Rebecca Basham
In Memorium, Associate Professor of English
Fine Arts 332

Rebecca Basham passed away July 22, 2015, at home. A playwright and Associate professor of the Department of English, she was 48. A reviewer described one of her plays as “brash, bracing, wildly funny, and covertly serious.” The same could be said of Rebecca herself. She will be sorely missed.

Deirdre Bova
Adjunct Instructor

Deirdre Bova has revamped two American Studies’ classic courses (The American Myth and The American Identity of the Arts) and put a very different spin on them. In the latter, Professor Bova uses film to depict the various facets of art, as she and her students attempt to answer the question: “What films are the artistic quintessence of the decade?” In The American Myth, Professor Bova challenges students to decide whether or not classic American literature is, in fact, classic.

James Castagnera
Associate Provost/Legal Counsel for Academic Affairs; Acting Chairperson, Mathematics; Associate Professor, Legal Studies and American Studies
Provost's Suite, Moore Library 120

James Ottavio Castagnera, J.D., Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years practicing, writing about, and teaching law. He has been a faculty member at several institutions and a communication director at an R1 university, and is currently a key administrator at Rider University. He also has been a labor lawyer and litigator with a major Philadelphia firm and the general counsel/corporate secretary for the then-largest convenience store chain in New Jersey and for the nation's number one econometric forecasting organization.

Robert  Good
Professor and Chairperson of Philosophy
North Hall 116

Robert Good came to Rider University in 1982 after serving on the faculty of the University of Alabama in Birmingham for seven years. He earned an A.B. with Honors in Philosophy from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Good has been awarded three fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and the Lindback Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Mickey Hess
Professor of English
Fine Arts 325

Degrees: B.A. University of Louisville; M.A.T. University of Louisville; Ph.D. University of Louisville

Mickey Hess is the co-author, with Buddha Monk, of The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' DIrty Bastard (HarperCollins 2014). His other books include The Nostalgia Echo, Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, and Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music.

Barry Truchil
Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology
Fine Arts 248

Dr. Barry Truchil (Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton) teaches Political Sociology, Social Theory and the Introductory Seminar in Sociology. He is author of Capital-Labor Relations in the U.S. Textile Industry, and has also written on economic development and political disputes in local government. A recipient of the Rider Distinguished Teaching Award, he is currently writing a book on how local government works.