In collaboration with the CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy, we are expanding on the In collaboration with the CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy, we are expanding on the extremely successful Queens College discussion series of the pedagogy of kindness. This CUNY-wide discussion will delve into the Pedagogy of Kindness and the Universal Design for Learning aspects of teaching. In this iteration of the discussion series, we cover a greater scope of topics, focusing on facilitating faculty excellence through both Pedagogy of Kindness and Universal Design Learning, such as the origins of the pedagogy of kindness, inclusive teaching through UDL, trauma-informed teaching, etc.
Join us as we embark on a journey of care within our diverse CUNY community!
All sessions will be on Zoom, from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Registration is closed.Keynote: Origins of the Pedagogy of Kindness | with Catherine (Cate) Denial | March 9, 2022
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/ljL7MAk3whA
Keynote Speaker: Catherine Denial, PhD. (HIST, Knox College)
About Cate Denial
Cate Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, Chair of the History department, and Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. A 2018-2021 Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Cate is the winner of the American Historical Association’s 2018 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching award, and a former member of the Digital Public Library of America‘s Educational Advisory Board. Cate currently sits on the boards of the Western Historical Quarterly and Commonplace: A Journal of Early American Life. Cate is at work on a new book, A Pedagogy of Kindness, under contract with West Virginia University Press. Her historical research has examined the early nineteenth-century experience of pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing in Upper Midwestern Ojibwe and missionary cultures, research that grew from Cate’s previous book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country (2013). In summer 2018, Cate was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA.
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/bzXZGh2vrXg
Schiro Withanachchi, PhD. (ECON and BALA, Queens College)
Schiro Withanachchi is a Lecturer of Economics and Director of the Business and Liberal Arts (BALA) Honors Minor program. Her 20 years of teaching has involved innovative pedagogy using globalized curriculums through international alliances. As the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Coordinator and appointee to CUNY’s Council for Career Development and Engagement, Schiro is bridging the gap between business and knowledge. In 2019, QC officially launched the COIL Faculty Fellowships. The aim of the fellowship is to offer faculty the opportunity to develop strategies for incorporating an international element into their courses, advance research with international colleagues, and expand QC’s global presence. Without the impediments of cost, time, or insecurity, COIL develops skills that enhance students’ career success through engagement with peers from diverse language, sociocultural, and educational backgrounds.
Jessica Levin, M.A. (IEL, Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Jessica Levin is the Experiential Learning and Study Abroad Manager at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). In an effort to create more equitable and sustainable opportunities for international engagement, Jessica developed a program for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) in partnership with BMCC’s E-Learning and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The program has been able to support faculty from various disciplines in virtual exchange.
Olga Aksakalova, PhD. (ENGL, LaGuardia Community College)
Olga Aksakalova is Professor of English and Coordinator of the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program at LaGuardia Community College. In her role as COIL Coordinator, Dr. Aksakalova has supported over a hundred of class-to-class partnerships with thirty international institutions of higher education. Her scholarship focuses on COIL program administration; COIL in the humanities; civic engagement in transnational writing programs; bilingual writing centers; 20th century American literature and autobiography studies. Dr. Aksakalova serves on the board of non-profit organization COIL Connect and on the editorial board of College Composition and Communication.
Grace Pai, PhD. (STEM, Guttman Community College)
Grace Pai is an Assistant Professor at Guttman Community College where she teaches mathematics and statistics. In addition to being a former high school math teacher in New York City and a Peace Corps Volunteer, she worked as Senior Research Associate at the New York City Department of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in International Education with a concentration in applied statistics from New York University, an M.Ed. in Secondary School Mathematics from Brooklyn College, and an Ed. M. in Human Development and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include culturally relevant pedagogy, college access and success, global learning, and math education.
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/rjI6wgoNmSc
Antonia Levy, M.A. (SOC, CUNY School of Professional Studies)
Antonia Levy is an East German transplant to New York and is currently the Associate Director of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology at CUNY School of Professional Studies. She also teaches as an adjunct instructor in the sociology program at the school. Working in faculty development and instructional technology, she is dedicated to the implementation of universal design as part of the struggle for more equality in higher education.
