Richard Bernato, Ed.D.
Richard Bernato, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Department of
Administrative and Instructional Leadership, has, for the past 40
years, been a social studies teacher, curriculum coach, Dean,
Director, Principal and Assistant Superintendent for Educational
Services. Along the way, he has also been an Assistant Dean for a
School of Education, Associate and Adjunct Professor and consultant
in many districts and for the State Education Department. In
addition to his Ed.D., he also has B.A., M.S. and P.D. degrees. His
research interests range from school reform and improvement, to
strategic and shared planning, to curriculum development.
Xiaojun (June) Chen, Ph.D.
June Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Technology
in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, does research in
the following areas: 1) interdisciplinary team learning, 2)
technology integration in teacher preparation, 3) virtual
collaboration and international development of instructional
technology. She worked in various research projects including
undergraduate service learning in teams (NSF funded), instructional
design for K-12 subjects (private grants), and pre-service teachers
international online collaboration. Her work in research, teaching
and services has been recognized with institutional, national and
international awards. She earned an M.Ed. in Communications,
Education and Technology from the University of Manchester, UK, in
addition to her Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue
Randall Clemens, Ph.D.
Randall F. Clemens, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department
of Administrative and Instructional Leadership, received his
doctorate from the University of Southern California. He also holds
an M.S.Ed. in Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a
B.A. in English Literature from University of Maryland, College
Park. Prior to joining St. John's, he served as a researcher at the
Pullias Center for Higher Education. His research interests pertain
to the social and cultural contexts of urban education, the role of
qualitative research to inform public policy and innovative
qualitative methods including social media.
Lina Gilic, Ph.D.
Lina Gilic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education in
the Department of Human Services and Counseling, served as an
adjunct professor at Queens College, worked with several school
districts and families and has presented at international and local
conferences. Her research interests include Developmental
Disabilities, training and development, self-management and verbal
behavior. In addition to her Ph.D., she also holds B.S., M.S.,
M.Ed. and M.Phil. degrees.
Mary Theresa Kiely, Ph.D.
Mary Theresa Kiely, Ph.D., will be an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Human Services and Counseling. In addition to her
Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida, she
earned a B.A. in English and Journalism from Iona College, and an
M.A. from New York University in Modern British and American
Literature. Before coming to St. John's University, she joined the
faculty at the University of Florida after completing her doctoral
degree there. She coordinated a $2 million IES grant that supported
research on approaches to providing professional development to
teachers at four sites in three states. Her areas of expertise
include learning disabilities, especially in the areas of literacy
and language arts at the secondary level and teacher cognition,
with a focus on teacher beliefs and teacher learning.
Yin Lam Lee, Ph.D.
Yin Lam Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of TESOL in the
Department of Human Services and Counseling, has an M.A. in Applied
Linguistics, an M.A. in Computer-aided Translation and a B.A. in
Linguistics and Translation in addition to her Ph.D. in TESOL. She
includes in her research areas: Second Language Acquisition,
Language Socialization, Discourse Analysis and Video Ethnography.
Her calling is to help immigrant children and their families adapt
to the mainstream society.
Ranier Melucci, Ed.D.
Ranier Melucci, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Department of
Administrative and Instructional Leadership, has worked in the
public school setting for the past 40 years, including the last 13
years as a Superintendent of Schools, most recently in the Merrick
Public School District. Dr. Melucci is interested in research on
the current proposed changes in the NYS Principal and Teacher
evaluation systems. He earned his Ph.D. from Fordham
Michael K. Thomas, Ph.D.
Michael K. Thomas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Curriculum and Instruction, received his Ph.D. in Instructional
Systems Technology and Language Education from Indiana University
Bloomington. He has taught at the University of Oklahoma and the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include
international contexts of educational technology, the notion of
culture in the design of instruction and the use of video games and
virtual environments for learning.