Faculty member since: 2004
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Colgate University
PhD in Applied Mathematics, Stony Brook University
Office: Main Academic South (MAS)
What brought you to Brookdale?
I moved back to New Jersey in 2001 to be closer to my family when my eldest son was four months old. I had previously worked as the executive director of nonprofit mentoring program for at-risk youth who wanted to pursue college. In that job I had partnered with the local community college on different programs for our students, and it was that experience that had me looking at job opportunities at Brookdale. I have worked in government and industry before working in education and knew I wanted to return to working with students in some way.
Describe one or more of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
I have been the co-advisor of the WEST Club since 2008. I started the annual WEST Dinner and am always looking for opportunities for the WEST students. I also am active in organizations such as the AAUW and IEEE and have been able to bring programs to the school through these organizations. I have worked on the NASA STEM Fellowship grant program and have tried to develop better communications among departments in the STEM Institute.
Do you work outside of the college?
I am president of my local Board of Education, which is not a paid position but takes up a lot of time. Prior to becoming a professor, I also worked as a research analyst in both the public and private sectors.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
It has always been the students. I have many stories that students have shared with me. My teaching philosophy is: “How can I help you succeed?” So many of our students are living in survival mode; they are worried about money, their kids, their jobs, and their health and despite incredible hurdles they show up and do well. These students impress me and make me want to help them develop the skills they need to succeed.
What do you think separates Brookdale from other colleges?
It has been a great experience teaching Calculus in Summer II and meeting students from so many different colleges and hearing about their experiences in math courses. Brookdale has small class sizes, well-designed curriculum, and faculty who will work with you. You will not be in a lecture hall; the instructor will learn your name, and we are all here because we want to teach. Brookdale also had a good reputation and our math courses transfer easily.