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Adelphi's 10th President is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team performance.

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Meet President Riordan

An internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion and team performance.
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Message from the President

Our Faculty Have an Impact in Our Classrooms and Beyond

November 1, 2018

Adelphi’s faculty are endless champions of our students’ success—in class, across campus, while studying abroad or doing field work—they teach, demonstrate, mentor, lead, advise and support their students personally.

All true, but, this month, I want to share some extraordinary stories of other things our faculty do that also have great impact—in their communities, our region and the world.

Beyond the borders of Adelphi’s beautifully landscaped campus in Garden City, Professor of Biology James K. Dooley, Ph.D., has long been dedicated to environmental conservation. You can read about how he’s now taking a leadership role with the Sierra Club and stepping up his fight for the environment of Long Island, New York.

The work of Adjunct Communications Professor Mehdi Salehi is especially poignant, as he once paddled through the sea on a small, inflatable boat to reach the shores of Greece, and he now works with drone technology to monitor the treacherous journeys of present-day refugees—to help ensure they also land safely.

Stavroula Kyriakakis, Ph.D., associate professor in our School of Social Work, continues her powerful research on gender-based violence and how it might apply everywhere.

The work of Korede K. Adegoke, Ph.D., assistant professor in our College of Nursing and Public Health, is helping at-risk women in Nigeria.

Psychology Professor Jean Lau Chin, Ed.D., recently spent six months in Australia as a 2018 Fulbright Scholar researching how leaders of Aboriginal and indigenous tribes rely on the collective wisdom of their community to make decisions and how this might be applied by leaders on a global scale. I imagine her discoveries could inspire some future leaders who are studying at Adelphi right now.

Closer to home, our Viret Family Faculty Leadership Fellow Zachary Johnson, Ph.D., is taking the first steps to create an Innovation Center within our own outstanding Swirbul Library — so our students and faculty can work with nonprofits and businesses to drive new thinking and develop new products.

Finally, the lifesaving work of caregivers is captured in this month’s video about student Jessica Jacobs , who—inspired by Assistant Professor Marissa D. Abram ’08, Ph.D. ’17—found her true calling and switched her major to nursing.

I’m so proud to share some of the many ways our faculty make a difference—for our students, our Adelphi community and all across the world stage.

All the best,

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Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

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