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Liberal Arts Division

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Dr. Edward Avery-Natale
Professor Sociology
Office: LA 125

Ph.D. Sociology, Temple University
B.A., Sociology and Philosophy, Bloomsburg University

Dr. Avery-Natale specializes in race and racism, identity, social movements, and social theory. He is the author of the book, Ethics, Politics, and Anarcho-Punk Identifications: Punk and Anarchy in Philadelphia.

Edward Avery-Natale

Dr. Carol Denise Bork
Professor English
Office: LA 172

Carol Bork

Dr. Bettina Caluori
Professor, English

Office: LA169

Ph.D., M.A., English, University of California at Santa Barbara
B.A., English, Williams College

Dr. Caluori teaches courses on college writing, women in literature, and American literature.

Dr. Bettina Caluori

Dr. Theresa Capra
Professor Education, Education Coordinator

Office: LA 150

2012, Ph.D. Educational Policy & Leadership, Concordia University, Chicago.
2001, M.S., Educational Administration, Pace University
1997, M.A., Social Studies, Columbia University, Teacher's College
1996, B.A., History and Elementary Education, Hunter College, City University of New York

Dr. Capra has over 20 years of experience in public education as a secondary social studies teacher, administrator, and professor. She has conducted and presented research about online education at multiple venues, and is published in highly respected academic journals including the Community College Journal for Research and Practice.

Dr. Theresa Capra

Dr. Craig Coenen
Professor History

Office: LA 123

2001, Ph.D. History, Lehigh University
1994, M.A., History, Lehigh University
1992, B.A., History, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay


Michael Dalton
Professor Photography

Office: ET 125

M.F.A, Columbia University
B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, NYC

Prof. Dalton is the Coordinator of Photography & Digital Imaging; he has many exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma.

Michael Dalton

Daniel D'Arpa
Associate Professor Spanish
Office LA125

2015, Ph.D. Spanish Sociolinguistics, Temple University, Philadelphia.
2000, M.A., Spanish Literature and Linguistics, Florida State University, Tallahassee
1997, B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, Stockton University (formerly Richard Stockton College of NJ)

Dr. D'Arpa has over 15 years of experience in public education as a secondary Spanish teacher, university language professor and department coordinator. His research is on Spanish dialects in contact with Caribbean English Creole. Dr. D'Arpa has taken student groups to study in Spain, Costa Rica and Cuba.

Daniel D'Arpa

Carol Friend
Professor English, ESL and Reading Coordinator

Office: LA 110

M.A. San Francisco State University
B.A. Michigan State University

Prof. Friend teaches courses in the English Department and is the ESL and Reading Coordinator; she is the author of The Least You Should Know about Vocabulary Building: Word Roots, Cengage.


Yevgeniy Fiks
Professor, Visual Arts

Office: ET 134

M.F.A. School of Visual Arts
B.F.A. Brooklyn College, CUNY

Yevgeniy Fiks is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work has been shown internationally, including at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon.

Yevgeniy Fiks

Jody P. Gazenbeek-Person
Professor, Theater/Dance

Office: ET 118 & CM 122

Jody P. Gazenbeek-Person earned his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in Directing. He has a BA with a dual concentration in Dance and Drama Studies from SUNY Purchase. He continues to perform professionally as a dancer, actor, choreographer, and director. Some of his performances are posted on YouTube and Vimeo.

Jody P. Gazenbeek-Person

Kitty Getlik
Manager Kelsey Theatre

Kitty Getlik

Ric Giantisco
Instructor Digital Media Arts; Coordinator for Game Design / Game Programming
Office: ET122

Ric Giantisco

Dr. Barbara Hamilton
Assistant Professor English

Office: LA 131

M.A. and Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
B.A. English, Carleton College

Dr. Hamilton teaches all levels of composition, World Literature I and II, Intro. to Drama, Women in Literature; She is also the Coordinator of Peer Tutor Training.

Dr. Barbara Hamilton

Alvyn Haywood
Professor, Communication
Office: ET110

Alvyn Haywood

Dr. Padhraig Higgins
Professor History
Office: LA123

Dr. Padhraig Higgins

Kenneth Howarth
Associate Professor Philosophy
Office: LA 175

M.A., Contemporary Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, CA
M.A.E.C. Eastern (Asian) Classics, St. John's College, NM
M.A.L.A. Liberal Arts (Classics), St. John's College, MD
B.A., Political Science, Davidson College, NC

Professor Howarth is the Philosophy and Religious Studies Coordinator and a Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society faculty advisor, who specializes in ethics & practical reasoning and lives to engage with family, boston terriers, whales and students.

