New Faces at Pace

Members of the Class of 2015 won’t be the only new faces on campus this fall. Pace welcomes plenty of new staff and faculty members as well.

College of Health Professions

Laura Bennett joined the Physician Assistant Department in January 2011 as administrative coordinator for PA admissions.

Evelyn Cevallos recently started as a certified medical assistant at University Health Care on the New York City Campus.

Paul Dana will join the College of Health Professions in September as the director of development.

Joanne Knoesel joined Pace in early 2011 as a VA faculty member and will join our clinical faculty during the fall 2011 semester.

Rebecca Sciame joined Lienhard School of Nursing in January 2011 as a staff associate.

Jason Slyer, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, who recently graduated from the DNP program and has been adjunct faculty, will be joining as a part-time clinical assistant professor for the spring 2012 semester.

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Blackwood, PhD, assistant professor of English, will serve as interim program coordinator for American Studies.

Matthew Bolton, PhD, has joined the Political Science Department as an assistant professor on the New York City Campus.

Jorge Luis Cacheiro joins Dyson College as a professor and chair of the Performing Arts Department on the New York City Campus.

Cosmin Chivu joins Dyson College as an assistant professor of performing arts on the New York City Campus.

Eugenia Hayes joins Dyson College as director of development.

Bette Kirschstein, PhD, has been appointed chair of the English and Modern Languages Department on the Westchester Campus.

Christopher Malone, PhD, associate professor of political science, has been appointed chair of the Political Science Department on the New York City Campus.

Eddis Miller, PhD, joins the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department as an assistant professor on the New York City Campus.

Rhonda Miller, a lecturer for Dyson College, has been named the new director of the Commercial Dance Program in the Performing Arts Department.

Richard Miller III has joined Dyson College as the assistant director of instructional technology.

Wade E. Pickren, PhD, joins Dyson College as a professor and chair of the Psychology Department on the New York City Campus.

Cara Tocci has joined Dyson College as a communications coordinator for graduate programs.

Andrés Villagrá, PhD, professor of modern languages on the New York City Campus, has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs.

Ying Wang will be a lecturer for modern languages and cultures on the New York City Campus.

Emily Welty, a lecturer in the Political Science Department, has been named director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program on the New York City Campus.

Paul Ziek joins the Westchester Campus as an assistant professor of media, communications, and visual arts.

Lubin School of Business

Kathleen M. Finn has joined the Lubin School as program manager for undergraduate academic advisement.

AnnMarie Lorenzo has joined the Office of the Dean as a senior staff associate.

Casey Frid joins the Management and Management Science Department as an assistant professor on the New York City Campus.

Ping Wang joins the Accounting Department as an assistant professor on the New York City Campus.

School of Education

Christopher Bozzone joins the School of Education as the director of school partnerships on the New York City Campus.

Christine Clayton, EdD, has been named department chair on the Westchester Campus.

Frank DeLuca has been named the director of school partnership on the Westchester Campus.

Brian Evans, EdD, has been named department chair on the New York City Campus.

Bonnie Keilty, PhD, will be an associate professor within the School of Education on the New York City Campus.

Kelley Lassman, PhD, will be joining the School of Education as an assistant professor on the New York City Campus.

Peter McDermott, PhD, joins the School of Education as a professor on the New York City Campus.

Brian Monahan, PhD, has been named program coordinator for the Educational Technology Program.

Jermain Smith has been promoted to director of technology support.

Fran Wills, PhD, will join Pace this year as coordinator for professional development in the School of Education.

Annjanet Woodburn, EdD, has accepted the position of associate dean for the School of Education.

Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Sambit Sahu joins the school as an adjunct professor of computer science on the Westchester Campus.

Pam Yosh has been named director of development for the Seidenberg School.


Kelly Herbert  ’06
has been named the LGBTQA coordinator at Pace’s new LGBTQA and Social Justice Center.

Jennifer Rosenstein has joined the Birnbaum Library as a First Year Outreach Services librarian.

From Gutenberg to Google

Michael Healy, Pace’s David J. Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor in Publishing and Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry discusses how advances in technology are changing the way we look at books… literally.

When the dot com bubbled in the 90s, venture capitalists and internet startups around the world screamed that print was dead. While that wasn’t the case (and may never be), there’s no denying the impact recent strides in technology have had on publishing. Just hop on any plane, train, or automobile and look around—people are reading their Kindles, listening to the latest download, catching up on current events via their iPad. On November 30, Professor Healy, gave one in a series of lectures on the future of the industry for the MS in Publishing Program and industry insiders.

