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A Community Resource to Inform and Educate civic organizations, nonprofits and other groups find informative speakers to educate audiences

RANDOLPH, NJ – County College of Morris (CCM) provides an easy-to-use online Faculty Speakers Bureau to help civic organizations, nonprofits and other groups find informative speakers to educate audiences.

The bureau features more than 30 full-time CCM faculty members who can speak on a wide range of topics, including:

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC

Todd Collins
Associate Professor, Music
M.M., Rutgers University
B.M., Montclair State University
A.A., A.A.S., South Plains College

 

THE ART OF MEMORY AND MEMORIALS

Dr. Robb Conrad Lauzon
Assistant Professor of Communication
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.A., Wayne State University
B.A., Oakland University
A.A., Baker College

 

The Art of Memory is a set of practices used by civilization for millennia to aid in the storage and recollection of memories. These practices can be found in indigenous cultures across the world.Epic poems of Ancient Greece and even mnemonic devices like “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (PEMDAS)” are evidence of these arts of memory. Learn about practical exercises to improve memory, the history of memory practices and original research on the role of memorials in these arts of memory.

BLACK HISTORY

Dr. Rita Heller
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D, Rutgers University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Bryn Mawr College

 

Film presentation of “Chanceman’s Brothers and Sisters: The Origins of the 20th Century Black Community”

CHRISTIAN HISTORY AND THEOLOGY

Dr. Craig W. Pilant
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., M.S.Ed., MBA, Fordham University
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A., Loyola University, Chicago

 

American religious history, especially the interface between social action and religious traditions

COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO EDUCATION

Dr. Kristin Nelson
Associate Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., Stanford University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Harvard University

 

Practice grows the brain throughout life. Learn about the astonishing effects of a Growth Mindset on student performance.

COMIC ART

Dr. Matthew T. Jones
Assistant Professor, Communication
Chair, Department of Communication
Advisor, Student Film Association
Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., B.A., William Paterson University

 

Aesthetic, cognitive and structural analysis/critique of comic art as a medium of communication and cultural transmission

COMPUTER MODELING OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS

Dr. Jason Hudzik
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Ph.D., M.S., B.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology
A.S., County College of Morris
973-328-5222 | jhudzik@ccm.edu

Chemistry without the glassware, gloves, goggles or laboratory coats

CRIMINAL JUSTICE, POLICING

John Hurd
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
M.A., Centenary College
B.A., Thomas Edison State College

 

Anything related to criminal justice, including home security, scams and personal protection

William Solomons
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Ph.D., Capella University
M.A., Seton Hall University
B.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice

 

Ethics and law enforcement, decision making in law enforcement, police stress, police and culture, police/community relations and law enforcement training

CRITICAL CARE NURSING

Dr. Vivek Agnihotri, A.P.N., C.C.R.N.
Associate Professor, Nursing
DNP, William Paterson University
AAS, County College of Morris


Laura Parker, R.N., CNE, CCRN
Associate Professor, Nursing
MSN, Seton Hall University
BSN, The College of New Jersey

 

What do you need to know to care for chronic illness and hospitalizations? Explore how to prepare for unexpected critical life events.

CULINARY ARTS AND HOSPITALITY

Mark Cosgrove, CHE
Associate Professor, Hospitality Management
Chair, Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts
MALS, Monmouth University
B.S., LaSalle College
A.O.S., Culinary Institute of America

 

Learn from a Culinary Institute of America trained chef and a certified hospitality educator about a wide range of cuisines and/or gain insight into the worlds of hotels, travel and tourism.

CYBERSECURITY

Patricia Tamburelli
Assistant Professor, Information Technologies
M.S., Seton Hall University
B.A., B.S., Jersey City State College

 

ECONOMICS

Dr. Stephen M.S. Kaifa
Professor, Economics
Ph.D., Fordham University
M.S., University of Oregon
B.A., Cuttington College

 

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

John Rutkowski, RRT, FACHE, FAARC
Assistant Chair, Department of Allied Health
Associate Professor, Respiratory Therapy
Program Director, Respiratory Therapy
MPA, Seton Hall University
MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson University
B.A., Jersey City State College
A.S., York College/St. Joseph Hospital
Licensed Respiratory Therapist

 

ETHICS

Dr. Kenneth Shouler
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., Graduate School of the City University of N.Y.
B.A., St. Bonaventure University

 

Hear from an experienced teacher who has published on the topics of normative ethical theory and applied ethics, especially business ethics, medical ethics and sports ethics.

