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Outstanding Professors Receive Awards for Teaching, Scholarship

Three outstanding professors at Middlesex County College were recently honored: Benjamin Marshall, professor of English, was selected as the 2015 Faculty Scholar; Barbara Bogner, of the Natural Sciences Department, received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award; and Sabrina MisirHiralall, of the History and Social Sciences Department, received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Part Time Award.

From left: College President Joann La Perla-Morales; Benjamin Marshall, scholar award winner; Ronald Goldfarb, special assistant to the president; Sabrina MisirHiralall, adjunct award winner; Barbara Bogner, teaching award winner; Mark McCormick, vice president for academic and student affairs; and Christine Harrington, chairperson of the selection committee.

From left: College President Joann La Perla-Morales; Benjamin Marshall, scholar award winner; Ronald Goldfarb, special assistant to the president; Sabrina MisirHiralall, adjunct award winner; Barbara Bogner, teaching award winner; Mark McCormick, vice president for academic and student affairs; and Christine Harrington, chairperson of the selection committee.

Professor Marshall is an excellent teacher who has a long, impressive history of artistry and scholarship.

“While he has written poetry, fiction, and has conducted several academic presentations, what most impressed the selection committee was that he is an award-winning playwright,” said Christine Harrington, director of the College’s Center for the Enrichment of Teaching and Learning and the chairperson of the committee.

Professor Bogner has a passion for teaching that is evident through her innovative pedagogical methods.

“There’s no one like Professor Bogner,” Dr. Harrington said. “She does whatever it takes to excite and engage her students, including using costumes and music. There’s no doubt that her students are extremely fortunate to have such a dynamic, caring professor. Professor Bogner is an inspiration to all of us!”

Dr. MisirHiralall spends endless hours preparing lessons that promote critical thinking and works with students outside of the classroom on many high-level projects.

“She is an amazing adjunct professor who challenges, engages, and supports her students in and outside of the classroom,” Dr. Harrington said. “Her expertise and commitment are a true value to our college.”