Arts and Science Faculty and Staff

Science

    Regina Alvarez

    Assistant Professor of Biology

      Phone 845-848-6007
      Email: regina.alvarez@dc.edu

      Office: Prusmack Center 308

      B.A. – Biological Sciences, Lehman College, City University of New York
      M.A. – Biological Sciences, subprogram Plant Science, Lehman College, City University of New York
      Ph.D. – Biological Sciences, subprogram Plant Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York

      Dr. Alvarez joined the faculty at Dominican College in August 2017. She teaches General Biology, Ecology and Botany, among other courses. Prior to teaching at Dominican, she taught for the City University of New York. Before coming to academia, she worked for 19 years for the Central Park Conservancy, the managers of Central Park in New York City. She started as a gardener and worked her way up to Director of Horticulture and Woodland Management. Her focus was on native plants and ecological restoration. Her research focuses on the flora and ecology of urban environments. Dr. Alvarez is also an instructor of botany at the New York Botanical Garden, where she teaches Plant Physiology, Plant Morphology and Introduction to Plant Science.

        Kathleen Conlon Hinge

        Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Science Department Coordinator

          Phone: (845) 848-6008
          Email: kathleen.hinge@dc.edu
          Office: Prusmack Center 308

          B.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
          M.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
          Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

          Kathleen Hinge joined the Dominican College faculty after a 20-year engineering career, emphasizing mathematical modeling and computer simulation of the structural behavior of machine elements and systems. She has published patent applications and received an NSF fellowship. By virtue of her corporate engineering experience, she is role model and mentor to students pursuing the Pre-Engineering Option in Mathematics (the 5-year sequence that leads to a BA in Mathematics from Dominican College and a BE in Engineering from Manhattan College).

          Dr. Hinge teaches General Physics (I and II), where she emphasizes hands-on laboratory work to engage students actively in the discovery and understanding of physical phenomena. She also teaches multiple courses in Mathematics.  In 2015, Dr. Hinge became the Science Department Coordinator. In 2016, Dr. Hinge was appointed an adjunct engineering faculty member at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy (www.johncabot.edu) where she teaches Statics and Mechanics of Materials during the summer.

          Her non-academic interests include reading, spinning and yoga (not at the same time!).

            Bernadette Connors

            Associate Professor of Biology

              Phone: (845) 848-6020
              Email: bernadette.connors@dc.edu
              Office: Prusmack Center 308

              B.S. – Biology SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
              Ph.D – Biology SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry

              Dr. Bernadette Connors joined the faculty at Dominican College in January 2009. Her research focuses primarily on understanding the microbial and viral ecosystems in numerous waterways in the Hudson Valley, focusing on identifying how human-related activities impact the dynamics of the aquatic microbiome. She has procured funding for her work through the New York State Water Resources Institute, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and the Haitian-American Scientific Society. She and her students presented their research at both regional and national scientific meetings.

              Prior to her arrival at Dominican College, Dr. Connors taught at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, at which she both taught Cell Biology and Genetics, and operated an NIH-funded laboratory while employing and training several undergraduate students. While at Dominican College, she has secured funding through the National Science Foundation to support STEM scholarships for students entering Biology professions and established numerous collaborations with colleagues at university centers to provide additional research opportunities for students at Dominican College. She welcomes both undergraduates and high school students into her research lab during both the academic year and summertime.

              See Dr. Bernadette Connor's Publications and Presentations

              Publications

              • Fleischacker CL et al. Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium Phage CrystalP. Genome Announcement 5(28) e00542-17
              • Connors BJ, Rochelle L*, Roberts A*, Howard G*. A synthetic interaction between CDC20 and RAD4 in Saccharomyces cerevisiaeupon UV irradiation. Molecular Biology International. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/519290. 2014.
              • Connors BJ, Miller M*, Maynard CA, Powell WA. Cloning and characterization of promoters from American chestnut capable of directing reporter gene expression in transgenic Arabidopsis plants. Plant Science 163: 771-781. 2002.
              • Connors BJ, Laun NP*, Maynard CA, Powell WA. Molecular characterization of a gene encoding a cystatin expressed in the stems of American chestnut (Castanea dentata). Planta 215: 510-514. 2002.
              • Maynard C, Liang H, Connors BJ, LaPierre S, Polin L*, Mukherjee R, and Powell WA. Using biotechnology to restore American Chestnut: an unfolding story. Proceedings of the National Society of American Foresters. October, 2004.

              Workshop Presentations and Posters

              • “Undergraduate Research Experience in the Classroom as a Means of Retaining Students in a Biology Program”, Biennial CUR Conference, Washington, DC (June 2014) (Workshop session, co-presented with Annmarie Dellipizzi)
              • “Scaffolding Research Across the Curricula: From Freshmen to Seniors: Two Approaches for Incorporating Research Into All Levels of the Biology Curriculum”, NCUR 2014, Lexington, KY (Workshop session, co-presented with Nathan Reyna, Ouachita Baptist University, AK)
              • “Getting Started as a Microbiologist at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution”, 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, Boston, MA (Workshop, co-convened with Louise Temple, James Madison University).
              • “An Interdisciplinary Means to Approaching a Career in Microbiology”, 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, New Orleans, LA

              Student Posters and Platform Presentations (selected)

