Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - EARLY CLOSING - 5:00 Pm

Due to inclement weather, Norwalk Community College will close at 5:00 pm today, Tuesday, March 3rd 2015. All classes and activities scheduled after 5:00 pm are cancelled.

Social Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty


Steven S. Berizzi
Professor, History and political science


Office Location: W204D
Office Phone: (203) 857-7363
e-mail Address: sberizzi@norwalk.edu
Academic Degrees
M.A., Trinity College
J.D., University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac University) School of Law
A.B., Harvard College
Professional Certifications or Licensures:

Member of the bar of the state of Connecticut and the United States District Court, District of Connecticut  


Area of Specialization, Special Interest:
American political history, focusing on the period from about 1750 until 1877 and with an emphasis on the Civil War and Reconstruction; constitutional history; American political thought, government, and the political process


Steven Berizzi is a Civil War historian who teaches United States History I & II, American Government, and specialized 200-level history courses about the Civil War era such as HIS 209, United States History, 1850-1900; and HIS 298, Special Topics in History: The Lincoln Years    

Gary Capobianco
Associate Professor, Psychology 


Office Location:  E317
Office Phone:  (203) 857-3351
e-mail Address:  gcapobianco@norwalk.edu
Academic Degrees
M.A., Fairfield University
B.A., Manhattanville College
Area of Specialization, Special Interest:
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Gary has taught for over ten years at the undergraduate-level.  Additionally, he conducted Human Factors research at NASA for three years and worked in hospitality industry management for over 13 years.  He has served as Chair of the Academic Standards Committee, a member of the college Senate and currently teaches General Psychology, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality and Lifespan Development.

Mary frances carmell
Professor, Sociology

Office Location  E 317
Office Fax: (203) 857-7343
Email Address: mcarmell@norwalk.edu

Academic Degrees
M.A.  Yale University
B.A. College of St. Rose
Area of Specialization, Special Interest
Cultural Anthropology, Global Studies, Native Americans, Historical Archaeology
Former experience in the private tours industry, gaining broad cultural exposure. Graduate credentials and teaching experience in general cultural anthropology.  Liberal Arts and student club advisor.  Co-creator of the Global Studies initiative and course development.  Organized unit/presented at international conference on historic sites.  Twice listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

kathleen D. Coppola
associate professor, early childhood education


Office Location: E112

Office Phone: (203) 857-7119

e-mail Address: kcoppola@norwalk.edu


Academic Degrees

M.A.T., Sacred Heart University

B.A., University of Connecticut

A.S., Norwalk Community College


Area of Specialization, Special Interest:

Administration and Leadership


Early Childhood Coordinator


Professional Certifications or Licensures:

Connecticut Educational Consultant



I began my journey at NCC as an adjunct Instructor in 2000 teaching and coordinating the CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) program.  In 2005, I joined the faculty full time after leaving my position as Director of the New Canaan Community Nursery School.  At NCC, I continue to work with CDA students to achieve their credential goal.  In addition I shepherd courses in ECE Administration and Leadership that lead to the Connecticut Directors Credential.  I am privilege to teacher the Student Teaching Practicum course which is the capstone course for students finishing their work in Early Childhood.  I am currently the Coordinator of the early childhood academic program.

Margaret dana-conway
Professor, early childhood education


Office Location: E112
Office Phone: (203) 857-7116
Office Fax: (203) 857-3386
e-mail Address:
e-Portfolio Address: https://norwalk.digication.com/m.dana-conway
Academic Degrees
M.A., Hunter College
B.A., Manhattanville College
Professional Certifications or Licensures:
Connecticut Educational Consultant

Area of Specialization, Special Interest:
Infant/Toddler Care and Diversity
Margaret Dana-Conway teaches a diverse collection of courses in Early Childhood from theory to methods to off campus cohorts. The work she does in the area of Infant and Toddler Care is recognized state wide and Norwalk is one of the few community colleges which offer such courses on this subject.  Margaret has participated and chaired committees and worked on advisory boards along with campus searches. Having been at NCC for 18 years has allowed for Margaret to help educate families, not just individuals.


paul m. gallo
director, exercise science and wellness
Coordinator, group exercise instructor certificate
pitney bowes foundation wellness center


Office Location: H011A
Office Phone: (203) 857-7194
Office Fax: (203) 857-7098
e-mail Address:
e-Portfolio: https://norwalk.digication.com/p.gallo 

Academic Degrees
M.A., Adelphi University
B.S., State University of New York at Cortland 

Professional Certifications or Licensures:
Clinical Exercise Specialist (ACSM)
Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
New York State Licensed Athletic Trainer
Certified Athletic Trainer (NATABOC)
American Red Cross Instructor

Area of Specialization, Special Interest:
Neuromuscular adaptation to exercise, energy expenditure of gait and physical activity promotion.  


