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Article 1: Implementation of a Civic Engagement Community Change Model by a Community College Through the Integration of Technology and Social Media as a Strategic Element.

Prof. Hector W. Soto, J.D
Assistant Professor of Law and Public Policy
Hostos Community College

Hector W. Soto has been teaching courses regarding the U.S. legal system, criminal law, U.S. policing and police- community relations for more than 12 years. He is the founder of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, a school for the training of community organizers and the promotion of community civic engagement. He is also a founding board member of Community Learning Partnership, a national organization that promotes the development of community change studies degree programs in community colleges. Professor Soto is a graduate of Queens College CUNY and the New York University School of Law.

Contact information:
Email: hsoto@hostos.cuny.edu
Telephone (mobile): 917-557-7925
Telephone (office): 718-518-6718


 Article 2: Hispanic Students and Online Learning: Factors of Success.

Floralba Arbelo, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Title V. Project Director
Carlos Albizu University, Miami

Dr. Floralba Arbelo has had the privilege of teaching, mentoring students, and participating in community based education in the United States and in the Caribbean.  Her areas of expertise include research methods, curriculum development, distance education, youth development, nonprofit management, and grant writing. Dr. Arbelo mentors graduate students in their research for qualifying degrees. Her own research centers on Hispanic student achievement, Hispanic Serving Institutions, student retention, and online teaching and learning. Dr. Arbelo earned her bachelor degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, a master’s degree The New School for Public Engagement, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.

Contact information:
Email: farbelo@albizu.edu

 

Karli Martin, M.S.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Carlos Albizu University

Ms. Karli Martin is a clinical psychology doctoral student at Albizu University in Miami, Florida. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from SUNY Oneonta in New York. Her clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment, behavior therapy, traumatic brain injury, neurodevelopmental disorders, dementia, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. She enjoys hiking, bowling and relaxing at home with her two dogs for self-care. Karli aspires to learn more about a variety of cultures through her work and travel.

Contact information:
Email: kmartin002@sunmail.albizu.edu


Ailema Frigerio, PsyD

School Psychologist
Miami Dade Public Schools

Dr. Ailema Frigerio is a licensed psychologist with the Miami Dade County public school system. Formerly Assistant Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor at Carlos Albizu University, she has mentored countless students through to degree completion at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels.  Dr. Frigerio has earned her bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from Carlos Albizu University.

Contact information:
Email: afrigerio@sunmail.albizu.edu


Article 3: Teaching Online on a South Bronx Community College.

Dr. Elys Vasquez-Iscan, Ed.D., MPH
Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College

Dr. Elys Vasquez-Iscan teaches online and hybrid courses in the Health Education Unit at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York.  Her research interests entail analyzing HIV and its intersection with gender and violence and health inequities; online research to identify coping responses to stress among vulnerable populations; developing strategies for multicultural competence among health professionals; evaluating the impact of e-health on health disparities; capacity building for local and international disease prevention efforts; utilization of community based participatory research for health promotion and community empowerment. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and an ELEVATE Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Minority Serving Institutions. She enjoys teaching the diverse Hostos student population due to the wealth of life experience that they bring into the classroom.

Contact information:
Email: evasquez-iscan@hostos.cuny.edu


Article 4: The Practice of Peer Observation.

Jacqueline M. DiSanto, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Education Department
Coordinator of the Early-Childhood Education Program
Hostos Community College

Dr. Jacqueline M. DiSanto area of expertise include curriculum, administration and supervision, online learning, and open-educational resources.  She has served as school administrator for pre-school through grade 12.  Dr. DiSanto is a founding member and former chair of the Peer Observation Improvement Network for Teaching (POINT); she serves on the Instructional Evaluation and Hostos Online Learning Assessment committees.  Her most recent publications focused on student perceptions of online learning and on a college-wide assessment initiative that addressed measuring skills development through general-education competencies and program-learning outcomes.  She is the vice-chair of the board of trustees of the New York City Montessori Charter School.

Contact Information:
Phone:  718 518-4437
Email:  jdisanto@hostos.cuny.edu

Sandy Figueroa, M.S.
Associate Professor
Hostos Community College

Professor Sandy Figueroa, M.S., has been at Hostos Community College since 1976 as an adjunct and then from 1979 as an instructor in the Secretarial Science Department.  In 1980, the College went through a re-organization process and the Secretarial Science Department became one of three units in the Business Department.  The other units were:  Business and Accounting and Data Processing.  Since 1999, Professor Figueroa has been teaching in the Computer Information Systems Unit.  From 2003 until 2006, she was the chair of the Business Department.  Currently, Professor Figueroa is the Coordinator for the Office Technology Unit of the Business Department.  Professor Figueroa is chair of a number of college-wide committees, including the Curriculum Committee, and has served on a number of committees in the Business Department and the College.  She is a founding of member of the Peer Observation Improvement Network for Teaching (POINT).

