Appointments & Retirements

September 2, 2015

Dianne M. Atwell, manager, Student Loan Department, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, retired effective June 30, after 36 years of service.

Norman J. Glickman, university professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, retired effective August 31. Glickman was a member of the Rutgers faculty since 1989 and served as director of the Bloustein School’s Center for Urban Policy Research from 1989 to 2000, and as director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) from 1991 to 2003.

Kara Walker was named Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick. Walker is perhaps best known for creating large-scale, cut-paper black-and-white tableaus depicting the horrors of slavery. The fully endowed, five-year faculty position, created in 2011, is funded by a $3 million gift from Rutgers College alumna Marlene A. Tepper.

August 26, 2015

Katherine Kuren Black, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was installed as vice president of Seton Hall’s Gamma Nu chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

David Perlin, executive director of the Public Health Research Institute and the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory of New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), and professor of microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics at NJMS, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed to the infectious diseases scientific advisory board of Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc., a company focused on identifying and developing antifungal and antibacterial therapeutics for treating serious infections.

Valerie Smith-Stephens, assistant dean for academic support services and director, Educational Opportunity Fund program, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed a merit reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Smith-Stephens also was recognized by her peers with a 2015 Outstanding EOF Contributions Award.

Michael Steinberg, professor and director, Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program, was appointed chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), effective September 8. Steinberg’s predecessor, Jeffrey Carson, is now RBHS provost in New Brunswick and remains vice chair of research in the school’s Department of Medicine. 

August 12, 2015

Ashley Koning was named assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and has the day-to-day responsibility for the management of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science, Graduate School, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Ann Marie Mauro is a new professor, assistant dean, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, effective June 1. In addition to her responsibilities at CERI, Mauro provides oversight to the Center for Professional Development as well as the school’s simulation and interprofessional education efforts.

Johanna Stephenson was appointed director of faculty and staff resources, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. An alumna from the School of Management and Labor Relations, Stephenson will be a point of contact for all matters related to human resources policies and practices.

July 29, 2015

Michael Gajewski, professor, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed director of trauma anesthesia effective August 1. He will lead the clinical and educational efforts relevant to trauma anesthesiology, evaluate the quality and appropriateness of the anesthesiology care of trauma patients, serve as liaison to the trauma surgery program, develop policies for anesthesiology participation in the perioperative care of trauma patients, and serve as a clinical resource and mentor to other trauma team members.

Jan Ellen Lewis, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of history, Rutgers University–Newark, was installed as president of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic at its annual meeting, succeeding Ann Fabian, Distinguished Professor of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Debora Tracey was appointed assistant director for the Clinical and Simulation Learning Laboratories of the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, effective July 1. With the School of Nursing since 2007, she was instrumental in the design, planning, and construction of the simulation labs and the integration of simulation into the curriculum in the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program located in Newark’s Stanley S. Bergen building.

July 15, 2015

Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut was appointed chair of the Department of Neurology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, effective August 1. In addition to his new role, Dhib-Jalbut continues as chair of the Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, RBHS, where he is professor of neurology and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Multiple Sclerosis and president of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Richard Feinberg retired effective July 10 as assistant dean for basic science education and faculty development at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, after 32 years of service. Among his achievements after joining the school’s Department of Anatomy, he introduced virtual microscopy to histology and pathology teaching programs in 2007 and audience response technology to lecture halls in 2008. In 2012, he launched the school’s first online course, "Transition to Residency," for fourth-year students.

Mary Fetzer, deputy associate librarian for research and instructional services and government resources librarian, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, retired effective July 1 after 46 years of service. She received master’s degrees in political science and library science from Rutgers and was a longstanding member of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table and the Documents Association of New Jersey, receiving the latter organization’s lifetime achievement award in 2013.

Zach Johnson was appointed archivist for the Senator Frank Lautenberg Papers in Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, joining Rutgers from Vanderbilt University. 

Kimberly Mutcherson, professor, School of Law–Camden, was appointed vice dean effective July 1, when Adam Scales concluded his appointment and returned to the faculty. She will oversee academic affairs.

T. Joseph Sikora, chief audit executive of the university’s Internal Audit Department, retired effective June 1 after 31 years of service at Rutgers.  

July 1, 2015

At the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick:

Barbara Faga was appointed professor of practice in urban design, effective September 1. She joins the school from AECOM.

Krystyn Kitto was named assistant director of career services and alumni relations. She replaces Hillary Bardwell, who is relocating with her family to Florida. 

Kelcie Ralph was appointed assistant professor of urban planning and policy development, effective September 1. She recently completed her doctorate at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Joseph J. Seneca, Distinguished University Professor of Economics, retired effective June 30. Seneca joined the Rutgers faculty in 1967 as a professor of economics. Between 1991 and 2003, he served as university vice president for academic affairs, the university’s chief academic officer.

June 24, 2015

Rafael Benoliel, professor and associate dean of research, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed director of the school’s orofacial pain center, an internationally recognized institution in the study and treatment of pain, and will lead the center's research and clinical team.

Elliot J. Coups, behavioral scientist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associate professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been selected as a fellow in the inaugural 2015–2017 Rutgers Leadership Academy, which prepares faculty and staff for future leadership roles within their department, their unit, and the university.

Dula F. Pacquiao, who spent 10 of her 47 years in nursing as a professor at the School of Nursing, now part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and who earned a doctoral degree in education from Rutgers, retired May 1. Internationally recognized for her work in transcultural nursing, she joined the former UMDNJ School of Nursing as an associate professor and director of the Stanley S. Bergen Center for Multicultural Education, Research and Practice in 2005. She later was appointed to lead the Urban Health track of the Ph.D. in Urban Systems program jointly offered then by Rutgers, UMDNJ, and NJIT.

June 3, 2015

Michael Palis, professor of computer science at Rutgers University–Camden, was appointed provost of Rutgers–Camden to serve as its chief academic officer. Recognized internationally for his research in algorithms and parallel and distributed computing, Palis joined Rutgers–Camden in 1996 as the founding chair of the Department of Computer Science. He served as interim dean of the faculty of arts and sciences for more than two years.

May 13, 2015

Suzanne Willard, clinical professor, was appointed associate dean for global health, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She is leading the expansion of the school’s international initiatives in health education, research, and practice. She continues as specialty director for the school’s HIV Care advanced specialty program.

May 6, 2015

Rick H. Lee was appointed director of global programs and relations at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), Rutgers University–New Brunswick. As director, he is responsible for overseeing program development, advancing international partnerships, and identifying external funding opportunities to strengthen pillar projects.

Margaret Sullivan, professor, was appointed associate dean for the newly formed Office of Research Services, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Her former role as associate dean for research has been expanded to include oversight of contracts, grants, and institutional assessment and evaluation.