Kenneth Howarth

Dr. Heather Jennings
Professor Psychology; Chair, Social Science

Office: LA 132

Ph.D., Educational Psychology-Temple University
M.A., Clinical Psychology- Columbia University, Teacher's College
B.A, Psychology- Rutgers University

Dr. Jennings has been teaching courses in Psychology for more than ten years and spent several years working as a clinician before joining the Mercer faculty; she specializes in psychopathology and each semester she learns something new and interesting from her students.

Dr. Heather Jennings

Holly Katherine Johnson
Professor English

Office: ET 125

2004, M.F.A. Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004.
2001, B.A. English with a minor in Creative Writing, Cornell University with Honors in 2001.

Prof. Johnson teaches all levels of composition in the English department and has served as media adviser to The College VOICE student newspaper; she developed and coordinated the New Media degree track in Communications.

Holly Katherine Johnson

Laura Knight
Professor, English
Office: LA133

Laura Knight

Tina LaPlaca
Professor, Advertising + Graphic Design / Illustration
Office: ET121

Tina LaPlaca

Kerri O'Neill
Teaching Assistant, Visual Arts

Kerri O'Neill

Dr. Eirini Papafratzeskakou
Assistant Professor Psychology; Coordinator, Psychology
Office: LA132

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S., Developmental Psychology- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S, Psychology- Old Dominion University

Eirini Papafratzeskakou

Diane Rizzo
Professor English
Office: LA120

Diane Rizzo

Elizabeth Rzasa
Teaching Assistant, Music
Office: CM156

B.M., Vocal Performance, Montclair State University

Ms. Rzasa serves as the Teaching Assistant for the Music Department, and as the Director of Vocal and Musical Theater studies for the Tomato Patching Performing Arts Summer Workshop out of Kelsey Theater.

Elizabeth Rzasa

Daniel Schermond
Assistant Professor Sociology; Coordinator of Sociology
Office: LA131

Daniel Schermond

Sharmila Sen
Professor English, Chair English
Office: LA124

Sharmila Sen

Debi Stotland
Senior Executive Assistant

Office: LA166

Ms. Stotland has over 30 years of experience as an Executive Assistant. She has been at Mercer for over 10 years.

Debi Stotland

Dr. Jack Tabor
Associate Professor, English

Office: LA133

Ph.D., M.A., English. University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., English. University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Tabor teaches freshman composition as well as Introduction to the Novel; Literature of War and Conflict, The Holocaust; British Literature II; and beginning and intermediate ballet. He is also the co-coordinator of Mercer's Holocaust Study Abroad Program in Poland. Dr. Tabor is currently learning how to play the guitar.

Dr. Jack Tabor

Jacqueline Vogtman
Assistant Professor, English
Office: LA 121

MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University
BA, English, The College of New Jersey

Prof. Vogtman is an Assistant Professor of English and a writer whose fiction has been published in numerous literary journals.

Jacqueline Vogtman

Dr. Amy Vondrak
Professor English

Office: LA 118

Ph.D. Syracuse University
MA.., North Carolina State University
BA.., University of Michigan

Amy Vondrak is a Professor of English and Instigator of Utopia.


Steve Voorhees
Associate Professor, Television / Digital Film

Office: ET 134

M.A., Broadcasting, Telecommunications, & Mass Media, Temple University
B.A., Radio & Television, Rider University

Prof. Voorhees has worked professionally in television and video for over 15 years, specializing in live sports and news production.


Dylan Wolfe
Assistant Professor Communication
Office: ET124

Ph.D. University of Georgia, Speech and Communication Studies
BS and MS, State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Environmental Communication

Professor Wolfe's teaching and research is based on the notion that the experience of communication is a crucial component of the communicative process. Dr. Wolfe has presented his work at numerous academic and professional conferences and has been published in highly respected academic journals including Western Journal of Communication, Environmental Communication, and Visual Communication.

Dylan Wolfe

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