Faculty and Staff

Liberal Arts Division

The entire MCC professional community - its faculty, staff and support areas - is committed to preparing our students to succeed in the classroom, in the workplace and in society.

MCC is proud of its faculty members who bring both academic and “real world” credentials into the classroom. Our faculty’s first priority is to teach and it shows in their ongoing interest in and support of their students’ educational, career and life goals.

Working with the faculty, our staff members are a ready resource for questions and are available to help students understand all that’s needed to complete their academic requirements.

  • Linda Burk, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "By learning another language and learning about other cultures, we can gain a better understanding of our own culture and ourselves. This increased awareness is the heart of education. Engaging students in this process of discovery is an exciting and rewarding experience."

    Affiliations
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
    Foreign Languages Consortium of the Connecticut Community Colleges, President 2006 to present
    Connecticut Organization of Language Teachers (COLT)
    Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Past Advisory Council Member

    Linda Burk

    Professor
    Language Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-408

    Tel: (860) 512-2684
    LBurk@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Illinois,Champaign-Urbana - Spanish (Latin American Literature)
    MA, University of Cincinnati - Spanish Language and Literature
    BS, Northwest Missouri State University - Spanish and English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
    University of Cincinnati
    Silver Grove Public Schools, Kentucky
    Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska

    Expertise
    Spanish Language, Literature and Culture

  • David Calabrese, Instructor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Educating someone and watching them grow in a positive and useful way is a meaningful and rewarding experience for me. It makes me feel like the work I do is something for the greater good."

    Affiliations
    Society of Illustrators

    David Calabrese

    Instructor

    Liberal Arts

    Tel: (860) 512-2686
    DCalabrese@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MFA, Savannah College of Art & Deisgn-Interactive Design & Game Development
    BFA, University of Hartford-Illustration

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Quinnipiac University
    Art Institute of Pittsburg
    Art Institute of Las Vegas

    Expertise
    3D Modeling
    Texture Mapping
    Rigging
    Animation
    Digital Development and Design

  • David Caldwell, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "The course of my life is influenced by one fundamental privilege: teaching English at Connecticut's Community Colleges. Serving here at MCC amongst a diverse, bright, and motivated student population is the experience most responsible for any success as an educator I may claim."

    Affiliations
    Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)
    Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)

    David Caldwell

    Associate Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-410

    Tel: (860) 512-2689
    DCaldwell@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS#19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, Trinity College
    BA, University of Connecticut

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    City College of San Francisco
    Central Connecticut State University
    Asnuntuck Community College
    Tunxis Community College

    Expertise
    English Composition

  • Patricia Carrigan, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "As a process, drawing is about direct and immediate communication. Drawing is a common language. For an artist, drawing is the first impression, the first mark made in response to the world around us. Teaching drawing enables me to share the process of finding one's voice through mark-making."

    Affiliations
    National Art Education Association (NAEA)
    Connecticut Art Education Association
    Foundations in Art Theory and Education (FATE)
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Fellow, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation-County Mayo, Ireland

    Patricia Carrigan

    Associate Professor
    Visual Fine Arts Program

    Liberal Arts
    Office: D-233 MS# 19

    Tel: (860) 512-2695
    PCarrigan@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MFA, University of Connecticut-Drawing and Painting
    BFA, Hartwick College-Studio Art and Art Education

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Connecticut at Storrs

    Expertise
    Drawing
    Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic)
    Mixed Media Collage

  • Olivia Chiang, Instructor

    Why I Like What I Do
    Connecting directly with my students concerning history and art in the classroom, during office hours, and in museum settings is the best reward of teaching at MCC. No matter what academic program my students are pursuing, my goal is to encourage and foster their confidence in observation, analysis and interpretation. It is these skills which transcend the classroom and provide my students with powerful tools for whatever path they embark upon."

    Affiliations
    College Art Association
    Medieval Academy of America

    Olivia Chiang

    Instructor

    Liberal Arts
    Office: D-226

    Tel: (860) 512-2680
    OChiang@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, Yale University-History of Art
    BA, Tufts Univesrity-History, Art History

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Yale University

    Expertise
    Late Medieval Art
    Early Modern European Art

  • Why I Like What I Do
    "I learn as much, if not more, from students as what I offer them."

