Maria H. Andersen is a professor of Mathematics at Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan. Her educational background includes degrees in biology, chemistry, math, and business. She is an expert on teaching and learning with technology and has recently begun experimenting with the use of "play" and non-linear learning in her math classes. Maria's research interests lie in math education, active learning, the study of higher education faculty, interdisciplinary studies, and speculation about the future of education. Maria writes regularly about education, technology, eLearning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, play, and the future of higher education at TeachingCollegeMath.com. You can follow Maria on twitter at @busynessgirl.
Cindy Anfinson graduated from UCSD’s Revelle College in 1985, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went to graduate school at Cornell University under the Army Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship. She graduated from Cornell in 1989 with a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics. She is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Palomar College and has been teaching there since 1995. Cindy Anfinson was a finalist in Palomar College’s 2002 Distinguished Faculty Award.
Dick Aufmann received a BA degree in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and a MA in mathematics from California State University, Long Beach. Dick then taught math, computer science, and physics at Palomar College. Today, Dick’s professional interests include quantitative literacy and the impact of technology on curriculum development.
Dr. Clayton Austin is a Consultant for TeamUP Faculty Programs at Cengage Learning. Before joining Cengage Learning, Clay served as Curriculum Coordinator with Florida Community College at Jacksonville for a hybrid high school/college program for at-risk students. In addition to coordinating hybrid and on-ground courses, he taught Student Success and led a group of adjunct Student Success faculty. Clay spent several years as a high school teacher and administrator, teaching classics, speech, history, religion, and critical thinking. Along the way, he received a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Florida, where he found his niche in educational psychology. Receiving the prestigious J. Hillis Miller Presidential Fellowship from the University of Florida to pursue a doctoral degree in this field, he continued to teach Educational Psychology at UNF and Adolescent Psychology at University of Florida. Clay has presented his research at the national conferences of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Rochelle Beatty is a Senior Consultant with TeamUP Faculty Programs at Cengage Learning. Prior to working for Cengage Learning, Rochelle was a mathematics instructor and faculty advisor. As a mathematics instructor, she has 17 years of experience at both the secondary and higher education levels, which ranges from differential equations to developmental mathematics. As a faculty advisor for Cengage Learning for 3 years, she provided training in Eduspace and other technology supplements to mathematics faculty. In addition to consulting for the Cengage Learning Mathematics and Student Success texts, Rochelle’s expertise includes: math study skills, cognitive development in the mathematics classroom, graphing calculators, computer graphing programs and math anxiety. She has presented at several math conferences, such as AMATYC, NISOD, NCTM and RCML. Rochelle earned her A. A. at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College – Miami, OK; B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics at Pittsburg State University – Pittsburg, KS; and has a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development with an emphasis in Mathematics Education from the University of Oklahoma – Norman, OK.
Dr. Mitchel Burchfield has taught developmental reading, developmental writing, developmental mathematics, as well as all levels of English at Southwest Texas Junior College for over 23 years. He is currently serving as President of the Texas Association for Developmental Education and has published articles and made numerous presentations on a variety of subjects including: attitude formation, classical rhetoric theory, curriculum theory, and composition. He is coauthor, with David Sabrio, of Insightful Writing, 1st ed. (Cengage/Houghton Mifflin, 2009), a rhetoric/reader textbook.
Lawrence Checkett is originally from St. Louis and received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. While an undergraduate, Checkett helped publish the first student art magazine containing original stories, poems, art, and photography by fellow students. He did graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Webster University where he received his M.A. degree in Literature. While at Webster University, he was the first assistant editor on the newly created Webster Review, now in its 30th year of production. He has completed post-graduate work through California State University, studying literature, music, architecture, history, and film.
Mark Clark graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Mathematics in 1995. He is a full-time Associates Professor at Palomar College and has taught there since 1996. He is a member of AMATYC and regularly attends the national AMATYC conferences. Mark is also an author on three developmental math textbooks published by Cengage Learning/Brooks Cole. Through this work, he is committed to teaching his students through applications and using technology to help his students both understand mathematics in context and communicate their results clearly.
Bob Connelly has been teaching developmental writing for over thirty years. He was the coordinator of the Santa Fe College developmental writing program for over twenty-five years. Currently, he teaches developmental writing and reading. His other interests include tai chi and dog training.