Here, he shares some of his insight into the future of ePublishing.

You are involved in some of the seminal events that are shaping the future of digital publishing, such as working with publishers and authors on the Google Book Settlement. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

I am currently the Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry, a new organization that will be created as a result of the Google Book Settlement. As you may remember, there was a well-publicized class action lawsuit which was brought in 2005 by the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers to prevent Google from displaying parts of books it had been digitizing through its relationships with a number of university libraries.  The authors and publishers felt Google’s display of the books was an infringement of copyright, a claim Google denied by saying it was “fair use”. The lawsuit was settled in October 2008 (although the settlement has not been finally approved by the judge). The proposed settlement contains several provisions: One is the establishment of a nonprofit Book Rights Registry that will represent the interests of authors and publishers in the settlement. The primary role of the organization will be to act as a place where authors and publishers can claim their books and register how they would like them to be used by Google and possibly others in the future.  When Google earns money from using the books, 63 percent of the money will go back to the Registry for distribution to the authors and publishers (once a judge approves the settlement). We have been waiting to hear the outcome since February of this year. In the meantime, my job is to prepare for the establishment of the new organization.

If the settlement is approved and the Google Book Settlement moves forward, how will this affect the publishing industry?

The settlement focuses on books that are largely still in copyright, but mainly out of print. These are an estimated seven to eight million somewhat obscure or forgotten books—books that you will find in libraries but not bookstores. One of the great benefits is that Google Books will create a mechanism for getting those hard to find, out of print books. It’s very good for both publishers and authors, as it gives them a new stream of revenue for books that were previously earning little or nothing, and great for scholars, students and other readers because it opens up a treasure trove of books previously hidden in the collections of libraries.

Michael Healy
Professor Healy discusses how the industry is evolving in this interview with The Publishing Point.

How did you get involved in the field of digital publishing?

I think I’m something of an oddity. I have been in publishing for about 25 years, in one form or another. Unlike many others, I never did much conventional print or book publishing. I have been in digital publishing my whole career. That can be surprising to people who think that digital publishing is only five years or as old… as old as the Kindle. It

has actually been around since the 70s. In the early days in the 80s, digital publishing was a phenomenon that mainly affected academic publishing—databases in library and universities, and ultimately journals. All of the excitement and controversy that’s now going on is because it’s affecting consumer and trade publishing, what many equate to the “publishing industry.” But there are other publishing sectors, such as academic, scientific, and medical, where digital technology is nothing new—those sectors have been grappling with its opportunities and challenges for some time.

You’ve been giving a series of lectures at Pace that focus on new developments in digital publishing. Can you provide some highlights from your most recent lecture?

This lecture is called “Building a Better Mousetrap: Form, Function, and the Evolution of eBooks.” It’s based on the observation that technology is radically changing the way books are promoted and delivered, and the way people are consuming with readers and tablets. The way we consume, market, and distribute books today—everything in the supply chain is subject to change. However, the books themselves are changing much more slowly: the content is not changing, only the format is changing… in a very superficial sense. A lot of eBooks are electronic facsimiles of printed equivalents. So I wanted to examine, with all the technology and innovation available to us, why that is occurring, is the text remaining largely unchanged?

It’s an interesting point that, in their current form, eBooks are little more than electronic versions of the print. Are there any areas where you are seeing innovation?

There are pockets of experimentation, and that’s what I want to explore—what they are, what they reveal about publishers and readers, what the next generation of digital books might look like. For example, I read a lot of books electronically and when I’m traveling, instead of buying several guide books, I load them onto my iPad. What struck

me about using these new types was how imperfect they were, how they were inferior in functionality to the ones I would have traditionally bought in print! Why are publishers so reluctant right now, to experiment in new forms? Travel, cookery, and all sorts of non-fiction books could be enhanced so easily and cheaply with digital technology, but it’s not happening in a significant way yet. There are one or two trade publishers who are starting to enhance books with video, and some, like Penguin, have been linking text to websites, TV adaptations, and video on the web. In cookery, you’re starting to see links to videos where you can see the finished recipe, or where you have the ability to enter information, such as ingredients, into the device to find a recipe. Interesting things are being done, but these are the exceptions rather than the norm. However, I think that will change. The appetite for digital books is high at the moment, so publishers are growing in confidence, and that builds more confidence in the medium.

How do you think this ability to “publish” affordably online is changing the industry? Do you find more and more people are deciding to just do it themselves?

