Samantha has taught English and ESL in an outer-city urban setting for almost 10 years in NJ. She is now an adjunct professor in a public, four-year institution in New Jersey. She has experience working with students with neurodivergence, and specializes in working with individuals with behavioral and emotional issues. Samantha has received training from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and is an advocate for further representation and persistence of Latinx and Hispanic students in STEM careers and academic fields.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stockton University in English Language and Composition. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009. Samantha received a Master of Arts in English in 2011 from Stockton University, and pursued a Master of Arts degree at Monmouth University with endorsement in ESL. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013. She was bestowed the President's Award for scholastic excellence by Monmouth University's President Emeritus, Paul G. Gaffney in 2012.
In 2013, she started her doctoral journey in PhD studies of curriculum and instruction at Rowan University. In July 2018, she became a full-time doctoral candidate studying the field of Educational Technology Leadership at New Jersey City University.
She holds certifications for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 107 as a Remote Pilot for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
My intended doctoral research centers around the use of physical capabilities in virtual learning environments among higher education professionals and the relationship between self-efficacy and performance expectancy outcomes and impacts on academic career choices. My prospective research utilizes the epistemological frameworks of Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory (1977) and Social Cognitive Career Theory (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994).
My research passion emphasizes machine learning and AI applications. I am investigating methodologies for integrating social-emotional learning for adaptive AI in HRI. My particular area of emphasis is concerned with adaptive technological interfaces in the form of SEL robotics for the reduction of recidivism rates in the juvenile justice population, and avenues in which social robotics can be leveraged to facilitate therapeutic counseling with juvenile inmates afflicted with mental or behavioral illness.