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FM Brings Two New Faculty On-Campus

Posted: September 19, 2011 — Fulton-Montgomery Community College has added two new full-time faculty members to their teaching roster this semester; History Instructor Ted Marotta and Psychology Instructor John van Bladel.

Ted Marotta was born in Amsterdam, New York and grew up in East Greenbush.  Ted was an internationally-touring musician from 1993 to 2001, when his passion for history lured him away from the road.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in History from the University at Albany.  Before joining the full-time faculty at FM in September 2011, Ted taught as an adjunct instructor for several years at a number of colleges, including Siena College and Hudson Valley Community College.  He is currently working on his PhD, and is writing his doctoral dissertation about the controversy surrounding Thomas Paine’s religious writings, which he hopes to complete by Fall 2012.

John van Bladel, a resident of Delanson, New York, has been an adjunct instructor of Psychology at FM since 1999 and now serves in this position as full-time.  He also is an active consultant providing education, training, consultation, and supervision on selected topics including Motivational Interviewing, Meditation, Working with Trauma, Health Behavior Change, and Stress Management to name a few.  His professional career has been dedicated to working with people with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and chemical dependency.  John also works in the horticultural field, which he tells us, is another move toward an ecological approach by pairing it with health behavior change and living in peace with the environment around us.  John earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.  He went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture-Landscape Development as well as a Bachelor’s Degree of Technology in Plant Science both from SUNY Cobleskill.

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