Self-publishing is taking off—that’s an extraordinary phenomenon. I think the stigma is disappearing and it’s becoming more acceptable to do it. We’re going to see a great deal more of that going forward, particularly as more big-name celebrity authors start asking: Do we need traditional book publishers? For example, the well-known writer Seth Godin,

has recently announced he will be self-publishing his next book. That calls into question what is truly distinctive and valuable about the modern publisher. It used to be that authors needed publishers for production, distribution, and sales, but technology now is forcing everyone – publishers, authors, agents and booksellers – to ask where the distinctive contribution of a publisher really lies.  It’s a fascinating time to be in the industry for these reasons.

You recently came back from a conference in China about the future of digital publishing. Were there any surprises or new developments there?

They are grappling with many of the same sets of issues as we are in the United States. We may be a little further ahead in the process, but we’re all on the same journey. It was striking how similar the challenges are. The world really has shrunk.

More than Fun and Plays

Just who is this Falstaff cad, and what makes him think he can woo two wealthy ladies? As the Shakespeare at Pace Festival moves full steam ahead, wrapping up a performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor and rolling out Merchant of Venice in February, Pace introduces several educational components to open audience’s eyes to the Bard’s many nuances.

Merry Wives

Earlier this month, Pace Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies Martha Driver, PhD, gave the centerpiece lecture on The Merry Wives of Windsor, delving into some of the historical figures who may have helped shape Shakespeare’s famous fool, Falstaff. In this column, this expert in medieval and early Tudor texts, who has published numerous articles on the history of publishing and whose books include The Medieval Hero on Screen and Shakespeare and the Middle Ages (edited with Pace Professor and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department Sid Ray) shares her insight as well as what she thinks will be some of the highlights of the festival.

What do you think makes the Shakespeare at Pace Festival unique?

It is thrilling to see live Shakespeare in almost any context—from Theater in the Park to Theater in the Parking Lot! Pace is bringing live productions downtown. The Festival is picking up on an earlier Pace tradition of live theater. I am thinking here of the wonderful productions of Tony Randall’s theater company, especially of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and the classical play The Persians, both performed at the Schimmel Theater.

This is the second time the Globe has returned to Pace, and hopefully the first of an annual Shakespeare festival designed to make Pace “the downtown place” for Shakespeare. What do you think this festival means for the community and Pace’s academic reputation?

Did you see the New York Times review of the Globe production of Love’s Labour’s Lost at Pace last year? It was a rave! These continuing excellent productions will establish the reputation of the Shakespeare series and also of Pace University as a place where such plays are taught, studied, performed, and loved. [Note: To read reviews of The Merry Wives of Windsor, click here and here.]

For those who missed it, what was the theme of your centerpiece lecture?

The talk focuses on Falstaff and explores some of the medieval underpinnings of his character, including the Vice character in early medieval drama, as well as two historical figures who may have helped to shape Shakespeare’s comic creation. The lecture will then turn to discussion of Falstaff in America and early production history, ending with an analysis of one specific scene of Merry Wives, the culmination of the action at Herne’s oak, again drawn in part from earlier medieval sources.

What is the one message you hope people have taken away from your lecture and the performance?

From the lecture, that Shakespeare was influenced by medieval romance traditions, along with English folklore, in his creation particularly of Falstaff while also making something quite new– a rogue hero who has been popular with audiences from the Elizabethans to modern moviegoers down to the present day. From the performance, the joyfulness of Shakespeare’s comic timing and wit!

The Globe performance is the only one of the four performances that is staged in a traditional manner; the other three are using more modern settings. What do you think are some of the pros and cons to this modern approach?

We saw Patrick Stewart in Macbeth at BAM in modern dress fairly recently (relentless and dark), which was entirely effective, and Richard Burton’s Hamlet in street clothes remains one of the best productions of that play on record. Almereyda’s Hamlet is also very good, set in modern New York. Costume, sets, lighting, all are very important but must reflect the director’s vision; if that is consistent, the rest follows.

Other than Merry Wives, what performance are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to all four performances and intend to take students to see them. I have seen F. Murray Abraham’s Shylock in Merchant of Venice once before and would love to see it again and compare it with the Al Pacino production currently on Broadway.

Next on her plate, Professor Driver will be publishing an essay on Shakespeare’s Pericles and another regarding medieval manuscript illumination. She’s also writing about early Tudor texts and their illustration, working with Pace colleague Eugene Richie on a translation project that will be discussed at a conference in Spain, editing the Journal of the Early Book Society (which will be published by Pace University Press in fall 2011), organizing a conference with colleagues at the University of York, and reading screenplays and trying to finish another book in her spare time!

