Erin Ackerman coordinates the library’s public services activities and serves as subject specialist for the social sciences. She is also an adjunct professor in TCNJ’s Department of Political Science. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University and an MLIS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Terrence Bennett has more than twenty years of experience as an academic librarian. Before that, he had a career as a corporate tax accountant and worked in the publishing industry in editorial production. In addition to his MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois, he holds an MBA from Tulane University and a BA from The Catholic University of America. His research interests include explorations of research data services in academic libraries, as well as issues in information literacy among undergraduate business students.
Rebecca Bushby’s experience in academic, school, and public libraries includes 8 years as a School Librarian in Maine and New Jersey public schools. Rebecca holds, in addition to her MS of Library and Information Science from Drexel University, a MEd in Educational Leadership: Instruction from The College of New Jersey. Her research interests include library user behavior and information literacy, particularly of first-year students’ college preparedness.
Angie Capece earned her PhD from Caltech in 2012, then worked as a postdoc at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory before coming to TCNJ in Fall 2015. This semester she is teaching two flex courses: Plasma Physics and Physics I for Physicists, which is an introductory course with a laboratory component.
Stuart Carroll has been at TCNJ since 1998 and still has 20th-century understandings of technology – he considers it an achievement when he can bold text in a word document. As a big believer in in-person learning, Stuart has worked hard to teach in Flex mode, and has enjoyed every opportunity that he and his students have had to be in person together during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
Dr. Judi Puritz Cook is TCNJ’s Director of Instructional Design. She supports faculty in best practices for integrating technology with teaching and learning. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the Communications Studies Department.
Linda Dempf is the Music and Media Librarian and also serves as subject librarian for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She earned her DM in music (horn) from Indiana University Bloomington, where she also earned her Masters of Library Science.
Ellen Farr is an instructional designer at The College of New Jersey. She draws upon 20 years of teaching experience in the School of Education and her research to support the faculty’s pedagogical goals. Ellen has an MS in Educational Technology and BS in Elementary Education/History from TCNJ. She holds an EdD in the design of learning environments from Rutgers University.
Sharif Mohammad Shahnewaz Ferdous
Sharif Mohammad Shahnewaz Ferdous has earned his Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Texas at San Antonio, and B.S in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Sharif’s major research interests include Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, Serious Games, 3D User Interfaces, Interactive Computer Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction.
Gary Fienberg is in his 20th year as a member of the Music Department, a two-term former department chair, he teaches courses in jazz history, world music, trumpet studio, and directs the college jazz and brass ensembles. He has had a particular interest in online teaching, participating in the college’s online and blended learning pilot programs, serving two years as a Faculty Fellow for Instructional Technology, and earning an online teaching certificate from the Online Learning Consortium.
Karen Gordon has been at TCNJ since 2001 in the Department of Educational Administration and Secondary Education. At that time, she was still working with overhead projectors in Forcina and preparing those cellophane overheads for teaching. Now she has “advanced” to FLEX in-person and Zoom-based teaching. This semester she is teaching Adolescent Development and Learning and a Graduate course in Environmental and Occupational Health. With some of her education students during fall and spring, she has participated with Stuart Carroll in his Great Conversations and Finer Things courses with the Career and Community Studies (CCS) students via FLEX and Zoom.
This is Colette Gosselin’s 18th year in Educational Administration and Secondary Education at TCNJ. She teaches three courses: Schools, Communities and Culture, Historical and Political Context of Schools, and Pedagogy in Secondary Schools. She has served as the Secondary Education Program Coordinator, EASE Chairperson, and led the 2015 NCATE accreditation review for the School of Education. While a scholar in Philosophy of Education, her most recent research interest has been in pre-service teacher development as reflective and culturally relevant practitioners.
Drew Hopkins is an instructional designer for the Office of Instructional Design at TCNJ. He is a recent graduate from The College of New Jersey. Working half of his undergraduate in The Office of Instructional Design, Drew presented workshops on the use of VR and AR in higher education at EdgeCon 2020 and the 20th Annual Instructional Technology Workshop. He is eager to hear from others about how technology has transformed their educational experience.
