Dr. Kamal Khan is the Director of the Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS)—an academic support unit within the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus—as well as an Associate Professor for the Department of Africana Studies and the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University. For over 30 years, Dr. Khan has dedicated his professional career to undergraduate instruction and academic development in efforts to increase and retain the number of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students at Rutgers who pursue majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Since Dr. Khan’s arrival at Rutgers, he has worked tirelessly to expand the university’s graduate pool of professionals and strengthen the country’s workforce by increasing the number of physicians, nurses, dentists, engineers, and mathematicians serving and diversifying the field.
Dr. Kamal Khan brings to his position a professional degree in medicine. His excellence as an administrator is based in his dedication to student advancement in the sciences and his commitment to demonstrate the effectiveness of support programs for underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students. Dr. Khan believes that, “in order to motivate a student you need to build a rapport with the student that consists of trust, relationship and confidence.” A Rutgers alumnus himself, he is known for his “tough love” for the students, which is exactly the kind of attitude that encourages students to go on to professional health education.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-7532
Jonathan has received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University—New Brunswick and he is currently in his dissertation phase of his Ed. D. program where he is studying the effects of Supplemental Instruction on First Year General Chemistry students. Jonathan is a diligent, proactive, and versatile higher education professional with over a decade of experience in management and student counseling. He is an effective, results oriented leader with a proven track record of effectuating grade productivity and graduation efficiency. Jonathan is a strategic planner with an acute acumen for analyzing complex academic scenarios and increasing operational and organizational efficiency to promote academic achievement. His areas of expertise are in leadership, student rapport, pedagogical theory, and administrative oversight. Jonathan is interested in learning to understand and use theories and research methods to meet the challenges of practice, particularly those related to equity and social justice in education.
Jonathan and his wife Sarah, reside in Morristown, New Jersey with their beagle, Bailey. Jonathan is a faithful contributor to the Beagle Freedom Project (http://bfp.org/), as well as Animal Rescue, Media & Education foundation (http://armeteam.org/)
Office Phone Number: 848-445-1548
Senior Program Manager
Jessica Owens is the Senior Program Manager within the Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS). She has over a decade of experience teaching, supervising, and mentoring students while delivering learning science-based, high impact practices for diverse students in STEM. Jessica has a master’s degree in higher education with a concentration in teaching and is passionate about teaching and learning—particularly about empowering students to take ownership of their own learning. Jessica loves working with students, learning about what inspires them, equipping them to convert their raw passion into applicable skills, and creating a community of practice for student learning and teaching.
She has had the privilege to spend 9 years overseeing Supplemental Instruction (SI) and collaborative study groups and has found great joy in seeing her student employees successfully empowering their students to become independent learners. Jessica has been invited to conducted SI training overseas, she has presented nationally on self-directed learning in SI, she was requested to be the guest speaker for a student employee appreciation event, and she has collaborated on studies into the efficacy of SI as well as the learning gains and experiences of SI leaders. Jessica is intrigued with the challenges and opportunities arising from the transformation occurring within higher education and looks forward to finding new ways to empower and equip students to become independent learners and achieve their goals while creating an environment for them to impact one another by sharing their passions through collaborative learning.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-9515
Developmental Specialist for Biology & Math
Karolline Costa received her Master’s of Education at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and her Bachelor’s from Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, where she double majored in Political Science and History.
Throughout her academic and professional career, Karolline has held a variety of teaching roles. As a Barbara Voorhees Douglass College Mentor and Teaching Assistant, she was tasked with co-teaching Douglass Residential College’s key first year course, “Issues in Women’s Leadership.” Later as a Rutgers University Student Services in Transition Seminar Instructor, Karolline oversaw the process of helping transfer students connect to RU and encouraged their self-assessment skills to facilitate successful academic performance and address their developmental needs during the first term.
For years, Karolline worked in an international medical company, that focused on bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, to coordinate in-services for doctors and hospital staff all over the world.
Previously, Karolline has been a part of the ODASIS team as Administrative Assistant. Now joining the ODASIS team as the Biology/Math Developmental Specialist, Karolline is eager and ready to assist students in her new role!
Office Phone Number: 848-445-5668
Developmental Specialist for High School Programs
A little bit about Marilyn. She is a recent graduate of Rutgers University—New Brunswick, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, with concentrations in Physical Metallurgy and Packaging Materials.
Although her academic and professional career is mainly STEM-focused, Marilyn has always enjoyed working with students as a mentor and teacher and has held multiple roles in these capacities, including tutoring for the Livingston Writing Center. She tutored not only undergraduates but also New Brunswick School district high school students enrolled in the AVID, BTE, and Saturday Scholars programs.
Later, she advised FHI 360’s National Institute for Work & Learning (NIWL) to advance Johnson & Johnson’s Bridge to Employment (BTE) program, including student learning, engagement, and retention on a global scale. Marilyn served on the BTE Global Youth Leadership Council and has experience designing and implementing youth engagement events, developing promotional materials, and providing instructional support and translation for multiple organizations.
She enjoys spending quality time with family, crocheting, and writing during her free time.
Marilyn believes in the importance of sharing stories to gain new perspectives and subsequently inspire and encourage others who may find themselves in similar circumstances. She is committed to supporting New Brunswick youth enrolled in the ODASIS programs throughout their academic journeys.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-9514
Kristine Jayme graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Miriam College in the Philippines. She is currently working on her Master of Science degree in Digital Marketing at Rutgers Business School.
She has a diversified work experience in program coordination, administrative support, calendar management, event planning and coordination with the ability to adapt to different projects. Her previous position at Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies had honed her skills and knowledge in program and event coordination, while helping unemployed students obtain training to return to the workforce.
Kristine enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and discovering new places. She also loves to read, watch movies, and is into photography. She loves learning new things and believes that learning does not stop with age.
Kristine is excited to be part of ODASIS. She is looking forward in helping the program succeed with its goals and initiatives to help the ODASIS students reach their goals and dreams. She believes that the success of students is the success of ODASIS.
Office Phone Number: 848-445-9515
Jessica Smith is a Rutgers University, New Brunswick Alumni, graduating with a Bachelors in History. She would go on to attend Rowan University and receive her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration.
She worked at the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Event Coordinator and then worked at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as an Admissions Engagements Assistant where she aided students from all over make the university their new home. She’s passionate about her students and seeing them succeed by going above and beyond.
In her downtime Jessica enjoys traveling and planning her next trip. As an avid reader and member of various book clubs, let Jessica suggest a good read!
Jessica is excited to return to her alma mater as an Administrative Assistant for ODASIS and looks forward to providing support to the staff and students.