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John Kraybill-Greggo, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.S.W., A.C.S.W. (jkgreggo@esu.edu)
Professor of Social Work, Department Chair, Director of BSSW Program
B.S.W., 1984, Mansfield University
M.S.W.,1986, Marywood College
Ph.D., 2004, Rutgers University

Dr. John Kraybill-Greggo began teaching at ESU in 2004. His teaching areas include Foundations of Social Work Practice; Social Work Practice and Skills I & II; Social Work Field Education; Social Work with Groups; and Social Welfare Policy, all of which are required courses for social work majors.

He has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers for over 30 years during which time he has worked in a variety of behavioral health, medical social work, and university settings. His past agency-based social work roles have included practitioner, supervisor and agency administrator. His current primary research interests are related to the nonprofit sector, community needs assessment, and poverty. He has frequently collaborated with department and university colleagues on research projects in these areas.

Laurene Clossey, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W. (lclossey@esu.edu)
Associate Professor of Social Work
B.S.W., 1985, Western Connecticut State University
M.S.W., 1988, Columbia University
Ph.D., 2004, Bryn Mawr College

Dr. Laurene Clossey began teaching at ESU in 2007. She has taught: Introduction to Social Work, Marriage and Family, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Helping Philosophies, Child Welfare, Contemporary Social Work Practice, Introduction to Social Welfare Policy, and Social Work with Communities and Organizations.

She has worked in the field of mental health since first receiving her bachelor’s degree. Her research interests focus on the Mental Health Recovery Model, effective Recovery Model implementation and programming, and also studying evidence based mental health practices. She enjoys sharing her interest in this field with students and trying to engage students in understanding the coercive care endured by mental health consumers. Through research and teaching in this area, she hopes to contribute to decreasing stigma against the mentally ill.

She also practices in addition to her full time teaching and research at ESU. She is active in her field and brings current knowledge to the classroom. Her private practice integrates spirituality into clinical social work practice.

Barbara Collins, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., BCD (bcollins@esu.edu)
Professor Emeritus of Social Work
B.A., Kutztown University
M.S.W., Rutgers University
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Marianne Cutler, Ph.D. (mcutler@esu.edu)
Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., 1985, Boston University, Psychology
M.Ed., 1990, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Social Justice Education/Organizational Development
M.A., 1998, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sociology
Ph.D., 2003, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sociology

Teaching Interests: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Religion, Theory
Research Interests: Social Inequality, Jewish American life and culture, Lesbian mothers, Social Movements, the intersection of collective and individual identity. Her Ph.D. dissertation title is Constructing Jewish Identity in a Southern Community, and Master thesis title is Penetrating Discourse: Gender and the Rhetoric of Legitimation in The Ladder Magazine for Lesbians.
Personal Interests: Travel anywhere and everywhere she can! Also seriously into listening to alternative music, reading novels, and trying to figure out how to play the drums.

Darla Darno, Ph.D. (ddarno@esu.edu)
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A., 2007, Youngstown State University, Psychology, minor in Criminal Behavior
M.A., 2008, Marymount University, Forensic Psychology
Ph.D., 2015, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Darla Darno began teaching at ESU in 2015. Her teaching interests include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, and Senior Seminar. Her research interests include deviance/crime on college campuses, parenting and delinquency, fear of victimization, and theory testing. She has published and presented work on theory testing, crime on college campuses, issues within the criminal justice system, and rehabilitation techniques, among other topics.

Her doctoral dissertation was a test of General Strain Theory with first semester freshmen students at two universities, a residential campus and a commuter campus. This research examined the levels of strain that students experienced and how they chose to cope with those strains (i.e. pro-socially or through substance abuse/academic dishonesty).