    Susan Classen-Sullivan

    Professor
    Visual Fine Arts Program

    Liberal Arts
    Office: D-129

    Tel: (860) 512-2693
    SClassen-Sullivan@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, Wesleyan University
    Art Education Certification, Central Connecticut State University
    BA, Eastern Connecticut State University-Art and English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Director of Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery at Manchester Community College

  • Lois Coleman, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Teaching is my vocation, resisted for years, but inescapable. It is exciting, challenging, interesting, frustrating, unnerving, wonderful, and exhilarating."

    Affiliations
    Modern Language Association (MLA)
    Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)
    National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

    Lois Coleman

    Associate Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: L-218c

    Tel: (860) 512-2666
    LColeman@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Connecticut-English
    MS, University of Connecticut-English
    BS, University of Connecticut-English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Connecticut
    Eastern Connecticut State University
    Three Rivers Community College

    Expertise
    Composition
    Literature (Introductory, American, African Diaspora)

  • Stephania Davis, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Journalism is one of the bedrocks of our society. It may change, evolve and grow, but it will never disappear. Students need to know how to be savvy media consumers and I enjoy helping them gain that skill."

    Affiliations
    National Association of Black Journalists
    College Media Advisers

    Stephania Davis

    Associate Professor
    Communications Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: A-211

    Tel: (860) 512-2694
    SDavis@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, University of Maryland-Journalism
    BA, Howard University-English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    The Hartford Courant
    The Chicago Tribune
    The Des Moines Register
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Expertise
    Print Journalism

  • Jeanine DeRusha, Professor

    Affiliations
    Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)
    Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)

    Jeanine DeRusha

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: L-218g

    Tel: (860) 512-2670
    JDeRusha@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MFA, University of Wahington-Creative Writing
    BA, University of Massachusetts-English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Poetry Club Advisor at MCC
    Holyoke Community College
    University of Washington
    University of California,Berkeley

    Expertise
    Composition
    Creative Writing

  • Linda Devlin, Educational Assistant

    Linda Devlin

    Educational Assistant

    Liberal Arts
    Office: L-125d

    Tel: (860) 512-3346
    LDevlin@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 8, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

  • Kaarina Finegan, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "MCC affords members of its extremely diverse population the opportunities and resources to achieve their academic potential, and thereby, their dreams, It is a privilege to assist in their achievement."

    Affiliations
    Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)

    Kaarina Finegan

    Associate Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-406

    Tel: (860) 512-2664
    KFinegan@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, Trinity College-English Literature
    BA, SUNY at Plattsburgh-Theater and English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Hartford
    Vernon Regional Education

    Expertise
    Developmental Education
    Academic Support Services
    Transitional Programs
    Theatre Arts

  • Carolina Flores, Assistant Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Because life without music would be mono-tonous."

    Affiliations
    American Choral Directors Association, President-Elect (CT-ACDA), past chair of Repertoire and Standard of Womens Choirs and College/University Choirs
    National Association of Music Education (MENC)
    American Guild of Organists (AGO)
    Choristers Guild

    Carolina Flores

    Assistant Professor
    Music

    Liberal Arts
    Office: D230

    Tel: (860) 512-2640
    CFlores@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    DMA, University of Hartford-Choral Conducting
    MM, Manhattan School of Music-Piano Performancce
    BM, Manhattan School of Music-Piano Performance
    MM, Royal Superior Conservatory of Music-Piano Pedagogy
    BMusEd, Zaragoza Superior Conservatory of Music-Piano Pedagogy

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford
    University of Rhode Island
    Gateway Community College
    Assistant Conductor, New Haven Chorale
    Artistic Director, Pioneer Valley Cappella Choir, MA
    Director of Music, St. Theresa Church, Trumbull, CT

    Expertise
    Choral Music
    Conducting
    Vocal Performance (Alto)
    Music of Late Renaissance and Early Baroque Spain
    Piano Performance, Pedagogy, Accompanying
    Sacred Music

  • James Gentile, Professor

    Affiliations
    Co-Chair, Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)
    State Representative, Two-Year College English Association, Northeast (TYCA NE)

    James Gentile

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-503

    Tel: (860) 512-2667
    JGentile@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Columbia University-English and Comparative Literature
    MPhil, Columbia University-English and Comparative Literature
    MA, Columbia University-English and Comparative Literature
    BA, Columbia University-English Literature

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Hartford College for Women
    Columbia College at Columbia University
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Administrative Experience Co-Director, Connecticut Poetry Circuit
    Coordinator of Online Tutoring in Writing
    Chair, Connecticut Community Colleges Center for Teaching
    Chair and Co-Chair, Department of English
    Faculty Advisor, Newman Society

    Expertise
    American Literature
    Early Western Literature
    Composition and Developmental Writing

  • Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy teaching and all different kinds of life-long learning. Most recently, my family and I have been learning about permaculture and ways that we can sustainably farm our land. I have also had a long interest in innovative practices in hospice care. I enjoy falconry and long beach walks with my dogs. Most of all, I enjoy my two children, and, my husband, Marc."

