Humanities, Social Science, Social Work & Education

Humanities, Social Science, Social Work & Education

Department Overview
The Department offers 11 different disciplines that engage you in a rigorous examination of the human experience. You’ll develop critical thinking and writing skills that are essential foundations for success in college and in life. Our course offerings, both online and face-to-face, provide opportunities for you to learn more about the complexity of the world and how meaning is constructed through rigorous inquiry. Our faculty are actively engaged in their disciplines and offer opportunities for you to learn in the classroom and beyond. You’ll be able to take advantage of practical fieldwork experiences, campus lecture series, professional conferences and service to the community.

The central teaching and learning philosophy of our Department is to offer programs of study that are intellectually challenging and diverse. The diversity of disciplines in our Department promotes an understanding of the interconnectedness of academic fields of study.

Our graduates have continued their education at such prestigious colleges and universities as the University of Pennsylvania, Drew University, Vassar College, University of California and Rutgers University.

Exploring the Human Experience
Are you fascinated by the human experience? Do you want to learn more about the people around you and help shape their futures? Explore the range of programs offered by the Department of Humanities, Social Science and Education. The breadth of courses offered, combined with an engaged and dedicated faculty, will create challenging opportunities for you to meet your intellectual, educational and career goals.

Degrees Designed for Transfer to Four-Year Colleges (A.A.)
Education: P-12, Associate of Arts - Explore Careers P-12
Human Services/Pre-Social Work, Associate of Science - Explore Careers
Liberal Arts, Associate of Arts - Explore Careers
Social Sciences, Associate of Arts - Explore Careers

Degrees Designed to Lead to Direct Employments
Early Childhood Education, Associate of Applied Science - Explore Careers

Certificate Designed to Provide Specialized Expertise
Chemical Dependency, Certificate - Explore Careers
Career Path for CADC, Substance Abuse Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor
Early Childhood Education, Certificate - Explore Careers
Early Childhood STEM, Certificate of Completion - Explore Careers
Human Services, Certificate - Explore Careers
Human Services, Certificate of Completion - Explore Careers

Online classes are an option for many Humanities, Social Science, Social Work & Education degree requirements.  Click here to register for online summer and fall college courses today!


Associate Professor - History

Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D.,
M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago;  B.A., College of William and Mary

Select awards, research, and grants: January 2016: Comment, “Tuning the General Education History Course,” Roundtable session for the American Historical Association Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA); June-July 2015: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and their Homelands (directed by Prof. Roger Waldinger, UCLA); May-June 2014: American Academy in Rome - Community College Humanities Association Affiliated Fellow (Rome, Italy); Book manuscript in progress on the paradigmatic role of the Italian state in shaping the lives of its migrants after they left for the United States, at the height of emigration from 1890-World War I; “The Meaning of International Migration to the Sending State: Italian Identity, Power, and Class in the Post-Emancipation U.S. South,” article currently under review;  Review of Marcella Bencivenni, Italian Immigrant Labor Radicalism:  The Idealism of the Sovversi in the United States, 1890-1940 (2011) and Robert P. Wolensky and William A. Hastie, Anthracite Labor Wars: Tenancy, Italians, and Organized Crime in the Northern Coalfield of Northeastern Pennsylvania 1897-1959 (2013) in Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas (forthcoming); November 2013: “The State in the Fields:  Sharecropping, Power and Italianitå in the Arkansas Delta,” D.C. Area Working Class History Workshop (The College of William and Mary and Georgetown University); 2011: Outstanding Program of the Year, Faculty Advisor (Raritan Valley Community College); 2007-2008: Marion S. Miller Dissertation Fellowship (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Area of Expertise
U.S. History, Migration, Labor, and Italian-American History

Associate Professor of Psychology

Academic Degrees Achieved: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; B.A., University of Michigan

Awards  -  Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006-2009 -  Evelyn Hobson Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2008 -  Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002-2005  

Research Interests -  My main research seeks to explore children’s representations, how children understand or conceptualize some of the biological phenomena surrounding them.  Most of my work has focused on exploring the input of different contexts (e.g., family, media, school, culture, religion) on children’s conceptualizations of life and death, including how cultural and/or religious beliefs play a significant role in the way they understand and cope with death situations.  I have also looked at how children’s representations guide their actions and thoughts.  More specifically, why young children commit scale errors, behaviors where young children attempt to perform actions on objects that are too small to accommodate the behavior at hand.