Michelle Gastulo, M.A. (OFDIT, CUNY School of Professional Studies)
Michelle Gastulo is an Instructional Design Specialist at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She provides faculty support and training through live sessions and facilitated workshops on topics such as Blackboard, Open Educational Resources, accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning.
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/6iZi9QV8hFw
jean amaral, MLIS, M.A. (LIBR, Borough of Manhattan Community College)
jean amaral (MLIS, MA), associate professor and open knowledge librarian at Borough of Manhattan Community College, partners with faculty across disciplines to create active and engaging learning experiences for students through open knowledge practices, such as open educational resources and Wikipedia edit-a-thons. Having taught information literacy, as well as literature and composition, for several years, amaral strives for student-centered learning experiences with a focus on asset pedagogies including culturally sustaining and trauma informed pedagogy and universal design for learning.
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/4MAUzojuiC0
J. Elizabeth Clark, Ph.D. (ENGL, LaGuardia Community College)
J. Elizabeth Clark shares her ideas about writing and technology at LaGuardia Community College where she teaches composition, children’s literature, and fiction writing. In addition to teaching, Liz has held a variety of roles such as Writing Program Director, Chair of the Common Reading Program, director of the Accelerated Learning Program for basic writing and working extensively with the college’s award-winning ePortfolio program. Liz is particularly interested in reflection as a tool for integrative learning, and the intersections of writing and technology. When CUNY’s Mindset program began, Liz was excited to explore how mindset work might help to transform basic writing and composition classrooms. After taking the CUNY Mindset course, she returned to serve as a CUNY Mindset fellow. She’s excited to share the CUNY Mindset work.
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/ExSS5ta71q0
Desiree Byrd, PhD. (PSYCH, Queens College)
Desiree is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the City University of New York, Queens College and the Graduate Center with a joint appointment in Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a board-certified neuropsychologist and a nationally recognized leader in the field of cross-cultural neuropsychology. She has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and 10 book chapters. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Culture and Psychology and Decolonizing Psychology.
David P. Rivera, PhD. (ECP, Queens College)
Dr. David P. Rivera is an associate professor of counselor education at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), where he is also the Founding Director of the CUNY LGBTQI Student Leadership Program. He holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Wyoming. His research is guided by critical theories and social justice frameworks and explores cultural competency development and issues impacting the marginalization and wellbeing of people of color and oppressed sexual orientation and gender identity groups, with a focus on microaggressions. He has published books, journal articles, and book chapters in various areas of multicultural psychology, education, and social justice, and his latest co-edited books, Affirming LGBTQ+ Students in Higher Education and Critical Theories for School Psychology and Counseling: A Foundation for Equity and Inclusion in School-Based Practice will be released in 2022. Dr. Rivera holds leadership positions with the American Psychological Association, The Steve Fund, and The Council for Opportunity in Education. He has received national honors from the American Psychological Association, the American College Counseling Association, and the American College Personnel Association.
Sophia McGee, M.A. (CERRU, Queens College)
Sophia Salguero McGee is a founding member of the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding at Queens College, and one of two founding Director/Facilitators of the CUNY Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Incubator. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the History Department at Queens College, where she teaches a series of courses about the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict.
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/SxAO5ZLRYTE
Rachael Benavidez, M.A. (ENGL, Queens College)
Rachael Benavidez is an Adjunct Lecturer of English at CUNY Queens College and at BMCC. She is also the Assistant to the Directors of First Year Writing (FYW) at QC and received her Master’s in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Africana Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests focus on cultivating student recognition of their emerging scholarship through scaffolded low-stakes writing assignments and on the discourse of visual rhetoric.
Lindsey Albracht, PhD. (ENGL, Queens College)
Lindsey Albracht (she/her/hers) works as a Lecturer in the English department at Queens College. She currently teaches undergraduate classes on writing, and previously worked in interdisciplinary faculty education, writing centers, and in the field of TESOL. Her recent work appears in Journal of American Studies in Italy, Axis, and Visible Pedagogy, and her forthcoming work will appear in the edited collection, Racing Translingualism in Composition: Toward a Race-Conscious Translingualism.
