For more than seven years, Assistant Professor of English Fatimah Broxton-Robinson has helped Union County College students soar beyond their expectations. "Students in college need to be encouraged to explore great possibilities for themselves," she says, "and come to understand that they are capable of achieving whatever they wish to achieve." Prof. Broxton-Robinson teaches the full range of writing and developmental courses and says she appreciates "the opportunity to see students grow over the course of a semester, not only as writers but also as thinkers." As a former community-college graduate herself, she understands how community colleges can open doors. After earning her associate in arts at Essex County College, she chose Smith College from among a number of universities--including "Ivy League"--that had accepted her for transfer. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, she earned a master’s degree in Literature, Poetry, and Fiction from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and the "Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics." She has reached the dissertation stage of her Ph.D. at Drew University. Her topic is the "influence of classical literature on African-American contemporary literature."