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Daniel W. Murdock

Title: Paramedic Program Clinical Coordinator
Department: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
E-mail: murdocdw@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Wheeler 104
Office Phone: 5382

Areas of Expertise: Paramedic, Emergency Management

Courses Taught: Paramedic, AEMT, and EMT Clinical

About Daniel: Nationally Registered and New York State Certified Paramedic with 8 years of EMS experience. Currently working as a Paramedic for the Town of Colonie EMS Department and a Flight Paramedic with the New York State Police Lifeguard 12 medevac program.

Lynda McMaster-Schuyler

Lynda McMaster-SchuylerTitle: Professor
Department: Department of Natural Sciences and Math
Email: mcmastl@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Wheeler 112
Office Phone: 518-255-5446
Office Hours: TBA – check office door for schedule

Areas of Expertise: organic chemistry, ethics, biology, STEM recruitment

Courses Taught: Organic Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry, Ethics in Science, Medicine and Technology (usually abroad in foreign country with International Travel), Special Topics in Biotechnology with interest in 2013-2015 in RNA interference, Biology 111 and 112.

About Lynda: My undergraduate background was in biology and philosophy while my graduate background was in environmental medicine with a focus in Oncology, the study of cancer and tumors, with a specialty in radiation induced skin tumors and epithelial cell kinetics. However, my research interests at Cobleskill have been Salary equity, STEM programming for middle and high school students, including designing and directing CSI camps, RNA interference in C. elegans, and EGCG (green tea extract) antioxidant effects on lipids. I have been the founding advisor since 2001 for the Pre Vet Club on campus and most of my advisees are pre vet and pre med students.

Other Links: http://csisummercamps.com/

Laura Skinner

Title: Instructional Support Associate
Department: Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
E-mail: skinnela@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: WH234A
Office Phone: 518-255-5136

Areas of Expertise: Support labs in Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, General Biology

Courses Taught: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II

About Laura: I have been employed in a variety of industries pertaining to the Natural Sciences. These include hospital laboratory, biotech manufacturing/regulatory affairs, and environmental microbiology laboratory settings.

Pamela C. Colony

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATitle: Professor/Director of Histotechnology
Department: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
E-mail: colonyp@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Wheeler Hall 115
Office Phone: 518-255-5417 

Areas of Expertise: Histotechnology

About Pam: 

I started my academic career at Wellesley College where I received a BA with a major in Biology.  I received my Ph.D. in Anatomy from Boston University and I completed my post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School.  My professional career started as a research assistant and I progressed up the ranks of research to Principle Investigator.  Over the years my research has been supported by multiple granting agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst for research in Germany.   While still active in research I regularly reviewed manuscripts for peer reviewed journals and I served as a primary reviewer for program projects at both NIH and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and as an independent assessor for the National Health and Medical Research Council of the Commonwealth of Australia.  I have published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters.  My research has always focused on the gastrointestinal tract in development and disease.

Though research has always fascinated and challenged me, my ultimate goal has always been to teach and to share the world of science with others.  Over my 37 years of teaching I have held many positions ranging from adjunct faculty to full professor and I have taught in a variety of schools including Harvard and PA State Medical Schools, Franklin and Marshall College, Harrisburg area Community College and, most recently, at SUNY Cobleskill.  My teaching has focused primarily on courses in Histology, Histotechnology, Anatomy and Physiology.  Since coming to SUNY Cobleskill in 1995 I have served as the Program Director of Histotechnology.  In the teaching arena, the highlight of my teaching career was receipt of the Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching, while in the professional arena it was the receipt of the State awarded Dominique Europa award  for my contributions to the field of Histotechnology.

I have given presentations at the local, State, National and International levels.  I have also been a member of a wide variety of professional organizations and am currently a member of Epsilon Pi Tau, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the National Society for Histotechnology where I am a member of the education committee, and the New York State Histotechnological Society where I serve as a member of the Board of Directors and as a member of the editorial staff for their publication “Onstage”.

