Faculty Day 2017

21st Annual Faculty Day Conference

Student Center
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

We invite you to participate in the exchange of ideas at this year’s Faculty Day Conference. The day promises to be filled with thought-provoking, absorbing and (perhaps) controversial presentations and discussions.

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
  • Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
  • Gallery and Academic Posters
  • Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception
  • Lounge Open All Day! (with computers to check your e-mail or revise your presentation)

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 of our full-time faculty, our adjunct faculty, and our professional staff at the 21st Annual Faculty Day Conference!

Conference Details

About Faculty Day

The 21st Annual Faculty Day Conference and Awards Ceremony affords us an opportunity to pause from business as usual in order to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Brooklyn College faculty. At this multidisciplinary conference, colleagues participate in an exchange of ideas about a wide variety of scholarly, artistic, and pedagogical interests and concerns. The awards ceremony honors individuals nominated by their fellow faculty members for their accomplishments in teaching, research, and service.

The Faculty Day Conference provides 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.

Thank you for joining us at this year’s Faculty Day Conference and contributing to Brooklyn College’s professional and intellectual vitality.

Conference Committee

Committee Co-chairs

  • Graciela Elizalde-Utnick
  • Myra Kogen

Committee Members

  • James Eaton
  • Gail Horowitz
  • Nicholas Irons
  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton
  • Neil Malvone
  • Catherine McEntee
  • Jerry Mirotznik
  • Matthew Moore
  • Theodore Muth
  • Mariana Regalado
  • Suklima Roy
  • Dena Shottenkirk
  • Malka Simon
  • Judith Wild


Continental Breakfast and Conference Kick-Off

9:30–10 a.m.
State Lounge, fifth floor

Refreshment Lounge

Available All Day!
State Lounge, fifth floor

Check your e-mail, double-check your presentation, grab a snack, and chat with your colleagues.

Symposia Session 1—10–11:15 a.m.

The Multilingual Classroom: Supporting and Enhancing Literacy for Emergent Bilingual Students
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Bernardita Llanos, Modern Languages and Literatures

  • Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education, “A Dynamic Bilingual Approach to Reading”
  • Vanessa Pérez Rosario, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies,  “Translanguaging in Latino Literature”
  • Meral Kaya, Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education, “Non-bilingual Teachers’ Support for Emergent Bilinguals’ Literacy”

What are the linguistic resources that emergent bilinguals bring to the classrooms? How do we build on the multilingual capacities of these students to support their literacy? How do we encourage multilingual students to use their full linguistic repertoire in learning? How can we apply translanguaging to the higher education context?

Media Literacy in the Age of Trump: A Panel Discussion
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor

  • MJ Robinson, Television and Radio
  • Katherine Fry, Television and Radio
  • John Anderson, Television and Radio
  • Miguel Macias, Television and Radio

As we begin the first year of a press-hostile Twitter Presidency led by a former reality-TV star, media literacy is more important than ever for us to have in our toolboxes, practice in our pedagogy, and instill in our students. Faculty from the Journalism and Media Studies (JAMS) program lead a discussion on how to commit acts of journalism in the service of civil society and democracy.

Genomics, the Revolution in DNA Sequencing Technology, and the Implications for Healthcare
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Nicolas Biais, Biology

  • Christine Vitrano, Philosophy, “Ready or Not: Genome Sequencing and Personalized Medicine Are Here”
  • Patricia Antoniello, Anthropology and Archaeology, “What’s ‘Race’ Got to Do With It? Anthropology and Genomic Medicine”
  • Theodore Muth, Biology, “The $1,000 Genome—The Road to Personalized Medicine or Down the Garden Path?”

A revolution in DNA sequencing technology over the last 10 years has made patient genomes accessible and less expensive than many prescription drugs. Access to genome data has the potential to lead to significant medical advances. However, the hype has in many cases outpaced the ability of genome data to translate to improved healthcare. Moreover, having genome data at our fingertips has raised a number of ethical concerns, including privacy, risk assessment, and the equality of access to the benefits of these genomic advances. The panelists will present on the advances in human genome sequencing, the connection to personalized medicine, and how societies can prepare for the changes brought about by the confluence of genomics and medicine.

