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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

Chera Watson currently teaches Mass Media Studies and Production courses at Montgomery County Community College and is also the club advisor to Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), and Safe Space Trainer for faculty and students. She also has a background in Video Production and Mass Media as a former content editor for ESPN Networks and the Comcast/NBC Universal Corporations. She has career experience in Technology working on the Facebook and Instagram platforms managing public content. Watson holds a B.A. in Communication from Marist College and a M.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University and is currently and is a doctoral candidate in Mass Media and Communication Studies program. She is passionate about education and advocating for safe spaces in supporting students on their academic journey

Friday, September 30, 2022, at 12:30pm 

Dr. James Bretz, has been the Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) since 2018. Bretz joined MCCC in 2009 as an instructor of Microbiology, and he was promoted to assistant professor in 2013. Bretz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland.

Friday, October 21, 2022, at 12:30pm

Shawn Andre Murray is an Assistant Professor of Tourism & Hospitality Management and Discipline & Program Coordinator Hospitality at Montgomery County Community College. As an author, historian, and storyteller his research interests include diversity & inclusion, hotel operations, destination planning/management, sustainability, and consumer behavior with an emphasis on how corporate businesses can improve the enjoyment of work for employees.

Murray currently serves on the SKAL Philadelphia Board, Philadelphia Convention & Visitor Bureau Diversity Board, and Independence Visitor Center Board along with leading the educational components for the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers annual conference. He's often featured as a speaker at national conferences discussing how inclusive workplaces can improve the lives of all stakeholders. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University, Montgomery County Community College, Gwynedd Mercy University, Villanova University, La Salle University, and Arizona State University. Shawn is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Charleston, West Virginia.

Friday, November 11, 2022, at 12:30pm