Current Faculty

Victoria Bampoh
Faculty in Chemistry 
BSc, MPhil, University of Cape Coast; MS, PhD, Syracuse University
Dr. Bampoh was born in Ghana West Africa, where she had her basic education and received a Master’s degree in Chemistry. In 2006, she obtained a scholarship—with a teaching assistantship—to pursue a PhD in Chemistry at Syracuse University, New York. She then relocated to the United States of America to start the PhD program. By 2012, she had completed her doctoral degree and was employed as a lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Rochester. She was involved in innovative teaching and learning research at Rochester for four years and then she moved to Maryland. She joined the teaching staff at Bard High School Early College in August 2016. She says that working at BHSEC Baltimore has challenged and improved her ability to vary the level of difficulty in each class, based on the potential and special needs of each student. Besides teaching, she loves to take care of her garden, travel, attend church, play the piano and sing Christian songs with her husband, Bismark, and son, Benard.

Aaron Bashline
Faculty in Social Studies
BA, Millersville University

Christopher Batten
Faculty in Visual Arts
BFA, College for Creative Studies; MFA, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting
Christopher Batten is a Baltimore based painter and art educator.  He holds a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies and an MFA in Painting from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting (Maryland Institute College of Art).
Christopher is currently an Artist in Residence at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ronnie Brown
Faculty in Mathematics 
BS, Morgan State University; MS, Johns Hopkins University
Native of Baltimore, Maryland. Elementary and secondary education was through Baltimore City public school system. Attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute for high school. Then, moved on to Morgan State University to obtain Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Later obtained Master of Science degree in Environmental Science & Policy from The Johns Hopkins University. Currently ABD at Morgan State University for Doctor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering with hopes to graduate in the spring of 2019. Research interests are 1) S.T.E.M. Education; 2) Engineering pipeline creation from secondary to college; 3) Creating an anti-deficit model for African American males in STEM areas;  4) Inquiry based learning in math, science, and engineering; 5) Applied mathematics and statistics in business, transportation, and healthcare.

Helene Coccagna
Faculty in Literature
BA, Bryn Mawr College; PhD, The Johns Hopkins University

Saul Cohen
Faculty in History
BA, Queens College, CUNY; JD, Northeastern University School of Law

Zachary L. Colonius
Faculty in Mathematics
BA, MA, Washington University, St. Louis; MEd candidate, Johns Hopkins University

Benjamin Craig
Assistant Dean of Academic Life; Faculty in Literature
BA, Sonoma State University; MA, Texas A&M University; PhD, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Matt Croson
Dean of Studies; Faculty in History
BA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Design, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

Anna Cruz
Faculty in Literature
AB, Dartmouth College; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkley

Nathaniel Doherty
Faculty in Literature
BA, Vassar College; MA, University College Dublin; PhD, SUNY Stony Brook

Arya Espahbodi
Faculty in Mathematics
BA, BS, College of William and Mary; MEd, Lesley University

Matthew Flaherty
Faculty in Literature
BA, University of Minnesota; PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Flaherty came to Bard after graduating with a PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. He is currently at work on a book manuscript titled, Many-Sided Lives: Liberal Judgment and the Realist Novel, which argues that Victorian novelists used secondary characters to help readers appreciate the merit of conflicting opinions.
Publication links:
A Canon for Postcritical Literary Studies [forthcoming, link not yet available]
Post-Critical Reading and the New Hegelianism
Henry James at the Ethical Turn

Francesca Gamber
Principal; Faculty in History
BA, Harvard University; PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Elisabeth Gambino 
Faculty in Visual Arts 
BA, Hampshire College; MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Professional Teaching Certificate, Johns Hopkins University
She has previously taught Drawing and Painting, Art and Anatomy, and Isssues in Contemporary ARt at Bard as well as serving as a mentor teacher 2015-2018 and Bard Early College Fellow 2016-2018. She is away from Bard this year conducting sabbatical research on art and exploration. She is currently en route to Quito, participating in a group Fulbright project: Ecuador, Culture and Biodiversity, which will be published on National Geographic’s Open Explorer platform. She will be training teachers in arts integration technique at Coppin State in August for Maryland Center for Creative Classrooms.  She will be participating in a related curriculum development project on biodiversity in Madagascar in September, and will return to the studio for art and writing time before participating in artistic research in yet-to-be-determined locations this spring.  Possible digital storytelling curriculum project with explorer Felipe DeAndrade and teachers in Costa Rica as well but still in planning stages. Likely to be offline when travelling to remote locations in Ecuador and Madagascar.
Teachpeaceblog.wordpress.com / Landandstory.wordpress.com / @landandstory / www.elisabethgambino.com

