Authors

Article 1: Common Final Cumulative Exam in Anatomy and Physiology: A Decade of Summative Assessment Reveals Most Challenging Concepts and Prompts Various Interventions

Abass Abdullahi, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

 Dr. Abass Abdullahi has a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where he has mainly worked on carbohydrate metabolism and related gene expression under changing environmental conditions using various models like diatoms, bacteria and recently yeasts (Pichia pastoris). He has successfully obtained PSC CUNY and CUNY Collaborative grants and a recent US patent through CUNY’s research foundation. This was on collaborative work with City College related to the “Purification of Recombinant Human α-Galactosidase A with C-terminal Truncation with Increased Activity”. Dr. Abdullahi has also helped design Bronx Community College of CUNY’s Biotechnology program, which he coordinated until recently and still teaches in the program on a course in Cell and Molecular Biology. Dr. Abdullahi also has interests in pedagogical research including distance learning, assessment, teaching with technology and other innovative teaching strategies. He has been involved in departmental assessment for one of the largest courses, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, for a very long time and still serves as one of the coordinators for A&P. He has published and presented widely in the region and nationally as well as help mentor a number of students and junior faculty.

Contact information:
Email: Abass.Abdullahi@bcc.cuny.edu


Article 2: El líder y la motivación en la organización

Angiemarie Rivera, Ph.D Ed.D
Keiser University

Dr. Angiemarie Rivera holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in Liberal Arts, a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Administration and Educational Supervision from Dowling College, a Doctorate in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Adults from the University of Berne. Dr. Rivera has worked as an elementary education leader in a private educational institution in Puerto Rico. She has also served as a professor at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Puerto Rico, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Universidad del Este (Ana G. Méndez), National University College Online in the Master’s Program in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership. She is also working as a graduate professor in the Educational Graduate Program Master and Doctorate Degree at Keiser University.

Contact information:
Email: anrivera@keiseruniversity.edu 

Brenda Morales, Ph.D
Keiser University

Dr. Brenda Lee Morales holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Elementary Education from Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. A few years later he completed a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at the same institution. In 2016, he completed a PhD in Educational Leadership at Keiser University where he had already earned a Specialist in Education degree. Finally, in the academic aspect, Dr. Morales holds a Post Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Walden University. She is currently doing another Post-Doctorate at Walden University in the Human Resources area. In terms of work and professional career, she has 27 years of experience working in the field of education in several positions as a teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Director of Federal Educational Proposals, Academic Dean, among others. Dr. Morales has worked at all levels of the education system in Puerto Rico, from Head Start to High School and at the university level. Eleven years ago, she began as Director of Federal Proposals and Professor of University Institutions and recently served as Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Humacao Community College in Puerto Rico, where she also offered online courses at university level at the Master’s and PhD level.

Contact information:
Email: bmorales@keiseruniversity.edu

Exi Resto de Leon, MASJ
Keiser University

Exi Resto de León has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Social Work and a minor degree in Psychology from the Ana G. Méndez University System in Cupey, Puerto Rico. Later I completed my master’s degree in the Justice Systems Program with a specialty in Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Processes from the University of the Sacred Heart (USC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For the year two thousand and sixteen I presented my first publication entitled Dominican Women of San Juan de Puerto Rico and health services; Inequity and Diversity. I have been an advisor to master’s students at the University of the Sacred Heart in the preparation of their thesis projects. I am currently pursuing doctoral studies in educational leadership at Keiser University.

Contact information:
Email: EResto@student.KeiserUniversity.edu

Angélica M. Vega, MSEM
Keiser University

Angélica M. Vega de Jesús holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus in Arts Secondary Education, a Master Degree in Science of Environmental Management with a concentration in Environmental Assessment and Risk Management from Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico (Ana G. Méndez).

Angélica M. Vega de Jesús works as a high school teacher in the public system of the Puerto Rico Department of Education. She has taught science courses such as biology, earth sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences and physics. She is also working as a biology teacher in the Ramón Quiñones Medina High School in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.

