General Education Committee

The General Education and Assessment Committee is driven by cross-disciplinary faculty and administrators whose interest is to infuse the curriculum with learning experiences that reflect the Gen Ed core competencies, which are relevant for all disciplines. The Committee promotes inclusion of the Principles of Excellence adopted by the faculty from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The Committee also encourages classroom assessment of student skill development and provides guiding principles that lead faculty to develop an innovative curriculum that is rich with diverse academic learning experiences that strengthen basic and advanced-level skills and foundations of knowledge.

Streamlined Hostos General Education Core Competencies and Rubrics (2015-2017)

ChairMembers

 

 

CYNTHIA JONES

Cynthia Jones
Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Lecturer, English Department
Cjones@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6807
Room: B-523

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CYNTHIA JONES Cynthia Jones
Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Lecturer, English Department
Cjones@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6807
Room: B-523
Cynthia Jones earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University (1976); she was one of ten educators accepted into the Teacher Corps Program, which was competency-based on Marsha Weil’s models of teaching. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood-Elementary Education, Reading from Adelphi University (1975).  Cynthia Jones began her tenure at Hostos Community College in 1977 as an adjunct in the English Department teaching ESL reading courses of beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. She was appointed as a full-time Lecturer in 1981 and has taught the full range of English course offerings such as Developmental Reading, Core English, Expository Writing, Literature & Composition, and an elective, Literature of the Black American. She particularly enjoys teaching developmental courses and the English elective.  On November 20, 2014, Mr. Udall of Colorado announced the US Professors Award winners and their names were recorded in the Congressional Record. Cynthia Jones was selected as the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New York Professor of the Year. In June 2015, she was one of the 25 Bronx Influential Women honored by the Bronx Times Reporter.  Cynthia has been called an “Hostos lover,” and she proudly and passionately embraces that name.

Luz Rivera

Luz Rivera
Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning
Lrivera@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6611
Room: B-418B

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Luz Rivera Luz Rivera
Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning
Lrivera@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6611
Room: B-418B

Luz Rivera holds a B.S. degree in Computer Information System from Lehman College. She joined the center in 2014. Prior to joining the center, she worked in the Education department as a College Lab Technician. She supports all center initiatives, activities and participate in special projects to improve the center effectiveness. Committee member: CTL Advisory Council, & General Education.

Prof. Karin Lundberg

Karin Lundberg
Assistant Professor, Language & Cognition Department
Klundberg@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6847
Room: B-519C

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Prof. Karin Lundberg Karin Lundberg
Assistant Professor, Language & Cognition Department
Klundberg@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6847
Room: B-519
Karin Lundberg holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from New York University and an M.A. in Linguistics, German and English Studies and Second Language Pedagogy from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her research focus covers discourse analysis and discourse comprehension, genre grammar, history of knowledge, and the relationship between language and knowledge acquisition. Her latest article: “Considering Alexander von Humboldt’s Legacy in a New Shared Space in Education” explores the relationship between Humboldt’s universal science concept and global citizenship in higher education.

Prof. Jarek Stelmark

Jarek Stelmark
Assistant Professor, Allied Health Department
Jstelmark@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4119
Room: A-307U

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Prof. Jarek Stelmark Jarek Stelmark
Assistant Professor, Allied Health Department
Jstelmark@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4119
Room: A-307U

Prof. Kate Wolf

Kate Wolfe
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Science Department
Kwolfe@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6894
Room: B-346

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Prof. Kate Wolf Kate Wolfe
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Science Department
Kwolfe@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6894
Room: B-346
Kate Wolfe is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Hostos Community College, CUNY. Prof. Wolfe is a social psychologist currently pursuing research projects on quantitative literacy among urban community college students, student perceptions of online learning, using iPads in teaching, and urban college student attitudes toward sexual minorities. Prof. Wolfe teaches face-to-face, hybrid and online psychology courses.

 

Silhuette

Chanh Phan
Assistant Professor, Natural Science Department
Cphan@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7983
Room: C-511T

Bio

Silhuette Chanh Phan
Assistant Professor, Natural Science Department
Cphan@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7983
Room: C-511T

Prof. Zvi Ostrin

Zvi Ostrin
Assistant Professor, Natural Science Department
Zostrin@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4054
Room: A-418

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Prof. Zvi Ostrin Zvi Ostrin
Assistant Professor, Natural Science Department
Zostrin@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4054
Room: A-418
My doctoral level research was in the area of Evolutionary and Cell Biology; I also studied philosophy, particularly epistemology and ethics. My current interests are centered on biology pedagogy, especially in the use of technology to enhance learning in the Anatomy & Physiology I & II sequence, where I am a Course Manager. I am currently working to completely revamp the Anatomy & Physiology laboratory experience for our pre-nursing students, an effort that includes introducing mobile computing, software applications, and physiological sensing apparatus into our laboratory classes.

