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.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2086
Email:  JeBall@Harford.edu

Claudia Brown

Professor


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.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2126
Email:  ClBrown@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/ClBrown/

Ben Fisler

Associate Professor


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.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2644
Email:  BFisler@harford.edu

Wayne Hepler

Professor


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.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2358
Email:  WHepler@harford.edu

Richard Johnson, Jr.

Assistant Professor


B.M., West Chester University
M.M., University of Hartford
D.M.A., Univ of Missouri - Kansas City

Richard Johnson is a multimedia artist and composer whose interest in music was piqued during a childhood heavily impacted by film. Equal parts Kurosawa and Spielberg combined to create his ongoing interest in culture and history, the music of Takemitsu and Williams, and an obsession with mystery, adventure, and storytelling. This blend of interests is most clearly present in his set of pieces for soloists, electronics, and video entitled Quaerere Sententias.

Richard's work has been performed throughout the United States and internationally, and has been presented at events such as the SEAMUS National Conference, International Computer Music Conference, the National Flute Association Annual Convention, Electronic Music Midwest, Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance, SCI conferences, Thailand International Composers' Festival, and the Festival Internacional Punto de Ecuentro in Spain.

In 2012, Richard received his DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studied with Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Zhou Long. He also holds degrees from the Hartt School at University of Hartford (MM) and West Chester University of Pennsylvania (BM).


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2649
Email:  rijohnson@harford.edu

Kenneth Jones

Associate Professor


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

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.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2326
Email:  KJones@harford.edu

Janice Mahinka

Assistant Professor


B.M., University of Bridgeport
M.A., Boston University
M.Ph., The Graduate Center CUNY
Ph.D., The Graduate Center CUNY

Janice Mahinka values the thrills and challenges of teaching as much as the thrills and challenges of research. "I want to empower students to become active and confident participants in the learning process, while understanding the interconnectedness of individuals within their communities-both locally and globally," says Mahinka, who strives to create inclusive classrooms and workspaces, as well as provide relevant and inspiring curricula for students through a variety of methods, including Open Educational Resources/Zero-Cost Textbook course designs. "I think it's important to value the knowledge and experiences that students bring to the classroom," she says. "I also encourage students to build learning communities, much in the way we all gather around the things that interest or challenge us."

She has taught Western art music surveys (major and non-major); surveys of world, African-American, and U.S. popular music; and writing-intensive courses in Western art and world music through cross-cultural investigations of affect. She simultaneously emphasizes cultural and musical (especially formal and metric/rhythmic) contexts of all music practices, as well as values live music experiences both in and out of the class room. She believes strongly in building ways to articulate and convey music affect and experience since we share the depths and meaning of music through multiple methods of communication, including verbal and written forms.

Janice Mahinka was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award at The Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York (CUNY), where she taught as Adjunct Lecturer for five-and-a-half years. She also taught several semesters at Hunter College, CUNY between 2011 and 2017. She began as Assistant Professor of Musicology at Harford Community College in Fall 2018.

Her dissertation research focused on how improvisatory social partner dancers express and embody their musical knowledge of salsa. Her masters work focused on the role of late nineteenth-, early twentieth-century music critic Philip Hale. Her work on the culturally specific term sabor has led her into cross-cultural analysis of similar terms for musical affect.

She has presented papers and workshops at the Society for Ethnomusicology annual conferences in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017; Boston Public Library; and, most recently, The City Music Analysis Conference in the summer of 2018 and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology conference in April of 2019.

Janice Mahinka received her PhD in Ethnomusicology from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York in 2018. She also holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Bridgeport.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2290
Email:  jmahinka@harford.edu

Jim McFarland

Professor


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.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2247
Email:  jmcfarla@harford.edu

Heidi Neff

Professor


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.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2276
Email:  HNeff@harford.edu

Jeffrey Rollinger

Assistant Professor


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.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2350
Email:  jrollinger@harford.edu