Professor, Human Services and Psychology
Coordinator: Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Juvenile Justice, Therapeutic Recreation, and Substance Abuse Programs
Office Location: Snow 508
“Teaching is all about connecting and building relationships with students.”
This philosophy is at the core of how Judith Felton approaches each class she teaches at Middlesex Community College. As professor of human services and psychology – and as program coordinator for the Human Services, Therapeutic Recreation, Juvenile Justice, Substance Abuse Education Programs at MxCC – she works daily at engaging students to enhance their learning (and hers). She wants students to question everything, so they can develop their own critical thinking and analytical skills.
Ultimately, Judith wants students to put theories they learn in the classroom into practice to make a difference in the “real world.” In this, Judith follows her own mother’s philosophy: that learning and working is really “love made visible.”
She helps achieve this, in part, as internship supervisor for MxCC’s social services students. Each semester, 20-30 students enter the field, gaining practical experience, contributing to the community, and fine-tuning their career paths.
In 2009, Judith supervised two student interns who developed and implemented “Project Homeless Connect,” a one-day service fair held for homeless (and those at-risk) in Middlesex County. The fair attracted more than 250 people who received information and services; it also brought the issue of homelessness to the forefront of the community.
In 2010, Judith was closely involved in the creation of a multi-discipline book project at MxCC titled, “Soup Stories: Tales from St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen as told by Students of Middlesex Community College.” Students from her “Introduction to Counseling” class spent many months getting to know the soup kitchen “guests” featured in the book, learning their situations, listening to their stories, and gaining their trust and confidence in this project. Student writers and artists at MxCC then stepped in to help tell these compelling real-life stories (in words, photography and art) – illustrating what it means to be hungry in Middletown today. The success of that book remains a highlight of Judith’s career.
Judith earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Fitchburg State College and her master’s degree in social work from Boston University. Upon graduation, she pursued a professional career in social work for private companies and government agencies, including the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (as a grants writer), the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (as program specialist), the United Way, Inc., Childcare Resources, Inc., in Fitchburg, Mass. (program specialist and trainer), Community Action of Greater Middlesex County, Middletown, Conn. (as program planner and specialist), and for Kimberly Quality Care and Portland Visiting Nurse Association (as medical social worker).
In these roles, she gained tremendous insight into the countless human needs among families, individuals and communities. To best meet the specific goals for each organization, Judith designed, facilitated and presented workshops and programs on a wide range of topics including; managing change, achieving individual and organizational effectiveness, setting goals, building communication skills, care giving, and managing special-needs adoptions.
Off campus, Judith designed and implemented the education program for a large 1,200-member parish, including course on values clarification, spiritual development, family and group dynamics. She also is highly involved in the greater Middletown community, serving on the boards of directors for the United Way, Inc., of Middlesex County, The Connection, Inc., and St. Vincent de Paul of Middletown, Inc.
For Judith, all this involvement is indeed “love made visible.”
Learn about the Human Services Degree program here.
Learn more about the Juvenile Justice Certificate program here.
Learn more about the Substance Abuse Education Certificate program here.
Learn more about the Therapeutic Recreation Certificate program here.