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Recent Faculty Additions at Rockland Community College

Recent Faculty Additions at Rockland Community College

Photo credit: Collette Fournier/RCC


DATE: December 9, 2013

CONTACT: Maralin Roffino

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Recent Faculty Additions at Rockland Community College


Ramapo- Rockland Community College welcomes several new faculty members this fall:


Stephen Burke, Instructor of English, began teaching at RCC in 2007. He has taught writing and literature courses, in classroom and online modes and helped revamp the English 101 curriculum to increase student reflection using digital “ePortfolios.” His professional experience includes development director at Columbia University, New York/Presbyterian Hospital and at other non-profits. Teaching experience includes St. Thomas Aquinas College, Rochester Institute of Technology and Binghamton University, SUNY. Burke, of Woodcliff Lake, NJ, earned a BA in English from Fordham University and an MA in English from Binghamton, SUNY.


Jillian Decker, Assistant Professor of Biology, enjoys applying field experience in microbiology to her teaching. As an adjunct at Passaic County CC, she developed a lab to teach students how to utilize public water quality data and is committed to experiential science learning and envisions developing a microbiology lab at RCC. Previously an adjunct at RCC, she taught also at Fordham and at Stony Brook University. Decker resides in Chester, NY, and holds an MS in marine and atmospheric sciences from Stony Brook, a BS in marine biology from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in biology from Fordham University.


Patricia Doucette-Szobonya, Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice, has been an adjunct at RCC for 6 years, also serving as a career specialist for RCC paralegal students. Doucette-Szobonya taught criminal law at Mercy College, has operated her own law practice in Suffern since 2000, and is an associate with the Koplen Law Firm of New City. Doucette-Szobonya, of Suffern, earned a BS in business from St. Francis College of Brooklyn and a JD from New York Law School.


Joanna Lackey, Instructor of English, earned a PhD in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in June 2013, having completed her dissertation on Victorian literature. She taught literature and composition at Wisconsin for five years and also served as an adjunct at community colleges in Colorado and Missouri. Lackey, a Montebello resident, earned a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MA in English from Wisconsin.


Matthew Matcovich, Instructor of Mathematics, is an alumnus of RCC, graduating from the Mentor/Talented Students Honors program in 2008 with an AS in mathematics and science. After earning a BS in mathematics and an MS in teaching, both from St. Thomas Aquinas, he joined the RCC faculty as a math adjunct, and worked in the Tutoring and Advisement centers. He was the 2010 East Coast Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and baseball team captain at STAC and served as assistant coach for RCC’s Hawks baseball team and instructs at RCC’s Summer Camp sports program for children. He is working toward an MS in mathematics at Lehman College, CUNY.


George D. Repic, Instructor of Business, has taught business, economics and political science at community colleges and four-year institutions. He was an adjunct at Felician College in NJ, the College of Staten Island, CUNY, Centenary College and several New Jersey community colleges. He spent 16 years in the corporate world at Prudential Financial in financial services, financial planner and securities principal. Repic, of Lincoln Park, NJ, is a doctoral candidate in global affairs at Rutgers University and holds an MBA from Felician, an MA from Rutgers in political science, and a BS from Rutgers in marketing and political science.


Inez Rivera-Peña, Faculty Counselor/Instructor in the Student Development Center, has more than 30 years of experience as a social worker, and more than 15 years as a college educator. At Mercy College, she was director of field education and assistant professor. She was assistant dean of field education at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY, and has taught social work at Iona College. Rivera-Peña, of New City, earned a BA in psychology from Lehman College, CUNY, and an MS in social work from Columbia University.


Kristen Zugibe, Instructor of Mathematics, has served as an adjunct at RCC since 2010 and also taught at Dominican College. Zugibe, of Garnerville, earned a BS in mathematics and an MA in secondary education, both from Sacred Heart University, and an MA in applied mathematics and statistics from Hunter College, CUNY.




Photo credit: Collette Fournier/RCC

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