Our Faculty and You
Faculty members at Community College of Philadelphia are dedicated to giving you real-world experience, knowledge and skills with which to obtain better employment and a better quality of life. Uniquely among other colleges and universities, their main focus is you, their student. Below, meet a tiny sample of our approximately 1,100 full- and part-time faculty whose achievements will inspire you.
Susan Iepson, PhD
Art, Associate Professor and Department Head
For Dr. Iepson, instruction doesn’t stop when class ends. The Professor makes it a point to expose students to the current art world by working with the Student Art Club, organizers of the First Friday art galleries in the city which are open to the public. Under her guidance, students tour a selection of art galleries, then gather over coffee and refreshments to share perspectives on the work they have seen. In addition, Dr. Iepson serves as the faculty advisor to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a position she has held since 2008.
Culinary Arts, Instructor
Andres Marin, a 1996 graduate of the College’s Culinary Arts program, was named the region’s Chef Educator of the Year at the March 10 Annual President’s Ball of the Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chefs, which is the regional chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Marin earned the honor for his personal and instructional achievements as a leader to students seeking culinary careers.
English, Assistant Professor
Assistant professor of English Craig Strimel joined the College in 2008 and serves as assistant chair of the English department and curriculum coordinator for the Communication Studies and Mass Media programs. He teaches Public Speaking, and Group and Team Communication, among other courses. “In teaching these classes I have to mentor students, encouraging them to keep developing their communication competence, and always reminding them it is a lifelong process,” Strimel said. For one course, Strimel requires original research from students, and the results surprise him each time. “I end up learning things from them that I never read or heard before. Our students are brilliant. They just don’t always know it yet.”
Dr. Ralph Faris
Sometimes, students don’t know how much they can achieve until someone demands more from them. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Ralph Faris has been that someone. An award-winning Sociology professor, Dr. Faris loves honing the intellectual prowess of those students in the College’s Liberal Arts Honors program. In addition to teaching, he has served as the program’s curriculum coordinator for 23 years. “I am part of a small group of other Honors faculty who have created a learning community that challenges students to significantly improve their reading, writing and verbal communications in anticipation of their transfer to four-year colleges and universities,” he says.