Kenneth Jarrett Goisovich
Physical Education & Health Teacher, Basketball and Volleyball coach, and Athletic Director
BA, Kutztown University; MS, Johns Hopkins University

David Guba
Faculty in History
BA, Bucknell University; MA, Villanova University; PhD, Temple University

Sean Kennedy
Faculty in History
BA, MA, Washington College

Richard Kurker
Faculty in Biology
BS, Providence College; PhD, University of Notre Dame
(Dr.) Richard Kurker, Jr., is a biochemist who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Writing Minor from Providence College (Liberal Arts Honors Program) in Providence, RI. He earned his doctorate in Biochemistry with a specialization in protein biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, working with the bacterial oxygen-producing protein chlorite dismutase. Since completing his terminal degree, he has taught chemistry, biology, and graduate biochemistry at Manchester Community College, Quinnipiac University, and the University of Baltimore. He has also tutored online in chemistry and writing, as well as at a high school in the English Language Learner (ELL) program. In addition, he completed a postdoc at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), working on the virology and vaccine development of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV).

Thomas Lavelle
Faculty in Chinese
BS, Point Park College; MFA, Staffordshire University; Post-Baccalaureate Certification, University of Maryland, College Park

Daniel Levine
Faculty in History
BA, McGill University; MPP, University of Maryland, College Park; PhD, Georgetown University

Xinxuan Li
Faculty in Mathematics
BS, BMS, Taiyuan University of Technology; MS, University of West Florida; PhD candidate, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Felicia McCray
Adjunct Faculty in Social Studies
BA, Spelman College; MPP, Harvard University

Andrew McKelvy
Faculty in Spanish Language and Literature
BA, Grove City College; MA, Kent State University; PhD, American University
I started teaching at Bard in 2016, but I have been interested in languages and government since I was a kid in the 1990s. This pretty much explains why I teach what I teach: Spanish and political science, the former for 9th graders and the latter for Year 1s and Years 2s. I earned a bachelor’s degree in both subjects (as well as French) from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. I then got a master’s in Spanish translation from Kent State University in Ohio, and, eventually, I finished my Ph.D. in political science from American University in Washington, DC.

Patrick Oray
Assistant Dean of Academic Life; Faculty in Literature
BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA, PhD, University of Iowa
Dr. Patrick Brenus Oray, Jr., received his B.A. in English from the University of Illinois (1995) and his PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa (2013). As Faculty in Literature at BHSEC–Baltimore, Dr. Oray teaches Literature of the Americas (9th Grade), First Year Seminar (Year 1) and an elective course on Theories of Social Justice and Civic Engagement. In past years he has also taught electives in play writing and historical fiction. 

Laura M. Quijano
Faculty in Spanish 
BA, University of Mary Washington; MA, University of Maryland, College Park

Jake Schmitt
Special Educator
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design; MEd, Towson University

Tariq Shaheed
Faculty in Mathematics
BA, MAT, Morgan State University

Matthew Woodle
Faculty in Technology and Design
BA, Savannah College of Art and Design; AAS, ITT Technical Institute; MA, Savannah College of Art and Design

Richard Zarou
Faculty in Music
BA, Shenandoah University; MA, PhD, Florida State University
Richard Zarou, a native of Centreville, Virginia, is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music and the Instructor of Music at Bard High School Early College.  His education includes Doctoral and Master’s degrees in composition and theory from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in composition from Shenandoah University.  His works have been performed at festivals such as Electronic Music Midwest, The Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, The Imagine2 Electro-Acoustic Festival, The College Music Society National Conference and international in the Czech Republic and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the United Kingdom.  His awards include the New Music @ East Carolina University Competition in 2002 for Fragile Wraths and again in 2003 for Upon a Child.  A lullaby for women’s chorus, Upon a Child has been performed frequently since its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2002.  In 2005, The Smell of Wet Dogs After a Summertime Rain, for bass trombone and CD, was commissioned by Aaron Misenheimer who performed the composition at thirteen universities and recorded the piece as the title work for a commercial CD.  Zarou has also composed the music for 12 films including the feature-length documentary Breaking the Silence: Torture Survivors Speak Out.  Currently, Zarou is the host of the weekly podcast No Extra Notes which features up-and-coming composers. www.richardzarou.com

Hira Zeb
Faculty in Political Science