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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.
Fall 2017 Textbook List

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.

Learning Assessment & Support Center

The mission of the Learning Assessment & Support Center (LASC) is to assist a diverse population of students achieve academic success and to provide opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and intellectual growth. The LASC provides tutorial services and educational resources at no additional cost to students enrolled in the college. Additionally, the LASC works with students with diagnosed learning disabilities to provide academic services and accommodations to those students to ensure equal access to the institution.

The LASC’s newly-renovated facility is outfitted with computers, SmartBoard technology, and a printer/copier/scanner for student use. In addition to peer and professional tutoring, students can take advantage of assistive technology like Dragon Naturally Speaking to word process assignments and search academic databases and the web. Supplemental computer-based instruction is also available to students struggling with reading.

Become a certified tutor, find out more by contacting the center. For questions, comments or suggestions about the Learning Assessment and Support Center please contact LASC@vfmac.edu.

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
  • Duane Minshall
    Duane Minshall
  • Maureen Malone
    Maureen Malone
    Dean of Valley Forge Military College
  • John Andrew Landmesser
    John Andrew Landmesser
  • Serena Kurumety
    Serena Kurumety
  • 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)

Dr. Earl J. Catagnus, Jr. (Captain/VFMAC) is the Founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Security Studies, and an Assistant Professor of History and Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College.

Dr. Catagnus’s research has focused on questions concerning military history as well as current national security and intelligence dilemmas.  He served as a national security analyst for several documentaries and news programs, and his scholarship has been featured in both academic publications such as The Journal of Military History and service journals like Marine Corps Gazette and Naval Institute Proceedings.  In 2013, he was awarded a U.S. Army Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowship, and in 2012 he was a recipient of both a Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Robert L. Ruth and Robert C. Ruth Fellowship for the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  Currently, he is completing revisions for his book manuscript titled, Blood Brothers:  Tracing the U.S. Army Infantry and Marine Corps to a Crossroads, 1918-1945.

As for military service, Dr. Catagnus enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1998.  During recruit training, he was the Platoon and Company Honor Graduate, and, upon graduation, was meritoriously promoted to the rank of lance corporal.  Immediately after entering the Fleet Marine Force as an infantryman, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion/2nd Marines Scout/Sniper Platoon where he eventually graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps’ Scout/Sniper School.  In 2004, he deployed as a section leader in 3rd Battalion/5th Marines’ Scout/Sniper Platoon during the Second Battle for Fallujah, popularly known as Operation Phantom Fury.  His military decorations include the Purple Heart, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with Combat V for valor, four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, and two Certificates of Commendation.

He holds a B.S. in Life Science (with distinction) and a B.A. in History (with distinction) from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in History from Temple University.

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Contact Information

Email: ecatagnus@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1468

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.

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

Maureen Malone was appointed College Dean in August 2016 after serving Valley Forge Military College for nine years in numerous leadership capacities, which included Assistant Dean of Academic Services and Assistant Dean of Academics and Assessment.  Dean Malone brings a diverse educational and business background to her appointment. She began her career as a Treasury Analyst Assistant for Health America, and then became an Associate Accountant for the CPA firm Kisel, Grenel and Associates. Eventually, she took a position as the business manager for a medical practice that specialized in podiatry medicine.

Having been successful in business, she expanded her professional career into “for-profit” education, and became a member of University of Phoenix’s advising and financial services team. Dean Malone came to Valley Forge Military College in 2007 and served as the College Registrar. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and a Masters in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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: 

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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