RVCC Welcomes New Faculty Members to College Community

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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Raritan Valley Community College welcomes the following new faculty members to the College community this fall:

Robert Carden, Chemistry

Robert will be teaching Organic and General Chemistry at RVCC. He received a BS from Saint Joseph's University and a PhD from Duke University.

Christine Chynoweth, ASL

Christine’s areas of expertise include American Sign Language and Linguistics. She received a BA and MA, both from Montclair State University.

Rebecca Claxton, Mathematics

Rebecca will be teaching various Mathematics courses at RVCC. She received a BS in Mathematics from Stockton University and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Virginia.

Sarah Cuss, Nursing

Sarah’s areas of expertise include Medical, Surgical, and Family Medicine. An RVCC alumna, Sarah graduated with an AAS in Nursing. She also received a BS from Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and an MS from Georgetown University, College of Nursing. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner - Advanced Practice Nurse and a recipient of the New Jersey League of Nursing Leadership Award (2015).

Siddra Majeed Dar, Medical Laboratory Technician

Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technician program, Sidra received an MS in Biotech-Bioinformatics from the University of Maryland Global Campus and a Certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Nandita Goel, Mathematics

Co-author of a book on Mental Math (Vedic Math), Nandita received a BEd in Mathematics and Science from Jammu University, India; an MS in Mathematics from G.N.D. University, India; and an MPhil in Applied Mathematics from Kurukshetra University, India. Nandita also took Mathematics Education Courses at McGill University in Canada.

Ishimine Monique Goins, English

Ishimine’s areas of expertise include Rhetoric & Composition and Masculinity in Literature. Ishimine received an AA in Liberal Arts from Pearl River College; a B.A. in English from Jackson State University; and an MA in English from Western Illinois University.

Michael Pirrotta, Psychology

Michael was named Seton Hall University College of Arts and Sciences Adjunct Professor of the Year (2015). He received an MS in Cognitive Psychology from Florida State University and an MA in Public Policy from Monmouth University.

John Reinking, Art 3D Design/Sculpture

John’s areas of expertise include 3-Dimensional Design and Sculpture. He received a BFA from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and an MFA from Marywood University.

Janette Rodriguez, Medical Assistant

Coordinator of the Medical Assistant Program, Janette received a BS and an MHA (Master of Health Administration), both from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Procedure Coder through the American Association of Procedure Coders, as well as a national certified instructor through the same organization.

Courtney Singleton, Anthropology

Courtney’s areas of expertise include Human Origins, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Native North Americans. Courtney received a BA in Anthropology and Geography from Indiana University; an MAA from the University of Maryland; and an MA and PhD in Anthropology, both from Columbia University.

Nikolay Tugeshev, Philosophy

Nikolay’s areas of expertise include Continental Philosophy. Nikolay received a BA in Physics and a BA in Philosophy, both from Temple University; an MA from Stony Brook University; and a PhD from The New School University.

Evan Walter, Digital Media/Film

An RVCC alum, Evan graduated with an AA in Liberal Arts: Communication. He also received a BA in General Studies: Film and an MA in Media Studies, both from The New School University.