Article 4: Setting Students Up for Life Long Success through Innovative Summer Bridge Programs and First Year Seminars
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Nancy Velázquez-Torres is an Associate Professor at John Jay College. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Technologies from New Mexico State University, a Masters in TESOL K-12 and Multicultural Education from Queens College, CUNY and a Bachelors in Secondary Education in TESOL from Inter American University of Puerto Rico. She also has an extensive background in developmental education, multicultural education, curriculum design, bilingualism, learning technologies and assessment. Dr. Velázquez-Torres has occupied faculty and administrative positions at several institutions in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. During her over thirty years of experience, she has developed and taught approximately 50 courses.
In her last administrative position as the Director of the Percy Ellis Sutton Program and Chair of the SEEK Department at John Jay for almost seven years, the pass rates and retention rates of SEEK students increased significantly. The use of data from the assessment tools incorporated under her leadership facilitated the restructuring of services and interventions provided to students. Dr. Velázquez-Torres’ academic and research interests are in teaching millennial and underprivileged students, culturally responsive pedagogy and the use of the emerging technologies to enhance learning. She has also written and managed numerous grants and has used her grant writing experience and background in curriculum design and learning technologies to develop projects that benefit underserved and disadvantaged groups and meet the needs and demands of 21st century learners. Moreover, she has received several awards and recognition for innovative teaching. She is also actively involved in several community projects in New York and Puerto Rico and in her church.