              • Scrudato, M. Microbial and Viral Community Analysis of a Polluted Watershed in the Hudson Valley. National Conferences of
                Undergraduate Research (Memphis, TN). 2017
              • Medina A and Moncy M. Interaction Between the Yeast Gene, YDR132C, and Human p53 in Transgenic Strains Exposed to Caffeine and Aspirin. National Conferences of Undergraduate Research (Memphis, TN). 2017
              • Dantico L, Joseph C and Alvarez Y. Direct Isolation, Characterization, and Putative Lysogen Testing of an Adopted Mycobacteriophage Mattes, Hosted on Mycobacterium smegmatis Discovered in Water of Dominican College. 1st Annual NYC Regional SEA-PHAGES  Conference (Suffern, NY) 2017
              • Joseph C (presenting author), BI221-222 Class (2016-2017). The Mycobacteriophage of Dominican College: Direct Isolation of Fifteen          Siphoviridae from Soil and Water. HHMI SEA-{HAGES Conference. Janelia Research Center (Ashburn, VA) 2017.
              • Panchyshyn A, Scrudato M, and Maharaj B. Analysis of the Microbiome and Antibiotic Sensitivities of Fecal Bacteria in the Sparkill Creek. American Society of Microbiology ASM2016 (Boston, MA) 2016
              • Charlotin E, Nunez B, McIlwaine J, Azatullah K, Simoes C, Mansour R, Yelin I, Kelly K. Analysis of growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae expressing p53 when exposed to the xanthenes, caffeine and theobromine. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (San Antonio, TX) 2014
              • Nunez B, Mansour R. Triggering tumor suppressive activity in p53 mutants by isolated polyphenols through direct mechanisms. Tri Beta Research Symposium Mount Saint Vincent. 2014 (platform)
              • Bauer M, Malia J, and Alacar DJ. Effects of pre-workout supplements on metabolism in the eukaryotic model organism, Saccharomces cerevisiae. Tri BetaResearch Symposium Mount Saint Vincent. 2014 (poster) “An Inquiry Based Learning Experience Using the Model Organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae“, National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (Fall 2013) (poster)

                AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

                Associate Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor, Coordinator of Health Sciences Program

                  Phone: (845) 848-6009
                  Email: annmarie.dellipizzi@dc.edu
                  Office: Prusmack Center 308

                  B.S. – Manhattan College
                  M.S. – New York Medical College
                  PhD. – New York Medical College

                  Areas of Interest/Research: The role of eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension

                  Courses Taught: Introduction to Biology, Genetics, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science.

                  Dr. AnnMarie DelliPizzi is a Pharmacologist who joined the faculty of Dominican College in Fall of 2004 after teaching as an adjunct in the Biology Department for one year prior.  Courses taught include General Biology, Introduction to Biology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Science, Cell Biology, Genetics and Histology.  In addition to directing the Honors Program, Dr. DelliPizzi is also the Faculty Moderator of the Nu Psi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society for Biology, and serves as the Health Professions Advisor.  She recently co-authored two new lab manuals with Dr. Emma Sarro, Assistant Professor of Biology, “Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I” and “Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II”, both of which are published by BVT Publishing.

                  Prior to starting at Dominican College, Dr. DelliPizzi was on the faculty at Manhattan College, where she taught Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology and General Biology and also served for several years as the Health Professions Advisor.  She currently holds adjunct appointments in the Nursing Department at Lehman College and in the Pharmacology Department at New York Medical College.

                  See Dr. DelliPizzi’s Publications & Presentations

                  DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I. 2nd Edition. BVT Publishing. , 2016.

                  DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II. BVT Publishing, 2016.

                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Houli Jiang, Nicholas R. Ferreri. The EP3 receptors regulates water excretion in response to high salt intake. American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology Oct 2016, 311 (4) F822-F829

                  Presentations at National Meetings

                  Connors, BJ and DelliPizzi,, A. Undergraduate research experience in the classroom as a means of retaining students in a Biology program. Council for Undergraduate Research, June, 2014.

                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Activation of EP3 receptors suppresses COX-2 in thick ascending limb (TAL) and inhibits water excretion Experimental Biology 2015.

                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie Dellipizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) regulates NKCC2 and AQP2 expression and adaptation to high NaCl intake\ Experimental Biology 2015.

                    Colleen A. Evans

                    Associate Professor of Chemistry

                      Phone: (845) 848-6016
                      Email: colleen.evans@dc.edu
                      Office: Prusmack Center  308

                      B.S. – Chemistry/Biology: Ouachita Baptist University
                      M.S. – Organic Chemistry: University of Missouri
                      Ph.D. – Higher Education: Seton Hall University

                      Professor Colleen Evans joined the Science Department as an adjunct professor in 2003, became an instructor in Chemistry in the Science Department in 2007 and was promoted to assistant professor of Chemistry in 2015. Professor Evans has taught General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry courses. 

                      Professor Evans’ research interests are focused on developing new and general synthetic organic methods for use in the design of novel compounds of biological and medicinal interest. The main current emphasis is twofold: 1) the application of selective thionation reactions to compounds of biological interest such as heterocyclic compounds and short peptides and 2) the development of novel thionating agents that are selective and practical for use in a wide variety of synthetic transformations. Professor Evans has also educational research interests which include retention of science students at the undergraduate level, exploration of innovative teaching methods and curriculum design to enhance the learning experience of science students, and increasing the number of science majors who become middle school and high school science teachers

                      One avenue of thionation reactions has been applied to serotonin receptors HTR1A/2 partial agonist/antagonist small molecules such as the clinical candidate adatanserin which led to the discovery of a novel agent thioadatanserin with EC50 of 6.7 nM against 5-HTR1A and IC50 of 62.3 nM against 5HTR2A as a potential agent for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Thioadatanserin was further modified by a novel tandem dialkylation reaction giving unexpected analogues.  The structure of one analogue was determined using X- ray single structure crystallography.

                      In another project, research is being carried out with our undergraduate research students to discover covalent peptidomimetic inhibitors of calpain enzymes as potential treatment of diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

                      Recently, she discovered a novel thionating agent which was termed TMPT whose X-ray crystal structure indicates high degree of symmetry that may be useful in achieving desired selectivity in thionation reaction. The scope of this novel thionating agent is being actively investigated.

