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Faculty Profiles

Boualem Bendjilali, Ph.D. ( Calculus I and II ) 
Dr. Boualem Bendjilali is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Raritan Valley Community College. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics (Differential Equations) and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Bendjilali received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and his Master's in Statistics from the University of Algiers. Dr. Bendjilali has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Cincinnati, King Saud University and University of Algiers, Algeria.

Rosemarie Gorini (Precalculus I & II)
Rosemarie Gorini is an Assistant Professor presently teaching Mathematics at Raritan Valley Community College.  She graduated from Montclair State College earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics. Before joining the full-time faculty at RVCC, Rosemarie held adjunct positions at RVCC as well as the County College of Morris and Montclair State University.  Her experience also includes mathematics instruction at the middle school and high school levels as well as Application Design and Development for AT&T.

Gwendolyn Kane (English Composition II)
Gwendolyn Kane is an Assistant Professor presently teaching developmental and first-year composition at Raritan Valley Community College. She graduated from Middlesex County College with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts - English and foreign language focus; from Douglass College with a Bachelor’s degree - English Major and Linguistics Minor; and from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Language Education.  Before joining the full time faculty at RVCC, Gwen taught English as a Second Language in the Program in American Language studies at Rutgers, coordinating the Intensive English Program for 10 years.  She also coordinated the Community Learning Center for the Middlesex County Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Lynne Kowski (Statistics I & II)
Lynne Kowski is a Professor of Mathematics who teaches Algebra, Calculus, Statistics and Statistics Honors at Raritan Valley Community College.  She graduated from Rutgers University College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers and a Master's degree in Education (Mathematics) from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. Lynne is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Statistics and Measurement, also from Rutgers. Before joining the full-time faculty at RVCC in September 1994, Lynne worked in the corporate world as a manufacturing engineer in the field of microelectronics.   

Gregory Suran (General Physics I & II)  
Gregory Suran is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Raritan Valley Community College since 2003.  He graduated from the Physics Department of the Uzhhorod State University (Ukraine) with a Master’s degree in Physics and a minor in Physics Education, pursued a Ph.D. in Physics of Semiconductors and Dielectrics (accomplished ABD). Since 2007, he has been working on a doctoral dissertation at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education. 

Derek Weber, Ph.D.  (General Biology I & II)  
Dr. Derek Weber is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Raritan Valley Community College.   Dr. Weber received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Moravian College in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 2004. After a one-year visiting professorship at John Carroll University, he joined the faculty at Broward College, where he earned tenure in 2008.  He was a co-PI on a HP Technology for Teaching Higher Education Leadership grant, awarded by Hewlett-Packard to only ten schools worldwide, to introduce mobile technology into the classroom. At the Worldwide HP Technology for Teaching Higher Education Conference, the grant project was recognized by fellow conference attendees as the most convincing use of Tablet PC technology.  Professor Weber continued his work in the area of instructional technology upon his arrival to RVCC in 2008. His Principles of Microbiology course was awarded Best Overall Course in a competition hosted by the software company SoftChalk. He has presented at a variety of statewide and national conferences including the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges Innovators conference, American Society of Microbiology Undergraduate Education Conference, New Jersey Community Colleges Best Practices, and the New Jersey Biotechnology Education Consortium meeting. He was one of four featured presenters at the 2012 Teaching Professor Conference in Washington, D.C.  He is also active in the area of faculty training in technology. His current project involves the integration of mobile devices and Web 2.0 technology into the science curriculum to promote a more active learning environment.  He is also currently writing a textbook in microbiology for Pearson publishing, which is slated for publication in 2016.

Stacy Westhusin (General Chemistry I & II)  
Mrs. Westhusin is an Adjunct Professor at Raritan Valley Community College.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Truman State University in Missouri, and her Master’s Degree in Chemistry from San Diego State University in California. Mrs. Westhusin has previously taught General Chemistry at Grossmont College in La Mesa, California, and at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina.  

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