CHA Department
The Communication, Humanities and Arts Department (CHA) offers credit and noncredit instruction leading to transfer degrees and career program certification in disciplines including visual arts and computer graphics; music and theater; digital media and television production; foreign and American Sign languages; and speech, philosophy and the humanities.

Instruction emphasizes hands-on learning, whether in the pottery studio, the television studio, the music studio or the public speaking classroom. Students develop their talents through the guidance of experienced instructors who are professionals in their areas of specialization.

The CHA department also offers enrichment opportunities to the community with a host of extra- and co-curricular arts events that take place in the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater and the Mary Condon Hodgson Gallery, both located in FCC’s Fine Arts and Student Center. 

Choose from these specializations for additional information:

Programs of Study

Associate of Arts (A.A.)
Areas of Concentration within the A.A. in Arts & Humanities
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)


Full-time Faculty Members

Cynthia Baush Assistant Professor, Art 240.629.7954
Kathy Brooks Department Chair, Professor, Program Manager, Communication/Philosophy/Humanities 301.846.2635
Todd Campbell Assistant Professor, Program Manager, Audio Production  
Ivy Chevers  Professor, Creative Arts Generalist 301.846.2477
Paula Chipman, D.M.A. Professor, Music Program Manager 301.846.2566
Laura Cordova Associate Professor, Communication 240.629.7929
Jonathan Cresci, D.M.A. Assistant Professor/Program Manager Music Technology/Audio Production 301.624.2844
Michael Gersten Assistant Professor, Music 301.846.2566
David Martin Program Manager, Assistant Professor, ASL 240.575.2299 
Rich Fulton Professor, Speech/Group Communication 301.846.2547 
Tad Janes Program Manager/Assistant Professor, Theater 301.846.2515
Ana Maria Pinzon Program Manager/Associate Professor, World Languages 301.624.2843
Leslie Puzio Assistant Professor, Program Manager, Sign Language Interpreter Preparatory Program 240.629.7819
Wendell Poindexter Program Manager/Professor, Art 301.846.2513 
Jennifer Rundlett Shield’s Scholarship Coordinator & Music Artist Series Coordinator 301.846.2642
Jason Santelli Program Manager/Assistant Professor, Film and Video Production 301.846.2533
Shane Sellers    Assistant Professor, Art 301.624.2863
Christian Thompson Assistant Professor, Communication 301.624.2684
Diane Xu Assistant Professor, Graphic Design 301.846.2637


Contact Info

Karen Santelli
Academic Office Manager
Office: F-143

Kathy Brooks, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Office: F-134

View Arts Calendar PDF


Related Information

Two Year Course Rotation