People: Achievements

Dr. Michelle Amazeen and Dr. Susan O’Sullivan Gavin, assistant professors in marketing, advertising and legal studies, won the best paper award at the 2014 Academy of Business Research meeting in Atlantic City for their paper “The Advertising Industry in the Social Media Age: The Ethical and Legal Implications of Unsanctioned Rogue or ‘Scam’ Ads.”


Dr. Don Ambrose, editor of Roeper Review and professor of graduate education, won an international award from the American Creativity Association for his outstanding book chapter “Invigorating Innovation and Combating Dogmatism Through Creative, Metaphorical Business Leadership,” published in Creativity in Business.


Dr. James Castagnera, associate provost and associate counsel for Academic Affairs, co-authored the article “’Leaderless Resistance’: From 19th Century Anarchists to 21st Century Jihadists: A Persistent but Evolving Terror Tactic,” which appeared in the fall 2014 issue of The Homeland Security Review. His co-author is Rachel Safer, a Rider American studies and political science double major.


Colleen Dillon, administrative specialist in the departments of psychology and chemistry; Dr. Kelly Bidle, Department of Biology professor; and Christine Zelenak, director of the President’s Office and President Rozanski’s executive assistant, each received a Frank N. Elliot Award for Distinguished Service. (Dillon’s award was given posthumously.) The award is named in honor of Rider’s fourth president and is presented each year to a staff person, faculty member and administrator who has demonstrated distinguished service to the University.


Dr. Patricia Mosto, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences, received the 2014 Women of Achievement Award from the Gloucester County Commission for Women and the American Association of University Women in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the profession.

Harry Naar, fine arts professor, had his artwork exhibited at the New Jersey State Museum; the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery at Kean University; the Trenton City Museum; the Arts Council of Princeton and the Romano Gallery at Blair Academy.


Dr. Mark Pearcy, assistant professor of teacher education, earned renewal of his National Board Certification, a master teacher’s certification that includes a written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, a video and an analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional.


Deborah Rosenthal, fine arts professor, published a book, Double Rhythm, Writing About Painting, in which she collected the artwork and wrote the introduction.


Dr. Frank Rusciano, political science professor, wrote a paper on the relationships among Internet communities, public opinion, anomie, and civic participation.


Dr. Stefan Young, professor of theory and composition at Westminster Choir College, created a composition for piano, “Avalon, the Jersey Shore,” which the Bay Atlantic Symphony premiered as part of the 350th anniversary of the naming of New Jersey.

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