There's something unusual about the Albright faculty. Many have earned degrees from the most prestigious institutions in the country, such as MIT, Harvard, Yale, Penn, Stanford and Cornell. Many are scholars and noted researchers, earning grants from such august organizations as the National Science Foundation, publishing articles with the Oxford University Press, and providing sound bites for National Public Radio. Yet, despite their pedigree, they are among the most down-to-earth people you'll meet at Albright. And you'll do more than just meet them.
student-to-faculty ratio means you'll be taught by professors, not teaching assistants.
The Albright faculty are famous for their dedication to students. They'll encourage you to explore new worlds of knowledge and experience. As advisors, they will help you create an individualized education and major, and graduate on schedule. As collaborators, they will work side by side with you on research
projects and special learning opportunities. And as friends, they will be there for you. You'll run into them nearly everywhere you go on this campus, at football games and Experience events… and don't be surprised if you see them performing in the choir or in a Domino Players production. Like everything else at Albright, our faculty are multifaceted.
What do we look for when hiring new Albright faculty members? Energy, flexibility, creative thinking… s cholars whose interests cross the boundaries of individual disciplines… and connect on a personal level.
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Here are profiles of just a few of the interesting faculty members you will meet at Albright College.
- Dr. Adam John, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Dr. Christian Hamann, Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Dr. Teresa Gilliams, English
- Doreen Burdalski, Fashion Merchandising
- Jeffrey Lentz '85, Theatre and Music
- Dr. Chuck Brown, Sociology
- Dr. Barbara Fahy, History and Art
- Dr. Brian Buerke, Physics/Optics Department
- Dr. Tom Brogan, Chair of the Political Science Department
- Professor Kathy Ozment, Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Dr. Julia Matthews, Chair of the Theatre Department
- Terrence Reilly, CPA, Chair of Accounting Department
- Professor Carla Abodalo, Sociology and Criminology
- Dr. Karen Campbell, Biology Chair and Premed Advisor
- Dr. Daniel Falabella, Computer Science and Information Systems Professor
Dr. Adam John
Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Dr. John is very visible on campus inside and out of the classroom. He is director of the January interim trip to Martinique, faculty advisor of the Caribbean Club and the French Club, and coordinator of National French Week in November.
"I chose Albright because I strongly support the value of a liberal arts education in today's rapidly changing world. I also saw opportunities to make foreign language study a significant component of every student's educational experience, both inside and outside the classroom."
Dr. John thinks Albright is special because "Collaboration with professors in other disciplines occurs almost seamlessly. Students are encouraged to make connections across disciplines and to take learning beyond the classroom."
He also recommends studying abroad at some point. While doing his undergraduate work he spent a year in France and Spain.
Dr. Christian Hamann
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Christian Hamann, like many Albright professors, is very visible on campus. Outside of the classroom he is the chair of the faculty, the faculty advisor to the men's rugby team, a senior thesis coordinator, the scholarship coach for Pi Kappa Phi, and he serves on the faculty executive and budget committees.
He says he came to Albright because"Albright offers its students the hands on, liberal arts approach that best matches my interests and teaching style. We value the faculty-student mentoring model that promotes the best student achievement and faculty growth."
Hamann has worked with students on summer Albright Creative & Research Experience (ACRE) and Merck Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) projects. "I enjoy working with students in the summer," he says, "and the students enjoy the opportunity to work in the laboratory full time instead of one or two afternoons per week. We have a wonderful community of scholars in the summer, and not just in the sciences. Students from all areas of the campus meet weekly to discuss their projects."
Courses taught by Dr. Hamann:
Organic Chemistry I & II
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Health, Safety & Asset Protection
Uncertainty and the Creation of Knowledge
Dr. Teresa Gilliams
Dr. Teresa Gilliams, who was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant in 2011, not only teaches a variety of courses in the English Department, she is also the advisor for the Xion Step Team and a member of the Honors Committee. She is currently working on a book titled Retrievable Wrongs: Reading and Preserving African-American Women's Writing, 1950-2005.
Gilliams chose to come to Albright because "of its unwavering commitment to the liberal arts tradition as well as its distinctive strength in shaping the minds, goals and lives of many first-generation college students."
She has the following recommendations for new students:
- Seek your professors' insights and help.
- Be unafraid yet willing to take intellectual risks.
- Reach for some good snacks. Better yet, stop by my office (Masters 121) where we can chat and share a handful of popcorn!
Courses taught by Professor Gilliams:
Writing About Literature
African American Literature
Hip Hop Culture
Black Women Writers
The Harlem Renaissance
The Slave Narratives
Professor Burdalski, chair of the Fashion Merchandising and Design Department, is the fashion internship advisor, the fashion study abroad advisor, and the fashion student newsletter advisor. An Executive Board member of the American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA), she spent 20 years in the fashion retailing industry as a buyer and visual merchandising director before joining the staffs at Philadelphia University and Drexel before making the jump to Albright.