Contact information:
Email: A.VegaDeJesus@student.keiseruniversity.edu        


Article 3: Evaluación de un curso en línea de Matemática Remedial

Dr. Liana I. Gutiérrez Moreno
Institute of Statistics and Computerized Information Systems
College of Business Administration
University of Puerto Rico

Dr. Gutiérrez Moreno is a professor of the College of Business Administration of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. 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. With over 15 years of experience in higher education, she worked on various professional development projects for teachers and as designer of online Mathematics modules. Her areas of interest are online education, program evaluation, finite element method, numerical analysis and numerical linear algebra.

Contact information:
Email: liana.gutierrez@upr.edu
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9608-9905


Article 4: Impacts Pre-Freshman Immersion Summer Programs have on STEM undergraduate minority students in a Hispanic Serving Institution: An Exploratory Design

Carmen Peraza González
Professor
Universidad Ana G. Méndez-Carolina
Educational Researcher of HSI STEM Title III Program

Dr. Carmen Peraza is a Professor at Universidad Ana G. Méndez Carolina Campus, with over 30 years of experience. She has a PhD in Educational Research, a MA in Education, and a BA in Math Education. Dr. Peraza has published in topic areas such as research methodology, math phobia, and transdisciplinary approaches. She is also the author of various books including a Practical Guide for Action Research, which has been adopted by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. In addition, she did the technical revision of the Spanish version of the well-known Mathematical ideas book by Charles D. Miller et al. Currently, Dr. Peraza is an active member of the Association of Math Teachers of PR and the Puerto Rican Union of Qualitative Research, and serves as peer-reviewed for various Latin-American journals. She was the PI of a Department of Education Title V proposal for the Integration of Math and Geography and is currently serving as the Educational Researcher in the DE HSI-STEM Title III proposal Competency Development Approaches:  Increasing STEM Awareness and Retention to Narrow the Achievement Gap of Hispanic Students awarded to UNE.

Contact information:
Email: ue_cperaza@suagm.edu
Phone: 787-257-7373 ext. 2176

Dr. Marielis E. Rivera Ruiz
(Corresponding author)
Dean School of Science and Technology
Director of HSI STEM Title III Program
Universidad Ana G. Méndez-Carolina

Dr. Marielis Rivera is the Dean of the School at the of Science and Technology of Universidad Ana G. Méndez Carolina Campus. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and postdoctoral experience in Pharmacology from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. Currently is the principal investigator of the DE Title III HSI-STEM program Competency Development Approaches: Increasing STEM Awareness and Retention to Narrow the Achievement Gap of Hispanic Students and oversees the implementation of other programs funded by DE-MSIEP, NIH-RISE, and USDA-WAMS. Dr. Rivera has published in topic areas such as post transcriptional regulation, antifungal drugs, electrical remodeling in the heart and learning strategies in STEM education.

Contact information:
Email: Mrivera966@suagm.edu
Phone: 787-257-7373 ext. 3938

Dr. Nilda G. Medina
Associate Professor
Universidad Ana G. Méndez-Carolina

Dr. Nilda G. Medina is an Associate Professor at the School of Social and Human Sciences of Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM), Carolina. She holds a PhD in Academic-Research Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and a Master Degree in General Psychology from New York University (NYU). From 2011 to 2015 she was a Research Professor in UAGM’s Project VIAS-RIMI and is currently Principal Investigator of several research projects, including Project ECO-RED (Effects of air pollutants on respiratory health and cognition of Puerto Rican children – R15MD010201), funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Medina has several publications in professional journals such as Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action (John Hopkins University Press), the Puerto Rican Journal of Psychology, among others. In addition, she has participated as a speaker in academic and professional forums sponsored by the Inter-American Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychology and the Puerto Rico Psychology Association, among others. Likewise, she has worked as a school psychologist in the public and private sector. Her research interests include neurocognitive development, language development, learning disabilities, school violence and school climate.

