Faculty Forum at Monmouth University showcases faculty members’ scholarly and creative work through presentations to their colleagues. Dr. Franklin declared that ‘the great aim and end of all learning, is service to society.’ I see “Faculty Forum” as an important platform for Monmouth faculty to share their knowledge, wisdom, expertise, and innovative ideas with other colleagues working within the university in particular, and the community begins right here at the Jersey Shore. A university teacher respects the dignity of his or her colleagues and works cooperatively with them in the interest of fostering scholarship and professional development. This takes place through collaboration, sharing, partnership, joint publications, mentoring, consultancy, research, and presentations.
Faculty forum speakers receive appreciations, comments, and suggestions from the audiences of the forums that help them to improve their presentations which they plan to publish in refereed journals. I suggest that my colleagues would benefit from their participation in faculty forum to better serve the Monmouth University community and to gain important feedback to upgrade and sharpen their scholarly work. If you have an innovative scholarly project in mind to share with campus community, please contact us by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 732-263-5523 to schedule a forum to be led by you.
Golam M. Mathbor, PhD
Chair, Faculty Forum
During the academic year 2012-2013, we offered two distinct faculty forums. These events were well attended and quite diverse in terms of thematic underpinnings of topics covered but also focused on humanistic and social aspects in addition to other broad areas represented through these forums. Our first event in this series was presented by Monmouth University’s International Research Scholar Mr. Ismail Hossain, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Currently, he is working on his PhD dissertation at the University of Milan, Italy. He has expertise on globalization and gender inequality with a particular focus on labor rights and social justice. He is the author of a book, Gender in the Globalization of Production: Discourses, Vulnerability and Patterns of Negotiation (2010). Professor Hossain presented on “Rights of Women Workers in Global Manufacturing Enterprises: The Case of Bangladesh Readymade Garments Industry” on October 31, 2012. He concluded his presentation by saying that empirical evidences of Bangladesh Garments Industry confirm that employment of women in global manufacturing industries is characterized by gross violation of worker rights but giving them a means for survival. The second forum was led by Dr. Brian Lockwood, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Monmouth University. Dr. Lockwood critically examined the spatial extent of crimogenetic facilities to determine if, and how far bars, schools, ATMS, subway stops, halfway houses, and drug treatment centers increases crime.
Our first event in this series was presented by Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, Director of the GIS Program in the Department of History and Anthropology, on GIS & You: A Cross-Disciplinary Introduction to Spatial Analysis. Dr. Gonzalez-Tennant’s presentation introduced participants to the available GIS resources at Monmouth University, and he explained how GIS can be incorporated into teaching, research, and community outreach.
The second forum was led by Dr. Thomas Lamatsch, Associate Director of MU Polling Institute, on The Educational Achievement Gap in the United States. Dr. Lamatsch analyzed critically on how the educational achievement gap of minority and low income children is hurting not only those who are directly impacted by it but also every American, as it has a major impact on the US gross domestic product.
Dr. Saliba Sarsar, Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, lectured on A 100-Year Relationship in Palestine/Israel in 100 Words and in 10 Collages. Dr. Sarsar’s presentation exemplified 100 years of Arab/Israel conflict using 10 marvelous collages with reference to his own and family’s experiences of the crisis, all with thoughtful analysis.
Dr. Rekha Datta, Professor of Political Science, presented on The Dragon and the Elephant on Mobile Phone: A Snapshot of Culture, Ideology and Change in China and India. This event was also open to the participants of the Global Understanding Convention 2012. Dr. Datta’s presentation analyzed various socio-economic and political aspects of the two most populous countries of the world based on her extensive field visits in those countries.
Our first event in this series was presented by Dr. Ron Wallenfels on Metropolitan Museum Tour Lecture in Syria and Jordan on October 13, 2010.
Dr. Vincenzo Mele lectured on Our Mobster’s Mind: The Sopranos and the Evolution of Masculinity in America and Italy on November 17, 2010.
On February 16, 2011, Dr. Marina Vujnovic, Dr. Bojana Beric, Dr. Mihaela Moscaliuc, and Ms. Mariana Tepfenhart presented on Daughters of South Central Eastern Europe. This event was co-sponsored by Celebrating Diversity in South Central Eastern Europe initiative at Monmouth University.
