Advisory Board





TAMARA BRITT is Senior Assistant General Counsel for the Office of General Counseal at Rutgers University. Ms. Britt focuses her practice on development, foundation, international, real estate and tax matters. Before joining Rutgers, Ms. Britt was an associate based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she specialized in white collar defense, enforcement matters and bankruptcy litigation. Ms. Britt was also active in providing pro bono services to low-income individuals in bankruptcy and housing court proceedings and to nonprofit organizations in the New York/New Jersey area. Ms. Britt received her B.A. with honors from Hampton University, an M.P.A. from George Washington University, where she was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law–Newark, where she was an editor of the Rutgers Law Review and an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Britt worked in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. Ms. Britt is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.

JANE CLEMENTI co-founded the Tyler Clementi Foundation alongside husband because she wants to make sure that our society learns the consequences of discrimination and bullying, as she learned all too personally through the loss of her son. A native of New Jersey and devoted mother of three sons, Jane speaks passionately to parents and community leaders about the need to not merely “accept” or “tolerate” children who come out as LGBT, but to embrace them as wondrous creations of God. Jane, a registered nurse, speaks on the need for parents of LGBT children to come out and speak openly of the love they have for their children, and in doing so each one of us can impact the world around us and create accepting environments. Since losing Tyler, Jane’s spiritual journey has continued to carry and transform her in ways she never would have imagined. She left her church home of many years because she felt that while sitting in the pews of a church that condemned LGBT people she was herself a bystander to bullying. Jane leads an inspirational life through her unique experience which she shares with other parents, and speaks passionately about the need to divorce the concept of “sin” from homosexuality. She has made difficult choices in an impossible situation, and leads by example. She has spoken out in support of LGBT rights and the need for families and communities to embrace their LGBT populations. Jane has spoken at BNP Paribas Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a variety of universities including The College of New Jersey, high schools and churches.

JAMES F. DOUGHERTY is an alumni trustee on the Rutgers Board of Trustees (2012-2018). He earned his BA from Rutgers College in 1974, his MS from the Graduate School-New Brunswick in 1975, and his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. He is an internist and co-owner of Metropolitan Veterinary Associates. He lives in Collegeville, PA.

PERRY HALKITIS is Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health. Dr. Halkitis previously served as a professor of global public health, applied psychology, and medicine at NYU, where he focused a significant amount of his research on HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and mental health disease and how they are impacted by psychiatric and psychosocial factors. Dr. Halkitis also served as Senior Associate Dean of the New York University (NYU) College of Global Public Health, director of NYU’s Center for Health, Identity, and Behavior and Prevention Studies, and interim chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the College of Global Public Health.  As Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the NYU College of Global Public Health, Dr. Halkitis managed the academic portfolio of the college and administers the curriculum; directed faculty appointments and hiring; and participated in the college’s and university’s fund-raising efforts. He was NYU’s inaugural Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Studies from 2005 to 2013 and earlier chaired the NYU Department of Applied Psychology. Dr. Halkitis has outstanding experience, which includes a broad range of significant achievements as an academic leader in public health and as a leader in bio-behavioral, psychological, and public health research. His expertise, skills, and dedication to public education, research, and pedagogy are leading the School of Public Health’s progress in becoming one of the nation’s strongest public health schools.

ZACH HOSSEINI is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Rutgers University-New Brunswick. In his role, Mr. Hosseini develops and implements internal and external communications strategies and manage complex communications and marketing projects for Rutgers-New Brunswick. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Hosseini served as the chief media strategist and contact on criminal, civil, regulatory and public safety issues within the New Jersey Office of the Attorney. He led the Census 2010 field efforts in Jersey City, managing a staff of more than 1,200 over the course of the multi-phase population count. Prior to this work, Mr. Hosseini served as a journalist, starting first as a freelance reporter at The Boston Globe, then as a reporter at The Mariposa Gazette in California and later as an online editor and blogger at The Otago Daily Times in Dunedin, New Zealand. Zach earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University.

JEROME KUKOR is the dean of the Graduate School – New Brunswick at Rutgers University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and served on the research faculty at Michigan for 10 years prior to coming to Rutgers in 1997. He is a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, where he served for five years as Dean of Academic Programs. Dr. Kukor’s expertise is in environmental microbiology and microbial chemistry. His research, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for the past 25 years, focuses on analysis of the determinants of biodegradability of xenobiotic compounds by microorganisms. He has authored more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and has mentored two dozen doctoral and master’s students, a dozen postdoctoral scholars, and nearly 30 undergraduate honors students.

MICHAEL LASALA is director of the MSW program and associate professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. His research interests are the couple and family relationships of gay men and lesbians and his current work examines the role of gay and lesbian family relationships in coping with stigma and also parental influence on gay youth’s safe sex behaviors. Dr. LaSala’s forthcoming book entitled: Coming out, coming home: Helping families adjust to a gay or lesbian child (Columbia University Press) describes the findings and practice implications of a National Institute of Mental Health funded qualitative study of 65 gay and lesbian youth and their families. Other examples of Dr. LaSala’s work can be found in Social Work, Family Process, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Families in Society and the Journal of Lesbian and Gay Social Services. Dr. LaSala recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship during which he taught family therapy courses at Tallinn University in Estonia and where he also investigated the impacts of stigma on Estonian lesbians and gay men. Dr. LaSala has been keynote speaker at national and international family therapy conferences in Sweden, Estonia, and Italy. Before joining Rutgers University, Dr. LaSala practiced social work for 15 years at the direct practice, supervisory, and administrative levels. He is committed to practice-informed research and therefore continues to practice part-time as a licensed clinical social worker at the Institute for Personal Growth in Highland Park, New Jersey. Dr. Lasala received his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Albany, 1998.