    Affiliations
    New Faculty Development Consortium
    Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)
    Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)
    Modern Language Association (MLA)
    New England Educational Assessment Network

    Kimberly Hamilton Bobrow

    Professor
    English

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-516

    Tel: (860) 512-2676
    KHamiltonBobrow@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, Ohio University
    BA, Skidmore College
    Professor Hamilton Bobrow has completed doctoral work at Brandeis University. In additon to degree programs, Professor Hamilton Bobrow has earned certificates from the National Endowment for the Humanities; The School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College; The Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College; Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation Summer insight Initiative, and The University and College Labor Education Association Summer Institute.

    Experience
    Mahchester Community College
    Yale University, Community College Faculty Fellow

  • Richard Harden, Professor

    Richard Harden

    Professor
    Visual Fine Arts Program

    Liberal Arts
    Office: D-106

    Tel: (860) 512-2690
    RHarden@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MFA, University of Hartford
    BFA, Syracuse University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

  • Wanda Haynes, Professor

    Wanda Haynes

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-313

    Tel: (860) 512-2691
    WHaynes@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Fordham University
    BA, Fordham University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

  • Edward Hogan, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "The constant evolution of digital tools has made the design and production of all types of creative work more expansive and more dynamic. Although keeping up with new technology can be very challenging, it has increased the range and capabilities of my artwork and brought me to working methods that I could not have even imagined a few years ago."

    Edward Hogan

    Professor
    Coordinator, Multimedia and Graphic Arts Program

    Liberal Arts
    Office: A-257

    Tel: (860) 512-2672
    EHogan@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MFA, University of Hartford
    BFA, CUNY,Lehman College

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

    Expertise
    Graphic Design
    Illustration
    Animation
    3D Modeling
    Interactive Project Production

  • Jared Holt, Educational Assistant

    Jared Holt

    Educational Assistant

    Liberal Arts

    JHolt@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

  • Albert Kim, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I am blessed to be able to merge my professional and media experiences with my passion for teaching at MCC. It is always gratifying to see MCC students successfully move into fields of radio, TV, production, public relations and the music recording industry. Many alumni tell me how much they fondly recall their experiences and classes at MCC."

    Affiliations
    FCC Broadcaster License

    Albert Kim

    Associate Professor
    Communications Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: L-218e

    Tel: (860) 512-2797
    AKim@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Central Connecticut University-Organizational Management and Communication
    BA, University of Connecticut-Organizational Psychology

    Experience
    Mancheser Community College
    Central Connecticut State University
    Albertus Magnus College
    Shorter College
    1550 AM/WSDK-Morning Show Host/Assistant Program Director
    Lite 100.5 FM/WRCH-On-air Talent
    C-Media Promotions-VP National Radio Promotions and Business Development Faculty Advisor
    ICE Radio (www.mcc.commnet.edu/ice)
    Drama Club
    Upper Room Fellowship Club

    Expertise
    Radio/TV Broadcasting
    Online/Distance Learning
    Improvisation Comedy
    All Things Star Trek/Star Wars
    Fine Asian and Mexican Cuisine around Greater Hartford

  • George Kim, Professor

    George Kim

    Professor
    Philosophy Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: A-243

    Tel: (860) 512-2774
    GKim@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Chung-Wen and Yale University
    MDiv, Yale University
    MA, Yale University
    AB, Kung-Hee University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

  • Kenneth Klucznik, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy engaging students who are curious and who have a commitment to learning."

