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headshot of young woman against brick wallAward-Winning Public Administration Research

Carly Corbett-Frank ’21, MPA, won the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) award for the best Pi Alpha Alpha Master’s manuscript for her work “The Importance of Social Media in Grassroots Organizing for Black Lives Matter: An Analysis of Twitter Activity.” Carly was invited to present her paper at the 2021 NASPAA conference virtually in October and awarded a $300 stipend.


headshot of woman with short hair and glassesLeading the Way in Conscious Copy Editing

Sydney Jarrard ’09, MS Publishing, won the Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship from the American Copy Editors Society for her work in socially conscious editing. Jarrard spent eight years at the American Booksellers Association, leading efforts to promote inclusive language in the company’s publications and online platforms. She then started her own business, serving as a consultant for conscious editing.


Maddie Feaster ’21 Testifies at Environmental Conservation Committee Hearing

Before completing her Master of Arts in Environmental Policy in December 2021, Maddie Feaster testified at a New York State Environmental Conservation Committee hearing in Albany as part of her internship with Riverkeeper, Inc. The hearing centered around the Birds and Bees Protection Act, a piece of legislation intended to place a moratorium on certain neonicotinoid pesticides used in commercial farming. In her role with Riverkeeper and with the skills from her Environmental Policy coursework, Feaster collected data to prepare testimony to deliver at the hearing, advocating for the state to find safer alternatives.


Dyson Professors Receive Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence

Matthew R. Marcello, PhD, associate professor of biology, is a scholar of andrology, the study of male reproductive functions, and longtime member of the biology department. Marcello has published several peer-reviewed studies throughout his time at Pace, while guiding students through the foundations of biology in courses such as General Biology and advanced studies in genetics and reproductive systems in courses such as Genomics and Fundamentals in Reproductive Biology.

headshot of woman in red sweaterNEW YORK CITY CAMPUS
Anna Shostya, PhD, associate professor of economics, is the assistant chair of the economics department, an adviser in the Pforzheimer Honors College, and involved in faculty supervision of the award-winning Federal Reserve College Challenge Team. Her research interests include transition economies, higher education, and economic studies of China, and she’s been involved in the introduction of innovative courses such as the Economics of Immigration and Discrimination and Economic Issues through a Photographer’s Lens. 

Ramón Emilio Fernandez, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics, provides students with strong mathematical foundations, teaching fundamental introductory courses and serving as the coordinator of the developmental mathematics program. His research has included quantitative analysis of high school mathematics courses in the New York City public school system, policy and pedagogical innovations in math and engineering education, and technology for social good.


Ellease Ebele N. Oseye Awarded Title of Distinguished Professor

headshot of woman with colorful headscarfEllease Ebele N. Oseye, MFA, professor of English, has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. Oseye joined Pace University in 1975, has served as poet in residence and an advisor for the Black Student Union and is known for her classes’ visits to museums and theaters. Her book Let the Lion Eat Straw was voted a notable book by the New York Public Library and awarded a Coretta Scott King Honor. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for poetry in 1972 from the NAACP, was a member of the Panel of Judges for Fiction for the New York State Council on the Arts in 1992 and served as a Fellow of the African Studies Institute of the University of Nigeria in 1998.

Melanie J. La Rosa Selected for Public Voices Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Melanie J. La Rosa, MFA, has been selected as part of the third cohort of the Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis, a collaboration between the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and The OpEd Project. Each year, the cohort of fellows, often mostly women and people of color, engage in work to develop leadership skills, embrace power, and encourage action in shaping the conversation around climate change. La Rosa, who is the director of the documentary How to Power a City and author of Communities and the Clean Energy Revolution—both of which tell the human stories of individuals bringing clean energy to their communities—was selected from a competitive applicant pool as one of 20 fellows for the 2022 cohort.

Maria Iacullo-Bird Re-elected to CUR Executive Board

headshot of woman in blazerAssistant Provost for Research and Clinical Associate Professor of History Maria Iacullo-Bird, PhD, has been reelected as a council representative on the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) executive board for a second three-year term. The CUR executive board provides guidance to the organization and its members while upholding its mission to involve undergraduate students in research and scholarly work.

Farewell Setters

We send our best wishes to these dedicated faculty on their retirement!

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Robert Chapman
29 years of service
professor, philosophy and religious studies
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Diane Cypkin
27 years of service
professor, media, communications, and visual arts
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Jane Dickson
22 years of service
lecturer, art
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Margaret (Peggy) Fitzgerald
24 years of service
associate professor, criminal justice and security
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Barry Morris
33 years of service
associate professor, communication and media studies
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Walter Morris
36 years of service
professor, economics
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Mary Ann Murphy
28 years of service
professor, communication and media studies
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Linda Quest
33 years of service
professor, political science
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K. Mark Sossin
26 years of service
professor, psychology
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Marilyn Weigold
42 years of service
professor, history