Alumni Spotlight: Michael Marino

Liz Hoelzle | April 6, 2012

Social Studies alum Michael Marino is building on the doctoral work he completed at TC in his new role as Assistant Professor of History at The College of New Jersey. A 2008 graduate of TC’s Social studies program, Marino’s dissertation examined how world history is taught in secondary schools.

Now the coordinator for the History department’s Secondary Education program at TCNJ, Marino is seeking to follow up on that research as he examines what kind of world history is taught in classrooms. Other research areas include looking at local history and the idea of “finding” history in innocuous places.

As a teacher educator, Marino aims to share some of the ideas he gleaned from his time at TC with his students. “I try to impart TC’s pedagogic philosophy to the students here, who tend to be somewhat traditional in their practice and outlook. I think my time at TC has made me a much better teacher and more aware of what goes on in the classroom.”

In his spare time, Marino likes to go see plays, read, and walk around New York City because “you can always learn something new just by looking around.”