    Affiliations
    Connecticut Consortium of English Teachers (CCET)

    Kenneth Klucznik

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-508

    Tel: (860) 512-2681
    KKlucznik@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, Indiana University-Comparative Literature
    MA, Indiana University-Comparative Literature
    BA, Bates College-English, French and German

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

    Expertise
    Modern Literature
    Literary Theory and Criticism
    Composition
    Assessment
    General Education

  • Timothy Kussow, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "This facility with which children satisfy their imagination is a token of the spirituality of their artistic concepts. The toy is the child's initiation into art, or rather, it is his initiation into its practical application, and when he has come to man's estate no perfect work of art will ever arouse in him the same warmth, of the same enthusiasm, of the same confidence." Charles Baudelaire, 1853

    Affiliations
    College Art Association
    International Sculpture Center
    IAFF L4120-Mansfield Fire Department, CT

    Timothy Kussow

    Professor
    Coordinator, Visual Fine Arts Program

    Liberal Arts
    Office: D-134

    Tel: (860) 512-2679
    TKussow@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MFA, University of Wisconsin
    MA, University of Wisconsin
    Art Education Certification, University of Wisconsin
    BA, University of Wisconsin

    Experience
    Manchester Community College, CT
    Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
    Madison Public Schools, WI
    Orangeville Community School District -203, IL

    Expertise
    Sculpture
    Welding
    3 D Design
    Visual Thinking-Problem Solving-Critical Thinking

  • Daniel Long, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I love photography and I love helping people realize their potential. Success is very tangible for art students-their art is hung on the wall at the end of the semester. Come to a MCC Student Arts Festival (every May and December) and see for yourself."

    Affiliations
    Society for Photographic Education
    Center for Fine Art Photography
    Camera Club of New York

    Daniel Long

    Professor
    Visual Fine Arts Program

    Liberal Arts
    Office: D-224

    Tel: (860) 512-2697
    DLong@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MFA (in progress), Rhode Island School of Design
    MA, University of Connecticut-Higher Education Administration
    MA, Purdue University-Photography
    BA, Bennington College-Visual Fine Arts Workshops: International Center for Photography, Maine Media Workshops, Woodstock Center for Photography

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Purdue University
    Brown University
    Bennington College

    Expertise
    Film and Digital Photography

  • Donna McCormac, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Teaching and learning are my passions."

    Affiliations
    International Reading Association
    Two-Year College Association, Northeast (TYCA-NE)

    Donna McCormac

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: L-278

    Tel: (860) 512-2619
    DMcCormac@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 9, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Eastern Connecticut State University
    BS, Eastern Connecticut State University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Eastern Connecticut State University

    Expertise
    Remedial Reading
    Language Arts
    Developmental Education

  • Why I Like What I Do
    "I love teaching because I get to learn so much from my students each semester. In each class I teach, I feel as though I am a mediator of a think tank that has gathered to solve the world's problems. I don't know where else I would have these wonderful experiences if I weren't an English professor."

    Affiliations
    American Educational Research Association
    Association for the Study of Higher Education
    College Language Association
    National Association for Developmental Education
    New England Faculty Development Consortium
    Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)

    Tanya Millner-Harlee

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-405

    Tel: (860) 512-2671
    Fax: (860) 512-2661TMillner-Harlee@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    EdD, The George Washington University-Higher Education Administration
    MA, Northeastern University-English
    BA, Georgetown University-English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Phoenix
    Strayer University
    Capitol College
    Northern Virginia Community College
    Park University
    Northeastern University

    Expertise
    Developmental English
    Composition and Rhetoric
    American Literature
    Online Learning
    Contingent Faculty Issues

  • Maura O'Connor, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Engaging in designed change, creating visual solutions, raising awareness and expanding consciousness connects me to humanity and the divine."

    Affiliations
    AIGA, Professional Association for Design
    Design Observer
    GOOD
    IDEO, Design and Innovation Specialists
    Independent Lens
    MIT List Visual Arts Center
    Social Design Site
    TED, Technology, Entertainment, Design

    Maura O'Connor

    Professor
    Multimedia and Graphic Arts

    Liberal Arts
    Office: A-229

    Tel: (860) 512-2692
    MOConnor@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MFA, Vermont College-Visual Arts and Intermedia (Video Editing and Installation)
    BFA, University of Hartford-Ceramics and Graphic Design
    CHHC, Institute for Integrative Nutrition and SUNY, Purchase

    Experience
    Manchseter Community College
    Public Access Television
    Field Publications
    "Weekly Reader"
    Educational Newspapers

    Expertise
    Visual Communication and Design Thinking Strategies
    Holistic Nutrition

  • Barbara Sue Place, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Bonjour, Hola, Hello! I hope you are intrigued by the idea of learning a foreign language. For myself, I have had teaching as goal since I was very young. Playing "school" was my favorite play-acting pastime. Later on, when my sister taught me some French words, I thought they were magical. How wonderful to speak another language! Learning French and Spanish allowed me to speak with people in their own languages and appreciate their cultures as I traveled. And now, as a teacher, I can combine these lifelong loves by sharing what I have learned and experienced with my students, and maybe start them off on their own adventures by opening up new worlds to them. I believe the best part fot eaching is the students. I want to help them realize their visions and give them new perspectives to consider. And, I believe that MCC is a good place to work toward that goal."