Kurt Eugene Verderber

Title: Professor and Chairperson
Department: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
E-mail: verderk@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Fribie 203
Office Phone: 255 – 5357
Office Hours: As posted on my door

Areas of Expertise: Algebra, Statistics, Calculus, Computer-Based Learning, Online and Hybrid modalities

Courses Taught:
Math 101 – Intro to College Algebra
Math 111 – College Algebra
Math 112 – College Algebra & Trigonometry
Math 131 – Pre-calculus
Math 225 – Statistical Methods
Math 229 – Linear Algebra
Math 231 – Calculus I
Math 232 – Calculus II
Math 233 – Calculus III
Math 310 – Differential Equations

About Kurt: As a US Army Lieutenant in the early 90′s, I served as Platoon Leader and Battalion Intelligence Officer for the 32nd Signal Battalion in Germany. I attended the US Army Signal Officer Basic Course in Ft. Gordon, Ga., and Airborne School in Ft. Benning, Ga.
I am a former Electrical Engineer and primarily worked for the Naval Nuclear Reactor Program as a lead engineer designing submarine reactor plant control panels.
Currently, I participate with NYSMATYC, AMATYC, and MAA.
I have presented various workshops on hybrid and alternative learning strategies.
I am very interested in alternative building styles, including straw bale and cordwood construction.

In the News: I was interviewed in the Times Journal and the Daily Gazette for building a Straw Bale House on my property in Sharon Springs. The segment also aired on Channel 6 News.

Curriculum Vitae:

EDUCATION:
• MA, Mathematics Education. University at Albany, 2002

• MA, Mathematics. University at Albany, 1999

• BS, Electrical Engineering. Clarkson University, 1991

• Completed 18 credits toward MS in Electrical Engineering, Union University.
• Completed 30 credits toward Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany.

EMPLOYMENT:
• Chairperson, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, SUNY Cobleskill (7/13 – present)
Principal Responsibilities: Oversee a department with 20 full-time faculty and staff, in addition to many part-time employees. Create academic schedules, conduct department meetings, write department budgets, supervise all hiring, and write evaluations for staff personnel.

• Professor of Mathematics, SUNY Cobleskill (8/99 – present)
Principal Responsibilities: Teach mathematics courses, develop online math courses and curricula, advise students, participate in campus and departmental governance and committees and task forces, continue pursuing professional development activities, establish links to local high schools.

• Mathematics Instructor/Facilitator, University of Phoenix, Online (6/02 – present)
Principal Responsibilities: Develop course curricula, lectures, and assessments, and facilitate online math classes.

• Project Engineer, Westinghouse Electric Corp. (9/94 – 6/98)
Principal Responsibilities: Oversee many aspects of designing equipment for Naval Nuclear Reactors. This includes the design and development of specifications, negotiating contracts, monitoring manufacturing and testing progress, participating in shipboard installation and testing, and designing field modifications for equipment enhancement.

TEACHING:
• SUNY Cobleskill
Courses Taught: Introduction to College Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Statistical Methods, Linear Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus I, II, and III, Differential Equations, Engineering Mechanics.

• University of Phoenix, Online
Courses Taught: Introduction to College Algebra, Elementary Algebra, College Algebra, Business Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus I and II.

• University at Albany
Courses Taught: Calculus I and II.

• Teaching Modalities
Traditional lecture, Hybrid, Online, and Distance Learning courses.

ADVANCEMENT:
• Completed the Online Teaching Academy offered by SUNY Cobleskill’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 2012

• Recognized for Advanced Facilitator Certification in Online course delivery by the University of Phoenix (Online), 2011

• Acted as Subject Matter Expert for a university-wide redesign of Linear Algebra at the University of Phoenix (Online), 2010

• Awarded Continuing Appointment and promotion to the rank of Professor at SUNY Cobleskill, 2006

PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, RECORDINGS:

Verderber, K. Real-World Algebra: A Unique and Understandable Approach to Functions and Modeling. Charleston: Hawkes Learning Systems/Quandt Systems, 2010.

Verderber, K. (2007, April). Tolerance. UUP Newsletter, 35, 5.

Verderber, K. (2006, November). Online Learning. UUP Newsletter, 33, 7.

Verderber, K. (2006, April). Baccalaureate Culture Tidings. UUP Newsletter, 32, 3.

Verderber, K. (2006, April). Hybrid Course Development and Implementation. NYSMATYC Regional Meeting. Presentation given at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY.

Verderber, K. (2005). Humble Stance. On Rehearsal Space [CD]. New York: Kashmir IV/Highview Records.

Verderber, K. (2005). Wanna’ Be. On Rehearsal Space [CD]. New York: Kashmir IV/Highview Records.

Verderber, K. (2005). Sin’s Keep. On Rehearsal Space [CD]. New York: Kashmir IV/Highview Records.

