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Impressive Number of New Faculty Join Baruch

This year Baruch College welcomes 50 new faculty members, a record number of hires for the College. This number includes 22 newly created faculty lines as well as replacements for departing or retiring faculty members. This addition of faculty brings our total number of full-time faculty for Fall 2007 to 534 (including substitutes). The past two years has seen a 5% increase in faculty lines, the first time in over a decade that Baruch has added a significant number of new positions. Given that we are holding our student enrollment numbers steady at 15,700, the gain in number of faculty hires has a direct positive impact on class size.

“It’s an honor for me to welcome academics of such depth and breadth of talent to Baruch College, said Baruch College President Waldron. “The faculty is the source of our intellectual reputation, and I’m proud to stake our claim with the full-time faculty and adjuncts who teach at Baruch.”

“I am joining the College this year too,” said new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs James McCarthy, who has a faculty appointment in the School of Public Affairs. “It is gratifying to join Baruch at a time when the size and renown of the faculty is growing. My priority is to facilitate and lead faculty scholarship, development, and recognition.”

Baruch College has grown in strength and size in every school and in disciplines ranging from accounting to the environment and from journalism to nonprofit management. Here is a look at the new tenure and tenure-track faculty at Baruch.


The Zicklin School of Business welcomes 17 new full-time faculty this year. Joining the Department of Accountancy is Associate Professor Igor Vaysman, who was a visiting professor at Baruch for the Spring 2007 semester. A leader in the analytical area of managerial accounting, Vaysman has taught at France’s INSEAD since 2001 and holds a PhD from Stanford.

christinamashruwalashamirmashruwalaAlso among the new hires in accountancy are Assistant Professors Christina and Shamin Mashruwala, a husband and wife team from the University of Washington.

mariadimeocavelliNew to the law department is Assistant Professor Maria Dimeo Calvelli who meets the College’s need for an expert in the areas of securities law, corporate governance, and business ethics. A partner in Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe since 1999, Calvelli received her JD from Harvard Law. 

Adding his international expertise to the Department of Economics and Finance is Assistant Professor Sebastiano Manzan, who previously taught economics at the University of Leicester in England. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Other new hires by the Zicklin School of Business include Lecturer David Cenedella (Accounting); Assistant Professor Evengiya Duzhak (Economics/Finance); Assistant Professor David Frame (Real Estate); Associate Professor Donna Gitter (Law); Assistant Professor Lale Guler (Accounting); Assistant Professor Radhika Jain (Statistics/CIS); Assistant Professor Bin Wei (Economics/Finance); Assistant Professor Rongning Wu (Statistics/CIS); and Assistant Professor Xiaoli Yin (Management). We are also pleased to announce that three of our most well regarded adjuncts have been named full-time faculty members: Lecturer Elaine Anderson (Law), Lecturer William Heath (Marketing), and Lecturer Eduardo Malca (Economics/Finance).


There are 28 new full-time hires at Weissman this fall, whose specializations mirror the College’s focus on communications skills and desire to keep its curriculum current and innovative.

brian householderWe have two new faculty hires in the Department of English in the area of communications skills. They are English Professor Frank Cioffi from Scripps College, who has taught writing at Princeton and Bard among other schools; and Assistant Professor Brian Householder, who previously headed the graduate program at the University of North Dakota. He holds a PhD from the University of Georgia.

Three hires in the Department of Natural Sciences are in the fields of environmental sustainability, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

jasonmunshisouthAssistant Professor Jason Munshi-South recently completed work for the Smithsonian, which included research in Gabon, Africa, studying the African elephant. Assistant Professor Chester Zarnoch, a former director of the Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center at Brooklyn College, applies his work in ecological evolutionary behavior to urban aquaculture. Assistant Professor David Gruber specializes in biological oceanography. His first book for Harvard University Press is on biofluorescence.

Natural Sciences also welcomes Associate Professor Jamal Jalilian-Marian from the University of Minnesota and Justin Vazquez-Poritz from the University of Pennsylvania, both physicists with extensive research and publication records.