Kara Schlichting, PhD. (HIST, Queens College)
Kara Murphy Schlichting is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY. She earned her PhD from Rutgers University. Her work in late-19th and 20th-century American History sits at the intersection of urban, environmental, and political history, with a particular focus on New York City. She is the author ‘New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore’ (University of Chicago Press 2019).
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/Xfm4qDOkpww
Lisa Brundage, PhD. (ENGL, Macaulay Honors College)
Lisa A. Brundage, Ph.D. is Director of Academic Affairs at Macaulay Honors College, CUNY. Lisa heads the Teaching and Learning Collaboratory at Macaulay, supervising a team of postdocs and graduate students who support integration of pedagogically appropriate academic technology into Macaulay seminars. Lisa also oversees numerous experiential learning events at Macaulay, including co-directing the annual BioBlitz, IDEA Day, and Night at the Museum. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, where her work focused on race, sexuality, and motherhood in interwar literature. Lisa is also a member of the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Center’s Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program.
Luke Waltzer, PhD. (HIST, The Graduate Center)
Luke Waltzer is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he supports GC students in their teaching across the CUNY system and beyond, and works on a variety of pedagogical and digital projects. He previously was the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch College. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the Graduate Center, serves as Director of Community Projects for the CUNY Academic Commons, is a faculty member in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program and MA Program in Digital Humanities, and directs the CUNY Humanities Alliance. He serves on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and has contributed essays to Matthew K. Gold’s Debates in the Digital Humanities and, with Thomas Harbison, to Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki’s Writing History in the Digital Age.
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/TsOtd1jPQVA
Donna McGregor, Assistant Professor, Analytical Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM, Lehman College)
Donna McGregor is an analytically trained inorganic chemist who earned her PhD., in Analytical Chemistry from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her PhD thesis focused specifically on understanding the speciation and oxidation state stabilization of technetium-99 (Tc-99) using polyoxometalates as metal oxide mimics. Her primary research interests today are in the fields of Chemical Education Pedagogy, the continued understanding of Tc-99 coordination chemistry and the use of short peptide building blocks for the intelligent design of more complex metal-chelating systems and nanostructures with proton transfer capabilities. Donna started her academic career at Hunter College in 2009 and in 2015 moved to Lehman College to help build their chemistry program.
Donna is an expert in chemical pedagogy and her research in this area is specifically focused on the use of active learning to increase retention and close the pervasive achievement gap in General Chemistry. While faculty at Hunter Donna was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Mentoring in the Sciences Award on two different occasions, the Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, the Witten Award for Excellence in Teaching and was appointed as a Faculty Fellow for the Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching. Upon moving to Lehman Donna and her colleague Pamela Mills won the national Gates funded Online Learning Consortium Digital Learning Innovation Award for advancing undergraduate student success in General Chemistry courses through the adoption of digital learning courseware. Donna was a member of the 21st Century CUNY Steering Committee to develop the CUNY Strategic Framework and currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Andrew W Mellon sponsored CUNY Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH) initiative.
Donna has recruited and trained upwards of 20 students (undergraduate and graduate) in her academic career, is co-PI of the Lehman College RISE program and PI of the IDMinNYC Materials Science NSF REU program with City College and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.
Recorded presentation: https://youtu.be/kjCpC36q2Eg
Sara P. Alvarez, PhD. (ENGL, Queens College)
Sara P Alvarez is Assistant Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY). Her qualitative research focuses on the multilingual and academic writing practices of self-outed U.S. undocumented young adults. Sara is also Associate Investigator with CUNY’s, first of its kind, Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE), learning with and from the K-12 lived experiences of immigrant-generation students and their communities in the state of New York. Sara’s publications have appeared in the journals Equity and Excellence in Education, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Literacy in Composition Studies among others.