                      Professor Evans spearheaded the curricular design and implementation of the new chemistry minor which was first offered in 2015. She has also served on the curriculum committee, freshman directorate, and adhoc committee charged with developing College-wide Educational Goals and Learning Objectives. As a coordinator of Science Department Seminar Series (2012-2015) she brought scientists from diverse disciplines to campus to speak and meet with Dominican College students.  Currently, she is the Chairperson of the Dominican College Institutional Review Board. 

                      Prior to joining Dominican College, Professor Evans’ scientific career started in 1984 as a synthetic chemist in the Agricultural Products Department at E. I. Dupont de Nemours (Wilmington, DE) working on the important class of sulfonyl ureas herbicides.  In 1987, she then joined the Medicinal Chemistry Department of BioChem Pharma (Quebec, Canada) as a research scientist and was involved in the discovery of Epivir licensed for the treatment of AIDS and hepatitis B infections.

                      Professor Evans is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship – Kiel, West Germany (1980-1981) and co-recipient of Prix-Galien Research Award (1996)

                      See Dr. Colleen Evans’ selected publications and presentations

                      C. A. Evans, A. Zuluaga, D. Vasquez Matute, S. Baradaran-Noviri, N. Perez-Cervantes, M. A. Siegler, Synthesis and biological evaluation of thioadatanserin and its dialkylated products as partial 5-HTR1A agonists and 5-HTR2A antagonists for potential use in depression and anxiety disorders. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2020, 30, in press.

                      C. A. Evans, R. Chen, and R. P. Hudes, Understanding determinants for STEM major choice among students beginning community college. Community College Review, 2020, 48, 227-251.

                      E. B. Voura,, M. J. Montalvo, K. T. Dela Roca, J. M. Fisher, V. Defamie, S. R. Narala, R. Khokha, M. E. Mulligan, C. A. Evans, Planarians as models of cadmium-induced neoplasia provide measurable benchmarks for mechanistic studies, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 2017, 142, 544-554.

                      C.A. Evans, L. Bernier, J. Dugas and T.S. Mansour, Efficient resolution of oxidized Cleland’s reagent by C2 symmetric Boc-L-phenylalanyl esters, Tetrahedron Letters, 1997, 38, 7657-7600.

                      C.A. Evans, R.T. Hewgill and T.S. Mansour, Asymmetric synthesis of 2’-phosphonomethyl(3’,4’-dihydroxybutyl)cytosine and –guanine nucleotides, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1997, 8, 2299-2302.

                      T.S. Mansour, C.A. Evans, M. Charron and B.E. Korba, Discovery of imidazo[1,2-c]pyrimidin-5(6H)-one heterosubstituted nucleoside analogues with potent activity against human hepatitis B virus in vitro, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1997, 7, 303-309.

                      H. Jin, M.A. Siddiqui, C.A. Evans, H.L.A. Tse, T.S. Mansour, M.D. Goodyear, P. Ravenscroft and C.D. Beels, Diastereoselective synthesis of the potent antiviral agent (-)-2′-deoxy-3′-thiacytidine and Its enantiomer, Journal of  Organic Chemistry, 1995, 60, 2621-2623.

                      K. Bednarski, D.M. Dixit, W. Wang, C.A. Evans, H. Jin, L. Yuen, T.S. Mansour, D.J. Knight, S.M. Walcott and J.A.V. Coates, Inhibitory activities of herpes simplex viruses type 1 and 2 and human cytomegalovirus by stereoisomers of 2′-deoxy-3′-oxa-5(E)-(2-bromovinyl)uridines and their 4′-thio Analogues, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1994, 4, 2667-2672 

                      C.A. Evans, D.M. Dixit, M.A. Siddiqui, H. Jin, H.L.A. Tse, A. Cimpoia, K. Bednarski, T. Breining and T.S. Mansour, Divergent asymmetric synthesis of dioxolane nucleoside analogues, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1993, 4, 2319-2322

                      Stereoselective Synthesis of Nucleoside Analogues using Bicyclic intermediate, PCT: PCT/CA/9400311, published December 22, 1994.

                      C. A. Evans and R. Chen, Toward the Understanding of Community Colleges in STEM Education Landscape: Development of STEM College Major Choice Model, 38th Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2013.

                      C. A. Evans and R. Chen, Determinants of STEM Majors Choice:  A Comparison between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions, American Education Research Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

                      C. A. Evans, Tools for Building Bridges Across the Science Disciplines: A Guide to Concept and Curriculum Mapping, 2015 General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA, May 30, 2015.

                      Andrea Zuluaga (C.A. Evans, mentor), Synthesis of thioadatanserin: Illuminating the public on drug discovery in academia, 2017 Northeast Regional Honors Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

                      Natalia Perez-Cervantes (C. A. Evans, mentor), Synthesis of novel alkyl piperazinyl salts as potential anxiolytic and antidepressant agents via chemoselective alkylation of thioadatanserin,  73nd annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) Manhattan College, New York, April 6, 2019.

                      Graduated research students: 

                      Sarah Baradarin-Noviri, Shaheim Hill, Jovana Jones, Gene Kerstanski, Tiffany Ortiz, Jennifer Paride, Natalia Perez –Cervantes, Abel Rosario, Diego Vasquez Matute, Andrea Zuluaga

                        Siobhan O’Sullivan

                        Lab Technician

                          Phone: (845) 848-6017
                          Email: siobhan.osullivan@dc.edu
                          Office: Prusmack Center 317

                            Veronica Glynn

                            Administrative Assistant

                              Phone: (845) 848-6006
                              Email: veronica.glynn@dc.edu
                              Office: Prusmack Center 308

                               

                              Communication Studies

                                Andrew Burns

                                Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

                                  Phone: (845) 848-4026
                                  Email: andrew.burns@dc.edu
                                  Office: Casey Hall 19

                                  B.A. – The State University of New York
                                  M.A.T. – The State University of New York
                                  Ed.D. – Union University

                                  Dr. Burns is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. His research interests include media’s effects on communication, social media communication, and semiotics of film and television. He is the campus advisor to the Alpha Gamma Phi chapter of the National Communication Association’s honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 he was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Grant. Among the courses he teaches are Documentary Film, Broadcast Journalism, and Digital Media.

