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)
Cynthia Jones, M.A.
Center for Teaching and Learning
|Cynthia Jones, M.A.
Center for Teaching and Learning
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, B.S.
Center for Teaching and Learning
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.
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.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
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.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences
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.
Assistant Professor, Business Academic Department
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.
|Jung Hang Lee
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Jung Hang Lee earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has B.S. in Computer Programming and Applied Mathematics (Operations Research), M.S. in Applied Mathematics (Engineering Mathematics) and M.A. in Mathematics Education. He is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Hostos Community College since Fall 2018. Dr. Lee was an Associate Professor at Nyack College for seven years before he joined HCC. He has been teaching mathematics for over eighteen years. He was elected as the best analyst when he worked for National Security Agency (NSA), USA and Defense Security Association (DSA), South Korean Army. He was awarded as an emerging scholar of the year (2013) in Nyack College. He presented his research on North Korean Secondary School Mathematics at the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education as an invited lecture. His main research interests are student motivation, mathematical concept map, assessment and North Korean mathematics education.
Assistant Professor, Library
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.
Office of Academic Affairs
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.
Distinguished Lecturer, English
Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at Hostos Community College – CUNY. He received a B.A. in Communications from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel, Chulito (Magnus 2011), has received awards and recognitions from the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Book Critics Circle, and he co-edited the anthology From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture 2011). His writing’s been published in The Pitkin Review, Los Otros Cuerpos, Best Gay Stories 2008, The Best of PANIC!: En Vivo from the East Village, Love, Christopher Street, Who’s Yer Daddy, Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, as well as articles in El Diario and The Nation. Mr. Rice-Gonzalez’s plays include What Carlos Feels (1990), Pink Jesus (1997), and Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo (produced each year at BAAD! since 2004). His play I Just Love Andy Gibb (2007) won Pregones Theater’s ASUNCION Play Reading Series and will be published in Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology co-edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera in 2015. He also serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Art and Cultures.
Lecturer & Gerontology Coordinator, Education
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.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Science Department
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.
Recently, the committee has emphasized general education skills assessment in courses, and further advocates for evidence-based decision-making and for interdisciplinary sharing of assignment designs, grading techniques, and course outcomes. Quantitative Reasoning/Quantitative Literacy is the 2014-2015 skill of the year. Find all QR/QL resources including professional development dates and activities here:
The Committee has designed student core competencies, skill-measuring rubrics, an interdisciplinary syllabus template, and a course meta-mapping tool.
- Streamlined Hostos General Education Core Competencies and Rubrics (2015-2017)
- Hostos Rubrics (2009-2017)
- Syllabus Template