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Arts & Sciences

Arts & Sciences Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Daniel Chaskes

Chair

Dr. Daniel Chaskes is Chair of the Department of Arts and Sciences. He also teaches literature seminars in the areas of world literature and contemporary U.S. fiction.

His scholarly work, which focuses on global themes in U.S. postmodern literature, has appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature and Comparative Literature and Culture, and his review essays have been published by American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and English Studies in Canada. He is currently writing an article on gender, race, and ecology in U.S. immigration narratives. 

Professor Chaskes holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts from University College London. 

Dr. Anahu Guzman

Associate Chair / Director of the Math Center / Associate Professor

Anahu Guzman has been the Director of LIM College’s Math Center since 2005, offering academic assistance in all areas of math-related study in order to support and enrich classroom instruction. Under his leadership, the Math Center was granted the College Reading & Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification.   

Dr. Guzman is also the Associate Chair of the Arts & Sciences Department, overseeing the LIM’s mathematics curriculum and students’ mathematics placement. He teaches several courses, including Mathematics Through Business Applications, Introduction to Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, and Business Calculus I & II. In 2019, he was promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr. Guzman is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, and American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. He has received the American Statistical Association Award from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the Aung San Suu Kyi Award from York College, CUNY, where he was a Minority Access to Research Careers scholar.

Dr. Guzman holds Ph. D. and Master of Science degrees in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in Statistics from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from York College, CUNY.

Dr. O’Rita Johnson

Assistant Director / Math Center

O’Rita Johnson joined LIM College in 2005 as an adjunct faculty member and Math Center tutor. In 2008 she was named Assistant Director of the Math Center.

Among the courses she teaches are College Algebra, Mathematics through Business Applications, Introduction to Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Business Calculus.

A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematics Association of America, Professor Johnson holds a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from City College, City University of New York. She also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Computer Engineering at City College and holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science from New York City Technical College.

She completed a doctoral degree in Mathematics Education at Columbia University's Teachers College in 2019 and plans to pursue research in the area of remedial mathematics.

John Deming

Director of the Writing Center / Lecturer

John Deming is a poet and journalist who has taught at LIM College since 2008. In addition to his duties as Director of the Writing Center, he teaches New Media: Writing, Editing and Visuals. He is also the faculty advisor for The Lexington Line, LIM’s student publication.

Prior to joining LIM, Professor Deming worked as a reporter in New Hampshire for Atlantic News, Foster’s Daily Democrat and The Telegraph.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Coldfront magazine and has authored two chapbooks of poetry, 8 Poems (Eye for an Iris Press, 2011) and Toads (Dusie Press, 2006). His work has also appeared in dozens of other publications, including Salon.com, Boston Review, and New Orleans Review.

A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Professor Deming holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Journalism from the University of New Hampshire

Timothy Foran

Assistant Director of the Writing Center / Lecturer

In addition to his duties as Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Professor Timothy Foran teaches Research and Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Communication for International Students. He also tutors undergraduate and graduate students in spoken and written English.

Prior to joining LIM College, Professor Foran served in the United States Army’s Airborne Division. He’s received numerous medals and commendations, including the Army Meritorious Service Medal for service in Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Professor Foran holds a Master of Arts degree in TESOL from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute.

Liz Sweibel

Senior Lecturer

Liz Sweibel joined LIM College as an adjunct faculty member in 2005 and transitioned to a full-time position in 2012. She teaches Professional Communications and Critical Thinking: Reading, Writing, and Research, and Contemporary Art.  Her online Contemporary Art course was nominated for a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award in 2012.

Professor Sweibel maintains an active studio practice and exhibition schedule as a contemporary visual artist. She has also worked as an independent writer and editor since 1984.  

Professor Sweibel holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Maine College of Art, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Manhattan College, a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art.

Dr. Alex Symons

Assistant Professor

Dr. Symons joined the Department of Arts and Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies in August of 2018. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Sacred Heart University and Post University, and as a visiting professor at the University of Hartford. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses in communications and media.

As a scholar, Dr. Symons's research has appeared in Celebrity Studies, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, and the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. He is also the author of Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries: Survival and Prolonged Adaptation, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012.

Dr. Symons received his Ph.D. in Film and Television Studies from the University of Nottingham, where he served on the editorial board of Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies.

Adjunct Faculty

Cady Abarca
M.F.A. Columbia University; Director/Writer, AmpleEarth.co. Partner, VideoEditingNYC.com. Director, Lucuma Films.

Marcelline Block
Ph.D. and M.A. Princeton University; B.A. Harvard University

Justin Cabrillos
M.F.A. University of Washington; B.A. Occidental College; Fellow and Artist Residency, Oxbow School of Art.

