Authors Volume XII, Fall Issue

Article 1: Active Learning Approaches to Improve Teachers Research Skills Using Virtual Classroom Tools During COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Víctor M. Concepción Santiago
Graduate School of Education
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo campus

Víctor M. Concepción Santiago is professor of the Graduate School of Education of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico Arecibo Campus. He Teaches courses in Research in Education, Clinical Practices in Management and Leadership, Curriculum Development and Teaching and Leaning Strategies, focusing in Active Learning Approaches. He is also Academic Program Assessment Coordinator of the Arecibo Campus for the study quantitative and qualitative data results to analyze student learning outcomes.  Víctor is also member of the Board of Directors of Puerto Rico Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PRASCD). At PRASCD he organizes professional development activities for teachers and school leaders.

Contact information:
Email: vconcepcion@arecibo.inter.edu


Article 2: Instructional support for first-generation Hispanic students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thomas A. Clobes, Ph.D.
California State University, Channel Islands

Thomas A. Clobes, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in the Health Sciences program at California State University Channel Islands, a Hispanic Serving Institution. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Rutgers University. Dr. Clobes spent over 20 years in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, bringing relevant real-world experience to the classroom. His research focuses on perspectives and attitudes towards the use of medical cannabis and how they shape health policy. He also works with patients seeking cannabinoid therapy to guide them through their treatment. Dr. Clobes serves on the Board of Trustees for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a medically supervised camp for children with cancer and their families.

Contact information:
Email: thomas.clobes@csuci.edu

Heather Craig Alonge, Ph.D.
Walden University

Heather Craig Alonge, Ph.D. is dedicated educator with over 13 years of teaching experience in higher education administration and executive leadership. Dr. Alonge has extensive experience serving as the chair of the public health program and managing a faculty body of 60+ while overseeing a bachelors, masters, and doctoral program. Dr. Alonge currently serves as core faulty for the DHA program at Walden University where she teaches, mentors, and works with curriculum development and improvement.

Contact information:
Email: heather.alonge@mail.waldenu.edu


Article 3: Nivel de satisfacción de los estudiantes con los servicios académicos presenciales y en línea: Actualización a 2019

Dr. Marcos Torres, IR Certificate
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 information:
Email: mtorres@ponce.inter.edu


Article 4: LA DESHONESTIDAD ACADÉMICA ESTUDIANTIL EN CURSOS EN LÍNEA Y ESTRATEGIAS DE DEFENSA, DETECCIÓN Y PREVENCIÓN

Dra. María del R. Medina Díaz
Catedrática
Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras

Catedrática de la Facultad de Educación del Recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Dicta cursos de Métodos de investigación en la educación, Evaluación de programas, Evaluación en la sala de clases, Construcción de instrumentos y Teoría de la medición en el Departamento de Estudios Graduados. Obtuvo su grado doctoral en Psicología Educativa, en el programa de Métodos Cuantitativos, en la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison. Posee un grado de Juris Doctor y una maestría en Investigaciones Pedagógicas de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Fue Maestra de Matemáticas en la escuela Rafael M. Labra y Presidenta de la Asociación Puertorriqueña de Maestros de Matemáticas. Ha escrito críticas de pruebas en el Buros Mental Measurement Yearbook y artículos sobre evaluación del aprendizaje, validez y construcción de instrumentos en Applied Psychological Measurement, El Sol, Pedagogía, Revista de Educación de Puerto Rico, Alteridad, Revista Jurídica de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Boletín de la Asociación Puertorriqueña de Maestros de Matemáticas e INEVA en Acción. También es autora del libro Construcción de cuestionarios para la investigación educativa. Es co-fundadora y Presidenta de la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Evaluación. Estudiosa e investigadora de la evaluación del aprendizaje y de programas y la integridad académica en las instituciones educativas.

Contact information:
Email: maria.medina2@upr.edu

Ada L. Verdejo Carrión, Ed.D.
Catedrática
Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras

Catedrática de la Facultad de Educación del Recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Ofrece cursos de Evaluación del aprendizaje, Sexualidad Humana, Enseñanza de Salud y Desarrollo Humano en el Departamento de Fundamentos de la Educación. Obtuvo su grado doctoral en Planificación y Evaluación Educativa de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico y la maestría en Educación en Salud Pública del Recinto de Ciencias Médicas. Es Educadora Sexual Certificada y fue Presidenta de la Asociación Puertorriqueña de Educación, Consejería y Terapia Sexual. Fue Maestra de Salud en escuelas públicas de San Juan y Carolina y Educadora en Salud en los dispensarios de San Juan. También fue profesora en la Escuela Graduada de Salud Pública del Recinto de Ciencias Médicas. Ha publicado artículos en revistas académicas como la Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Pedagogía, Revista de Educación de Puerto Rico y El Sol. Ha sido la revisora y consultora técnica de ocho libros de texto de Salud para la escuela elemental e intermedia y co-autora de un currículo de Educación Sexual para estudiantes de escuela intermedia. Es co-fundadora y ex-presidenta de la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Evaluación. Estudiosa e investigadora de la educación en salud, la evaluación del aprendizaje y de programas, la integridad académica y el racismo en las instituciones educativas.

