Outstanding Middlesex County College Professors Receive Faculty Awards
Two outstanding professors at Middlesex County College were recently honored: Mathew Spano (Hillsborough), professor of English, was selected as the 2014 Faculty Scholar; and Donna Marie Gardner, of the Natural Sciences Department, received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Coincidentally, both are graduates of Middlesex County College. Dr. Spano received his Associates degree in 1988 and Dr. Gardner in 2000.
Dr. Spano is an expert on the life and work of Carl Jung, the noted psychotherapist and author of "The Red Book."
"Dr. Spano's students are extremely fortunate to have a professor who is so deeply committed to scholarship within his discipline," said Christine Harrington, director of the College's Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and the chairperson of the selection committee. "His impressive work on Carl Jung has gained national attention. Mat is an inspiration to all of us at MCC."
Dr. Gardner is a superb teacher who motivates her students.
"Donna Marie Gardner's discipline and pedagogical expertise translates into high-level learning in her classroom," Dr. Harrington said. "She brings her passion for biology and learning into her classroom each day. Donna Marie's innovative approaches assist her students with gaining a deep understanding of biology. As her positive attitude and endless energy are contagious, we are very fortunate to have Donna Marie as a colleague."
From left: Joann La Perla-Morales, president of Middlesex County College; Mat Spano;
Donna Marie Gardner; and Ronald Goldfarb, interim vice president for academic and student affairs.