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American Studies: Meet the Faculty

We have assembled some of the best teachers at YCCC to usher you through this world of ideas.
Our aim is to help you become the very best thinker you can be, and to assist you in meeting your college goals.

Meet the Faculty

David Susman has been teaching English and humanities at York County Community College since 2004. He has also taught in central New York, Salt Lake City, and Shanghai, China. David is a Pushcart Prize-nominated essayist; a playwright, with stage credits in Boston, New York, San Diego, and of course Portland, Maine; an occasional writer of short stories; and a screenwriter. He teaches composition, literature—including, joyously, Shakespeare—and general humanities, with an emphasis on the arts. When he isn’t writing or teaching, David can be found playing the piano, reading, enjoying the natural beauty of Maine, attending the theater, or seeking out good conversation wherever it can be had. He is also the Department Chair for Humanities and Co-Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for American Studies.

Joe Foster retired from Kennebunk High School English Department after 38 years in 2008, and after a year of R & R he joined the YCCC adjunct faculty.  He usually teaches Oral Communications (SPE 101), Introduction to Literature (ENG 112), and Arts in America (HUM 135).  In addition, he has taught Introduction to American Film as well as a popular history of W.W. II course.  Outside the classroom, he has appeared in television and radio commercials and is also a popular after-dinner speaker and toastmaster. 
Dr. Doreen Rogan  Associate Academic Dean, has been with York County Community College since 1997. In addition to serving as the Associate Academic Dean, Doreen teaches History, Ethics and the First Year Seminar course. Doreen received her bachelor’s degree in Management from Granite State College, a master’s in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine and her doctorate in Leadership Studies from Franklin Pierce University.

 

Dr. Wesley Joseph Mills is from a family with a history as sea captains, boat builders, privateers, lighthouse keepers, preachers, teachers, writers, and musicians.  His degrees from Gordon, Fuller, and Andover Newton are in political science, religion, and ethics. As a YCCC professor, he is in his twentieth year teaching liberal studies. He has also taught in a factory cafeteria, county jail, warehouse, and conference center. He has taught for the Institute for Ministry, Andover Newton graduate school, Saco Island   Center, Southern Maine Technical College, University of New England, and Saco Learning Center, where he developed alternative programming.
Dr. Mills is a recipient of a teacher of the year award from the Maine Association of Public School Adult Education and has worked at a restaurant, retail store, and paper mill, served as a minister, coached Little League, helped found the Wayside Soup Kitchen and Root Cellar programs in Portland, and has had three books published.
John Hall  has been teaching history and government courses at YCCC since 2009. He’s a product of the University of Maine System, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Farmington, his Masters from USM, and doing doctoral coursework at Orono. Like many of our students, he was a first generation college student – the first in his family to go to college.  His favorite courses to teach are US History I and II and American Government, though he also enjoys teaching The American Presidency each election year. Other schools he has taught at include the University of Maine at Orono, UNE, KVCC and SMCC. He and his family reside in sunny Saco, Maine.
Stephen Swecker  is the coordinator of the 2017 American Studies Field Trip. He has taught ethics, world religions and social problems as an adjunct instructor at York County Community College since 2006 and is the organizer/leader of the annual Religious Maine Field Trips. Steve is a graduate of West Virginia University (B.A.), Wesley Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and Boston University (MA/ABD). In addition to teaching, his professional experience includes 25 years in the publishing industry as an award-winning editor and writer of social commentary at the intersection of religion and ethics. He is the editor of and contributor to numerous books. Steve and his wife Kathy love to travel and enjoy time with their eight grandchildren in the U.S. and Europe. His passion after family and teaching? “I live for the Pemaquid Oyster Festival each September in Damariscotta, Maine.”