Assistant Professor of Business
Phone: ext. 2282
Email: russellm@centenaryuniversity.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • Ph.D., Comparative and International Education, Lehigh University (ABD, expected 2017)
  • M.Ed., Comparative and International Education, Lehigh University
  • M.S., Resource and Applied Economics, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Licensure, Secondary Social Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • B.B.A., Economics and Finance, McKendree University

Biography

I joined Centenary’s business department as a full-time faculty member in 2015 after spending three years in the education department as a visiting professor. My teaching is focused on accounting and economics courses, with a goal of making both subjects more approachable to students through the use of games and simulations. I serve as an advisor for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program run in collaboration with the United Way in Hackettstown, and as a mentor in the Presidential Scholars program. I am also the faculty liaison for a recruiting and tutoring partnership between Centenary University and Lake and Peninsula School District in southwestern Alaska.

Although I am originally from Illinois, I grew up nearby and graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. I then attended McKendree University in southern Illinois, where I majored in economics and finance. After college, I moved to Alaska where I attended graduate school and worked in a rural fishing village as the head teacher and a secondary generalist. In that position, I taught social studies, math, science, and technology to students aged nine to twenty.

In 2014, I was elected co-chair of the Comparative and International Education Society’s environmental and sustainability education special interest group. Since 2009, I have worked with Caring for Cambodia to improve post-K12 outcomes for students in Siem Reap, Cambodia. As part of my work in Cambodia, I have presented on teacher attitudes and on education for social-ecological resilience. I am increasingly interested in digital pedagogy, school finance, and data visualization.

I am a member of the Comparative and International Education Society, the Institute for Management Accountants, and the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability.

Research

My dissertation is focused on how the emerging academic field of sustainability studies is defining itself. I am using discourse analysis and network analysis to compare sustainable studies, environmental studies, and development economics undergraduate programs at institutions in the United States. I am also working on a project with Drs. Iveta Silova and Peggy Kong studying supplementary education (private tutoring) as a global phenomenon.

Publications

Szmodis, W., Russell, M., & Bodzin, A. M. (2015). Using Local Contexts for Learning: The Caring for Cambodia Approach. In Educating Science Teachers for Sustainability (pp. 363-379). Springer International Publishing.

Presentations

Old tribes in a new territory: Comparing sustainable studies bachelor’s degree programs. Presented at the 60th annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in Vancouver, B.C. on March 7, 2016.

The changing “shadow”: Analysis of publications on private supplementary education. Presented at the 59th annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2015.

Think global, implement local: The integration of environmental education in educational systems worldwide. Presented (with Oren Pizmoney-Levy) at the 59th annual CIES meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2015.

Constructing the “shadow”: Conceptualizing private tutoring and mainstream schooling in academic research. Presented at the 58th annual CIES meeting in Toronto, ON on March 12, 2014.

Moving beyond maintenance: Resilience education and the sustainable development framework in rural Cambodia (March 12, 2013). Presented (with Whitney Szmodis) at the Education for Sustainable Development Special Interest Group highlighted session at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Child-Friendly Schooling in Cambodia: Do teacher beliefs and attitudes matter? (March 11, 2013).
Presented (with Sothy Eng) at the 57th annual CIES meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A social-ecological resilience-based approach to thinking about “life-skills” in Caring for Cambodia schools (May 4, 2011). Presented at the 55th annual CIES meeting in Montreal, QC.