FELICIA McGINTY is vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers University. Dr. McGinty provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the large and complex division of student affairs. Dr. McGinty holds a doctorate in educational leadership, a master’s degree in education counseling, and a BSc in criminal justice from Northern Arizona University. In 2007, NAU honored her with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for outstanding service to the university and community. Dr. McGinty has a distinguished background in admissions, recruitment, student engagement, and many other aspects of student affairs. She brings more than 25 years of professional experience in student affairs as well as a notable record of public service. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. McGinty served as vice chancellor for student affairs at University of California Santa Cruz, associate vice president for student engagement at Pennsylvania State University, and assistant vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In previous roles, she was the director of new student experience at Montclair State University and assistant director of the division of student services at Northern Arizona University.

DAN MORRISON is the Executive Director for Residence Life at Rutgers University- New Brunswick, one of the nation’s largest residential life programs.   Dan oversees a residence life program that houses 8,800 residents, including first-year programs, conduct/judicial, training and development, academic support, living-learning programs, leadership development, family housing, and crisis management. Prior to joining Rutgers University, Dan was the Director of Residence Life at Georgia Tech University for 20 years and a member of the University of Maryland’s Resident Life team for 10 years.  He received his B.A. in Communication from the University of Toledo and a M.A. in Student Personnel from The Ohio State University.

SHAWNA RODGERS Shawna Rodgers, a development professional with over 7 years of experience in higher education and healthcare fundraising, is the Director of Development for the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Her previous role was as the Director of Annual Giving for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. In this role, she raised over a $1 million through a comprehensive portfolio which included multi-campus direct mail, employee giving, and leadership giving programs. Prior to working for RWJ, she managed annual giving programs at Coppin State University in her hometown of Baltimore Maryland. She serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Sisters Network of Central New Jersey and on the Board of Directors for Dru/Mondawmin Healthy Families, Inc. Shawna earned her B.S. in Marketing from University of Maryland, University College and lives in Bridgewater, NJ with her husband and three children.

JORGE SCHEMENT is Vice Chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the New Brunswick Chancellor’s Office. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Communication Policy, and of Latino Studies, and chair of the Executive Committee for Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary Commemoration. Schement is author of over 250 books, papers, and articles. Previously, Schement served as Dean of the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers after teaching as a distinguished professor at Penn State University, where he cofounded the Institute for Information Policy. He joined the faculty at Penn State after serving as a communication professor at Rutgers, UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the University of Texas-Austin. Schement holds a Ph.D from Stanford University in Communication, an M.S. in marketing from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

MARK SCHUSTER is the Dean of Graduate Students for Rutgers New Brunswick. Dean Schuster is affiliate faculty in American Studies, Psychology, and Women’s and Gender Studies and the Graduate School of Education. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on sport, gender and sexuality, and most recently courses that focus on transforming bodies and intersecting identities in American Culture. He has presented with Patricia Griffin on LGBT athletes at the NCAA National Convention in Atlanta, was on the Executive Board of the first LGBT athlete conferences in the US, and was on the inaugural team that created the Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness for the American College Personnel Association. Dean Schuster has been a keynote speaker on civility, and the intersectionality of sport, gender and sexuality at both the national and international level. Dean Schuster has a Bachelors in English and Communications from SUNY Plattsburgh and graduate work in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire before he became a Vice President of Operations for a software development company. He received a Master’s in Sport Psychology and Cultural Studies of Sport concurrently with his PhD coursework in Higher Education, both from the University of Iowa before joining Rutgers.

BEN SIFUENTES-JÁUREGUI is associate professor of American studies and the author of Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature (Palgrave, 2002). His research interests include Latino/a literature and culture, twentieth-century Latin American literature and cultural studies, gender theory and sexuality studies, and psychoanalysis. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses on Latin American and US Latino/a literature, film, performance theory, and cultural practices. His graduate seminars include topics such as melodrama as hegemonic discourse in Latin American cultures; deconstruction and master narratives; interrogating critical concepts in gender and queer theory as they relate to a broad American context; representations of race, sexuality and gender in the cultural production of the nation; and US Latino/a identities and postcolonial theory. Presently he is working on two research projects: in The Avowal of Difference: Queer Latino American Narratives, he examines strategies of queer self-figuration in Latin American and Latino texts; in the other project, he investigates the relationship between melodrama and masochism in a series of Latin American novels, films, and essays.

KAREN R. STUBAUS is serving Rutgers University as vice president for academic affairs and administration. A 1972 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College, Dr. Stubaus received her PhD in seventeenth-century American history from Rutgers in 1984. Her professional experience encompasses positions in the Bureau of Research of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, the Chancellor’s Office of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, and the Office of the Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, before being recruited back to Rutgers in 1982. For the past thirty years her base of operations at Rutgers has been faculty and academic labor relations, in the context of which she negotiates and administers the labor agreements for Rutgers faculty, teaching assistants and graduate assistants, postdocs, and contingent faculty, as well as representing the university in any related litigation. She also practices crisis avoidance for the university on a daily basis. Dr. Stubaus also teaches whenever she is able in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of American Studies.