Contact Information
Director: Kathy Shay
Email: celt@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Center 1
 Contact Information
Director: Kathy Shay
Email: celt@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Center 1

About Us

MISSION

CELT’s mission is to serve as leaders to the college community by providing expertise, support, and resources to enhance learning, teaching, and scholarship. CELT will foster an institutional culture where learning is our central focus.

In support of this mission, CELT will participate in campus wide conversations on institutional initiatives and provide on and off campus professional development opportunities related to effective pedagogical approaches as well as discipline specific teaching strategies. Professional development activities will include workshops, consultation, webinars or other on-line tutorials, as well as more in depth learning experiences such as on-line courses and summer institutes targeting issues such as course re-design. CELT will provide mentoring and extensive professional development opportunities that specifically target new faculty. CELT will also provide guidance and expertise to faculty and administrators on issues related to hiring processes for new faculty, on-going mentoring, and providing effective feedback through observations. In addition, CELT will provide opportunities for collegial and intellectually stimulating conversations among faculty from various disciplines, support and celebrate faculty scholarship activities, and engage in educational research activities.

Executive Board Members:

KATHY SHAY, DIRECTOR

Kathy Shay is a Full Professor in the Mathematics Department. She holds four degrees from Rutgers University: B.A. in Mathematics Education (Douglass College), Ed.M. in Mathematics Education, M.S. in Statistics, and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. A faculty member at MCC since 1981, she typically teaches courses in the Calculus and Statistics sequences. Her teaching experience also includes 25 years as a part-time lecturer for the Statistics and Mathematics Departments at Rutgers. Dr. Shay has been a faculty development consultant for middle- and high-school teachers through various grant projects at MCC and Rutgers. Her most recent grant work (2010 – 2013) was as a senior investigator for NSF-funded Project Math Vote, a research study on the pedagogy of classroom voting. She has presented at numerous conferences for mathematics educators.

SUSAN ALTMAN

Susan Altman, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chairperson in the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department. She earned her B.F.A. from the State University of N.Y. at Buffalo and her M.F.A. in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Courses taught include: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Introduction to Art and Art History. Professor Altman maintains an active studio practice as well as working as a curator. She has a special interest in pedagogy related to the studio, especially regarding writing and critique. Active in the College Art Association, she has presented at their annual conference, as well as the FATE – Foundation in Art Theory and Education Conference and the Lilly Conference for Teaching and Learning. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Library of Congress.

PHYLLIS FLEMING

Phyllis Fleming, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Information Technology Department. She earned her B.B.A. in Management Information Systems at Pace University and her M.S. in Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. Courses taught include: Introduction to Computer Science Using Java, Object-Oriented Programming Using Java, Data Structures in Java, Telecommunications and Networks, Computer Applications and Systems, and Computers in Health Technologies. She facilitates technology workshops and provides technology assistance to faculty members on campus.

TAMARA GALLANT

Tamara Gallant, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an Adjunct Professor in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Department. She earned her B.A. in English with a concentration in Chemistry at Williams College, and her MPH in Health Education & Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She currently teaches Contemporary Health Issues (HED 150) and Human Sexuality & Family Life (HED 200) at MCC. She has trained educators, physicians and other medical staff, artists, policy-makers, and other professionals and community members in many settings in both the USA and francophone Africa, including at other college campuses such as UMass Amherst, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ), Villanova, and Berkshire County Community College. She has also served on the boards for a variety of community development projects, town-gown associations, and performing arts organizations.

DANIEL GREK

Daniel Grek, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator of Civil Engineering Technologies, is still newer to Middlesex County College but not to teaching. After earning his BS in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University, he stayed on to teach several of their laboratory courses and help run their structures lab. While doing so he earned his MS in Structural Engineering and also taught as an adjunct in Summer sessions. He is currently finishing the last bits of his Phd in Structural Engineering, focusing on the use of structural repair materials on concrete and the effect of fire on repairs. At MCC he teaches courses dealing with everything from concrete, to water resources, and even Algebra I. Daniel does everything he can to infuse his lectures (and students) with his passion for engineering and hopes he can bring that same passion to CELT.

PATRICIA KIERNAN

Patty Kiernan, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an Adjunct Professor for the Mathematics Department. She earned an A.A. in L.A. Business from Middlesex County College, her B.A. in Statistics from Rutgers University, and her M.A. in Education, Curriculum Instruction, & Math Education from University of Phoenix in addition to completing post graduate coursework in Statistics at Rutgers University. Courses taught include: Introduction to Education, Student Success, Introduction to Psychology, Algebra 2, Statistics I, and Statistics II. She is a pioneer in the inverted classroom educational model and teaches courses online and on campus. She is the advisor to the M3 Club (Middlesex Math and the Mouse Club) and is working with the students in the club to create a heuristic to predict crowd patterns at Walt Disney World.

JAMES MARTINEY

James Martiney, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an Instructor in the Natural Sciences Department, having joined MCC in the Fall of 2015 as a full-time faculty member after 20+ years teaching experience at various levels, including Medical and Graduate Schools, four-year colleges, and now, two-year . He earned his BA in Biology at Princeton University, and his PhD in Experimental Pathology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Courses taught at MCC include General Biology, Principles of Microbiology, Microbiology and Essentials of Human Anatomy. A certified CELT aficionado, James has participated in almost every CELT event, workshop and learning academy since the Fall of 2015, and is a true believer in the enrichment of academic life, support and instruction in the craft of teaching, and raisin-free cookies.

