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The tragic shooting in Oregon serves as a sobering reminder that safety and security is both our individual and collective responsibility, and each of us contributes in important ways.

Over the weekend, the FBI and ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) notified all area colleges and universities of social media posts directing threats of violence at an institution of higher learning near Philadelphia on Monday, October 5. While there is no threat against a specific college or university, the advisory reminds us we must vigorously monitor our surroundings and work together to keep the city safe.

The College’s Department of Safety and Security has increased security and is working with the Philadelphia Police Department to increase patrols on the College’s Main Campus and the West, Northwest and Northeast Regional Centers.

Please report suspicious activity to security at (215)751-8111 or call extension 5555 from a College phone. Call 911 to report any active threat to law enforcement.

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.

Sarah Iepson

Sarah 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.

Andres Martin

Andres Marin

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. 

Craig Stimel

Craig Strimel

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.”

Ralph Faris

Dr. Ralph Faris

Sociology, Professor

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.