Relevant Publications -  Rosengren, K. S., Gutiérrez, I. T., & Jiang, M. J. (under review). Using mixed methods in developmental psychology: From scale errors to death.    Gutiérrez, I. T., Rosengren, K. S., & Miller, P. J. (in press).  In B. Rogoff, R. Mejía-Arauz, & M. Correa-Chávez (Eds.), Children learn by observing and contributing to family and community endeavors: A cultural paradigm.   Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 49.  Gutiérrez, I. T., Miller, P. J., Rosengren, K. S., & Schein, S. S. (2014).  Affective dimensions of death:  Children’s books, questions, and understandings.  In K. S. Rosengren, P. J. Miller, I. T. Gutiérrez, P. I. Chow, S. S. Schein, & K. N. Anderson, Children’s understanding of death: Toward a contextualized and integrated account. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 79(1, Serial no. 312), 43-61.  Gutiérrez, I. T., Rosengren, K. S., & Miller, P. J. (2014).  Mexican American immigrants in the Centerville region:  Teachers, children and parents.  In K. S. Rosengren, P. J. Miller, I. T. Gutiérrez, P. I. Chow, S. S. Schein, & K. N. Anderson, Children’s understanding of death: Toward a contextualized and integrated account. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 79(1, Serial no. 312), 97-112.  Rosengren, K. S., Gutiérrez, I. T., & Schein, S. S. (2014).  Cognitive dimensions of death in context.  In K. S. Rosengren, P. J. Miller, I. T. Gutiérrez, P. I. Chow, S. S. Schein, & K. N. Anderson, Children’s understanding of death: Toward a contextualized and integrated account. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 79(1, Serial no. 312), 62-82.  Rosengren, K. S., & Gutiérrez, I. T. (2011).  Searching for coherence in a complex world:  Introduction to the special issue on explanatory coexistence.  Human Development, 54(3), 123-125.  doi:10.1159/000329126   Rosengren, K. S., Schein, S. S., & Gutiérrez, I. T. (2010).  Individual differences in children’s production of scale errors.  Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 309-313.  doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2010.03.011 Gutiérrez, I. T. (2009).  Understanding death in cultural context:  A study of Mexican children and their families (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Illinois, Champaign.  Rosengren, K. S., Carmichael, C., Schein, S. S., Anderson, K. N., & Gutiérrez, I. T. (2009).  A method for eliciting scale errors in preschool classrooms.  Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 286-290.  doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.03.001 Rosengren, K. S., Gutiérrez, I. T., Anderson, K. N. & Schein, S. S. (2009). Parental reports of children’s scale errors in everyday life.  Child Development, 80, 1586-1591.  doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01355.x  Gutiérrez, I. T. (2005).  Young children’s storybooks as a source of information about death.  Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Illinois, Champaign.  

Grants -  NSF Funds for Young Scholars’ participation in ISSBD 2010 (Award No. BCS-1026915), July 2010, $2,500. -  Life beyond death:  Young Mexican children’s conceptions of the afterlife, University of Oxford/John Templeton Foundation Small Grant, Northwestern University, 2010, $25,985. -  NSF - Psychology Research Grant Fund, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2008, $2,000.         -  NSF - SBE Travel Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April - July 2007, $2,063.  

Editorial Experience -  Guest Editor, Human Development (2010-2011). Special issue on explanatory co-existence. -  Consulting Reviewer, Developmental Science, Infant and Child Development.

