Teachers, performers, artists, scientists, professionals, mentors, and scholars—our faculty make MMC great.

Our professors guide students in the studio, mentor them in research, help them land amazing internships, and prepare them for graduate study and careers. They are as accomplished in their own careers as they are in the classroom, performing, presenting, and publishing their own work regularly.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Corey Jay Liberman

    Corey Liberman studies the role of communication in interpersonal, small group, and organizational relationships, paying particular attention to strategies used by social actors as they attempt to persuade others. He is also interested in how social networks come to influence the attitudes and behaviors of those part of them and how similarity is both a prerequisite for, and outcome of, relationships. He routinely teaches Interpersonal Communication (Comm 104), Principles and Theories of Communication (Comm 107), Organizational Communication (Comm 250), Small Group Communication (Comm 258), Communication and Social Networks (Comm 308), and the Capstone in Communication Arts (Comm 450). He is coauthor of Organizational Communication: Strategies for Success (2nd Edition) and he is editor of Casing Persuasive Communication, to be published in September of 2013.  

  • Judith Hanks

    Dr. Hanks holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the City University of New York. Her research focuses on the evolutionary relationships among fern taxa from both a morphological and photochemical standpoint. Currently Dr. Hanks is engaged in research at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) where she maintains an Honorary Research Associate appointment in the Institute of Systematic Botany. Dr. Hanks uses scanning electron microscopy to elucidate the microarchitecture of fern spores and applies the information in the phylogenetic analysis of this important group of plants. Her work can be seen on www.plantsystematics.org website (type in keyword spores). At NYBG she has also worked on projects examining species diversity in the coastal forests of Brazil and the isolation of novel phytochemicals from various plant species.

    Prior to joining the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics at Marymount Manhattan, Dr. Hanks held an assistant professorship in the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at New York Institute of Technology. Her years of teaching at NYIT and microbiological background from grant supported research in marine microbial ecology led to her current interests in the isolation, elucidation, and potential use of phytochemicals as antimicrobial agents. The microorganisms investigated include medically important opportunists of the human body.

    Dr. Hanks teaches the general education courses Plagues and Humankind, Human Biology, and HIV/AIDS, in addition to the Biology major courses General Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, and Ecology.

  • Julie Huntington

    Julie Huntington earned her Ph.D. in French from Vanderbilt University. Her teaching and research interests focus on exploring questions of language, identity, voice and representation in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Francophone literature and film.

    Her first book Sounding Off: Rhythm, Music and Identity in West African and Caribbean Francophone Novels examines how writers create sounding spaces in their novels and, in so doing, open up spaces for identity appropriation, negotiation, and configuration that lie beyond the confines of Western identificatory paradigms. She is currently working on her second book, Pestles, Pots and Poetry: Recipes as Rhetoric in Contemporary African Fiction. In the book, she explores what happens when the oral and instrumental traditions associated with meal preparation are translated and transcribed in literary formats. She also works on projects in foreign language pedagogy, placing particular emphasis on evaluating strategies for teaching literature and promoting intercultural awareness at all levels of foreign language teaching.