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 is a Full Professor in the History and Social Sciences Department. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.A in Counseling and Personnel Services from The College of New Jersey and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University. Christine started at Middlesex County College in 2000 as a full-time Counselor and adjunct instructor and then joined the teaching faculty in 2007. She teaches Psychology and Student Success courses. Dr. Harrington was the 2016 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at Middlesex County College and the 2016 Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminar Award sponsored by the National Resource Center on First-Year Students and Students in Transition and McGraw Hill. She is the author of Student Success in College: Doing What Works! 3rd edition, a research-based first-year seminar textbook that is aligned to Guided Pathways. She also co-authored the following books: Dynamic Lecturing: Research-Based Strategies for Evidence-Based Practices, with Todd Zakrajsek, Designing a Motivational Syllabus: Creating a Learning Path for Student Engagement, with Melissa Thomas, and Why the First-Year Seminar Matters: Helping Students Choose and Stay on a Career Path, with Theresa Orosz.
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. Prof. Altman was the 2016 recipient of the Faculty Scholar Award at Middlesex County College.
Jennifer Applebee, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College, and her M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is currently working to complete her Ed.D. at Rutgers University, with a concentration in the Design of Learning Environments. Her research is focused on the use of Open Educational Resources (OER). She is active in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and has presented at several of their annual meetings. She was an AMATYC Project ACCCESS (Advancing Community College Careers: Education, Scholarship and Service) fellow, and she is currently serving a mentor to the current Project ACCCESS cohort. She primarily teaches courses in Developmental Mathematics and Statistics.
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.
Adriana Mamay, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is a Reference and Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor. She joined MCC in September 2011. Adriana holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, a Master of Arts in World History from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. Adriana is an active member of several professional library organizations, currently serving as co-chair of the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference and executive board member of the New Jersey chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Adriana was named a 2014-2015 New Jersey Library Association Emerging Leader and enjoys collaborating with peers both on and off campus.
Emmi Schatz is Professor in the Business and Computer Science Department. She holds a BA in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science, both from Rutgers University. An MCC faculty member since 1992, she has taught many programming courses, web courses, and courses for non-majors. Currently she teaches Java programming courses, computer architecture, and computer applications. Emmi has served on many MCC committees and has attended many computer science workshops and conferences. CELT activities have given her tools and insights that helped her become a better teacher, and she wants to facilitate more of that for all MCC faculty.
Phyllis Fleming, CELT Technology Mentor, is an Associate Professor in the Business and Computer Science 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.
James Martiney, CELT Technology 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.
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.
Christine Wathen, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching since 2007, is a Full Professor in the Business and Computer Science Department. She earned her BS in Finance and an MBA, both from Seton Hall University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Capella 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. A fellow Middlesex County College alumni herself, she is dedicated to the mission of the college and committed to helping students succeed.
Service Learning Team:
Jennifer Altman is an Associate 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 is an Assistant Professor in the English Department. 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 email@example.com.