Michelle D. DiLauro, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W. (mdilauro1@esu.edu)
Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work Field Education
B.A., 1991, Rutgers College, English; minor in Economics
M.S.W., 1995, Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service (Administration and Clinical Practice)
Ph.D., 2001, Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service (Mental Health)

Teaching Interests: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work Practice and Skills, Medical Social Work Interventions, Field Supervision

Research Interests: Holistic Healthcare Practices, Stress Management, Spirituality and Social Work

Chin Hu, Ph.D. (chu@esu.edu)
Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., 1990, National Taiwan University, Sociology
M.A., 1997, Syracuse University, Sociology
M.S., 1998, Syracuse University, Applied Statistics
Ph.D., 1999, Syracuse University, Sociology

Dr. Chin Hu began teaching at ESU in 2006. Her teaching interests include Globalization, Comparison of Societies, Race and Cultural Minorities and Chinese Culture and Society. She is trained as a quantitative researcher and has taught the core requirement courses in Quantitative Analysis and Research Methods for all three major programs in the department.

Her research interests focus on immigrant society and global education. Collaborating with colleagues in the department, she has published and presented work on Muslim immigrants living in the tristate area, global education curriculum in higher education and community needs assessment research. Her doctoral dissertation examined third-wave democratization process in new democracies, with as focus on Taiwan.

Carrie Maloney, Ph.D. (cmaloney5@esu.edu)
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Director of Criminal Justice Program
B.A., 2001, Pennsylvania State University, Administration of Justice
B.A., 2001, Pennsylvania State University, Sociology
M.A., 2005, Rutgers University, Criminal Justice
Ph.D., 2013, Rutgers University, Criminal Justice

Dr. Carrie Maloney has worked for several criminal and juvenile justice agencies, primary among them the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. Her primary area of research and expertise is risk-assessment and classification injuvenile justice. Much of her work focuses on accountability of justice system practitioners, as well as the identification of best practices in the implementation of evidence-based practice in juvenile justice settings. She maintains an ongoing collaborative relationship with the PA Juvenile Court Judges Commission, the PA Juvenile Justice Research and Training Center, as well as the PA Juvenile Probation Chief's Association in their efforts to implement evidence-based juvenile justice system reform across the state.

She has taught a variety of courses here at ESU, including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Ethics, Criminology, Research Methods, and the senior seminar course - covering topics such as the Sociology of Gangs and Capital Punishment.

Ray Muller, Ph.D. (rmuller@esu.edu)
Professor of Sociology
B.A., 1980, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Sociology
M.A., 1984, Boston College, Sociology
Ph.D., 1997, Boston College, Sociology

Dr. Ray Muller has taught sociology at ESU since 2002. His teaching interests include Sociological Theory, Sociology of Diversity, Religion, Social Problems, and Critical Criminology. He regularly teaches Sociology Inquiry and Social Problems both of which are required courses for sociology majors.

His research interests focus is on SocTL (the Sociology of teaching and learning), the sociology of diversity, as well as topics dealing with race and ethnicity (especially ‘whiteness’). Working “solo” and with colleagues in the department, he has published and presented work on the sociology of (higher) education and diversity. Earlier collaborative research included an empirical study of ex-urbanization in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. His doctoral dissertation entitled “Manufacturing Whiteness” offers a qualitative content analysis of the representation of women and ethnic others in contemporary fashion magazine advertising.

Honorable Michael R. Muth, J.D. (mmuth@esu.edu)
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
BGS cum laude, 1972, Ohio University Honors College
Juris Doctor, 1975, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Judge Muth began practice as an attorney in Monroe County in 1975. He was a partner in the law firm of Muth, Zulick and Worthington. In addition he was the Chief Public Defender for Monroe County for 25 years. He was elected a judge in 2005 and re-elected in 2012. In addition to his work as an attorney and judge, he has taught part time at ESU for nearly 20 years.

He has been a regular lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual Criminal Law Symposium for over 25 years. In addition to lecturing on criminal law, he gives lectures to area high school students on the role of aviation in World War One.