                                    AnnMarie DiSiena, Ed. D.

                                    Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Coordinator of the Communication Studies Program

                                      Phone: (845) 848-4038
                                      Email: annmarie.disiena@dc.edu
                                      Office: Casey Hall Annex

                                      B.A. – Iona College
                                      M.A. – Fordham University
                                      Ed.D. – Organizational Leadership: Argosy University

                                      Dr. DiSiena has been a faculty member at Dominican College for over 33 years — 24 years full time. In addition to her work with the Communication Studies Program, she is the Director of Special Sessions which includes Winter and Summer Sessions and Director of Academics for Alternative Undergraduate Sessions.
                                      Dr. DiSiena teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Leadership and Organizational Communication. Annually, she also facilitates a Public Speaking Academy Program for High School juniors and seniors and is a workshop facilitator for a Teen Leadership program for HS sophomores, a sub- division of Leadership Rockland.
                                      She has presented and brought students to present at the New York State Communication Association. She has also presented workshops in Leadership and Communication.

                                      English

                                        Ellen E. Dolgin

                                        Professor of English, Coordinator of the English Program, Coordinator of Gender Studies minor

                                          Phone: (845) 848-4008
                                          Email: ellen.dolgin@dc.edu
                                          Office: Casey Hall English Annex

                                          B.S. – Syracuse Univ.
                                          M.A. – George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University
                                          Ph.D. – NYU

                                          Ellen Dolgin has been teaching and developing courses at the college level for more than 30 years.  Her love of interdisciplinary/intercultural teaching and learning developed from her double major in English and Speech Arts as an undergraduate.  Frequently, her literature courses feature the arts of the eras surrounding the readings, and she encourages her students to incorporate this multi-disciplinary vision into their oral presentations and written assignments.

                                          As a teacher/scholar, she enjoys her involvement with professional organizations; through these, she has established friendships as well as professional collaborations.  Sharing these experiences with her students is paramount.  Her areas of research and conference presentations include modern drama, with particular emphasis on the early 20th century, and contemporary multicultural women writers across genres.

                                          With family and friends, she loves to attend plays, visit museums, and enjoy food and conversation at home and at restaurants, picnic areas, and other people’s homes.

                                          Roles in Professional Organizations:
                                          Past President, Northeast Modern Lang. Assn. (NeMLA)
                                          Vice-President, International Shaw Society (ISS) www.shawsociety.org
                                          Board Member, Comparative Drama Conference

                                          Areas of Interest/Research:
                                          Multicultural American literature
                                          Contemporary women’s fiction
                                          Modern drama and poetry

                                          See Dr. Ellen Dolgin's Publications and Presentations

                                          BOOKS:

                                          Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League: Staging Equality (McFarland & Co., 2015)
                                          Modernizing Joan of Arc: Concepts, Costumes & Canonization (McFarland & Co., 2008)
                                          “History Plays.” Chap. Contribution to Shaw In Context, Ed. Brad Kent. (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015)

                                          Conferences on Bernard Shaw plays: Papers and talks at conferences, 2009-2017

                                          Summer, 2017: SHAW AT THE SHAW: Conference at the Shaw Festival, Ontario: “Joan of Arc in a 3-Way Mirror: Literature/Theatre/Opera- plenary session with Brigitte Bogar (York Univ., Toronto).

                                           COMPARATIVE DRAMA CONFERENCE: 2017: “Intersecting/re-focusing Brecht’s Mother Courage in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined—Roundtable discussion participant: Teaching (the plays of) Lisa Loomer

                                          COMPARATIVE DRAMA CONFERENCE: 2016: Author Meets Critics Special Plenary Session on my book, Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League (McFarland, 2015).**

                                          SHAW IN NY CONFERENCE: 2015: “ ‘a little theatre grown up’: The Theatre Guild as Shaw’s American Agent”

                                          ISS Symposia: Papers and talks given in Ayot-St. Lawrence, England, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, CA, and the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore and Los Angeles. These were about Shaw’s St. Joan, Pygmalion, Fanny’s First Play, Caesar and Cleopatra, Misalliance, Heartbreak House, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara.

                                          NeMLA-(Northeast Modern Lang. Assn.) Several papers on women’s and gender studies topics, including: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s play, Aria da Capo, 1919, Julia Alvarez, In the Name of Salome, Nella Larsen, Quicksand, Hallie Flanagan’s Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s.

                                          PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: 2008-2014

                                          Interview for WNYC/Studio 360: Spring, 2014: “How A Happy Ending Ruined [Shaw’s] Pygmalion. Aired June 27, 2014. Link online: http://www.studio360.org/story/how-a-happy-ending-ruined-pygmalion/

                                          Panelist at two public events sponsored by David Staller, Project Shaw, NY (2014, 2013)
                                          AAUW (American Association of University Women): Featured Speaker for Women’s History Month:
                                          Northwest Bergen Interbranch (2010): “She said THAT in public?!: From Pinkies to Pointers.” Women’s activism ca. 1850-1910s.
                                          Northwest Bergen Interbranch (2008) “Modernizing Joan of Arc: Joan As Social Everywoman.”

