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Prof. Talks

Welcome to Prof Talks, an interdisciplinary interactive interview series at MCCC featuring diverse professionals from a wide array of fields.  The purpose of this series is to enrich MCCC students with the experiences of these individuals, giving our students new insights into academic journeys and career paths. This is a special project led by Dr. Stephanie Nnadi and Amanda M. Leftwich, M.S.L.S. Contact Dr. Stephanie Nnadi ( or Amanda M. Leftwich ( for more information. 

Guest Talk Speakers

Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D. is the Dean of Liberal Arts at Montgomery County Community College (PA) where he oversees 15 departments that span the arts & humanities and social sciences. Dr. Brown is a rhetorical scholar whose research, teaching and consulting focus on the intersection of culture, communication, and identity. During his career, he has written over 20 publications and has made over 80 conference presentations. Dr. Brown’s latest work is his book, No One Cheers for Goliath which chronicles the obstacles overcome and the leadership lessons learned from his journey as a first-generation African American college student to academic dean. As the son of a steel worker, his path took him from the small steel mill town of Coatesville, Pennsylvania through his improbable ascension into leadership positions in higher education which included chairing the department of Communication Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania for ten years and serving as Dean of the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte for three years. On the national level, Dr. Brown has been a motivational speaker and workshop presenter on leadership skills for the Federal Government’s Leadership Assessment Program and he served on the National Communication Association’s Learning Outcome’s in Communication Project that created student learning outcomes for the discipline of Communication Studies. Among his many honors includes being named a Drum Major for Justice by WCU’s Frederick Douglass Society and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow and a Distinguished Research Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Ohio University.

Friday, February 18, 2022, at 12:00pm

Dr. Gloria Oikelome currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Montgomery County Community College. Over her 18-year career in higher education, she has focused on building innovative STEM and health science programming and curriculum, while helping students discover their passions and advance their careers in the sciences. Gloria is a committed educator with experience in academic leadership roles at Reading Area Community College, Lincoln University, and the University of York (Hull York Medical School) in the United Kingdom. She also has extensive experience in the classroom, teaching biology, microbiology, nutrition, and biomedicine. She credits committed faculty who helped her see potential in herself during her college experience as a driving force in her decision to pursue a career in higher education. Gloria earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Bethel University, a Master of Science in cell & molecular biology/science education from Long Island University, a post-graduate certificate in program & institutional assessment and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration, both from Immaculata University. In her spare time, she serves as a STEM ambassador for various organizations working to engage and mentor young women and underrepresented minorities in the sciences. She enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She loves visiting family around the globe and frequently travels as part of mission trips and projects focused on education, advocacy and empowerment for youth and women in developing nations.

Friday, March 25, 2022, at 12:00pm

Dr. Hector Mera is an adjunct professor of mathematics at Montgomery County Community College, where he also served as a Diversity Fellow in Mathematics and as Academic Advisor. Hector holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of York and held research positions at various universities and research centers, including University of Delaware in the US, Aalborg, and Copenhagen Universities (Denmark), and the Atomic Energy Commission in Grenoble (France). Hector's pedagogical style combines elements of the traditional math pedagogy with modern computational cloud-based tools and embraces the use of open source and creative common licensed materials which are free for the student. Hector aims at creating learning materials and mathematical experiences that are technologically forward, adaptive, and socially and culturally relevant.

Friday, April 22, 2022, at 12:00pm


Workshop Series

Join us for interactive and collaborative workshops to further learning this semester. Workshops will feature specialized topics as such learning about consumer health information, primary sources, and how to use library resources. All link listed below. Please contact for more information, Amanda M. Leftwich ( 

Requesting Items from the Libraries

“Need to request an item from the libraries, but not sure where to start? Learn more about requesting items to start your research.” 

Instructor: Amanda M. Leftwich

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 12:00pm

Health Information Tools That Won’t Make You Sick of Searching! 

“Whether you are searching for health information for yourself or others, you can find clear information based on the best science available – no M.D. required.”  

Instructor: Kevin Strunk

Date & Time: Monday, March 7, 2022 at 12pm

Course Guides

“Learn about course guides and how they’ll be useful for your research.” 

Instructor: Amanda M. Leftwich

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 12:00pm