He is the Editor of the Monroe Legal Reporter. He coaches junior high girls basketball at Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School. He is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the League of World War One Aviation Historians.

Hooshang Pazaki, Ph.D. (shpazaki@esu.edu)
Professor of Sociology
B.S., University of Esfahan, Business Administration; minor in Statistics
M.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, Community Development (International Development)
Ph.D., 1992, University of Missouri-Columbia, Sociology (Social Change and Development, Political Sociology)

Dr. S. Hooshang Pazaki began teaching at East Stroudsburg University in Fall of 2005. His main areas of teaching are Introduction to Cultural Diversity, Research Methods, Sociological Theory, Culture and Society in the Middle East, Race & Ethnicity and Social Problems. His research interests have focused on social change, political sociology, Muslim immigrants, cultural diversity in the United States and sociological pedagogies. His doctoral dissertation title is Debt Dependency and Its Impact on the State and Social Welfare in Developing Societies: A Cross-National Study. Dr. Pazaki regularly presents and publishes scholarly papers in these areas. During his tenure he has been actively involved in various university-wide initiatives.

Van A. Reidhead, Ph.D. (vreidhead@esu.edu)
Professor of Sociology
B.A. 1971, Brigham Young University, Mass Communication
M.A. 1974, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Anthropology
Ph.D. 1976, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Anthropology (Archaeology, Biological Anthropology)

Dr. Van A. Reidhead began teaching at ESU in 2015. He teaches classes in cultural, ethnic and racial diversity, family, and quantitative analysis. Before coming to ESU he taught courses ranging from introductory to advanced levels in archaeology, biological anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology, including: human origins, Native American cultures, anthropology of religion, cross-cultural communication, research methods, and theory.

He used quantitative and qualitative approaches to study prehistoric and contemporary Native American societies in North and South America. In mid-career he shifted his research focus to ethnography, spirituality, health, and aging. With his wife and fellow scholar, Mary Ann Reidhead, he has done ethnographic research in Catholic monasteries and worked with nuns and monks to develop a measure of spiritual integration (SI), which they used to study the effects of SI on health among seniors.

Instructors

Gerard LaSalle, Ph.D. (glasalle@esu.edu)
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Coordinator of Criminal Justice Internships
Ph.D., City University of New York

Hanif M. Bey, M.S.W. (hbey2@esu.edu)
Instructor of Social Work
B.A., 1989, St. John’s University, Sociology
M.S.W., 2009, Marywood University

Teaching Interests: Human Behavior & the Social Environment, Helping Philosophies & Methods for Social Workers, Child Welfare Services, Introduction to Social Welfare Policy, Crisis Intervention
Research Interests: Social & Economic Justice, Critical Discourse Analysis, Structural Racism & Oppression, Spirituality & Human Development. He is currently a Doctoral student in Social Work (D.S.W.) at Kutztown University/Millersville University.
Personal Interests: Cooking, Music, & Reading

Hope Horowitz, M.S.W., L.S.W. (htorowitz2@esu.edu)
Instructor of Social Work
B.A., 1977, Ithaca College, Sociology
M.S.W., 1982, University of Michigan, Community Organization

Teaching Interests: Social Work practice courses, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Field Supervision
Research Interests: Social justice issues, global travel, faculty development
Personal Interests: Global travel and service projects

Lloyd L. Lyter, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.S.W. (llyter@esu.edu)
Instructor of Social Work
B.A., 1972, East Stroudsburg State College, Sociology and Political Science
M.P.A., 1980, Temple University
M.S.W., 1994, Marywood College
Ph.D., 1993, Rutgers University, Social Work

Dr. Lloyd L. Lyter is part-time instructor, BSSW Program, East Stroudsburg University and Professor of Social Work, Marywood University. His teaching interests include Social Work with Groups, Social Work History, and Psychopathology.