Verderber, K. (2005). I Come To Calvary. On Rehearsal Space [CD]. New York: Kashmir IV/Highview Records.

Verderber, K. (2005). Perfect Peace. On Rehearsal Space [CD]. New York: Kashmir IV/Highview Records.

Snare, D., Verderber, K. (2005). Not My Fight. On Rehearsal Space [CD]. New York: Kashmir IV/Highview Records.

Verderber, K. (2001, June). Computer-Intensive Statistics Homework Problems. Chautauqua Course. Presentation given at Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN.

Verderber, K. (2001, May). Different Fields of Study and Occupations in Engineering. SUNY Cobleskill Open House. Presentation given at SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY.

Verderber, K. (2000, April). Strawbale Construction and Alternative Energy. SUNY Cobleskill Lecture Series. Presentation given at SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY.
FACULTY GOVERNANCE:
• Co-chairperson, Academic Personnel Policies Committee (9/10 – present)
• Chairperson, Curriculum Committee (9/05 – 9/07)
• Member, Academic Policies Committee (9/08 – 9/10)
• Member, Online Learning Task Force (9/12 – present)
• Member, Student Judiciary Board (9/01 – 9/03)

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
• Church Elder, Calvary Assembly of God, Cobleskill, NY (1/09 – present)
• Worship Leader/Musician, Calvary Assembly of God, Cobleskill, NY (4/03 – present)
• Church Deacon, Calvary Assembly of God, Cobleskill, NY (4/06 – 9/08)
• Little League Board Member, Sharon Springs Empie Little League, Sharon Springs, NY (4/99 – 6/01)
• Youth Planning Board Member, Sharon Springs Joint Youth Commission, Sharon Springs, NY (4/99 – 6/01)

 

English, Literature, Writing

Burns, Matthew R. - Creative Writing: Poetry & Non-Fiction, American Poetry after 1950, Writing Theory, Writing Center Development, Twentieth-Century Multicultural American Short Fiction, Environmental Literature, Working Class Writing, Poetry of Place, Culture Studies

Christain, Leigh Ann – Creative Writing, Poetry, Postmodern Literature, Beat Literature, The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut, Composition, ESOL, The Beatles

Hage, Erik O. -  journalism, mass media, communication, English

MacLeod, Douglas Charles -  Film Theory and Analysis, Mass Media Communications, Composition Writing and Theory, Script Writing, Cultural Studies

Matthew R. Burns

matt-burnsTitle: Assistant Professor of Composition & Writing Center Coordinator
Department: Liberal Studies
E-mail: burnsmr@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Frisbie 209
Office Phone: 518-255-5391

Areas of Expertise: Creative Writing: Poetry & Non-Fiction, American Poetry after 1950, Writing Theory, Writing Center Development, Twentieth-Century Multicultural American Short Fiction, Environmental Literature, Working Class Writing, Poetry of Place, Culture Studies
Courses Taught:
ENGL 099 – Fundamentals of College Writing
ENGL 101- Composition I
ENGL 205 – Writing Theory & Practice
ENGL 241 – Short Story
ENGL 310 – Working Class Literature

About Matt:
Born and raised in upstate New York, Dr. Burns received his PhD in Creative Writing from Binghamton University in 2011. His poem “Rhubarb” was the winner of the 2010 James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review; other poems and essays have appeared in Folk Art, Ragazine, Cold Mountain Review, The Georgetown Review, Paddlefish, Upstreet, Spoon River Poetry Review, Jelly Bucket, Memoir (and), Paterson Literary Review, Camas, CutBank and others.
Beyond creative work, Dr. Burns has served as editor of Harpur Palate and a special graffiti-themed issue of Rhizomes: Culture Studies in Emerging Knowledge. His scholarly work often focuses on the less-than-common and has included papers and courses on subjects such as Graffiti Linguistics, 20th Century Music Subcultures, Hobos and Contemporary Transience, Punk Rock, Skateboarding and Cycling Culture, and Urban Exploration.

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/matthew-burns/35/219/720

Other Links:
http://www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/apoetry-172.html
http://www.rhizomes.net/issue25/index.html
http://rockandsling.com/2013/04/11/reading-writing-and-teaching-the-dead/
http://media.whitworth.edu/Podcast/12_13/MatthewBurns2_15_12.mp3
http://ragazine.cc/2009/10/cnf-3-matthew-burns/