Nearly two dozen Brookdale faculty and staff members received some well deserved praise on April 19, as the Brookdale Board of Trustees voted to approve 12 faculty promotions, grant tenure to five instructors, and recognize six professional staff members for their outstanding performance in 2015-16.
The program, held during the board’s monthly public meeting in Lincroft, was attended by a capacity crowd of honorees, colleagues, family members and supporters, as well as all five members of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Introducing the faculty members who were up for promotion, Vice President for Learning Dr. Matthew Reed detailed the demanding review process instructors and professors must complete in order to be recommended for the next level of professorship.
“We have an unbelievably rigorous peer-review process for promotion, far beyond anything I have seen at any of the other colleges at which I have worked,” said Reed, explaining that each candidate much submit a one-inch binder listing their educational, professional and community service achievements to a college-wide faculty promotion committee.
“The committee, led by Catherine Blackburn, hosts a day-long meeting where they go through each packet and vote… Those who are being promoted here tonight – as well as those who will receive tenure – have all worked extremely hard, and they have all truly earned it.”
Those comments were echoed by Brookdale Trustee Tracey Abby-White, who detailed some of “incredible” achievements and initiatives spurred on by the evening’s honorees.
From Barbara Burk’s effort to create a concept-based curriculum and reduce information overload for nursing students, to Marie Maber’s forthcoming ceramics course for adults with developmental disabilities; from Fidel Wilson’s work on the Minority Male Initiative at Brookdale to Debbie Mura’s spearheading of a partnership between Brookdale students and Habitat for Humanity, Abby-White said she was amazed by the commitment and dedication detailed in each promotion packet.
“I am blown away. Simply blown away,” she said. “Congratulations to all of you. You deserve to be recognized here tonight.”
The faculty promotions, effective on Sept. 1, are:
- Promoted to full professor were: Marc Bonagura, English; Barbara Burk, nursing; Donna Flinn, English; Barbara Jones, anthropology; Marie Maber, art; and Laura McCullough, English.
- Promoted to associate professor were: Barbara Barrella, reading; Amy Clark, library; Geri Girard, English; Diana Glynn, psychology; Deborah Mura, communications; and Fidel Wilson, counseling.
- Promoted to assistant professor and granted tenure were: Catherine Martin, mathematics; Yvette Wolfe, mathematics; Spyro Roubos, mathematics; and Margo Wolfson, biology
- Tenure was also granted to: Helen Heinmets, nursing
The program continued with the 11th annual Professional Staff Recognition Ceremony, which recognizes staff members who continually go beyond the call of duty for their students and to support the Brookdale mission. Introducing the honorees, Associate Vice President of Human Resources Patricia Sensi explained how each nominee must complete a similarly college-wide evaluation process as their faculty counterparts.
A 20-person review committee, led this year by Learning Commons assistant Frank Devita, reviews each application and makes final recommendations to the college president and the trustee board.
“This program truly rewards the best of the best of Brookdale’s support staff,” Sensi said.
This year’s Staff Recognition honors went to: Eunice Clark, senior office assistant for Brookdale’s Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) program; Kathryn Furlong, financial aid specialist; Robert Gant, instructional assistant for biology; Amy Gingold, Learning Commons assistant; Kristen Petersen, instructional assistant for biology; and Helen Vota, accounts payable specialist with the Scroll and Pen Bookstore.
Calling the evening her “favorite board meeting of the year,” Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy applauded each of the honorees for their dedication and continued commitment.
“I love this night,” Murphy said. “We get to acknowledge the work that we all do that matters so much to our students, our college and our community. Congratulations and thank you to you all.”
View more photos from the program here.