Contact information:
Phone:  718 518-6512
Email:  sfigueroa@hostos.cuny.edu

Carlos Guevara, M.S.
Director
Office of Educational Technology
Hostos Community College

Mr. Carlos Guevara, was born in Quito (Ecuador), and is an innate leader and fighter and first-generation college student.  He holds B.S. and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from CUNY and NYU Poly, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Instructional Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. With over 15 years of experience in higher education, Mr. Guevara currently works at Hostos Community College as Director of the Office of Educational Technology, where he provides vision to strengthen and bring innovation to teaching and learning through technology.  He has established a successful organizational culture shift around technology adoption, implementing initiatives centered on mentoring and communities of practice.  He is a frequent presenter of a variety of academic technology topics at national and international conferences.  His main research areas of interest are online learning, social networking in education, and game-based learning.

Contact information:
Phone:  718 319-7915
Email:  cguevara@hostos.cuny.edu
ePORTFOLIO:  http://hostos.digication.com/carlosguevara

Antonios Varelas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Hostos Community College

Dr. Antonios Varelas is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York.  He is an Applied Behavior Analyst whose research interests include concept-formation protocols and clicker technology in the undergraduate classroom, and the impact of supplemental instruction programs on students who serve as peer leaders.  He currently serves on the college-wide Personnel and Budget committee and on POINT.

Contact information:
Phone:  718 518-6886
Email: avarelas@hostos.cuny.edu

Diana Macri, M.S.Ed., R.D.H.
Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College

Professor Macri teaches three core courses in the Dental Hygiene unit:  Oral Pathology, Oral Microbiology and Ethics, Jurisprudence and Practice Management.  Her publications can be seen in medical and dental hygiene journals and she is a frequent contributor to online industry publications.  She has presented at professional conferences nationally and internationally.  She is the current chair of POINT.  Professor Macri is involved in many advocacy efforts, specifically those which seek to resolve health disparities seen in Hispanic populations, both nationally and abroad. She is currently collaborating with dental faculty from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and New York University College of Dentistry, through an ADEA/Gies Foundation grant, to increase dental and dental hygiene student interest in academic careers. She has been appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of the American Dental Education Association; is a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education, and MedEdPORTAL Publications; was the editorial director for RDH Graduate, a newsletter for dental hygiene students and recent graduates published by Pennwell Corp; and is the Treasurer of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene.

Contact information:
Phone:  718 319-7970
Email:  dmacri@hostos.cuny.edu

Andrea Fabrizio,Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair
English Department
Hostos Community College

Dr. Andrea Fabrizio received her B.A. in English from Fordham University and her Ph.D. in English with a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.  Her scholarly interests include 17th century women’s spiritual writing and writing pedagogy.  She currently co-coordinates the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Initiative at Hostos and was a founding member of POINT.

Contact information:
Phone:  718 518-6697
Email:  afabrizio@hostos.cuny.edu

Sherese Mitchell, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Hostos Community College

Dr. Sherese A. Mitchell has served as an Assistant Professor at Hostos Community College for nine years.  She holds an Educational Doctorate in Instructional Leadership with a focus on Learning Styles.  Prior to working in academics, she spent 20 years in the field working with children in various settings and leadership roles.  Dr. Mitchell has brought that experience in her current instructional position to future educators enrolled in methods courses at Hostos.  In those courses, she constantly invites student- and colleague-feedback to revise course organization and content to meet the varied learning needs of all students.  She is passionate about student accountability and classroom management and provides staff development on such.  Dr. Mitchell serves as a chair of the Student Disciplinary and Instructional Evaluation committees at Hostos.  She is an executive board member of NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs) and the Children’s center at Hostos.  Additionally, she provides voluntary services of staff development in educational settings and is the Academic Director at a summer camp.  Beyond her learning-style and note-taking research, Dr. Mitchell has presented many papers at national, local, and regional conferences.

Contact Information:
Phone:  718 518-4413
Email:  smitchell@hostos.cuny.edu

Sean Gerrity, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English
Hostos Community College

Dr. Sean Gerrity earned his Ph.D. in English with a Certificate in American Studies from The City University of New York’s Graduate Center in 2017.  Since then, he has been Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College, where he teaches first-year composition, first-year seminar, and various other courses in writing and literature.  His scholarly writing has appeared in Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of American Studies, and MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. He has also written about maintaining an active research agenda as a community-college instructor for Inside Higher Ed​ and has had his research featured on WAMC Public Radio’s “The Academic Minute” program. He regularly presents his research at both local and national conferences. He is trained as a scholar of early nineteenth-century American literature and slavery, and he is also interested in anti-racist pedagogy and assessment practices at the community college as well as Writing Across the Curriculum. He is a member of POINT.

