Faculty Day 2012

16th Annual Faculty Day Conference

Student Center
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Want to know the next big thoughts on the horizon in subjects ranging from the politics of race to the academic legitimacy of business schools; from technology in the classroom, to robots as musicians? Come to this year’s Faculty Day Conference and engage in lively, thought-provoking discussions with Brooklyn College faculty as they share their scholarship and artistic endeavors. Throughout the day you will have many opportunities to speak about your latest ideas and creative work with familiar colleagues, while also getting to meet and collaborate with people from across the entire college community.

  • Symposiums and Panel Discussions
  • Alternative Format Mini-sSssions
  • Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
  • Gallery and Academic Posters
  • Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception
  • Lounge Open All Day! (with computers to check your e-mail)

With lunch provided and refreshments served the entire day, you’ll have a unique opportunity to get to know other members of the college and share your thoughts, your concerns and your ideas. The Faculty Day Conference will renew your enthusiasm for scholarship while reinforcing your sense of connection to the Brooklyn College community.

We hope to see all our full-time faculty, our adjunct faculty, and our professional staff at the 16th Annual Faculty Day Conference!

About Faculty Day

The 16th Annual Faculty Day Conference and Award Ceremony affords all of us an opportunity to pause from business as usual in order to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Brooklyn College faculty. The day features a multidisciplinary conference—including workshops, panel discussions, presentations, art gallery, academic poster sessions, and informal roundtable discussions over lunch—culminating in an awards ceremony and reception. At the conference, colleagues participate in an exchange of ideas about a wide variety of scholarly, artistic and pedagogical interests and concerns. At the awards ceremony, individuals nominated by their fellow faculty members are honored for their accomplishments in teaching, research and service.

The Faculty Day Conference emerged out of a desire to provide a unique college-wide opportunity to foster connections with our colleagues and improve the quality of intellectual and social life here on campus. Each year this day gives us a chance to engage in dialogue about academic and pedagogical activities with our colleagues from remarkably diverse disciplines.

We invite you to participate in this year’s Faculty Day Conference and contribute to Brooklyn College’s professional and intellectual vitality.

Conference Committee


  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton
  • Myra Kogen
  • Jerry Mirotznik

Committee Members

  • Kathleen Axen
  • Gregory Boutis
  • James Bowyer
  • James Eaton
  • Graciela Elizalde-Utnick
  • Len Fox
  • Gail Horowitz
  • Nicholas Irons
  • Irina Patkanian
  • Richard Vento
  • Judith Wild

Special thanks to everyone in the Office of Communications and Marketing for all of their hard work and creativity in support of this year’s event.


9:30–10 a.m.

Kick-Off / Breakfast
State Lounge, fifth floor

9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Gallery and Academic Posters
Maroon Room, sixth floor

Presenters available to discuss their work during the luncheon period from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

10–11:15 a.m.—Symposium Session I

Obama’s Presidency: Success or Failure?
How are President Obama and his administration seen by diverse groups within the United States?
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Len Fox, English
  • Alan Aja, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, “Obama and the Resurgence of Culture of Poverty Theory in Political Rhetoric and Public Policy”
  • Robert Cherry, Economics, “Obama’s Inadequate Approach to Disadvantaged Youth Problems”
  • Ravi Ragbir, New Sanctuary Coalition, “Immigration Reform and the New Sanctuary Movement”

What Is Environmental Studies and Where Does It Fit in the Academy?
How is environmental studies related to such diverse academic disciplines as earth sciences, health and nutrition sciences, and philosophy?
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Greg S. Boutis, Physics
  • Wayne Powell, Earth and Environmental Sciences, “Earth Science & Environmental Studies”
  • Jean Grassman, Health and Nutrition Sciences, “Health and Nutrition Sciences & Environmental Studies”
  • Michael Menser, Philosophy, “Philosophy and Environmental Studies”