Area of Expertise
Developmental Psychology - Social Cognition, Developmental Cultural Psychology

Program Coordinator
Professor - Human Services/Pre-Social Work

Academic Degrees Achieved:
Ph.D., M.S.W., Rutgers University; B.A.S.W., Elizabethtown College

Measuring Quality of Life among Adults with Mental Retardation & other Developmental Disabilities (2005)  New Jersey's Self-determination Initiative: An exploratory evaluation   Voices of poverty: A content analysis 2011-2012 (2013)  "Preparing paraprofessionals empowering youth," a 3 year grant funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services. (2014-present)   

Area of Expertise
Social Work; Disability Services

Associate Professor - Philosophy

Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A.,  New School for Social Research; B.A., Loyola University

Area of Expertise
Continental Philosophy

Associate Professor of History

Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D.,
M.Phil., City University of New York; M.A., Northern Illinois University; B.A., University of Iowa

I teach courses in U.S., African American, and Modern Latin American history and am completing a book entitled “Haitian Refugees and the Rebirth of Immigrant Detention in the United States, 1973 to 2000.”

Area of Expertise
Twentieth Century U.S. and Latin America, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity

Associate Professor of Education

Academic Degrees Achieved: M.Ed., Gratz College; B.S., University of Maryland, College Park; A.A., Centenary College

Doctorate of Educational Leadership, ABD, Fischler School of Education, Nova Southeastern University; Qualitative research study examining early readers and the implementation of intervention programs; Qualitative research study measuring student's perceptions of themselves as readers in the beginning and mid-year of first grade with regard to the early intervention program delivered; TEAGLE Grant; 3M Grant

Area of Expertise
Early Childhood Education, Birth-Age 10

Associate Professor

Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


Area of Expertise

Temporary Full Time Instructor

Academic degrees achieved: M.S., Cognitive Psychology - Florida State University, 2010; M.A., Public Policy, Monmouth University, 2018

Awards, research & grants:
Seton Hall University College of Arts and Sciences Adjunct Professor of the Year, 2015

Area of Expertise


Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., M.A., A.B., Rutgers University         

Awards • NEH Summer Institute on "Old Age in History and Literature" at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, directed by David D. Van Tassel, June-July 1981.   • American Historical Association fellowship study/travel tour of Cameroon, West Africa; one of twelve participants chosen to study Africa in world history, June-July 1982.  • National Council of Foreign and International Studies grant to commission and publish essays on world history education, April-November 1984.  • NEH Summer Seminar on "Comparative European and American Imperialism," at Yale University, directed by Robin Winks, June-August 1984.  • Rutgers University fellowship on "The Teaching of History: Ellis Island and American Immigration as a Case Study," directed by Virginia Yans, January-May 1985.  • Fulbright Summer Seminar on the history and culture of Brazil, in Sao Paulo, Manaus, Brasilia, Recife, Salvador, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June-August, 1989.  • NEH Summer Seminar on "The Hellenistic City" in Greece and Turkey, directed by Roger Bagnall and Susan Cole, Columbia University, American School of Classical  • Studies, Athens, June-August, 1990.  • Selected "Distinguished Educator in the Humanities" by the Community College Humanities Association for 1991.  • Council on International Educational Exchange participant in Vietnam seminar, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, January, 1992.  • Fellowship, Seminar on Islamic Culture, sponsored by USIA, in Jordan, May-June, 1994.   • Elected American Historical Association governing Council, 2004-2007.  • NEH Summer Institute on “Representations of the Other:   Jews in Medieval Christendom” at Oxford University, UK, June-July, 2006.  • Mid-career fellowship at Princeton University, 2006-7.  • NEH Summer Institute “Bharata Darshan: Past and Present in the Study of India’s History and Culture” in Delhi and Simla, India, July-August, 2008.  •“Pioneer in World History” award from The World History Association, San Diego, June, 2010.  Council on International Education Exchange. Participant in Summer Seminar on Public Health, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, May-June, 2014.   

Public History Exhibits • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City.  Maps on slavery and global migrations hung at entrance to "Give me your tired....Voluntary Black Migration to the U.S.," June-October, 1986.  • Ellis Island Museum.  Conceived, researched and designed six maps on world migration patterns, 1700-1985, which are shown on globe in Museum of the American People, Ellis Island, as part of permanent federal installation which opened November, 1990.

