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 Contact Information
Director: Susan Altman
Email: celt@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Center 1
 Contact Information
Director: Susan Altman
Email: celt@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Center 1

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Susan Altman, Director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching has been on the CELT board since its’ inception at Middlesex County College. She is a Professor and Assistant Chairperson in the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department. 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. 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. She is the President of the Community College Professors of Art and Art History, an affiliate society of the College Art Association. 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.

Christopher Drew, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an instructor and Homeland Security Program Coordinator in the History and Social Sciences Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at New Jersey City University, his Master’s Degree in Education (Administration & Supervision) from Seton Hall University, and his Doctor of Science Degree in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy from New Jersey City University. Since the fall of 1999, he has been working as a law enforcement consultant, law enforcement trainer, adjunct professor, and full-time professor, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, policing, juvenile justice, criminology, and gangs.

Published Dissertation 2016 – “Assessing the Vulnerability of Private and Public College Campuses in New Jersey to Domestic Terrorist Attacks”

In addition, he has assessed the academic programs of the New Jersey State Police Training Academy, N.J. Department of Corrections Training Academy, and the N.J. Juvenile Justice Commission Training Academy.

 

Phalguni Ghosh

Phalguni Ghosh, CELT board member, is faculty in Chemistry at MCC. He has been at MCC since 2010 in the roles of Adjunct Faculty, Associate Chairperson, and Teaching, Research Faculty. He has also established a vibrant undergraduate research program in the Natural Science department, which has resulted in a small grant for the department and several awards for the students. Throughout his time as a teacher, scientific investigator, and department administrator at MCC, he has aspired to share his enthusiasm for the advancement of education at this college. He earned his Ph.D. from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Calcutta University (India) and moved to the USA to pursue research in several top tier universities and research institutions, including: The State University of New York at Albany, NY; Stanford University, CA; The Scripps Research Institute, CA and University of Minnesota, MN. He has published nearly three dozens scientific papers in peer-reviewed elite journals and has several US patents. Phalguni feels he has benefited extensively from the various CELT programs at MCC and now he would like to offer his acquired experiences to the new faculty members by serving as a board member of CELT.

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.

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.

Lorna Joasil, Executive Board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an Instructor of Psychology in the History and Social Sciences Department. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s degree in Human Behavior/Organizational Psychology and Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Dr. Joasil’s background and work experience offer a unique perspective. As a woman, woman of color, first-generation college student, immigrant, college instructor, and former administrator, she is passionate about the mission and vision of community colleges and is inflexibly dedicated to student success. She applauds CELT’s commitment to teaching, learning and maintaining the culture of academic excellence.

April Johnson serves as the Assistant 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 Ed.D 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 that CELT offers to the MCC community.

 

Christopher Drew, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, is an instructor and Homeland Security Program Coordinator in the History and Social Sciences Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at New Jersey City University, his Master’s Degree in Education (Administration & Supervision) from Seton Hall University, and his Doctor of Science Degree in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy from New Jersey City University. Since the fall of 1999, he has been working as a law enforcement consultant, law enforcement trainer, adjunct professor, and full-time professor, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, policing, juvenile justice, criminology, and gangs.

Published Dissertation 2016 – “Assessing the Vulnerability of Private and Public College Campuses in New Jersey to Domestic Terrorist Attacks”

In addition, he has assessed the academic programs of the New Jersey State Police Training Academy, N.J. Department of Corrections Training Academy, and the N.J. Juvenile Justice Commission Training Academy.

 

Bill Lipkin represents the adjunct faculty on the CELT Board. He has taught as an adjunct for over 50 years and has taught history in the Social Sciences Department at MCC for over 10 years. Bill also teaches at Seton Hall University, Pace University, Caldwell University, and Union and Essex County Colleges. Bill is very passionate about teaching and is often referred to as a story teller, since he teaches history in a way that is relatable for his students. Lipkin is also an advocate for adjunct faculty rights and is currently vice president of the MCC Adjunct Faculty Union.

Brian Lavey, CELT Mentor, is an instructor in the Natural Sciences Department. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Bates College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth, then worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla CA. After spending fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry working as a medicinal chemist, Dr. Lavey began his teaching career by working as an adjunct professor at Kean and New Jersey City Universities. Dr. Lavey started teaching at MCC in the fall of 2014. In teaching general chemistry and organic chemistry classes, Dr. Lavey tries to show students how knowing some chemistry helps to make the world a little more understandable.

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