CTL Advisory Council

The CTL Advisory Council is a cross-divisional, faculty-driven committee that concentrates on meeting the needs of faculty from all disciplines to promote teaching excellence. A priority of this committee is to encourage faculty to rethink and put into practice innovative pedagogical methods that answer the basic and advanced needs of students to increase overall retention and graduation rates. The committee models innovation through unconventional programming intended to inspire faculty to consistently develop new curricula that enhance the students’ learning environment throughout their academic careers. The Council exists to refresh and invigorate all faculty, including adjuncts, and to help them excel professionally. The objectives of this council are to:

  • Promote excellence in teaching and learning
  • Promote the implementation of high impact practices
  • Promote a culture of belonging and community building
  • Cultivate a culture of innovation and continuous improvement
Carlos Guevara

Carlos Guevara, M.S.
Director, Educational Technology
Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Cguevara@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7915
Room: B-418A

Bio

Carlos Guevara Carlos Guevara, M.S.
Director, Educational Technology
Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Cguevara@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7915
Room: B-418A
Carlos 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.
Prof. Cynthia Jones Lecturer English department

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

Bio

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

Luz Rivera Luz Rivera, B.S.
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 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.

Sanjay Arya
Assistant Professor, Allied Health Sciences
Sarya@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4105
Room: A-307T
Bio

Sanjay Arya
Assistant Professor, Allied Health Sciences
Sarya@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4105
Room: A-307T
Sanjay Arya is an Assistant Professor in Radiologic Technology unit of Allied Health department at Hostos Community College. Prior to this, he has been involved in classroom teaching and clinic education at Bronx Community College. In addition, he has several years of experience in teaching at a premier national fashion school in India, the National Institute of Fashion Technology, which is affiliated with many leading fashion schools including the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), NY.He holds a master’s degree in science from the University of Delhi, India with a major in Cell Biology. He is a certified Radiologic Technologist and holds certifications in diagnostic radiology and in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  In addition, he is also Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer (MRSO) certified by American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS).His past experiences include working in the consumer products industry in various mid-level and top management positions where he was responsible for improving business performance and operating efficiencies by sourcing new opportunities and developing partnerships.Professor Arya brings with him significant experience and expertise across diverse cultures that will guide students to attain their potential in succeeding in their academic and professional growth.
Prof. Lauren Wolf

Lauren Wolf
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Lwolf@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6612
Room: B-433
Bio

Lauren Wolf
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Lwolf@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6812
Room: B-433
Lauren Wolf is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department of Hostos. She received her Ph.D. in 2013  from  University of Albany where she studied the non existence of eigenvalues in the essential spectrum of Toeplitz Operators. She loves teaching and embraces every aspect as she has six research students every semester. Her student research combines mathematics and social justice. She has eighteen years teaching , seven of those years she taught in medium and maximum security prisons. Professor Wolf is the advisor to two student clubs maths club and reimagining justice. The clubs do several events every semester and the student are actively involved.
Silvia Reyes

Silvia Reyes
Director of Special Programs, Office of Academic Affairs
Sreyes@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6637
Room: B-419
Bio

Silvia Reyes
Director of Special Programs, Office of Academic Affairs
Sreyes@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6637
Room: B-419
Silvia Reyes oversees all Title V initiatives including, Student Research with faculty, Supplemental Instruction in gateway courses, Capstone Assignments and Small Group Tutorial. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Hostos Academic Learning Center. She holds a Master Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University and, her Bachelors Degree in Psychology is from Hunter College. Prior to joining Hostos, she served as program coordinator and taught Developmental Reading Courses and the New Student Seminar at LaGuardia Community College.
Prof. Asrat Amnie

Asrat Amnie
Assistant Professor, Education
Aamnie@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4429
Room: A-107
Bio