EUROPEAN HISTORY

Dr. Craig W. Pilant
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., M.S.Ed., MBA, Fordham University
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A., Loyola University, Chicago

 

Emphasis on the Middle Ages and Renaissance/Reformation periods, especially dealing with religious traditions and conflicts

EUROPEAN ART HISTORY

Dr. Craig W. Pilant
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., M.S.Ed., MBA, Fordham University
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A., Loyola University, Chicago

 

Focus on Renaissance art from 1350 to 1500, as well as on western European art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

FANTASY AND MYTH

Dr. Philip Chase
Associate Professor, English
Ph.D., M.A., Drew University
B.A., The Evergreen State College
AAS, Pierce College

 

Fantasy and myth alike take their readers on a transformative and cathartic journey into the strange, the terrible and the beautiful. Students of fantasy and myth can explore how they clothe the human experience in tales old and new, revealing the familiar in the unfamiliar.

FILM

Dr. Matthew T. Jones
Assistant Professor, Communication
Chair, Department of Communication
Advisor, Student Film Association
Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., B.A., William Paterson University

 

Aesthetic, cognitive, and structural analysis of film as a medium of communication and cultural transmission, specifically focused on film as an adaptive medium.

GERIATRICS

Laura Parker, R.N., CNE, CCRN
Associate Professor, Nursing
MSN, Seton Hall University
BSN, The College of New Jersey

 

How to care for an aging family member, what transitions happen in older adults, and what are the resources within my community?

GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Kristina Barkey, MSN, RNC-OB
Adjunct instructor, Nursing
BSN, Bethel University
MSN, Capella University

 

Hear from a 2018 recipient of the “Nursing with Global Impact” award, who has traveled extensively to Haiti and Philippines to wok on educating healthcare professionals on best practices and a leadership conference participant on human trafficking.

HEDGE FUNDS, DERIVATIVES

Kelly Fitzpatrick
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
M.A. Columbia University
B. A., State University of New York – Geneseo

 

Gain insight from a Chartered Financial Analyst on foreign currency analysis and trading, futures trading, derivatives, developing financial models and value at risk calculations.

KOREAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Yoonha Shin
Assistant Professor, English
Ph.D., University at Buffalo (SUNY)
M.A., Seoul National University
B.A., Ewha Woman’s University

 

By exploring major issues in contemporary Korean literature and culture, including colonialism, the Korean War, industrialization, military dictatorship, democracy movements, US-Korea relations, and the MeToo movement, one can better understand the changes and continuities in Korean society.

JOURNALISM

Dr. Kenneth Shouler
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., Graduate School of the City University of N.Y.
B.A., St. Bonaventure University

 

Hear from the leader of the Writing Institute at County College of Morris who assists faculty in publishing articles and books, written for Cigar Aficionado, Philosophy Now and ESPN.com, and is working on his 13th book, “Thinking About Death.”

John Soltes
Instructor, Communication
M.S., Columbia University
B.A., Rutgers University

 

Print journalism, digital/mobile journalism and today’s media landscape


LANDSCAPING

Brian Oleksak
Assistant Professor and Chair
Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department
M.S., The Ohio State University
B.S., Pennsylvania State University

 

The decisions that individuals make regarding plant selection and landscape design can have a great impact on the environment. Proper design can have a positive effect on water and soil resources, biodiversity, aesthetics and an overall healthy, functioning ecosystem.

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

James Hart
Chair, Languages and ESL
Assistant Professor, ESL/Spanish and Intercultural Communication
M.A., Montclair State University
B.A., American University

 

The exploration of the complex systems humans have created to communicate and give the world meaning

LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Dr. Marcia Picallo
Associate Professor, Languages/ESL
Faculty Advisor, Spanish Teacher Education Specialization
Ph.D., M.Ph., C.U.N.Y. Graduate School
M.A., B.A., Rutgers University

 

Latin American literature, history and culture, and the history of Latinos and their cultural and literary legacy in the U.S.

LATINOS IN THE U.S.

Dr. Marcia Picallo
Associate Professor, Languages/ESL
Faculty Advisor, Spanish Teacher Education Specialization
Ph.D., M.Ph., C.U.N.Y Graduate School
M.A., B.A., Rutgers University

 

Latin American literature, history and culture, and the history of Latinos and their cultural and literary legacy in the U.S.

MEDIA THEORY

Dr. Matthew T. Jones
Assistant Professor, Communication
Chair, Department of Communication
Advisor, Student Film Association
Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., B.A., William Paterson University

 

Application of the following perspectives to media form, style, and content: telepresence theories, cognitive media theories, media effects theories, rhetorical theories, classical and psychoanalytic film theories and media research methodologies

David Pallant
Assistant Professor, Communication
M.A., New York Institute of Technology
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

Media effect theories: cultivation analysis, mean world syndrome and the influence of media on the consumer

MICROBIOLOGY

Dr. Maria Isaza
Associate Professor, Biology
Chair, Biology and Chemistry
Ph. D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
B.S., College of Saint Elizabeth
A.S., County College of Morris
AAS, County College of Morris

 

Are bacteria good friends or a necessary evil?

MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT

Dr. Charles Selengut
Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., Drew University
M.A., New School University
B.A., Brooklyn College

 

NEW ORLEANS, MUSIC AND CULTURE

Todd Collins
Associate Professor, Music
M.M., Rutgers University
B.M., Montclair State University
A.A., AAS, South Plains College

 

NURSING AND NURSING EDUCATION

Monica Maraska, R.N.
Dean, School of Health Sciences and Natural Sciences
Professor, Nursing
MSN, University of Pennsylvania
BSN, Thomas Jefferson University

 

Nursing education can be a complex road to navigate. Learn about topics including entry level education for nurses, academic progression, expanded scope of practice, and educational requirements for a wide variety of employment opportunities.

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

David Pallant
Assistant Professor, Communication
M.A., New York Institute of Technology
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

The internal and external dynamics of organizational communication and how culture impacts success

PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Kenneth Shouler
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., Graduate School of the City University of N.Y.
B.A., St. Bonaventure University

 

Learn from a teacher of ethics, logic and Honors philosophy, who writes regularly for Philosophy Now, and authored “The Everything Guide to Understanding Philosophy”

POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS

David Pallant
Assistant Professor, Communication
M.A., New York Institute of Technology
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

Political campaigns are dependent on the media to communicate to citizens, creating brand-consciousness through public relations and advertising techniques, therefore, influencing political decision-making.

PSYCHOANALYSIS

Dr. Kristin Nelson
Associate Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., Stanford University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Harvard University

 

What Freud got right and what he ignored: how attachment theory has changed modern psychoanalytic theories of defense and symptomatology.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

David Pallant
Assistant Professor, Communication
M.A., New York Institute of Technology
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

Strategic communication, media relations, publicity and promotion in the information age

RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM

Dr. Charles Selengut
Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., Drew University
M.A., New School University
B.A., Brooklyn College

 

RESPIRATORY CARE

John Rutkowski, RRT, FACHE, FAARC
Assistant Chair, Department of Allied Health
Associate Professor, Respiratory Therapy
Program Director, Respiratory Therapy
MPA, Seton Hall University
MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson University
B.A., Jersey City State College
A.S., York College/St. Joseph Hospital
Licensed Respiratory Therapist

 

SOCIOECONOMIC ISSUES

Dr. Jill Schennum
Chair, Sociology, Economics and Anthropology
Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., Graduate Center, CUNY
M.Ed., Rutgers University
M.A., Boston University
B.A., Carleton College

 

SPORTS

Dr. Kenneth Shouler
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., Graduate School of the City University of N.Y.
B.A., St. Bonaventure University
973-328-5422 | kshouler@ccm.edu
www.kenshouler.com

Hear from a teacher who has taught philosophy of sport and authored sports articles for ESPN.com, Cigar Aficionado, Philosophy Now, Forbes, The New York Daily News, TV Guide and others

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Kelly Fitzpatrick
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
M.A. Columbia University
B. A., State University of New York – Geneseo
973-328-5765 | kfitzpatrick@ccm.edu

Focus on using technology to perform statistical analysis; primarily the use of R- a free statistical software program; a past presentation can be viewed at www.amatyc.org/?page=Webinars.

STEM CAREERS

Nancy Binowski
Associate Professor, Information Technologies
Chair, Information Technologies
M.S., Courant Institute of Mathematics, New York University
B.A., Rutgers University

 

Computer science opens the door to an exciting, fulfilling career and can enable people to make a difference in the world. App development, game development and web development are some of the hottest areas in tech these days.

Christine Kelly
Assistant Professor, Biology
Assistant Chair, Biology & Chemistry
M.S., B.A. William Paterson University
A.S., County College of Morris

 

Women continue to be underrepresented in science, technology, math and engineering. Hear from a female biologist and educator on the benefits and rewards of pursuing a career in science and the range of job opportunities that are available.

Jenifer Martin
Assistant Professor, Biology
M.S., Yale University
B.S., California State University, Fullerton

 

Patricia Tamburelli
Assistant Professor, Information Technologies
M.S., Seton Hall University
B.A., B.S., Jersey City State College

 

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM

Dr. Charles Selengut
Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., Drew University
M.A., New School University
B.A., Brooklyn College

 

WOMEN’S HISTORY

Dr. Rita Heller
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D, Rutgers University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Bryn Mawr College

 

Film presentation of “Chanceman’s Brothers and Sisters: The Origins of the 20th Century Black Community”

WRITING AND PUBLISHING

Dr. Kenneth Shouler
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., Graduate School of the City University of N.Y.
B.A., St. Bonaventure University

 

Get More Information:

The service was implemented in the fall of 2015 as part of CCM’s mission to provide the larger community with exceptional programs and services.

Those interested in securing a speaker can visit the online Faculty Speaker Bureau at www.ccm.edu/faculty-speaker-bureau to select a topic and contact the appropriate faculty member to arrange for time, location, equipment and any other details related to the desired event.

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