Three St. Joseph’s faculty members will achieve tenure status this fall semester, while four others will get promotions, College President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., has announced.
Dr. Boomgaarden asked that the college community join him in congratulating the professors “for this well-deserved recognition of their success, their service to our students and their commitment to their scholarship.”
The following professors will be awarded tenure, effective this September:
Eric Shyman, Ed.D., is an associate professor of literacy/cognition, infant toddler early childhood special education, childhood or adolescent special education and child study at SJC Long Island. Dr. Shyman has written extensively on inclusion and special education topics.
Shawn Robertson, Ed.D., is an associate professor of child study, literacy/cognition, and childhood or adolescent special education at SJC Long Island. Dr. Robertson last May served as the chair of the Teaching for Tomorrow Conference held at SJC Long Island. The annual conference brings together educators from Long Island and New York City to engage in professional development workshops.
William Trevino, M.A., M.F.A., is an associate professor of communication studies at SJC Brooklyn. A professor at St. Joseph’s since 2005, Trevino runs the theatre minor program at SJC Brooklyn. He performed on television and off-Broadway before teaching at St. Joseph’s.
These faculty members will be promoted to associate professor, effective this September:
Rachel Kreier, Ph.D., teaches economics and social sciences at SJC Long Island. She joined St. Joseph’s in 2014, following a teaching stint at Hofstra University. Dr. Kreier has been a health rights activist, union staff member, editor, health reporter and health economist.
Kestrel Perez, Ph.D., teaches biology at SJC Brooklyn. Dr. Perez’ research in the field of biology has centered on marine biology — specifically fish and invertebrate evolutionary ecology. She studies life history traits and maternal investments, and how variation in these influence larval fitness and recruitment.
Ryan Schwarz, Ph.D., teaches mathematics and computer science at SJC Long Island. Dr. Schwarz was instrumental in St. Joseph’s successful bid last year for a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant funds STEM scholarships for students majoring in math, computer science and computer information technology. The scholarship program is in its first year.
The following associate professor will be promoted to professor, effective this September:
Peter Lin, Ph.D., teaches psychology at SJC Brooklyn. Dr. Lin is a licensed psychologist who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, as well as relationship issues. In 2018, he developed the mindfulness and contemplative living minor now offered at SJC Brooklyn. He is an avid photographer and enjoys playing basketball.