Greater demands today. Better returns tomorrow.

Honor, discipline and teamwork benefit all our co-ed students no matter what path they choose after attending Valley Forge Military College.

College Academics

Programs of Study

The college curriculum combines six core competencies with five academic programs and concentrations to provide a foundation of understanding, knowledge, and skills. The core competencies broaden each student’s perspective and connection to academic work and careers for the 21st century. These social, historical, and scientific contexts develop and prepare students to transfer to competitive four year programs at local, regional, national, and international institutions.

For a complete listing of our Academic Programs, click here.

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts program includes courses that span the disciplines of Humanities, History, and Political Science, preparing students to continue their academic and career interests in a wide range of fields that include law, medicine, education, international relations, human services, literature and cultures, diplomacy and administration. Students develop analytical training, communicative skills, and a sound disciplinary foundation, which will allow them to evaluate issues and formulate collaborative and practical solutions to the complex and challenging problems of interaction in an increasingly global society.

Associate of Arts in Justice and Security Studies

The Associate of Arts in Justice and Security Studies program provides students with a comprehensive background in local, state, national, and international security considerations. With an emphasis on both theoretical perspectives and practical concerns, the VFMC Justice and Security Studies program develops an interdisciplinary understanding of the fundamentals of security whether in law enforcement, information security, or national and global security.

Associate of Science in Health and Biological Sciences

The Associate of Science in Health and Biological Sciences at VFMC provides students with the opportunity to take courses leading to a variety of health sciences majors and career fields. Studying the Health and Biological Sciences program at VFMC prepares students to continue their academic and career interests in specialized fields including Biology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Associate of Science in Physical Sciences and Pre-Engineering

The Associate of Science in Physical Sciences and Pre-Engineering program provides students with a solid foundation in the scientific method and knowledge of the principles that govern the workings of the physical world. This program will include foundational coursework in Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics and is ideal for those interested in Bio-Physics, research in Physics, Geophysics, Industrial Tech, or Engineering.

Associate of Business Administration

The Associate of Business Administration exposes the student to the theories and principles underlying various business disciplines such that the student may better assess their interests and aptitude for this particular area of study. The theory is further enhanced using applications to real life and business experience in the business arena and current events. The program is ideal for students interested in Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, International Business, Finance or Marketing.

College Faculty

  • Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
    Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
    Founding Director of CASS
  • Claire Satlof
    Claire Satlof
  • Deepa Ramakrishnan
    Deepa Ramakrishnan
  • Mohammed Rabbi
    Mohammed Rabbi
  • Arlene Noble
    Arlene Noble
  • Patrick Murray
    Patrick Murray
  • Duane Minshall
    Duane Minshall
  • Maureen Malone
    Maureen Malone
    Dean of Valley Forge Military College
  • John Andrew Landmesser
    John Andrew Landmesser
  • Serena Kurumety
    Serena Kurumety
  • Nan Hood
    Nan Hood
  • Cynthia Hanscom
    Cynthia Hanscom
  • Meghan Hanley
    Meghan Hanley
  • Tom Durwood
    Tom Durwood
  • Sukalpa Basu
    Sukalpa Basu
  • Diane Amlin
    Diane Amlin
  • Michael Pachella
    Michael Pachella

Valley Forge Military Academy and College

Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
Founding Director of CASS

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: History

Courses: American Experience I & II, Contemporary Issues in National Security, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Military Title: SSGT (USMC)

Contact Information

Email: ecatagnus@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1468

Education

Experience

Started at VFMAC: 2012
Other Experience:

Other Information

VFMAC Memberships: Library Committee, Instructional Technology, Academic Standards

Awards: 

Personal: From Norristown, Pa., Mr. Catagnus was an infantry Marine staff non-commissioned officer prior to entering graduate school. As a sergeant, he served with 3rd Battalion/5th Marines in the November 2004 assault on the Iraqi city of Al Fallujah in Al Anbar Province. His military decorations include the Purple Heart, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with Combat V, four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, and two Certificates of Commendation. He is married with two children.

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Claire Satlof

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: English

Courses: Rhetoric and Composition (plus lab), Research and Argumentation, Introduction to Literature, American Literature

Contact Information

Email: csatlof@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-6004

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2010
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: National Council for History Education

Personal: Professor Satlof currently lives in Newtown Square with her husband. She has one grown daughter and three Afghan Hounds. She and her husband are active in Afghan Hound rescue. She loves Ethnic American Literature and Women in Literature.

Deepa Ramakrishnan

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Mathematics

Courses: Intermediate Algebra; Foundations of Math; Introductory Algebra; College Algebra

Contact Information

Email: dramakrishnan@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1465

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2012

Other Information

Professional: 

Mohammed Rabbi

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Professor

Department: Life Sciences

Courses: Biology, Environmental Science, Physical/Environmental Geology

VFMA Title: Lieutenant Colonel

Contact Information

Email: mrabbi@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1461

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2005
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences; American Association of Advancement Sciences; Member of Academic Advisory Board, Contemporary Learning Series on Sustainability and Contemporary Issues in Sustainability, McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Awards: Fulbright Scholar (2013-14); The Order of Anthony Wayne Award

Personal: Dr. Rabbi is married to Mina and lives in Drexel Hill. The couple have three children — Robin Alam, Ron Alam and Melissa Alam

Interests/ Hobbies: Reading, music and travel

Arlene Noble

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Professor

Department: World Languages

Courses: Introduction to French I & II; Intermediate French I & II; Introduction to Spanish I & II; Intermediate Spanish I & II; French Literature in Translation

Contact Information

Email: anoble@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1469

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 1993
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: American Association of Teachers of French; Modern Language Association of America; American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

VFMAC: Instructional Technology Committee; Compliance Committee; Academic Standards Committee; Curriculum Committee

Awards: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; VFMAC Excellence in Teaching Award; Order of Anthony Wayne

Personal: Dr. Noble is originally from Philadelphia.

