Faculty Highlights



Jerome Rose Teaching Excellence Awards Presented for 2009
The Jerome Rose Teaching Excellence awards for 2009 were presented to Professor Meredeth Turshen (Faculty), Andrew Davis (Part-time Lecturer) and Stephan Mend (Teaching Assistant.)

Meredeth Turshen
Meredeth Turshen

Professor Turshen was cited for being "consistently innovative in both the content and methods of teaching. She has a reputation as a 'demanding' teacher – one who elicits the best work of which a student is capable, but also as a helpful person who devotes time and attention to individual students." Professor Turshen, whose focus has been in public health, planning and public policy and women’s studies, has taught a wide variety of both graduate and undergraduate courses at Rutgers.

Davis is a vice president with Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC, and teaches courses once taught by Jerry Rose – Principles of Planning Law and Environmental Law. A frequent contributor to the New Jersey Law Journal, Davis has worked in the MCRP program for over a decade as an instructor.

The winner of the Teaching Assistant award, Mend, is relatively new to teaching, but was credited for teaching a difficult graduate course in Methods. Mend was cited for going "well beyond what is officially required in terms of availability in office hours, lab sessions and extra help for struggling students."


Rutgers Highlights 'Front Line' Work of Julia Sass Rubin, Kathe Newman in Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis

The work of Assistant Professors Julia Sass Rubin and Kathe Newman in helping New Jersey urban areas and displaced homeowners address the mortgage foreclosure crisis was bannered atop the Rutgers University website in November. To learn more, read "Drawn To The Foreclosure Crisis, Two Professors Work for Solutions" from Rutgers Focus.


Clint Andrews Testfies Before Congress on Climate Change

Clinton J. Andrews
Clinton Andrews

Professor Clinton J. Andrews testified before the Senate Banking Committee in Washington last July on the contribution public transit can make in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Andrews was part of a distinguished panel assembled by the Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development to comment on “Public Transportation: A Core Climate Solution.”  Climate change legislation has been a key priority in Congress with a bill already voted out of the House.


Andrews said transit has a role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, that future transit projects must be tailored to meet local conditions and unmet demand, and that support for transit is merited for reasons beyond its environmental benefits.


Andrews said research he conducted in New Jersey in 2008 found that  GHG emissions produced by residents of towns with commuter rail service was 10 to 15 percent lower than for residents of towns without transit service. His research also found even deeper per capita GHG reductions in densely populated communities versus more sparsely settled communities.


To view the full testimony, visit the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs.



Professor William M. Rodgers III helped advise the incoming Obama administration's transition team on labor issues, and appeared as an expert panelist on NBC's Meet the Press and CNBC's Squawk Box. The chief economist with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rodgers advised the incoming labor secretary during the transition on how the stressed economy was impacting workers. He also conducted internal and external reviews of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor where Rodgers served as chief economist from 2000 to 2001. Rodgers commented on President Obama’s trip to Europe during his appearance on Meet the Press.


Associate Research Professor Stuart Meck has been hired by Willingboro, Edison and Montclair to prepare Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) applications for federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.