Jay of All Trades

Last month, we celebrated LGBT History Month, so what better time to highlight one of Pace’s—not to mention the country’s—most prominent leaders in LGBTQ studies and the gay civil rights movement.

At Pace, we have our very own LGBTQ all-star, and her name is Karla Jay, PhD. Since 1975, the Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies has founded and taught numerous courses in lesbian and gay studies, women’s studies, and literature, and has received several awards including the Distinguished Faculty Award, Diversity Leadership Award, and Kenan Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Last week, Jay moderated the Center for Community Action and Research’s Common Hour Convo: When Will the Hate Stop? A Student Discussion on LGBTQ-based Violence, where she urged students to take action.

“You can’t sit around and feel sad,” she said. “You need to think about the people who are here.”

On December 1, Jay and world-renowned civil rights activist and Gay TV USA show host Ann Northrop will raise HIV/AIDS Awareness and address the past and present battles for equality within the gay and lesbian civil rights movement and feminist movement in America on the NYC Campus as part of World AIDS Day.

And this merely reflects Jay’s work on-campus. What she has done for the movement outside of Pace has changed all of our lives.

When gay activists founded the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in the wake of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Jay was a member. She helped form the Women’s Caucus of GLF, also known as The Lavender Menace, which sought inclusion for lesbians in the feminist movement. Their 1970 takeover of the Second Congress to Unite Women is considered a turning point in recognizing lesbianism in the women’s movement.

Additionally, Jay has published more than a dozen books that have touched the lives of millions. Her first book, Out of the Closet: Voices of Gay Liberation, which has been called “a pioneering anthology that had a profound impact in its first incarnation in 1972,” remains in print, as does her recent memoir on the early years of the women’s and gay liberation movement, Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation, which Gloria Steinem described “as irresistible as a novel, but as credible, humorous, and unexpected as real life.”Karla Jay

An inspiration to many, Jay has been named twice as Grand Marshal of the Stonewall Pride Parade.

But all of this recognition did not come without its share of struggle. Jay, who has been threatened both verbally and physically, will not sit back.

“The way I look at it, if I stop doing what I’m doing because I’m afraid, then they’ve won,” she said. “Women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, disability; it’s a kind of unstoppable quest for equality.”

Jay, who lost her sight a few years ago, has now begun a new battle. “I’m a student and I’m studying Braille. I’m learning to be blind.”

Jay notes that she is now a part of, “another invisible community,” but she won’t stand for it. With proposed cuts to the state budget impacting the National Federation of the Blind’s NFB-Newsline, an audio newspaper services that provides the blind and visually impaired with more than 300 newspapers and magazines, Jay is speaking out on behalf of people with disabilities, lobbying Albany to ensure everyone has access to these resources.

Karla Jay“It takes a lot more than losing my sight to stop me,” Jay says.

New Faces

First-year students and transfers weren’t the only ones moving in this month; There are plenty of new faces in Pace’s faculty ready to kick off an academic semester. Welcome aboard!

New StaffDyson College of Arts and Sciences

  • Stephanie Hsu has been named Assistant Professor of English in New York City.
  • Hillary Knepper has been named Assistant Professor in the Public Administration Department on the White Plains campus.
  • Rita Upmacis joins the Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department in New York City as an Assistant Professor.
  • David Zuzga has been named Assistant Professor in the Biology and Health Sciences Department in New York City.

Lienhard School of Nursing

Lienhard welcomes eight new faculty members this fall, two of whom are the first “Grow Our Own” faculty (see below).

  • Philip A. Greiner, DNSc, RN, has been named Associate Dean for Faculty Development in Scholarship and Teaching.
  • Marie Truglio-Londrigan, PhD, RN, returns as a professor in the department of graduate studies and as program director of the nursing education program.
  • Mirian Zavala, MSN, RN, joins the Lienhard School of Nursing as Clinical Assistant Professor.
  • Jon Barone, DNP(c), RN, has been named Clinical Assistant Professor.
  • Renee McLeod-Sordjan, DNP(c), RN, will be a Clinical Assistant Professor.  She received her BSN and MS from Pace, where she is currently a DNP candidate.
  • Rachele E. Davis, MS, RN, FNP, will be a Clinical Instructor. She received her BSN and MS from Pace.

“Grow Our Own” Alumni/ae Plan

Lubin School of Business

  • Andrew Coggins has been named Clinical Professor in the Management/ Management Science Department.
School of Education
  • Kabba E. Colley, EdD, has been appointed Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Education NYC Department.