B.S., CUNY-City College
M.A., Fordham University
M.A., CUNY-City College
Manolya Bayar has been teaching at the college level since 1989 and has been teaching at Harford Community College since 1995. She is a developmental psychologist; in addition to General Psychology, she also teaches Human Development Across the Lifespan, Adolescent Psychology, and Child Psychology. Contact:Phone:
Prof. Bayar went to college (City College of NY) and graduate school (Fordham University) in New York. Having been there and done that, living in Harford County at this time in life is ideal; for her, it's a great place to raise husbands, children, and cats! What else can a very soon to be 50-year-old woman ask for?
A.S., Schoolcraft College
B.S., Eastern Michigan University
M.S., Eastern Michigan University
Tamara Biegas joined the HCC community in 2013. She is an Assistant Professor of Geography. She earned her BS in Geology and MS in Geographic Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently working on her PhD in Geographic Information Science from Texas State University. Contact:Phone:
Teaching interests include World Regional Geography, Human Geography, Medical Geography, Physical Geography, and Geographic Information Systems.
She is new to Maryland and is excited about exploring the state and the Mid-Atlantic Region.
B.A., Univ Maryland Baltimore County
M.S.W., Univ Maryland Baltimore
Jan M. Brewer, MSW, LCSW-C is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland. Professor Brewer has been teaching at Harford Community College (HCC) since the fall of 2000 and created the successful social work track within the sociology program. She is also an academic advisor for the sociology program. As full-time instructor, Professor Brewer teaches Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101), Introduction to Social Work (SOC 200), Marriage and Family (SOC 201), and Juvenile Delinquency (SOC 214). She also develops and teaches sociology online courses sponsored by HCC. Contact:Phone:
Professor Brewer is actively engaged with campus life as the faculty advisor for the Student Empowerment Club, which includes Students in Recovery and Peer Mentoring services. In addition, she is the faculty liaison for Service Learning initiatives within credit courses. She is active on the Technology Advisory Committee, and continues to involve herself in campus initiatives that address the underprepared college student.
Professor Brewer is actively involved in both Harford and Cecil counties by providing professional workshops for social workers, psychologists, and human service workers in various state and local agencies. Professor Brewer is a recipient of the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Education.
Prior to instructing at HCC, Professor Brewer performed extensive clinical social work concentrated in the areas of child and adolescent issues, as well as working with the military and disaster relief. Professor Brewer earned a Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - major, Social Work; a Masters of Social Work degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB); and has completed over 20 hours of post-graduate certificate training specializing in Treating the Traumatized Adolescent from UMAB.
As a wife and parent of two active teenagers, Professor Brewer excels in time management, transportation logistics, mediation, and the effective integration and use of technology and social media resources.
A.A., Harford Comm College
B.S., Towson University
M.S., Johns Hopkins Univ
Gregory Carlevaro entered the U.S. Navy at age 18 - just four weeks after graduating from high school. The highlight of his military service included the honor of being selected as a member of the Apollo 16 Recovery Mission. At the end of his four years of service, education was a personal mandate and not an option. His college education would begin at San Diego Community College and continue with an A.A. degree at Harford Community College, and culminate with a Master's of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University. At age 21 he was accepted into the Harford County Sheriff's Office where he would become a career law enforcement officer, retiring after nearly 40 years of service after having achieved the rank of Chief Deputy. As an adjunct professor for more than 10 years, he had the pleasure of sharing his law enforcement knowledge by teaching students at Harford Community College. In August of 2014 Professor Carlevaro joined the full time faculty of Harford Community College as an Assistant Professor of the Criminal Justice Program. The perfect blend of service to country and community continues to be a lifelong priority. Professor Carlevaro is married to Deborah Carlevaro and they are blessed with four children, a son and three daughters. He is an avid sports fan and loves the Orioles and the New England Patriots. Contact:Phone:
B.A., Drew University
M.A., University of Delaware
Nena Craven has been teaching sociology since 2010, including such courses as Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Social Psychology, Men & Women in Society, Sociological Theories, and Elementary Statistics for Social Sciences. Before arriving at Harford Community College in 2016, Nena taught sociology for many years at Delaware State University, an HBCU in her home town of Dover, Delaware. Her master's thesis, "Fat Cats and Chubby Puppies," explores gendered messages in advertisements for cat and dog weight loss products. She is investigating how the U.S. feminist movement uses the internet and virtual spaces such as blogs in her doctoral research. Nena has also spent time working as a library page, an archival processor, a research assistant, a social worker for supervised visitation, a counselor for Boys & Girls Club, and an academic advisor. She is passionate about social equality and an active member of Equality Delaware. Contact:Phone:
Nena sees sociology everywhere in real life, and is notorious among her friends and family for ruining popular songs by paying attention to their lyrics. One of her favorite things is when her students tell her that they were going about their everyday lives and were suddenly reminded of something they learned in sociology class. Other favorite things include her husband Blair, her son Brennan (who features in many class examples and stories), reading, science fiction, dry humor, cryptozoology, knitting & other handicrafts, visiting Delaware beaches, and a good brie.
