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Full-time Faculty (2006-07)

Vinitha Nithianandam
Professor, Computer Support Technology and Electronics/Telecommunications
Science & Technology Division

The Science and Technology Division’s outstanding full-time faculty member is Vinitha Nithianandam. Vini has continued to learn Computer Forensics by attending Access Data Computer Forensics training in August 2006, a Computer Forensics Conference in November 2006, and Paraben Computer Forensics training in December 2006. She has submitted to C&I a proposal to add a Computer Forensics option in the Information Technology Program. Vini has articulated the Computer Forensics option program with the University of Baltimore. In Fall 2006/Spring 2007, Vini and Patrick O’Guinn are developing labs and PowerPoint presentations for CFOR-200, Computer Forensics II, and CFOR-210, Computer Forensics III. Vini coordinated the Cisco Regional Maryland/D.C. Conference held at Howard Community College and received a partnership plaque from Cisco. This Fall, she worked with Dale Schnepf to map the HCC faculty course objectives to an NSA program. She continues to teach Cisco Science I, II, III, IV training to community college instructors and serves on the advisory board to Howard County Tech Magnet School.

Jan Starr
Assistant Professor, Photography; Coordinator of Photography
Arts and Humanities Division

Jan Starr has always been an outstanding faculty member, but this year she stands alone in what she has accomplished. Jan painstakingly designed every detail in the recently opened photography lab on the first floor of the Horowitz Center. The complexity and the set-backs in construction created a delayed opening of the lab that has forced Jan to put in many late nights and weekends, in addition to her teaching load and coordination of the photography program. Jan is also completing her promotion project this year, which involves the writing of curriculum guides for all prerequisite courses, followed by outcomes assessments of all course sections to measure the effectiveness of the guides. She has also designed and offered two new courses this past year, hired and mentored a new photography teacher, and is currently the mentor for a new full-time faculty member. Jan regularly assists in volunteer advising sessions, attends workshops for professional improvement, and served on a search committee last year and again this year for new full-time faculty. In addition, Jan is also the best photography teacher there is. No one, at any college, does a better job of preparing students in basic photography skills, and with her courses in digital photography, she plans to continue that tradition with the new technology in her field.

Dale Schnepf
Instructor, Information Technology
Business & Computer Systems Division

Dale has remarkably led a team of security adjunct faculty members to create a highly functional state-of-the-art hands-on security lab. This lab was designed, built and literally integrated into the newly created security curriculum during the first part of this academic year. Dale has been a pivotal leader on the NSF Cyberwatch Team that is focused on the development of Information Assurance and Security. Dale led this team throughout the summer and fall to redesign the curriculum to make it compliant and current with the new 4011 mapping standards. Through Dale’s participation with the MAISA organization, he and Vini Nithianandam were able to obtain an equipment donation valued at $70,000 for the use in the security area. The time and energy Dale has devoted to both Cyberwatch and MAISA are commendable and totally outside of traditional compensation. Dale is also responsible for at least an additional $5,000 worth of equipment donations from various instructors, other businesses and his own personal donations in order to continue to support the development of the security lab.

Andrea Dardello
Associate Professor, English
English/World Languages Division

Dr. Andrea Dardello, Ph.D. ABD, teacher, course leader, scholar and emotional intelligence theorist, provides an outstanding example of how to strategically and effectively align pedagogy, scholarship, and service towards enhanced student learning. The results of her hard work and thoughtful application of contemporary theory have become increasingly evident in the powerful impact of her projects, presentations, and program development. Under her leadership, our uppermost developmental writing course has been explored and taught from different perspectives and themes designed to target students' interests and inspire them to express their ideas more effectively in writing. Her developmental writing instructional website continues to be a model for the depth, breadth and clarity of its resources for students and faculty. Dr. Dardello launched Project Discovery—a way to capture and celebrate the works of our marginalized basic writing students. She also revived ENGL-206, African American Literature, which after years of languishing is now regularly enrolled both face-to-face and online. She practices First-Year Experience values in her classrooms by building a strong rapport with and among students and giving them a safe and stimulating environment to learn and grow. Her latest Outcomes Assessment project and her professional development presentations have informed faculty about what emotional intelligence is and how it can work in the classroom, and she is preparing to defend her dissertation on using emotional intelligence to teach basic writers and aligning the ENGL-097 course values with pedagogical practice. The English/World Languages faculty are extremely impressed with Andrea's accomplishments and proud for her to be our Outstanding Faculty representative.

