September was an unforgettable month for Jennifer Martin. She became associate professor and started a community college fellowship program at Princeton University.
“To be honest, I’ve always had a little ‘Ivy envy,’ so going to a school like Princeton has been a dream of mine,” said Jennifer, who joined the Salem Community College faculty in 2012.
On Sept. 13, she started her first class -- POL 327: Mass Media, Social Media, and American Politics – taught by Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs Andrew Guess.
“I'm really excited to take this course because I am sure it will give me plenty of inspiration for research and writing prompts for my English Composition students,” she said.
“We are very fortunate to be within a short drive to such a prestigious university and I am really, really thankful for this opportunity,” said Jennifer, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Scranton, and master’s degrees in adult education from Rutgers University and writing from Rowan University. She also earned a certificate in postsecondary literacy instruction from the University of Cincinnati.
The Community College Faculty Program (CCFP) enables New Jersey community college faculty members and administrators to undertake advanced study, according to the CCFP webpage. The program provides professional development opportunities to help meet the needs of current teaching assignments and prepare for future courses. Participants may audit up to two courses per semester in their own discipline or a related field.
“When I first heard about the fellowship program, it was at least six years ago and, at the time, Princeton required at least eight years of full-time teaching in a community college in order to apply for the program,” she recalled.
“Since I didn’t yet have that amount experience, I just always kept the program in the back of my mind. This year (my ninth year teaching full-time) seemed like the perfect time to pursue this awesome opportunity,” Jennifer continued. “Ken Robell [Dean of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer] and Kevin Catalfamo [Vice President/Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services] were both supportive of my application.”
In addition to her developmental course load, Jennifer regularly teaches first-year composition and speech communication courses, business writing and American literature. Her scholarly interests revolve around helping underprepared students thrive in academia. She serves on the advisory board for the New Jersey Council of County College’s Center for Student Success and the board for Tri-County Literacy Volunteers, part of Gateway Community Action Partnership in Bridgeton.