Undergraduate Faculty Listing

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Tom Colton
Collegiate Associate Professor

Professor Thomas Colton received a Master of Education degree in TESOL from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1991. Professor Colton taught English courses at a number of Japanese Universities and Colleges in both the Kansai and Kanto regions of Japan from 1985 to 1997. He was also a teacher of developmental and college English courses in the Languages and Humanities Department of Northern Marianas College on Saipan from 1997 to 2018. During his time at NMC, Professor Colton developed several online courses, restructured its English placement test, and served as a department chair for two years. He also had the opportunity to attend a five-day conference on learning communities at Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington in 2010, and then teach several courses in NMC’s own learning communities program. In 2017, Professor Colton contributed an article on tourism to the Contemporary Marianas Book Project.

Frank Concilus
East Asian Studies, Sociology, Communication Studies
Collegiate Professor

Dr. Concilus is a veteran of the UMUC faculty in Asia, teaching for many years at locations throughout Korea, and occasionally in Japan. He earned his B.A. in anthropology, linguistics and sociology from Colgate University, his M.A. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in linguistics and rhetoric at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation was about Korean identity constructions. Dr. Concilus has taught at Sophia University in Tokyo and at Ajou University and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. His initial experiences in Korea were with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching at Pusan National University and at the secondary level in Pusan. He has carried out varied research in Korean culture, notably Korean Shamanism, resulting in a number of publications and presentations at professional conferences. . Dr. Concilus previously served on both the FAC and AAB (Academic Advisory Board) as a faculty representative for the Asian Division.

Faye Cook
Accounting, Business Management
Collegiate Associate Professor

Professor Faye Alston Cook holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Duke University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.

From 2007 - 2018, she served as Chief Financial Officer of The Roswell LLC and Director of Planning for Atapco Financial Services.  Prior to that, she was Vice President at Bank of America in Trust Services.

Throughout her career, she has held adjunct faculty positions  - teaching at the University of North Carolina (Charlotte) and Notre Dame of Maryland University, among others.  She joined UMUC in 2013.


English, Speech, Communication, Theatre
Collegiate Professor

Prof. Cronin earned his B.S. in American Political Studies and Dramatic Arts from Davis and Elkins College, and his terminal M.F.A. in Theatre from The Ohio State University. He has taught at The Ohio State University and the University of Guam. He has several years of teaching and supervisory experience at the middle and secondary school levels. In the worlds of theatre and film he has diverse professional experience as an actor, teacher, writer, consultant, producer, and director. Mr. Cronin has also been a newspaper editor, columnist and critic and a producer for PBS. He has taught for UMUC in Guam, and in the online learning program, since October 1996.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Prof. Henry Curtley holds an MS in education from Temple University and two BBAs in both management and information and operations management from Texas A&M University. Prof. Curtley has taught English, First and Second-year Composition and Management courses at Japanese and American universities and has supervisory experience at the university level. He joined UMUC in 2018.