Faculty and Staff

Dr. Steven LoCascio

Dr. Steven LoCascio is the Director for the Educational Leadership at the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. Dr. Locascio has worked as a teacher and administrator in both regular and special education settings. Most recently, Dr. LoCascio worked for  New Jersey City University (NJCU). At NJCU, Dr. LoCascio served as an administrator at the A. Harry Moore School which is the university laboratory school. In addition, Dr. LoCascio served as a professional staff member in the department of Educational Leadership for 14 years.

Dr. LoCascio has published in the area of teacher mentoring and has presented at the New  England Research Organization conference (NEERO), concerning doctoral attrition, and at the Transformative Researchers and Educators for Democracy Conference (TRED), concerning assessment of low-incidence disabilities.  Recently, Dr. LoCascio presented  at The New Jersey Association of School librarians (NJASL) concerning reading strategies for the disabled.

Dr. LoCascio received his BA from East Stroudsburg University in Political Science and an MA from Saint Peter’s University in Educational Leadership and Teaching.  Dr. LoCascio has an additional MA from New Jersey City University in Special Education and has an Ed.D from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Leadership Studies.  

In his spare time Dr. LoCascio is a certified soccer coach and coaches his children’s teams.  In addition, Dr. LoCascio volunteers for the Special Olympics and is a school board member in his community.  

Areas of expertise:  Special Education and Educational Leadership

Dr. LoCascio can be reached at 908-737-5977 or locascst@kean.edu


Efthimia (Effie) Christie, Ed.D., Seton Hall University

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Dr. Christie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.A. and Ed.D. from Seton Hall University in Administration and Supervision and is currently an assistant professor. She has held numerous positions in the public sector as high school teacher, principal, supervisor of bilingual/ESL, director of funded programs, associate/assistant superintendent and superintendent. She was the first female superintendent in two districts sparking her research interest in women and the superintendency. She was the coordinator of the urban initiative with the NJ State Department of Education where she worked with the state’s Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners in programs advocating for urban students/schools. She also served as academic dean of a two-year proprietary college. At Passaic County Community College she was the coordinator of the early childhood and teacher education program. Dr. Christie also has developed and taught doctoral level courses for online universities. She has published articles education administration, the transition from practitioner to professor and encyclopedia entries on educational reform.

Areas of expertise: teacher effectiveness, curriculum design and implementation, gender equity, bilingual education, special education, early childhood education, urban education, organizational theory and change, the superintendency: gender/race, social justice.

Dr. Christie can be reached at echristi@kean.edu

Hassan Elannani, Ph.D., Illinois State University

Dr. Hassan Elannani earned his Master’s in Educational Administration from Jackson State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Illinois State University. He worked as a teacher and principal in public and private schools in Illinois, North Carolina, and New Jersey. Dr. Elannani taught at Illinois State University and Zayed University in Dubai where he also worked as a school inspector with Dubai Government.

Dr. Elannani has published articles on Muslim schools in the United States and professional development in the United Arab Emirates. He presented at the 3rd International Conference of Education, Comparative and International Education Society, The American Institute for Maghreb Studies at Harvard University, Illinois State University Leadership and Diversity Conference, and Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Elannani has been active in non-profit organizations for 25 years. He is currently the President of North American Foundation of Islamic Services.

Areas of expertise:  Educational leadership, international and comparative education, Muslim schools, and professional development.

Dr. Elannani can be reached at 908-737-5973 or helannan@kean.edu

Rafael Inoa, Ph.D., Seton Hall University

Dr. Rafael Inoa earned his Ph.D. in Educational Research and Program Evaluation and was the recipient of the Center for College Readiness Outstanding Dissertation Award. Dr. Inoa has an extensive background in research both as an instructor and analyst. He has taught directed research to various cohorts of teaching professionals and has been both lead researcher and assistant to senior researchers at various schools districts across New Jersey and New York. His experience extends to both quantitative and qualitative research methods, with a strong background in qualitative research and analysis.

Areas of Expertise: qualitative research analysis, parental involvement dynamics, social and cultural capital, 1st generation students, curriculum integration.

Dr. Inoa can be reached at rafaeli@kean.edu


Soundaram Ramaswami,  Ph.D. Rutgers University

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Dr. Ramaswami, an assistant professor, earned her Ph.D from Rutgers University in 1990.  Her major areas of interest are Assessment and Evaluation, Quantitative research methodologies, statistics, and Educational Leadership and Policy.  Prior to joining Kean, she was head of the testing and evaluation units in the Newark and Plainfield school districts, and the National Assessment coordinator and Regional Director of Imagine schools.  She has participated on many state advisory committees and panels. She currently teaches Research methodology and Statistics courses for Doctoral and Masters Students and advises doctoral students on their dissertation.  She has published in national and international journals. She consults with public schools conducting workshops for teachers and administrators on Data Driven Instruction.

Areas of Expertise: quantitative analysis, student assessment and achievement, educational leadership, data-driven instruction, program evaluation.

Dr. Ramaswami can be reached at sramaswa@kean.edu 

Wanda Gonzalez, B.A., Kean University

Ms. Wanda Gonzalez is the administrator for the Department of Educational Leadership.  Ms. Gonzalez has been with Kean University since 2007 and earned her B.A. from the university.

Ms. Gonzalez can be reached at gonzalwa@kean.edu.