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Faculty Senate


Kelli Goodkowsky, M.Ed., HT (ASCP), President

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Kelli Goodkowsky, the Program Director for Histologic Science, has been with Goodwin College since November 2012. Previously the Supervisor for Histology and Cytology at Holyoke Medical Center, Kelli brings over 25 years of experience supervising surgical pathology laboratories, with a focus on providing superior care of all patient specimens. She was an active member of the Medical Center's Environment of Care Committee, a member of the Laboratory’s College of American Pathologist’s (CAP) Inspection Team and the Laboratory Safety Officer. She is active in the Connecticut Society for Histotechnology and co-presented at the Region 1 Meeting for Histotechnology on “Leading in Healthcare Environments” and at the CT Society's Spring Conference co-presenting “Bug-Eyed: The Histology/Microbiology Relationship.” She currently sits on the Educator’s Task Force for the National Society for Histotechnology.

Kelli maintains, “Professionalism, honesty, and communication are integral to a productive and committed team approach. Having worked in the hospital setting for most of my career, I bring to my students an understanding of the culture of health care and an understanding of the importance of accountability and reliability.” She stresses that, no matter what stage in life we are in, there is always room for growth and for education. Kelli’s personal philosophy is: “There is no finish line.”

Duties of the President are as follows:

  1. Presides at meetings of the Faculty Senate
  2. Sets times and location of Faculty Senate meetings
  3. Opens meetings of the Faculty Senate at the time for which they are called
  4. Recognizes members entitled to have the floor
  5. States and puts to a vote all questions regularly moved and announces the result of the vote; or, if a motion is out of order, rules it out of order.
  6. Reports on approved motions to the college community and Board of Trustees as needed.
  7. Sits on the Board of Trustees as a voting member as the representative of the faculty.
  8. Accepts responsibility for communicating to, and acting as the representative of the faculty, to any necessary college officials, including the Faculty and Staff Forum, about the concerns of the Senate.
  9. Enforces good decorum
  10. Has the authority to set time limits on reports and debates. Any Senate member can, however, motion for more time with the approval of the voting membership present.

Phillip J. Fox, Ph.D., Vice President

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Dr. Fox has been teaching English for 15 years. For the last five years at Goodwin College, he has primarily taught first-year composition and developmental English courses. Prior to Goodwin, he taught English at a variety of colleges and places, serving in positions from the primary business writing instructor at the Niantic Women’s Prison to the writing certificate supervisor at Electric Boat. Before teaching, Dr. Fox spent more than five years working in Information Technology, including supervising desktop support for Computer Science Corporation.

Dr. Fox received his bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, his master’s degree from National University, and his doctorate from Touro College International. He has published two books. One book is a textbook, co-authored with colleagues at Goodwin College: Discover the Writer in You. The other book is a critical look at the history of Ralph Waldo Emerson and life in Concord, MA: A Majority of One: A New Historicist Reading of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Circles.” Dr. Fox is currently working on a second edition of Discover the Writer in You and original research into students’ writing experiences and how they affect college entrance and first-year success.

Dr. Fox is also an active member of Goodwin’s college community. He is the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach — Go Navigators! — and he regularly tutors Hartford Yardgoats’ players through a college program. Dr. Fox says, "There’s a real sense of community here at Goodwin. People smile, people laugh, and we’re really doing things that help other people. I love coaching and teaching at Goodwin."

Randy Laist, Ph.D., Secretary

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Randy has been teaching English in one form or another for more than 20 years. Over the course of his career, he has taught elementary school, middle school, high school, and college students, and this variety of experience has provided him with a rich perspective regarding the differences and similarities among the various stages of a person’s educational journey, as well as the manner in which these stages all fit together into a coherent picture. Working with the diverse student body at Goodwin College has given him daily opportunities to translate this experience into practical strategies for addressing the needs of different kinds of learners, and, every day, his own understanding of what it means to be an educated person is challenged and deepened by his students’ commitment, creativity, and passion.

Randy received his bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and his doctorate all from the University of Connecticut. He has published two books, Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and Cinema of Simulation: Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 90s, and edited two collections of essays: Looking for Lost: Critical Perspectives on the Enigmatic Series and Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies. He has published dozens of articles on literature, film, culture, and teaching, and has presented papers at scores of academic conferences. He is motivated by his conviction that writing is a powerful tool for understanding the times we live in, discovering our own potential, and changing the world. He aspires to communicate to his English students the same passion for writing that has played such an important role in his own life.