Maria Oujo

Senior Lecturer/Assistant Director

Petrocelli College

Program Affiliations

Irene Oujo is a Senior Lecturer and the Assistant Director of Latino Promise® and HACER at Petrocelli College, Fairleigh Dickinson University. In these positions, Irene has worked to improve the college entrance, retention and graduation rates of Latino college students from urban areas in northern New Jersey, including Bergen County. She also gives bilingual presentations on the college admissions and financial aid processes to high school students and their families at FDU and surrounding high schools, emphasizing the importance of attending college, particularly for Latino students. Irene also works closely with local high school guidance counselors to ensure that students are receiving the best opportunity to gain access to higher education.
Irene has also worked in the classroom for 10 years teaching English as a Second Language and Public Speaking to immigrant adult learners and English Composition & Literature and Leadership to traditional age students. She has implemented a variety of teaching methods to meet the diversified needs of bilingual students, including the development of online ESL courses, and the use of lectures and projects designed to create positive results in individuals and groups.
Prior to entering academia, Irene worked for seven years at the Center for Social & Legal Research, a nonprofit organization located in Hackensack, NJ.  Here, she wrote and edited articles for the award winning newsletter, Privacy & American Business, and organized conferences and other events focused on privacy and data protection involving both the private and public sectors.  
Irene is currently enrolled at Columbia University’s Teachers College as a doctoral student working toward her degree in the College Teaching of English. She received her Master’s degree in International Communications, her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, and Spanish translation certificate from American University in Washington, D.C.

Short Abstract


  • Ed.D.C.T. Candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MA, International Communication, American University
  • Spanish Translation Certificate

Courses Taught

  • Literature & Composition I & II, ESL, Latino Leadership


  • Board of Trustees, Bergen Community College