Dean, School of Liberal Arts
B.A., Clark University
Ph.D., University of South Dakota
Online Chair, Liberal Arts
B.A., M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
Mary Jane Clerkin, D.A., English, is the recipient of a 2014 United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Clerkin was recognized for her years of professional experience and her many accomplishments that have helped lay the foundation for distance learning. The award will be presented at the USDLA National Conference in St. Louis, MO, on May 5. In addition, Dr. Clerkin presented “The New Interactive Embedded Course Resource: A Living Text!” at the Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Lake Buena Vista, FL. She also presented “Talk To Me. Don’t Text” at the Annual Conference of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technologies.
Gloria Davy, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “Cultural Understanding and Interpretation of Postpartum Depression in a Caribbean Immigrant Community” at the American Public Health Association 141st Annual Conference and Expo in Boston, MA. She is the author of an article by the same title that was published in Pro Quest Dissertations. In addition, Dr. Davy and Christian Ehiobuche, Ph.D., Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business, are co-authors of “Health Care and Culture Clash: The Case of Caribbean Immigrants in the US,” which was published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (Issue 1).
Heidi Hoefinger, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, is the author of “Transnational Intimacies: Examples from Cambodia,” a chapter that was published in Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). In addition, Dr. Hoefinger was nominated for the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Plattsburgh State University Anthropology Department faculty.
Marilyn Papayanis, Ph.D., English, is the author of “Notes on Sexual Nostalgia,” which won the 2013 Nonfiction Contest sponsored by So to Speak: Feminist Journal of Language and Art. The essay will be published in the spring issue of the journal. In addition, Dr. Papayanis is the author of “The Wanking Widow and Other Indecorous Dames: Three Films about Maternal Transgression and ‘Fortunate Fall,'” which was published in the Bright Lights Film Journal.
Afshin Razani, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, under the auspices of the Latino Institute of Newark, led a group of students – including three Berkeley College students – faculty, and others on a five-day educational trip to Cuba. In addition, Dr. Razani represented the U.S. Peace Council at the Secretariat Meeting of the World Peace Council in Caracas, Venezuela.
Mitchell Serels, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, is the editor of The Schiller-Kahn Family: a Genealogical History, which was published by the estate of Dorothy Schiller.
Hui-wen Tu, Ed.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “The Application of Learning Contract in Blended Class” at the 10th Annual Faculty Technology Showcase at Bloomfield College.
Reba Wissner, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “Music for Murder, Machines, and Monsters: Moat Farm Murder from ‘The Twilight Zone,’ and the CBS Stock Music Library” at an American Musicological Society of the Greater New York Area meeting at Columbia University.