Asrat Amnie
Assistant Professor, Education
Aamnie@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4429
Room: A-107
Professor Asrat Amnie joined Hostos Community college in 2014. Professor Amnie received Doctor of Education
in Health Education (EdD) degree from Teachers College Columbia University in 2016. He also earned a
Master’s in Public Health from Emory University in 2013, specializing in global health with an infectious disease
concentration.
Professor Amnie earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Jimma University in 1992, completed a General
Surgery Residency Program at Addis Ababa University in 2002, and is certified and licensed to practice general
surgery in Ethiopia—his country of origin.
Prof.Cooper

Stacey Cooper
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences
Scooper@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7990
Room: B-346
Bio

Stacey Cooper
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences
Scooper@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7990
Room: B-346
Stacey J. Cooper holds a doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the CUNY- Graduate Center and she is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Hostos Community College. Dr. Cooper has been teaching at the college since 2009. In 2014, she started the Ethnic Minority Immigrant Student Research Project at Hostos. In 2016, she constructed the Shared Faculty Resource utilized by the department’s psychology faculty. Her teaching and research interests include learning identity, ethnic identity, immigration, digital pedagogy and higher education.
Prof. Linda Miles

Linda Miles
Assistant Professor, Library
Lmiles@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4212
Room: A-207I
Bio

Linda Miles
Assistant Professor, Library
Lmiles@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.4212
Room: A-207I
I am thrilled to take up my post as Assistant Professor and Reference/Instruction Librarian in the Hostos Community College Library, having previously served as Librarian for Public Services and User Experience at Yeshiva University since 2012. My research interests include students’ experiences of the library, both face-to-face and virtual, based on the belief that the multiple dimensions of that experience can have a strong impact on student learning and success. I received a Master of Library Science degree from St. Johns University, and an MA and PhD in Theatre History/Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Prof. wallenbrock

Nicole Wallenbrock
Assistant Professor, Humanities
Nwallenbrock@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6681
Room: C-412
Bio

Prof. wallenbrock
Nicole Wallenbrock
Assistant Professor, Humanities
Nwallenbrock@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6681
Room: C-412
Nicole Beth Wallenbrock PHD is very proud to be an Assistant Professor of French at Hostos Community College. She has been teaching French since 2002, and has also taught many courses in film. She has taught at 8 CUNY campuses, and at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Syracuse University. Her inclusive classes are all student-centered and build classroom communities. Wallenbrock wrote The Franco-Algerian War Through a Twenty-First Century Lens (Bloomsbury, 2020) and co-edited Migrants’ Perspective, Migrants in Perspective: World Film (Edinburgh University Press, 2021). She is a 2022-2023 faculty fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.

Amina Tajbhai
Assistant Professor, English
Atajbhai@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6767
Room: B-522
Bio

Amina Tajbhai
Assistant Professor, English
Atajbhai@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6767
Room: B-522Amina H. Tajbhai began as a Lecturer in January 2022. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from Fordham University in 2019. Her research considers the intersection between early modern literature and memory studies, gestures of violence on stage, and transgressive women

Mayra Mojica
Lecturer, Business
MLmojica@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6519
Room: C-511C
Bio

Mayra Mojica
Lecturer, Business
MLmojica@hostos.cuny.edu
718.518.6519
Room: C-511C
Mayra L. Mojica Butler was born in Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor Degree in accounting with a minor in finance from The University of Puerto Rico and the Master Degree in accounting from The University of Phoenix.She has several years of experience in the field of accounting. Her extensive experience includes various accounting positions as Accountant at the Department of Labor (DOL) and Human Resources at Puerto Rico and Intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, as well as Community Education Assistant at Bronx – Lebanon Hospital Center. In 2010 participated in Postgraduate Professional Development Program – PPDP in The Washington Center Education in Washington, DC.
Prof. Chanh

Chanh Phan
Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences
CPhan@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7983
Room:

Prof. Chanh Chanh Phan
Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences
CPhan@hostos.cuny.edu
718.319.7983
Room:

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