College Appoints 15 to Tenure Track Faculty Positions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 13, 2008
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SUNY Rockland Community College Appoints 15 to Tenure Track Faculty Positions
Suffern, NY - SUNY Rockland Community College appointed 15 faculty members to tenure track positions effective Fall ’08 semester.
Ms. Vanessa Lago-Barros of Montclair, NJ, was appointed Instructor of Foreign Language. In September '06, she began as an adjunct in Foreign Languages at SUNY Rockland teaching Spanish, French, and Cultural Anthropology. From 2005 - 2007, she taught French and Spanish at the Rockland Country Day School in Congers. She has a master's degree in Anthropology from the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the Université de Bordeaux I, France; and the Université of Paris I-Sorbonne, and an associate's degree in Education from the Universidad de Barcelona, Spain
Ms. Diana Carey ’97 of Thiells was appointed Instructor of Physical Education. Carey began as an adjunct in the department in 2000 as Fitness Coordinator, and since 2006, has taught Physical Education, Fitness and Athletic Training courses as a temporary full-time lecturer. She has a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Lehman College in the Bronx, a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology/Sports Medicine from Manhattan College in Riverdale, and an Associate of Arts degree from Rockland Community College
Mr. Stephen Churchill of Garnerville was appointed Instructor of Computer Assisted Design. An accomplished artist, printmaker and sculptor, Churchill has been an adjunct at the College since 2004, and during the 2007-2008 academic year, served as a temporary full-time lecturer in AUTO-CAD. From 1998-2004, Churchill taught at the K-12 level at Rockland BOCES, coordinating classroom activities involving art and artistic expression for students of varying degrees of mental, emotional and physical development. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase.
Ms. Nancy Collins of New City was appointed Instructor of Nursing. Since Fall ’07 she was a full-time faculty member at Felician College, and also served as both an adjunct (’94 - ’95) and full-time (’95 - ’97) faculty member at SUNY Rockland. She has worked as an RN Senior Staff Nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Regent Hospital, and New York Hospital, as well as an RN Education Specialist at Helen Hayes Hospital. Collins has a Master of Arts in Nursing from New York University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dominican College, and is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
Mr. Bruce T. Delfini of Garnerville was appointed Instructor of History. Delfini, who will also serve as Coordinator of Social and Behavioral Science, has taught as an adjunct since 1991, in Cultural Anthropology, History, Geography, Science, Sociology and Pluralism and Diversity in America. Over the past 11 years, he has also served as Coordinator of Evening/Weekend and Dual Enrollment Studies. He has a Master of Arts degree in European History from SUNY Albany, and a Bachelor of Science degree in History from SUNY Oneonta.
Dr. Barry Fischer, formerly of Maryland, was appointed Assistant Professor of Performing Arts. During the past academic year he served as Chair of Dance at the Clayton Magnet School, Georgia, and from 1995-2007, served as the Coordinator of the Frostburg State University Dance Program as well as Director of the Frostburg State University Dance Company. Fischer holds an Ed.D. in Dance from New York University, a Master of Fine Art in Dance from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Dance from SUNY College at Brockport.
Mr. Robert Fuentes of Kingston was appointed Instructor of English. Since 2002, Fuentes has worked at the College as an adjunct, teaching composition and literature. He has been appointed as advisor to the student newspaper, Outlook. From 1998-2002, he was The Truman Capote Fellow at Cornell University in Ithaca. He wrote for the Cornell Chronicle and from 1998-2002 was Associate Editor of Epoch Magazine. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale College in New Haven, CT.
Dr. Oliver Just of Lake Hiawatha, NJ, was appointed Instructor of Chemistry. Since 2007, he was an Assistant Professor at Salem State College, MA, teaching Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. At Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA, (’06 - ‘07), he taught Organic and General Chemistry. In addition, he has more than 35 published articles, and two patent disclosures. He has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, a Master of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, all from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Ji-Hyun Kim of Astoria was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Since 2005 she has served as a visiting professor at the City University of New York, where she teaches Biological and Organic Chemistry. In addition, she has taught General and Organic Chemistry at the Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland (’02 – ’05). She has a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Ewha Women’s University, in Seoul, Korea. After receiving her Ph.D. she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center.
Dr. Seonja Kim of Montvale, NJ, was appointed Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Since 2007, she was assistant professor at the College of New Jersey, teaching statistics and mathematics. As an assistant professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University (’01 – ’07) in Teaneck, NJ, she taught a range of mathematics and statistics courses. She has a Ph.D. in Algebraic Geometry, a Master of Science degree in Real Analysis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, all from Inha University, Incheon, South Korea.
Dr. Kimberly Kohlhausen of Nyack was appointed Instructor of Philosophy. Kohlhausen has worked as an adjunct at the College since 2003, teaching Philosophy and English. She serves as Coordinator of the English and Philosophy disciplines. She is also Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics/Clinical Health at SUNY Optometry (since 2004). She has a Doctorate of Arts and Letters in Philosophy, with a focus on Bio-Medical Ethics from Drew University in Madison, NJ, a Master of Arts degree in British and American Literature from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Composition from SUNY Stony Brook.
Dr. Kristie Morris of Mamaroneck was appointed Instructor of Psychology. Since August 2007, she was an adjunct at Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ, where she taught courses in Psychology and Human Sexuality. In the Spring ’07 semester, she taught Developmental Psychology as an adjunct at Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA. She has a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Memphis.
Dr. Christina M. Stern of New York, NY, was appointed Instructor of History. With CUNY LaGuardia Community College since 1997, as a part-time assistant professor, she taught Western Civilization, American History, World Civilizations, Sociology, and Urban Studies. During the past academic year, she participated in LaGuardia’s Carnegie Seminar on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She has a Ph.D. in Medieval European History and a Master of Arts in European History, both from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Hofstra University.
Ms. Rixi Thomas ‘98 of New City was appointed Instructor of Nursing. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Registered Nurse with supervisory, instructional and clinical experiences in Nursing Education, Maternal/Child Health, and Neurosurgical/Medical Surgical Care. She has served as an adjunct at Rockland Community College since 2005. She has also been employed as a Staff RN at Palisades Medical Center and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. She has a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University, and an Associate in Applied Science from Rockland Community College.
Ms. Xin Ye of New York, NY, was appointed Instructor of Electrical Technology. She is currently in the process of completing her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York. Since 2001, she has taught a variety of courses at CUNY, including Electric Circuits, Digital Circuits, Electrical Drafting, and Optics. She has a Master of Philosophy degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Hefei University of Technology, Anhui, China.
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