Contact information:
Email: nmedina18@suagm.edu

Wined Ramirez Lopez
Scientific Writing Specialist
Universidad Ana G. Méndez-Carolina

Mrs. Wined Ramirez-Lopez holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Puerto Rico-Medical School. She is currently the Scientific Writing Specialist for the Universidad Ana G. Mendez- Carolina Campus School of Science and Technology. Her task is to assist students with developing scientific writing, among others. Before becoming a Scientific Writer, she was a Research Assistant at the Center for Public Health Preparedness. There she was tasked with the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Assessment of the Health Care System in Puerto Rico. Mrs. Ramirez-Lopez’s research experience consists of evaluating the implementation of a sanitary system in a developing community in Haiti and the effects that antibiotic Monensin has on soil bacteria.

Contact information:
Email: wiramirez@suagm.edu
Phone: (787) 257-7373 Ext. 3220

Dr. Frances N. Lugo- Alvarado
Auxiliary Director
School of Science and Technology
Universidad Ana G. Méndez- Carolina Campus

Dr. Frances Lugo is currently the Program Director for the School of Science and Technology at Universidad Ana G. Mendez- Carolina Campus. Her task is to work alongside the School faculty to develop and implement educational strategies to improve students learning. Before becoming the program director for that university, she was the curriculum specialist. As a specialist, her role was to create activities for the development of competency as well as develop the pre-immersion program named “BootCamp,” and biweekly seminars.  Dr. Lugo’s research experience consists of studying the synthesis of materials that can absorb greenhouse gases as well as determining heavy metal algae bioabsorption, and concentration of heavy metals in Puerto Rico freshwater.

Contact information:
Emails: lugof2@suagm.edu; flugo18@gmail.com 
Phone: (787) 257-7373 x. 3219

Saraí Torres Ruíz
Internal Evaluator
Youth Educational Success Project
Universidad Ana G. Méndez- Carolina Campus

Sarai Torres has a master’s degree in Educational Research and Evaluation from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Obtained a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Accounting from the Interamerican University of P.R., Bayamón Campus. For nearly 10 years has evaluated STEM focused projects from Ana G. Méndez University, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and is currently the Internal and Data Evaluator for the Youth Educational Success Project at Global Education Exchange Opportunities. She has worked as a workshop designer focused on new technologies, use of platforms and educational applications for K-12 teachers.

Contact information:
Email: saritoru@gmail.com


Article 5: La matrícula universitaria a distancia de Puerto Rico: Retos y oportunidades

Dr. Marcos Torres-Nazario
Full professor
Distance Education Department
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Campus

Dr. Marcos Torres-Nazario teaches online and face-to-face courses of statistics and research, at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR) Ponce Campus. He received the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from the Inter American University Metro Campus. Also completed a Post Master Certificate in Institutional Research from Florida State University. In 2013 completed a Master Degree in Research and Evaluation at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. During the Summer of 2015 completed the ELearning Expert Certificate from FATLA.

Contact info:
Email: mtorres@ponce.inter.edu
Phone: (787) 284-1912 X-2049
Fax: (787) 841-0103


Article 6: La presencia social de los profesores de los cursos en línea y su relación con el aprovechamiento académico y la satisfacción de los estudiantes con el curso

Peggy Y. Santiago
Professor
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus

Peggy Y. Santiago is professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón. Her master’s degree in Business Education and doctoral degree in Education and Curriculum has enabled her to engage in the profound process of teaching and learning. She has also participated in the process of assessing students learning outcomes and program assessment as part of the accreditation process of Office System Department. She is certified as teacher by the Education Department of Puerto Rico, Microsoft User Specialist in Word and PowerPoint, and as Microsoft Certified Educator.

Under her authorship are various articles published in Revista APEC associated to distance education issues, educational philosophy, and teaching-learning assessment. Likewise, she is coauthor of two books associated with an abbreviation system as well as a productivity program. The author believes that through education the human being thinking process is constantly transformed.