Contact information:
Email:  sgerrity@hostos.cuny.edu
Webpage:  https://www.seangerrity.com
Twitter: @g3rrity


Article 5: Tendencias en la Evaluación de Cursos en Línea.

Dr. Liana Iveth Gutiérrez Moreno
Professor
School of Business Administration
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto Río Piedras

She has a Master Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Her topic of research was the evaluation of an online Mathematics course. She worked on various professional development projects for teachers and as designer of online Mathematics modules. In addition, she has a Certification in Construction of Virtual Environments.

Contact information:
Email: liana.gutierrez@upr.edu


Article 6: To Blend or not to Blend: A Case Study of On-line Learning in General Biology.

Yasmine Edwards, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Bronx Community College

Dr. Yasmin Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Bronx Community College. Her research focus is DNA Repair Systems. Her most recent article “An Msh3 ATPase domain mutation has no effect on DNA Mismatch Repair, published by BioMed Central Research Notes in November 2017 reveals the limited effect of the protein on DNA Mismatch Repair. She is also currently engaged in pedagogical research projects focused on the impact of accelerated workshops/courses on students’ long-term performance as well as the effective use of technology to enhance student comprehension in undergraduate science courses. Dr. Edwards is the program coordinator for the Biotechnology Program at Bronx Community College, a student research mentor and Biology Club faculty advisor.

Contact information:
Email: Yasmin.edwards@bcc.cuny.edu

Dr. Hisseine Faradj
Assistant Professor
Political Science/Sociology
Department of Social Sciences

Dr. Hisseine Faradj is an Assistant Professor of Political Science/Sociology at the Bronx Community College of the City University Of New York. His research interest is in the area of political/social theory focusing primarily on the intersectionality between religion and politics. Dr. Faradj is also interested in pedagogical methodology in face-to-face environment as well as online.

Contact information:
Address: Colston Hall, Room 329/327, 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Email:
hisseine.faradj@bcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-289-5822
Fax: 718-289-6099


Article 7: Zoom: An Innovative Solution for the Live-online Virtual Classroom.

Tamara JG Barbosa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Business Communication Department
College of Business Administration
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

Dr. Tamara JG Barbosa has spent over two decades working in the areas of Distance & Online Education, Business Communication & Technology, in-service and Pre- service Teacher Education with an emphasis in TESOL, STEM, Evaluation & Assessment, Leadership & Organizational Development, Executive Education, Public Policy & Management in academia, government and non-profit institutions. She has designed and developed over 1,347 hours of eLearning courses for Federal Senior Executive Service training, and Skills Training at the USDA and 1,071 hours of Graduate online courses at various universities in the USA. Dr. Barbosa has been named an Edmodo Spanish-speaking Ambassador (top user out of 90+ M) at the global education social learning network. She holds a PhD in Educational Policy, Leadership & Technology and an MA in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University and an MA in TESOL in College from New York University.

Contact Information:
Email: tamara.Barbosa@upr.edu

Mary Jo Barbosa, M.S.
Professor, Biological Sciences Department
College of General Studies
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

Professor Mary Jo Barbosa spent over six decades teaching Biological Sciences. She was a pioneer integrating technology into the classroom. From audio-visual materials to Zoom.  She began her career in 1960 as a high school Biology teacher. She worked at the Biological Sciences Department where she taught first-year Biology for 53 years. She created the first audio-visual course for the Biological Sciences department. In 2004, after 39 years of pencil and bubble testing, Prof. Barbosa changed to online assessment using the Blackboard LMS for all tests. She input her entire item pool that had been researched and fine-tuned in the previous 39 years with a base sample of over 42,000 first-year students.  Prof. Barbosa was the first Director of Environmental Education at the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources, where she created the first high school biology research-based course about Puerto Rico. At the PRDNR, she created videotapes for the classroom and for teacher training.  In 2012 she created videos for her YouTube channel (Induktiva), in the areas of Mendelian Genetics and Drosophila melanogaster culturing techniques. In 2017, she integrated Zoom to teach live-online. Prof. Barbosa holds an MS in Biology from Rutgers University and Doctoral Studies in Higher Education from New York University. In the Spring of 2018, Prof. Barbosa became a Distinguished Honorary Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for her contributions to Leadership, Scholarship and Service.


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