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Arts & Sciences

Arts & Sciences Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Daniel Chaskes


Dr. Daniel Chaskes is Chair of the Department of Arts and Sciences. He also teaches literature seminars in the areas of world literature and contemporary U.S. fiction.

His scholarly work, which focuses on global themes in U.S. postmodern literature, has appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature and Comparative Literature and Culture, and his review essays have been published by American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and English Studies in Canada. He is currently writing an article on gender, race, and ecology in U.S. immigration narratives. 

Professor Chaskes holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts from University College London. 

Dr. Anahu Guzman

Associate Chair, Director of the Math Center

Anahu Guzman has been the Director of LIM College’s Math Center since 2005, offering academic assistance in all areas of math-related study in order to support and enrich classroom instruction. Under his leadership, the Math Center was granted the College Reading & Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification.   

Dr. Guzman is also the Associate Chair of the Arts & Sciences Department, overseeing the LIM’s mathematics curriculum and students’ mathematics placement. He teaches several courses, including Mathematics Through Business Applications, Introduction to Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, and Business Calculus I & II.

Dr. Guzman is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, and American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. He has received the American Statistical Association Award from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the Aung San Suu Kyi Award from York College, CUNY, where he was a Minority Access to Research Careers scholar.

Dr. Guzman holds Ph. D. and Master of Science degrees in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in Statistics from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from York College, CUNY.

Andrew Cotto


Andrew Cotto teaches Writing Essentials and Composition. He joined LIM College as an adjunct faculty member in 2013 and began teaching on a full-time basis the following year.

Professor Cotto is the author of three novels, including Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery (Ig Publishing, 2012) and The Domino Effect (Brownstone Editions, 2011), which received the Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Award. His third novel, Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure, was published by Black Rose Writing in October of 2018. Professor Cotto's written work has appeared in many prominent national publications, including The New York Times, Parade, The Huffington Post, Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, Deadspin, Salon, and Teachers & Writers Magazine.

Professor Cotto holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Lynchburg College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the New School of General Studies. 

John Deming

Director of the Writing Center, Lecturer

John Deming is a poet and journalist who has taught at LIM College since 2008. In addition to his duties as Director of the Writing Center, he teaches New Media: Writing, Editing and Visuals. He is also the faculty advisor for The Lexington Line, LIM’s student publication.

Prior to joining LIM, Professor Deming worked as a reporter in New Hampshire for Atlantic News, Foster’s Daily Democrat and The Telegraph.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Coldfront magazine and has authored two chapbooks of poetry, 8 Poems (Eye for an Iris Press, 2011) and Toads (Dusie Press, 2006). His work has also appeared in dozens of other publications, including Salon.com, Boston Review, and New Orleans Review.

A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Professor Deming holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Journalism from the University of New Hampshire

Timothy Foran

Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Lecturer

In addition to his duties as Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Professor Timothy Foran teaches Research and Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Communication for International Students. He also tutors undergraduate and graduate students in spoken and written English.

Prior to joining LIM College, Professor Foran served in the United States Army’s Airborne Division. He’s received numerous medals and commendations, including the Army Meritorious Service Medal for service in Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Professor Foran holds a Master of Arts degree in TESOL from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute.

O’Rita Johnson

Assistant Director, Math Center

O’Rita Johnson joined LIM College in 2005 as an adjunct faculty member and Math Center tutor. In 2008 she was named Assistant Director of the Math Center.

Among the courses she teaches are College Algebra, Mathematics through Business Applications, Introduction to Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Business Calculus.

A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematics Association of America, Professor Johnson holds a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from City College, City University of New York. She also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Computer Engineering at City College and holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science from New York City Technical College.

She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Mathematics Education at Columbia University's Teachers College and plans to pursue research in the area of remedial mathematics.

Kikuno Nonoyama


Kikuno Nonoyama has taught at LIM College since 2007 and became a full-time faculty member in 2014. She teaches Introduction to Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Honors Statistics, and Survey of Statistics.  

Prior to joining LIM, Professor Nonoyama assisted financial consultants at Merrill Lynch and worked as a market research analyst and translator at Okato Shoji Company, where her responsibilities included analyzing the U.S. commodity future and foreign exchange markets.

A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Golden Key National Honor Society, she holds a Master of Arts degree in Statistics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the City University of New York.

Liz Sweibel

Senior Lecturer

Liz Sweibel joined LIM College as an adjunct faculty member in 2005 and transitioned to a full-time position in 2012. She teaches Professional Communications and Critical Thinking: Reading, Writing, and Research, and Contemporary Art.  Her online Contemporary Art course was nominated for a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award in 2012.

Professor Sweibel maintains an active studio practice and exhibition schedule as a contemporary visual artist. She has also worked as an independent writer and editor since 1984.  

Professor Sweibel holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Maine College of Art, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Manhattan College, a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art.

Dr. Alex Symons

Assistant Professor

Dr. Symons joined the Department of Arts and Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies in August of 2018. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Sacred Heart University and Post University, and as a visiting professor at the University of Hartford. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses in communications and media.

As a scholar, Dr. Symons's research has appeared in Celebrity Studies, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, and the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. He is also the author of Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries: Survival and Prolonged Adaptation, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012.

Dr. Symons received his Ph.D. in Film and Television Studies from the University of Nottingham, where he served on the editorial board of Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies.

Adjunct Faculty

Kate Angus
M.F.A. The New School; B.A. Brown University

Leo Ashkinadze
M.S. and B.S. Beltsy State Pedagogical University (Russia). Former Vice President of Domestic Manufacturing, Pacific Alliance-Regatta USA. Former Production Manager, Periscope Sportswear

Marcelline Block
Ph.D. and M.A. Princeton University; B.A. Harvard University

Justin Cabrillos
M.F.A. University of Washington; B.A. Occidental College; Fellow and Artist Residency, Oxbow School of Art.