Greg Cripe is a math instructor at Spokane Falls Community College. Greg has also taught at the high school, two-year College and university level over the past twenty years, including a Peace Corps stint in Swaziland. He has a performance degree in music, masters in computer science and a Ph.D. in applied math.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from Ball State University, Dr. English became an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing and Distance Learning at Old Dominion University. In 2002, he transitioned to Centura College to strategize and build an Online Campus, innovating education, administration, student services, technology, finance, and infrastructure for a quality online institution. He serves as the Executive Director of the 1600-student Online Campus, Regional Director of 5 Centura College Campuses, and the Chair of the Executive Education Committee of Centura College’s 20-campus family of schools. Dr. English is a Commissioner for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges where he chairs the Distance Education Committee. He has written several articles on the use of educational technology within the writing classroom.
Francine Fabricant, MA, EdM, NCC, MCC is a career counselor in private practice with over 10 years experience providing career counseling and career education in university and community settings. She teaches practical career skills to adults, and currently serves as a Lecturer at Hofstra University Continuing Education and an Adjunct Instructor at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Extended Education. She also has worked as a Career Counselor and Interim Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development at the Columbia University Center for Career Education and as a Career Counselor and Part-time faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is an active member of several counseling and career counseling professional associations. Her community-based job search workshops have been profiled in The New York Times. She also has been a long-time volunteer helping women transition from welfare to work, providing resources and career development programming for such organizations as Women in Need, Dress for Success NY, and The Interfaith Nutrition Network. Prior to working in career development, she held positions in magazine editorial, marketing, and public relations. Ms. Fabricant is a National Certified Counselor and a Master Career Counselor through the National Career Development Association, and also holds a BA cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, as well as a Master of Education in Psychological Counseling and a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology, both from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Susan Fawcett is a former professor of English and director of the writing lab at Bronx Community College, CUNY. She is the author of two leading writing textbooks, Grassroots: The Writer's Workbook and Evergreen: A Guide to Writing, as well as Business English: Skills for Success. In 2008, Grassroots won the McGuffey Award for sustained excellence, a juried prize given by the Text and Academic Authors Association for Best Language and Literature Text in the U.S. In 2000, Fawcett's Evergreen was also honored with the McGuffey. Ms. Fawcett’s poetry and nonfiction articles on education, health, and the environment have appeared in such magazines as The Nation, Ms. Magazine, Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Ploughshares. Her interests include brain science and its implications for learning, critical thinking and viewing in composition courses, and the use of writing and arts instruction to rehabilitate imprisoned youth. Ms. Fawcett has led faculty workshops in the U.S. and South Africa and has worked to promote textbook authorship by minority faculty. She loves to kayak, travel, and sing.
Gayle Feng-Checkett is originally from California and received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Spanish from the University of Redlands in 1974. She received her M.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Dakota and continued her graduate work with studies in Teaching English as a Second Language. Feng-Checkett's special interests in teaching are in Composition, Comparative Literature, and Teaching English as a Second Language.
After receiving her B.S. at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was certified as a teacher of secondary reading, Laraine Flemming went on to earn an M.A. in English literature at Boston College and a Ph.D. in American literature at the State University of New York in Buffalo. During her career, Flemming has taught students from elementary to graduate school covering subjects as varied as reading and writing, American literature, time management, speed reading, and study skills. She began writing textbooks while working as Director of the Reading and Writing Center at Dean Junior College. In need of a reading textbook that had lots of exercises combined with genuinely thought-provoking readings, Flemming decided to write her own.
