Visual and Performing Arts Faculty

Jeff Ball

Associate Professor

B.A., Washington & Lee University
M.A., University Missouri-Columbia

Before coming to HCC in 2012, Jeff taught at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. His research interests are in public buildings and art in the United States. He is the co-author of The Decorations of the Missouri State Capitol, published by the University of Missouri Press in 2011.

Phone: 443-412-2086

Claudia Brown

Associate Professor - Mass Communications

B.A., Univ Maryland Baltimore County
M.A., Notre Dame of MD University

Claudia Brown first became interested in journalism and theater as a young child, loving nothing more than putting on a performance at home or authoring a family newspaper. As an undergraduate at UMBC, she focused initially on theatre before turning her attention to journalism. After gaining experience in college as news editor of The Retriever, Brown progressed to an internship at The Baltimore Sun, freelance writing for The Sun, and employment as an associate producer at WBAL Channel 11 News. She also interviewed Olympic athletes and reported on international figure skating events for the magazine Ice Chronicles.

Phone: 443-412-2126
Faculty Webpage:

Patricia Burt

Assistant Professor

B.A., Johns Hopkins Univ
B.M., Towson University
M.M., Towson University
Ph.D., Univ Maryland College Park

Patricia Burt is the Assistant Professor of Music at Harford Community College where she teaches music theory, aural skills, and electronic music. Before joining the faculty at HCC, she taught at Valparaiso University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Towson University. For over a decade she maintained a private piano studio in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Burt earned a B.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University where she was preparing to study medicine. Her continued interest and participation in musical activities throughout her undergraduate years at Hopkins led her to enroll in the music program at Towson University where she studied voice and piano, the latter under the renowned pianist and teacher, Reynaldo Reyes. She holds a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from Towson University. At University of Maryland, Dr. Burt earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory under the direction of the composer and theorist Dr. Thomas DeLio. Her dissertation is entitled “Registral Space as a Compositional Element: A New Analytic Method Applied to the Works of Ligeti, Josquin, and Beethoven.” In it, she outlines a new method that she has developed for the analysis of register and employs this method in a detailed examination of stylistically diverse compositions. Dr. Burt has presented her research on registral space at meetings of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic and the Great Lakes Chapter of The College Music Society and has guest lectured at colleges and universities along the east coast.


Ben Fisler

Associate Professor of Theater

B.A., DeSales University
M.A., University of Texas Austin
Ph.D., Univ Maryland College Park

Dr. Fisler has more than 20 years of experience as a professional actor and technician with such companies as the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Muhlenburg Summer Music Theatre, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Festival, The Capital Fringe Festival, Whoodunnit for Hire, Toby's Dinner Theatre, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. He has performed in national commercials, HBO and independent films, and television and radio.

Ben's professional career has shown him two things: 1) If he can make money in the performing arts, anyone can, and 2) Making money in the performing arts is about tireless commitment, a real love for the arts, and constantly searching for projects. He runs a job/networking email list to encourage students in the major to seek out performance and production jobs and start their careers now. Many HCC students have already landed jobs in professional theatre, film, and television, including the recent Netflix project House of Cards.

Phone: 443-412-2644

Wayne Hepler

Associate Professor of Mass Communications

B.S., Ohio University-Athens
M.A., Ohio University-Athens

Wayne Hepler is a veteran media writer, producer, and talent who serviced advertising accounts in Philadelphia, Long Island, and Pittsburgh, anchored TV news and sports in Ohio, and hosted radio sports talk in West Virginia, where he interviewed Olympic and Hall-of-Fame athletes. He co-hosts HCN's Chesapeake Sports Desk, hosts the Feedback weekly interview show on WHFC, and has produced and hosted the children's TV quiz show Think Big. He is a lead judge for the annual New York Festivals international radio competition, chaired a division of the Broadcast Education Association, and has written articles for media publications.

Wayne began broadcasting at age 16 on his high school's radio station, was Ohio University's first freshman TV sports anchor, and did OU cable and radio play-by-play. Following his master's degree work, he became a faculty member and radio station manager at the University of Southern Indiana, taught graduate studies at Butler University in Indianapolis, and assumed his present position at Harford Community College.

Phone: 443-412-2358

Ken Jones

Associate Professor of Art & Design

B.A., University of Delaware
M.F.A., University of Delaware

Kenneth Jones is Associate Professor of Art & Design at Harford Community College in Maryland. A visual artist, curator and collector with years of professional experience as a designer, art director and photographer, Jones has exhibited his work internationally in over 70 solo and group shows. His conceptual projects are related to imaging, commerce and collecting both found and marketed objects into prints, installations and performance. During a recent sabbatical, Jones engaged in research on "HPE 2 WRK U AGN SN: EPHEMERAL COMMUNIQUE 1920-1980" through an exhibition investigating the design history of QSL cards exchanged as proof of long distance wireless communication. Recently, Jones was a featured presenter at the Society of Type Aficianodos National Conference in New Orleans and led a international education program in London teaching typography.

Phone: 443-412-2326
Faculty Webpage:

James McFarland

Professor of Art & Design

A.A., Delta College
B.F.A., Michigan State Univ
M.F.A., Michigan State Univ

Jim McFarland has taught sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, and printmaking classes since joining the faculty in 1990. He is a member of the International Sculpture Center and the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and regularly serves as a juror for art events in the region.

Jim has exhibited his sculpture in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, among other cities in the Mid-Atlantic, as well as throughout Michigan and in the Midwest. He received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 1999 and has two commissioned sculptures on campus at HCC.

Phone: 443-412-2247

Heidi Neff

Associate Professor of Art & Design

B.F.A., U Illinois Urbana - Champaign
M.F.A., University of Iowa

Prof. Neff has taught painting, drawing, two-dimensional design and color theory classes since joining the HCC faculty in 2005. She is an artist who uses various painting and drawing languages as an embodiment of her search for meaning and passion in an oversaturated overexposed world. She has exhibited nationally in cities including New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC. She is included in the prestigious Drawing Center's Viewing Program and was included in the 2002 MFA edition of New American Painters Magazine curated by Lisa Dennison of the Guggenheim Museum.

Phone: 443-412-2276

Jeffrey Rollinger

Term Faculty - Art & Design Photography

A.A., Harford Comm College
B.F.A., Corcoran College Art & Desgn
M.F.A., Academy of Art University

Jeff Rollinger is a full-time, term faculty member of Art and Design/Photography. Possessing a long commitment to the program and the school, he is a graduate of Harford Community College having received his Associate of Art degree. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from The Corcoran College of Art + Design located in Washington, DC. Mr. Rollinger finished his education by attaining his Master of Fine Art Degree from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Prior to accepting a full-time position at HCC, Mr. Rollinger taught adjunct at both Anne Arundel Community College and Harford Community College. Although most of his personal work is centered in portraiture, Mr. Rollinger engages passionately with the landscape and still life. His photographs have been exhibited nationally and regionally within galleries across both Maryland and the United States.

Phone: 443-412-2350