B.A., Loyola University Maryland
B.A., Univ Maryland College Park
M.A., Univ of California Riverside
M.A.T., Towson University
John A. Donahue (Sociology, Anthropology) has been with Harford Community College since 2010, and has also taught in Baltimore and Howard Counties as well as Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California. Originally from Baltimore, he holds a Master's of Arts in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, he focused on archaeology and ethnomusicology, examining the music and performance of the Classic Maya and of Mesoamerica. With his interest in music, he has also examined performance and identity with ballet folklorico among Chicano students in Southern California. Donahue is trained in Javanese and Balinese gamelan through UCR and UMBC respectively. He has been on digs in rural Quintana Roo, in the California desert, and in Annapolis, Maryland, and has recreated a Classic Maya friction drum. In addition, he is a faculty advisor for HCC's Rainbow Alliance. He has studied the needs of LGBT students in the classroom environment, and holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Special Education from Towson University. In his tiny amount of spare time, he squeezes in singing, soccer and cooking. He would travel more often, but he's probably teaching instead.Contact:Phone:
B.A., Roanoke College
M.A., Virginia Tech
Ph.D., University of Miami
Dr. Stephanie Hallock is Professor of Political Science and the Coordinator for Global Education and Engagement at HCC. Born and raised in Harford County, she spent many years traveling and learning in the US and abroad, and is excited to be back home sharing her knowledge of international political processes and systems with Harford County students. Contact:Phone:
Dr. Hallock is a big fan of experiential learning, whether in the classroom, connecting with others online, or overseas. Her research in this area has focused on exploring various pedagogical approaches to promote student engagement, both in the classroom and the larger communities in which they live. In 2013, Pearson published her first textbook, The World in the Twentieth Century: A Thematic Approach.
B.S., SUNY - Buffalo
M.A., SUNY - Buffalo
Ph.D., SUNY - Buffalo
Dr. James Karmel completed his Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo. Since coming to HCC in 1997, he has been actively engaged as an educator and professional historian specializing in oral history and economic history. He is actively involved in the academic life of the college, research and professionally engaged. As an educator, he has developed various classes and a program in Public History at HCC. He is also an accomplished online instructor, earning a Quality Matters certificate of recognition for HCC's HIST 103. Dr. Karmel was amongst a small group of HCC faculty in the late 1990s who pioneered online instruction at HCC and in Maryland. Contact:Phone:
With a background in early American history, he has branched out in his career in various ways. In 2001, Dr. Karmel began a long research project on the Atlantic City casinos that culminated in a book: Gambling on the American Dream: Atlantic City and the Casino Era (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008). He also led two oral history projects that he completed for the Atlantic City Free Public Library, including "Thirty Years, Thirty Voices" (2008), which marked thirty years of the casino era. With his casino expertise,
He has presented for HCC's Hays-Heighe House on topics such as Civil War emancipation, and led a literary discussion funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities on the Civil War. He also mentored a student to the top History prize for the Beacon Scholar's competition. In addition, he has written articles and book reviews for a variety of professional publications, including Pennsylvania History. He currently serves on the Education and Scholarship committees of the Oral History Association. Dr. Karmel has become a resource for media outlets such as the Baltimore Sun, Daily Record and Baltimore Business Journal. In addition, he developed and periodically teaches a class on casinos for HCC's business program (Introduction to Casino Management).
