Meet the Team

Lyn KruegerLyn Krueger Baier is the Director of the First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS). Lyn has enjoyed working with the FIGS program since 2008 and appreciates the opportunity to work with such a unique peer instruction model.

Prior to her work with the FIGS program, Lyn spent ten years working in Residence Life programs. Lyn is originally from Iowa and received her Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Northern Iowa. She holds a Master's degree in Higher Education from New York University.


Susan BennettSusan Bennett joined the FIGS program as Assistant Director in 2014. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Susan spent six years working with first-year students in new student orientation and student retention programs at other universities. Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Education from Bucknell University and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University.


Christabel Cruz Christabel Cruz, Graduate Coordinator, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. Christabel joined the FIGS team in 2015 where she provides administrative and curricular support for the FIGS program. She has previous experience in Undergraduate Academic Affairs as an undergraduate intern and later as a graduate coordinator in the Offices of Learning Communities and Multicultural Engagement from 2008 to 2012. She holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Art History as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Her research specialties include women and politics, American politics, and race & ethnicity politics.


Christina Spoleti Christina Spoleti is a Graduate Coordinator for the FIGS program.  During the fall of 2014, Christina served as a FIGS Peer Instructor and taught Exploring Anthropology.  Christina received her two Bachelor’s degrees in Evolutionary Anthropology and Cell Biology & Neuroscience, and certificate in Evolutionary Medicine, from Rutgers University.  She currently attends the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences working towards a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science.  Her interests and experiences are rooted in community outreach, education, and medicine.



We are currently recruiting for a part-time Program Coordinator to work with the FIGS program from May 2017-May 2018.  The priority deadline to apply is April 18, 2017.  The job description and application can be downloaded here