Real Students, Real Success

Hannah greatly appreciated the support of Cecil’s faculty.



Lisa Lutwyche, Appeared in the cast of the Baltimore 2014 version of "The Telling Project;" had two of her one-act plays produced and performed at the Players Club of Swarthmore; invited to take part in the biannual "A Room of Her Own" women’s writing retreat in New Mexico.


Mandy Feeney, Appointed to the position of early childhood instructional coordinator for Cecil County Public Schools.


Carolyn M. Ireland, Named acting director of health services at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Del.


Patricia Lake, Performed as a singer and a dancer in "Follies" at the Milburn Stone Theatre.


Nathanael Tagg, Published book reviews and poetry in "The Journal," "The Evansville Review," "Sonora Review," " A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments," and "Arts & Letters."


Kathryn Abeldt, Wrote her first sophomore level university course for Wilmington University.


Lauren Vanni, Andrew Dickenson, Awarded "Tourism Project of the Year, along with other organizations in downtown Elkton, by Cecil County Tourism for First Fridays.


Andrew Dickenson, Commissioned by Elkton High School to write music for its symphonic band; served as a board member of the Downtown Elkton Festival of the Arts; awarded Community Arts Development Grant by the Cecil County Arts Council.


Joe Kupresanin, Developed and hosted two professional development sessions for Cecil faculty; served as the host for the statewide SMMART math competition at Cecil College; transitioned Math 127 to a textbook-free course, now housed on Blackboard, with 36 hours of Cecil College produced videos, online homework, and 60 hours of in-class activities; modeled Math 128 and Math 240 after the Math 127 flipped classroom course format.


Chris Gaspare, Jen Levi, Presented "Can We Have It All? Acceleration, Empowered Learning, and Professional Fun" at the MACC Completion Summit.


Cate Hennessey, Selected as a finalist for the "Arts and Letters" Creative Nonfiction Prize; writes a monthly column about the intersection of life and literature for "The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review," the literary magazine housed at the Johns Hopkins University.


Kristy Erickson, Brandie Biddy, Supported by the entire math department, planned and executed a statewide SMMART math competition at Cecil College.


Roxanne Rash, Spoke at the Maryland Association of Nursing Students conference and precepted a student in her last semester for her Master of Science in nursing.


V. Beth Kuser Olsen, Awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland; received U.S. Army Corps Engineers Institute for Water Resources and the National Institute of Water Resources 104 Grant; made several presentations; invited member of Ecological Society of America Communicating Climate Science Working Group; invited referee for scientific poster presentations during the Sigma Xi Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting; served as secretary of Ecological Society of America Human Ecology Section; invited member of Collaborated Modeling for Decision Support online discussion group; invited member of ResearchGate workgroup; participated in Maryland Ornithological Society Annual Conference; participated in scientific field trip in Cape May, N.J.


Cindy Horton, Shirley Garbin, Coordinated and facilitated an interprofessional learning experience with physician assistant students from Arcadia University.


Our Faculty

Cecil College faculty bring the classroom to life and life to the classroom. Students benefit from relationships with instructors who know them well and provide hands-on opportunities that enrich the Cecil learning experience.

Meet our expert faculty and see why our students are so successful in the classroom.

J. Andrew Dickenson
Associate Professor of Performing Arts/Music

"Teaching is something I fell into by a happy accident. After graduating from college, a colleague asked me to substitute for him, and I enjoyed it so much that I continued to pursue additional teaching opportunities. I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I do. It’s extremely rewarding to be in the classroom and to be a part of a student’s development.

I have the opportunity to be involved with most of the music students throughout their entire tenure at Cecil. Over the course of the program, I get to see their progress and growth as both musicians and people. I am constantly inspired by my students. They have a genuine passion for music, and I will often find myself engaged in very sophisticated conversations with them.

Each student at Cecil comes from a different background. They arrive here at various levels and with many different musical interests. In the music world, there is no single road to success, but we can help our students find the path that is right for them."


Veronica Dougherty
Professor of Biology, Science Department Chair

"I've taught at institutions large and small all over the country, including the University of Connecticut, the University of Arizona, and Seton Hall. But I've spent the past 30 years as a biology professor at Cecil College because I like the diversity of students. I have students who are adults returning to the classroom and students who are fresh out of high school. I love what happens when they all come together.

