Camden County College welcomes Dr. Damiano Consilvio, the newest addition to the English Department.
Dr. Consilvio is a South Jersey/Philadelphia native who received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Rutgers University -Camden and went on to teach literature and composition courses at Rutgers- Camden. He later earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, where he continued his instruction of literature and composition.
As someone whose higher education journey began at a community college, Dr. Consilvio was inspired to pay it forward by instructing students in a similar position.
“I began as a community college student, so I understand the way it benefits students as an accessible and affordable way to begin their college education,” Consilvio said. “Community college was integral in giving me the chance I needed to better myself, whereas other ‘bigger’ schools would not have accepted me, and I very well may not have made it to where I am today.”
For Dr. Consilvio, community college provides students an affordable and inclusive pathway to higher education.
“Community college epitomizes civic and social inclusivity for the way it provides affordable and accessible means of higher education,” explained Consilvio. “Giving students the chance to establish themselves in their first two years often sees them achieving the record and resume needed to attend other more prestigious four-year schools and beyond, as was the case with me.”
In his free time, Dr. Consilvio enjoys playing video games and mentioned that he became an English major because he always enjoyed a good story.
“I appreciate the same enjoyment in games with an interesting narrative and challenging game play,” said Consilvio. “It also provides a nice break from the paper reading and keyboard typing that this work often consists of.”
Dr. Consilvio is looking forward to meeting new students and being an important part of the foundational period of their education and their careers.
Welcome Dr. Consilvio!