Paul Gallo has been with NCC since 2004 and is responsible for directing the Exercise Science Program and Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center.  He has designed and implemented multiple wellness programs that promote health and physical activity to the entire campus community.  In addition, the Exercise Science program prepares many students for employment as entry level health fitness professionals, exercise physiologists and strength coaches.     


steven glazer
professor, economics


Office Location: W207
Office Phone: (203) 857-3326
e-mail Address: sglazer@norwalk.edu
Academic Degrees
M.A., University of Connecticut
B.A., Drew University

Area of Specialization, Special Interest:
Labor Economics, American and European Economic History
Steve Glazer teaches both principles of macroeconomics as well as microeconomics.  Since August 2005, he has also served as the advisor to Alpha Iota Nu, Norwalk Community College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.   


tyler griese
interim Assistant Director of wellness
Advisor, Wellness club
Pitney Bowes foundation Wellness center


Office Location: H011B
Office Phone: (203) 857-7195
e-mail Address: tgriese@norwalk.edu
Academic Degrees
A.S., Norwalk Community College
M.Ed., Springfield College
B.A., Duke University
Professional Certifications or Licensures:
Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM)
Special Interest:
Inspiring motivation to take up and adhere to a wellness lifestyle
Ty began at NCC in 1985 teaching Yoga. In the late '80's and '90's he originated the classes we still offer in T'ai Chi, Weight Training and Relaxation Techniques. Ty has taught extensively in both the credit and non-credit divisions. In 2008 he moved into the position of Assistant Director of Wellness and is thrilled to participate in the growth of wellness programming for our campus community. In addition to his administrative and teaching responsibilities, Ty is a resource in fitness assessment, exercise program design and relaxation consultation for the entire college community.

william grodman
professor, psychology
co-advisor, psychology club


Office Location: W222
Office Phone: (203) 857-7295
e-mail Address: wgrodman@norwalk.edu
Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Hofstra University
M.A., Hofstra University
M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., American University
Area of Specialization, Special Interest or Training
Clinical Psychology, Media Psychology
William Grodman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Norwalk Community College. Dr. Grodman received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and is a Connecticut and New York licensed psychologist.  He has taught for over fifteen years at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, he has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including maintaining an independent private practice.  He was the host of the syndicated radio program Conversations with Dr. William Grodman. At NCC, Dr. Grodman teaches General Psychology I, Abnormal Psychology, and Social Psychology. He resides in Fairfield County, Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.

carol smith harker
chair, social behavioral sciences department
professor, human services and recreational studies


Office location: W106H
Office phone: (203) 857-7013
e-mail address: charker@norwalk.edu
Academic Degrees
M.A., St. Joseph College
B.S., University of Bridgeport
Areas of Specialization
Mental Health Clinician (children and adults): Individual and family issues
Extensive training and practice as a Forensic Interviewer (child sexual abuse)
Professor Harker joined the NCC faculty in 1998 as Coordinator of the Human Services Program and Coordinator of Recreation and Leisure Studies Program.  She has been an adjunct faculty at NCC and HCC since 1996. Professor Harker has served as the Chair of NCC Shared Governance and Secretary of the College Senate.  Currently she is the chairs of the Social and Behavioral Science Department and co-chair of the NEASC Self-Study.  Professor Harker has significant clinical experience in human and social services in the community and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Village, Milford, CT.

robert howard
professor, interdisciplinary studies


Office Location: W204E                                                                                                                

 Phone: (203) 857-7319                                                                                                               

e-mail Address: rhoward@norwalk.edu

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

M.A., Columbia University

B.A., LeMoyne College                                                                                                            


Areas of Specialization

Interdisciplinary Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Social Ecology, Cultural History, Globalization and Cultural Diversity



