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Awarded PSC CUNY Grant (Traditional A)

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the 2019-2020 Cycle 50 PSC-CUNY Research Award (Traditional A) for research in “Using Data Analytics for Personalization of Online Tutoring Systems” to begin July 1st 2019.

Upcoming Workshops at CityTech

I will be presenting the following workshops during March and April 2019

  1. Scholarship Workshop on “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” (Location: Academic Building 209, March 15th, 9 – 11:30am)
  2. Teaching Workshop on “Overcoming Apathy in the classroom”. The same workshop will be presented at the following dates and times. Please pick one that suits you. This workshop is open for full-time and part-time faculty:March 21st (Thursday) – 2:30pm – 3:30pm OR April 2nd (Tuesday) – 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Both workshops will be held at N-227.
  3. Assessment workshop on April 12th (Location TBD)

Hope to see you all at some or all of the workshops above.

Received Teach Access Grant

I am pleased to announce that I have received the Teach Access Faculty Curriculum Development Grant award to advance the teaching of the design and development of accessible technologies.

About Teach Access: Teach Access is a unique collaboration among members of higher education, the technology industry and advocates for accessibility, with a shared goal of making technology broadly accessible by infusing fundamental concepts and skills of designing and developing accessible technology into higher education. Teach Access includes members from leading tech companies,academic institutions and disability advocacy organizations and other non-profit institutions. Teach Access operates as a fiscal sponsorship fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). To learn more visit teachaccess.org or email info@teachaccess.org .

Poster accepted at ACM SIGCSE 2019 Conference

I am pleased to inform that our Poster titled “A Peer based Tutoring and Mentoring Model for First Year Computer Science Courses Based on Strategies Used by Songbirds for Learning”, (with co-author L. Baron) has been accepted for publication at the 50th ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ’19) to be held from February 27– March 2nd, 2019 at Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.”

Upcoming Talks (Science Fiction Symposium and CUNY IT Conference)

I will be giving talks (as part of panel discussions) at the following venues:

  1. Third Annual City Tech Symposium on Science Fiction, Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2018. 4:00pm-4:50pm

    Topic: Frankenstein Panel: Mary Shelley’s Novel’s Influence on Scientists and Technologists

    Location: Academic Complex A105
    Moderator: Justin Vazquez-Poritz
    Heidi Boisvert, Entertainment Technology Department
    Robert MacDougall, Social Sciences Department
    Ashwin Satyanarayana, Computer Systems Technology Department
    Jeremy Seto, Biological Sciences Department

  2. 17th Annual CUNY IT Conference (Nov 29-30th), 2:15pm – 3:15pm

    Topic: Mapping Brooklyn: Digital Tools to Support Place-Based Learning

    Abstract: Participants from a range of disciplines will discuss their experiences using geospatial mapping tools for research on, and instruction in, Brooklyn’s social history and urban development. We will confront a central challenge in using technology in undergraduate education: developing digital tools that are at once approachable and compelling, while providing sophisticated computer-based applications that have the capacity to yield new insights into topics from the humanities.

    Christopher Swift (Presider), Associate Professor of Theatre

    Ting Chin, Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology

    Anne Leonard, Associate Professor of Information Science

    Anne Leonhardt, Associate Professor of Architectural Technology / Director of Digital Technology

    Sean MacDonald, Professor of Economics

    Ashwin Satyanarayana, Associate Professor of Computer Systems Technology

    Satyanand Singh, Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Peter Spellane, Professor of Chemistry

    Venue:John Jay College of Criminal Justice (524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019)

2018-2019 Teaching Award

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected (along with Prof. Janet Liou-Mark) for the 2018-2019 PDAC Teaching Recognition Award. The PDAC Teaching Recognition Award honors faculty with long-term dedication to actualizing City Tech’s mission as a teaching institution “committed to high quality technological and professional education.” This may include but is not limited to innovative teaching/learning practices in the classroom, labs or online; creation of inclusive learning environments, a history of shared teaching/learning expertise with colleagues, and other initiatives that support student, faculty and/or community engagement.

Awardees are required to offer faculty development activities in Spring 2019. I will lead a two-part workshop, “Overcoming apathy in the classroom: facilitate learning by getting students to think and talk,” and Janet will lead a three-part workshop for faculty on how to implement the peer-led-team-learning instructional model into their courses.

I will post the dates of my two part workshop as soon as it is finalized

First Year Learning Community (FYLC) Leadership team

I will serving as part of the First Year Learning Community (FYLC) leadership team along with Jennifer Sears and Karen Goodlad for AY 2018-2019. A curricular Learning Community is a group of students who co-enroll in two or more courses, generally in different disciplines that are linked together by a common theme, in an academic semester. Learning Communities is one of the ten high-impact educational practices recognized nationally to improve student persistence using data from assessment to increase retention. FYLCs provide an opportunity for students to begin their college experience with other students who share similar interests and career objectives. More details can be found at: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/groups/fylc-first-year-learning-community/

Chair-Elect of ASEE MidAtlantic Section

I am happy to announce that i will be serving as the Chair Elect of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mid-Atlantic Section for 2018-2019 academic year. The list of officers can be found here.

The Fall conference will be held at Brooklyn Technical High School on Oct 26-27th 2018. The submission deadline for the conference is Sept 1st. More details on the conference can be found here.

Paper accepted at FIE 2018 Conference

Our paper (with Dr. Candido Cabo) on “Promoting students’ social interactions results in an improvement in performance, class attendance and retention in first year computing courses” has been accepted for publication at the 48th IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) 2018 Conference. The conference will be held in San Jose, California, from Oct 4th-6th, 2018. The program for the conference can be found at: https://edas.info/p23986

Panelist at MAA Annual Meeting 2018 at Hofstra University

I have been invited to serve as a panelist at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Annual Meeting at Hofstra University on May 13th (Sunday). The panel discussion is titled: “Partner Disciplines on Teaching Mathematics”. The schedule is posted here: http://sections.maa.org/metrony/meetings.html




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