Miguel Callirgos
M.A. Math Education and B.A. Mathematics Hunter College, CUNY

Yves Cloarec
M.F.A. CUNY Queens College; B.A. Columbia College. Founder and Sole Proprietor of an Information Technologies Consulting Firm, NextWave Office Systems

Rebecca Collier
M.A. New York University; B.A. Columbia College-Chicago

John Cowan
M.A. and B.S. Brooklyn College

Cameron Crain
M.A. and B.A. Kent State University

Alexa Dicken
M.A. English St. John’s University; B.A. English Binghamton University

Heather E. Dunn
Ph.D. Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts; M.F.A. Queens College; M.A. SUNY at Stony Brook; B.F.A. School of Visual Arts

Taoufik Ennoure
M.S. CUNY Lehman College; M.S. University of Pau France; B.S. University of Sciences and Technology (Morocco)

Nicole Ford
M.A. and B.A. University of South Florida

Lauren Fusilier
M.F.A. Florida State University; B.A. Louisiana State University. Former Assistant Editor, 9Threads Publishing

Termaine Garden
M.P.A. Long Island University; B.A. Queens College. Former Deputy Director, Marketing & Service Information, MTA New York City Transit

Mari D. Hadley
Ph.D. Walden University; M.B.A. and B.B.A. Davenport University. CEO, MDZ Hadley Enterprises

Jason Jean
M.B.A. King Graduate School of Business, Monroe College; B.B.A. Zicklin School of Business, Bernard M. Baruch College. Adjunct Lecturer, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Yvonne Marie Juris
M.S. in Digital Media, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; B.A., Brooklyn College (CUNY). Freelance News Writer, PEOPLE Magazine; Former Political/Breaking News Writer, Bustle

Dan Klock
M.S.T. Pace University; B.A. Old Dominion University; A.A. Onondaga Community College. New York State Certification in Secondary Social Studies Education

Eileen Maurer
M.A. Adelphi University; M.A. Columbia University; B.A. University of Chicago

Wayne Mayhall
M.S. Kaplan University; M.A. Bethel University & Seminary; B.A. Anderson University. Former Associate Editor, Christian Research Journal. Former Director, Minnesota Center for Bioethics and Culture

Amanda McCorquodale
M.A. Cultural Studies Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. Literature Florida State University

Ted Metrakas
M.A. Stony Brook University; B.A. Merrimack College. Film Reviewer, Film-Forward.com

Todd Motto
M.S. The London School of Economics; B.A. and B.S. University of Delaware

Serine Ndiaye
M.A. Columbia University Teachers College; M.A. University of Missouri; B.S. University of Dakar. Mathematics Instructor, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

Christina Neubrand
M.A. Educational Theatre New York University; B.F.A. Theatre Performance Stephen F. Austin State University

Elizabeth Ostler
M.F.A. Brooklyn College; B.A. Sarah Lawrence College. Former Public Speaking Coach, The Roos Cohen Group

Leah Pariso
M.S. University of New Hampshire; B.A. Pace University

Dr. Youn-Joo Park
Ph.D. Journalism University of Missouri–Columbia; M.A. Journalism University of Missouri–Columbia

Giammarie Pieri
M.A. Columbia University Teachers College; M.A. and B.A. Webster University. Professor of Developmental Education, Berkley College; Director/Owner, Giammarie Pieri Associates Inc.

Niberca Polo
M.A. Design Studies Parsons the New School for Design; M.A. Media Studies The New School for General Studies; B.F.A. Communication Design Parsons the New School for Design

Donna Pulese-Murphy
M.A. New York University; B.A. St. John’s University

Jessica Reidy
M.F.A. Florida State University; B.A. Hollins University. Managing Editor, VIDA: Women in Literature Arts

Bakary Sagna
M.S. and B.A. Lehman College, City University of New York

Babul Saha
B.S. Mathematics York College, CUNY

Jessica Schechter
M.F.A. Pace University; B.S. New York University. Director of Drama Program, Tizmoret Arts Conservatory; Former Director of Drama Theatre & Drama Chair, Soundview Academy for Culture & Scholarship & Moshava Ba'ir

Cheraine Donelea Scott
Ph.D. Media, Culture and Communications New York University; M.A. Cultural and Critical Studies University of Westminster

Joseph Sgambati
M.A. Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism Newhouse School of Public Communications

Simon Sheppard
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University; M.A. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; B.A. Auckland University, New Zealand. Associate Professor in Political Science, Long Island University

Theodora Siranian
M.F.A. University of Massachusetts; B.F.A. Emerson College

Peggy Suzuki
M.A. Hunter College; B.A. in Communication Columbia College

LaNisha Thomas
M.S. and B.S. Clark Atlanta University

Nachum Turetzky
Ph.D. and B.A. City University of New York Graduate Center. Editor, Men & Masculinities Journal

Sheikh Uddin
M.A. and B.A. The City College of New York

Alexandra Vinarov
Ph.D. University of California; M.A. University of Notre Dame

Melinda Wilson
M.F.A. The New School; B.A. University of New Hampshire

Scott Wordsman
M.F.A. William Paterson University; B.A. Rowan University. Adjunct Instructor & Writing Tutor, William Paterson University; Former Editorial Assistant, MAP Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Literature & Art

Sen-I Yu
M.F.A. Film & Television, New York University; B.A. Journalism National Chengchi University

Alessandro Zammataro
Ph.D. and M.A. University of Catania; B.A. Music Institute Vincenzo Bellini