Every day our quality professors bring a high-level of practical expertise into the classroom. Through their innovative research, diverse professional experiences, and unique ability to bridge the gap between theoretical ideas and specific concepts, students are well-prepared for their future careers.

In the School of Applied Sciences, Justin Compton, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., recently received full certification from The Wildlife Society, an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship. For more than a decade, Compton participated in a selective, peer-review evaluation to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

Interdisciplinary learning

“My interest in wildlife has changed over the years as I have grown,” he said. “When I was younger, it was all about being in the field and going to wild places, now it’s about being interdisciplinary. I enjoy understanding how my work can play a role in the communities in which I live.”

In the classroom, Compton incorporates his research, blending interdisciplinary instruction with professional preparation. Some courses, such as Biology of Organisms and Ecological issues, naturally lend themselves to classroom learning with real-world experience, while others present more of a challenge. In sharing his field experience with students, Compton stays enthused and excited as a lifelong learner.

Student success & responsibility

“My advice for all students is to pursue what you love,” he concluded. “As an undergraduate, I worked for a professor for three years and, each year, acquired more knowledge and responsibility. Become an expert in your field and always find a way to better yourself.”

In the Applied Forensic Science Program, students combine biology, chemistry, and criminal justice courses to approach crime scene analysis. Our faculty members are renowned forensic scientists who have received awards for their teaching as well as scientific contributions. They provide training in our fully-equipped labs with hands-on personalized instruction from working in forensic investigation. Upon graduation, they prepare you for on-scene work in a wide variety of disciplines from police departments to medical examiners offices to federal agencies.

Unmatched forensic knowledge

Professor James Jabbour, Program Director, M.S., has held many positions as a retired Police Inspector after 30 years in law enforcement. His involvement in cases from crime scene investigation, forensic analysis, recreation, and reconstruction of evidence, has allowed him to bring a multidisciplinary approach to his teaching. Additionally, before coming to our college, he was assigned to the Witness Protection Program and a Computer Crimes Task Force, assisting with cold case investigations, homicides, police shootings and statewide prosecutions.

Leading in the field of forensics

Sharing his knowledge on several national, professional organizations, and task forces, Jabbour presents at specialized seminars and forensic training campus. He is also an Education Commissioner with the American College of Forensic Examiners and Lecturer with the Massachusetts Bio-Education Foundation. In this role, he conducts seminars to high school biotechnology programs about applied forensic science. Media organizations, furthermore, have asked Jabbour to contribute to their forensic science and crime scene documentation, including Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp,” which examines common everyday events and views them again in slow motion to uncover the many principles of physics.

Our faculty members are not only dedicated to teaching, but also actively work in their respective fields as scholars, consultants and writers. In 2012, Robin Matloff, Associate Professor, R.D.H., J.D., was invited by well-known textbook author Jill Nield-Gehrig to contribute to her Seventh Edition of Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root Instrumentation. This highly regarded textbook is considered by instructors as a significant guide in the education of dental hygiene students.

Expertise shines in classroom

Robin Matloff stated, “I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to this Nield-Gehrig textbook as it is one we use in our own program. For our students, it’s important for them to see their professors involved in scholarly work like this because it communicates to them that the Dental Hygiene Program at Mount Ida College is a quality program and institution, led by experts active in shaping the profession of dental hygiene.”

The Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root Instrumentation provides faculty and students with a guide to learning periodontal instrumentation. The chapters take a highly visual, step-by-step approach to basic and advanced dental hygiene. In this edition, new technologies and regulations in the field are explored. Additionally, the textbook features detailed information on the application of concepts ranging from patient positioning to root concavities.

Leading the campus community

Professor Robin Matloff is a tenured Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene. She began her career here in 1999 and teaches a variety of dental hygiene courses, including Clinical Dental Hygiene, Medical Emergencies, Pain Management, Dental Ethics and Practice Management and Dental Hygiene Theory, along with Instrumentation and Instrument Sharpening courses. She served as the Program Director for the Dental Hygiene Program from 2003 to 2007. In addition, Professor Matloff is very active in our community, leading campus wide presentations for students, faculty and staff.