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Council Members

Council Members

Council Member Biographies

Dr. Gary Abbot

Gary Abbot is the Chair of ESL, Languages and Cultures and has been with MC since 2012. He recognizes and appreciates the invaluable work of part-time faculty, and hopes to find ways to support them in their work. He has a BA in History and in English, a MA in Linguistics, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. At one point, he and his family worked in Mexico doing field linguistic research and literacy work. Before coming to Middlesex, he worked at the College of the Marshall Islands in their Developmental English Department.

Susan Altman

Susan Altman is a Professor and Assistant Chairperson in the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department where she teaches studio art courses. As Director of CELT, The Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, she is committed to helping bring professional development opportunities to adjunct faculty through her work with the CAFD. Susan 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. In addition to her teaching of studio and art history courses, Professor Altman maintains an active studio practice and works as a curator. She has numerous research interests related to pedagogy, especially regarding writing and critique and how these apply across disciplines and has presented her research at numerous conferences on studio art and pedagogy. 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. Professor Altman was the 2016 recipient of the Faculty Scholar Award at Middlesex County College.

Ashley Castiglia

Ashley Castiglia is an active member on the council, contributing since spring of 2017. She has been working at Middlesex College supporting students since 2012. Her experiences at the college include Academic advising to first-year and continuing students and enrollment support services at the Perth Amboy Center presently as their Coordinator. She presently teaches Student Success and Introductory Psychology, but has also taught other courses at MC and other colleges. She earned her Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts studies from Middlesex County College, a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History from Kean University, her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership for Higher Education from Rider University, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Rowan University, studying Educational Leadership.

April Johnson

April Johnson serves as the Acting Director of the Academic Advising office and as an adjunct in the History and Social Science Department. She serves as the Adjunct Executive Board member for Celt and as a member of the Adjunct Council for the college. She started her post-secondary education at Essex County College and has earned a B.A. in Communication Studies – Public Relations from Montclair State University. She also completed a M.A. in Higher Education Administration at New York University and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Rowan University. April truly enjoys her work in the classroom and serving the campus in a variety of capacities. She is passionate about teaching and learning and looks forward to contributing to the wonderful initiatives of the CAFD.

Zenora Lala

Zenora Lala is the Department Assistant for the Adjunct Center and has served as the Administrative Assistant for the Council for Adjunct Faculty Development since 1998. As Department Assistant of the Adjunct Center, Zenora is well-known to all adjuncts and has been the welcoming point of contact for adjuncts at Middlesex College at the Adjunct Center, now located in JL230 (formerly located in RH13). Zenora welcomes all adjuncts and has said,“The Center is your home, please visit as often as you like.” After working in the Politics Department of Princeton University and the Tribunal Office of the Diocese of Metuchen, Zenora came to Middlesex College in November of 1998. She first worked in the Department of Continuing Education. Zenora is bilingual (English/Spanish) and attended University of the West Indies.

Marc Lane

Marc Lane (mlane@middlesexcc.edu) has been a part of the council since 2018, and has taught courses at the college since 2015. His courses have included Government, International Relations, and History of the Western World. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, with a double minor in Economics and History, at Rutgers University, and his Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Rutgers University. When not teaching, he has also had an active career in campaign politics in New Jersey since 2012.

Caroline Marchitto

Caroline Marchitto has been an adjunct at Middlesex College since 1993 and a member of the Council since 2002. She began teaching in the Legal Studies Department and has since moved to History and Social Sciences to teach Student Success which she finds beyond rewarding. She has a B.A. from Drew University and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is currently the Chair of the Council.

Dr. Linda Scherr

Dr. Linda Scherr has served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs since October 2019 and was previously Middlesex College’s Dean for Arts and Sciences (2016-2019). Prior to joining Middlesex College, Linda worked at Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ) for 18 years, where she served as a full-time faculty member in History (1998-2012), Dean for Instructional Effectiveness (2012-2014), and Acting Dean for the Division of Math, Science & Health Professions (2014-2016). As a former tenured professor and adjunct instructor, Linda is an advocate for teaching and learning and a strong supporter of the Adjunct Center and the Council for Adjunct Faculty Development. Linda holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

Dr. Lemar T. White

Dr. Lemar T. White teaches online accounting courses at Middlesex College. He earned a Bachelor of Accounting (B.Acc.) from Florida International University; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Texas A&M University-Commerce; an MS in HR, MS in Accounting and MS in MIS from Wilmington University, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Northeastern University. Lemar currently works as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Strategist for Google LLC.