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Lia Leon Margolin, Ph.D., M.S.

My name is Dr. Lia Margolin. I am University Research Methodologist Faculty and Dissertation chair. I was born and raised in Georgia, a small but beautiful country located amidst the Caucasus Mountains, on the southeastern shores of the Black Sea. I commenced my career in scientific research while an undergraduate student at Tbilisi State University, Georgia. I was privileged to work with the prominent scientist, Dr. Revaz Jibuti, one of the founders of the European school of nuclear physics. I received my Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and Computational Mathematics in 1994 and, three years later, I was awarded a J.Soros International Science Education Foundation Grant in recognition of my accomplishments in theoretical nuclear physics. In 2000, I was invited to Rice University, Houston, TX as a Visiting Scientist. While it was a wonderful experience, I have always known that, first and foremost, I am, at heart, a teacher. So, in 2002, I joined Career Education Corporation (CEC) as a Professor of Mathematics. I had the distinct honor of winning a prestigious international award: "CEC's Educator of The Year 2005." I was chosen from 20,000 faculty members among CEC's 86 campuses worldwide. I joined the UoP Jersey City Campus in 2004 as a lead faculty and Area Chair of Mathematics and Sciences. I was honored to receive the University of Phoenix Distinguished Teaching Award during 2008 Graduation ceremony. In 2010, I received a special recognition for outstanding teaching in science and mathematics. In summer 2013 and 2014, I received Certificates of Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching Innovation. I was invited to join the faculty of the School of Advanced Studies in 2008. I have been facilitating Quantitative Research group study courses as well as conducting Year 1 and Year 2 Doctoral Residencies since 2006. In 2017 I was invited to serve as a University Research Methodologist and conduct doctoral dissertation quality reviews, I chair Doctoral dissertation committees and lead faculty collaborative research project. I conduct online dissertation group study courses, and ground monthly workshops in Dissertation Data Analysis for doctoral students. I am employed as a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC). Teaching mathematics at any levels is my passion. I do maintain an active research agenda in mathematics education, curriculum development, theoretical nuclear physics, and applied mathematics. In February, 2019 I was invited by the International Research Conference Scientific and Technical Committee to serve on Editorial Review Board on Nuclear and Quantum Engineering. I am invited to present my research at MENU2019 International Conference on Meson-Nucleon Physics and the Structure of the Nucleon held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA in June 2019 and at ICNP2020 International Conference in Nuclear Physics held in New York NY in 2020. I received a Diplomate in Mathematical Physics from the Institute of Cybernetics of Georgian Academy of Sciences for my research achievements in 2007. I was awarded a Senior Faculty Fellowship Leave from the MMC in Spring, 2015 to continue my research fellowship at the Institute of Cybernetics and participate in the joint international research project in Theoretical Optics. I have authored and published more than 18 articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous international and national peer reviewed conferences. I received five grants in education and curriculum development in 2012- 2017. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, water activities, playing piano, watching movies and playing chess with my son.

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School of Advanced Studies