Contact information:
Email: ada.verdejo@upr.edu


Article 5: Impacto de la Tecnología Móvil en el Nivel de Satisfacción de los Aprendices: Ventajas y Limitaciones

Dra. Lizbelle De Jesús-Ojeda
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Médicas

La Dra. Lizbelle De Jesús-Ojeda es profesora adjunto en el Recinto de Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Asimismo, funge como Coordinadora de Educación a Distancia en la Maestría Post doctoral en Investigación Clínica y Traslacional y como Co-Coordinadora del Centro para la Investigación, Empresarismo y Colaboraciones Científicas del Proyecto Título V. Además, posee una maestría en computación educativa y un doctorado en educación con especialidad en tecnología educativa y educación a distancia.

La doctora De Jesús-Ojeda se ha destacado en el campo de la educación a distancia lo que le ha permitido colaborar en diferentes iniciativas tanto locales como nacionales. Igualmente, ha sido co-autora en varias presentaciones orales y de carteles científicos en conferencias profesionales a nivel nacional.

Contact Information:
Email: lizbelle.dejesus@upr.edu


Article 6: CARTOGRAFÍA CONCEPTUAL: HACIA LA CIBERSEGURIDAD PROACTIVA PARA LA EDUCACIÓN, OBLIGACIÓN DE TODOS

Dr. Elizabeth Díaz Rodriguez

Dr. Elizabeth Díaz Rodriguez, BS Biology Education (Cum Laude), Master in Science Teaching (Summa Laude), Doctorate in Instructional Design, research mentor in MSP project to students and teachers, 2017 Award with the article Sublevación, author of several articles, lecturer professor. Teaching and learning servant: Higher education (August 2006), a schoolteacher (August 1974) speaker, research mentor, writer, editor, instructional designer.

Contact Information:
Email: edrcc@yahoo.com


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Thomas A. Clobes, Ph.D.

Thomas A. Clobes, Ph.D.
California State University, Channel Islands

Thomas A. Clobes, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in the Health Sciences program at California State University Channel Islands, a Hispanic Serving Institution. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Rutgers University. Dr. Clobes spent over 20 years in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, bringing relevant real-world experience to the classroom. His research focuses on perspectives and attitudes towards the use of medical cannabis and how they shape health policy. He also works with patients seeking cannabinoid therapy to guide them through their treatment. Dr. Clobes serves on the Board of Trustees for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a medically supervised camp for children with cancer and their families.

Contact information:
Email: thomas.clobes@csuci.edu

Dr. Víctor M. Concepción Santiago

Dr. Víctor M. Concepción Santiago
Graduate School of Education
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo campus

Víctor M. Concepción Santiago is professor of the Graduate School of Education of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico Arecibo Campus. He Teaches courses in Research in Education, Clinical Practices in Management and Leadership, Curriculum Development and Teaching and Leaning Strategies, focusing in Active Learning Approaches. He is also Academic Program Assessment Coordinator of the Arecibo Campus for the study quantitative and qualitative data results to analyze student learning outcomes.  Víctor is also member of the Board of Directors of Puerto Rico Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PRASCD). At PRASCD he organizes professional development activities for teachers and school leaders.

Contact information:
Email: vconcepcion@arecibo.inter.edu

Donna Kessler-Eng, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of English
Bronx Community College at City University of New York

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

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 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

Prof. Sylvia Maria Ruiz Santiago

Indiantown Adult Learning Center (IALC)
Martin County School District

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

Dr. Brenda Lee Morales Gonzáles

Kaiser University

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 Master’s and PhD level.

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

Dr. Frances Vázquez Padilla

Chancellor
NUC University

Dr. Frances M. Vázquez Padilla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, 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 Programing 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

Dra. Yubelkys Montalvo

Diretora 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

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
Email: dvalle-riestra@albizu.edu |Phone: 305-593-1223 X3153

Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Giust

Director, Graduate Student Research Center
Albizu University, Miami Campus

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

Prof. Megan Eberhardt-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

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 classroom and virtual spaces.

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

Jaime Hannans, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor, Nursing
California State University, Channel Islands

Jaime Hannans PhD, RN, CNE is Associate Professor of Nursing at California State University Channel Islands. Dr. Hannans obtained her BSN and MSN from CSU, Chico, and PhD from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Hannans has been teaching at CSUCI since 2009, with 20-years 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

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