Prof. Claude Fernandez

Claude Fernandez
Assistant Professor, Business Academic Department
Cfernandez@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6543
Room: C-511G

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Prof. Claude Fernandez Claude Fernandez
Assistant Professor, Business Academic Department
Cfernandez@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6543
Room: C-511G

The Bronx is a special place for me, in part because this is where I was born and raised, and because I have the privilege of teaching our students at Hostos Community College. Early in my life I developed an appreciation for the value of a good education and was determined to get the best education possible. After graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School, I attended the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. I transferred to the Stern School of Business of New York University where I received a B.S. in Accounting, cum laude.  In the years that followed I worked for Arthur Andersen & Co., one of the “Big Eight” public accounting firms at the time, and became a Certified Public Accountant. Because I wanted to continue my education, I resigned from Arthur Andersen to pursue an M.B.A. in Finance at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.  After graduating from Columbia I joined W.P. Carey & Co., an international real estate finance company where I worked for 26 years, serving in a variety of roles as Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Managing Director. During this period I built a professional, accounting and financial reporting department and was a member of the team that brought the company public on the New York Stock Exchange. My exposure to a broad range of accounting, tax, investment and general business matters allows me to bring relevant real world experience to our students in the class room.  I have been teaching full-time at Hostos since 2009 and look forward to every class as an opportunity to help our students achieve their goals.

Prof. Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Charles Rice-Gonzalez
Distinguished Lecturer, English Department
Crice-gonzalez@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6865
Room: B-514

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Prof. Charles Rice-Gonzalez Charles Rice-Gonzalez
Distinguished Lecturer, English Department
Crice-gonzalez@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6865
Room: B-514

Clara Nieto-Wire

Clara Nieto-Wire
Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department
Cnieto@hostos.cuny.edu
718.664.2530
Room: B-415

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Clara Nieto-Wire Clara Nieto-Wire
Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department
Cnieto@hostos.cuny.edu
718.664.2530
Room: B-415
Dr.Clara Nieto-Wire received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the CUNY Graduate Center in May 2012, and her B.E in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York, CUNY. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Hostos Community College. Dr. Nieto-Wire taught at the Grove School of Engineering of City College for over three years and at City Tech before joining HCC. She has over six years experience teaching freshman through senior engineering classes, including theoretical, experimental, and computing applications. Dr. Nieto-Wire conducts research in control systems with applications to aeronautics. Currently, she is working on the description, modeling and application of control effector failures on tailless aircraft. In addition to technical research, Dr. Nieto-Wire has developed several projects where she combines education theory with engineering/STEM undergraduate research at early stages to provide meaningful learning spaces within informal education frameworks for students who are interested in engineering and/or STEM fields in general. Dr. Nieto-Wire is a recipient of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Fellowship, a CUNY President’s MAGNET Fellowship for doctoral student, the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Scholarship, and the Latino Honor Society Award in Mathematics.

andrewAndrew Green
QR Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning
Agreen@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4125
Room: B-418E

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andrew Andrew Green
QR Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning
Agreen@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4125
Room: B-418E

Drew holds an MBA, an MA in Economics and a BA in Spanish Studies.  He is currently working on a Ph.D in Economics at the CUNY Graduate Center, where his research is focused on financial system risk.  Drew has taught classes in economics and statistics at Queens College, Baruch College and Yeshiva University.  He joins the Hostos family as an appointed fellow for the fourth year of the QR program.  As QR Fellow, Drew is excited to work interdepartmentally with Hostos faculty to develop tools for enhancing the quantitative reasoning skills of Hostos students across all fields of study.

Prof. Flemister

Eunice Flemister
Lecturer & Gerontology Coordinator, Education Department
Eflemister@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4167
Room: A-107I

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Prof. Flemister Eunice Flemister
Lecturer & Gerontology Coordinator, Education Department
Eflemister@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4167
Room: A-107I

