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.
English, Assistant Professor
When Tara Timberman started teaching English at the College in 2008, she became determined to help give students here a much-needed second chance to earn an education and change their lives. In 2010, she founded the Reentry Support Project, a campus-based initiative aimed at helping adults with criminal records to succeed in higher education. The Reentry Support Project provides post-secondary programs, services and resources that offer support to adults with criminal records, while preparing them to meet their educational goals and contributing to their communities.
History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Associate Professor and Department Head
Osvil Acosta-Morales leads by strong actions and peaceful words, such as the time he approached the leader of an extremist religious group on campus with an offer to attend a seminar Acosta-Morales was teaching, called “Religious Tolerance is not a Virtue.” While the extremist didn’t attend the lecture, Acosta-Morales used the approach as a teaching moment for his students, showing them that they didn’t have to stay silent and that there were other ways to engage without getting angry. Acosta-Morales is a champion of student success, and his dedication was recognized last year when he was named the 2017 recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
Berna Dike-Anyiam, Ph.D.
Computer Information Systems, Assistant Professor
When Dr. Dike-Anyiam saw the opportunity to combine service learning with real-world experience for her students, she created the “Don’t Be Afraid of That Computer” program. Held at the College, the program provides workshops where CIS students teach basic computer skills to members of the community, helping them improve their computer literacy for free. In return, students get the chance to lead sessions and provide one-on-one assistance to participants. They also gain troubleshooting skills and tutoring experience.
Ji Gao, Ph.D.
Dr. Gao, a renowned mathematics researcher and writer, has been teaching at the College since 1990. With five degrees in mathematics, including a masters and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Gao could have gone anywhere to teach. He’s remained at Community College of Philadelphia all these years because of the students here, and the opportunity to enact real change in their lives. In 1997, Gao completed his associate degree in Music at the College, earning him the rare distinction of being both a professor and an alumnus. He received the Lindback Award for Distinguished teaching in 2001.