Known as a campus that promotes world-class research and innovative teaching, Rutgers–Camden is pleased to welcome the following new tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty to its ranks:
Meredith Bak, assistant professor, childhood studies
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Ayres has taught at Franklin & Marshall College. Her research focuses on the relationship between children and new media. Her work will appear in a forthcoming edition of the journal Theory of Science.
Sarada Balagopalan, associate professor, childhood studies
PhD, New York University
Dr. Balagopalan has has published widely on pedagogy, ethnography, globalisation and feminism. Her book, Inhabiting ‘Childhood’: Children, Labour and Schooling in Postcolonial India (Palgrave), is forthcoming in 2014. She previously taught at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi.
Brandi Blesset, assistant professor, public policy
PhD, Old Dominion University
Dr. Blesset's research administrative responsibility, health disparities, and urban inequality. She has taught at the University of Central Florida.
James Brown, assistant professor, English and director, Digital Studies Center
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Brown has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wayne State University. His research focuses on the ethical and rhetorical dimensions of new media technologies, and he teaches courses in new media, digital rhetoric and writing, videogame studies, and electronic literature. He will direct the recently launched Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden.
Kate Cairns, assistant professor, childhood studies
PhD, University of Toronto
Dr. Cairns' research explores the interplay between discursive constructions of youth and childhood and young people’s subjectivity formation focusing on the way that children and youth are constructed as the promise of collective futures.
Renee Cantwell, assistant professor, nursing
DNP, Duquense University
Dr. Cantwell has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in pathophysiology, as well as the undergraduate course Adult Health and Health Care Policy. She joins Rutgers-Camden from the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford.
Michael Clark, assistant professor, nursing
DNP, Drexel University
Dr. Clark's has taught at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kelly Dittmar, assistant professor, political science
PhD, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Dr. Dittmar's research focuses on gender and American political institutions, with an emphasis on how gender informs campaigns. She previously was with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Akon Ekpo, assistant professor, marketing
PhD, University of Inninois at Chicago
Dr. Ekpo has taught at Western Michigan University. Her research explores social media marketing, digital marketing strategy, and online consumer culture.
Ram Gopalan, clinical associate professor, management
Dr. Gupta has taught at Temple University and the Indian Institute of Technology. His research focuses on transportation and logistics, as well as tourism marketing. He has worked with such blue-chip corporations as American Express, IBM, and USAirways.
Jun Guo, assistant professor, accounting
Dr. Guo's research focuses on fiancial accounting, corporate social responsibility, and internal control. She has taught at SUNY-Oswego and SUNY-Binghamton.
Michael Hayes, assistant professor, public policy
PhD, American University
Dr. Hayes' research is in the areas of public finance and budgeting, education finance and policy, public management, and tax policy. He served as a research analyst for the National Association of State Budget Officers in Washington, D.C. Hiswork has appeared in the journal Public Finance and Management.
Kathleen Jackson, assistant professor, nursing
DNP, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Dr. Jackson joins the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden after teaching at the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford; in that capacity, she developed faculty/student community projects in Camden. She also has taught at The College of New Jersey and Thomas Jefferson University.
Nick Kapur, assistant professor, history
PhD, Harvard University
Dr. Kapur has served as project manager for the Harvard Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters. His research focuses on Japanese and East Asian history.
Nicole Karapanagiotis, assistant professor, religion
PhD, Indiana University at Bloomington
Dr. Karapanagiotis studies such areas as devotional Hinduisms, theistic Vedanta philosophies, and religion and technology. Her research will appear in a forthcoming edition of the International Journal of Hindu Studies.
Ioana Latu, assistant professor, psychology
PhD, Georgia State University
Dr. Latu recently served as a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellow at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland. Her research examines issues of implicit gender bias, racial bias, gender and emotions, and the rleationship between gender stereotypes and social power.
Marian Nowak, assistant professor, nursing
DNP, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Nowak has taught at La Salle and Rowan universities. Her research has examined such issues as underage drinking and smoking, and disaster management. She joins Rutgers-Camden from the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford. Dr. Nowak was recently selected as the 2014 National Nurse of the Year in the category of volunteerism and service.
Marie O'Toole, professor, nursing
Dr. O'Toole serves as senior associate dean for faculty and student affairs at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden. She joins Rutgers-Camden from the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford. Her research explores academic lexicography with a focus on terminology used in health care; she also examines global health education. She previously taught at Nazareth College, Allegheny University, and Thomas Jefferson University.
Stacy Pacetti, assistant professor, nursing
PharmD, Temple University
Dr. Pacetti joins Rutgers-Camden from the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford. Her research interests are in the areas of antimicrobial therapy and polypharmacy in long-term care facilities.
Katherine Prihoda, assistant professor, nursing
DNP, UMDNJ (now Rutgers)
Dr. Prihoda joins Rutgers-Camden from the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford. Her research focuses on the well-care of the adolescent patient.
Patricia Sayers, assistant professor, nursing
Dr. Sayers joins Rutgers-Camden from the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford. Her research focuses on promoting patient health behaviors among the elderly, chronically ill, and disparate populations.
Jillian Sayre, assistant professor, English
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Sayre has taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and at Wayne State University.
Shauna Shames, assistant professor, political science
PhD, Harvard University
Dr. Shames' research examines American political behavior, with a focus on race, gender, and politics. Her work appears in the books The Un-Heavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice in America (Princeton University Press) and Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the U.S. (University of British Columbia Press).
Margaret Shepard, associate professor, nursing
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Shepard joins Rutgers-Camden from the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford. She also has taught at Molloy College and Temple University. Her research examines issues related to children and adolescents. She has contirbuted content for eight textbooks.
Jeanann Sousou, assistant professor, nursing
PhD, UMDNJ (now Rutgers)
Dr. Sousou joins Rutgers-Camden from the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford. Her research examines issues related to leadership and women's health.
Richard Stansfield, assistant professor, criminal justice
PhD, University of Delaware
Dr. Stansfield's research examines structural predictors of crime, as well as homicide across time, race, and ethnicity. His research has appeared in the journals Social Science Research and Race and Social Problems.
Melanie Wassel, assistant professor, nursing
DNP, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Wassel has served as an advanced nurse clinican and a geriatric program manager at Virtua Health. Her research examines geriatric care, among other issues.