His research interests focus on Psychopathology and the DSM, as related to Social Work, and Racial Bias in Diagnosing Mental Disorders. His publications include articles and a book chapter with Dr. Sharon C. Lyter. He presents regularly in juried state, national, and international conferences in his areas of interest. He serves on the editorial review boards of several social work journals. His doctoral dissertation, Alcohol Abstinent Adolescents: How Some Kids “Just Say No!”, was a quantitative study of over 2000 New Jersey high school students.

Vertel Martin, M.S. (vmartin@esu.edu)
Instructor of Criminal Justice
A.S., 1982, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
B.S., 1989, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
M.S., 1996, New York Institute of Technology

Professor Vertel Martin retired from the New York City Police Department at the rank of Lieutenant-Commander Detective Squad in February 2002 after completing 22 years of law enforcement service, and last served as the Investigative Coordinator of the “9-11-01 NYPD Missing Persons Task Force.” She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. She also completed 45 post graduate credits at Columbia University’s Teachers College. In 2002, she began teaching part time at ESU, and has been the Co-Coordinator of Criminal Justice Program at Northampton Community College since 2006.

Her interests focus on teaching the next generation of security & criminal justice practitioners critical thinking & related applied skills in crime analysis, investigations, and police-community relations. She has published articles in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, and in the National Law Enforcement Encyclopedia.

Michael Pittaro, Ph.D. (mpittaro@esu.edu)
Instructor of Criminal Justice
B.S., 1989, Kutztown University, Criminal Justice
M.P.A., 2000, Kutztown University, Public Administration
Ph.D., 2016, Capella University, Criminal Justice (Public Safety)

Dr. Michael Pittaro began teaching at ESU in 2012. His research interests include Human Trafficking, Sexual Predators, Transformational Leadership, and Correctional Officer Stress. Before pursuing a career in higher education, he worked in Corrections Administration; has served as the Executive Director of an outpatient drug and alcohol facility, and as the Executive Director of a drug and alcohol prevention agency.

He has contributed to nearly 60 book and scholarly journal publications and serves on three International Editorial Advisory Boards, including the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Journal of Cyber Criminology, and Elsevier Publishing. He has also served for the past four years as a program committee member for the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology and as a federal peer reviewer for both the United States Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice. His doctoral dissertation examined the association between cyberbullying and criminal victimization, including suicide among adolescents in the United Sates.

Timothy D. Levonyan Radloff, Ph.D. (tradloff@esu.edu)
Instructor of Sociology
M.S., 1996, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Social Psychology and Race and Ethnic Relations
M.Ed., 2003, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Ph.D., 2004, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Social Psychology and Social Inequality

Teaching Interests: Social Problems, Social Psychology, Sociological Theory, Social Inequality, Political Sociology, and Cultural Diversity.
Research Interests: Causes and consequences of race, class, and gender inequalities; and assess student learning of controversial issues (e.g., structural inequalities and institutional discrimination) as well as identify solutions (e.g., progressive attitude change and social justice).

Richard A. Ruck Jr., M.S. (rruck@esu.edu)
Instructor of Criminal Justice
A.S., 1993, New Hampshire Technical Institute, Criminal Justice
B.S., 2001, Chadwick University, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice
M.S., 2007, California University of Pennsylvania, Homeland Security
M.S., 2013, California University of Pennsylvania, Criminal Justice

Teaching Interests: Community Policing/Partnerships and Problem Solving, Police Leadership, Recruitment, and Training, Intelligence/data driven law enforcement operations, Post 911 policing , Police function, role, and culture in a democratic society.
Research Interests: Police arrest decision-making/ Law enforcement in K-12 public schools/ Domestic violence responses by police/ Law enforcement in rural and tribal regions. Professor Richard Ruck is currently an ABD (Doctor of Education) at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Administration and Leadership Studies.

Michael Tavormina, Ph.D. (mtavormina@esu.edu)
Instructor of Social Work
B.A., Kutztown University
M.S.W., Marywood University
Ph.D., New York University