Eunice Flemister is a full-time tenured-Lecturer at Hostos Community College and the Program Coordinator for the Gerontology Unit. Prior to this she was the Associate Director and Marketing Director for the Amsterdam Adult Day Care Program where she developed and was responsible for the unique delivery of care to seniors in the inner city. She has a M.P.H. from Hunter College, an undergraduate degree from City College of New York and has taken Post Graduate courses from the Brookdale School on Aging. Her experience and knowledge in Palliative and Long Term Care of the elderly culminated in academia, with the combination of community collaborations, education, volunteerism and service learning. Her years of community and academic experience provide her students with a robust and engaging learning atmosphere. She teaches various courses in Gerontology including Health and Aging. She is a champion and cheerleader for Service Learning and is active on the College‘s Service Learning Committee. In her recent sabbatical (Fall 2015) she completed a Health Care Management Certificate Program in Public Health, Palliative and Long Term Care at Fordham University. On a local level she serves as a Board Member for both the State Society of Aging of NY, and B.R.I.C.A – Bronx Regional Interagency Council on Aging. Nationally, she serves on the Community College Task Force and Global Aging Committee for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She feels privileged to help shape the lives of future care-givers for an ever increasing aging population.

haruko

Haruko Yamauchi
Assistant Professor, Library Department
Hyamauchi@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6671
Room: A-207

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haruko Haruko Yamauchi
Assistant Professor, Library Department
Hyamauchi@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6671
Room: A-207

Haruko Yamauchi has been an assistant professor and instruction and reference librarian at Hostos since 2013. She serves as the library’s liaison to the Hostos college transition programs (CUNY Start, CLIP, College Now, Early College, etc.) and the Behavioral Sciences Unit. Before becoming a librarian, she spent 11 years facilitating teaching partnerships between visual and performing artists and New York City public school teachers, and taught one semester of introductory English Composition at the Parsons School of Design. She is especially interested in researching how academic librarians can help students develop their critical thinking skills, and in exploring ways for librarians to collaborate with other faculty to support students’ development as independent researchers. She holds an MFA in writing from the New School, an MLS from Queens College, and an AB in visual art from Brown University.

 

Piotr Kocik

Piotr Kocik
Director of Institutional Research & Assessment
Pkocik@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6610
Room: D-407

Bio

Piotr Kocik Piotr Kocik
Director of Institutional Research & Assessment
Pkocik@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6610
Room: D-407

Karen Stainmayer

Karen Steinmayer
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Science Department
Ksteinmayer@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6571
Room: B-313

Bio



Karen Stainmayer Karen Steinmayer
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Science Department
Ksteinmayer@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6571
Room: B-313
Professor Steinmayer, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, NY, earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology and Health Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research on the social construction of embodied experience, examines the narratives, discourses and practices through which embodied gender is constructed, including the places in which these interactions occur, and their relation to health. She is designing research in collaboration with the Dental Hygiene Program to investigate and address issues involving ethnic health disparities related to immigration, using this approach. She bring this research experience to her teaching, emphasizing the examination of gender, ethnicity and immigration on embodied experience and health.

Thomas Beachdel

Thomas Beachdel
Office of Academic Affairs
TBeachdel@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7925
Room: C-413

Bio



Thomas Beachdel Thomas Beachdel
Humanities
TBeachdel@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7925
Room: C-413

Thomas Beachdel is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department at Hostos. He received his PhD and Master of Philosophy degrees at The Graduate Center at CUNY and his Master of Arts degree at New York University, Institute of Fine Arts.The key aspect of his academic scholarship, teaching, and related activities is decentering and reorienting hegemonic perspective. Examining landscape ideologies as a way of seeing is a crucial means of gaining a diversity of viewpoints from which richer, and more complex and critical understanding of self and world can be achieved. His current book project, Apotheosis of Power: The Sublime in France from Louis XIV to the July Monarchy, examines how the sublime, particularly when linked to a relationship with the natural world and a landscape ideology, was far from an inert aesthetic category. Rather, it was an important means by which political power could be expressed and maintained during the eighteenth century, and ultimately extended as a way to legitimize imperialism (and colonialism) in the nineteenth century.At Hostos, he has created a non-Eurocentric globally-oriented Humanities curriculum that has as its core values inclusion, critical thinking, and multiple perspectives.  Based in a Digital Humanities approach that emphasizes the synthesis of a wide range of different types of content, the Humanities program promotes an inclusive curriculum that allows for the opportunity to understand how identities and ideologies are shaped at different times and places. It emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills to question and challenge narratives of identity, power, and oppression.

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Mary Manning
Office of Academic Affairs
MManning@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7953
Room: B-340

Bio



mary-manning-jpg Mary Manning
Office of Academic Affairs
MManning@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7953
Room: B-340

Prof. Manning is an assistant professor in the Allied Health Dept., Dental Hygiene Unit. A published author and speaker at professional conferences., her research interest include increasing oral health access for under-served populations. Prof. Manning has been a member of the Gen Ed Committee for 5 years.
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