Humanities Faculty

    Peter A. Antich

      Assistant Professor of Philosophy

      Office: Casey Hall 19

      B.A. – University of Dallas (Philosophy)
      M.A. – University of Kentucky (Philosophy)
      Ph.D. – University of Kentucky (Philosophy)

      Peter Antich joined Dominican University in 2022. He teaches classes throughout Philosophy, from Logic to Medieval Philosophy to Bioethics. His research focuses on Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Perception and is centered around the way meaning emerges within our embodied, perceptual experience. His recent work has investigated the Philosophy of Race, in particular the way in which racialized or racist habits can permeate perception. Prior to joining Dominican, he taught at Trinity College (Hartford) and Marquette University.
      Peter recently published a book, Motivation and the Primacy of Perception: Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Knowledge (Ohio University Press, 2021), which took a Phenomenological approach to questions about the relation between knowledge and experience. He is currently working on another book on the Philosophy of Perception.
      Outside of teaching and research, Peter enjoys reading, baking, and playing (overly complicated!) board games.

        Giovanna R. Czander

        Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

          Phone: (845) 848-4005
          Office: Casey Hall

          B.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
          M.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
          M.A. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)
          M.Phil. – Fordham University
          Ph.D. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)

          Dr. Czander joined the faculty of DC in 2009. She brings to the Religious Studies Department a longstanding interest in philosophy and pedagogy and an active engagement with interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Courses she teaches include: Old Testament, New Testament, Religion and Human Experience, Religion in America, World Religions. Her research centers mainly on the Old Testament, particularly the prophetic and wisdom literatures, pentateuchal studies, and the theological interpretation of biblical law. Recent articles include “Of Donkeys and Witnesses: Interpolation or Interpretation? The Laws in Exod 23:1-9” (chapter in A Land Like Your Own, Wipf and Stock, 2010) and “The ‘Messianic Secret’ as Pedagogical Entryway into the Gospel of Mark” (Limina: A Journal of Theology, Winter 2014, St. Joseph’s College, ME; online). Dr. Czander has taught at Marist College, Iona College, Manhattan College, Fordham University, New York Theological Seminary, the Deaconate Program of the Archdiocese of New York, and overseas. She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the College Theological Society, and reviews articles submitted for publication for the journal Scriptura Sacra (University of Opole, Poland). She is a member in the Focolare Movement’s Abba School, an international interdisciplinary study center, and has worked as a translator and live interpreter for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and the beatification cause of Vietnamese Card. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1998-2002).


            Kathleen Hickey

            Professor of English, and Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division

              Phone: (845) 848-4009
              Office: Casey Hall 19

              B.A. – Queens College, CUNY
              M.S. – Queens College, CUNY
              Ed.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University

              As an educator for 40 years, Professor Hickey has taught a variety of students, ranging from traditional-aged students to returning adults, both undergraduate and graduate students. In 2023,  Kathleen was appointed as the University’s Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Her research interests include reading and writing with special emphasis on “remedial” work at the college level. She was instrumental in revamping Dominican University’s Freshmen Writing Sequence to accelerate students with their remediation so they could swiftly proceed with their college careers.

              Additional research interests span the gamut from at-risk students to multicultural aspects of literature. She is a member of NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English, the NYCLA—New York College Learning Association, and NADE—the National Association of Developmental Educators. Yearly, she judges The Global Undergraduate Awards, an international competition of undergraduate papers from around the world.  Additionally, each fall, she participates in the NCTE Day of Writing, submitting entries for their National Day of Writing.

              Her outside interests include traveling, attending plays, reading, listening to all genres of music, and generally being active.

              See Professor Hickey's Presentations and Publications

              “Revamping a Developmental Program: Making Big Changes” in The English Record—New York State English Council.

              “Working With Marginalized Students—Uncovering Some Assumptions.” National Association of Developmental Education

              38th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention “Lovely, Lilting Voices: Contemporary Irish Women Poets’ Environs”

              Bridging the Dominican Cultures at Dominican University Colloquium at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

                James Filippelli

                Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts

                  Phone: (845) 848-4081
                  Office: Casey Hall 19

                  B.A. – St. Leo College – Theatre/Speech & English Education
                  M.F.A. – Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
                  Performing Arts Administration
                  P.D. – Professional Diploma – Fordham University
                  Educational Administration
                  Ed.D. – Manhattanville College – Educational Leadership

                  Dr. James Filippelli retired as an English and Performing Arts teacher after over 35 years at Walter Panas High School in the Lakeland Central School District. The Performing Arts Center at the high school was recently named in his honor, thus renaming the facility as the Dr. James Filippelli Performing Arts Center. Dr. Filippelli began his career at Dominican University in the fall of 1979, initially directing only for The Aquin Players theatre group. In 1980, he developed the entire theatre curriculum that exists today and has grown through the years. He served as an Adjunct Instructor of Communications from 1980 through the fall of 2016. In 2016, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts. In 2022, he was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. He developed the Theatre Minor and co-collaborated with colleagues to develop the Film-Studies Minor. He is presently working with colleagues to develop a dance and music minor. In his 45-year association with Dominican, Dr. Filippelli has had the pleasure to direct many main-stage musical productions involving students from all of the fine arts disciplines – art, music, dance, and theatre.

                  His research interests include Higher Education, Fine and Performing Arts, and undergraduate incorporation of major/minor courses of studies in the arts.