Interests/ Hobbies: Dr. Noble loves to read — especially counter-terrorism novels and mysteries — listen to music and play the piano.

Patrick Murray

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Professor Emeritus

Department: History

Courses: Western Civilization I & II; World Civilization I & II; American History I & II; American Diplomatic History; American Military History I & II; World War II; The Vietnam War

Contact Information

Email: pmurray@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1466

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 1977
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: Organization of American Historians

VFMA&C: Library Committee; Curriculum Committee; College Academic Standards Committee; The Academy Board

Awards: Teaching Award at VFMC; Recipient of the Sophomore’s Award; Order of Anthony Wayne; Recipient of the Chappie Lehman Award; Alumni Award recipient; Best Paper Award by Kansas Teacher’s Association

Personal: Originally from Orange, NJ, Dr. Murray has been married for more than 40 years to Anne “Jacque” Tague and the couple have two children — Theodora Burke and Meg Seaman.

Interests/ Hobbies: “I read for my living and my hobby.”

Duane Minshall

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice

Courses: Criminal Justice

Military/VFMA Title: Police Lieutenant; Second Lieutenant, VFMAC

Contact Information

Email: dminshall@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1200

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2013
Other Teaching Experience:

Other Information

Personal: Originally from Media, Pa., LT. Minshall has three children — Bryn, Eric and Kaili.

Maureen Malone
Dean of Valley Forge Military College

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Dean

Department: Academic Services

Contact Information

Email: mmalone@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1453

Experience

Started at VFMAC: 2007

John Andrew Landmesser

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Department: Computer Science, Security Studies

Courses: Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Data Management & Security, Network Communications & Security, and Information Systems Security

Contact Information

Email: jlandmesser@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1452

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2014
Other Experience:

Other Information

Military Education:

Publications:

Presentations:

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Serena Kurumety

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Science

Courses: Human Anatomy & Physiology; Nutrition; General Chemistry; Microbiology and Principles of Biology

Contact Information

Email: skurumety@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1463

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2009
Other Experience:

Other Information

VFMA&C: Student Learning Assessment; Academic Standards; Instructional Technology; Library; Academic Policy; Member, Local book club

Awards: Recipient of Excellence in Teaching award

Interests/ Hobbies: 

Nan Hood

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Dean of Academic Services & Interim President of VFMC

Department: College Academic Services

VFMA Title: COL

Contact Information

Email: nhood@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1456

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 1988
Other Experience:

Other Information

Awards: Recipient of the Order of Anthony Wayne; Teacher of the Year

Cynthia Hanscom

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Business

Courses: Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Intro to Business, Business Law & Ethics

Contact Information

Email: chanscom@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1202

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2013

Other Information

VFM&C: Student Learning Assessment Committee

Interests/ Hobbies: Financial Literacy and Fraud

Meghan Hanley

Faculty Information

Academic Title: ESL Coordinator
International Student Programs Coordinator

Department: ESL & International Student Programs

Courses: ESL

Contact Information

Email: mhanley@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1266

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2013

Other Experience

Union County College Intensive English Program 2010-2013

Other information

Tom Durwood

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: English, Writing, Literature

Courses: Composition, Creative Writing, Literature

Contact Information

Email: tdurwood@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-6002

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2008
Other Experience:

Other Information

Professional: Member of MLA, the International Studies Association, and the Author’s Guild; Served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity while earning his MA in San Diego

VFM&C: Student Learning Assessment Committee

Personal: Mr. Durwood has two grown children, Ben and Lily.

Sukalpa Basu

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Department: Physics, Mathematics

Courses: Physics I & II, Calculus I, II & III, College Algebra, Precalculus, Engineering Statics, Engineering Graphics, and Introduction to Engineering

Contact Information

Email: sbasu@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1295

Education

  • St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta, India): BS in Physics Honors
  • Calcutta University: MS in Physics Honors
  • Temple University: PhD

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2008

Other Information

Professional: Member of American Physical Society; member of American Association of Physics Teachers

  • VFMA&C: Curriculum Committee, IT Committee, Assessment Committee, Library Committee

Awards: Peter Haavas Best Physics Graduate Student (Temple Univ.); Excellence in Teaching Award (VFMA&C); Order of Anthony Wayne (VFMA&C)

Interests/ Hobbies: Heavy Fermion Systems, highly correlated electrons and Monte Carlo Simulations

Diane Amlin

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Mathematics

Courses: Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Foundations of Math

Contact Information

Email: damlin@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-7909

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2009

Other Information

Professional: Academic Policy Review Committee, Faculty Handbook Committee, Curriculum Committee, Math Department Committee, Faculty Senate Committee

Awards: VFMC Excellence in Teaching Award (2009-10)

Personal: Mrs. Amlin currently resides in Spring City with her husband and two children.

Michael Pachella

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Coordinator of Student Services

Department: College Administration

Contact Information

Email: mpachella@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1257

Experience

Started at VFMAC: 1996

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