    Affiliations
    Association of Departments of Foreign Languages
    American Association of Teachers of French
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugese
    Alliance Francaise of Greater Hartford
    The Foreign Language Consortium of the Connecticut Community Technical Colleges-Secretary and Co-founder

    Barbara Sue Place

    Professor
    Language Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-415

    Tel: (860) 512-2698
    BPlace@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, Michigan State University
    Translator's Certification, Mary Grove College
    BS, Central Michigan University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Barbara Place began her career as a high school teacher of French, Spanish and English, first in Michigan, and then south of Chicago. Her last high school teaching position was for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. She came to Manchester Community College in the fall of 1987.

    Expertise
    In addition to teaching, Barbara Place served at the college as the Chair of the Humanities Deprtment for nine years and as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for three years. She is the advisor to Le Cercle Francais, the MCC French Club, and to Alpha Mu Gamma, the Foreign Language Honor Society. She has served on many committees and is a founding member of the Connecticut Foreign Language Consortium. She has traveled to over 30 countries, and on 16 occasions she led student groups abroad.

  • Lois Ryan, Professor

    Affiliations
    National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
    Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
    New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE)
    International Reading Association (IRA)

    Lois Ryan

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-504

    Tel: (860) 512-2675
    LRyan@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MS, Central Connecticut State University-Reading
    BA, University of Connecticut-English Education

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Central Connecticut State University

    Expertise
    English
    Reading
    Public Speaking

  • Deborah Simmons, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Through the music appreciation courses that I teach, I embrace the opportunity to aid in my students' deeper understanding and appreciation for music - all types of music. This will be the last opportunity for many of my students to study music. I envision these students as future civic leaders, school board members and supporters of the arts. As the coordinator of the Music Studies Program, I feel a steadfast commitment to the creation of a program that provides exceptional instruction that is accessible and affordable. To study music, one must work hard and develop the practice of self-discipline, but the outcome is an opportunity to study, create and engage in the music making process and pursue one's passion. I want the students at MCC to have this opportunity. I see these students as future music teachers, sound engineers, performers, church musicians, composers and music retailers."

    Affiliations
    Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA)
    Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society
    Manchester, CT Arts Hall of Fame
    Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
    Society for Arts in Health Care (SAH)

    Deborah Simmons

    Professor
    Coordinator, Music Program

    Liberal Arts
    Office: D-235

    Tel: (860) 512-2674
    DSimmons@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
    MED, Teachers College, Columbia University
    MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
    BS, Winston-Salem University

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Lewis Fox Middle School, Hartford, CT - Band Director and Music Teacher
    Manhattan Psychiatric Center, NY, NY - Recreation Therapist and Supervisor

    Expertise
    Adult Learning
    American Popular Music
    Bass Guitar - Pop and Rock
    Guitar - Folk and Contemporary Pop/Blues
    Music Education
    Music Therapy/Special Education
    Piano Performance - Contemporary and African American Sacred
    Sacred Music
    Western European Classical Music

  • Gail Stanton, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    I love the diversity of students here at MCC. I feel fortunate to be a part of their educational journey.

    Affiliations
    Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)
    Advisory Committee on Disability Issues
    Association of Higher Education and Disability

    Gail Stanton

    Professor
    English

    Liberal Arts
    Office: L-131h

    Tel: (860) 512-3597
    GStanton@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 8, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, American International College-Human Services
    BA, American International College-Special Education, Learning Disabilities

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    American International College
    Massachusetts Bay Community College

    Expertise
    Learning Disabilities
    Developmental Writing
    Reading

  • Michael Stefanowicz, Division Director of Liberal Arts

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I enjoy helping students and faculty achieve quality results at Manchester Community College. MCC is a wonderful community of learners."

