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Cynthia Lucia
Professor of English; Director, Film and Media Studies Program
Fine Arts 329

Degrees: B.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D. New York University

Scott Alboum
Video Technologies Coordinator
Fine Arts 245

B.S.C., M.F.A. University of Miami

Mr. Alboum serves as the video technologies coordinator and the advisor to R.U.N., the Rider University Network. He primarily teaches courses in television production and digital composting. Alboum is the founder and Chairman of the Passaic County Student Film and Video Festival. He also is serving on the Scholarship Jury. His production interests include documentary and narrative film production.

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Professor of Spanish
Fine Arts 383

Daria Cohen received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Rutgers University. Her dissertation analyzed the burgeoning subjectivity of the female body in short prose narratives by canonical authors from both Spain and Latin America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Cohen’s research interests include the Hispanic modernist short story, theater, subjectivity, narratology, gender studies, pop culture and foreign language pedagogy.

David Dewberry
Associate Professor of Communication
Fine Arts 241
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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Westminster Choir College Campus
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Professor of English
Fine Arts 336

Ph.D. English. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Certificate in Medieval Studies. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry). Brooklyn College, CUNY
B.A. English and Philosophy. Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Barry Janes
Professor of Communication
Fine Arts 220

B.A., M.A., Rutgers; Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Janes works and teaches electronic media theory, programming and technology. He has been a producer, director and/or writer of more than 100 video productions, and has advised numerous corporations, non-profit organizations and municipalities. Dr. Janes’ research interests include Broadcast Programming and History, and, most recently, the effective use of computer-based asynchronous technologies in the classroom.

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Fine Arts 149

Dr. Jerry Rife is Professor of Music at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he teaches music history courses and is the Director of Bands. He has been the Chairman of Music in the Fine Arts Department since 1984 and taught graduate-level musicology courses at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, since it became the School of Music of Rider University. In 1990, Dr. Rife received the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching. He holds a Ph.D.

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Fine Arts 277


  • 1983: University of Chicago: Ph.D., M.A. (1978) in Political Science.
    Major fields: American and Comparative politics, Methodology and Political Communication.
  • 1976: Cornell University: B.A. magna cum laude.
    Major fields: Government and English literature.


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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Fine Arts 273

Roberta Fiske-Rusciano (Ph.D in Anthropology, Rutgers University, 1999, M.A. University of Chicago, 1980) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science, Global Studies, Multicultural Studies, and Gender Studies at Rider University. She has published three books entitled Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (Editions 4, 5, and 6), as well as several chapters in other volumes.

Raymond Setters
Adjunct Instructor of English and American Studies
Fine Arts 313

Degrees: B.A. Rider University; MFA, Rosemont College

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Assistant Professor of Communication
Fine Arts 224
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Science Hall 320D

Dr. Suler is the department specialist in psychotherapy and psychopathology. He has published widely on topics related to eastern philosophy, psychotherapy, and cyberspace, including the book “Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought” and his groundbreaking work “The Psychology of Cyberspace”, one of the first and most widely cited online hypertext books. His lifelong passion for photography and the role of images in identity expression has led him to develop “Photographic Psychology” as a way to study how people create, share, and react to images.

Jack Sullivan
Professor of English; Chair of the Department of English
Fine Arts 327

Degrees: B.A. Furman University; M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D., Columbia University

Alison Thomas-Cottingham
Associate Professor
SCI 322D

Binghamton University, Clinical Psychology

Dr. Thomas-Cottingham is a specialist in research on HIV prevention. She teaches behavior modification, abnormal psychology, and statistics and research design. She is co-advisor to Psi Chi and the Psychology Club.