James Castagnera
Associate Provost and Associate Counsel for Academic Affairs Email: castagne@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-896-5035
Office Location:
Provost's Suite, Moore Library Building

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Associate Provost and Associate Counsel for Academic Affairs
Phone Number: 
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Provost's Suite, Moore Library Building

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., American Studies, Case Western Reserve University
  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • M.A., Journalism, Kent State University
  • B.A., Government, Franklin and Marshall College

Associate Provost/Associate Counsel Responsibilities

  • Negotiation and administration of the University's collective bargaining agreement with its faculty, librarians and coaches.
  • Government relations:
    • Grants and contracts
    • Human subjects research
    • Research integrity
    • Nuclear and controlled substance licensing
    • Animal facilities
  • International Programs:
    • Faculty and student visas
    • Student exchange and related agreements
    • Supervision of Director of International Programs
  • Legal Affairs:
    • Litigation management
    • Contracts and licenses
    • Intellectual property
    • Employment law and labor relations
    • Disability compliance and affirmative action
  • Governance:
    • Academic Policy Manual

Member of

  • University Academic Policy Committee 
  • Promotion & Tenure Committee 
  • Affirmative Action Committee 
  • Judicial Appeals Council
  • University Technology Steering Committee 
  • University Honors Council (Chair)
  • Assessment Committee
  • University Institutional Research Board (Chair)
  • Academic Integrity Committee (Chair)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Faculty Mentoring Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Faculty of Marketing and Legal Studies Departments, American Studies Program, Baccalaureate Honors Program, and Law and Justice Program (Acting Director)

Employment Background

  • Public Information Officer (LTjq), United States Coast Guard
  • Director, University Communication, Case Western Reserve University
  • Assistant Professor, Business Law, University of Texas - Austin
  • Labor Lawyer, Saul Ewing
  • Professor of Legal Methods, Widener University School of Law


Author of 18 law books and more than 50 professional & scholarly articles.  Most recent books include:

  • Al Qaeda Goes to College (Praeger 2009)
  • Handbook for Student Law (Peter Lang 2010)