Six individuals joined the full-time faculty ranks at Brookdale for the fall 2019 semester across five departments.
Bill Byrne is an assistant professor in computer science department. He received a M.S. in financial engineering from Columbia University and a M.S. and B.S. in computer science from New York University.
“I enjoy teaching computer science a lot,” said Byrne who comes to Brookdale with previous college teaching experience. He was a lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University and an adjunct instructor at Monmouth University.
When Byrne wanted to start his own small business, he came to Brookdale for direction. Through the Monmouth/Ocean Small Business Development Center at Brookdale, he earned an entrepreneur certificate and the knowledge to help his new business succeed.
Byrne will teach COMP 126, 129, 135, 137 and 267 in the fall. “Students should look forward to having fun while learning and gaining valuable skills,” he said.
Byrne said he is looking forward to working with the Computer Science Club on campus or perhaps creating a chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) at Brookdale. “The students feel more comfortable asking questions in a club because they don’t feel the pressure like they do in the classroom because no one is grading them. They feel freer to say what they want in a club,” he said.
Matthew Kalos joins the anthropology department as an instructor. “I believe strongly in the mission of the college to provide access to higher education to students from a variety of backgrounds,” he said. Kalos received his Ph.D. and his M.A. in anthropology from Temple University and a B.A. in the same subject from Franklin and Marshall College.
This fall, Kalos will be teaching sections of ANTH 105, Cultural Anthropology, and ANTH 106, Cultures of the World. “Rather than memorizing and regurgitation information, students will be expected to understand, consider, and apply and critique information on a variety of anthropological topics,” said Kalos.
“As an anthropology professor, I believe that students from all academic endeavors can obtain knowledge and learn skills that they can apply to all aspects of their academic, personal and professional lives,” Kalos said. “Watching students succeed in each of these categories is one of the most rewarding aspects of being an educator.”
Matthew Perry joins the business department as an instructor. Perry is familiar with community colleges. He is a graduate of Dutchess Community College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Perry graduated with his A.S. in business administration. He then went on to SUNY at New Paltz where he earned his B.S. in marketing and M.B.A in business administration.
Perry has experience in management, sales and education. He most recently worked as a part-time faculty member at Dutchess Community College. “One of the more joyous moments in life is witnessing the light bulb turn on above a student’s head, seeing the recognition of understanding in his/her eyes and knowing you played a role in that individual’s learning and education; it is incredibly intrinsically rewarding,” said Perry. He will be teach sections of BUSI 105, Introduction to Business.
“My three primary goals as a professor are to educate, engage and possibly entertain students,” said Perry. “Additionally, I intend to facilitate lively discussions and to encourage their learning not only from me but from each other as well, as unique perspectives provided by students from varied backgrounds and differing educational goals bring the classroom to life.”
“We welcome our new faculty hires who possess a broad range of teaching and professional experience across disciplines. Our students will benefit from their background and expertise.”
– Vice President for Learning Dr. Matthew Reed
Elana Maloney and Shayla Ward
The English department welcomes two new instructors: Elana Maloney and Shayla Ward. While this will be Maloney’s third year teaching full-time in the English department, this is a change of status from temporary to regular instructor. “As a real full-timer, I’m looking forward to being even more involved on campus,” said Maloney. “I’m excited to continue with the Student Development Committee of Governance, working with the GCP (Global Citizenship Project), and helping my students discover their passions and talents.”
Maloney, who received her M.A. in English education and B.A. in communications/English from Old Dominion University, will teach sections of the ENGL 099/121 ALP course on the Lincroft campus as well as ENGL 122, Writing and Research, at the Long Branch Higher Education Center. “I love working at the HECs, especially Long Branch, Neptune, and Hazlet,” she said.
Maloney said her students should expect an instructor who is tough but fair. “I have high expectations for my students but tons of patience in helping them meet those expectations,” she said.
Ward will also teach sections of the ENGL 099/121 ALP course as well as ENGL 121, the Writing Process, during the fall semester. She previously worked as a full-time English lecturer at Kean University and as a freelance writer/editor. “Students should expect that I will encourage them to explore the writing process in somewhat unconventional ways with the purpose for them to learn tools and strategies that best suit their individual writing needs,” she said.
“Brookdale Community College is known for being a school where core elements such as collaboration, engagement, inclusivity, and innovative teaching are expected,” said Ward. She received her M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her B.A. in English from Johnson C. Smith University.
“I am looking forward to forging positive connections with my students and my colleagues inside and outside of the classroom whether it will be through participating on committees or supporting student organizations on campus,” said Ward.
Lisa Mannino joins the nursing department as an instructor. She has experience as an adjunct in the department as well as working as a Registered Nurse (RN) for the Marlboro Board of Education and at CentraState Medical Center.
“As a two time graduate from a CUNY school system, I understand the value of the importance of earning a high quality, cost effective education within a diverse community,” Mannino said. She received her M.S.N. in nursing from Monmouth University, an Instructional School Nursing Certificate from New Jersey City University, and her B.S. in nursing from the College of Staten Island.
Mannino will teach NRS 271 as a clinical instructor, NRS 125 as a skills lab assistant, and sections of HESC 107, Health Care Career Exploration. “I am looking forward to sparking the learning process in HESC 107 by enlightening students to the many possible health science careers,” she said.
“I am also looking forward to simply sharing how rewarding the nursing profession is,” Mannino said. “As a nurse you are caring for the ‘whole person,’ the physical and emotional needs.”
Mannino said students should expect “an energetic instructor who is eager and excited to share her love for nursing and many years of experience, while fostering a welcoming learning environment.”