"The student focus is what drew me to Albright and encourages me to stay here. My passion is to inspire and educate the scholar and leader in each student. Albright's student focus is very special. The College's interdisciplinary approach to learning is also unique and very valuable in today's world."
Courses taught by Professor Burdalski:
Senior Seminar in Merchandising
Jeffrey Lentz '85
Theatre and Music
Jeffrey Lentz, a 1985 graduate of Albright College, says he decided to return to his alma mater because "My personal interdisciplinary teaching philosophy melds with the College's academic mission statement. I continue to find a high level of artistic and academic freedom here on campus, in the classroom and on stage."
Lentz is an artist in residence. When he is not teaching, advising or directing on campus he can be found performing all over the world. In 2003 he received a Grammy nomination in the category for Best Opera Recording for Ed Thomas' Desire Under the Elms.
Courses taught by Jeffrey Lentz:
The Creative Process
Acting Studio I
Acting Studio II
Postmodern American Drama
Postmodern British and European Drama
Applied Music Lessons
Putting It Together: American Musical Theatre
Dr. Chuck Brown
Dr. Chuck Brown spends as much time working with students outside of the classroom as he does in it. As advisor to Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honors society, faculty advisor to Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and a member of the Orientation and Alpha committees, he works closely with students on a daily basis, both academically and extracurricularly.
Brown came to Albright after serving as a visiting professor at Ohio University. He says he chose Albright because"I could work closely with students and have the freedom to develop courses that fit my interests."
His recommendation to all students: "Studying begins after the chapters have been read."
Courses taught by Dr. Chuck Brown:
Cults and New Religious Movements
Sociology of Religion
Religion or Popular Culture
Mass Media and Popular Culture
Introduction to Sociology
Dr. Barbara Fahy
History and Art
Students are not the only ones who are interdisciplinary at Albright College. Professors also have interests in multiple areas and even teach in different departments.
Dr. Barbara Fahy instructs in the History and Art departments at Albright and wouldn't have it any other way. "I love it here," she says. "I like my colleagues and am encouraged to expand my interests and teach what I want."
Fahy's work is widely published. She is currently working on a book about the Jesuit Church at Antwerp.
Courses taught by Dr. Barbara Fahy:
Ancient and Medieval Art
Renaissance Mannerism and Baroque Art
Baroque Art History
Medieval and Early Modern
High and Late Middle Ages
Seminar in Early Modern Europe
Dr. Brian Buerke
Chairman of the Physics Department, Dr. Buerke joined Albright in the fall of 2000. He does not limit his student interaction to the classroom. Dr. Buerke has worked with several students on Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) projects on topics that include building optical tweezers, studying how light travels through a photonic bandgap fiber, and using holography to create a pattern recognition device. Dr. Buerke is also involved in research and publications on the study of atoms in an intense pulse of laser light.
"I came to Albright because it offered unprecedented opportunities for developing new programs, in particular restarting the physics concentration and creating an optics program that is unique at an undergraduate liberal arts college. I continue to stay because I love working here… it's a dream job. Albright provides a wonderfully friendly and supportive environment while giving the freedom to pursue opportunities whereever they might lead."
Classes taught by Dr. Buerke:
Modern Optics and Technology
General Physics III
Advanced Optics Laboratory
Dr. Tom Brogan
Chair of the Political Science Department, Dr. Brogan is also involved on campus as the advisor to the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, the faculty liaison to the Washington Center Internship Program, and he is beginning a new research project on the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation. He came to Albright after three years of graduate school and one year working in the Mayor's Office in Pittsburgh under a grant from the American Political Science Association.
He was attached to the College and stays because "Albright is an institution of humane scale with an emphasis on quality teaching and collegial collaborations among professionals and students."
His recommendation for incoming freshmen:
L - Learn Actively: Develop your classroom persona as an engaging participant.
I - Integrate into the College community. Join groups and identify mentors.
O - Organize your life, especially your free time.
N - Nurture yourself. Mom was right: exercise, eat right, and get plenty or sleep.
S - Skill Build. Improve the skills you bring; develop new ones. It helps in a job hunt.
Classes taught by Dr. Brogan:
- American Government
- Research Methods
- Political Parties
- Public Administration
- Senior Seminar on Presidency
Professor Kathy Ozment
Foreign Languages and Literatures
An extremely visible person on campus, Professor Ozment wears several hats. She is chair of the Foreign Language Department, Campus Life Council and the Community Standards Board. She also, along with Professor Betsy Kiddy, co-authored a Department of Education grant for the Foreign Language and International Studies program. The grant is for $120,000 over two years and will allow the department to establish semester-long business internships in Mexico and a service learning course in the Dominican Republic.
Prior to joining the Albright community, Professor Ozment taught in Mexico and at a medium-security federal prison in Minnesota.