We have small class sizes so we really get to know each other. We joke with one another and everyone helps each other out. I see students go from being unsure and insecure to becoming confident and successful. That's the prize.

I tell students they're just opening the door to their future. I encourage them to continue their studies at a four-year institution. For many, that's the first time they've been told they can succeed in college.

Cecil does provide a very supportive environment for students, from their advisors to the free services we offer, such as our writing and math labs, and peer tutoring.

Cecil truly opens doors and allows students to express themselves and their potential."


Patricia D. Richardson
Instructor of Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking

"When I was 14 years old, my dance teacher let me start working with the young dancers at the studio and I found out right away that I liked teaching and sharing knowledge with others. I previously worked at public high schools in more urban areas before coming to Cecil more than 20 years ago.

Looking to raise our children in a suburban location, my husband and I moved our family here from Staten Island, N.Y. and I began my Cecil College career by choreographing for the Covered Bridge Theatre. This position led to adjunct teaching, which then led to full-time employment.

Whether you are a prospective or current student, I advise you to be serious about college even though we may be just a few miles from your home and are not a large university. The opportunities here will prove valuable for those who take advantage of all that we offer.

I really like the location of Cecil with its rural flavor. We have a lovely campus with a welcoming atmosphere and provide quality education to students of all ages."


Cynthia Horton
Professor of Nursing

"I had always loved teaching but couldn't get a full-time physical education job in New Jersey. I started running on a rescue squad and loved it, so I moved back home to enroll at Widener University to become a nurse. I then spent a few years in emergency nursing before coming to Cecil in 1994.

I love coming to work because the faculty and leadership have a genuine care and concern for the students. The small class sizes and personal nature of faculty advisement enable us to provide a level of one-on-one support that most public four-year institutions can't offer. If you feel your needs are not being met, just ask someone for help.

I have stayed at Cecil for a long time because I have always been encouraged to develop myself professionally. There is a very collegial environment in the nursing program, which has grown through the years and does a great job of keeping current, even with the larger colleges."


Joseph Kupresanin
Professor of Mathematics

"My decision to come to Cecil was greatly influenced by the members of the math department who were very welcoming during my interview and seemed like they would be great to work with. I made the right choice as I have found myself to be supported with technology, funding for professional development, and by the people who work hard every day behind the scenes.

I have taught at several other colleges, including The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, and the University of Akron. The biggest difference between those schools and Cecil is that the student population here is extremely diverse in life experiences, ability and motivation for attending.

The instructors here want you to succeed, but you must take responsibility for your learning. While Cecil College is certainly a great place to enrich your life, it's only what you make of it. You need to be proactive in your education and ask for help when an honest effort isn't cutting it. When the results are lower than expected, you should think about what you can change to do better next time."


Lauren Vanni
Professor of Art

Lauren received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. She studied at Arcadia University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Education in Art Education, and a teaching certificate in Art Education. She taught art at several locations including the University of Delaware, Dover High School in Delaware and Cheltenham Art Center in Pennsylvania. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Cecil College.

Her work has been exhibited at the Biggs Museum in Dover, DE, The Palette & The Page in Elkton, MD, the Marlboro Gallery in Largo, MD, the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia, PA, the LSU School of Art Gallery in Baton Rouge, LA, the Louisville Stoneware Gallery in Louisville, KY, the 919 Gallery in Wilmington, DE, The Brooklyn Artists Gym in Brooklyn, NY and Art Forms Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. She has work in a permanent collection at the Brown Forman Distillery in Louisville, KY.


Candace Vogelsong
Assistant Professor of Business

"I have been known to say that it would take dynamite to blow me away from teaching at Cecil College. I love the campus, the students and the overall college environment.

I grew up in North East and am amazed with how the college has grown over the years. The infrastructure has been enhanced to the point that it is almost unrecognizable from what I remember it being.

I became a professor because I wanted to inspire students to have a love for business and entrepreneurship like I do. I advise you to take advantage of every opportunity that we have to offer. Cecil College loves it students."