Giovanna R. Czander
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Phone: (845) 848-4005
Office: Casey Hall
B.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
M.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
M.A. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)
M.Phil. – Fordham University
Ph.D. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)
Dr. Czander joined the faculty of DC in 2009. She brings to the Religious Studies Department a longstanding interest in philosophy and pedagogy and an active engagement with interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Courses she teaches include: Old Testament, New Testament, Religion and Human Experience, Religion in America, World Religions. Her research centers mainly on the Old Testament, particularly the prophetic and wisdom literatures, pentateuchal studies, and the theological interpretation of biblical law. Recent articles include “Of Donkeys and Witnesses: Interpolation or Interpretation? The Laws in Exod 23:1-9” (chapter in A Land Like Your Own, Wipf and Stock, 2010) and “The ‘Messianic Secret’ as Pedagogical Entryway into the Gospel of Mark” (Limina: A Journal of Theology, Winter 2014, St. Joseph’s College, ME; online). Dr. Czander has taught at Marist College, Iona College, Manhattan College, Fordham University, New York Theological Seminary, the Deaconate Program of the Archdiocese of New York, and overseas. She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the College Theological Society, and reviews articles submitted for publication for the journal Scriptura Sacra (University of Opole, Poland). She is a member in the Focolare Movement’s Abba School, an international interdisciplinary study center, and has worked as a translator and live interpreter for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and the beatification cause of Vietnamese Card. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1998-2002).
Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts
Phone: (845) 848-4081
Office: Casey Hall 19
B.A. – St. Leo College – Theatre/Speech & English Education
M.F.A. – Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Performing Arts Administration
P.D. – Professional Diploma – Fordham University
Ed.D. – Manhattanville College – Educational Leadership
Dr. James Filippelli retired as an English and Performing Arts teacher after over 35 years at Walter Panas High School in the Lakeland Central School District. The Performing Arts Center at the high school was recently named in his honor, thus renaming the facility as the Dr. James Filippelli Performing Arts Center. Dr. Filippelli began his career at Dominican College in the fall of 1979 initially only directing for The Aquin Players theatre group. In 1980, he developed the entire theatre curriculum that exists today and has grown through the years. He served as an Adjunct Instructor of Communications from 1980 through the fall of 2016. In 2016, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts. He developed the Theatre Minor and is working collaboratively with colleagues to develop a film, dance, and music minor. In his 38-year association with Dominican, Dr. Filippelli has had the pleasure to direct many main-stage musical productions involving students from all of the fine arts disciplines – art, music, dance, and theatre.
His research interests include Higher Education, Fine and Performing Arts, and undergraduate incorporation of major/minor courses of studies in the arts.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Phone: (845) 848-4010
Office: Casey Hall 19
B.A.– English: Fort Lewis College
B.A.– Philosophy: Fort Lewis College
M.A.– Philosophy: Marquette University
Ph.D.– Philosophy: Marquette University
Kevin Hermberg joined the faculty at Dominican College in 2007. Professor Hermberg’s research focus on 20th and 21st century European Philosophy (especially phenomenology and existentialism), but he is especially interested in putting various traditions and disciplines into conversation with one another. He works primarily at the intersections of analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, literature, and natural sciences. Professor Hermberg’s teaching experiences and interests are similarly cross-disciplinary and include work in the natural sciences, literature, and writing, in addition to philosophy. Before joining the faculty at Dominican College, professor Hermberg taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Carthage College, and Marquette University.
Professor Hermberg is founding editor (with Pol Vandevelde of Marquette University) of the book series, Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. He is on the editorial board of American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy. Dr. Hermberg is also actively involved with various groups and associations, including:
- The American Philosophical Association
- The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (member since 2000, board of directors 2007-)
- Assessment Network of New York