FIT Welcomes Three New Faculty Members at Fall 2017 Convocation

FIT welcomes the three new full-time classroom and non-classroom faculty members who have joined the community this year.

William Reinisch joins the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology’s Department of Entrepreneurship. For the past two years, Reinisch has served as the acting chair of Entrepreneurship, and prior to that, was an adjunct faculty member in the program. His academic experience includes teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Columbia University, New York University, CUNY Baruch College, Fordham University, and Stevens Institute of Technology, as well as in corporate education and alternative programs. He also brings career experience as a venture capitalist, mentor and speaker in the startup community. Reinisch has served in executive positions at Motorola, Inc., and is a partner in the New York office for Paladin Capital, a venture capital firm. He is also president and CEO of his own consulting/advisory firm. He holds an MBA from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Marjorie Silverman as is now the official department chair of Internship Studies. Silverman has been the acting chair of Internship Studies since 2015, and has been with FIT for nearly two decades, serving as adjunct associate professor teaching career exploration and senior career planning courses focused on students’ transition from school to work. Her corporate background includes working in executive positions at Marshall Consultants and for the global newswire organization Marketwired. Prior to her senior level positions, Silverman worked in corporate services at the American Stock Exchange and in marketing for the U.S. Navy Motion Picture Service. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University.

FIT’s newest member of the non-classroom faculty, Maria Rothenberg, is the new Instructional Services and Assessment Librarian in the library. Rothenberg has been with the Gladys Marcus Library in varying roles for more than 15 years, and most recently, in an adjunct capacity as a reference librarian in Research and Instructional Services. Prior to her position at the library, Rothenberg was a librarian at LIM College in New York, as well as an adjunct professor, teaching a variety of courses including race and identity, women’s studies, and research and analysis. Her work in her new position will include engagement with SUNY-wide and FIT assessment projects, as well as working with her library colleagues to develop innovative ideas and approaches to learning that incorporate analyses of assessment results and application of research and pedagogical trends. Rothenberg has two master’s degrees—one in library science and one in fine arts—both from Queens College.  She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

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