Contact information:
Email: peggy.santiago@upr.edu
Phone: (787) 993-0000, extension 3360


Article 7: Manejo del tiempo desde la perspectiva académica, profesional y personal

Angiemarie Rivera, Ph.D Ed.D
Keiser University

Dr. Angiemarie Rivera holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in Liberal Arts, a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Administration and Educational Supervision from Dowling College, a Doctorate in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Adults from the University of Berne. Dr. Rivera has worked as an elementary education leader in a private educational institution in Puerto Rico. She has also served as a professor at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Puerto Rico, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Universidad del Este (Ana G. Méndez), National University College Online in the Master’s Program in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership. She is also working as a graduate professor in the Educational Graduate Program Master and Doctorate Degree at Keiser University.

Contact information:
Email: anrivera@keiseruniversity.edu

Marlie Toledo
Keiser University

Marlie Toledo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with two Sub-Concentrations in Pre-Technology Medical and Biomedical Science from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Completed a Master Degree of Education in Curriculum and Teaching in Biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Marlie Toledo has been a professor at universities such as Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and Turabo University form Puerto Rico. She has served as a Board Member of Directors at universities.

Contact information:
Email: M.Toledo5@student.keiseruniversity.edu

Brenda Morales, Ph.D
Keiser University

Dr. Brenda Lee Morales holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Elementary Education from Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. A few years later he completed a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at the same institution. In 2016, he completed a PhD in Educational Leadership at Keiser University where he had already earned a Specialist in Education degree. Finally, in the academic aspect, Dr. Morales holds a Post Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Walden University. She is currently doing another Post-Doctorate at Walden University in the Human Resources area. In terms of work and professional career, she has 27 years of experience working in the field of education in several positions as a teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Director of Federal Educational Proposals, Academic Dean, among others. Dr. Morales has worked at all levels of the education system in Puerto Rico, from Head Start to High School and at the university level. Eleven years ago, she began as Director of Federal Proposals and Professor of University Institutions and recently served as Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Humacao Community College in Puerto Rico, where she also offered online courses at university level at the Master’s and PhD level.

Contact information:
Email: bmorales@keiseruniversity.edu

Exi Resto de Leon, MASJ
Keiser University

Exi Resto de León has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Social Work and a minor degree in Psychology from the Ana G. Méndez University System in Cupey, Puerto Rico. Later I completed my master’s degree in the Justice Systems Program with a specialty in Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Processes from the University of the Sacred Heart (USC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For the year two thousand and sixteen I presented my first publication entitled Dominican Women of San Juan de Puerto Rico and health services; Inequity and Diversity. I have been an advisor to master’s students at the University of the Sacred Heart in the preparation of their thesis projects. I am currently pursuing doctoral studies in educational leadership at Keiser University.

Contact information:
Email: EResto@student.KeiserUniversity.edu

Gerardo Ocaña
Keiser University

Gerardo Ocaña holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in Arts with a concentration in Political Sciences and International Relations, a Master’s Degree in Adults Education and Training from University of Phoenix. At this moment, Gerardo is a student of the doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Keiser University. Gerardo has been corporate trainer and instructor in some areas like banking, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank System and airline industry for the last 15 years.

Contact information:
Email: G.Ocana1@student.keiseruniversity.edu

Angélica M. Vega, MSEM
Keiser University

Angélica M. Vega de Jesús holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus in Arts Secondary Education, a Master Degree in Science of Environmental Management with a concentration in Environmental Assessment and Risk Management from Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico (Ana G. Méndez). Angélica M. Vega de Jesús works as a high school teacher in the public system of the Puerto Rico Department of Education. She has taught science courses such as biology, earth sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences and physics. She is also working as a biology teacher in the Ramón Quiñones Medina High School in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.

