College Welcomes New Faculty for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Group photo of 2017 new faculty

Front Row Sitting ( Grace Pai, Shadisadat Ghaderi, and Vivian Lim)
Back Row Standing ( Rodrigo Lobo, James Mellis, Jihyun Kim, Meghan Jennifer Gilbert-Hickey, and Laura Wallace)

Guttman is proud to welcome 12 new faculty members for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Shaisadat Ghaderi, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from West Virginia University (WVU), and her M.Sc. in mathematics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. Her research interests include combinatorics, graph theory, matroid theory, and their applications. Her Ph.D. dissertation is on infinite matroid theory and solving open problems in that domain. She has developed and taught various courses in mathematics at undergraduate level at WVU. She had the opportunity to teach in the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), i.e. the honors-level calculus program with a very strong student support component, which mostly serves underrepresented minority students. She received fellowships to implement active learning methods in instruction to foster in students critical thinking and to improve their effective communications with peers as well as their technical speaking and writing skills. She also pursued a Certificate in Applied Statistics at WVU. At Guttman, she teaches statistics.

Meaghan Gilbert-Hickey is an Assistant Professor of English. Her recent and forthcoming essay-length publications focus on intersectionality in contemporary young adult dystopias. Along with a colleague, she is editing a collection of essays — Raced Bodies, Erased Lives — solicited by the University Press of Mississippi via the Children’s Literature Association Publication Advisory Board, that interrogates the impulse to prioritize conversations about gender and class, while deflecting attention away from rich work on race geared toward a young adult readership. She is also at work on a single-author manuscript, tentatively titled The Hetero-Nuclear Imperative, that examines intersectional maternity in YA dystopian fiction.

Dalvin Hill, Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of information technology, holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Tulsa. He holds an M.S. in internet business systems from Mercy College, and a B.B.A in computer information systems from Monroe College. During his collegiate experience, he conducted various research projects, several of which have been recognized as top-tier by his colleagues. His current research areas include health information exchanges, electronic health record, and mobile payment systems. Dr. Hill has had the opportunity of teaching at various institutions in the United States and also in Kabul, Afghanistan where he served as a Department Chair and Assistant Professor of information technology and computer science. His overseas teaching experience has severely broadened his horizon, and he is delighted to have contributed to a war-torn country. He is an avid traveler and is delighted to share his experience as a global trotter.

Jihyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Science, received a Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry (under the direction of Dr. Robert Kulawiec) from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Dr. Kim was a Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fellowship recipient and completed a postdoctoral fellowship (under the direction of Robert Clarke) at Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Kim taught all areas of chemistry at Rockland Community College-SUNY and served as a substitute assistant professor at Medgar Evers College-CUNY.

Vivian Lim, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in teaching, learning, and teacher education; an M.A. from CUNY Brooklyn College in secondary mathematics education; and a B.A. from Columbia University in psychology and mathematics. Before Guttman, she taught courses for mathematics teacher preparation programs at both the University of Pennsylvania and Brooklyn College. Vivian was formerly a mathematics teacher in a Brooklyn public high school. The focus of Vivian’s dissertation work was on the role of mathematics education, specifically mathematics for social justice, in fostering the development of youth as citizens. At Guttman, Vivian will be teaching mathematics and statistics courses, including the quantitative reasoning component of City Seminar.

Rodrigo Lobo, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, was born and raised in Brazil, is married, and has two daughters. His academic background includes a Ph.D. in business administration from Positivo University, Brazil, Ph.D. research work as Visiting Scholar in innovation management at University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in international business from Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio. He has 30 years of corporate experience. He’s held executive positions at Accenture, BPO division, and served as managing director for Brazil and Latin America at Coastal Training Technologies, which was acquired by Dupont, Sustainable Solutions division. He has entrepreneurial experience with his own publishing business in Brazil. His teaching experience began nearly 20 years ago as management lecturer. He has traveled extensively in South America, North America, Europe and Asia and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

James Mellis, Assistant Professor of English, holds a Ph.D. in literature from Tulane University, and a M.Phil in Anglo-Irish literature from Trinity College, Dublin.  Before coming to Guttman, he taught at William Paterson University in New Jersey and Temple University in Philadelphia. At both schools, he taught a number of writing and literature courses, including an immersive civic-engagement class that brought students from William Paterson to New Orleans to perform volunteer work in neighborhoods still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and visited with scholars, activists, musicians, filmmakers and others to learn about the recovery.  He is currently editing a volume of essays about Voodoo, Hoodoo and Conjure in African-American Literature and is looking forward to joining the Guttman community.

Grace Pai, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was a former high school math teacher through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. Prior to joining Guttman, she worked as Senior Research Associate at the New York City Department of Education using quantitative analysis and mixed methods for program and impact evaluation, and also has experience doing international development work in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (Bangladesh, South Africa and Sierra Leone). She holds a Ph.D. in international education with a concentration in applied statistics from New York University, an M.Ed. in secondary school mathematics from Brooklyn College, an Ed. M. in prevention science and practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in management and international business from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Her research interests include education policy, college access, social stratification and international development. At Guttman, she teaches math and statistics.

Dara Pir, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Philosophy in computer science from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dara’s professional background includes design and development of software in small, mid-size, and large companies. He has taught information technology courses at Guttman since 2014. Dara’s current research interests include signal processing applications in computer science.

James Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of History, is a lifelong New Yorker and CUNY alumnus who graduated from Brooklyn College with B.A. in English and psychology. James began his formal research in public housing and gentrification at New York University’s Ph.D. program in American studies. Alongside academic research, James has worked as a land use/public housing organizer on the Lower East Side.

Anya Y. Spector, Assistant Professor of Human Services, earned a Ph.D. in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, an MSW from Fordham Graduate School of Social Service, and a B.A. in psychology from Barnard College at Columbia University. Dr. Spector also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University. Dr. Spector’s career has included direct clinical practice in outpatient substance use treatment, as well as public health research and program evaluation at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Her mixed methods research has been focused on understanding human services providers’ professional practices vis-à-vis HIV prevention and substance use treatment, attitudes toward behavioral research, evidence-based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Spector will teach in the human services field of practice.

Laura Wallace, Assistant Professor of English, holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Laura taught at City College for eight years before joining the Guttman community as an adjunct instructor in 2016, where she has taught composition and literature courses as well as a Capstone Seminar in children’s literature. As Assistant Professor of English, Laura is teaching Reading and Writing in the First-Year Experience. Her research interests include nineteenth-century poetry, drama and, most recently, Victorian photography.