Dean, School of Liberal Arts
B.A., Clark University
Ph.D., University of South Dakota
Online Chair, School of Liberal Arts
B.A., M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
Online Associate Chair, School of Liberal Arts
B.A., Brooklyn College, City University of New York
M.A., New York University
M.S., DeVry University
Each fall, Berkeley College presents awards for outstanding teaching. The Faculty of the Year awards recognize faculty who are role models in demonstrating commitment to the success of Berkeley College and its students.
School of Liberal Arts
Excellence in On-site Instruction
Denise Feldman, D.A., English
Excellence in Online Instruction
Steven Streeter, English
Special Adjunct Faculty Award
Gloria Davy, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences
From left to right: Donald Kieffer, Ph.D., Dean; Steven Streeter, English; Gregory Hotchkiss, Th.D., Associate Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences; Carol Smith, Assistant Provost, Online; Denise Feldman, D.A., English; Marianne Vakalis, Ed.D., Provost; and Gloria Davy, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences.
Jason Clarke, Humanities and Social Sciences, is a co-author of “Iconic memory for the gist of natural scenes,” which was published in the Journal of Consciousness and Cognition in November. The paper describes research of a very short-lived memory called iconic memory.
Joyce Frei-McNeill, D.Lit., English, presented an eight-week film discussion series titled “Brando & Burt: Versatile Actors in Lesser-Known Films” at the Lake Hiawatha Library in November. The series focused on the lesser-known films of Marlon Brando and Burt Lancaster.
Cezar Giosan, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, is the author of “Sleep Disturbance, Disability, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Utility Workers,” which was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in August. He also was invited to serve as a peer reviewer for a paper submitted for publication in Depression and Anxiety.
Laura Harste, Ph.D., Math and Sciences, was a panelist at the 2nd Annual World Sexual Health Day Celebration at the Cutting Room in Manhattan, NY, on September 4. The title of the event was “What Does Sexual Well-Being Mean to You?” Dr. Harste also presented “The Environment: Sustainability is Not Just for Tree-Huggers Anymore” during the Lifetime Learning series at Washington Township Library on October 16.
Heidi Hoefinger, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, is the author of Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia: Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships (Routledge 2013). The book is based on a dissertation that won the Groundbreaking Subject Matter Accolade from the International Convention of Asia Scholars, and the book made the top six for the BBC’s Ethnography of the Year Award in the United Kingdom. Dr. Hoefinger read from her book during a book launch party at ClampArt Gallery in Manhattan, NY, on October 24.
Gerald Iacullo, Dean, Academic Support Center and Pre-College Programming, conducted two workshops at Barry University on August 20. The titles of the workshops were “Developmental Math: Strategies and Solutions,” which focused on creating an environment that actively engages the student in the learning process, and “Effective Strategies for Tutoring Math,” which was geared toward underprepared students.
Robert Keiber, English, gave a presentation on his book, Fear is Good, at East Carolina University School of Art and Design on September 18. He also served as a judge for the annual American Society of Contemporary Artists 97th Members Exhibition in Manhattan, NY, in October. In addition, six poems from Mr. Keiber’s book, Urban Hykool, were published in the The Milford Journal in October.
Dean Kostos, English, is the author of “At a Revival Tent, Sojourner Truth Envisions a New Jerusalem,” which was published in the Fall issue of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Vol. 30, No. 2). In addition, his poem “Shiva Bhairava” was published in The Bangalore Review in October, and his poem “The Antique Cast” was included in The Good Men Project in September. The Good Men Project is an online magazine that features stories about what it means to be a good man in the 21st century.
Thomas Miller, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, produced the short film “Kino-Phosphor” for the 2015 Drone Cinema Film Festival in Leiden, Netherlands. His nonfiction graphic novel, “The Unknown Man,” created at the Reanimation Library in Brooklyn, NY, was exhibited in “Book Futures” at the South Australian School of Art (SASA) Gallery in Adelaide, Australia.
Michael Montlack, English, was interviewed about his poetry for Prick of the Spindle (Vol. 8.3), an online journal. He is the author of the following poems: “My Sister Michele Never Read the Book,” which was published in Luna Luna magazine in September; “New South Wales: Platypus” and “End Game,” which were published in the Fall issue of Gertrude; “Comprende?” which was published in the Fall issue of Knockout; and “New Orleans: The UpStairs Lounge Arson Attack (1973),” which was published in The Cortland Review (Issue 65).
Jea Sophia Oh, Humanities and Social Sciences, spoke about “Energy for a Greener Future: Conversations on Theology, Cosmology and Environmental Justice” at the Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures and Alumni Reunion at Drew University on October 15.
Afshin Razani, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, spoke about “What’s Driving the New ‘Cold War’ in Ukraine?” at the Quaker Meeting House in West Hartford, CT, in June. The event was sponsored by the Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Justice; the Greater New Haven Peace Council; and the Connecticut ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition. Dr. Razani also spoke about “The Imperial Roots of Global Warming: Economic, Industrial, and Military” during a workshop at St. John’s University in September. The workshop, organized by the U.S. Peace Council, was part of a series of events held in Manhattan, NY, in conjunction with the People’s Climate March.
Mia Siegert, English, was the costume designer for the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals production of “CATS,” which ran November 21 through 23 in Lubbock, TX. The play featured Ken Page, who starred in the original Broadway production of the musical.
Catherine St. John, D.A., Humanities and Social Sciences, delivered the inspirational message at the monthly African American Cultural Committee meeting at the Montclair Art Museum in October. The theme for her message was “The Story of Art: A Narrative of Belonging.”
David Andrew Stoler, English, is the author of “The Bad Seeds,” an article that appeared in The Providence Phoenix in October. Mr. Stoler also was named to the Editorial Board of Teachers & Writers Magazine.
Hugo Walter, Ph.D., English, is the author of Sanctuaries in Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book (Peter Lang 2014). In addition to exploring the theme of sanctuaries in Washington Irving’s work, the book presents a short history of sanctuaries in 19th-century American and European literature.
Stephen Wolf, Ph.D., English, received the 2014 Faculty Excellence Award during the Honors Scholars Graduate Reception at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ, on September 16. The award recognized Dr. Wolf’s contribution to the Honors Program by sharing his extensive theme-related knowledge of New York City. During the Honors Program, Dr. Wolf led the scholars on numerous educational tours of the city.