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Director: Christine Harrington
Email: celt@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Center 1
 Contact Information
Director: Christine Harrington
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:

Christine Harrington, Director

Christine Harrington, director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is a Professor in the History and Social Sciences Department. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling and Personnel Services at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University. Courses taught include: Educational Psychology, Lifespan Development, Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Student Success. Dr. Harrington authored Student Success in College: Doing What Works! 2nd edition published by Cengage Learning and wrote a chapter on The Process of Becoming a Critical Thinker in a book entitled Foundations of Critical Thinking which will be published by the National Resource Center on the First Year Experience in 2015. She frequently presents at local and national conferences and has been an invited speaker at many colleges and universities across the United States.

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.

James Finne

James Finne, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology, has taught at Middlesex County College since 1999, coming to the college after a career as an engineering working for several major pharmaceutical companies. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and has additional graduate credits in Computer Engineering at NJIT. He is a licensed Professional Engineer. At MCC he teaches courses in Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Engineering, Physics and Computer Science. They are all different but, in the end, they are all just solving problems and that is the first love of an Engineer, solving problems and in this case, teaching students to solve problems.

Phylis 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.

Joseph Kovacs

Joseph Kovacs is an adjunct professor in the History and Social Sciences Department. He earned his BS in Secondary Education Social Studies and a MA in Secondary Education from Jersey City State College (New Jersey City University). In addition he earned a MA in Administration/Supervision from Kean College (Kean University). Courses taught include Introduction to Education (EDU 121), Educational Field Experience (EDU280) and Student Success. He retired from the Edison Township Public Schools after 40+ years of education and administration. He taught junior high school social studies/English (block of time) as well as high school social studies: World History, AP European History, US History I and II, AP American Government and You and the Law. In addition to teaching experiences he was an Elementary School Principal (Benjamin Franklin Elementary School), middle school principal (Herbert Hoover Middle School) and high school (Edison High School). He served on numerous curriculum projects and presentations. He served on the New Jersey Council for the Social Studies (Past President) and with the New Jersey Center for Civic Education (Past President). He has used his expertise in education to develop and implement problem solving strategies within the Introduction to Education courses. It is his belief that we must prepare our future educators in the realities of teaching and learning.

Amanda Manners

Dr. Amanda Manners is an adjunct faculty member in the Accounting, Business and Legal Studies Department. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, a M.S. in Production and Operations Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA in Business Economics from Ashford University, and a DM in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Courses taught include: Business Organization and Management.

Lakshmi Nagarajan-Iyer

Lakshmi Nagarajan-Iyer, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is a faculty in the Accounting, Business and Legal Studies Department. She earned her B.A. in Physics at Mumbai University and M.S. in Physics and MBA at University of South Florida. She is currently working on her Ph.D in Management Education at Capella University. Courses taught include: Business Organization and Management, Principles of Economics I and II, and Marketing.

Mat Spano

Mathew Spano 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:

Phylis 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.

Jane Ostacher

Jane Ostacher, an Associate Professor in the Department of ESL and Languages, earned her B.A. in Anthropology at Barnard College, her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language at Hunter College, and her MA in Educational Technology at New Jersey City University.  Courses taught include 17 courses in listening, speaking, phonology, reading, and writing, including a hybrid reading course and the writing component of the learning community Psyched to ExSL.  She has presented at both at local and international conferences.

Brian Richards

Brian Richards is Director of Instructional Design & Media Services at Middlesex County College. Born and raised in England, he earned his B.Sc. in Applied Science at Sussex University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Reading and studied Educational Technology and earned a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Bath. Brian taught at Islington Green School in London and at the English Language Center, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia.

He began working in Media Services at the City of London Polytechnic, and on the application of Microcomputers in Education as a Research Officer at the University of Bath, then as a Research and Development Officer integrating information technology across the curriculum in Further and Higher Education. He set up a consulting business in Research and Development for the applications of information technology in Education and Training (RDET).

He joined the City of Bath College as Open Learning Development Officer, coordinating European partner programs to introduce open and distance learning and subsequently on the development of the applications of information technology within the City of Bath College.

In 2000 he moved to USA and joined MCC, providing instructional design support to faculty, working on the development of e-learning, the administration of learning management systems, media production and video on demand services, and the management of Media Services.

Mentoring Team:

Donna-Marie Gardener

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.

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.

 

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.