Fellows of the 2009 Class

Linda Sama, Ph.D's picture
  • Ph.D., Strategic Management, The City University of New York

Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Professor of Management

St. John's University

Linda M. Sama is the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and a Professor of Management in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University. Most recently, she launched the Global Microloan Program (G.L.O.B.E.) at St. John’s University and serves as the Program Director. Dr. Sama earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the City University of New York, a Masters in Philosophy at Baruch (CUNY), and an MBA in International Finance from McGill University. She teaches primarily in the areas of International Business, Strategic Management, and Business Ethics. The new initiative in global micro-lending in the Business School educates students in entrepreneurship and microfinance as they work in cooperation with the Daughters of Charity to source and lend money to small business practitioners in developing regions of the globe.

Somnath Pal's picture
  • Ph.D., Pharmaco-Socio-Economics, University of Iowa
  • Pharmaceutical economics and bio-statistics
  • The relationship of health policy with pharmaceutical practice. 

St. John's University

Mark L. Movsesian's picture
  • J.D., Law, Harvard Law School
Mark L.

Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Law and Religion

  • Contracts
  • International commercial arbitration
  • The relationship of Law and Religion

St. John's University

  • Ph.D., Speech & Hearing Sciences, The City University of New York
Nancy S.

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Language and communication skills of hearing-impaired children and adults with emphasis on speech production and articulatory control.

St. John's University

Azzedine Layachi's picture
  • Ph.D., Politics, New York University

Professor of Politics

  • Politics, economics, culture and development in Algeria and Morocco, principally and related issues other Middle East nations.

St. John's University

Azzedine Layachi, Professor of Politics and Government in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Staten Island Campus, is a specialist in the Middle East and North Africa. His research interests are in the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Political Islam, the Political Economy, and U.S. Foreign Policy. He is the author of several books, book chapters, and articles in academic publications. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from New York University and was named a Vincentian Research Fellow in 2009.

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Marquette University
Paul R.

Associate Professor, Humanities

  • The phenomenology of Hurserl; the work of Ricoeur
  • The history of philosophy including ethics and aesthetics.

St. John's University

E. Francine Guastello's picture
  • Ed..D., Department of Instructional Leadership, St. John's University
E. Francine

Associate Professor;
Chair, Human Services and Counseling; and
Coordinator of the Graduate Literacy Program

  • The diagnosis and remediation of children and adults with learning disabilities, especially dyslexia
  • Developing effective strategies for reading, oral and written communication.  

St. John's University

E. FRANCINE GUASTELLO, is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Human Services and Counseling and the Coordinator of the Graduate Literacy Program in the School of Education at St. John’s University. She is a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow and a fellow in the Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators dedicated to working with children and adults who are dyslexic. She coordinates a program on leadership development in the non-public sector. Her research focuses on developing effective teaching strategies especially for struggling readers and writers. Dr. Guastello earned her Ed. D. at St. Johns University.

Michael Donhost's picture
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, DePaul University

Assistant Professor, Early Childhood and Adolescent Education

  • Assessment in exploring the relationships between computer adaptive testing, data analysis, and student achievement
  • Constructivist-staff development and development of inter-cultural understanding among students. 

St. John's University

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)