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Date: Apr 29, 2008
Hofstra Students Select Teachers of the Year
Outstanding faculty to be recognized at Hofstra Gala on May 1Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Hofstra students have selected five outstanding faculty members as the 2008 Teachers of the Year. They are Doron Milstein, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Science; Victoria Geyer, School of Communication; Jacqueline Grennon Brooks, School of Education and Allied Human Services; William L. James, Zarb School of Business; and Grant Hayden, Hofstra School of Law.
Teachers of the Year are selected by current, graduating students in each school. “What makes Teacher of the Year such a singular honor is that for the faculty member to be selected, that person needs to ranked as a top faculty member by graduating students over a three-year to five-year period of time,” said Hofstra Provost Herman Berliner.
The teachers will be recognized at the annual Hofstra Gala on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, North Campus. The Gala will honor Scott Rechler, chief executive officer and chairman of RexCorp Realty LLC. For more information on the Gala, contact Nicole Piampiano at (516) 463-5284 or visit www.hofstragala.com.
The bios for each of the Teachers of the Year follow:
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Science:
Doron Milstein, Assistant Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing-Sciences
After earning a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and M.A in Audiology from Hofstra University, Dr. Milstein completed his audiology clinical fellowship year in Long Island Jewish Hospital. He earned a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science/Audiology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2001. During the entire period of obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Milstein worked at the department of otolaryngology of Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center as a senior audiologist. The central theme of Dr. Milstein research is geriatric audiology. Dr. Milstein teaches undergraduate, master, and doctorate students.
School of Communication:
Victoria Geyer, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations
Professor Geyer teaches courses in the fundamentals of public relations, research and
assessment, copywriting, case studies, and the capstone campaigns course. She earned her B.A.
in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego and her M.A. in media ecology
from New York University. Prior to Hofstra, she held various positions within the media industry
including ABC News and NASDAQ MarketSite and taught courses in communication theory
and interpersonal communication at Marymount Manhattan College. Her teaching and research interests include gender disparity within the public relations industry and new media trends’ affect on business communication. She is a faculty adviser for the Hofstra chapter of Public Relations Society of America and a member of Hofstra’s Environmental Priorities Committee.
School of Education and Allied Human Services:
Jacqueline Grennon Brooks, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching
Jacqueline Grennon Brooks teaches courses in curriculum theory and science, math and technology education. Her interest in how people learn began with her first job as a 6th grade teacher and has led to her current study of the role that pattern recognition plays in conceptual change. Dr. Brooks holds an Ed.D. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where she researched the development of constructivist teaching practices; an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where she studied infant/parent relationships; an M.S. in Urban and Policy Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, through which she analyzed mathematical forecasting models at the Congressional Budget Office; and a B.A. in Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she learned just how complex teaching really is! She currently serves as president of the Children’s Maritime Museum in Port Jefferson, NY, an initiative that has afforded numerous Hofstra students and graduates opportunities as researchers, interns, and teachers.
Zarb School of Business:
William L. James, Professor of Marketing and International Business
Dr. James earned a B.S. in geography at McGill University, an M.S. in experimental psychology at Purdue University, an M.S. in computer science from Pace University, and a Ph.D. in marketing at the Krannert Graduate School of Management of Purdue University. His research interests are primarily in the fields of advertising and strategic management. He has more than 80 publications, including articles in the Journal of Marketing Research, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Global Marketing, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Decision Sciences, the Journal of Retailing, the Journal of Consumer Affairs, Current Issues & Research in Advertising, the Journal of Advertising Research and the International Marketing Review. Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Dr. James taught for eight years at the University of Alabama and for two years at Memphis State University. He was also a visiting professor at Cunningham & Walsh, Inc., during the summer of 1983. Dr. James received the 1998/99 Hofstra University Distinguished Teaching Award.
Hofstra School of Law:
Grant Hayden, Professor of Law
Professor Hayden received his law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Master of Arts in art history from the University of Kansas. At Kansas, he taught the history of Western art and led efforts to organize the graduate teaching assistants into a collective bargaining unit. Professor Hayden served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shea & Gardner. He teaches and writes in the areas of labor law, employment discrimination, and voting rights and was chosen by three graduating classes to be the faculty commencement speaker.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students can choose from about 145 undergraduate and 155 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied human services, and honors studies, as well as a School of Law. With a student-faculty ratio of 14-to-1, our professors teach small classes averaging 22 students that emphasize interaction, critical thinking and analysis. Hofstra offers a faculty whose highest priority is teaching excellence, cutting edge technology, extensive library resources, internships and special educational programs that appeal to their interests and abilities. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for a successful future.