443-412-2105Email: JKarmel@harford.eduFaculty Webpage: http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/JKarmel/
B.A., Ohio University-Athens
M.A., University College Dublin
Ph.D., Univ Maryland College Park
Professor Kellett joined the HCC community in 2008, and earned his PhD in modern European history from the University of Maryland-College Park the same year. He teaches survey-level courses in Western civilization and world history, and upper-level electives on subjects as diverse as rock 'n' roll, the Middle East, and Ireland. His teaching focuses on making history interesting and accessible, by presenting historical figures as real people with real problems. He is interested in the impact of ideas and money on cultural creativity, and how myth and opinion have been used to shape how we "use" history in political debates.Contact:Phone:
His graduate research dealt with issues of masculinity and modernity in British blues and blues-rock music of the 1960s and 1970s. His article on Chicago blues musician Paul Butterfield and his impact in Britain appeared in the edited collection, Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). His first book, Fathers and Sons: American Blues and British Rock Music, will be published soon by the University of Michigan Press.
Originally from Akron, Ohio, Professor Kellett has also lived in Dublin, Ireland (where he earned his Master's degree in Irish history in 2003). He currently lives in Bel Air with his wife, Julie Mancine, a senior library associate at the HCC Library.
B.A., West Chester University
M.A., Ohio State University
Elizabeth Mosser knew she loved psychology from the moment she began her undergraduate career at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She spent many hours working on research projects related to a variety of psychological phenomena. One of her favorites was on the use of superstitions by College athletes. As with most research, this particular study developed out of her own experiences. While at WCU, she was captain of the tennis team, playing singles and doubles all four years. After graduation, she had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of working in South Africa doing a needs assessment with health clinics and schools that were struggling due to the Aids epidemic.Contact:Phone:
Professor Mosser, an educational psychologist, then completed her graduate work at The Ohio State University where her research focus was on how students, particularly adolescents, can be better self-regulated. She spent time in the classroom (teaching courses ranging from Lifespan, Adolescent and Child Psychology to Educational Psychology and Pedagogy to The History and Foundations of Education) at OSU as well as Columbus State Community College.
Outside of the classroom, Professor Mosser was able to work within many local high schools facilitating programming related to the improvement of learning strategies and conducting research on self-reflection and the use of performance feedback. During her time in Ohio, Professor Mosser got married and had a daughter... who, yes, has curly red hair like her mommy! Not to be outdone, her son, who arrived just after the family's move to Maryland, is just as much a redhead as his sister!
For the last several years, Professor Mosser has split her time as an adjunct between Harford Community College and Towson University (with some time being spent at Howard Community College as well). She joined the full-time faculty at HCC in 2014 and is excited to begin new projects at such an inspiring institution. She is also very proud to be the Assistant Women's Tennis Coach at HCC. Go Fighting Owls!!
B.S., Univ Maryland College Park
J.D., Widener University
Professor Profili graduated from Edgewood High School and is a lifelong resident of Harford County. She played lacrosse as a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, and also completed a study abroad at the University of London, England. She then worked as a legislative liaison for the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis. Contact:Phone:
After earning her J.D., Professor Profili clerked in the Circuit Court of Maryland in Harford County. She then practiced as an associate with the general practice law firm of John E. Kelly, P.A., in Bel Air. In 1997 she opened her own law firm, specializing in administrative law and operating a title company. Ms. Profili began teaching part-time at Harford Community College in 1997 in both the business and paralegal programs; she assumed a full-time position in 2008. Professor Profili also taught the trial advocacy program at Widener School of Law and the Junior Achievement program at St. Stephen School in Kingsville. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Harford County Bar Association, Federal Bar, and American Association for Paralegal Educators.
