Ph.D., Accounting, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Nina T.

Associate Professor, Assistant Chairperson

Financial reporting, capital markets, and the Earned Income Tax Credit

St. John's University

Dr. Dorata holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is a double alumna of St. John’s College of Business where she earned a B.A. in Accounting and M.B.A. with a concentration in Taxation. She is the coordinator of the VITA program and is the 2010 recipient of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellowship for Recognition of Teaching Excellence Award. Her research interests are financial reporting, capital markets and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)