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James Ottavio Castagnera, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Provost and Associate Counsel for Academic Affairs
Email Address: castagne@rider.edu
Phone: 609-896-5035
Fax: 609-896-5242
Office: Provost’s Suite, Moore Library Building
Mailing Address: 2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Associate Provost/Associate Counsel Responsibilities

Negotiation and administration of the University’s collective bargaining agreement with its faculty, librarians and coaches.
Government relations:
Grants and contracts
Human subjects research
Research integrity
Nuclear and controlled substance licensing
Animal facilities
International Programs:
Faculty and student visas
Student exchange and related agreements
Supervision of Director of International Programs
Legal Affairs:
Litigation management
Contracts and licenses
Intellectual property
Employment law and labor relations
Disability compliance and affirmative action
Academic Policy Manual
Honors Program

Member of

University Academic Policy Committee
Promotion & Tenure Committee
Affirmative Action Committee
Judicial Appeals Council
University Facilities Monitoring Subcommittee
University Technology Steering Committee
University Honors Council (Chair)
Honors Task Force
Assessment Committee
University Institutional Research Board (Chair)
Academic Integrity Committee
Strategic Planning Committee
Task Force on Learning Objectives
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Faculty of Business Policy and Environment Department, American Studies Program, Baccalaureate Honors Program, and Law and Justice Program

Currently Teaching

BHP 130, Honors Seminar: Theories of Justice and the American Common Law (Fall 2006)

Educational Background

J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Ph.D., American Studies, Case Western Reserve University
M.A., Journalism, Kent State University
B.A., Government, Franklin and Marshall College

Employment Background

Taught law at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas-Austin, and the Widener University School of Law.
Worked ten years in the private practice of law with Saul Ewing, a major Philadelphia law firm.
Served as General Counsel, Krauszer’s Food Stores and WEFA, Inc.

Author of 12 law books, two young-adult novels, and more than 50 professional & scholarly articles. Writes a regular weekly newspaper column, “Attorney at Large,” as well as numerous other magazine and newspaper articles and film reviews.


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