Publications: BOOKS • The West and the World: A Topical History of Civilization, Harper & Row, 1980, in one and two volumes.  With “Instructor’s Manual.”  Second edition, HarperCollins, 1988, also with Instructor’s Manuals. • Arabic trans., with introduction by A. M. Elmessiri, Kuwait, 1986  • The West and the World: A History of Civilization from the Ancient World to 1700, Markus Wiener, 1997.  • The West and the World: A History of Civilization from 1400 to the Present, Markus Wiener, 2002.  • The Introductory History Course: Six Models, American Historical Association, 1984   • World History: Selected Reading Lists and Course Outlines from American Colleges and Universities, editor, Markus Wiener, 1984., Second Edition, 1987. Third Edition, 1991. Fourth edition, edited by Adams, Adas, and Reilly, 1999.  • Readings in World Civilizations, editor, St. Martin's, 1987, two volume anthology of primary documents and secondary interpretations. Second Edition, 1992. Third Edition, 1995.  • Worlds of History, editor, Bedford Press, 2000, two volumes; historical and pedagogical anthology. With two-volume instructor’s manual, “Editor’s Notes.” Second Edition 2005, with on-line instructor’s manual.  Third Edition, 2007. Fourth edition, 2010. Fifth edition, 2013.  • Racism: A Global Reader, co-editor with A. Bodino and S. Kaufman, M.E. Sharpe, 2002.  • The Human Journey: A Concise Introduction to World History, 2 vols., Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.  Originally Framework of World History with Robert Strayer, unpublished. 

Publications: SERIES EDITOR: • SOURCES AND STUDIES IN WORLD HISTORY" M.E. Sharpe, Publishers. 20 volumes • Co-editor with Robert Strayer: “EXPLORATIONS IN WORLD HISTORY: CONNECTIONS AND COMPARISONS,” a series of short, topical books for undergraduate world history courses.  McGraw-Hill, ten titles, 2006-2013.  CHAPTERS, PAPERS, AND PRESENTATIONS ON REQUEST.    

Area of Expertise
History, World History, Migration, Racism


Academic Degrees Achieved: B.A., M.A., Temple University; Ph.D., University of Chicago

Area of Expertise
International Relations, American Government, Political Theory, US History

Associate Professor

Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., Southern California University; A.B.D., Graduate Center of the City of New York; M.A.,
B.A., University of Wisconsin; Other Education:  Regents College (Nursing)  and University of Southern California (Gerontology)               

Selected Participant, Workshop in Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Atomic Bombings in 1945; Mid-Career Fellowship, Princeton University (twice);  Participant, NEH Landmarks Program, “History and Commemoration:  Legacies of the Pacific War;”  Recipient, Freeman Foundation Fellowship, “Teaching About Japan,” Tokai University; NISOD Excellence Award recipient; Participant, Summer Institute, "Infusing Southeast Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum" at East-West Center; Selected Participant for NEH-sponsored program "Cultures of Authority in Asian Practice;" Selected Participant, "Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum," East-West Center; Fellowship, Internationalizing the Curriculum Project, New Jersey Department of Higher Education; Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "Columbus and the Age of Discovery;" Selected Participant, New Jersey Department of Higher Education Summer Institute on Multicultural Education; Invited Participant, New Jersey Department of Higher Education and Rutgers University, "Summer Institute on the Middle East;" Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, "American Journalism in a Historical Perspective;" Summer Fellowship, U. S. Department of Education Group Projects Abroad, "Jamaica:  Education, Culture and Economic Development Project"        

Area of Expertise
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Global Studies with emphasis on Asia and Middle East

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Academic degrees achieved:
Ph.D.,  Anthropology, Columbia University
M.A., Anthropology, Columbia University
M.A.A., Anthropology, University of Maryland
B.A., Anthropology and Geography, Indiana University

Area of Expertise
I will be teaching Human Origins, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology, and Native North Americans.


