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About Our Department

Welcome to the Social Sciences & Education Department at FCC. Our department prides itself on our highly qualified faculty members who are committed to creating a learner-centered environment for students. 

We offer a wide array of degree and certificate options. Courses are designed to help students understand themselves, their political and economic environment, and the society in which they live.

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Model African Union, 2023 Update

On February 23 – 26, four FCC students accompanied by FCC faculty and staff,traveled to Washington, DC in order to participate in the Model African Union, sponsored by Howard University.
The goal of the Model African Union is “to study the role, structure and activities of the African Union as well as the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of member states toward the economic, social, and political-security issues facing African countries” ( Each participating university represents one or more Member State of the African Union. The model represents a long-standing tradition of experiential learning, running for 43 years under various names. 

The model begins with an embassy visit to the country the university/college is representing. Frederick Community College students, faculty, and staff visited the Egyptian Embassy on Thursday, Feb 23.  Consul Mohammad Aboulwafa and Department Chair Abdel Rahman Raafat generously spent over two hours briefing students on questions FCC submitted earlier in February.

On Friday and Saturday, Feb 24 and 25, the committees met for deliberation of proposed resolutions. FCC students: Kira Anderson, Maïmouna Diouf, Louie Shapiro, Hisham Virk, and Mina Yanek all submitted resolutions that were considered within their individual committees.

On the final day of the conference, Sunday, Feb 26, the General Assembly met to pass final resolutions and recognize outstanding student delegates. FCC’s Hisham Virk was acknowledged by his peers receiving both the Eleazu Obinna Committee Leadership Award (for delegates that foster consensus and capture the essence of complex issues) and the Michelle Tooley Award (for the delegation that contributed most to the accomplishments of the Committee – in this instance the Peace and Security Committee). Congratulations to everyone who participated! A truly life changing experience for us all. 

For more information or if you would like to join our delegation for 2024, please contact Lauren Lippiello, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Studies; [email protected]
FCC Students
FCC Students and Faculty participate in the Model African Union, sponsored by Howard University

(FCC student delegates from left: Mina Yanek, Maïmouna Diouf, Hisham Virk, Louie Shapiro. Not pictured: Kira Anderson (student delegate); Lauren Lippiello, PhD (advisor); Sandra George (advisor); Amany Madkour (advisor); Esayas Geleta, PhD (advisor).


Faculty & Staff Contacts

Sarah Bigham, Ed.D Professor,  Education 301.846.2487
Lisa DiDonato, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Program Manager, Psychology 301.846.2465
Esayas Geleta, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Global Studies 301.846.2465
Julie Horton, Ph.D.  Education Program Coordinator 301.846.2461
Lauren Lippiello, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, History and Global Studies 301.846.2673
Debra Morlier, M.A. Adjunct Coordinator
Associate Professor of Psychology
Corwin Parker, M.A. Associate Professor, Geography and Sociology
Program Manager, Social Sciences
Jill Schultz, Ph.D. Professor, Sociology and Gender Studies 301.624.2800
John Sheldon, Ed.D. Professor, Psychology 240.629.7857
Bruce Thompson, Ph.D. Professor of History, Honors College Coordinator 301.846.2535
Delaine Welch, M.A., M.S. Associate Professor and Program Manager, Early Childhood Education 301.846.2559
Nicole Welch Academic Office Manager 301-846-2507
Kristen Wells, Ed.D., LPC  Assistant Professor and Program Manager, Human Services and Addictions Counseling, Department Chair Social Sciences & Education 301.846.2696
Department Chair

Dr. Kristen Wells
[email protected]
Office: H229

Julie Horton, Ph.D.
[email protected]
Education Program Coordinator
Office: H241


Academic Office Manager
Nicole Welch
[email protected]
Office: H-242