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Faculty Experts

Mount Saint Mary College faculty are experts in a wide variety of fields.

To request a faculty member to comment on upcoming news, please contact Matthew Frey, Director of Media Relations, at matthew.frey@msmc.edu, or 845-569-3222.

If possible, we ask that you contact us at least a few days in advance of your deadline, to allow for scheduling and advance notice to faculty or staff. 

Below are a list of faculty members and their areas of expertise:

Accounting/TaxesAdolescence and FamilyAthletics/Sports ManagementAgingBusiness
EducationEthics and ReligionHealth & Health ProfessionsHistoryPsychology

 

Accounting / Taxes
 

Portrait of: Tracey Niemotko

Tracey Niemotko
JD, CPA, CFE
Professor of Business
Chair of the School of Business

 

Adolescence and Family
 

 Portrait of: Paul Schawrtz

Paul Schwartz
JD, CPA, CFE
Professor of Psychology
Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD)

 Fran Spielhagen       

 

Frances Spielhagen
BA, MA, PhD
Professor of Education
Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD)

Areas of expertise:

  • Curriculum Development: Latin and Social Studies
  • Adolescent Development
  • Equity in access to advanced opportunities
  • Home schooling
  • Single Sex Education
  • Education of high achieving students

 

Athletics/Sports Management

Portrait of: Scott Russell

 

R. Scott Russell
BS, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sports Management

Areas of expertise:

  • Title IX
  • NCAA Governance
  • Gender and sport
  • Gender equity
  • Faculty relationship with athletics

 

Aging
 

CAP grant

Lawrence Force
BA, MA, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy (CADP)

 

Business

Moira Tolen


Moira Tolan
BBA, MBA, PhD
Professor of Business
Business Graduate Program Coordinator

Areas of expertise:

  • Management Education
  • Sustainability
  • Business Ethics

 

Education
 

Jane Gangi   

Jane Gangi
BA, MA, PhD
Professor of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • Diverse children's andyoung adult literature
  • Successful literacy practices
  • Representations of genocide
 Fran Spielhagen

 

Frances Spielhagen
BA, MA, PhD
Professor of Education
Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD)

Areas of expertise:

  • Curriculum Development: Latin and Social Studies
  • Adolescent Development
  • Equity in access to advanced opportunities
  • Home schooling
  • Single Sex Education
  • Education of high achieving students

Ethics and Religion
 

Portrait of: Charles Zola   

Charles Zola
BA, MA, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Catholic and Dominican Institute (CDI)
Assistant to the President for Mission Integration

 

Health & Health Professions

Andrea Ackerman


Andrea Ackermann
BS, MS, PhD
Professor of Nursing

Areas of expertise: 

  • Pain Management
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Simulation Nursing
  • Curriculum Development
 Portrait of: Suparna Bhalla


Suparna Bhalla
BSc, MSc, MS, PhD
Professor of Biology

Areas of expertise:

  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Biochemistry
Portrait of Kathleen Kightlinger-Steiger, Assistant Professor of Nursing


Kathleen Kightlinger-Steiger
BSN, MSN, DNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Areas of expertise:

  • Critical care/emergency medicine
  • Evidence based guidelines
  • Entry level into practice
  • Palliative care
  • Administration - authentic/service leadership
  

Kimberly Poje
AAS, BS, MS
Nursing Instructor

Areas of expertise:

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical care nursing
  • Transition from RN to NP
  • Transition from Nursing school to graduate level RN

 

History
 

Portrait of: Stanley Pycior

Stanley Pycior
BA, MA, MA, MSEd, PhD
Professor of History

Areas of expertise:

  • Diverse children's and young adult literature
  • Successful literacy practices
  • Representations of genocide
 Portrait of: Renolds Glenn

Glenn Reynolds
BA, PhD
Associate Professor of History

 

Psychology

 Portrait of: Rae Fallon  


Rae Fallon
BA, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology

Areas of expertise:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Infants, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers exposed to drugs in-utero
  • Exceptional Individuals
  • Language, Literacy and Learning
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders