Distinguished Faculty

Faculty at New England College are leaders in their fields. As prominent scholars and educators, they are also specially trained to teach in an online environment.

Aaron Cooley, PhD

Aaron Cooley Aaron Cooley received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political science, education, and critical thinking. Additionally, he has mentored and tutored students in a range of diverse educational settings.

Before attending graduate school, Aaron worked at the North Carolina General Assembly. His governmental experience also includes working in the North Carolina’s Governor’s Office of Education Policy on a variety of policy issues, research briefs, and constituent services. His public service experience extends to serving as a Commissioner on Children and Youth in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Aaron’s research interests focus on democracy, education, and public policy. His articles and reviews have recently appeared in Educational Research Quarterly, The Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Journal of Educational Policy, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Journal of Popular Culture, and the Political Studies Review. He has contributed essays to several books, including Popular Culture and 9/11 and Citizenship Education & Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader. He also serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Educational Foundations, on the review board of Educational Theory, and as an ad hoc reviewer for other academic journals.

Ben Tafoya, Doctorate

Ben Tafoya Ben Tafoya is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at New England College. He is interested in political science and public policy from the perspective of both the practitioner and the academic. He has a Doctorate in Law & Policy from Northeastern University in Boston where his dissertation research involved an analysis of programs for economic development in Massachusetts. His research interests cover public policy issues and US elections.

Ben comes to his academic career after over twenty-five years in a variety of sales and marketing roles for technology companies. Until 2009 he was leading a firm that distributed computer networking equipment from Taiwan through a reseller network in the US and Canada. He enjoys the issues and challenges of the international sector.

Since 2007 Ben has served as a local elected official in Massachusetts. He has hands-on experience developing aND monitoring a local budget of over $80 Million. He is active in a variety of statewide and local organizations and has worked in many political campaigns.

Ben received a BA in Economics from Georgetown University with a minor in Government. He has an MBA from Suffolk University. Ben has also served as a part-time lecturer in economics at Northeastern University. He teaches a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses at New England College.

Carol Rolf, JD

Carol Rolf, JD Carol Rolf received her JD degree from Suffolk University in 1984 and began teaching college level law-related courses part time while continuing in a general practice of law. She has taught courses on subjects such as business law, criminal law, civil law, employment law, and environmental law. In addition, Ms. Rolf has taught introductory legal and ethics courses in addition to research and writing. She has also applied her legal background to developing and teaching a class on homeland security.

Ms Rolf is licensed to practice law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and worked with many business entities during her years of private practice including setting up corporations, LLCs, and partnerships. She also provided general counsel on legal issues pertaining to business operations, including organizing annual and special meetings, filing for bankruptcy protection, and working with companies to resolve tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service. Ms. Rolf also has an MBA and Masters in Education and teaches courses in business, criminal justice, and psychology including such courses as business entrepreneurship, e-commerce, and forensic psychology.

Ms. Rolf has published several articles in reference texts and in regional and national conference proceedings on subjects such as the insanity defense, criminal competency, and efficacy of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. She is now semi-retired and lives in upstate South Carolina where she continues to teach a variety of online classes.

Chelsea Hanrahan, MLS

Chelsea Hanrahan, MLS Chelsea Hanrahan is the Graduate & Professional Studies Librarian at New England College, as well as being Lead Faculty for Research Methods. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of New Hampshire, and went on to receive her Masters in Library Science from Indiana University.

Her primary duties are to assist students with library usage, citation, research and the research process. She also serves on the Distance Library Section for the Association of College and Research Libraries, and is a card-carrying member of the American Library Association.

Dr. Eric Witt, MPPM, MS & LPD

Dr. Eric Witt, MPPM, MS & LPD Dr. Eric Witt was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts and raised in Westport, Connecticut. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Witt served for five years on active duty in the Navy in Hawaii and Virginia. In 1990, he left active duty and moved back to New England to attend Yale University where he affiliated with the Navy Reserves.

Following graduation from Yale, Dr. Witt held management positions in pricing, marketing planning and fleet operations at Hertz, and in business markets finance at MCI. Currently, Dr. Witt holds the position of Vice President of Strategic Consulting for Tangoe, Inc. a software firm headquartered in Orange, CT. In this position he is responsible for assisting Fortune 500 clients in negotiating multi-million dollar telecommunications services agreements. In addition to his business career, Dr. Witt teaches courses in business, law, communications, ethics and international relations.

As a naval reservist, Commander Witt has commanded three units including Inshore Boat Unit 22, NR SIMA Portsmouth Detachment 501 and NR SIMA Norfolk Detachment 6. His non-command assignments have included tours with the office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon, with the U.S. Naval War College, and with the National Defense University as a seminar leader. Commander Witt also acts as an external grader for the Joint Forces Staff College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME) course and is mobilizing to Afghanistan as a future operations planner in support the NATO Training Mission there.

Dr. Witt has also completed his masters in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA and earned his Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.

Dr. Witt is active in local politics in Redding, Connecticut where he resides with his wife Kristen, daughter Madelyn, and son Nathaniel.


  1. B.S. Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy
  2. M.P.P.M, Public and Private Management, Yale University
  3. M.S. Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College
  4. LP.D. Law and Policy, Northeastern University