Authors Volume XI, Spring Issue

Article 1: An Open Educational Resource for Revision: Flesch-Kinkaid Readability Statistics

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

Beth Counihan is an Associate Professor in 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 and she has been teaching at Queensborough since Fall 2001.  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 edited volume ​What is College Reading.

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


Article 2: Comparison of Connectedness in Online, Blended, and Face-to-Face Research Methods Courses among Hispanic and Low-Income Students      

Kristen Faye Linton, MSW, Ph.D.,

Assistant Professor
California State University, Channel Islands

Dr. Linton has a PhD in social work and has been teaching and mentoring Latinx students for seven years; she utilized high-impact practices, such as service learning and undergraduate research. As a social worker and disability expert, she is dedicated to assessing and addressing inequities in education.

Contact information:
Email: kristen.linton@csuci.edu

Jaime Hannans, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Professor, Nursing
California State University, Channel Islands

Jaime Hannans PhD, RN, CNE is an Associate Professor of Nursing at California State University Channel Islands. Dr. Hannans obtained her BSN and MSN from CSU, Chico, and PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Hannans has been teaching at CSUCI since 2009, with 20-years of critical care nursing experience. She is also the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Campus Co-Coordinator, where the campus effort has saved students over five million dollars in the past five years. Her research interests focused on immersive virtual reality, mixed reality, simulation, technology in teaching and learning, textbook affordability, and the use of open educational resources in higher education.

Contact information:
Email: jaime.hannans@csuci.edu
Webpage: jaimeahannans.com

 Lydia Dixon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Science
California State University, Channel Islands

Lydia Z. Dixon is an Assistant Professor of Health Science at California State University, Channel Island, and holds a PhD is in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her research is primarily ethnographic and examines health systems and health disparities in the US and Mexico. Specifically, Dr. Dixon has published on midwifery, reproductive health, community health and obstetric violence. Her teaching focuses on ethics, community health, and research methods. She is passionate about inspiring her students towards careers in research and practice through active learning in the classroom and virtual spaces.

Contact information:
Email: lydia.dixon@csuci.edu

Prof. Megan Everhardt-Alstot
Learning Design Lead
Lecturer, School of Education
California State University, Channel Islands

Megan Eberhardt-Alstot is the Learning Design Lead for California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) Digital Learning Unit. She is also a Lecturer in the School of Education. She earned her BA and Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University and her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administrative Credential from CSUCI. Prior to joining CI, Megan spent ten years as a K-12 Educator. As part of the Learning Design Team she designs, develops and facilitates faculty learning experiences specific to online and mixed-modality teaching. She also co-created Learning Online 101, an online micro-course to prepare students for success as online learners.  Megan is interested in learning innovation, learning science, and the intersection of pedagogy and technology to create empathetic, equitable and responsive learning environments.


Contact information:
Email: megan.eberhardt-alstot@csuci.edu


Article 3: Developing Graduate Student Workshops at a Predominantly Hispanic Serving Institution

Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Giust
Director, Graduate Student Research Center
Albizu University, Miami Campu

Dr. Amanda Giust holds an Ed.D. in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from Florida International University. She has experience educating young children, adolescents, and adults of all abilities. Dr. Giust has eight years of experience managing a variety of community and federal grants and three years of experience in classroom teaching. Dr. Giust’s research interests include diverse learners, learning across the lifespan, self-directed learning, and career development.

Contact information: 
Email: agiust@albizu.edu 

Dr. Diana M. Valle-Riestra
Project Director, Title V PPOHA Graduate Grant
Albizu University-Miami Campus

Dr. Diana M. Valle-Riestra is the Project Director of the Title V PPOHA Graduate grant and a faculty member in the Speech & Language Pathology graduate program at Albizu University-Miami Campus. She has a Ph.D. in Special Education and Reading and an M.S. in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbance from the University of Miami, School of Education. She has over 16 years of experience in higher education teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and has served as the Project Director or Principal Investigator for several multi-year education grant projects totaling over $9.5 million in competitive funding. In addition to Dr. Valle-Riestra’s project management experience and grant writing activities, she is a researcher with interests in the areas of special education, postsecondary inclusive education, working with diverse families, and leadership and advocacy issues within the context of special education. She has experience managing and coordinating undergraduate and graduate programs in special education, research projects, and local school district program evaluations; has consulted and published research on exceptional populations; and has served on several professional Executive Boards.

Contact information:
Address: 2173 NW 99th Avenue, Miami, FL 33172


Article 4: Integración del aprendizaje móvil en la Educación a Distancia en Puerto Rico

Dr. Yubelkys Montalvo
Executive Director
HETS Consortium

Yubelkys Montalvo has been working for the Hispanic Educational Technology Services Consortium (HETS) since 1999. Since she was appointed Executive Director in 2006, her main focus is the growth of the organization and the diversification of benefits for the Consortium’s member institutions. Among the initiatives developed is the creation of new services such as the peer-review publication: HETS Online Journal, the Ambassador Students program, and the collaboration to propose new technological educational alternatives and share best practices through educational events such as the Best Practices Showcase and the Student Showcase Leadership and recently, webinars for faculty, administrators and students. In addition, she has coordinated and overseen numerous international workshops in universities in Colombia and Mexico and has participated in numerous national and international conferences and forums. Dr. Montalvo holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and a master’s degree in Public Relations from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. Currently, she completed his doctorate in the program: Education in Leadership and Instruction in Distance Education of the Inter American University of PR, Ponce Campus. 

