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SASN Welcomes New Faculty for the 2022–2023 Academic Year (Part 3)

Each academic year the School of Arts and Sciences Newark welcomes new faculty to our family from across the liberal arts disciplines. This year’s group is diverse, spanning the social sciences, humanities, arts and physical sciences. Below, in Part 3 of our series, we profile some of the professors making their SASN debut during the fall semester.

Anica Bowe | Urban Education

Anica Bowe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Education. A cross-cultural educational psychologist, her research interests are in the psycho-social adaptation of immigrant youth in settler societies, urban youth voice, monitoring and evaluation of K-12 systems within the Caribbean, and the creation of culturally sensitive tools. Bowe is a native of the Bahamas and has taught within the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands K-12 systems. She has an ongoing relationship with Caribbean Ministries of Education and partners with them to advance their educational goals.  

Anica BoweBowe completed her B.S. in Biology and Neuroscience and certification for teaching Secondary Life Science at Macalester College in St Paul, Minn. She obtained her M.Ed. degree in Curriculum & Instruction for Secondary Science Education and her Ph.D. in Education Psychology, with a focus in Quantitative Methods in Education, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Prior to her appointment at RU-N, Bowe was on the faculty at Oakland University in Rochester Mich., where she taught undergrad and graduate courses in Educational Psychology, Adolescent Development, Science Methods, Teacher Leadership, and advanced Research Methods. She is a recipient of the 2018 Oakland University Faculty Research Grant and the Oakland University 2020 Founder’s Day SEHS Faculty Research Award. At RU-N she’s teaching courses in Secondary Science Methods and K-12 Evaluation and Assessment.

"Being at RU-N is refreshing. It means working with colleagues who intentionally center the voices of the city in what we do. It means love, equity and social justice are at the heart of our work,” said Bowe. As faculty within the Department of Urban Education, it means I work for schools and families, not on schools and families. I look forward to making meaningful connections with first-generation communities to learn and implement ways in which my work at the university supports their well-being."    

Drew Headley | Neuroscience 

Drew B. Headley will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN) at RU-N. He got his B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, receiving the James E. Bradler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Subsequently, he did his doctoral work at the University of CaliforniaIrvine, where he received the James L. McGaugh Award for Excellence of Graduate Research. Since then, he has been a postdoctoral and research associate at the CMBN in the laboratory of Denis Paré. 

Drew HeadleyHe has already received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the rhythmic coordination of neurons in motor cortex. These rhythms are disrupted by disease and aging, but their effects on low-level neural circuits remains unclear. This basic research will advance new therapies to improve motor function. 

He has taught undergraduate and graduate lectures and lab courses in neuroscience and scientific writing. Given his expertise in data analytics for neuroscience, he will teach courses in the Data Science program at RU-N. 

“I am excited to continue my scientific journey here at RU-N. The diversity and intellectual curiosity of this community is invigorating. Hopefully my laboratory and teaching will provide a launch pad for students pursuing careers in biomedical sciences and data analysis.” 

Naomi Extra | English

Naomi Extra is a Lecturer in the Department of English who received her Ph.D. in American Studies at Rutgers UniversityNewark. In both her creative and scholarly work, she explores the themes of pleasure and agency in the lives of Black women and girls. Her dissertation, "Sex-Positive Black Feminism: A Literary Tradition, 1967-1988," is an interdisciplinary project that explores the work of three non-canonical Black queer writers whose writing about sex and sexuality changes the way we understand feminist, LGBTQ and literary history in the United States. 

Naomi ExtraExtra was a 2021-22 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Knowledge and Social Justice at RutgersNew Brunswick. She has been awarded fellowships by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cave Canem, Crescendo Literary, and the African American Intellectual History Society. Her writing and comics have appeared in places like Boston Review, Zora, Glamour, Lit Hub, The Lily, The New Yorker and elsewhere. Her poetry manuscript, Ratchet Supreme, was selected by poet Tiana Clark as the winner of the 2019 BOAAT Chapbook Prize. In 2021, Essence magazine described her as "the comical, culturally sensitive feminist scholar we wish we were taught in freshmen lit." Extra is teaching two courses at RU-N: Introduction to Jazz Poetry and the Literature of Social Protest. 

"I have such a fondness for the city of Newark. It feels great to be back teaching and being able to give back to my alma mater,” said Extra. This year I'm looking forward to building new and exciting collaborations and continuing the work of centering marginalized voices in Newark and beyond."