B.S., Frostburg State Univ
M.Ed., Johns Hopkins Univ
Ray Richardson began his teaching career with Harford County Public Schools and worked for over 30 years with the local school system. During that time he served in a variety of capacities ranging from teacher and teacher-mentor to curriculum writer and department chair. Ray was also instrumental in starting the Advanced Placement Psychology program for Harford County Public Schools in the 1990's. In 2006 Ray was inducted into the HCPS Educators' Hall of Fame. In 1998 Ray became an adjunct instructor for Notre Dame of Maryland University where he focused on the application of child and adolescent psychology as well as teacher training and student teacher supervision. In 2002 Ray joined Harford Community College as an adjunct instructor, teaching both general and educational psychology. Ray assumed a full time position with the college in 2009. Ray has an undergraduate degree from Frostburg State University and a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and he is a member of the APA. His outside interests include music, ballroom dance, gardening and travel.Contact:Phone:
B.A., Messiah College
M.Ed., Millersville University
Regina Roof-Ray came to Harford Community College in 1997 as a career counselor and began teaching credit and non-credit classes in 1998. After nine years as an adjunct professor she joined the full time psychology faculty in 2007. She earned a Bachelors degree in behavioral science from Messiah College, a PA guidance certificate and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Millersville University. Her early focus was on cross-cultural counseling and included time in Nairobi, Kenya at Daystar University.Contact:Phone:
B.A., Loyola University Maryland
M.B.A., Johns Hopkins Univ
Anne Shugars earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Finance at Loyola University. She worked as an Investment Analyst recommending stocks for the managed pension portfolios. Later she worked for ASB Capital Management in Washington, DC as a Vice President where she functioned as a Corporate Bond Analyst and Manager. During her sixteen year tenure in investments she earned her Chartered Financial Analyst designation and received her Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Contact:Phone:
She has been teaching face to face and online Economics courses since joining the HCC faculty in 2007. She is an active volunteer in her community and church. She enjoys golfing, cooking, fishing, gardening and traveling.
B.S., Rivier College
M.A., Univ Maryland College Park
M.Ed., Framingham State College
Ph.D., Univ Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Sharon Stowers is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Harford Community College. Trained both in social and biological sciences, she holds a Master Degree in Nutritional Science Education, a Master Degree in Applied Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. She has published on issues related to socio-cultural anthropology, transnational migration, and nutritional anthropology. Contact:Phone:
Dr. Stowers has taught at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of Massachusetts and Towson University. In addition to teaching, she provides expertise to the Hays-Heighe House Museum, which is a historic house located on HCC's campus. In this capacity, she conducts research and curates exhibits on the culture and cultural history of Harford County.
Dr. Stowers is especially interested in HCC students becoming involved with their community. To these ends, she facilitates student participation in service learning experiences, community-based projects and field trips. Dr Stowers is an active member of several community organizations and serves on the Board of the Archeological Society of the Northern Chesapeake.
443-412-2059Email: SStowers@harford.eduFaculty Webpage: http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/SStowers/
B.A., North Carolina State Univ
M.A., Univ of NC - Greensboro
Parita Vithlani joined Harford Community College in the fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, but has been teaching at the college level for over four years. She obtained her bachelor's in Psychology with honors where her research focused on autobiographical memories among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the link between parenting styles, child maltreatment, cognitive and behavioral outcomes, and early interventions. Participation in various other research projects got her interested in exploring children's development in the areas of cognitive skills, emotion regulation, and mental states, which led her to pursue a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology. Prof. Vithlani attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she obtained her master's degree, gained some teaching experience as a teaching assistant, and conducted research on pre-school aged children.Contact:Phone:
Professor Vithlani has a keen interest in the community, at the local, national, and international level, and enjoys volunteering for organizations that provide educational opportunities for the less fortunate. Additionally, she also supports various organizations that provide health assessments and treatments for those that cannot afford them. Besides teaching and volunteering, her interests include outdoor adventures, traveling, and exploring different cultures.