Arts and Philosophy
Faculty & Staff

Art Faculty

Philosophy Faculty

Bonnie Seeman, Dept. Chair
Office: M-306
Phone: (305) 237-2395

MFA:Artisanry, concentration in Ceramics, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
BFA:Ceramics, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Bonnie Seeman grew up in South Miami, Florida. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth in 1996 with a concentration in ceramics. Upon graduation, she then joined the faculty at the University of Miami where she was a Senior Lecturer and taught for over thirteen years. Seeman then taught at Florida Atlantic University until 2014 when she joined the administration at Miami Dade College as Chair of the Arts and Philosophy Department.

Seeman has demonstrated and lectured extensively at Universities, art centers, and conferences throughout America including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Harvard University. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous international and national exhibitions including solo shows in Mexico and Korea, and group shows at such prestigious venues as Art Basel, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Miami; Art Brussels, Belgium; Art Forum Berlin, German; ARCO Art Fair, Spain; and FIAC, France.

Seeman has been honored by receiving The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a nomination for a USA fellowship and a South Florida Cultural Consortium for Visual and Media Arts. She is a two-time recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and has subsequently served many times as a panelist for this award.

Seeman’s pieces are in many important international public and private collections. Some museum collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sadberk Hanim Museum in Turkey, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design. Private collections include Glen Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, the West Collection, and Hallmark Cards to name a few.

Her work is featured in 29 books, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Seeman has severed as a Board of Trustee of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts since 2009.

Bonnie Seeman


Jennifer Basile, Associate Senior Professor
Office: M-313
Phone: (305) 237-2784

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MFA: Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
A: University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Courses Taught:

  • ART1330C – Figure Drawing 
  • ART2301C – Drawing 2
  • ART2302C – Advanced Drawing
  • ART2500C – Painting 1
  • ART2501C – Painting 2
  • ART2502C – Advance Painting
  • ART1000 – Art Appreciation
  • ART2400C – Printmaking
  • ART1205C – Color & Composition

Tony Chirinos, Associate Senior Professor
Office: M-312
Phone: (305) 237-2209

MFA: Columbia University, New York, New York
BFA: Florida International University, Miami, Florida
AA: Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida  

Tony Chirinos received a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York. Trained as a Bio-medical photographer in 1985 at Miami Children’s Hospital, later in 1989 Mr. Chirinos created the Medical photography department at Baptist Health Systems in which he worked as the Director until his departure in 2001. Mr. Chirinos is a Fellow of the South Florida Cultural Consortium. His work has been exhibited at Candela Books + Gallery, Richard Virginia; The Leroy Neiman Gallery in New York, NY; Hunter College/Time Square Gallery; Centro Colombo Americano in Bogotá, Colombia; Silver Eye for Photography, Pittsburg, PA; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland Oregon; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado; SRO Photo Gallery at Texas Tech University; UNO St. Claude Gallery, New Orleans; Photo Center NW, Seattle Washington; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts in Miami Florida; Art Miami, South Beach, Florida; and Ism-Gallery, Wynwood Art District Downtown Miami Florida among others. Mr. Chirinos will be participating in the III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial with his series Lost Structures. The series Cocks was featured in Issue seventeen: Vice. Tony Chirinos was among 100 photographers that participated in Review Santa Fe 2012, which is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world. Mr. Chirinos also received an Honorable Mention under the Documentary Category in the Blurb’s Photography Book Now 2011 Competition. His work has been collected by Candela Collection - Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond Virginia, CPW – The Center of Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York; Light Work, Syracuse, New York; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington; Enfoco, New York, New York and Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Mr. Chirinos is currently an Associate Senior Professor at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus in Miami Florida, he has been teaching photography since 2003. 

Courses Taught:

  • PGY2110C – Color Photography 1

    PGY2111C – Color Photography 2

    PGY2112C – Color Photography 3

    PGY2401C – Intro to Photography

    PGY2404 – Intermediate Photography

    PGY2475 – Advanced Photography

    PGY2800C – Digital Photography



John Frazier, Assistant Professor
Office: M-314
Phone: (305) 237-2625

BA: Chemistry and African Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
MA: Art History and African Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington IN
ABD: Non-Western Arts and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN  

Professor Frazier is a world-renowned non-Western cultural expert who regularly consults with the United Nations, UNICEF, Louvre Museum, Field Museum of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Walt Disney Company, Ikea, Pier 1 Imports, U.S. Department of Education, National Museum of African Art, Beijing University, Sorbonne University and University of Nigeria. "Frazier" (as he is affectionately called) has traveled the world working with diverse populations and helping people educate their youth, including the Baka Pygmies of Central Africa, Ibo of Nigeria, Sudanese refugees in Chad and Kenya, Rwandan orphans in Kenya, Vodou practitioners in Haiti, and Mexican street artists. To date, Professor Frazier’s educational programs and curriculum, have served 1.5 million children, 65,000 teachers, 15,000 refugees, and 1,000 collegiate faculty. As a leader in innovative pedagogical approaches, Frazier has received numerous awards, including four American Museum Association excellence awards, three “Best Practices in Education” awards, and curriculum-writing awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Illinois State Board of Education, Indiana State Board of Education, United Nations, UNICEF, British Arts Council, and National Board of Multicultural Education.  

Professor Frazier challenges students to get involved in community and global issues as part of his changemaking in the classroom. His recent article, "Creating a Generation of Humanitarian Art Activists (Artivists)", explores how a collegiate education can empower students to change the world. To date Frazier's college students have raised more than $150,000 for social causes, donated more than 30,000 community service hours, and positively impacted the lives of more than 250,000 global citizens. For all of his efforts, Professor Frazier has been honored with two Lifetime President's Volunteer Service Awards from U.S. President Obama.  

Courses Taught:

  • ARH1000 – Art Appreciation
  • ARH1000 – Honors Art Appreciation
  • ARH2050 – Art History 1
  • ARH2051 – Art History 2
  • ARH2740 – Cinema Appreciation
  • IDH1001 – Honors Leadership Seminar 1
  • IDH1002 – Honors Leadership Seminar 2



Yomarie Silva,  Assistant Professor
Office: M-304
Phone: (305) 237-2659

BFA: Painting & Sculpture, Florida International University, Miami, FL
MFA: Sculpture, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Yomarie Silva has exhibited consistently in the Southeast, showcasing her biomorphic sculptural forms. Recently, she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Deering Estate in Miami, Florida. There she completed a body of work about arachnids & fauna which was exhibited at the Estate.

Courses Taught:

  • ARH1000 – Art Appreciation
  • ART1300C – Drawing
  • ART1205C – Color & Composition
  • ART1203C – 3D Design
  • ART2701C, ART2702C & ART2703C – Sculpture 1, 2 & 3


Dr. Charles Fink, Professor
Office: M-311
Phone: (305) 237-2030

PhD: Philosophy, University of Miami, Florida
MA: Philosophy, University of Miami, Florida
BA: Philosophy, Florida International University, Miami, Florida  

Courses Taught:

  • PHI1100 – Introduction to Logic
  • PHI2010 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHM2300 – Political Philosophy
  • PHI2604 – Critical Thinking & Ethics .

Charles Fink has been a professor at the college since 1993. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Miami, where he specialized in logic. His current areas of interest include animal ethics, anarchism, and Buddhism. Over the years, he has published two introductory texts, one on general philosophy and the other on ethics. Charles has also published several articles on topics ranging from vegetarianism to Buddhist metaphysics.



Adam Hauptfeld, Instructor
Office: M-316
Phone: (305) 237-2656

MA: Philosophy, University Of Miami, Miami, Florida
BA: Philosophy, UC Santa Cruz, California

Originally from California, Adam Hauptfeld has been teaching at Miami Dade College full-time since 2018. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in the epistemology and phenomenology of perception. His primary philosophical interests beyond perception include the Mind/Brain problem, Bertrand Russell, philosophy of science, 18th Century European philosophy, and the pedagogy of philosophy. His favorite band is The Beatles, his favorite team is the Boston Red Sox, and his favorite movie is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Courses Taught:

PHI 2010 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 2604 – Critical Thinking and Ethics



Dr. Amy Lund, Professor
Office: M-304
Phone: (305) 237-2661

PhD: Philosophy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 
MA: Philosophy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 
BA: Philosophy, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas 
Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Art, Nineteenth Century Philosophy, Kant
Areas of Competency: Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, and Feminist Philosophy.

Courses Taught:

  • PHI 2010 – Introduction to Philosophy

    PHI 2604 – Critical Thinking & Ethics

    PHM 2300-Political Philosophy


Allen McPhee, Associate Senior Professor
Office: M-315
Phone: (305) 237-2636

MA: Philosophy, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
: Philosophy, University of California at Davis      

Courses Taught:

  • PHI 2010 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 2604 – Critical Thinking & Ethics



Dr. Mark Neunder, Professor
Office: M-310
Phone: (305) 237-2652

PhD: Philosophy, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Philosophy, University Of Miami, Miami, Florida
Philosophy, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio  

Dr. Mark Neunder received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Miami in 2001, for a dissertation on the ethics of genetic engineering.  Material from this study was published as “Can Genetic Enhancement Be Obligatory?  Four Arguments” in the Journal of Philosophical Research.  His interests include applied ethics, ancient philosophy, skepticism, argumentation theory, rhetoric, and the philosophy of religion.  

Courses Taught:

  • PHI2010 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI2604 – Critical Thinking & Ethics



Ray Morales, Assistant Professor of Art. Area Head of Ceramics
Office: M-305
Phone: (305) 237-0462


Courses Taught:

  • ART2703 – Advanced Sculpture

    ART2750C – Ceramics I

    ART2751C – Ceramics II

    ART2771C – Advanced Ceramics

    ARH1000 – Art Appreciation



Kris Arca, Assistant Professor
Office: M-302
Phone: (305) 237-0455

MPhil: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
MA: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
BA: Florida International University, Miami, Florida

While born and raised in Miami, Kris feels most at home in the classroom. In 2006, he completed his undergraduate education at Florida International University, studying both philosophy and psychology. From there, he pursued two graduate degrees at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven—one of the oldest universities in Belgium, and all of Western Europe. In addition to his role at Miami Dade College, he is currently completing his doctorate at KU Leuven. His dissertation is on the relationship between memory, imagination, and personal identity in Paul Ricœr's existential hermeneutics. His chief philosophical interests include the nature of personal identity, phenomenology, and Continental Philosophy. A lifelong comic book geek, Kris prides himself on his ability to surreptitiously make obscure references to Spider-Man. For example, there are at least five references in this paragraph.

Courses Taught:

  • PHI2010 – Introduction to Philosophy

    PHI2604 – Critical Thinking and Ethics

Kris Arca


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