Business Schools Within the Academy: Milking the Cash Cow or Legitimizing the Stepchild
Where are business schools now in the long march to legitimacy?
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Willie Hopkins, Dean, School of Business
  • Mitchell Langbert,  Finance and Business Management, “Why the Business Faculty Is Better at Liberal Arts Than the Liberal Arts Faculty”
  • Matthew Moore, Philosophy, “Why the Eye Needs the Hand (and Vice Versa)”
  • Jocelyn Wills, History, “Step Child, What Step Child?: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education in Historical Perspective”

10:30–11 a.m.—Mini-session I

Sound, Movement and the Construction of Ecstasy in Sufi Religious Ritual in Conjunction With Education

  • Christine Free, Conservatory of Music

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.—Symposium Session II

Science Under Scrutiny: There’s the Truth and Then There’s the Edited Truth… But Is It Fraud?
Recently it has been argued that “common but questionable” research practices are widespread in the behavioral sciences—but do they really pose a serious threat to scientific inquiry and the search for truths?
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Margaret-Ellen Pipe, Psychology
  • Sean Haley, Health and Nutrition Sciences, “Power, Truth and Vulnerability”
  • Curtis Hardin, Psychology, “Scientific Truth Is Dead! Long Live Scientific Truth!”
  • R. Glen Hass, Psychology, “Scientific Truth: It’s a Psychological Concept”

Global Music in East Flatbush: The H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute and Brooklyn-Based Teaching and Learning
How can academic research institutes housed on campus affect what goes on in Brooklyn College classrooms and how has the Hitchcock Institute’s research on Brooklyn music enhanced student learning?
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Maria Conelli, Dean, School of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts
  • Ray Allen, Conservatory of Music
  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Conservatory of Music
  • Jeff Taylor, Conservatory of Music

eDucation: Using Technology in the Classroom
How does technology enhance learning in the classroom?
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership
  • Tiphanie Gonzalez, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership, “Using Mixed Reality as a Teaching Tool”
  • Sharon O’Connor-Petruso and Barbara Rosenfeld, Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education, “Rudeness in the Classroom and Public Spaces Revisited: College Students’ Perceptions of Appropriate Use of E-communications”
  • Hanna Haydar, Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education, “Learn Bops and Learn-to-teach Bops: Online Learning Systems for Childhood Mathematics Teachers”

Noon–12:30 p.m.—Mini-session II

An Artist’s Talk on Work With Anthony McCall

  • David Grubbs, Conservatory of Music

12:45–2:15 p.m.

Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
Gold Room, sixth floor
Gallery and Academic Posters
Maroon Room, sixth floor

  • Presenters available to discuss their work during the luncheon period from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

2:15–3:30 p.m.—Symposium Session III

Occupy Wall Street: From Different Viewpoints
How does the Occupy Wall Street movement shed light on current U.S. society?
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: David Troyansky, History
  • Gunja SenGupta, History, “Occupy Wall Street as Participatory Democracy”
  • Sally Bermanzohn, Political Science, “Occupy Wall Street: Organizing From a Racial Justice Framework”
  • Alex Vitale, Sociology, “Managing Defiance: The Policing of the Occupy Wall Street Movement”

With the Best of Intentions: How College and Career Readiness Can Re-shape K–16+
What role do the Common Core Learning Standards, Pathways, College Now and our Early Colleges play in developing and implementing a collective transformation at Brooklyn College and with our school and community partners?
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Deborah Shanley, Dean, School of Education
  • Nick Mazzarella, Principal, Brooklyn College Academy
  • David Genovese, Assistant Principal, Brooklyn College Academy
  • Mark Kobrak, Chemistry
  • Robert Oliva, Director, Magner Center for Career Development and Internships
  • Pieranna Pieroni, Director, College Now

What Does the Future Hold for Students of the African Diaspora?
What are the indicators of success for black students?
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor

  • Moderator: Tamara Mose Brown, Sociology
  • Trina Yearwood, Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education, “Levels of Engagement of Successful Black Students at CUNY”
  • Eugena Griffin, Psychology, “An Overview of Psychosocial Stress That Impacts the Psyche, Motivation, and Self-actualization Among the Black Community”
  • Haroon Kharem, Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education, “Sankofa: African American Male Teachers Returning to Their Communities”

2:15–2:45 p.m.—Mini-session III

Robot Musicians and Electronic Instruments

  • Douglas Geers, Conservatory of Music

3:45 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

  • Featuring the Faculty Day Choir directed by first-year faculty member James Bowyer, Conservatory of Music.

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Food and Wine Reception

Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions

12:45–2:15 p.m.
Gold Room, sixth floor

Supporting BC Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Adriana diMatteo, Personal Counseling Services
  • Susan Longtin, Speech Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Valerie Stewart-Lovell, Director, Center for Student Disabilities Services
  • Ilene Tannenbaum, Director, Brooklyn College Health Clinic

Academic Support: Helpful Online Resources

  • Peter Collazzo, SEEK Tutoring Coordinator
  • Richard Vento, Director, Learning Center

Just Say Yes: How Improvisation Theory Can Improve Your Life

  • Kenneth Axen, Health and Nutrition Sciences
  • Catherine McEntee, Biology

Struggles and Strategies for Student Engagement

Roberta S. Matthews Center for Teaching and The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Committee

  • Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Conservatory of Music
  • Penny S. Repetti, Philosophy

Avoiding Publishing Nightmares

  • Lynda Day, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies

Shady Behavior or Shades of Gray: Confronting Academic Integrity Issues at the College

  • Beth Evans, Library
  • Patrick Kavanagh, Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Programs
  • Miguel Macias, Television and Radio
  • Priya Parmar, Secondary Education

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Assessment

  • Michael Anderson, Director, Academic Assessment

Reimagining the College Lecture

  • James Bowyer, Conservatory of Music
  • Katherine Hejtmanek, Anthropology and Archaeology

Awards Ceremony

Penthouse, Student Center
3:45 p.m.

Award for Excellence in Teaching

Brian P. Sowers, Classics
presented by Rose Bonczek, Theater

This award and a $5,000 stipend are presented each year to a full-time faculty member who has been judged by colleagues to be a first-rate teacher. Evidence for excellence in teaching includes portfolios of instructional materials and syllabi, a statement of pedagogic philosophy, classroom observations, student evaluations, comments from peers, students and alumni, and samples of research and creative activities.

Award for Excellence in Creative Achievement

Ben Lerner, English
presented by Gerald Oppenheimer, Health and Nutrition Sciences

This award and a $5,000 stipend are presented each year to a full-time faculty member who has been judged by colleagues to have done excellent creative work as related to his/her role in the academy. The award is based on accomplishments such as publications in refereed journals or in prestigious presses; original works across the whole range of academic disciplines, including literature or the arts; performances in venues of excellence; and other types of national and international recognition.

Eric M. Steinberg Award for College Citizenship

Peter M. Taubman, Secondary Education
presented by Mark Kobrak, Chemistry

The award and a stipend of $5,000 are presented each year to a full-time faculty member for meritorious service chiefly to Brooklyn College, but also for fulfillment of the college’s mission in its relationships with communities in the Greater New York area and beyond. The award is based on the breath of the activities and the duration of commitment to meritorious service, with emphasis on the character and quality of the service.

Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher Award

Roberto Sánchez-Delgado, Chemistry
presented by Hervé Queneau, Finance and Business Management

The award and a stipend of $10,000 recognizes a senior member of the faculty for outstanding qualities as a teacher and for being a role model to students and other faculty. The award was established through a generous gift from Leonard Tow ’50, a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation, in honor of his wife, Claire Tow ’52. The award is primarily based on excellence in teaching, including creative application of pedagogy and dedication to helping students achieve the highest academic standards.

Brooklyn. All in.