"Choose your college very carefully. It must be a good fit for you and not the choice of your parents, guidance counselor, or any other adult in your life. Choose the school that fits your interests and personality."
Courses taught by Professor Ozment:
Serving Spanish Learning
Hispanics in the United States
Mexican Culture and Civilization
Introduction to Literature
Dr. Julia Matthews
Prior to coming to Albright, Dr. Matthews was an assistant dean and professor at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. There she also worked with several professional theatre companies. She came to Albright because "I was looking for a liberal arts college where students and faculty from various disciplines were engaged in the arts, as artists and as intelligent audience members, and I was very impressed by the theatre lovers I met at Albright."
Dr. Matthews also serves as advisor to the Domino Players, Albright's student-run theatre club. She believes that Albright is special because "The atmosphere is not so much 'learn to do things my way' as 'let's see what we can create together.'"
In her spare time she enjoys singing and traveling, especially when art galleries and theatres are involved.
Courses taught by Dr. Matthews:
Great Ages of Theatre
Postmodern American Drama
Special topics in Dramatic Literature
Terence Reilly, CPA
Terry Reilly came to Albright in the fall of 1975 from one of the "Big 5" international accounting firms in New York City, and decided to call Albright home."I have stayed because I found Albright to be what I had hoped it would be. I really enjoy teaching accounting at a college that places a strong emphasis on classroom teaching."
Professor Reilly believes that Albright's tightly knit community and interaction between faculty and students inside and outside the class are what makes Albright so special. An avid tennis and racquetball player, he is a regular supporter of Albright athletics.
His recommendation for first year Albrightians: "Learn to manage your time well -- you are going from a classroom week of 35 to 40 hours to one of 12 to 15 hours, but will be expected to do more work than you have in the past. Show some emotion and interest in your courses. Approach them as events that will change your life, rather than material to be learned for an exam. Strike a balance between your academic life and your social life. College should be fun."
Courses taught by Professor Reilly:
Intermediate Accounting II
Computer Applications in a Business Environment
Senior Seminar for Accounting
Sociology and Criminology
Professor Abodalo specializes in terrorism and the Middle East.
She is a promoter of increasing awareness of combating prejudice and violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa.
Her Terrorism/SOC 305 class has been on the books for several years, and for obvious reasons has become one of the most popular courses on campus.
Carla is an advisor to crime & justice and criminology students and the faculty advisor to the Criminal Justice Society.
She is presently working with Albright's International Studies and Foreign Language department on a grant that seeks to expand the presence of Latin American Studies across a wider field of disciplines, and is involved in personal research on terrorism in the Middle East.
"Albright has a strong sense of commitment to providing an educational experience that is academically challenging and unique in the sense that it allows students and professors the flexibility to combine various student interests and design a highly individualized course of study. I find that very satisfying as an educator!"
Courses taught by Prof. Abodalo:
Crime and Deviance
Dr. Karen Campbell
Biology & Premed Advisor
Dr. Campbell holds the Dr. P. Kenneth Nase '55 Endowed Chair in Biology. She chose to come to Albright because of the student-centered focus. She enjoys working with students on course material and other aspects of college life. She also enjoys working with other faculty from all departments on course curriculum and development. Noted for her bat research, Dr. Campbell is also working on a project titled "Albright Explorers: Science Outreach to the Local Community."
When asked what makes Albright so special, Dr. Campbell responds, "community." She relishes the opportunity to work with students, trustees, administrators and other faculty toward different goals.
What little free time Dr. Campbell has is afforded to her two young children. Both participate in the Albright Aquatics Program.
Some advice to incoming freshmen: "Learn to use all those small pockets of time that appear between classes in your daily schedule, rather than saving 'homework' for after dinner. Find activities that you enjoy, other than classwork, in which you can be involved during the academic year. Participation in athletic activities or volunteer work or campus groups is an important step in learning to manage your time."
Courses taught by Dr. Campbell:
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Human Anatomy & Physiology
Science in the Modern World
Dr. Daniel Falabella
Computer Science and Information Systems
Dr. Falabella started his education career as a high school math teacher. Prior to coming to Albright he worked as a software engineer for the aerospace industry, but has now found a home at Albright. "The teaching emphasis at Albright was important in my decision to join the staff. I continue to work here because it affords me the opportunity to work closely with students in preparing them for future opportunities in the computer and information science areas."
Dr. Falabella helped Albright win a $277,000 research grant to create a Palm Handheld and Wireless Research Grant Project. When not teaching or advising, Dr. Falabella enjoys the outdoors. He can be found running, biking, backpacking and orienteering.
"Albright is more than just a college campus. It is a community that fosters the development of the whole individual. Our combined major and individualized study programs are an example of this."
Classes taught by Dr. Falabella:
Handheld Wireless Technology
UNIX Operating Systems