Dr. Howard was hired in 1994 to develop interdisciplinary courses for the college�s newly initiated Core Curriculum and has continued to work in the area of General Education since then.  In addition to teaching the Social Science IDS course (Individual and Society), he has taught a wide variety of courses in History (Western Civilization and World Civilization), and the Social Sciences (Sociology and Anthropology).  With extensive international experience, Dr. Howard continues to center his research on the impact that globalization is having on issues of cultural diversity and human rights in the modern world. 


jennifer lipps
program assistant
exercise science and wellness


Office Location: H011
Office Phone: (203) 857-7148
Office Fax: (203) 857-7098
e-mail Address: jlipps@norwalk.edu


Academic Degrees
A.S., A.S., Norwalk Community College


Professional Certifications or Licensures:

Member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Member of Who�s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED certification

Jennifer Lipps has been with NCC since 2002.  She brings extensive experience working in different departments of the college to her position as Program Assistant in the Exercise Science and Wellness Department.  She has proven to be of invaluable support to our college community in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles.


catherine neiswonger
director of cdls
adjunct faculty, early childhood education


Office Location: E116
Office Phone: (203) 857-7143
e-mail Address: cneisonger@norwalk.edu
Academic Degrees
M.A., Education, Nova Southeastern University
B.A., Education/Social Science, Puget Sound Christian College
Professional Certifications or Licensures:
Directors Credential, Charter Oak State College, April 2009
ECERS-Rater, Connecticut State Department of Education, 2008
TAB Approved Trainer, Connecticut Charts a Course, 2005
National Administrator Credential, National Child Care Association, 2003
Designated Head Teacher children 3-5, Department of Public Health, State of Connecticut, 2001

As adjunct faculty I have formed a strong connection to the curriculum that is presented through a variety of courses in ECE and forged relationships with the faculty and students of NCC. In my role as Director of the Child Development Lab School I am in the position to join my years of experience working with children with my connection to the curriculum being shared with adult students and effect the way that curriculum in reflected in best practices in the CDLS. This extends the learning potential to our adult students and provides stimulating and dynamic environment for young children of NCC students, faculty and the local community.

joan parris
director of early childhood community education
early childhood education


Office Location: E116
Office Phone: (203) 857-3381
e-mail Address: jparris@norwalk.edu

Academic Degrees
M.A., Sacred Heart University
B.S., Framingham State College
Professional Certifications or Licensures:
Connecticut Teacher Certification

Area of Specialization, Special Interest:
Early Childhood Administration

With over 20 years of experience in early childhood and adult education, Joan is the Director of Early Childhood Community Education which bridges the NCC Early Childhood program with the broader ECE community.  Joan has led the ECE program through National Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has been an Adjunct Professor in ECE at both Norwalk and Housatonic Community Colleges.  She has prior administrative experience working in the Early Childhood field as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Federal Head Start program, School Readiness Coordinator in the city of Bridgeport and an Assistant Director at NEON Head Start.  Joan is a member of the Early Childhood State Advisory Council, representing Higher Education and chairs the workforce and professional development committee.  She is also a member of the Education Advisory for Teacher Preparation and chairs the Program Committee for the Norwalk Early Childhood Council.


althea E. seaborn
program coordinator, criminal justice
professor, criminal justice


Office Location: W212
Office Phone: (203) 857-7096
e-mail Address: aseaborn@norwalk.edu

Academic Degrees
J.D., University of California at Los Angeles
B.S., University of Southern California

Professional Certifications or Licensures:
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Admitted to Practice Law in Connecticut and New York 


Area of Specialization, Special Interest:
Juvenile Justice, Gangs, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Justice, and Ethics
Professor Seaborn joined NCC as a member of the full-time faculty in 1998, and currently serves as the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator and Criminal Justice Club Advisor. The Criminal Justice Club is a student led organization that provides an opportunity for individuals who are interested in criminal justice issues to come together for discussion, networking, and social activities. In 2008-2009, Professor Seaborn coordinated a series of forums on gangs for high school youth, school officials, law enforcement, and community agencies and organizations, by collaborating with NCC students, staff, and faculty, New York AVP trained ex-offenders, and Fairfield County community members.

jennifer wood heslin
associate professor, early childhood education


Office Location: E112
Office Phone: (203) 857-7352
Office Fax: (203) 857-3381
e-mail Address: jwood@norwalk.edu
e-Portfolio Address: https://norwalk.digication.com/jenniferwood

Academic Degrees
M.S., Southern Connecticut State University
B.S., Charter Oak State College
A.S., Norwalk Community College

Professional Certifications or Licensures:
National Administrator Credential and Standard Connecticut Directors Credential.

