Faculty - School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences

Amjad Ali


In four years at Thomas Edison State, Ali  led the development of new graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs in information technology and cybersecurity, and also manages a cross-disciplinary technical communication program supported by faculty from IT, communication and English. In 2018 Ali organized a successful regional symposium on cybersecurity trends, threats, and workforce needs in Jersey City.

Ali has held several roles at the University of Maryland in 12 years there. He was a professor of information technology, then director of its Center for Security Studies before becoming an associate vice president and advisor to the president, providing strategic advice on cybersecurity-related initiatives and programs. Ali led the successful development and launch of major cross-disciplinary cybersecurity programs and strategic initiatives including doctoral programs at the university.

He is also the former manager of continuing education at the American Council of Engineering Companies in Washington, D.C., and the former dean of DeVry University’s  Keller Graduate School of Management in New York City. He has also taught at Walden University in Minneapolis and worked as an IT consultant. Ali has a strong record of research grant awards and scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals and has served as a featured speaker and subject matter expert at conferences and government hearings on diverse topics in cybersecurity. 

He has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan, and master’s and doctoral degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


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Frank X. Hartle III D.Sc.

Associate Dean
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Cybercrime, cyber-intelligence, Web3, artificial intelligence, distributed finance investigations, and augmented reality.

Frank X. Hartle III D.Sc.

Department Heads

Dennick-Brecht, Kathryn
Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D.

Professor of Sociology
Specialties: Social problems, deviant behavior

Moretti, Anthony
Anthony Moretti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication
Journalism, sports reporting, politics in media

Pinson, Heather
Heather Pinson, Ph.D.

Professor of Humanities and Media Arts
Specialties: Jazz, aesthetics and interdisciplinary arts, race theory

Wu, Peter Y.
Peter Y. Wu, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Software engineering, database management, spatial data science


School Faculty and Staff

allen, stuart
Stuart Allen, Ph.D.

Professor of Organizational Leadership
Leadership, teaching with technology, diversity and inclusion

Ames, Andrew Y.
Andrew Y. Ames, M.F.A.

Interactive art and design, game design, new media

Barr, Daniel P.
Daniel P. Barr, Ph.D.

University Professor of History
Colonial and Revolutionary America, Native American history, Pennsylvania history

Baugh, Jeanne
Jeanne M. Baugh, Ed.D.

University Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Programming languages and database management

Bromall, Natalya
Natalya Bromall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Cloud services, application development, cyber security

Bucci, Diane M. Todd
Diane M. Todd, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Contemporary American literature, multiethnic and women’s literature

Burgess-Lefebvre, Barbara
Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre, M.F.A.

Professor of English
Directing, acting, Shakespeare performance, stage combat

Buschiazzo, Anne Marie
Anne Marie Buschiazzo

Staff Member
Academic Advising and Enrollment Coordinator

Cellante, Donna L.
Donna L. Cellante, Ed.D.

University Professor
Research proposal writing, systems analysis and design, decision support systems

Davis, Gary Alan
Gary Alan Davis, D.Sc.

Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Computer, digital, and mobile forensics; data and business analytics; data science

DePlato, Justin P.
Justin P. DePlato, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science
American presidency, voting theories and elections, Constitutional theory

Diane Anoyi Igoche, Ph.D.
Diane Anoyi Igoche, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Data analytics, diffusion of information technology, e-learning

Draus, Peter
Peter Draus, Ed.D.

University Professor
Interface design, quantitative decision making, machine instructions

Edwards, Michele Rees
Michele Rees Edwards, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication
Organizational communication, strategic communication

Fanning, Soren I.
Soren I. Fanning, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
World history, Russian history, geography, national identity

Grant, A.J.
A.J. Grant, Ph.D.

University Professor of Organizational Leadership
Communication, ethics, humanities

Hadfield, Timothy
Timothy Hadfield, M.F.A.

Professor of Media Arts
Painting and drawing, color theory, exhibition curatorial work

Hitt, Nicole
Nicole Hitt

Staff Member
Administrative Coordinator

Holtz, Christine
Christine Holtz, M.F.A.

University Professor

Jabro, Ann
Ann Jabro, Ph.D.

University Professor of Communication
Social media and PR, risk and crisis communication, environmental communication

Jones, Tim
Tim G. Jones, Ph.D.

