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Benjamin V. Marshall was born in Newark, and raised in East Orange NJ. As a child, he studied piano and earned several awards from the NJ music educators’ association. A graduate of Kean University with two majors, English and Theatre, he was their very first graduate with the speech and theatre major. After studying playwriting at Hunter University in NYC, he went on the University of Massachusetts earning an MFA in creative writing in poetry. Then, a detour. He taught English in Arabic speaking countries for five years, including a post at the School of Medicine at Kuwait University. Upon returning to the states, he worked as a journalist and published poetry and fiction in several literary journals. His plays have been performed around the country and abroad. He has received fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Four playwriting fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Professor Bogner has a unique style that is very refreshing. She interjects every part of herself into the presentation. She is a whirling dervish of activity in the classroom. She is at times dramatic, at times quite comical, if not sometimes down-right silly, but always teaching. Her use of humor is probably her greatest strength. She can make the most difficult topic seem easy when she turns it into a comedy routine. She is always animated and energetic and her energy is contagious and her students are as animated as she is. Students have no choice, but to be alert and interested. She constantly engages students and expects them to participate. It is exciting to see students so thoroughly enjoying a class. Her enthusiasm inspires students to learn as much as possible. She constantly explores new strategies to assist her students. She provides students with the opportunity to be active learners by constantly engaging students in a give and take dialogue and constantly checks and rechecks their understanding of the subject matter. She very thoroughly and patiently answers student questions. She encourages her students to collaborate and teach each other. Her lectures are well organized and well prepared. She has extensive knowledge in the field of biology and uses a variety of teaching aids and methods to illustrate the material being presented. She provides her class with many well -constructed and thought provoking examples to show relevance and emphasizes the ideas and concepts she is trying to transmit to her students. Her rapport with students is remarkable and she is very much in touch with their understanding of the material she presents. She creates a very comfortable and inclusive environment in her classroom which is very conducive to learning.
Sabrina taught second grade in Bayonne, New Jersey and also worked as a consultant for New Jersey City University’s Striving Readers Grant. Also at NJCU, Sabrina taught undergraduate education classes, supervised student teachers, taught graduate students of the NOYCE fellowship program, and taught for the Philosophy and Religion department. Currently, she teaches Student Success and Philosophy at Middlesex County College and Philosophy of Education at Montclair State University. In addition to teaching, she is also a dancer. She had the lead role in Krishnarpanam and holds the title of Natya Tilakam, which was given to her by dance guru, Smt. Sadhana Paranji. She was the solo featured performance in Contemplative Kuchipudi Dance at Montclair State University in April 2013. Sabrina is often invited to lecture and dance in higher education as she presents on Hinduism with postcolonialism in mind. She is an active board member of the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers and the Religion and Education SIG group of the American Education Research Association. She currently serves as Vice President on the Executive Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion and is a member of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, the Postcolonial Studies in Education SIG group of the American Education Research Association, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the American Academy of Religion.