Dr. Chris Gilmer is a Consultant with TeamUP Faculty Programs at Cengage Learning. He has 20 years experience as a faculty member, faculty development director, and departmental chair in the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) system and the for-profit distance learning university system. Currently a Faculty Programs Consultant for Cengage, he is also a core faculty member in composition and developmental composition for Walden University’s adult on-line program where he supervises 15 contributing faculty members nationwide. He has served as tenured Associate Professor of English at Tougaloo College where he chaired the Department of English and Modern Languages. Dr. Gilmer has extensive experience developing, teaching, and evaluating courses in developmental composition, composition, and creative writing to both “traditional” and adult learners across the spectrum from under-prepared and first-generation to honors students. He holds the Ph.D. in English with emphasis in writing from the University of Southern Mississippi and has served as a senior training consultant for such educational leaders as Educational Testing Service (ETS), RMC Research Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Damon, a consultant with Cengage Learning’s TeamUP Faculty Programs, began his teaching career on the secondary level where he taught courses ranging from basic consumer math up through AP Calculus AB and BC. He eventually found himself teaching math and student success courses on the college level. Damon’s post-secondary experience includes higher ed and career colleges, on-ground, online, and in the hybrid setting. To add, Damon has participated in the start up for an innovative charter high school that provided a second chance to students who dropped out of high school and offered them the opportunity to graduate with a diploma or a GED, along with a workforce certificate. Damon has also served as subject matter expert and helped to develop online curriculum for one of the online colleges he’s also taught for. Damon’s varied background and knowledge combined with his innovative and energetic teaching style are only a few of the qualities that landed him where he is today. With a knack for student engagement, motivation and retention, his journey thus far has led him to his niche in developmental education. One of the things Damon loves most about his job is that he has been granted the creative license to think freely in order to craft ways to cultivate an active and engaging space for colleagues to explore, discuss, and share inspiring and practical ideas with each other, allowing workshop participants (himself included) to leave richer than they were when they arrived. That said, Damon looks forward to being in that space with you!
Jane S. Halonen is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A clinical psychologist by training, Jane has had a long held interest in higher education beginners of all kinds--new students, new faculty, and new administrators. Coauthor of Halonen & Santrock's Your Guide to College Success, 7th edition, Jane continues to teach introductory psychology students every fall and thoroughly enjoys the elusive pursuit of the perfect college course. It hasn't happened yet, but maybe this year!
Dr. Christine Harrington is a NJ licensed psychologist who is currently working as a Professor in the Department of History and Social Sciences at Middlesex County College. She is also serving as the director of the Center for Learning and Teaching on her campus and has been a campus leader of assessment efforts across both academic and non-academic areas. In addition to teaching psychology courses, Dr. Harrington has been teaching the student success course at the community college level for over ten years, often teaching special sections for students who have learning disabilities. Prior to teaching full time, she worked as a Counselor and Disability Services Provider. In addition to her college level experience, Dr. Harrington has also worked in a variety of other settings including out of district special education schools, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient services. She frequently conducts presentations for K-12 and college level educators, counselors, and administrators on a variety of topics including motivation, student success, transition for students with disabilities, and assessment. In addition, she is a new author for Cengage Learning so look for her research based student success book entitled Student Success in College: Doing What Works!
Dr. Carolyn H. Hopper is Learning Strategies Coordinator for the University Seminar at Middle Tennessee State University and author of Practicing College Learning Strategies, 6th ed. (Cengage 2012). For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Hopper has been involved with the Learning Strategies department (formerly Developmental Studies) at MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN. She is a nationally known lecturer and workshop leader on topics such as learning styles, student and faculty engagement, memory, time management, effective classroom techniques, and using technology in the classroom. She is a frequent guest at the National and Fall Conferences for College Survival, and is also very active in the NADE organization. Carolyn's own Study Skills web site (http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/) has been visited by more than a million people.
Dr. Jennifer Hurd is Program Manager for College Survival at Cengage Learning. She also presents College Survival training workshops for clients across the country. An active member of several professional organizations, Jennifer is President of the Association for the Tutoring Profession. Jennifer served as president of the Arkansas Association for Developmental Education, conference chair for the 1996 NADE conference. Jennifer is the Past President of the Arkansas Tutoring Association. Jennifer earned her Ed.D. at Memphis State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading). She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Reading at Harding University. She is also qualified to teach English, reading, research, education, and study skills. She is the author of Campus Companion, an orientation text to help students transition to a college campus. Her depth of knowledge and experience serves her well in her capacity as a College Survival Program Manager.
Dave Kemper was an English instructor for 10 years before focusing full time on research and writing. He is the lead author of WRITE 1 and WRITE 2, developmental writing books published by Cengage. He is also a coauthor of the award-winning Write Source writing handbooks, including Write Source 2000, Writers INC, and Write for College. In addition, Kemper authored INSIDE WRITING, a program designed to help struggling writers improve their writing abilities.
Kemper has made presentations nationwide on curriculum planning, meeting the writing needs of academically-challenged students, and promoting writing across the curriculum.
He is a partner in Thoughtful Learning, a small group of educators that develop writing and learning materials for schools, universities, and businesses. The group is currently working on a learning handbook entitled Inquire that addresses critical and creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication. As part of his work with Thoughtful Learning, he contributes to a business-writing blog.
