Congratulations to Newly Tenured Faculty

by Christine Mangino,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


President Gomez has recommended the following faculty members for tenure, pending ratification by the Board of Trustees. Please join me in congratulating Professors Jacki DiSanto, Edward King, Catherine Lewis, Karen Steinmayer, and Antonios Varelas, who have worked hard these past seven years to make this journey.

Professor Jacki DiSanto, Education, has published a number of articles with Hostos colleagues on pedagogy, professional development, and interdisciplinary collegiality and she serves as a reviewer for several national and international journals.  After receiving two CUNY RFF grants to support the incorporation of the Common Core School Standards into the teacher-education curriculum, Jacqueline served on the New York State Common Core team, representing CUNY at the 2014 national convening.  Professor DiSanto is a co-recipient of an Achieving the Dream grant that will lead to the replacement of for-pay materials for students with open-educational resources.  She is a frequent presenter at Hostos and CUNY events, and has shared her work at five national conferences and one international conference.  Professor DiSanto serves as unit coordinator for the Early Childhood Education program and has provided service within her department, Hostos, and CUNY.  Examples of her work include creating a writing group for junior faculty, mentoring colleagues developing asynchronous and hybrid courses, serving as a Hostos Senator, chairing the POINT Committee, and she is a founding member of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning team.  Professor DiSanto served on a working group for Early Childhood (commissioned by Chancellor Milliken) that submitted its final report in January 2016 and she is an active member of the CUNY Community College Teacher-Education Council.

Professor Edward King, Allied Health, started his journey at Hostos in 2008 as a clinical professor, in 2009 he was appointed distinguished lecturer and in 2011 he was hired as an Associate Professor. He holds a Jurist Doctorate, masters in nursing, EdD in education and two certifications in nursing. Professor King is an active member of the Academic Standards Committee and Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee, and he serves as senator for the Nursing Unit, co-advisor of the Nursing Club and co-advisor of the Allied Health Club. Ed has spoken as local and international conferences on adaptive learning and legal ethical issues in nursing. Professor King has participated in the HERO High School curriculum development to permit entry into the HCC Nursing Program for successful high school graduates. He is active in the community and has lectured at the HERO high school on the Tuskegee Experiment. Professor King can be seen at World AIDS Day, the wellness festival and success coach orientations.

Professor Catherine Lewis, Humanities, has been a part of the Media Design Programs faculty since 2009 and has been Coordinator of the majors since 2014. Professor Lewis has been integral in programming such as the ePortfolio Reviews with industry critics, the Hostos Design Lab summer design intensive programs, and writing the Academic Program Review for the three majors. Professor Lewis was also a Co-Pi on the $610,000 NSF ATE Grant “Game-Framed Math & Science” and has had a number of gallery showings, including The Yellow Show, where her picture was sold. Catherine is currently an Assessment Fellow for the Office of Academic Affairs and is a member of the Ed Tech Leadership Council, the ILC, the EPIC and participated in the assessment committee. With a background in interaction design and studio art, Professor Lewis has brought this expertise to students in classes such as Digital Illustration, Web Design, Digital Toolbox and Painting & Drawing.  Professor Lewis keeps her classroom exciting and invigorated through piloting new technologies and strategies such as iPads, flipped classrooms, and ePortfolios.

Professor Karen Steinmayer, Behavioral and Social Science,  holds a PhD. and M.A. in Environmental Psychology with a Health psychology concentration and a B.A. in textile design.  Prof. Steinmayer authored Online Strategies to Promote Community and Communication published in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of Intercultural Horizons. She has participated in the department’s course assessment committee in Psychology and served as a member of the General Education Committee, a subcommittee charged with revising and streamlining the college’s Core Competencies. Among her conference presentations is Bridging Cultures through Technology in a Hybrid Ecofeminism Course presented at the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, Prof. Steinmayer has directed the faculty colloquiums and the Writer’s group. Her service to the college include Acting Chairperson of the Hostos Teaching Research Team, senator on the Hostos Senate, and membership on the Senate Subcommittee on Technology, the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee, and the Hostos Sustainability Committee.


Professor Antonios Varelas, Behavioral and Social Science, has authored four peer review articles which embody the spirit of scholarship, research and intellectual production that is the sustenance of CUNY’s mission to “discover new knowledge.”  Among them Building Understanding of High School Student’s Transition to College, in the International Journal of Teaching. He has presented numerous conference papers of note “Artistic Categories” and “Developing Critical Thinking Skills,” at the 41st Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral Analysis (the highest academic association in his discipline).  Prof. Varelas has also co-chaired the Teaching and Learning Committee, the Senate Grants Committee, the CUNY Psychology Discipline Council and is an active member of the Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council. He has also provided service in his department and college wide including leading the Behavioral unit’s assessment team, the Capstone course creation committee, served as the Psychology Course Manager, and a member of Adjunct Faculty Assessment team. Despite a rigorous schedule he also found time to help intellectually disabled students in the Melissa Reggio Higher Education Project. According to his chair, “This educator, administrator, researcher, and scholar has found time to inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill of love of learning to our students. Truth be told we are honored to have him as a permanent fixture at this distinguished institution of higher learning.”





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