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John Jay Welcomes New Faculty and Students New Majors and New Building Add to the Excitement of Fall 2009

New York, NY, September 14, 2009 – This fall, John Jay welcomed 36 new full-time faculty members. With their arrival, the College reached another milestone – since 2004, the ranks of full-time faculty have grown from 335 to 449, a 34% increase.

According to President Jeremy Travis, “A critical building block of a revitalized John Jay College is our investment in faculty…These new faculty come from premier doctoral programs around the world, are committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching, and are eager to join the John Jay community.” (See full list below)

This semester also began with the arrival of one of the largest classes of new students in the College’s history. In a powerful testimony to the broad and growing appeal of John Jay, 2,914 entering freshmen and 1,203 transfer students became the newest members of our community. Sixteen hundred of these freshmen are baccalaureate degree students, a 56% increase over three years. This remarkable accomplishment means John Jay is on track to end associate degree admissions.

Closely tied to these initiatives to change the student profile and expand the College’s full-time faculty is the College’s commitment to provide liberal arts majors at John Jay College. To this end, John Jay has added majors in English, Economics, Gender Studies and Global History. It has also expanded options at the graduate level with its new Masters in Forensic Mental Health Counseling already registering 117 students. 

Perhaps the best symbol of the re-imagined John Jay is the spectacular new building, which is now rising off Eleventh Avenue. The $587 Million structure has now been framed out and has reached its full height of 13 floors. By the end of this year, the outside walls will be fully installed and the building will take shape. The new building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011. This will provide John Jay with a more consolidated campus with new classrooms, faculty offices, lab space, a moot court, a black box theater, a conference center and expanded student services. Most stunning of all, John Jay will have a spacious outdoor commons and urban park between Haaren Hall and the new building tower, allowing the college community to have a meeting and gathering place.

African American Studies
Jessica Gordon Nembhard, associate professor; PhD, University of Massachusetts (political economics)
Anthropology
Abby Stein, associate professor; PhD, CUNY Graduate Center (criminal psychopathology)
Art and Music
Benjamin Bierman, assistant professor; PhD, CUNY Graduate Center (jazz composition)
Cyriaco Lopes, assistant professor; MFA, University of Maryland (imaging and digital arts)
Communications and Theatre Arts
Dana Tarantino, associate professor; PhD, New York University (stage directing/arts partnerships)
Economics
Geert Dhondt, assistant professor; PhD, University of Massachusetts (political economics/economic history)
Michael Meeropol, visiting associate professor; PhD, University of Wisconsin (macroeconomic policy)
Catherin P. Mulder, assistant professor; PhD, University of Massachusetts (labor economics)
English
Alexa Capeloto, assistant professor; MS, Columbia University (journalism)
Yasmin Dalisay, lecturer;MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (writing and composition)
Lesley Alan Hansen, lecturer; PhD, Columbia University (writing)
Veronica C. Hendrick, assistant professor; PhD, CUNY Graduate Center (literature and law)
Sanjana Nair, lecturer; MFA, New York University (poetry/creative writing)
Tara Pauliny, assistant professor; PhD, Ohio State University (writing/composition/feminist rhetoric)
Jay Walitalo, lecturer; MA, University of Illinois (creative writing)
Claudia Zuluaga, lecturer; MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (creative writing/fiction)
History
James DeLorenzi, assistant professor; PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Italian studies)
David P.D. Munns, assistant professor; PhD, Johns Hopkins University (history of science, sexuality and religion)
Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration
Martin F. Horn, distinguished lecturer; MA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (correction and probation)
Library
Marta Bladek, assistant professor; MS, Rutgers University (reference)
Mathematics and Computer Science
John Bryk, assistant professor; PhD, Rutgers University (number theory/cryptology)
Shamik Sengupta, assistant professor; PhD, University of Central Florida (applied mathematics/game theory/network security)
Keith B. Thomas, lecturer; MS, CUNY Graduate Center (photochemistry/mathematics education)
Philosophy
James DiGiovanna, assistant professor; PhD, Stony Brook University (ethics and aesthetics)
Political Science
Samantha Majic, assistant professor; PhD, Cornell University (gender and American politics and public policy)
Maxwell H.H. Mak, assistant professor; PhD, Stony Brook University (judicial decision-making)
Yuksel Sezgin, assistant professor; PhD, University of Washington (human rights/Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs)
Protection Management
Bethany L. Brown, assistant professor; PhD, University of Delaware (disaster planning, response and recovery)
Psychology
Preeti Chauhan, assistant professor; PhD, University of Virginia (clinical psychology)
Hyewon Chung, assistant professor; PhD, University of Texas at Austin (educational psychology)
Silvia Lorena Mazzula, assistant professor; PhD, Columbia University (counseling psychology)
Ching-Fan Sheu, professor; PhD, New York University (experimental psychology)
Peggilee Wupperman, assistant professor; PhD, University of North Texas (clinical psychology)
Public Management
Carmen R. Apaza, assistant professor; DPA, American University (public administration)
Salomon Alcocer Guajardo, associate professor; PhD, University of Pittsburgh (financial management/budgeting)
Yi Lu, associate professor; PhD, University of Georgia (performance management/budgeting)
William J. Pammer Jr., associate professor; PhD, University of Oklahoma (public policy and city/county management)
Adam Wandt, instructor; JD, Hofstra University (e-government/homeland security/information literacy)
Sciences
Angelique Corthals, assistant professor; DPhil, University of Oxford (forensic anthropology)
Albert Harper, distinguished lecturer; PhD, University of Connecticut (crime scene reconstruction/law and forensic science)
Marcel Roberts, assistant professor; PhD, Boston College (spectroscopy/biomedical engineering)
Sociology
Jana Arsovska, assistant professor; DCrim, Catholic University of Leuven (criminology)
Richard E. Ocejo, assistant professor; PhD, CUNY Graduate Center (urban/cultural sociology)

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.