Communication & Languages

Communication & Languages

Department Overview
Effective communication skills are critical in a global marketplace with accelerating technological advancements.  Our programs provide the tools to successfully navigate this complex and ever-changing world.

The Communication & Languages Department offers a wide range of programs, with classes offered online and face-to-face, that prepare you for careers in such high-energy fields as media production, advertising, event planning, public relations, marketing, and journalism. We can also help you advance your career prospects by learning a foreign language including French and Spanish.

If English is your second language, we offer various levels of instruction to prepare you for college level courses. We can help you with speaking, grammar accent reduction, reading and writing.

Graduates of our programs transfer to such prestigious colleges and universities as The College of New Jersey, Emerson College, Rutgers University, New York University, Syracuse University and The New School.

Learning to Navigate the Global World

No matter where your career path takes you, you’ll need to have great communication skills. From landing a job to winning over clients to nailing a team project, your ability to effectively communicate can mean the difference between success and failure. The Communication & Languages Department can help you improve your communication skills so you can meet your personal, educational and career goals. You can also learn a new language or improve your foreign language skills.

Degree Programs

Degrees Designed to Transfer to Four-Year Colleges

Communication Studies, Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Explore Careers
Digital Media/Film Studies, Associate of Science - Explore Careers

Certificates Designed to Develop Specialized Expertise

Digital Video Production, Certificate - Explore Careers
English as a Second Language, Certificate of Completion - Explore Careers
Event Planning/Meeting Management, Certificate - Explore Careers
Social Media Specialist, Certificate - Explore Careers

Online classes are an option for many Communication & Language degree requirements.  Click here to register for online summer college courses today!

Full Time Faculty


Professor - Communication Studies

Academic Degrees Achieved: Ed.D., M.A., West Virginia University; B.A., Capital University               

Area of Expertise
Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Instructional Communication

Associate Professor - English as a Second Language

Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., University of Findlay; B.S., King's College

Conference Presentations:  “Conversation Partners: Overcoming Challenges,” May 30, 2014, at the Faculty of the Future Conference held at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania; “English Language Learners Researching Popular Culture to Close Gaps,” March 5, 2012, at the League of Innovations Conference held in Philadelphia, PA;  “Using video clips to stimulate students’ writing,” April 28, 2012, at the Kean University Writing Project Symposium – T3: Teachers Teaching Teachers held at Kean University, Union, New Jersey;  “Using elaboration to decipher vocabulary,” April 3, 2008, at the 42nd Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit held in New York, New York;  “Bringing Native and Nonnative Speakers Together,” March 31, 2005, at the 39th Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit held in San Antonio, Texas

Area of Expertise
English as a Second Language

Instructor, Social Media

Academic Degrees Achieved: B.A., English, Rutgers University; M.A., Media Studies and Communication, The New School, New School University; M.F.A, Film (Producing), Brooklyn College, Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema


Associate Professor - Communication

Academic Degrees Achieved: M.S., Boston University; B.S., Florida Institute of Technology

Dennis Kauff Memorial News Reporting and Producing Award for Enterprise Reporting--General News

Area of Expertise
Communication, Film Studies

Assistant Professor - Spanish

Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., Montclair State University; B.A., Drew University; A.A., Raritan Valley Community College

Area of Expertise

Instructor - ASL

Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., Montclair State University; B.A., Montclair State University

Area of Expertise
American Sign Language, Linguistics

Instructor of English as a Second Language

Academic Degrees: M.S., in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), SUNY Albany; B.A., in English Literature, McGill University

Area of Expertise
Reading/writing and grammar


Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., New York University;  M.A., City University of New York; M.A., Louisiana State University;  B.A., Wake Forest University

Princeton Mid-Career Fellowship, 2014-2015

Area of Expertise
Teaching English to speakers of other languages

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., Columbia University; B.A., Seton Hall University; A.A., Union County College

Winner of the Neblett Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, 2013

Area of Expertise
Interpersonal Communication, Media Studies, Rhetoric

Professor - French & Spanish

Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A.,University of Salamanca, Spain; M.A., Purdue University; French Certificate, University of Quebec

1997 Who's Who Among America's teachers, 2002 Fulbright Teacher Award, 2005 Fulbright-Hayes Grant Recipient, 2008 Editor's Choice Award for International Library of Poetry,  2015 Publication in Raritan Valley Anthology of Poetry; Papers presented at national and international conferences for AATF, ACTFL, NJEA and NE on topics such as the Cajun people, King Arthur, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Guadalupe-an creole, language acquisition.