                                            Kathleen Hickey

                                            Professor of English

                                              Phone: (845) 848-4009
                                              Email: kathleen.hickey@dc.edu
                                              Office: Casey Hall 19

                                              B.A. – Queens College, CUNY
                                              M.S. – Queens College, CUNY
                                              Ed.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University

                                              As an educator for 40 years, Professor Hickey has taught a variety of students, ranging from traditional aged students to returning adults, both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include reading and writing with special emphasis on “remedial” work at the college level. She was instrumental in revamping Dominican College’s Freshmen Writing Sequence to accelerate students with their remediation so they could swiftly proceed with their college careers.   Additional research interests span the gamut from at-risk students to multicultural aspects of literature. She is a member of NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English, the NYCLA—New York College Learning Association and NADE—the National Association of Developmental Educators. Yearly, she judges, The Global Undergraduate Awards, an international competition of undergraduate papers from around the world.  Additionally, each fall she participates in the NCTE Day of Writing, submitting entries for their National Day of Writing.

                                              Her outside interests include traveling, attending plays, reading, listening to all genres of music, and generally being active.

                                              See Professor Hickey's Presentations and Publications

                                              “Revamping a Developmental Program: Making Big Changes” in The English Record—New York State English Council.

                                              “Working With Marginalized Students—Uncovering Some Assumptions.” National Association of Developmental Education

                                              38th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention “Lovely, Lilting Voices: Contemporary Irish Women Poets’ Environs”

                                              Bridging the Dominican Cultures at Dominican College Colloquium at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

                                                Tanya Radford

                                                Assistant Professor of English

                                                  Phone: (845) 848-4044
                                                  Email: tanya.radford@dc.edu
                                                  Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                  B.A. – English: University of Utah
                                                  M.A. – English: University of Utah
                                                  Ph.D – English: City University of New York – Graduate Center

                                                  Dr. Tanya A. Radford completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English literature at the University of Utah and a PhD in English literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Her field of specialization is Eighteenth Century studies, with particular interest in British and American literature of this period.  Her research interests also extend to the representation of visual experience in literature and the representation of reading as a magical act in children’s literature.

                                                    James Reitter

                                                    Associate Professor of English

                                                      Phone: (845) 848-4014
                                                      Email: james.reitter@dc.edu
                                                      Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                      B.A. – SUNY Oswego
                                                      M.F.A. – CUNY Brooklyn
                                                      Ph.D. – University of Louisiana Lafayette

                                                      Professor Reitter has been teaching in higher education for over two decades, specializing in Creative Writing, 19th Century Literature, Folklore, and Film Studies. He has published articles and/or chapters on Charles Dickens, Civil War poets, human/animal interaction and symbolism, and zombies in film. He is also the author of Scratched Records, an ekphrastic book of poetry and art, and co-author of Speculative Modernism: How Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Conceived the 20th Century. In addition, he actively publishes poems in a variety of print and online publications and is currently Editor-In-Chief for Masque and Spectacle, a biannual arts and literature online journal.

                                                      Outside of his academic interests, he is an avid birder and naturalist, enjoys listening to and playing a diverse array of music, and regularly watches cartoons.   

                                                       

                                                        Robert Stauffer

                                                        Associate Professor of English

                                                          Phone: (845) 848-4105
                                                          Email: robert.stauffer@dc.edu
                                                          Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                          B.A. – New York University (English)
                                                          M.A. – Brooklyn College (English Education)
                                                          Ph.D. – Arizona State University (Medieval Literature)

                                                          Robert Stauffer began working at Dominican College in 2012. His research and teaching interests are in medieval and Renaissance literature, postcolonial studies, science fiction and fantasy literature, and early 20th century writers. He is currently working on editing and writing for a volume for Brill Publishing entitled A Marguerite Porete Companion focusing on Marguerite Porete, a thirteenth-fourteenth century beguine, and her book The Mirror of Simple Souls. His publications include fantasy short stories and baseball biography. He has given several papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

                                                          Health Sciences

                                                            James T. Crawley, M.Ed., ATC, PT, HSS-SSE

                                                            Assistant Professor Health Sciences Program, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, Chi Alpha Sigma Moderator

                                                              Phone:  845-848-6004
                                                              Email:   jim.crawley@dc.edu

                                                              BS, Physical Education/Athletic Training – Towson State University
                                                              M.Ed., Sports Medicine/Athletic Training – University of Virginia
                                                              M.S. Physical Therapy – Dominican College

                                                              Jim Crawley was appointed the first Program Director of Athletic Training in August 1998 and oversaw the Athletic Training Program through its candidacy, initial accreditation, re-accreditation, and subsequent closure through CAATE. Jim brought a wealth of Athletic Training experience to his position as Program Director. This extensive experience included Athletic Training at Monmouth University, The United States Military Academy, and MARC Physical Therapy.

                                                              Mr. Crawley now teaches in the Health Sciences program teaching courses in such courses as Introduction to Healthcare, Medical Terminology, Professionalism in the Health Sciences, and a variety of other courses. Additionally, Jim is responsible for student recruitment, student advisement, and curriculum review and academic planning. Jim also serves on several college committees including the General Education Revision Committee. He is also the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and has served on the NCAA Division II Management Council, the Division II Degree Completion Award Committee, and the Competitive Safeguard & Medical Aspect of Sports Committee. He currently serves as the Division II Vice President for the Faculty Athletic Representative Association, and is a member of the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee.

                                                              Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Towson State University in 1985 and his Master of Education in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 1986. Jim completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Dominican College in 2004. Jim has two beautiful twin-daughters, Nicole and Jennifer, and resides in Manhattan with his wife Martha.

