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Maria Flynn

Maria Flynn

Maria Flynn

Lecturer, Sociology

Academic II, Room 2208


Maria Flynn, MA, has been teaching sociology since 2005 and is currently a full-time faculty member at RCC. Beginning in September 2017, Maria joined the faculty at RCC as an adjunct and was appointed to her temporary full-time position in January 2019. Previously, she has taught sociology and anthropology both as a full-time faculty member and an adjunct at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ, Felician University in Lodi, NJ, and Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. In addition, she teaches “The Social Aspects of Alcohol and Nicotine.” for the CASAC program at RCC.

Among the courses Maria Flynn has taught are Introduction to Sociology (traditional and on-line), Marriage and Family (traditional and on-line), Social Problems Honors, The Sociology of Deviant Behavior (on-line), Cultural Anthropology (traditional and on-line), Introduction to Anthropology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Problems, and Women in Society.  Prior to teaching sociology she taught ESL and GED preparation courses as well as worked in the hospitality industry.  Her work in the restaurant business influenced her Master’s Thesis “Gender Roles and Alcohol Consumption:  Are Women’s Drinking Patterns Becoming More Like Men?”


  • BA Sociology: Concentration in Criminology: The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 1991
  • MA Sociology: Concentration in Gender and Justice. The American University, Washington, DC, 1997

Professional Accomplishments (Selected)

  • Judging Panel for Soroptimist International District Women’s Opportunity Award: 2011
  • Member and Secretary of General Education Guiding Principles:  Information Literacy & Technological Competencies Committee for the NJ Council of Community Colleges, 2010-2011
  • Member & Secretary The Full-Time Faculty Constituency Council: 2008-2011
  • Member of Planning and Budget Committee:  2009-2011
  • Member of Middle States Periodic Review Steering Committee:  2007-2009
  • Faculty Advisor of the Sociology Club:  2007-2012
  • Text-Book Reviewer: McGraw Hill, Cengage, and Pearson Education:  2007-2019
  • Research Assistant for Elder Abuse: Institute for Women’s Policy Research: 1996
  • Interview Assistant at The Smithsonian Institute: 1995

Presentations (Selected)

  • “Graffiti: Vandalism or Art?”  Rockland Community College:  2019
  • “Critical Thinking: What does it mean?” Ocean Community College:  2012
  • “Sojourner Truth's interview with Abraham Lincoln.” Reader, Ocean County College Black History Month 2011
  • “Pros and Cons of Facebook and Student Interaction.” Ocean Community College: 2010
  • “The Pocahontas Perplex:  The Image of Indian Women in American Culture” Reader, Ocean County College Native American History Month:  2010
  • “Feminists:  What have you done for me lately?” Women’s History Month, Ocean County College:  2009
  • “Women and the Vote!” Women’s History Month, Ocean County College:  2008
  • “Promoting Critical Thinking in the Classroom and in Online Discussions.” 2009
  • “Feminist Perspectives: Marxist Feminism” Eastern Sociological Society 1994