Faculty & Courses
Introduction to Sociology
This course examines the nature of sociology and ways in which sociologists go about their work. Students will examine sociology as a distinctive perspective on human behavior and the links between personal experience and wider social forces while covering the main fields of the discipline.
The class is taught by Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Sarah Whiteford, who has been with Hartwick since 2010. Originally from Western Kentucky, Whiteford received her B.S. in sociology and B.A. in psychology from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN. She went on to receive a master's degree in Social Science Research from Florida State University in 2003 before beginning her doctoral work at the University of Tennessee. Though she has been teaching sociology for eight years, her personal research interests lie in the areas of criminology, and she is the coordinator of Hartwick's criminal justice minor.
Introduction to College Composition
In Introduction to College Composition, students will gain experience writing in the major rhetorical modes, including description, argument, comparison and contrast, and research. Emphasis will be placed on revision as students work closely with tutors and the instructor to improve the content, grammar, and style of their work. Students will also gain experience reading and interpreting a variety of texts and learn strategies for participating in college-level discussions.
The class is taught by Carolyn Cooper, who has taught reading and writing at the secondary and college level for 15 years. She has a B.A. from Middlebury College and a master's degree in education from Harvard University.
SOAR 101 is a course that supports academic and personal transition from high school to college. SOAR 101 classes focus on topics critical to becoming a master student who thrives in the college environment. These include independent thinking and problem-solving skills, decision making, academic learning strategies, personal and social responsibility, academic and career planning, as well as the fundamental college success skills of communication, personal assessment, and library research methods.
Robin A. Diana, Dean of Student Success
Robin Diana brings 28 years of higher education experience to her role as Dean of the Center for Student Success. She obtained her B.S. in Communications from SUNY-Brockport and her master's degree in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College.
Jennifer Marciniak, Coordinator of Learning Support Services and Director of the SOAR Program
Jennifer Marciniak is an academic support specialist. As Hartwick's Coordinator of Learning Support Services, she works individually with SOAR students to ensure the development of academic success skills. Her B.S. in Elementary Education is from the College of Saint Rose. She obtained her master's degree as a Reading Specialist from The State University of New York at Albany. She is currently working toward her master's certification in Special Education from the College of Saint Rose.