Director, Academic Media Center
Assistant Professor of Media Arts

Judit Trunkos Ph.D.
Judit Trunkos Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
International Relations, Soft Power, Sports Diplomacy, Geopolitics, Cyber Diplomacy

Karshner, Edward
Edward Karshner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Appalachian Studies, Folklore, and Rhetoric and Writing

Kiliany, Mary Catherine
Mary Catherine Kiliany

Senior Lecturer
Writing, American literature, intercultural communications

Kohun, Frederick G.
Frederick G. Kohun, Ph.D.

University Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Cultural influence on decision making, social media analytics, technological disruption

Kovacs, Paul
Paul Kovacs, Ph.D.

University Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Online education, cloud computing, big data analytics

Laverty, J. Packy
J. Packy Laverty, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer and Information Systems
IBM z System mainframes, database management systems, Windows and Linux operating systems

Lawson, John
John Lawson, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Rhetoric, drama, writing

Litzinger, Patrick J.
Patrick J. Litzinger, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
Economic education, economic development, transition economies

Loyola-Garcia, Carolina
Carolina Loyola-Garcia, M.F.A.

Professor of Media Arts 
Filmmaking, performance, multidisciplinary and digital arts

Lu, Min
Min Lu, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
International finance, financial economics, e-commerce

Malakyan, Petros G.
Petros G. Malakyan, Ph.D.

Specialties: Leadership-followership theory, intercultural leadership

McCarthy, John M.
John M. McCarthy, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Modern American history, urban history, planning history

Michalenko, Julianne
Julianne Michalenko

Senior Lecturer
Business communication, intercultural communication

Mills, Richard
Richard J. Mills Jr., Ph.D.

Department of Arts and Humanities
Rhetoric, Writing, Intercultural Communications

Mishra, Sushma
Sushma Mishra, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Information systems security, IT gender gap, health informatics

O'Roark, J. Brian
J. Brian O'Roark, Ph.D.

University Professor of Economics
Economics of information security, economics and pop culture

Pamboukian, Sylvia A.
Sylvia A. Pamboukian, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Research Specialties: 19th Century British literature, literature and medicine, children’s literature, detective fiction
Teaching Specialties: British and American literatures

Park, Sun-A
Sun-A Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication
Public relations, health communication, crisis communication

Paullet, Karen
Karen Paullet, D.Sc.

Mobile forensics and security, cyber forensics and security

Pinchot, Jamie
Jamie Pinchot, D.Sc.

Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Mobile app development, information security, web development

Quigley, Michael
Michael Quigley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Education
Educational equity, culturally competent leadership, nonprofit leadership

Radermacher, Jon
Jon Radermacher, M.F.A.

Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Associate Professor of Media Arts
3D design, 3D computer modeling, digital and traditional fabrication

Robert Ambrosini Psy.D.
Robert Ambrosini Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Juvenile female offending, targeted violence, rapport-based interviewing, motivational interviewing, cybercrime profiling.

Ruzich, Connie
Connie Ruzich, Ph.D.

University Professor of English
World War I history and literature, American and British literatures, linguistics and grammar

Shahid, Abdur
Abdur R. Shahid, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Systems

Stewart, John
John Stewart, DPS

Data analytics, spreadsheet modeling, machine learning

Stork, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Stork, Ph.D.

Professor of Organizational Leadership
Women in leadership, social movements, decision making

Topuzova, Lazarina
Lazarina Topuzova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership
Grassroots leadership, conflict resolution

Vanhala, Helena
Helena Vanhala, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Media Arts
Specialties: Media history, theory and production; media industries; media and terrorism

Wang, Ping
Ping Wang, Ph.D.

University Professor
Cybersecurity, information assurance, networking

Wang, Wenli
Wenli Wang, Ph.D.

University Professor
IS management and design, cybersecurity and intelligence

Wertley, Chad
Chad Wertley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication
Social identity, video games, prejudice

Willis, Hyla
Hyla Willis, M.F.A.

Professor of Media Arts
Graphic design, graphic print production, cyberfeminism and feminist art

Yamada, Michelle
Michelle Yamada

Staff Member
Student Success Coach and Administrative Assistant to Graduate Programs

Yang, Chen
Chen Yang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication
Social media, marketing, public opinion

Yang, Zhou
Zhou Yang, Ph.D.

Public finance, industrial organization, economic development in Asia

Zeanchock, John A.
John A. Zeanchock, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education and Computer and Information Systems
Online learning, educational technology, curriculum and instructional design

Zelkovic, Morgan
Morgan Zelkovic

Staff Member
Administrative Assistant