Teachers, performers, artists, scientists, professionals, mentors, and scholars—our faculty make MMC great.
Our professors guide students in the studio, mentor them in research, help them land amazing internships, and prepare them for graduate study and careers. They are as accomplished in their own careers as they are in the classroom, performing, presenting, and publishing their own work regularly.
Peter Schaefer joined the full-time faculty of Marymount Manhattan College in 2008 after receiving his PhD from The University of Iowa. He is Communication and Media Arts department chair, and the coordinator of the Journalism program. He teaches communication and media studies classes from critical-cultural and historical perspectives. Some recent courses he’s taught include the Cultural History of Media, Music as Media, and the Capstone in Communication Arts. His latest research explores the use of language to frame new media within political and historical contexts.
Anthony Ferro is known internationally as a passionate and motivational dance instructor. Here at MMC, he encourages each student to embrace the information outlined in their liberal arts studies so that they may transform those experiences into a deepened artistic expression. Professor Ferro’s career spans over forty years in the fields of classical ballet and modern dance, theatre, opera, film and video.
His solo credits include the companies of Twyla Tharp, Louis Falco, Dennis Wayne, Kazuko Hirabiyashi as well as The Metropolitan Opera and The Atlanta Ballet. Artistic Director to the companies of Dance South, Atlanta, and Ballet Midland, Texas, he founded the Dance Department for the Fine Arts Division of Midland College. Professor Ferro also served as resident choreographer for Theatre Thalia and taught at the Balett Akademien in Gothenburg, Sweden (1989-1996).
He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont, and a BA in Dance from MMC, where he has been a faculty member since 1997. Professor Ferro began his concert dance training with instructor Patricia Heigel-Tanner at Pennsylvania State University and later joined The Juilliard School’s Dance Division under the tutelage of Alfredo Corvino, Hector Zaraspe and Daniel Lewis. His extensive contributions to community-based outreach programs earned him awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cheryl Paradis earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University. She teaches a range of courses at Marymount Manhattan College that include General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Community Psychology, Introduction to Forensic Psychology and Advanced Forensic Psychology. She teaches several interdisciplinary courses for the shared curriculum including Great Trials of the Century, The Criminal Mind, and Perspectives on the Holocaust and Genocide.
Dr. Paradis has approximately twenty years’ experience evaluating and treating individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses in inpatient hospital settings. She is trained in cognitive behavioral treatment and has worked with individuals with anxiety disorders in outpatient settings. She is also trained in psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological testing. She has evaluated individuals with brain damage and dysfunction in psychiatric, medical, and forensic settings.
Dr. Paradis has conducted research in the areas of forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and cross-cultural issues. She has published in journals such as Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry, Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Journalof Offender Rehabilitation. She has also co-authored chapters on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. In 2010 she published a forensic casebook entitled The Measure of Madness: Inside the Disturbed and Disturbing Criminal Mind.