Ms. Hettie Williams presented on Obama’s Cosmopolitan Self in Black and White: Race, the Multiracial Movement, and the Identity of an American President in Post-Civil Rights America (1967-2008).
On November 1, 2009, Dr. Marina Vujnovic, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, lectured about the historical research in journalism, women, and gender studies based on her own experiences with archives. The project is now published as a book, Forging the Bubikopf Nation: Journalism, Gender, and Modernity in Interwar Yugoslavia.
Dr. Kathryn Kloby, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, presented on Lost in Transition: Exploring Accountability Expectations in New Jersey School Certification Requirements on December 9, 2009.
Our International Scholar for the year 2009-2010, Dr. Qian Cheng, shared her research work with the Monmouth Community by her presentation on China’s Gender Equality: Problems and Policies on April 10, 2010.
Dr. Peter Liu, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, led the first faculty forum of the past academic year. The forum took place on September 24, 2008, and the topic for this forum was China Meets the World-Study Abroad and the Olympic Experiences. Dr. Liu reflected on his experiences leading a group of MU students to China during the Beijing Olympics 2008.
Ms. Janette Yarwood, Dissertation Scholar-in-Residence, presented on With Mixed Feelings: Negotiating Colored Identities in Post-Apartheid South Africa on February 18, 2009. Ms. Yarwood took the audiences for this event on an exploration of the everyday lived experiences of colored people in Cape Town and the implications of negotiating colored identity within the specific context of the new social economic conditions of post-apartheid South Africa.
Steven Kosiba (Ph.D. Candidate), Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Anthropology, lectured on Mummies and Maps: Recent Archaeological Research on the Inka Populations of Cusco, Peru on April 22, 2009. His presentation highlighted on how the Inkas cultivated an image of imperial authority in their capital city by transforming and ordering select places significantly associated with non-Inka past, such as shrines and local seats of power.
On October 17, 2007, Dr. Bojana Beric, Dr. James Konopack, and Dr. Laura Jannone from the School of Nursing and Health Studies presented an information session followed by questions and answers on Monmouth’s new major in Health Studies.
Dr. Alan Cavaiola from the Department of Psychological Counseling led the November 14, 2007 forum on The Life and Death of the American Psychiatric Institution: From McLean to Marlboro.
Dr. Aaron Ansell from the Department of History and Anthropology presented on Race and Development in Rural Brazil on January 30, 2008.
Monmouth’s diversity fellow for the last academic year, Ms. Brooke Campbell, lectured on Taking a Vulnerability Approach to Contemporary Debates on Sex Work on February 20, 2008.
Dr. Julius Adekunle from the History and Anthropology Department presented on Ghana: The Land of Gold on March 19, 2008.
Dr. Jingzi Huang, School of Education, and Ms. Jane DeTullio, Director, Writing Center, presented on Working with Minority Students (LMS) in Your Class on April 23, 2008.
Dr. Judith Bazler was our Speaker for October 2006. Dr. Bazler’s lecture focused on China-in-Transition: Tossing Aside the Past and Running into the Future. Her presentation questions China's tall buildings with huge cranes lurching in the background waiting to build the next “nest” for whom?
The November 2006 forum was led by Dr. Brian Severs and Dr. Laura Kelly and focused on Stereotypes and College Textbooks: How Aware Are We? The presentation was supported by concrete evidence from 12 textbooks. The presenters focused on gender, minorities, race, and religion in particular, and the issue in general.
Stephen Marr, Diversity Fellow at Monmouth University, was the Speaker for our February 2007 forum. Mr. Marr lectured on Botswana: An African Miracle. He raised a concern that despite its glowing reputation, Botswana faces severe pressures from a population largely marginalized from the country’s swift development over the past four decades. The struggle is most evident in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, where conflicts over access to economic resources and urban spaces are a visible part of the everyday life of the city.
Professor Don R. Swanson was our speaker at the March 2007 forum. Professor Swanson addressed Monmouth’s Critical Discourse Program (HU 201) by asking: What Is Being Taught and Why? What Impact Does It Have on the Thinking and Learning of Our Students?
Dr. Julius Adekunle led the April 2007 forum on Confusion in Politics: The Shari ‘a in Nigeria. Dr. Adekunle’s presentation highlighted how political leaders mix religion with politics, and how the introduction of the Shari ‘a (Muslim Law) has caused confusion and division among Nigerians.