                  See Professor Filippelli's Publications

                  Filippelli, J. (2023). How to Market the Arts: A Practical Approach for the 21st Century by Anthony Rhine and Jay Pension (review). Theatre Topics, 33(1), 54-55.

                  Filippelli, J., De’Jesus, S.A., Ellis, T.A.D., Feliciano, M.S., (2021). Occupational Therapy and Theatre Arts Mutually Benefit Clinical Simulations: A Collaborative Approach. International Journal of Education. 9 (1) 2-7.

                  Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2019). Leadership Skills: From the Stage to Higher Education. Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education. Dec. (10) 27 – 37.

                  Filippelli, J. & Martinez, E. (2019). Success of One Latino in Higher Education. NY
                  Living City Magazine – Finding Identity Dec. 2019.

                  Filippelli, J. (2019). Book Review: Theatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century. Theatre Topics, 29 (1), 81-82 DOI: 10.1353/tt.2019.0009

                  Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2017). Can today’s superintendents be both instructional leaders and community leaders? Educational Administration and Supervision Journal. 35 (4), 2-11.

                    Kevin Hermberg

                    Professor of Philosophy

                      Phone: (845) 848-4010
                      Office: Casey Hall 19

                      B.A.– English: Fort Lewis College
                      B.A.– Philosophy: Fort Lewis College
                      M.A.– Philosophy: Marquette University
                      Ph.D.– Philosophy: Marquette University

                      Kevin Hermberg joined the faculty at Dominican University in 2007.  Professor Hermberg’s research focus on 20th and 21st century European Philosophy (especially phenomenology and existentialism), but he is especially interested in putting various traditions and disciplines into conversation with one another.  He works primarily at the intersections of analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, literature, and natural sciences.  Professor Hermberg’s teaching experiences and interests are similarly cross-disciplinary and include work in the natural sciences, literature, and  writing, in addition to philosophy.  Before joining the faculty at Dominican University, professor Hermberg taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Carthage College, and Marquette University.

                      Professor Hermberg is founding editor (with Pol Vandevelde of Marquette University) of the book series, Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. He is on the editorial board of American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy.  Dr. Hermberg is also actively involved with various groups and associations, including:

                      See Professor Hermberg's Publications and Presentations


                      • “Not Just Accommodating: Pedagogy Beyond the Archetypical” (with Rory Kraft), in Teaching Through Challenges: Preparation and Adaptability in the EDI Classroom. Rowman and Littlefield, 2020.
                      • “Diversity Is Not Enough: The Importance of Inclusive Pedagogy” (with Melissa Jacquart, Rebecca Scott, Stephen Bloch-Schulman).  Teaching Philosophy, 2019.
                      • Philosophy Through Teaching, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2014 (book co-edited with Emily Esch and Rory Kraft, Jr.).
                      • Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics. Bloomsbury, 2013. (book co-edited with Paul Gyllenhammer).
                      • Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology. Continuum, 2011. (book co-edited with Pol Vandevelde).
                      • “Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics: an Introduction” (chapter in Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics).
                      • “Husserl’s (even more) Social Epistemology” (chapter in Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology).
                      • Husserl’s Phenomenology: Knowledge, Objectivity and Others. Continuum, 2006. (single authored book).

                      Professor Hermberg has presented papers on the teaching of philosophy as well as on his scholarly research.  Recent presentations have been on a variety of topics, including:

                      • Strategies for Pre-Emptively Smoothing [somewhat] the Waters of Gen. Ed. Revision (Association for General and Liberal Studies, St. Louis, MO)
                      • Successful Gen. Ed. Curriculum Revision—One College’s Story, Process, and Strategies (Association for General and Liberal Studies, St. Louis, MO)
                      • Inclusive Practices: Moving Beyond Accommodation of Neurodifferences, with Rory Kraft (AAPT International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, Otterbein University)
                      • Phenomenological Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Affectivity (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Duquesne University)
                      • Social Justice in the Philosophy Classroom,” with Rory Kraft (AAPT International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, North Carolina A&T State University).
                      • Husserlian Interdependencies: Consciousness-Embodiment (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo College, NJ)
                      • Husserl and Others: A Pair of Pairings (State University of New York, New Paltz)
                      • Plato’s Theory of Forms as a Guide to Living in the “Real World” (Association of Core Texts and Courses, Milwaukee, WI)
                      • Husserl’s Social Epistemology (Collective Intentionality-VII conference, University of Basel, Switzerland)
                      • Teaching God (and other “hot moments”) … issues and approaches (18th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, Coastal Carolina University)
                      • A non-defensive defense of philosophy (17th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, University of Guelph, Canada)
                      • Edmund Husserl and Social Epistemology (Conference on Phenomenology, Marquette University)
                      • Phenomenology as Philosophy of Mind (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
                      • Taking the Humanities to the Public (Carthage College)
                      • Utilizing Student Web Sites to Intertwine Breadth and Depth Our Courses (International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, University of Toledo)
                      • Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Marquette University)
                      • “Facticity and Transcendence in Husserlian Phenomenology: Intersections and Interdependencies” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Brock University, Canada).
                      • “Living Well and Working Toward a More Just World: Plato as Guide and Motivator” (Colloquium of Dominican Universitys and Universities, Molloy College, NY).
                      • “The Overlooked Others in Husserl’s Epistemology” (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, St. Louis University, MO).