Bringing their respective talents to the journalism program are Assistant Professor Michel Marriott, an urban journalist with an extensive career at The New York Times; and Assistant Professor Vera Haller, whose work in online journalism provides valuable expertise in a fast-growing field.

The interdisciplinary study of urban politics, community development, and immigration is strengthened by three new hires: Associate Professor Vilna Bashi Treitler (Black and Hispanic Studies), previously at Rutgers, has degrees from the University of Wisconsin in sociology and economics, and specializes in West Indian immigration studies.

johannafernandezWith joint appointments in the Black and Hispanic Studies and history departments, Assistant Professor Johanna Fernandez comes from Columbia University. Her history of the gang the Young Lords, being published by Princeton University Press, has led to a Schomberg grant for the spring semester. Also joining the history department is Assistant Professor Charlotte Brooks, a scholar of Asian immigrants.

Weissman welcomes four new hires in psychology, with two focusing on health psychology.

angelampintoAssistant Professor Angela Marinilli Pinto comes from Brown Medical School and the Miriam Hospital Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center. Holding a PhD in philosophy and clinical psychology, she has extensive experience at Montefiore Medial Center and John Hopkins Hospital. Assistant Professor Catalina Lawsin followed up her graduate research in health care and policy reform at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She specializes in cancer treatment in minority and lower income communities. Assistant Professor Catherine Good comes from Barnard College and holds a PhD in math education and social psychology from the University of Texas. She has received two federal grants for her work in learning, reasoning, and academic performance, particularly in math and science. Also engaged in this field is Associate Professor Jennifer Mangels from Columbia University.

carlosjohnsonFinally, Weissman’s math department bolsters its financial engineering program with Associate Professor Carlos Johnson, who has over two decades experience with Salomon Brothers; and Assistant Professor Tai Ho Wang, who comes from NYU and has worked with noted mathematicians in applied mathematics. Other Weissman hires are Assistant Professor Esther Allen (Modern Languages); Professor Michael Goodman (Communications); Lecturer Judith Broadwin (Math), formerly an adjunct; Lecturer Boris Maizel (Philosophy), formerly an adjunct; Assistant Professor Caryn Medved (Communications); Assistant Professor Gene Park (Political Science), Lecturer David Sitt (Psychology), formerly an adjunct; Assistant Professor Gregory Snyder (Sociology/Anthropology); Assistant Professor Sandeep Sreekumar (Philosophy); and Assistant Professor Susan Tenneriello (Fine and Performing Arts).


Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs James McCarthy has a faculty appointment in the School of Public Affairs. He is a widely published authority on adolescent and reproductive health care and on demography. Provost McCarthy was dean at the University of New Hampshire and on the faculty at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and Trinity College, Dublin.

Two new faculty focusing on nonprofit management join the School of Public Affairs in the fall.

nicolemarwellAssociate Professor Nicole Marwell, who previously taught at Columbia, concentrates on analysis of markets in which nonprofit and for-profit providers co-exist. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.

hillaryboteinAssistant Professor Hilary Botein, who works in housing and community development, comes from the University of Connecticut and holds a PhD in urban planning from Columbia University. These hires complement Baruch’s new Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management. The center builds upon the school’s leadership in graduate education in nonprofit administration and on five years of programming specific to the needs of practitioners throughout the nonprofit sector in the New York region. The nonprofit administration track is the largest within Baruch's Master of Public Administration program, which has over 600 students.

Also specializing in nonprofit management is Professor John Casey, who will join SPA in the spring. He most recently taught at Charles Sturt University in Sydney, Australia, following positions at the Inter-University Masters Program in Public Management in Barcelona and professional positions in the Office of the Mayor in New York and various international consultancies. He has a PhD in political science from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Baruch has a total full-time and adjunct teaching staff of about 1,000 and has some of the most distinguished, experienced, and driven teachers in academia. The new faculty hires are a point of pride for the institution.

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