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Mission:

In keeping with Hostos tradition, the Center for Teaching and Learning promotes excellence in teaching and learning with innovative pedagogies and state-of-the-art technologies by fostering interdisciplinary and cross-divisional collaborations.

VISION 2018 – 2019

“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.

The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.

It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.

It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.

Not failure, but low aim is sin.”—Benjamin Mays

Many summers ago I sat next to Magda Vasillov in an NEH Institute designed by the American Social History Project (ASHP); it was a month-long journey of navigating the Web and incorporating the tools of technology in the curriculum. Magda patiently mentored me as we considered the integration of technology in my developmental reading and writing courses and her Arts and Civilization course; we were two of the professors within a program block.

At a recent AAC&U conference, Christy Price of Dalton State College presented “The 5 ‘R’s’ for Engaging Millennial or ‘Modern’ Learners,” which she outlined as research-based methods and pedagogy, relevance, rationale, relaxed, and rapport. According to Price, our teaching should be “active pedagogies of engagement.”

As I have crafted the curricula for my courses over the years, I always hold dear to my heart particular people and experiences such as Magda as we co-taught; America Trinidad as we co-directed an Honors Institute; attendance at Bard’s Institute for Writing and Thinking with Evelyn Silverman, Heather Rosario-Sievert, and Kathleen Kane; participation at AAC&U conferences; and facilitation leader at ASHP. My many years of collaboration have informed the way I teach AND learn.

So what is my vision as co-director of the Center for Teaching and Learning? It is a dream that I hope will not be deferred. It is a dream that during the upcoming 2016 – 2017 academic year, we will be actively engaged in collaborating to plan and implement activities that will incorporate our optimal selves toward an excellent education for all – students, faculty and staff.

DirectorsCoordinatorCollege Assistants

Carlos Guevara

Carlos Guevara, M.S.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Cguevara@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7974
Room: B-418A

Bio

Carlos Guevara Carlos Guevara, M.S.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Cguevara@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7974
Room: B-418ACarlos Guevara holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from CUNY & NYU Poly and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Instructional Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. With over 15 years of experience in Higher Education, Carlos currently works at Hostos Community College, CUNY, as Director of the Office of Educational Technology and Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Carlos is now serving as Co-chair of the CUNY Centers for Teaching & Learning Advisory Council. Carlos is also Chair of the HEO Organization at Hostos and President and Founder of the Ecuadorian Youth Organization and Ecuadorian Scholars Fund.

Jones, Cynthia

Cynthia Jones, M.A.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Cjones@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6807
Room: B-523

Bio

Jones, Cynthia Cynthia Jones, M.A.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Cjones@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6807
Room: B-523Cynthia 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, B.S.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Lrivera@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6611
Room: B-418B

Bio

Luz Rivera Luz Rivera, B.S.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Lrivera@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6611
Room: B-418BLuz Rivera holds a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems from Lehman College and an associate’s degree from Hostos Community College/CUNY. She joined the CTL in 2014. Prior to joining the center, she worked in the Education department as a College Lab Technician. She supports all center initiatives and activities, and she participates in special projects to improve the center’s effectiveness. Committee member: CTL Advisory Council, & General Education.

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Itzel Ortega Mendez
Center for Teaching and Learning
Iortegamendez@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6804
Room: B-418D

Bio

itzel_ortega_picture-2 Itzel Ortega Mendez
Center for Teaching and Learning
Iortegamendez@hostos.cuny.edu
718.664.6804
Room: B-418DItzel Ortega Mendez has been a College Assistant with The Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as a collaborator with The Office of Academic Affairs, since September 2014. Itzel started her career at Hostos Community College as an intern with the At Home in College program in 2013. She has completed her Associate’s Degree at Hostos Community College in Office Technology. She is currently attending Lehman College studying Health Services Administration.

Jubert Tueros
Center for Teaching and Learning
Jtueros@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.2514
Room: B-418C

Bio

Jubert Tueros
Center for Teaching and Learning
Jtueros@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.2514
Room: B-418CJuberth Tueros started working at the Center for Teaching and Learning as a College Assistant since 2017. Prior to joining the Center he worked as Clerical Assistant and Desktop hardware Technician. He holds a certification as a Pc technician and also He is pursuing a Degree in Network technology at BMCC.

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