Congratulations to our Recently Promoted Faculty

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating our colleagues on their recent promotions. Professor Ernest Ialongo has been promoted to Associate Professor and Professors Nelson Nunez-Rodriguez and Olga Steinberg have been promoted to Full Professor. I am highlighting just some of their achievements below. They have all accomplished much more.


Professor Ialongo has published two books, seven articles, including one with Hostos colleagues, and authored seven book reviews. He has numerous presentations on his research as well as on teaching strategies and concepts. Ernest was awarded two PSC CUNY grants and a William Stewart Travel grant. Some of Professor Ialongo’s college service includes serving as Vice Chair for the executive committee of the College Senate, co-directing the Honor’s Committee, co-coordinating the Hostos 175 year-long celebration, being a member of the Women and Gender Studies committee and the writing intensive committee, mentoring faculty in the hybrid initiative, and serving as a moderator for various college-wide functions. Professor Ialongo is an active member of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute and has organized a number of their events and programs.


Since his promotion to associate professor, Professor Nunez-Rodriguez has had four peer-reviewed publications, eleven presentations, including one as an invited keynote speaker at the National University of Costa Rica. He has received four smaller grants as well as an NIH renewal grant for $3 million in collaboration with two other institutions. Nelson has also continued his work as coordinator for his unit, he had been the director of the CTL for many years, he is currently a presenter for the Hostos Teaching Institute, a member of the Service Learning Committee and Honor’s Committee, he was on a committee which developed Hostos’ Faculty Diversity Strategic Plan, and Nelson participated in the OAA Teaching Project, Graduate NYC project and Understanding Pedagogy Across the Americas among many other projects. Most recently, Nelson has been one of our Assessment Fellows helping departments navigate through the Academic Program Review process.


Professor Steinberg was promoted to associate professor in 2012 and since then she has redesigned BIO 110 and 111 for pathways, adapted BIO 110 as a hybrid course which includes online tutorials and apps, and she developed BIO 270 Food Microbiology for our Food Studies program. Through NSF funding, Olga created undergraduate research opportunities for our students in collaboration with Cornell Medical College. Two of her students presented at an international conference and one student won a poster presentation. She also created and published the Hostos Journal of Student Research to highlight our students’ work. Over the past three years, Olga has published her own research in three peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous regional and national conferences as well as one international conference. She is the co-PI on an NSF grant for $845,000. With regard to service, Olga has been the coordinator for the Forensic Science program, a course manager, a member of the CWCC, Senate grants committee, the university Forensic Science Council and the PSC.


What is most impressive about each of them is how even though they are very busy with their own work, they are always willing to do more to help out a colleague, the college and most importantly our students.






Christine Mangino, EdD
Interim Provost and Vice President*
Office of Academic Affairs
Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse, B-447
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 518-6660

*At the time this email was sent to the List of Teaching Faculty through the Hostos Outlook, Dr. Mangino was Interim Provost. She has since become the permanent Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.


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