The instruction and service of faculty at Hostos Community College was recognized on “Teaching Day,” Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) coinciding with National Teaching week. The day started with a poster display featured in the A-Atrium, followed by networking in the Hostos Café of faculty and students.

The CTL Initiatives were featured throughout the day and were also included in the program booklet, for instance, CTL faculty inquiry groups were listed, including Service Learning & Civic Engagement, Peer Observation Improvement Network for Teaching (POINT), Team-Based Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Writing Group, and Touchstone. Also included in the program booklet was an ad advancing zero textbook cost courses.

The day culminated with a program in the Hostos Café. Dr. Denise Cummings-Clay, Assistant Professor-Education Department, welcomed attendees to the event. Dr. Christine Mangino, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, made remarks highlighting the value of faculty teaching, service, and research toward advancing excellent student learning outcomes. The program continued with a “Teaching Day” song, composed by Dr. Cummings-Clay, and performed by the students enrolled in the course, EDU 109 – Music and Movement.

Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Hostos was addressed by Prof. Sandy Figueroa, Associate Professor-Business Department, Dr. Biao Jiang, Assistant Professor-Natural Sciences, and Dr. Cummings-Clay, Assistant Professor-Education Department. This presentation was followed by one presented by Dr. Sonia Maldonado, Assistant Professor-Education Department, entitled, “Connecting Sabbatical Experience & Service in Puerto Rico.”

The program also featured a focus on the “Hostos Reads” Initiative. Ms. Silvia Reyes, Title V Director, and Prof. Elisabeth Tappeiner, Associate Professor-Library Department) led attendees in a dialogue on the campus’ reading book, “How to Think” by Alan Jacobs. Ms. Nana Mukbaniani, Quantitative Reasoning Fellow-CTL, engaged attendees in an exercise of how to infuse QR/QL in teaching.

Prof. Cynthia Jones, Lecturer-English Department & CTL Co-Director, and Mr. Carlos Guevara, EdTech Director & CTL Co-Director made closing remarks.

The CTL Teaching Day Organizing Committee was comprised of Dr. Denise Cummings-Clay, Chair, Dr. Eddy Garcia, Lecturer-Business Academic Department, Dr. Andrew London, Instructor-Humanities, Dr. Terence Brenner, Associate Professor-Mathematics Department, and Ms. Nana Mukbaniani, Quantitative Reasoning Fellow-CTL.

The CTL Advisory Council consists of Cynthia Jones, CTL Co-Director & Lecturer-English Department; Carlos Guevara, CTL Co-Chair & EdTech Director; Luz Rivera, CTL Administrative Coordinator; Eddy Garcia, Lecturer-Business Academic Department; Jason Buchanan, Assistant Professor-English Department; Anne Rounds, Assistant Professor-English Department; Linda Miles, Assistant Professor, Library; Chanh Phan, Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences; Silvia Reyes, Title V Director, Office of Academic Affairs; Denise Cummings-Clay, Assistant Professor, Education Department; Andrew London, Instructor, Humanities; Sarah Hoiland, Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences; Nana Mukbaniani, Quantitative Reasoning Fellow-CTL; and Terence Brenner, Associate Professor, Mathematics Department.

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