Area of Expertise
French & Spanish


Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., Ohio University; B.S., Emerson College

Author Mediated Perspectives: Media Ownership, Literacy, and Effects (Cognella Publishing, 2015) - Pursuing PhD Psychology (Media Effects), Capella University 

Area of Expertise
Mass communication, communication theory, media psychology


Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., University of San Francisco; B.A., Rutgers University

Area of Expertise
English as a Second Language


Academic Degrees Achieved: B.A., General Studies: Film, M.A., Media Studies, The New School University; A.A., Liberal Arts: Communication, Raritan Valley Community College

Area of Expertise
Digital Media/Film

Adjunct Faculty

Raritan Valley Community College online courses, as well as face-to-face classes, are taught by accomplished adjunct and full-time faculty.

Ali Akarcesme
M.A., Film, School of Visual Arts
B.A., Film & Media, Temple University

Lynn Barnes
M.F.A., Visual Arts, Rutgers University
B.F.A., Visual Arts, Rutgers University

Emily Bengels
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.E.D., Rutgers University  

Susan Berriman Bova
B.S. Linguistics and French, Georgetown University
Master's Degree in Educational Linguistics with a specialization in ESL, Uuniveristy of Pennsylvania
Certificate in Bilingual Education, French, ESL and Reading Specialist

Alisha Brown
M.S., Communications, D.Ed., Educational Leadership & Management, Drexel University

Carole Browne
M.A., Seton Hall University

Natalia Cabinda
B.A., English, French, Universite de Yaounde, Cameroon
M.A., Foreign Language & English, Universite de
Yaounde, Cameroon
M.Ed., Education, Universite de Yaounde, Cameroon

Antoinette Cavaliere

Deborah D'Amore
B.A international Politics Minors in Business and Italian, Penn State University
M.A.T Italian, Rutgers University

Amy Dixon
TESOL,Kean University
M.A. Secondary Education, Seton Hall University
B.A. Political Science, Seton Hall University

George Falkowski
M.A., Mass Communication, Emerson College
B.A., English, Kean University

John J. Fink
M.F.A., Media Production, SUNY University at Buffalo

Donna Gregory
B.A., Communication, Rutgers College
M.C.I.S., Communication and Information Studies, Rutgers University

Patricia George
M.E.D., College of New Jersey

Maria Grewal
B.A., History, Warwick University, England
M.A., Comparative Social History, Warwick University U.K.

Michael Allen Griffith
M.A., Mass Communication/Media Studies, New York University
B.A. Speech, Media, Communication & Philosophy, East Stroudsburg University

Katarina Grofikova
Master in TESOL, 2001 Adelphi University, Long Island, New York

Lindsey Hageman
M.S., University of the State of New York

Timothy Hall
M.E.D., College of New Jersey
E.D.D., Columbia College

Jae Han
B.S., Accounting, Seton Hall University
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction ESL, Kean University
M.A., Educational Administration, Kean University

Mary Ryan Howley
B.A., Music, Montclair State University
B.A., M.A., Spanish, Rutgers University

Alina Laboy
B.A., M.S., St. John’s University Jamaica

Thomas Lancaster
B.A., English, St. Vincent College
M.A., Media Studies, New School for Social Research

Vivienne Larrea
Dual B.A.  Spanish & Latin American Studies, Rutgers University
M.A.T.  Foreign Language Instruction Spanish, Rutgers University

Luis Lavado
B.S., Temple University
M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College