                                                                AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

                                                                Associate Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor, Coordinator of Health Sciences Program

                                                                  Phone: (845) 848-6009
                                                                  Email: annmarie.dellipizzi@dc.edu
                                                                  Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                  B.S. – Manhattan College
                                                                  M.S. – New York Medical College
                                                                  PhD. – New York Medical College

                                                                  Areas of Interest/Research: The role of eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension

                                                                  Courses Taught: Introduction to Biology, Genetics, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science.

                                                                  Dr. AnnMarie DelliPizzi is a Pharmacologist who joined the faculty of Dominican College in Fall of 2004 after teaching as an adjunct in the Biology Department for one year prior.  Courses taught include General Biology, Introduction to Biology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Science, Cell Biology, Genetics and Histology.  In addition to directing the Honors Program, Dr. DelliPizzi is also the Faculty Moderator of the Nu Psi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society for Biology, and serves as the Health Professions Advisor.  She recently co-authored two new lab manuals with Dr. Emma Sarro, Assistant Professor of Biology, “Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I” and “Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II”, both of which are published by BVT Publishing.

                                                                  Prior to starting at Dominican College, Dr. DelliPizzi was on the faculty at Manhattan College, where she taught Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology and General Biology and also served for several years as the Health Professions Advisor.  She currently holds adjunct appointments in the Nursing Department at Lehman College and in the Pharmacology Department at New York Medical College.

                                                                  See Dr. DelliPizzi’s Publications & Presentations

                                                                  DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I. 2nd Edition. BVT Publishing. , 2016.

                                                                  DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II. BVT Publishing, 2016.

                                                                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Houli Jiang, Nicholas R. Ferreri. The EP3 receptors regulates water excretion in response to high salt intake. American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology Oct 2016, 311 (4) F822-F829

                                                                  Presentations at National Meetings

                                                                  Connors, BJ and DelliPizzi,, A. Undergraduate research experience in the classroom as a means of retaining students in a Biology program. Council for Undergraduate Research, June, 2014.

                                                                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Activation of EP3 receptors suppresses COX-2 in thick ascending limb (TAL) and inhibits water excretion Experimental Biology 2015.

                                                                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie Dellipizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) regulates NKCC2 and AQP2 expression and adaptation to high NaCl intake\ Experimental Biology 2015.

                                                                    Kerry Zona

                                                                    Administrative Assistant

                                                                      Phone:  845-848-6005
                                                                      Email:   kerry.zona@dc.edu

                                                                      Humanities

                                                                        Giovanna R. Czander

                                                                        Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-4005
                                                                          Email: giovanna.czander@dc.edu
                                                                          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).

                                                                           

                                                                            James Filippelli

                                                                            Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts

                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-4081
                                                                              Email: james.filippelli@dc.edu
                                                                              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
                                                                              Educational Administration
                                                                              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.

                                                                              See Professor Filippelli's Publications

                                                                              Filippelli, J., De’Jesus, S.A., Ellis, T.A.D., Feliciano, M.S., (2021). Occupational Therapy and Theatre Arts Mutually Benefit Clinical Simulations: A Collaborative Approach. International Journal of Education. 9 (1) 2-7.

                                                                              Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2019). Leadership Skills: From the Stage to Higher Education. Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education. Dec. (10) 27 – 37. http://cnu.edu/jpalhe/

                                                                              Filippelli, J. & Martinez, E. (2019). Success of One Latino in Higher Education. NY
                                                                              Living City Magazine – https://livingcitymagazine.com/ Finding Identity Dec. 2019.

                                                                              Filippelli, J. (2019). Book Review: Theatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century. Theatre Topics, 29 (1), 81-82 DOI: 10.1353/tt.2019.0009

                                                                              Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2017). Can today’s superintendents be both instructional leaders and community leaders? Educational Administration and Supervision Journal. 35 (4), 2-11.

                                                                                Kevin Hermberg

                                                                                Associate Professor of Philosophy

                                                                                  Phone: (845) 848-4010
                                                                                  Email: kevin.hermberg@dc.edu
                                                                                  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:

                                                                                  See Professor Hermberg's Publications and Presentations

                                                                                  Publications:

                                                                                  • Philosophy Through Teaching, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2014 (book co-edited with Emily Esch and Rory Kraft, Jr.).
                                                                                  • Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics. Bloomsbury, 2013. (book co-edited with Paul Gyllenhammer).
                                                                                  • Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology. Continuum, 2011. (book co-edited with Pol Vandevelde).
                                                                                  • “Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics: an Introduction” (chapter in Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics).
                                                                                  • “Husserl’s (even more) Social Epistemology” (chapter in Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology).
                                                                                  • Husserl’s Phenomenology: Knowledge, Objectivity and Others. Continuum, 2006. (single authored book).

                                                                                  Professor Hermberg has presented papers on the teaching of philosophy as well as on his scholarly research.  Recent presentations have been on a variety of topics, including:

                                                                                  • Husserlian Interdependencies: Consciousness-Embodiment (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo College, NJ)
                                                                                  • Husserl and Others: A Pair of Pairings (State University of New York, New Paltz)
                                                                                  • Plato’s Theory of Forms as a Guide to Living in the “Real World” (Association of Core Texts and Courses, Milwaukee, WI)
                                                                                  • Husserl’s Social Epistemology (Collective Intentionality-VII conference, University of Basel, Switzerland)
                                                                                  • Teaching God (and other “hot moments”) … issues and approaches (18th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, Coastal Carolina University)
                                                                                  • A non-defensive defense of philosophy (17th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, University of Guelph, Canada)
                                                                                  • Edmund Husserl and Social Epistemology (Conference on Phenomenology, Marquette University)
                                                                                  • Phenomenology as Philosophy of Mind (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
                                                                                  • Taking the Humanities to the Public (Carthage College)
                                                                                  • Utilizing Student Web Sites to Intertwine Breadth and Depth Our Courses (International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, University of Toledo)
                                                                                  • Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Marquette University)
                                                                                  • “Facticity and Transcendence in Husserlian Phenomenology: Intersections and Interdependencies” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Brock University, Canada).
                                                                                  • “Living Well and Working Toward a More Just World: Plato as Guide and Motivator” (Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities, Molloy College, NY).
                                                                                  • “The Overlooked Others in Husserl’s Epistemology” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, St. Louis University, MO).

