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New Faculty and Staff Website Showcases Achievements

Submitted by on May 12, 2016 – 4:06 pm

The classroom and office are not the only places where Northern Essex Community College faculty and staff shine brightly. Many hone their crafts and share their talents away from campus as well.

For example, did you know we have experts in the role of Puerto Rico in World War II, perinatal stroke, small mammal populations on Bumpkin Island and the use of playlists and mashups in crediting sources?

We have all that and plenty more. Now, thanks to an initiative by Kim Burns, dean of academic innovations and alternative studies, NECC faculty and staff have their own website Celebrating Faculty and Staff Scholarship where the rest of the college community can learn about all of the exciting contributions our faculty and staff are making in their disciplines through publications, presentations, and creative achievements.

Here is an example of what you will find:

Nursing Professor Jill Becker.

Nursing Professor Jill Becker.

• Adjunct Faculty Bonnie Ashmore-Davis has had several accomplishments, including acceptance as an artist member of Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, and at Art in Giving in Boston, MA. Her works Perceptions and Art and Healing were exhibited at Art in Giving. Neighbors was exhibited at Aeronaut in Somerville, MA and Emanations was exhibited at Mt. Auburn Healthcare in Waltham, MA.

• Adjunct Instructor Kathleen Bartolini was invited in Fall 2015 by the National Safety Council and the Massachusetts State Troopers Association to serve as Technical Review and Written Editorial for the development of the second edition of the State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) Program. She was also invited by the National Safety Council to serve as part of the development team, technical review and written editorial for a new pilot Chronic Offenders Program.

• Nursing Professor and Curriculum Coordinator Jill Becker published A Primer for Nurses on Perinatal/Neonatal Stroke in the August/September 2015 volume of “Nursing for Women’s Health”.
• Adjunct Foundational Studies Instructor Jim Brennan published two short stories in Fall 2015. Glasnost was published in Issue 10 of the Sound & Literary Art Book (SLAB) and Bonne Annee was published in Volume 9 of Edge Literary Journal.

Text Book Task Force co-chairs Jody Carson (left) and Sue Tashjian sow some of the sources available through Open Educational Resources (right) as well as books

Text Book Task Force co-chairs Jody Carson (left) and Sue Tashjian sow some of the sources available through Open Educational Resources (right) as well as books

• Jody Carson, Assistant Professor Early Childhood Education, Region 3 Partnership Coordinator for NECC, CIT Instructional Coach and co-chair of the NECC Textbook Task Force and Susan Tashjian, Coordinator of Instructional Technology and co-chair of the NECC Textbook Task Force presented Motivating Faculty to Adopt Open at the Open Ed Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

• Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Mark Clements published Small-Mammal Population Dynamics and Habitat Use on Bumpkin Island in the Boston Harbor with Lauren Nolfo-Clements in the September 2015 volume of Northeastern Naturalist.

• Coordinator of Library Services Jenny Fielding published a book chapter Context through Citation in Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Professor of Music Ken Langer

Professor of Music Ken Langer

• Professor of Music Ken Langer‘s composition Sound Over All Waters for brass quintet will be published by Cimarron Music.

• Five NECC faculty and staff members were recently named recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Awards for Excellence, a national honor which recognizes outstanding faculty and staff in the country’s community colleges. This year’s recipients include Liliana Brand, a member of the math faculty; Tricia Butler, administrative assistant for the Division of Technology, Arts and Professional Studies; Jack Davidson, human services faculty; Patricia Schade, professor of developmental reading and college success seminar, and curriculum coordinator of developmental reading; and Pat Willett, radiologic technology faculty.