Kemper received a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Education-Professional Development degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Jeffrey Kottler, professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton, is the author of over 75 books, including several related to social justice and global human rights. He is the co-founder of Empower Nepali Girls, an organization that provides scholarships for at-risk girls in Nepal.
Joanne Lockwood received a BA degree in English literature from St. Lawrence University and both an MBA and a degree in mathematics from Plymouth State University. She has taught at the high school level and has over 20 years of experience teaching mathematics at the college level. Joanne’s primary interest today is developmental math students and their challenges in learning math.
Jennifer Miller, MBA, MSED is an Associate Professor and Counselor in the Career and Internship Center at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She has over 10 years of experience in Career Counseling focusing on the fashion industry as well as related industries. Her expertise is working with creative students and professionals in design fields. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about sustainability and social media. In addition to counseling she taught Career Planning for several years and is currently teaching AAS Internship – Career Exploration. She is very active on her campus serving on numerous faculty, union and college-wide committees. She has also facilitated student Leadership Workshops at FIT. She has been on the Executive Board of Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association (MNYCCPOA) for the past four years serving as Treasurer, Second Vice President and is currently the organization's Historian. In addition to being an active member of numerous career counseling focused professional organizations, she is an active member of Fashion Group International (FGI) and serves on the Membership Committee. Prior to working in career development she was the Director of Student Services at the French Culinary Institute for four years. She holds two masters degrees, one in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College, and one in Business Administration from Binghamton University. In addition, she studied Organizational Behavior at the graduate level at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
Maggi Miller is a Program Manager for TeamUP Faculty Programs of Cengage Learning. Previously, she was a Professor of Reading and Study Skills at Austin Community College. While there, she directed the Learning Communities program and developed the initial Alternative Teacher Certification program.
She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington and earned her Master’s of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Before beginning her teaching career in Austin’s public schools, she was a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) developing and directing a tutoring program for low-achieving children in elementary schools. Subsequent to graduation, she managed federally funded projects for the Regional Education Service Center, disseminating best practices in the area of teaching reading.
She has developed curriculum in reading, study skills, and vocabulary for students of all ages and is the author of Laughter Is a Basic Skill, a book about using humor to teach reading. Maggi has long been active in professional organizations and has been recognized by the International Reading Association “for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy.” She has been training educators for over 25 years. She served on the board of Reading is FUNdamental of Austin. She served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy for 4 years. She is currently a volunteer with College Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to helping high school student prepare for success in college.
Dr. Paul Nolting is a national expert in assessing individual math learning problems, developing effective student learning strategies, training faculty and in assessing institutional variables that effect math success. Since his dissertation in 1986 on improving math success with study skills he has consulted with over a 100 colleges, universities and high school campuses on math success. He has written journal articles, consulted on QEPs, conducted live PBS and other broadcasts, presented at numerous national conferences, written several texts, tutor manuals, handbooks, DVDs and computer assessment programs to improve math success. His Winning at Math text won book of the year award and it is the only research based math study skills text. His Math Study Skills Workbook which is base on the Winning at Math text is use by thousands of college students. His three math study skills DVDs on test anxiety, note-taking and test-have been seen by thousands of students. He is employed at the State College of Florida and has been an Intuitional Test Administer, Learning Specialist, Director of Title III, Student Support Services Director, Disability Coordinator, instructor and has also been a graduate school adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University. His life has been dedicated to improving the success of math students and is considered to be one of the best experts on improve math success.
Sue Olesiuk is currently the Interim Dean of the Division of Academic Success at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, NC, where she has worked and taught the first year seminar/success course for many years. She is excited to talk with you about getting your newest students and your campus on course to greater success.
Dan Petrak is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and a Faculty Liaison to Distance Education at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Buena Vista University and his Master's in School Mathematics from Iowa State University. Dan has been using innovative teaching methods with technology throughout his entire eighteen year teaching career.
Susanne Picchi, M.A. is an Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of Developmental Reading at Joliet Junior College. She has extensive experience as a secondary English teacher and reading specialist. She presents regularly on vocabulary strategies for adult learners and infusing reading instruction into all subject areas. She has consulted for the Chicago Area Writing Project. Her professional service features many activities for the Illinois Reading Council including board member, Co Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, and offices in the Secondary Reading League.