    Affiliations
    Connecticut College and University Counselors Association - Past President, Treasurer
    New England Transfer Association -Past President

    Michael Stefanowicz

    Division Director of Liberal Arts
    Liberal Arts Division

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T304

    Tel: (860) 512-2662
    MStefanowicz@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA Ed, Springfield College - Counseling Psychology: Student Personnel Administration
    BA, Bucknell University - English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Asnuntuck Community College
    Holyoke Community College

    Expertise
    Advising
    College Administration
    Counseling

  • Stephen Straight, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Albert Einstein

    Affiliations
    Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)

    Stephen Straight

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-507

    Tel: (860) 512-2688
    SStraight@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    MA, University of Connecticut-English
    BA, University of Connecticut-English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Connecticut
    Eastern Connecticut State University

    Expertise
    Composition
    Poetry
    Jambalaya

  • Rae Strickland, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Being an MCC student was a life-changing experience for me. I hope that when MCC changes others' lives, I can be a part of that."

    Affiliations
    National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
    Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)

    Rae Strickland

    Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: L-218b

    Tel: (860) 512-2677
    RStrickland@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    EdD, Durham University
    MFA, University of Iowa Writers Workshop
    BA, Bard College
    AS, MAnchester Community College

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Eastern Connecticut State University
    Assnuntuck Community College
    Hartford Stage Company

    Expertise
    Composition
    Creative Writing

  • Patrick Sullivan, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I love MCC, and I love working with the students here. I feel honored and lucky to be able to teach at this great institution. I began my academic career at a community college (Mohegan Community College in Norwich, Connecticut), and I try to give something back every day. I love teaching here."

    Affiliations
    National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

    Patrick Sullivan

    Professor
    English

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-509

    Tel: (860) 512-2669
    PSullivan@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD Program (ABD), University of Connecticut -English
    MA, University of Connecticut - English
    MA, Wesleyan University - Liberal Arts
    BA, Eastern Connecticut State College - English
    AA,Mohegan Community College

    Experience
    Manchester Community College

    Expertise
    Composition scholarship and theory

  • Steve Torres, Associate Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I love helping students find out what great thinkers like Shakespeare and Dante were writing about and how they can express their own thoughts clearly and with elegance."

    Affiliations
    Mystery Writers of America

    Steve Torres

    Associate Professor
    English Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: T-510

    Tel: (860) 512-2696
    STorres@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, CUNY, Graduate School and University Center-English
    MPhil, CUNY, Graduate School and University Center-English
    MA, CUNY, Queens College-English
    BA, CUNY, Hunter College-English

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    Utica College
    Yeshiva University
    Bronx Community College
    New York Public Library

    Expertise
    Writing
    Introduction to Literature
    American Literature
    Introduction to Humanities

  • Rebecca Townsend, Professor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "I have been fascinated by how people interact for a long time. I enjoy working with people on how to communicate in ways that benefit the common good."

    Affiliations
    National Communication Association
    Eastern Communication Association
    International Association of Public Participation
    National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation
    National Issues Forum (certified and affiliated issue framer, discussion moderator and recorder)
    American Association of Community Colleges
    The Democracy Imperative
    INGroup (Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research)
    International Environmental Communication Association

    Rebecca Townsend

    Professor
    Communications Department

    Liberal Arts
    Office: A212

    Tel: (860) 512-2685
    RTownsend@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    MA, Indiana University
    BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Experience
    Manchester Community College
    University of Hartford
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Isenberg School of Management and Department of Communication)
    Holyoke Community College
    Bay Path College
    Indiana University

    Expertise
    Human Communication
    Rhetorical Studies
    Deliberative Democracy
    Local Communication
    Town Meetings

  • Brion van Over, Instructor

    Why I Like What I Do
    "Teaching allows me to challenge myself and my students to critically engage in the world around us, to rethink our assumptions, and try to create the kind of world we want to live in. Who wouldn't want to do that?"

    Affiliations
    Center for Communication and Sustainable Social Change (CSSC), Junior Fellow
    International Communication Association (ICA)
    International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)
    National Communication Association (NCA)

    Brion van Over

    Instructor

    Liberal Arts
    Office: L-218a

    Tel: (860) 512-2645
    BvanOver@mcc.commnet.edu

    Great Path, MS# 19, P.O. Box 1046
    Manchester, CT 06045-1046

    Education
    PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst-Communication, Culture and Social Interaction
    MA, SUNY at Albany-Communication, Culture and Social Interaction
    BA, SUNY at Oswego-Human Communication

    Experience
    University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    Social and Environmental Research Institute
    SUNY at Albany

    Expertise
    Communication Technology
    Environmental Communication
    Intercultural Communication
    Interpersonal Communication

Last Update: March 21 2012
For additional information, contact: Brenda St. Peter