MAT SPANO

Mathew Spano, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is a Full Professor in the English Department. A proud alumnus of MCC, he earned an A.A. in English and an A.S. in Biology from MCC; a B.A. in English from Rutgers University; an M.A. in English from Drew University; and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. A full-time faculty member at MCC since 1992, he has taught all of the core writing course offerings in the Dept., from ENG-009 through ENG-122. In addition, he has taught ENG-225, 226 (World Literature 1 and 2); ENG-212 (Children’s Literature); and ENG-253 (Mythology in Literature). Dr. Spano serves as Co-Director for the MCC Honors Program and as the Freshman Composition Coordinator for the English Dept. The author of several published critical essays, short stories, and poems, he also serves as an associate editor of the MCC literary journal and presents annually at the Tri-State Writers Conference. Honors and awards include the Michael Ellis Prize for outstanding Master’s thesis, several Project Connections Above and Beyond awards, and both the MCC Alumnus of the Year and Faculty Scholar awards.

CHRISTINE WATHEN

Christine Wathen, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching since 2007, is an Associate Professor in the Accounting, Business and Legal Studies Department. She earned her BS in Finance and an MBA, both from Seton Hall University. Courses taught include Financial Accounting, Principles of Economics I and II, and Business Organization and Management. In addition to facilitating workshops for faculty on campus, she is involved in coordinating the development and mentoring of new faculty. She has a strong love of learning and education, and for that reason, she is currently taking graduate courses towards an Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership and Management. A fellow Middlesex County College alumni herself, she is dedicated to the mission of the college and committed to helping students succeed.

Technology Team:

TRACY YOUNG

Tracy Young, CELT Technology Mentor, is an Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences department. She earned her B.A. in Biology and her B.S. in Psychology from George Mason University, and her M.S. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently working on her Ed.D. at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. Courses taught at MCC include Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II; Microbiology; Human Biology, Biomedical Issues and Society; Heredity, Evolution and Society. Professor Young serves as the co-coordinator for Anatomy and Physiology.

Mentoring Team:

SUSAN ALTMAN

Susan Altman, CELT Mentor, is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chairperson in the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department. She earned her B.F.A. from the State University of N.Y. at Buffalo and her M.F.A. in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Courses taught include: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Introduction to Art and Art History. Professor Altman maintains an active studio practice as well as working as a curator. She has a special interest in pedagogy related to the studio, especially regarding writing and critique. Active in the College Art Association, she has presented at their annual conference, as well as the FATE – Foundation in Art Theory and Education Conference and the Lilly Conference for Teaching and Learning. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Library of Congress.

DONNA-MARIE GARDNER

Donna-Marie Gardner, CELT Mentor, is an Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences department. She earned her A.S. at MCC as a Science Transfer – Biology student. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences and her M.S. in Biotechnology at Columbia University. Courses taught include Genetics; General Biology I; Microbiology; Human Biology, Biomedical Issues and Society; Heredity, Evolution and Society and Mysteries of the Microbial World. Professor Gardner has contributed to and co-authored the MCC BIO 106 and BIO123 lab manuals. Additionally, she serves as a Co-Director for the MCC Honors Program.

JAMES MARTINEY

James Martiney, CELT Mentor, is an Instructor in the Natural Sciences Department, having joined MCC in the Fall of 2015 as a full-time faculty member after 20+ years teaching experience at various levels, including Medical and Graduate Schools, four-year colleges, and now, two-year . He earned his BA in Biology at Princeton University, and his PhD in Experimental Pathology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Courses taught at MCC include General Biology, Principles of Microbiology, Microbiology and Essentials of Human Anatomy. A certified CELT aficionado, James has participated in almost every CELT event, workshop and learning academy since the Fall of 2015, and is a true believer in the enrichment of academic life, support and instruction in the craft of teaching, and raisin-free cookies.

Service Learning Team:

JENNIFER ALTMAN

Jennifer Altman is an Assistant Professor/Sociology Coordinator in the History and Social Science Department. She earned his B.A. in Sociology at Rutgers College, her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Planning from Rutgers University. Her doctoral research focused on Campus-Community Partnerships and was funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 2009-2014, Dr. Altman served as Director of MCC’s Democracy House Center for Civic Engagement. She currently serves as Co-Director of Service-Learning at the college. Her teaching focus includes Social Problems, Social Stratification and Inequality.

ALEXANDRA FIELDS

Alexandra Fields has been a full-time English Instructor in the English Department for four years, and she also serves as the Developmental Reading Coordinator and Service Learning Coordinator. She earned her BA as a double major in English and Psychology at Rutgers University, her Ed.M in Curriculum and Instruction in the field of English from Harvard University, and she is currently working on her Ed.D in Literacy, Culture, and Language at Indiana University. As a first-generation college student, Alexandra has a passion for using education as a tool of empowerment for disenfranchised populations, and she often conducts workshops and serves in a literacy consulting capacity at schools that struggle to meet the academic needs of their students. Prior to teaching at Middlesex County College, Alexandra taught at Burlington County College as a full-time English Instructor and the Developmental English Coordinator, and she was the founding director of the college’s Bonnor AmeriCorps Program. Courses currently taught include Developmental English, Developmental Reading and English Composition courses.

 

Interested in joining the CELT team?
Look for the opportunity to participate in the CELT election every spring.  Call for nominations are made in February.  Full-Time faculty serve 2 year terms and Part-Time faculty serve 1 year terms. For more information, email celt@middlesexcc.edu.