The Academic Minute for 2021.11.08-2021.11.12


The Academic Minute from 11.08 – 11.12

Monday, November 8th
Allison Weidhaas Rider University
Red Zone: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses
Allison Weidhaas, PhD, is an associate professor and program director for the Communication masterā€™s programs at Rider University. Weidhaas studies gender and communication, including female business owners and gender-based violence. She has authored academic articles, book chapters, and a book on female business owners and is currently working on a book about womenā€™s sensemaking after drug-facilitated sexual assault. To learn more, you can visit

Tuesday, November 9th
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey – UMass Amherst
Can We Become an Equal Opportunity Society?
Tomaskovic-DeveyĀ studies workplace inequalities in multiple forms. His research utilizes large scale data on workplace employment diversity and discrimination charge processing from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has also worked as an expert witness in employment discrimination complaints, has testified before the U.S. Equal Employment Commission and the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and advised the Biden/Harris transition team on employment discriminationĀ enforcement.

Wednesday, November 10th
Mahtab Jafari – University of California Irvine
Student Stress and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Over the past 25 years, as an educator and scientist, Dr. Mahtab Jafariā€™s goal has been to inspire her students, family, friends and my community to live healthy lives. Jafari truly believes that scientific work should not stop in the lab and only appear in scientific publications. As a scientist and a professor in the largest public university system in the world, University of California, Jafari feels responsible to share the facts and to separate them from the hype.

Thursday, November 11th
Jason Warner – United States Military Academy
Africa: The New Epicenter of Global Terrorism
Dr. Jason Warner is an Assistant Professor at theĀ U.S. Military Academy (West Point)Ā where he also serves as the lead of Africa research in theĀ Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). He is also a Term Member at theĀ Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as an Adjunct Professor atĀ American Universityā€™s School of Public Affairs. He is a specialist in African terrorism and security affairs, and African international relations and foreign policy. His current research focuses on the emergence and spread of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda on the African continent; the tactics of violence that these groups use; and how non-African international states engage the continent, especially in security affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from Harvard University.

Friday, November 12th
Anthony Scardillo – Mount Saint Mary College
Preparing Today’s College Students for the Real World
Professor Anthony Scardillo is an award-winning advertising, marketing and business professional with over 30 yearsā€™ experience in international, national, regional, state and local advertising, marketing and sales. He completed his Doctor of Management degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in 2017 and has been teaching at Mount Saint Mary College since that fall. His research focuses on improving the workplace environment by creating fun and engaging cultures for employees. You will often hear him lament ā€œAre We Having Fun Yet!?ā€

Scardillo, is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Academy of Management. He has also served as President of the Albany Ad Club, Inc., a 400-member association of advertising and marketing professionals in the Capital Region. He is married and has two grown daughters. In his spare time, Scardillo likes to tinker with his 1966 Volkswagen Beetle.