Academic Degrees Achieved: B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University; M.S., Ph.D., Ohio University.

Awards, Research & Grants:
Certificate for Online Teaching, Ohio University 2017
Scholarly Tool for Qnaititative Reasoning, Ohio University 2017

Research interests:
My research program focuses on Intergroup Threat Theory (ITT). According to ITT, prejudice is a function of two types of threat: realistic and symbolic threat. Realistic threat refers to concerns about the in-group’s power, resources, and well-being, whereas symbolic threat refers concerns about the in-group’s values, identity, and way of life. Broadly, my research suggests that majority group members (i.e., White Americans) respond to reminders of increasing diversity with higher perceived threat - symbolic and realistic. Although these two types of threat both predict increases in prejudice, research also finds threat-specific effects. For example, reminders of immigrants entering the U.S. workforce increases realistic threat for majority group members. In contrast, majority group members feel greater symbolic threat from Muslim Americans because of stereotypes about this group as not “assimilating” to mainstream culture (e.g., threats to American values). Students involved in my program of research have had opportunities to learn and participate in very important and timely research with respect to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

Relevant Publications:
Howell, J. L., Sosa, N., & Osborn, H. (2019). The Need-Satisfaction Framework of Self Esteem: Self-esteem as a Monitor of Fundamental Need Satisfaction. Social and Personality Compass, 2019;e12492
Sosa, N. & Rios, K. (2019). The Utilitarian Scientist: The Humanization of Scientists in Moral Dilemmas. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 84, 103818
Rios, K., Sosa, N., & Osborn, J. (2018). An experimental approach to Intergroup Threat Theory: Manipulations, moderators, and consequences of realistic vs. symbolic threat. European Review of Social Psychology, 29(1), 212-255.
Osborn, H., Sosa, N., & Rios, K. (2017) Assimilation. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior. (pp. 34-37). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Sosa, N. & Howell, J. L. (2017). Ego-depletion. In Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. (pp. 1-3). Springer International Publishing.
Osborn, H., Sosa, N., & Rios, K. (revise & resubmit). Perceiving Demographic Diversity as a Threat: Effects of Interethnic Ideologies. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.
Lindberg, M., Sosa, N., & Markman, K. D., (under review). They Lost So That They Could Live: The Meaning Making Function of Counterfactual Thinking. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Thomas, S., Markman, K. D., Sosa, N. (under review). You are what you read: Experience-taking in story narratives predicts subsequent performance. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology.


Associate Professor - Education

Academic Degrees Achieved: Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Stockton University;
M.Ed., The College of New Jersey; B.S., Rider University; Elementary Classroom Teacher Certificate (N-8); NJ DoE Supervisor of Instruction Certificate; NJ DoE Certificate of Recognition; National Staff Development Council Academy XVI

Excellence in Teacher Preparation, Exemplary Faculty nominee, Showcase of Exemplary Practices, Office of Secretary of Higher Education and NJ Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers, First Higher Ed faculty nominee and attendee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Teagle Foundation Grant for Civic Engagement, RVCC Faculty Lead; EDUC students earned Board's Service Learning Leadership Award twice for Teach2Matter at RVCC;  EDUC students invited to keynote MLK, Jr. Community Partners' Breakfast

Area of Expertise
Innovative Classroom Instruction and Professional Development

Instructor of Philosophy

Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., The New School; M.A., Stony Brook University; B.A., Philosophy, Temple University; B.A., Physics, Temple University.