Contact information:
Email: A.VegaDeJesus@student.keiseruniversity.edu

Noelia Rodriguez
Keiser University

Noelia Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Science of General Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix and actually is a candidate student of a Doctorate Degree in Philosophy in Leadership of Education at Keiser University. Noelia Rodriguez has worked as a Customer Service Supervisor in NeoDeck Corp. in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She also has served as a Case Management Counselor at Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville, Virginia and she is currently working as an Elementary Dual Language Teacher in Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Contact information:
Email: N.Rodriguez58@student.keiseruniversity.edu


Article 8: Peculiaridades de las redes sociales

Elizabeth Díaz Rodriguez EdD, MCE
Ana G. Méndez University, Puerto Rico

Dr. Elizabeth Díaz Rodriguez has had the privilege of teaching, mentoring students and teachers, and participating in community-based education in Puerto Rico. She has served as schoolteacher for elementary through high school for 30 years. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development, distance education, science teaching and education. With over 17 years of experience in higher education Mrs. Díaz currently teaches face to face, online and hybrid courses at the Ana G. Méndez University of Puerto Rico. In addition, has certifications in Distance learning, Construction of Virtual Environments, Microsoft Educator, Cybercrime, Designer modules and IRB, RCR, HIPS. She achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching in Biology Education from the Rio Piedras University Campus, of the University of Puerto Rico, a Master Degree in Science Education from the Cambridge College and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching. She has been editor of the educational journal Conectate AHORA and has written some articles.

Contact information:
Email: edrcc@yahoo.com
Twitter: @elidi
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Article 9: Reframing the Narrative of Hispanic Student Success: From Pipelines to
Ecosystems

Jeanette Morales
Director for PK-Initiatives
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Jeanette Morales is the director for PK-12 initiatives for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. She joined HACU in August 2006. In this position, she works with school districts to better serve their Hispanic populations and help increase the number of Hispanics in post-secondary education. Among the programs she coordinates are professional development programs for high school counselors and university tours for middle and high students. She serves as a liaison to help bridge the gap between school districts and institutions of higher education.  Morales has more than 25 years’ experience working with first-generation, minority students. Her prior experience includes working at the Center for Health Policy Development. She helped launch the Upward Bound Math & Science program at University of Texas at San Antonio working with students from South Texas. At Communities in Schools of San Antonio, she worked with Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs assisting middle and high school students from rural communities develop their skills for post-secondary success. She created a grade specific curriculum to help students navigate their way through the college admission and financial aid processes.  Morales was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s from St. Mary’s University and a master’s from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Contact information:
Email: Jeanette.morales@hacu.net

David Ortiz
Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

David A. Ortiz, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief operating officer for HACU, previously served as the executive director for policy analysis and information at HACU. Before joining HACU, he oversaw a 2.5 million-dollar Title V federal grant at the University of the Incarnate Word, and has served in various faculty and administrative roles at Indiana University, Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, and Concordia University. His research and work on Hispanic higher education has been recognized by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators, National Orientation Directors Association, National College Learning Center Association, National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, and the Association of Fraternity Advisors. Ortiz has served as the vice president of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators, executive council member of ACPA/College Student Educators International, national executive deputy of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, and national president of Omega Delta Phi, Fraternity, Inc.  He earned his doctorate from Indiana University Bloomington and has a master’s and bachelor’s from Texas A&M University, College Station.

Contact information:
Email: David.ortiz@hacu.net


 Article 10: Re-Imagining Strategic Enrollment Management in Higher Education

Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D.
President/CEO
Pittsburgh Technical College

With nearly three decades of experience in academic leadership Dr. Harvey- Smith is a learning-centered educator with extensive experience in leadership, strategic planning, enrollment management, government and corporate partnerships, and student achievement. Dr. Harvey-Smith earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland; Master of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University; Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University, and a Certificate of Completion from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education Seminars for Presidential Leadership. Her presidential peers elected her to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, and she served on the Association’s Executive Board.

