Northern Marianas College has successfully recruited a new chairperson for its business department while six other faculty members joined institution beginning this new semester.
NMC dean of academic programs and services Barbara Merfalen disclosed in a statement yesterday that all these new hires have extensive professional backgrounds and strong educational credentials who will make excellent additions to an already dynamic team of instructors at NMC.
The institution has named Chavel Green as its new business department head where she will manage the department's programs and resources. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Technology in Jamaica and her master's degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Green is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in business administration through the University of Phoenix's online program. Prior to becoming chair of the NMC business department, Green served as the head of the Business and Finance Department at the University College of the Caribbean and had also taught as an adjunct faculty at the Vocational Training Development Institute and the International University of the Caribbean. Green replaces Dr. John Griffin after the former retired last year.
Among the new additions to the NMC faculty this semester include Barbara Hunter who has been named an instructor in the business department. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and her master's degree in education from San Diego State University. Prior to becoming a full-time business instructor, Hunter worked as the acting human resource manager at NMC and also taught several educational and business-related courses.
Roland Merar has been named the rehabilitation and human services instructor at the School of Education. He earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education and physical education from the University of Guam and his master's degree in educational leadership from San Diego State University. Prior to joining the School of Education, Merar had taught classes as an instructor at the college's Sciences, Math, Health and Athletics Department.
NMC also named Cynthia Deleon Guerrero as the early childhood education instructor at the School of Education. Deleon Guerrero earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from NMC and her master's degree from Framingham State College. Prior to becoming an instructor at the School of Education, she had served as the College's Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) director and the School of Education director. Deleon Guerrero also worked as a vice principal, counselor, and teacher for the CNMI Public School System.
Alexander Nikolaychuk has been named as a math instructor in the Sciences, Math, Health and Athletics Department. He had earned his bachelor's and master's degrees-both in mathematics-from Portland State University. Prior to joining NMC, Nikolaychuk worked as a math instructor at the College of the Marshall Islands, Windward Community College in Hawaii, and at the Los Angeles Mission College. He had also taught as an adjunct instructor at Woodbury University and at the College of the Canyons.
Eugene Foels joined NMC earlier this year as an instructor in the Social Sciences Department. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Houston and his master's degree in American History from State University of New York. Before joining NMC, Foels taught at South Fort Myers High School in Florida and North Tonawanda High School in New York.
The college also recently named Richard Waldo as a business and accounting instructor at the Business Department. Waldo earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and his master's degree in business administration from the University of California Los Angeles. Waldo had worked as an NMC adjunct instructor for several years, having taught accounting, economics, and other courses. Most recently, he worked as the Public School System's director of finance.
NMC, in a statement yesterday, said it is completing the hiring for other positions at the college and will be naming new faculty members in the next several days.
“This is very exciting for the college. Our new faculty members all have extensive professional backgrounds and strong educational credentials and will make excellent additions to an already dynamic team of instructors at NMC,” said Merfalen.
The college's hiring procedures involve the participation of staff and faculty during the interview process for vacant positions. An interview committee, usually composed of three college employees, screens the applicants and then makes a recommendation to the division head. For instructor positions, Merfalen, as the dean of Academic Programs and Services, is the final hiring authority and is responsible for the ultimate selection of any applicant.