Area of Expertise
Continental Philosophy

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

Keilani Abdullah
M.A. Sociology, Georgia State University
B.A. Sociology, Michigan State University

Frank Adamo
M.S., Villanova University  
B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
A.A., Raritan Valley Community College

Craig Ally
A.A., Criminal Justice, Raritan Valley Community College
B.S., Fire Science w/Minor Law Enforcement Science Psychology, University of New Haven
M.A., Education, Administration and Supervision, Seton Hall University

Paloma Amar-Coleman
Licensed Professional Counselor
Master Degree in Couple and Family Therapy, Hahnemann University Hospital
B.A. Psychology, Yeshiva University

Anthony Baldino
M.PHIL., PHD., Columbia University Foundation School of Engineering

Courtney Battista
M.A., M.S.E.D., Columbia College

Michael Beckwith
B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., College of New Jersey

Liliya Borodkin
B.A., Jewish Studies, Rutgers University
M.S.W., Social Work, Rutgers University

Michele Brennan
M.A., PSYD, Argosy University

Bebe Brezanin-Brusky, LCSW
Post graduate family therapy training (1y);The  Multi Cultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ
M.S.W., Rutgers University
B.A. Psychology, Trenton State College

Jeff Brindle
M.A. Political Science, Villanova University
B.A., Rutgers University

Mark Brosky
A.A., Argosy University

Emma (Gina) Cannizzo
M.A. Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
B.A. English, University of New Mexico

Richmond Carlton
M.A., Fordham University

James Clarke
M.A., Ramapo College of New Jersey

Suzanne Draper
B.A., University of West Florida
M.A., University of Central Florida

Isaac Dunn
M.A., Temple University

Debra Ferro
M.A., Kean University

Lauren Frary
B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., Montclair State University

Ronald Gandelman
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Erica Greenwald
M.ed., Rutgers Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, N.J.
B.A., Rutgers College

Daniel Gunn
M.A., West Chester University
D.M.I.N., Drew University

Megan Hart
M.A.; Org. Leadership, Regent University

Blake R. Heffner
B.A. Government/Philosophy, Lehigh University
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Theology/History of Doctrine, Princeton Theological Seminary

Daniel Herman
PhD. Global Affairs, Rutgers University
Master of International Affairs, Columbia University
B.A. Political Science, Rutgers University

Sabrina Misir Hiralall
PHD., Montclair State University

Emily Hornblower

Gregory Hotchkiss, Th.D.
Th.D. Anglican Studies, The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church New York, New York  
Th.M. Philosophical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton, New Jersey  
M.Div. Professional Clergy Degree, The Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  
B.A., Thomas Edison State College Trenton, New Jersey 

Marcel Ionescu
M.PHILM., Tulane University

Nicole Jacoberger
M.A., St. John’s University Jamaica

Lisa Johnston
B.A., History & Government/Law, Lafayette College
M.A., History, Rutgers University

Jessica Jungblut
M.A. Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University
B.A. Psychology and Minor in Social/Economic Justice,  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Jeff Kampf
M.A. Holocaust and genocide Studies, Kean University  
M.A.T/Certification in Social Studies/Secondary Education, The College of New Jersey  B.A. History, Rutgers University  

Christian R. Kemp
M.A. History, Brigham Young University
B.A. History, Brigham Young University

Heather Koenig
B.A., College of New Jersey
M.A., Princeton University

Brian Ladiny
B.A., Ministerial Theology, Oakwood University
M.Div., Divinity, Andrews University
D.M., Ministry, Andrews University

Charlotte Langeveld
M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University
B.A. International Business, Marymount College

Alicia Liss
B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin

Pamela Longo
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Connecticut
B.A., Drew University

Edward Isaiah Malberg
PhD., Candidate Northwestern Univeristy
M.A., University of Kentucky
B.A., Rutgers University

Kathleen Manz
M.A. Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, Montclair State University
B.A. Psychology, Montclair State University

Joan McGowan

Patrick McNicholas
M.A. Applied Sociology, William Paterson University
B.A. Sociology, Central Connecticut State University

Charles Miller
Antoinette Morales
B.A., Psychology, Drew University
M.A., Psychological Services, Kean University

Deborah Morrison-Santana

Joshua Moser
M.A. History, Monmouth University
B.A. History, Monmouth University
A.A. Liberal Arts, Raritan Valley Community College

Dana Nelson
B.A., Psychology, Carleton College
M.Ed., Learning Cognition & Development, Rutgers Graduate School of Education