                                                                                  Mathematics

                                                                                    Kathleen Conlon Hinge

                                                                                    Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Science Department Coordinator

                                                                                      Phone: (845) 848-6008
                                                                                      Email: kathleen.hinge@dc.edu
                                                                                      Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                      B.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
                                                                                      M.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
                                                                                      Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

                                                                                      Kathleen Hinge joined the Dominican College faculty after a 20-year engineering career, emphasizing mathematical modeling and computer simulation of the structural behavior of machine elements and systems. She has published patent applications and received an NSF fellowship. By virtue of her corporate engineering experience, she is role model and mentor to students pursuing the Pre-Engineering Option in Mathematics (the 5-year sequence that leads to a BA in Mathematics from Dominican College and a BE in Engineering from Manhattan College).

                                                                                      Dr. Hinge teaches General Physics (I and II), where she emphasizes hands-on laboratory work to engage students actively in the discovery and understanding of physical phenomena. She also teaches multiple courses in Mathematics.  In 2015, Dr. Hinge became the Science Department Coordinator. In 2016, Dr. Hinge was appointed an adjunct engineering faculty member at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy (www.johncabot.edu) where she teaches Statics and Mechanics of Materials during the summer.

                                                                                      Her non-academic interests include reading, spinning and yoga (not at the same time!).

                                                                                        Lydia Maynard

                                                                                        Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-6010
                                                                                          Email: lydia.maynard@dc.edu
                                                                                          Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                          B.S. – Virginia Tech (Mathematics)
                                                                                          M.A. – Virginia Tech (Education)
                                                                                          Ph.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University (Mathematics Education)

                                                                                          Dr. Lydia Maynard joined the mathematics department at Dominican College in 2012 after earning her doctorate in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. During the time she was working on her degree, she worked as an adjunct instructor in Manhattan at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

                                                                                          Beyond the classroom, Dr. Maynard’s interests include community service and music. She has traveled to Honduras, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Mexico to volunteer with local groups. She has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on two separate occasions — to Philadelphia and Baltimore, to help construct affordable housing for families in need. She has also volunteered with Dominican College students to go on Midnight Runs to bring food to the homeless on the streets of Manhattan. She also directs the a capella group on campus, Pitches and Cream. The group has performed at various school events, a Rockland Boulders game and even at a Mets game at Citifield. 

                                                                                            Margaret E. Mulligan

                                                                                            Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-6012
                                                                                              Email: margaret.mulligan@dc.edu
                                                                                              Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                              B.S. – Mathematics: University of Scranton
                                                                                              M.S. – Mathematics: Seton Hall University

                                                                                              Professor Mulligan has been a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department since 2002. She came to the college from the corporate world.

                                                                                              After graduating from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Magna cum laude, she worked at Bellcore (now Ericsson Technologies) for 12 years. As a Member of Technical Staff, she worked in the software division supporting outside plant engineers in the various telephone companies. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Seton Hall University, graduating with honors.  

                                                                                              Professor Mulligan began at Dominican College as an adjunct instructor in January 1990 teaching Statistics in the Weekend College Program. She then taught the basic Math sequence in the ACCEL program for many years.

                                                                                              In addition to her degrees, Professor Mulligan holds NYS Teacher Certification for grades 7-12. She has been both a middle school and high school substitute teacher and taught as a long-term substitute for 5th grade and Advanced Math for eighth graders.

                                                                                                Jennifer Sassano

                                                                                                Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Coordinator Mathematics Program

                                                                                                  Phone: (845) 848-6014
                                                                                                  Email: jennifer.sassano@dc.edu
                                                                                                  Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                                  B.A. – SUNY, Potsdam
                                                                                                  M.A. – SUNY, Potsdam
                                                                                                  Ed.D. – Mathematics: Teachers College, Columbia University

                                                                                                  Dr. Sassano earned a combined BA/MA in Mathematics, summa cum laude, as an undergraduate at SUNY Potsdam.  Following graduation she taught junior high and high school mathematics for 2 years, earning permanent NYS teaching certification for Math 7-12.  She then completed 2 years of graduate work and teaching at SUNY Binghamton before accepting a teaching position at Dominican College in 1992.  While teaching at Dominican she earned a doctorate in the College Teaching of an Academic Subject (Mathematics) from Teachers College, Columbia University.

                                                                                                  Dr. Sassano teaches a variety of classes including those in the Algebra/Calculus sequence and in the History of Mathematics.  She also designed the Discrete Math class for the department.  In 2007 she became the Mathematics Coordinator for the college.  Dr. Sassano oversees the Mathematics Placement Examinations for the college.  She is also the Faculty Sponsor for the college’s chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society.

                                                                                                    Jovan Žigić

                                                                                                    Lecturer in Mathematics

                                                                                                      Phone: (845) 848-6015
                                                                                                      Email: jovan.zigic@dc.edu
                                                                                                      Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                                      M.S – Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
                                                                                                      B.A – Mathematics (Minor: Computer Information Systems), Dominican College of Blauvelt
                                                                                                      B.Comm. – Finance, University of Calgary

                                                                                                      Jovan Žigić joined the Mathematics faculty at Dominican College in 2021 after earning his Master of Science degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech. His master’s thesis at Virginia Tech contributed new research to the fields of optimization and model reduction, developing a “splitting” algorithm for identifying optimized modes in low-dimensional reconstruction of nonlinear dynamical systems. Prior to Virginia Tech, Jovan worked as a substitute teacher, math instructor, and math tutor in the NYC metropolitan area after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Dominican College.