Area of Specialization, Special Interest:
Literacy and language development, storytelling, curriculum/assessment, positive guidance and children with special needs.

I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 24 years, teaching preschool, directing and currently teaching adults. As the former director of the CDLS, I was involved in the reconstruction of our new center, the development of two new playgrounds; curriculum/assessment enhancement and guiding  the program to achieve re-accreditation.  I created and was the program manager of the Brighter Futures Summer Transition program.  I was the co-chair of the Academic Festival for 4 years.  I am a member of NAEYC and serve on our local and state association boards. Teaching young children has always been my life's passion. I am fortunate and blessed to be pursuing my dream while making a positive difference in the lives of children, families and students.  In order to enhance the learning for my ECE students, I use my first- hand experience to connect what the students are learning in my classes to the actual practice in the field. Our ECE academic program has achieved NAEYC accreditation and offers students a high quality and comprehensive experience and education.  Through teaching, I am rewarded every day.

ernest a. wiegand
professor, archeology, Geology and sociology
coordinator, archeology as an avocation certificate
Advisor, archeology club


Office Location: W 132
Office Phone: (203) 857-7377
Email Address: ewiegand@norwalk.edu

Academic Degrees
M.S., Anthropology, Hunter College 1982
B.S., Forest Recreation, University of Connecticut 1972

Area of Specialization, Special Interest
Northeastern prehistoric and historic archeology

Professor Wiegand has been at NCC since 1975, where he has helped develop the Archeology as an Avocation Certification Program.  He has been the coordinator of this program since 1990 and faculty advisor of the Archeology club since 1975.  Professor Wiegand has assisted and directed many student research projects that have led to the discovery of over 200 prehistoric archeological sites in Southwestern Connecticut.  While intended for the training of the avocational archeologist over a dozen students have pursued advanced degrees in anthropology or archeology and serve in a number of professional capacities. The archeology program provides an excellent opportunity to learn with hands on experiences in all steps of archeological research.      


arlette werner
Professor, sociology and psychology
faculty advisor for the asian student club


Office Location: E 317
Email Address: awerner@norwalk.edu

Academic Degrees
M.S.W., University of Connecticut, School of Social Work
B.S., Farileigh Dickinson University   
Professional Certifications or Licensures
Academy of Certified Social Workers

Area of Specialization, Special Interest
Student Avocation and Instruction in Higher Education
Professor Werner began her career at NCC as Coordinator of the Human Services and Therapeutic Recreations Program.  Prior to her work at NCC she was a clinical social worker in a variety of settings, including assistant director of a psychiatric inpatient unit and director of psychiatric daycare program.  She initiated the Mental Health Program, now part of the Human Services Program.  Professor Werner was chair of the Center for Teaching for six years, conducting workshops both at NCC and at the state level.  She has a great passion for working with students to help them reach their potential for learning and engaging in dynamic classroom settings. 

Nicole M. Hafner
assistant professor, exercise Science
advisor, exercise science club

Office Location: H011C
Office Phone: (203) 857-7330
Office Fax: (203) 857-7098
Email Address: nhafner@norwalk.edu

Academic Degrees
M.S., James Madison University
B.S., James Madison University
Professional Certifications or Licensures
Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM)   
CPR/AED/First Aid (American Red Cross)

Area of Specialization, Special Interest
Clinical Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Response to Exercise/Training
Nicole Hafner, lecturer of Exercise Science received her B.S. in Exercise Science and her M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from James Madison University.  Her work has focused on cardiovascular adaptations to exercise training.  She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a certified Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM).  She has worked in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation as well as a pacemaker clinic.  In addition to working in the area of cardiology, she has counseled obese and overweight individuals in making positive lifestyle changes.  She is also CPR/AED and first-aid certified (American Red Cross).