Friday, Sep 18, 2020
Disciplines include cybersecurity, African history, graphic design and counseling
This fall, Rider welcomed five new faculty members. They represent a number of disciplines, including cybersecurity, African history, graphic design and counseling.
Dr. Aubrey Daniels is now an assistant professor in the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling. She previously served as an acting assistant professor in the department. Daniels earned a bachelor's in psychology from Seton Hall University, dual master’s degrees — one in counseling and mental health services and another in professional counseling — from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Penn State University.
Her dissertation focused on complex trauma, an ongoing event that occurs between the ages of 0-18 and has the ability to impact development, psycho-social functioning and emotional well-being. Daniels conducted a retrospective study aiming to understand what led young adults to be resilient in spite of complex trauma they had experienced in the past.
Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne '85 joins the Department of Computer Science and Physics as a lecturer. She brings 25 years of experience in computer science and cybersecurity to Rider. Prior to Rider, Hawthorne served as a senior professor of computer science/cybersecurity at Union County College. She is heavily involved in the field, authoring more than 100 computing education and cybersecurity-related publications and presentations. She has also served as a researcher for a number of National Science Foundation grant projects.
Hawthorne is a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. She currently serves as the co-chair of the ACM Education Board, previously holding a number of leadership positions within the organization and other professional associations and receiving ACM's distinguished educator and outstanding service awards. She holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE) professional certifications. She earned a bachelor's at Rider with a double major in decision science and computers, and management science, a master's in management systems analysis from Kean University and a doctorate in computer information systems from Nova Southeastern University. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in digital forensics and cyber investigations at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Jennifer King is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She earned a bachelor's in psychology from The College of New Jersey, a master's in clinical mental health counseling psychology from Villanova University, and a master's and doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland. Her dissertation focused on the role of racial objectification experiences on Asian women's disordered eating and depression.
Dr. Nicholas McLeod joins Rider's Department of History and Philosophy as an assistant professor. He earned a bachelor's in history from Bucknell University, and a master's and a doctorate in Pan-African studies from the University of Louisville. His dissertation topic was "Practicing Pan-Africanism: West-Indian Intellectual-Activists in Ghana, 1951-1966."
His research interests include African history, Black Atlantic history, African diaspora, anti-colonialism, Black intellectual history and 20th century Black social movements. He is a member of the African Studies Association, the African American Intellectual History Society, the Ghana Studies Association, the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association, the Association of Global South Studies and the National Council of Black Studies.
Jessi Oliano '03, '06 is now a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Journalism. She has previously served as an adjunct assistant professor in the department since 2012, teaching graphic design and photography courses. During this time, she helped develop two new classes, "Nature Photography in Peru" and "Typography." From 2012-17, she served as a special projects assistant to Rider's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University's Health Studies Institute. She also worked as creative services manager for Westminster Choir College of Rider University from 2007-12.
Oliano earned a bachelor's in journalism and a Master of Business Administration from Rider. Retaining a strong connection to her alma mater, she served on the Rider University Alumni Board of Directors from 2004-15. Her research interests include ethics in graphic design, trends in graphic design, marketing and technology.