Angel Burba
Associate Professor, Emergency Medical Services; Paramedic and EMS Program Director
Health Sciences Division

Angel Burba has had a remarkable year, highlighted by significant professional development and community initiatives. Her expertise is highly sought and reflects positively upon Howard Community College. The students in our emergency services programs benefit greatly. The following is an abbreviated list of her accomplishments and activities.

  • EMS Magazine's fifth annual Emerging Leaders in EMS Forum designated Angel as an emerging leader. Angel was profiled in the September 2006 issue of the magazine.
  • Provides professional development workshops for the Children’s Learning Center, housekeeping, Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute, and Shock Trauma.
  • Serves on the Ethics Steering Committee and is a temporary addition to the Emergency Operations Committee as they work through the HCC Pandemic Flu Policy. She recently served on a HR grievance committee for a faculty member, faculty search committees and a division chair search committee.
  • Serves on a variety of community committees focusing on state and regional EMS practice and education, for example this year she has served on a Department of Transportation task force to develop Pandemic Flu Guidelines for EMS (which has also been useful information for the HCC Emergency Operations Committee), a Department of Labor task force on Hazardous Materials Exposure Guidelines for EMS, and serves on the Education Agenda Coordination Committee for the DOT which provides guidance to the feds regarding the fulfillment of the vision articulated in the EMS Agenda for the Future. The Agenda is the document that provides the vision for the future of all EMS related issues at the federal level.
  • Has fostered student success as evidence by their recent performance on both written and skill performance certification examinations.
  • President Elect of the National Association of EMS Educators and has served on several task forces within the organization to develop federal guidelines for EMS educators. This year she is serving on a task force to design an EMS educator course to be a companion to the course she developed 4 years ago. She will also serve as national faculty for this course.

Brian Gray
Professor, Mathematics

Brian Gray brought with him a wealth of experience when he joined the mathematics division in 1997. A well respected and empathetic instructor in the classroom, many a student has benefited from Brian’s tutelage. Always a contributing colleague within the division, he has taken primary roles in mentoring adjunct faculty, leading workshops and coordinating the all important precalculus courses, which includes College Algebra, the primary entry level college mathematics course. In looking for ways to improve and enhance instruction, Brian has provided resources for instructors to better engage students through group activities, writing projects and technology in the precalculus courses, as well as constantly refining all the division generated student packets, supplements and tests to better meet the needs of our students. In addition, he has been a leader in establishing successful mathematics honors seminars for motivated students, as part of the HCC honors program. Maintaining ties with the larger mathematics education community, both locally and nationally also strengthens his ability to bring quality innovations to HCC. A member of an authoring team, the Consortium for Foundation Mathematics, Brian has helped write and publish a series of three books, Mathematics in Action, that addresses a need for a collaborative approach to learning developmental mathematics for adult populations. Attending the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics in Boston this winter affords another opportunity to bring home some of the latest innovations to share with division faculty.

Phil Vilardo
Associate Professor, Sociology
Social Sciences/Teacher Education Division

Dr. Phil Vilardo has again been very pro-active in his activities and services to HCC and its students. Phil continues to represent the Social Sciences division on the C & I and GenEd committees. He coordinates the Sociology discipline that has14 instructors, teaching 28 courses, affecting 539 students. Dr. Vilardo oversees and administers the college’s Troika Program to Turkey. As part of his global education commitment, Phil took HCC students to Turkey last June. This year he will be leading the three-college program. In this effort he has hosted a week-long visit from students and faculty from Turkey. Using his Social Problems courses as the Troika’s academic program, he converted it into a WebCt format. Dr. Vilardo is also coordinating the Sociology assessment project in the Social Sciences division’s program assessment for teaching critical thinking. Next month Phil will be chairing the Sociology faculty search committee. Vilardo has worked with Carol Parreco to develop Service Learning projects for his Sociology classes. He continues to work on the development of a Social Problems reader for his classes. Finally, Phil conducts a weekly reading program with his full-time Sociology colleagues and serves on the Advisory Board of the Family and Children’s Services for Howard County.