Dra. Yubelkys Montalvo 
Directora Ejecutiva
HETS Consortium

La Dra. Yubelkys Montalvo trabaja para el Hispanic Educational Technology Services Consortium (HETS, por sus siglas en inglés) desde el año 1999. Desde que fue designada Directora Ejecutiva en el 2006, su enfoque principal es el crecimiento de la organización y la diversificación de los beneficios para las instituciones miembros del Consorcio. Entre las iniciativas desarrolladas se destacan: la creación de nuevos servicios como la revista arbitrada HETS Online Journal, el programa de Estudiantes Embajadores y la colaboración para proponer nuevas alternativas educativas tecnológicas y compartir las mejores prácticas a través de eventos educativos como el Best Practices Showcase y el Student Leadership Showcase y recientemente, webinars para facultad, administradores y estudiantes. Además, ha coordinado y dirigido numerosos adiestramientos internacionales en universidades de Colombia y México, y ha participado en numerosas conferencias y foros Nacionales e Internacionales. La Dra. Montalvo posee un Bachillerato en Comunicaciones de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, y una Maestría en Relaciones Públicas de la Universidad de Sagrado Corazón. Actualmente, completó su doctorado en el programa: Educación en Liderazgo e Instrucción en la Educación a Distancia de la Universidad Interamericana de PR, Recinto de Ponce.

Contact information:
Email: yublekys_montalvo@inter.edu
Phone: (787) 616-3201


Article 5: Relación entre el nivel de liderazgo del profesor y la retención estudiantil de una institución de educación superior            

Dr. Frances Vázquez Padilla
Chancellor
NUC University

Dr. Frances M. Vázquez Padilla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a few years later completed a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice in Nursing. In 2020, she completed an Ed. D. in Educational Management, and recently she completed a professional certification in Neurolinguistic Programming and Coaching. She is currently doing another certification related to educational neuroscience. She has 14 years of experience working in the field of education in several positions as Faculty, Academic Director, Academic Dean at NUC University. Currently, she serves as Chancellor at NUC University, Ponce Campus in Puerto Rico.

Contact Information:
Email: fvazquez@nuc.edu / francesm.vazquez@gmail.com
Phone: 787-213-2101 – 787-840-4474 –Ext. 7009
Twitter: @DraFrancesVazq1


Article 6: Sistema de gestión de aprendizaje para la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera    

Dr. Brenda Lee Morales Gonzáles
Kaiser 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, she completed a PhD in Educational Leadership at Keiser University where she 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. He 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 currently serves as Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Humacao Community College in Puerto Rico, in addition to offering online courses to Humacao Community College in Puerto Rico, in addition to offering online courses to university level at the Masters and PhD level.

Contact Information:
Email: bmorales@keiseruniversity.edu | Phone: 787-672-7661

Prof. Sylvia Maria Ruiz Santiago
Indiantown Adult Learning Center (IALC)
Martin County School District

Prof. Sylvia Maria Ruiz Santiago is a teacher originally from Spain, with two bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Education. Currently, she’s pursuing a Ph.D. in Education and Leadership. She has been teaching for twelve years in privates and public institutions from kindergarten to university levels around the world; in Spain, France, Chile, and now the USA. Her expertise is how to teach a foreign language. In the United States, she worked for three years as a French Immersion School teacher and later on as a Spanish professor in College. Right now, she’s teaching ESOL for the District of Martin County.

Contact Information:
Email: srs_86@hotmail.com | Phone: 614-843-2726


Article 7: Understanding the Challenges of Teaching Writing Online during the Pandemic at an Urban Community College

Swan Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Bronx Community College at City University of New York

Swan Kim is an associate professor of English and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) coordinator at Bronx Community College (BCC) at City University of New York (CUNY). She received her PhD in English at the University of Virginia specializing in Asian American diaspora. She teaches courses in composition and ethnic American literature. Her research interests include WAC/WID, first-year writing, antiracist pedagogy, diaspora and immigration, race and ethnicity, and Asian American literature and culture. She has been serving as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee co-chair at the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC), the co-leader for the CUNY WAC Professional Development, and a faculty senate and council member at her college.

Contact Information:
Email: swan.kim@bcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-239-5745

Donna Kessler-Eng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Bronx Community College at City University of New York

Dr. Donna Kessler-Eng is an associate professor of English at Bronx Community College (BCC). She is currently BCC’s Strong Start to Finish Resident (English), and is designing co-requisite courses for students with developmental needs in both English and reading. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center where she specialized in antebellum American literature and nineteenth century American medical and cultural discourse. She teaches developmental writing, composition, and literature and medicine courses. Her research interests include literature and medicine, pedagogy, first-year writing, developmental education reforms and strategies for community college students’ success. She has served as the coordinator of BCC’s Developmental Writing Program, and as the coordinator of BCC’s Tutorial Intervention Program. She was also a member of CUNY’s Developmental Writing Advisory Committee and CUNY’s Writing Discipline Council.

Contact Information:
Email: donna.kessler-eng@bcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-289-3004


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