Contact information:
Address: Pittsburg Technical College
1111 Mckee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071
Phone: (412) 809-5100


Article 11: The Impact of Blended Learning on Retention, Performance and Persistence in an Allied Health Gateway Lab/Lecture Course in an Urban Community College

Carlos Liachovitzky
Lecturer
Department of Biological Sciences
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

Carlos Liachovitzky is a faculty mentor in the Online Course Development program at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Bronx Community College of The City University of New York. He teaches face-to-face and blended courses in the Department of Biology, and coordinates Anatomy and Physiology, an Allied Health professions gateway course. Carlos has been following the Open Educational Resources movement for a while, and has published an OER Anatomy and Physiology Preparatory textbook (https://academicworks.cuny.edu/bx_oers/1/). He received his Master’s degrees from Stony Brook University and Fordham University, and his Licenciatura from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Contact information:
Email: Carlos.Liachovitzky@bcc.cuny.edu
Address: Bronx Community College of the City University of New York
2155 University Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10453

Alexander Wolf
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

Wolf holds a PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Chicago. In my more than 10 years of teaching at the community college level, I have instructed numerous sections of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Microbiology, for Allied Health majors. I also have extensive experience conducting pedagogical research, including studies on the use of active learning in the classroom, the use of the flipped model, on effective methods for teaching evolution in a General Biology classroom, and on framing a General Biology course using the threshold concepts model.

Contact information:
Email: Alexander.Wolf@bcc.cuny.edu
Address: Bronx Community College of the City University of New York
2155 University Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10453


Article 12: Using Hispanic Memoirs to Create a Culturally Sustaining Common Read Program

Beth Counihan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Queensborough Community College-CUNY

Beth Counihan is an Associate Professor and the Co-Deputy Chair of the Department of English at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York.  While in an administrative position at Lehman College, she worked on the HETS Virtual Plaza FIPSE grant. She has been teaching at Queensborough since Fall 2001 and her interests include High Impact Practices, reading theory and pedagogy, and nature across the curriculum.  Her work has been published in English EducationCommunity College Humanities Review and the collection ​What is College Reading?

Contact information:
Email: bcounihan@qcc.cuny.edu​

Robin R. Ford
Assistant Professor of English
Queensborough Community College
City University of New York

Robin R. Ford (Ph.D. New York University) is an Assistant Professor of English at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. A queer, black, woman, whose scholarship is both academic and personal, her focuses include the use of graphic genre works to teach critical literacy, intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality, social justice, and critical interrogation of the spaces we occupy. She has presented scholarship on race and space, popular culture, and the creation of identity through literacy at AERA, PAMLA and CCCC conferences. She has been published in Salon.com, the Kenyon Review, The Conversant, and appeared on NPR’s “On Point, with Tom Ashbrook.” Her work can be found on www.robinrford.wordpress.com.​

Contact information:
Email: rford@qcc.cuny.edu
Twitter handle: @Dr.RobinWriting


Article 13: Utilizing Simulation to Foster Nursing Skills in a Cohort of Community College Students

Ronette A. Shaw, MSN, FNP, R.N.
(First Author)
Assistant Professor
Nursing Program, Allied Health Department
Hostos Community College of the City University of New York

Ronette Shaw is an Assistant Professor at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). As a member of the Allied Health department she is a faculty in the nursing department and appointed liaison to the Office of Educational Technology. Educational background includes an MSN from the College of New Rochelle where she also obtained her current license as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Currently she is teaching in the licensed practical nursing (LPN) program at Hostos Community College and enjoys introducing variations to learning into the classroom setting and capture the interest of learners. As a member of Educational Technology, the opportunity to include new and innovative technology in the classroom has been infused into her teaching instruction to meet the needs of the diverse student population as they prepare to enter into professional practice.

Contact information:
E-mail: RSHAW@hostos.cuny.edu

Dr. Elys Vasquez-Iscan
(Corresponding author)
Assistant Professor
Education Department, Health Education Unit Coordinator, Hostos Community College of the City University of New York

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 sensitivity 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:
E-mail: evasquez-iscan@hostos.cuny.edu


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