Adele Oltman
PHD., Columbia College

Sarah Ordway

John Paitakes
M.A., Education Guidance & Counseling, Rider University
Ph.D., Public Administration, Union Institute & University-Cincinnati

Cynthia Parayil
Doctor of Philosophy, International Relations,  Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), New Delhi
M.Phil- JNU Masters, History, University of Delhi

Marius Pascale
M.A., PHD., University of Albany, SUNY

James Paul
B.A., Sociology, Kean College
M.A., Counseling, Rider University

Anita Petersen
B.S., Elementary/ Early Childhood Ed., East Stroudsburg University
M.A., Education, Seton Hall University
Ed.D., Administration/Supervision, Seton Hall University

Jo-Ann Carlson Piagentini
M.S. B.S. Special Education, and Early Childood, Elementary  Rutgers University

Marta Pires
Doctor of Education, Montclair State University
M.Ed., Montclair State University
B.A., M.A. Philosophy, University of Evora, Portugal

Mike Pirrotta
M.S. Psychology, Florida State University
B.A. Psychology, Fairfield University

William Pisarra
M.A., University of Minnesota

Queenie Reda
B.A., M.S.W., Rutgers University

Erik Riverson
B.A., Thomas Edison State College
M.A., Montclair State University

Andrea Romano
B.S., Special Education, Monmouth University
M.A., Educational Admin., Kean University

Giuseppe Rotolo
PHD., Foreign University

Nathan Schmidt
PhD in Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton
Masters in Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton

Adam M. Sherry
M.A. History, Monmouth University
B.A. History, University of Hartford

Roger Shutack
M.Ed. History/Social Studies Education, College of New Jersey
B.A. History, Rutgers University

Lisa Slapa
Psy.D., Chicago School of Professional Psychology  
B.S. Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology

David Sorensen
B.A., Rutgers University
M.PHIL., Georgia State University

Charles F. Speierl
Ed.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University
M.A., Adelphi University
B.A., Dowling College

Ryan Staude
M.A., PHD., University of Albany, SUNY

Sharon M. Sweeney
M.A. History, The University at Albany
B.A. History and Political Science, The State University of New York at Albany

Vate Tchero
M.S.T., Rutgers University

Lindsey M Tonks
M.S. Education, School Leadership University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
M.A. History, Southeastern Louisiana University            
B.A. History, Southeastern Louisiana University

Nikolay Tugushev
B.A., Temple University
M.A., Stony Brook University

Farah L. Vallera
M.A. Sociology, Lehigh University
B.A. Sociology/Criminal Justice with English Minor, Centenary College

Richard P. Van Orden, Jr.
M.A. Early American/US History
B.S./B.A. Political Science/US History, University of Scranton

Eric Villepontoux
M.A., PHD., University of Mass Amherst

David Wiklanski
M.A. Behavioral Sciences, Kean University, Union, NJ
B.A. Psychology, Kean University, Union, NJ
A.A. Liberal Arts, Psychology, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ

Susan Woolever
B.S., University of Illinois
M.A., Argosy University

Lydia York
B.A., Theater & Speech, College of William & Mary
M.Div., Theological Studies, Chicago Theological Seminary
M.Phil., Phil. & Theological Studies, Drew University

Roger Young
PhD., University of Memphis
M.A., Rutgers University
B.A., Rowan University

Enhance your college experience by joining one of the Department’s sponsored clubs including the Education and Philosophy Clubs. We also offer a Psychology Honor Society for high achieving students, PSI Beta.

The Department places a high value on service and many of the classes offer opportunities for you to serve your community as part of the curriculum. Fieldwork options are available in some classes enabling you to gain experience in the field.

The different disciplines host conferences as well as lecture and film series, providing you with opportunities to enhance your learning experience.

Career Coach – Learn more about career opportunities

Contact Information:
Cynthia Coulbourne
908-526-1200 x8816


Taking online community college classes offers you the flexibility and convenience to fit college into your schedule. You have an opportunity to interact with instructors and fellow students online. RVCC offers special online course orientations to help you to prepare for studying virtually and to show you how to make the most of the educational experience.

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