Margaret Richek, a specialist in vocabulary development, received her Ph.D. in education in 1974 from the University of Chicago. For many years, she served on the faculty of Northeastern Illinois University, teaching developmental reading courses to college students. She has published scholarly articles, presented across the United States, and been featured in a video on strategies for vocabulary learning. She is the author of VOCABULARY FOR ACHIEVEMENT, a series of textbooks for grades 3 through 12, as well as THE WORLD OF WORDS: VOCABULARY FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS. She served as a long-term consultant for Roosevelt University in Chicago and the Bureau of Education and Research. Currently, she is Professor Emerita of Northeastern Illinois University and President Elect of the Chicago Area Reading Association.
Julie Robitaille is committed to the writing life. She received a B.A. in English from Emory University, an M.A. in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Florida. For twenty years, she directed the Writing Lab at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, and she has taught developmental writing and reading for the past ten years. Her other interests include writing and painting.
Constance Staley is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she has taught and directed the Freshman Seminar Program for sixteen years. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Staley is the author of a multimedia training package for first-year seminar instructors, as well as, the ground-breaking resource manual 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LECTERN. Staley is a well-known name in FYE circles, and she is a leader in instructor workshop training. She also represented the university as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in the former Soviet Union from 1995 to 1996. During a three-year leave from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Dr. Staley joined an East Coast Fortune 500 company to design and deliver its management and supervisory training. She received her B.A. from Ball State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Debra Stark, MA currently serves in the role of Employer Relations and Alumni Career Advisor at Ramapo College of New Jersey and has been advising and teaching career development to undergraduates and alumni for almost 15 years. Her experience in higher education includes academic advisement, experiential learning and off-campus study programs. She has presented nationally and internationally on professionalism, skill development and assessment for both student and professional audiences. Concurrently, she serves the college career services community as co-chair of professional development for the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), Communications Manager of the Career Resource Managers Association (CRMA), and was past president of New Jersey Association of Colleges and Employers (NJACE). Her previous work experience includes international business, customer relations, and training and development. Additionally, Debra serves as adjunct professor in the School of American and International Business teaching humanities and leading field studies to the American Southwest. She holds a MA in Liberal Studies from Ramapo College.
Alan Tussy teaches all levels of developmental mathematics at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. He has written nine math books -- a paperback series and a hard-cover series. An extraordinary author, he is dedicated to his students’ success, relentlessly meticulous, creative, and a visionary who maintains a keen focus on his students’ greatest challenges. Alan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Redlands and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught up and down the curriculum from prealgebra to differential equations. He is currently focusing on the developmental math courses. Professor Tussy is a member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
Pete Wildman is a math instructor at Spokane Falls Community College. Pete has been teaching mathematics at the high school, university and two-year college for the last thirty years. He is a recipient of the AMATYC teaching excellence award. He has held many leadership positions with national math organizations.
Gwenn Wilson is a senior instructional designer with over twenty years of experience in Instructional Systems Design (ISD). Over the years she has performed all aspects of the ADDIE model for myriad organizations across a wide variety of industries. She is a published author of several textbooks, including 100% Information Literacy Success, and has written custom curriculum for many career colleges on a variety of subjects.
Ann Wolf is a TeamUP faculty programs consultant for Cengage Learning. She is also the President of the College Reading and Learning Association. She has been an Associate Professor in higher education for the last 10 years and has published in peer reviewed professional journals. She has a doctorate in Literacy from the University of Northern Colorado and has taught college reading, developmental reading and college success courses for many years. Ann has over 25 years of teaching experience at both 2 year and 4 year colleges.
After receiving her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon in 1970, Linda Wong started her teaching career in the Springfield School District in Oregon. After six years, Linda left the classroom to start an educational consulting business, which included self-publishing classroom activity books and operating a school supply store. In 1983, she returned to the classroom to begin a 22-year teaching career in the Academic Learning Skills Department at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. At Lane, Linda taught developmental education and college study skills courses and actively participated in curriculum development projects, the Women's Transition Program, programs for students with learning disabilities, and the campus Diversity Team. After retiring and moving toLas Vegas, Linda has continued her involvement in education as an educational consultant, a presenter at national conferences, and an author of several textbooks.The 7th edition of ESSENTIAL STUDY SKILLS and two developmental writing textbooks, SENTENCE ESSENTIALS and PARAGRAPH ESSENTIALS, are available through Cengage Learning. Linda continues authoring textbooks and exploring other avenues of writing.