Faculty & Staff

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Associate Professor
Sweigart Hall 368

Bill Amadio teaches business intelligence and other data-driven technologies for management practice. He is currently interested in applications for the healthcare sector and social media.  Past projects include work in forensics, investment banking, manufacturing and insurance.  Hands-on group projects are an important part of Dr. Amadio's teaching. "Complex decision-making requires a robust understanding of theory and concepts. I believe the best way to achieve that understanding is to work on realistic, concrete projects in a collaborative environment."

Pamela Brown
Director of the MABC
Fine Arts 232

B.A., Rider; M.A., Ohio; Ph.D., Iowa

Dr. Brown, who has professional experience in journalism and public relations, teaches writing, reporting, public relations, law and ethics. Her research is on 20th-century journalism history, the African-American press, and the law of cyberspace.

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Associate Provost/Legal Counsel for Academic Affairs; 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.

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Professor of Economics
Sweigart Hall 372

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I'm a Professor of Economics in the Economics Department. In addition, I am a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Health Economics Program. My research in economics focuses on health, crime, and education.

David Dewberry
Associate Professor of Communication
Fine Arts 241
Headshot of Susan O'Sullivan-Gavin
Associate Professor
Sweigart Hall 253

Background Information

  • JD Seton Hall University, School of Law, 1991
  • B.A. Seton Hall University, Political Science, 1988

Refereed Articles

  • Wagner Ricci, C. & O'Sullivan-Gavin, S. A. (in press, 2017). The Detection of Earnings Management in American Micro-Cap Companies.  Journal of Applied Financial Research, 1.
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Associate Professor
Sweigart Hall 244

Areas of Expertise

Health-care law, including employment discrimination issues; health-care privacy and genetic information discrimination

Wendy Heath
SCI 321C

University of Texas at Arlington; Experimental/Cognitive Psychology/Social Psychology/Psychology and Law

Dr. Heath is interested in topics in psychology and law such as eyewitness memory and juror decision-making.

I received my bachelors degree in psychology from Boston University (1983) and my masters (1987) and doctorate (1992) in Experimental Psychology from The University of Texas at Arlington (Major: Cognitive Psychology; Minor: Social Psychology).

Ma Lei Hsieh
Associate Professor - Librarian
Moore Library 333
Liaison: Center for International Education (CIE); Communication & Journalism; Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); and Sociology


  • B.A., Tunghai University, Taiwan (Western Languages and Literature)
  • M.L.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • M.A., Wheaton College (Cross Cultural Communication)
  • Web Development Proficiency Certificate, Foothill College, CA


  • Library Instruction
  • Reference
  • Government Documents
  • Liaison: Center for International Education (CIE); Communication & Journalism; Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); and Sociology
Harvey Kornberg
Associate Professor Director, Holocaust Center
Fine Arts 274


  • Ph.D., M.A., Political Science, Brown University, June 1972
    Dissertation: “Charles Evans Hughes and the Supreme Court: A Case Study in Judicial Philosophy and Voting Behavior”
    Areas of Specialization: American Constitutional Law, American Judicial System And Process, American Politics
  • Graduate study in Political Science, The City College of New York, September 1964 - June 1965
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

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Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Fine Arts 207 C

Jonathan H. Millen is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Communication.  Jonathan earned his Ph.D.

Anne Salvatore
Professor of English
Fine Arts 318

Degrees: B.A., Chestnut Hill College; M.A. College of New Jersey; Ph.D., Temple University

Ira Sprotzer
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 239

Professor Sprotzer has taught business law, business ethics and corporate responsibility at Rider for 35 years. His professional experience includes the practice of business law and real estate law, as well as trust and estate planning. His research interests are in constitutional law as it relates to business and business ethics and he has published articles in a variety of business journals. Professor Sprotzer has taught in the EMBA program since its inception and was influential in the redesign of the program.

Victor Thompson
Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology and Criminology
Fine Arts 281

Dr. Victor Thompson (Ph.D., Stanford University) received his Ph.D. in sociology in 2010 from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from 2005-2007 and taught courses on race and ethnicity, political sociology, and urban sociology. He has written on race, crime and public opinion in addition to racial classification.

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.