Hu received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania State University, M.Phil. in Communication from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and B.A. in Journalism from Renmin University of China. Hu’s major area of study is the uses and effects of new media and digital technologies in health communication, with a particular focus on mental health awareness, prevention and treatment. She has a secondary concentration in intercultural communication.
Judit Kardos received an MA in Philosophy from Eötvös University in Budapest, followed by a Ph.D. in Mathematics with a focus on Real Analysis. Her research interests as a teacher are related to teaching and learning Mathematics using the Inquiry-Based Learning method. Her favorite mathematical objects to think about these days are space-filling curves. Judit also loves games and puzzles and her newest teaching interest is the use of games in teaching Mathematics. Most recently she took a course with Marta Barbarics on Gamification and Playfulness in Mathematics as a student in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education. The course convinced her that it is easier to learn difficult concepts when we allow for a little bit of playfulness.
Carol A. Munn is a technology and financial literacy teacher in the public school system. An adjunct professor at TCNJ. In addition, an entrepreneur, curriculum writer, digital course designer, and education technology coach.
David C. Murray’s thirty years of experience in both academic and public libraries includes a 12-year stint as the History and Spanish Librarian at Temple University Libraries. He holds, in addition to his MS, LIS, a second interdisciplinary masters degree with a focus on the art and archaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. His research interests include the intersection of print and digital cultures in the humanities; information literacy, particularly in the field of history; and reference services. He served as chair, History Section of RUSA, American Library Association in 2015-2016.
John T. Oliver coordinates instruction at Gitenstein Library and specializes in the information skills learning of first-year students. He teaches IDS 102 (“Information Literacy Proficiency”), a mandatory library skills and academic research course that is a graduation requirement for all TCNJ students. He holds an MLIS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and an MA in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include best practices in multimedia teaching and learning; information literacy, especially in first-year students and other students in transition; and strategies and supports for librarian collaboration with campus partners.
Brian Potter is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies.
Brett Ratner received his B.A in Interactive Multimedia with a minor in Computer science from TCNJ in 2016. I am currently finishing up a Masters in i-STEM education. I have started pursuing video a couple of years ago and have learned almost everything I know about video is from watching videos online as well as first-hand experience.
Bethany Sewell earned her MLS from Indiana University, as well as undergraduate degrees in philosophy and visual arts from the University of Northern Colorado.
Lynn Z. Smith, Ph.D., CCC-A is a professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at The College of New Jersey and an ASHA certified audiologist. Her research focuses on speech perception of children with hearing impairment. She earned a Master’s in Education of the Deaf at Smith College and The Clarke School for the Deaf. After teaching the deaf, she earned her doctorate in Speech and Hearing Science at The City University of New York. Dr. Smith has published in The Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Ear and Hearing, The Hearing Journal, and The ETS Praxis Study Guide in Audiology and regularly presents her research at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association annual convention.
Valerie Tucci has over forty years of experience working in scientific, engineering, and computer science libraries in the industrial sector along with approximately ten years working in academic libraries. Her industrial experiences include managing Library and Information Services and Research Quality at Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pa. and Library Research Manager at NEC Research Institute in Princeton. She holds a BA in chemistry, an MLS in Library and Information Services, an Advanced Certificate in Information Science and is ABD in the Library and Information Science PhD program at the Univ. of Pittsburgh.
Matt Wund earned his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan in 2005, and then worked as a postdoc at Clark University from 2004-2009. He has been at TCNJ since 2005, teaching a variety of majors and non-majors Biology courses, and conducting research in evolutionary biology. This semester, he is teaching a flex course entitled BIO 104 Inquiries in the Life Sciences, which is a requirement for students in the School of Education. The course has both a lecture and laboratory component, both of which are being taught as a flex model.