Laureen Lefever
B.A., Communication Arts, St. Francis College
M.F.A., Acting, Brooklyn College

Alfonso Q. Llano
Master's degree in Spanish, Rutgers University

Christine LoMonaco

Brian Lorio
B.S., Speech, Northwestern University
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law

Julia T M-Bowie
B.A., M.S.E.D., Rutgers University

Lisa Mahajan-Cusack
B.S., Business Admin/Psychology, College of St. Elizabeth
M.P.A., Public Service Admin & Policy, Seton Hall University

Clarence McMillan
M.P.H., Kean University; PHD., Walden University

Catherine Mitch
B.A., German Language and Literature, Florida State University
M.A., German Literature, Florida State University
M.S., Multilingual/Multicultural Education, Specialization in TESOL, Florida State University

Vita Morales
M.T.A., Hunter College
M.E.D., Fordham University

Thomas Mullen
B.A., M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin

Dana Jean Nelson
M.A., Psychology, Rutgers University
M.A., ESL Studies, Rider University
B.A., Psychology, Carleton College

Xavier Nieto
B.A., Spanish, College of Staten Island
M.A., Spanish, Brooklyn College

Cary Pendaz
B.A., Humboldt State University
M.A., Middlebury University

Olga Phelps
M.A., Herzen University

Bryon Pinajian
M.A., Seton Hall University

Katherine Poynter
B.A., Drew University
M.A., College of New Jersey

Jason Scott Quinn
M.F.A, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
M.A. Acting, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
B.A. Communication Studies, University of South Florida
Theatre Arts Cert. Acting, Circle in the Square Theatre School

Amit Ray
M.S.E., Drexel University

Anne Reifsnyder
B.A., Lake Erie College
M.S., University of Albany, SUNY

Michael Reynolds
M.A., English and Creative Writing, Southern New Hampshire University
B.A., Communication, Ramapo College

Betty Sanchez
M.A., Montclair State University

David Sandler
B.S., Journalism, Suffolk University
M.A., Education, Suffolk University

Virginia Santoro
B.A., French, American University
M.A., TESOL, Kean University

Brian Schorr

Peter J. Schroeck
B.A. German, SUNY at Albany
M.A. German, SUNY at Albany
Ph.D. German, Rutgers University

Diana Sefchik
B.A., History, M.A., Secondary Education, Seton Hall University
M.A., Elementary Education, Kean University

Michael Shannon, CMP, HMCC
B.S., Business Administration, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, University of Denver

Jacqueline Skole
A.B., Political Science, Communication, University of Michigan
M.S.J., Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism

Gail Strelko
B.A., Psychology, University of Texas
M.Ed., Teaching English as a Second Language, The College of New Jersey

Joseph Svec
M.A., William Paterson University
M.F.A., University of Idaho

Kimberley Tan
B.A., Memorial University Newfoundland

Louis Thomas
Montgomery County Community College
B.A., Temple University

Amanda J. Thompson
M.A. Applied Linguistics, Montclair State University
B.A. Spanish Linguistics, Rutgers University

Peter Troost
Certificates, Avid Editing, Future Media Concepts
B.A., Communication, Rutgers University

Hector Velasquez
M.E.D., New Jersey City University

Doryce Wheeler
Ed.M./Teacher Certification Program in English as a Second Language, Rutgers Graduate School of Education

Joseph Whelan
B.A., Spanish, Rutgers University
M.A., Inst. Curr./ESL, Kean University

Ricardo Zamora
Master Degree University of Salamanca (Spain)

Additional Details

The Department sponsors several events throughout the year to showcase student achievements and enhance learning including: film festivals, Nota Bene (recognition of outstanding student achievement in all disciplines), speech competitions, and student video screenings.

Students with strong academic standing are invited to join Sigma Chi Eta, the Communication Honor Society; Alpha Beta Gamma, the Business, Communication, and Media Honor Society; or Phi Theta Kappa, the international society for Community College students.

Career Coach – Learn more about career opportunities in communications and languages.

Contact Information:
908-526-1200 x8221

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