Sarah D. Ceballos
Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Our Lady of the Lake University; M.A. University of the Incarnate World; B.A. The University of Texas at San Antonio. Former Personal Banker, Wells Fargo Bank.

Yves Cloarec
M.F.A. CUNY Queens College; B.A. Columbia College. Founder and Sole Proprietor of an Information Technologies Consulting Firm, NextWave Office Systems

Rebecca Collier
M.A. New York University; B.A. Columbia College-Chicago

Christopher Conzen
Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University; M.Ed. University of Maryland; B.A. The Catholic University of America. Executive Director, Hudson County Community College. Former Assistant Dean for Student Services and Administrative Affairs, Montclair State University. Former Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Former Assistant Dean of Student Life, LIM College.

John Cowan
M.A. and B.S. Brooklyn College

Ann Cunningham
Ed.D. East Tennessee State University; M.A. Tennessee Technological University; B.S. University of Tennessee.

Alexa Dicken
M.A. English St. John’s University; B.A. English Binghamton University

Heather E. Dunn
Ph.D. Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts; M.F.A. Queens College; M.A. SUNY at Stony Brook; B.F.A. School of Visual Arts

Nicole Ford
M.A. and B.A. University of South Florida

Termaine Garden
M.P.A. Long Island University; B.A. Queens College. Former Deputy Director, Marketing & Service Information, MTA New York City Transit

Monique Howard
Technology Specialist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Long Island University. Former Instructor, Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York.

Jason Jean
M.B.A. King Graduate School of Business, Monroe College; B.B.A. Zicklin School of Business, Bernard M. Baruch College. Adjunct Lecturer, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Mitchell Kase
Associate Director of Instructional Design, Hofstra University. Former Director of Faculty Development, LIM College. Former Assistant Director, Faculty Center, Adelphi University.

Michelle Kennedy
M.B.A. Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University; B.B.A. Berkeley College. Sr. Financial Analyst, Governor's Office of Storm Recovery. 

Jessica Kerley-Tanski
M.A. Syracuse University; B.A. Rutgers University. Creator and Influencer, Chicprofessor. Former Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University. Former Adjunct Professor, State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.

Dan Klock
M.S.T. Pace University; B.A. Old Dominion University; A.A. Onondaga Community College. New York State Certification in Secondary Social Studies Education

Judith Levin
M.F.A. City College of New York; B.A. Hobart and Williams Smith College. Private English Language Tutor. Former Adjunct Faculty, New York University, American Language Institute.

Eileen Maurer
M.A. Adelphi University; M.A. Columbia University; B.A. University of Chicago

Ata Moharreri
M.F.A. University of Massachusetts; B.A. University of Tennessee. Adjunct Faculty, College of the Canyons. Former Adjunct Faculty, California State University and University of Redlands

Sue Mookram
M.Ed. Northcentral University; B.B.A. Baruch College; A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Todd Motto
M.S. The London School of Economics; B.A. and B.S. University of Delaware

Christy A. Mulligan
PhD. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; M.S. Eastern College; B.S. Kutztown University. 

Christina Neubrand
M.A. Educational Theatre New York University; B.F.A. Theatre Performance Stephen F. Austin State University

Leah Pariso
M.S. University of New Hampshire; B.A. Pace University

Martin Perry
M.S. St. John's University; B.A. Boston University. CEO, Perry Group Consulting, Former Faculty Member, St. John's University, Former Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Instrument Corp., Former General Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Carl Zeiss Instruments.

Niberca Polo
M.A. Design Studies Parsons the New School for Design; M.A. Media Studies The New School for General Studies; B.F.A. Communication Design Parsons the New School for Design.

Donna Pulese-Murphy
M.A. New York University; B.A. St. John’s University

Kathleen Pullum
Ph.D. London Consortium, Birkbeck, University of London; M.Sc. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Joseph Sgambati
M.A. Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism Newhouse School of Public Communications

Simon Sheppard
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University; M.A. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; B.A. Auckland University, New Zealand. Associate Professor in Political Science, Long Island University

Peggy Suzuki
M.A. Hunter College; B.A. in Communication Columbia College

LaNisha Thomas
M.S. and B.S. Clark Atlanta University

Anna Tsipenyuk
M.S. University of Kiev, Ukraine

Nachum Turetzky
Ph.D. and B.A. City University of New York Graduate Center. Editor, Men & Masculinities Journal

Sheikh Uddin
M.A. and B.A. The City College of New York

Alexandra Vinarov
Ph.D. University of California; M.A. University of Notre Dame

Melinda Wilson
M.F.A. The New School; B.A. University of New Hampshire

Scott Wordsman
M.F.A. William Paterson University; B.A. Rowan University. Adjunct Instructor & Writing Tutor, William Paterson University; Former Editorial Assistant, MAP Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Literature & Art