                                                                                                      As a student-athlete in Track and Field and Cross-Country at Dominican College, Jovan earned All-Conference and team MVP honors in Cross-Country, received the top male senior scholar-athlete award at Dominican (4.0 GPA), and was selected as a Division II Academic All-American. He was also a Dean’s List student and competed for the Track and Field team while completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance at the University of Calgary. Outside of collegiate athletics, he earned a gold medal in the 4x400m relay and 5th place in the 800m at Serbian National Championships.

                                                                                                      Jovan teaches courses in all levels of mathematics at Dominican College. Outside of Dominican, he has served as an advisor to the Virginia Tech chapter of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and was elected to a three-year term as a member of the global SIAM Education Committee to discuss policy, curricula and promotion of education in the mathematical sciences.

                                                                                                        Veronica Glynn

                                                                                                        Administrative Assistant

                                                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-6006
                                                                                                          Email: veronica.glynn@dc.edu
                                                                                                          Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                          Spanish

                                                                                                            Juanita Reyes

                                                                                                            Assistant Professor of Spanish

                                                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-4007
                                                                                                              Email: juanita.reyes@dc.edu
                                                                                                              Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                                                              Juanita Reyes is originally from La Vega, Dominican Republic. She recently graduated with a doctoral degree in Spanish Linguistics from the University at Albany, SUNY. Since 2011, she has taught Spanish from Elementary to advanced levels at different institutions of higher education. Her research interests include Sociolinguistics, Contact linguistics, Language Variation and backpacking with her family.

                                                                                                              Philosophy

                                                                                                                Kevin Hermberg

                                                                                                                Associate Professor of Philosophy

                                                                                                                  Phone: (845) 848-4010
                                                                                                                  Email: kevin.hermberg@dc.edu
                                                                                                                  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:

                                                                                                                  See Professor Hermberg's Publications and Presentations

                                                                                                                  Publications:

                                                                                                                  • Philosophy Through Teaching, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2014 (book co-edited with Emily Esch and Rory Kraft, Jr.).
                                                                                                                  • Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics. Bloomsbury, 2013. (book co-edited with Paul Gyllenhammer).
                                                                                                                  • Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology. Continuum, 2011. (book co-edited with Pol Vandevelde).
                                                                                                                  • “Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics: an Introduction” (chapter in Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics).
                                                                                                                  • “Husserl’s (even more) Social Epistemology” (chapter in Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology).
                                                                                                                  • Husserl’s Phenomenology: Knowledge, Objectivity and Others. Continuum, 2006. (single authored book).

                                                                                                                  Professor Hermberg has presented papers on the teaching of philosophy as well as on his scholarly research.  Recent presentations have been on a variety of topics, including:

                                                                                                                  • Husserlian Interdependencies: Consciousness-Embodiment (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo College, NJ)
                                                                                                                  • Husserl and Others: A Pair of Pairings (State University of New York, New Paltz)
                                                                                                                  • Plato’s Theory of Forms as a Guide to Living in the “Real World” (Association of Core Texts and Courses, Milwaukee, WI)
                                                                                                                  • Husserl’s Social Epistemology (Collective Intentionality-VII conference, University of Basel, Switzerland)
                                                                                                                  • Teaching God (and other “hot moments”) … issues and approaches (18th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, Coastal Carolina University)
                                                                                                                  • A non-defensive defense of philosophy (17th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, University of Guelph, Canada)
                                                                                                                  • Edmund Husserl and Social Epistemology (Conference on Phenomenology, Marquette University)
                                                                                                                  • Phenomenology as Philosophy of Mind (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
                                                                                                                  • Taking the Humanities to the Public (Carthage College)
                                                                                                                  • Utilizing Student Web Sites to Intertwine Breadth and Depth Our Courses (International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, University of Toledo)
                                                                                                                  • Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Marquette University)
                                                                                                                  • “Facticity and Transcendence in Husserlian Phenomenology: Intersections and Interdependencies” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Brock University, Canada).
                                                                                                                  • “Living Well and Working Toward a More Just World: Plato as Guide and Motivator” (Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities, Molloy College, NY).
                                                                                                                  • “The Overlooked Others in Husserl’s Epistemology” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, St. Louis University, MO).

                                                                                                                  Religious Studies

                                                                                                                    Giovanna R. Czander

                                                                                                                    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

                                                                                                                      Phone: (845) 848-4005
                                                                                                                      Email: giovanna.czander@dc.edu
                                                                                                                      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).

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                      Theatre

                                                                                                                        James Filippelli

                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts

                                                                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-4081
                                                                                                                          Email: james.filippelli@dc.edu
                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                          Educational Administration
                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          See Professor Filippelli's Publications

                                                                                                                          Filippelli, J., De’Jesus, S.A., Ellis, T.A.D., Feliciano, M.S., (2021). Occupational Therapy and Theatre Arts Mutually Benefit Clinical Simulations: A Collaborative Approach. International Journal of Education. 9 (1) 2-7.

                                                                                                                          Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2019). Leadership Skills: From the Stage to Higher Education. Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education. Dec. (10) 27 – 37. http://cnu.edu/jpalhe/

                                                                                                                          Filippelli, J. & Martinez, E. (2019). Success of One Latino in Higher Education. NY
                                                                                                                          Living City Magazine – https://livingcitymagazine.com/ Finding Identity Dec. 2019.

                                                                                                                          Filippelli, J. (2019). Book Review: Theatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century. Theatre Topics, 29 (1), 81-82 DOI: 10.1353/tt.2019.0009

                                                                                                                          Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2017). Can today’s superintendents be both instructional leaders and community leaders? Educational Administration and Supervision Journal. 35 (4), 2-11.