Business and Social Science Institute
Faculty member since: 2004
World Civilization I and II
Contemporary World History
American Civilization II
Bachelor of Arts in History, Purdue University
Master of Arts in History, Wake Forest University
Ph.D. in History, Northeastern University
Office: Main Academic North (MAN)
What brought you to Brookdale?
While I enjoy the scholarly aspects of being a historian (researching and publishing new work), I truly relish the opportunity to use my historical knowledge and experience as a means of relating the importance of history and its study in the classroom. I found Brookdale’s students-first mission and focus on classroom instruction very attractive.
Describe one or more of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
I have been honored to be promoted twice in my career here. My last promotion, to Associate Professor, was approved by the Board of Trustees in April 2015, and I was given the chance to address the Board, the President, the Cabinet, and my fellow colleagues at that Board meeting. The promotion and the opportunity to share my accomplishments and experiences were a true validation of the work, dedication, and passion I have for this college and its students. Last September I received an Outstanding Colleague Award. To be nominated, selected, and recognized by my fellow faculty was thrilling. No one understands the commitment and work we professors do better than my colleagues, so it was immensely gratifying to be acknowledged in this way.
Do you work outside of the college?
When I am not teaching or chairing the History Department I serve as Manager of my twins’ (Luke and John) baseball team.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
I always enjoy commencement. It is a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of our great students. Last year, however, I had an awesome seat – all the way up front and on the aisle. Not only did I have a great view of the proceedings, but as many of my former students collected their diplomas and headed back to their seats, I could jump up, shake their hand, give them a hug or a high five. One only needs to watch the faces of these students as they march up to the dais, as their families cheer and shout their names, to understand how special and important getting that degree is to them. To be able to personally interact with them, to share in their accomplishment is a great feeling and just further reinforces the significance of the work we faculty do, our dedication to our craft as teachers and to our students, and the fact that our students truly appreciate us and their experience here at Brookdale.
What do you think separates Brookdale from other colleges?
Regardless of changing political trends or budgetary reductions, the faculty here at Brookdale maintain their focus on the classroom. Our classes are rigorous, our expectations are high, and the degrees students receive here are hard-earned. But this focus on academic excellence and creating a true collegiate experience, not a diploma mill, is what has garnered Brookdale its excellent reputation not just in Monmouth County or in New Jersey, but nationally. Brookdale students leave here not just with a transcript full of grades, but prepared to tackle the world.
Would you recommend that students take a class in your department?
I not only recommend but I insist that any future student come take a History class here at Brookdale. It will change their life.