A Pedagogy of Empathy: Helping Students to Care
Occidental Lounge, fifth floor

April Bedford, Dean, School of Education

  • Karel Rose, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education and English, “Empathy Back to the Greeks”
  • Roni Natov, English, “Teaching Empathy Through Children’s Literature”
  • Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership, “Teaching Empathy in an Era of Tweets”

Can we teach empathy? Acknowledging the centrality of empathy in our complicated and volatile world, we will explore the pedagogical imperative and opportunities for teaching empathy in our diverse classrooms. We defend this ancient value in our modern world and explore how deficits in empathy imperil a democratic society. We will suggest some of the strategies for developing the emotional competence that honors generosity and moral development.

Symposia Session 2—11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

The ARRAS Concept: Strategies, Tactics, and Lessons Learned While Teaching at Brooklyn College
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Gail Horowitz, Chemistry

  • Louise Hainline, Psychology, “Raising a Virtual Child in Developmental Psychology—Relatedness, Relevance and Suspense”
  • Peter Lipke, Biology, “Tactics for Student Engagement in Molecular Biology and Other Content-driven Courses, Authenticity, Relatedness, and Relevance”
  • Jessica Joyner, Biology, “Microbiology: The Urban Microbiome—Autonomy, Authenticity, and Suspense”
  • Lori Sims, Psychology, “Peer-assisted Team Learning of Research Methods—Autonomy, Relatedness, and Authenticity”

What have we learned as we try to develop intrinsic motivation, a sense of belonging, and self-actualization for our students? The panel will explore how they each have utilized some of the curricular features of the ARRAS (Autonomy, Relevance, Relatedness, Authenticity, and Suspense) concept to enhance the motivation and learning of their students.

Documentary Resistance: A Conversation About Politics and Film
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor

  • Sarah Christman, Film
  • Kara Andersen, Film
  • Alexandra Juhasz, Film
  • Mustapha Khan, Film

A panel of film faculty will screen clips from films that have played an important role in the history of social or political resistance. The panel will engage in a Q&A with the audience about the films and the role of film in times of struggle.

The Role of Science in the Anthropocene
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Brett Branco, Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Micha Tomkiewicz, Physics, “The Shape of the Scientific Method in the Anthropocene”
  • Nadia Doytch, Economics, “Economic Globalization and Global Warming”
  • John Marra, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of AREAC, “Impact of the New Era on the Oceans, the Land, and the Atmosphere”

The Anthropocene can be defined as an epoch where human activities have a dominant effect on earth’s ecosystems. The investigators will become not only observers but part of the observed system. How will these changes affect the nature of scientific enquiry? What kind of changes in teaching and learning are required to survive and flourish in the new era?

Troubled Discourse and Moral Hazards: Memory, Trauma, and Violence
Occidental Lounge, fifth floor
Moderator: Susan Longtin, Speech Communication Arts and Sciences

  • Brenda Foley, Theater, “Forever Unknown: Narratives of Women in Nineteenth-Century Asylums”
  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Conservatory of Music, “Flashes of Light: Interior and Exterior Negotiations of Memory, Trauma, and Violence”
  • Anna Gotlib, Philosophy, “Memories of Dark Things: A Case Against Fictionalizing Who We Are”

How do we negotiate the complex relationship of memory, violence, and trauma? In what ways do individuals narrate their struggles with these experiences, and might it be better to simply forget?

Mini-session 1: 11:30 a.m.–noon

Grog Room, fifth floor
(Re)Imagining Brooklyn School District 15: Participatory Research With Young People on Growing Up Amidst Vast Inequality

  • Madeline Fox, Sociology and Children and Youth Studies
  • Erika Niwa, Psychology and Children and Youth Studies

Brooklyn School District 15 includes some of Brooklyn’s wealthiest neighborhoods, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, as well as the lower-income areas of Sunset Park, Red Hook, and Gowanus. The (Re)Imagining District 15 Research Collective has been using a critical participatory action research approach to investigate what it means to grow up amid vast wealth disparities. In this presentation, we’ll share emerging insights about how young people experience inequality in Brooklyn neighborhoods, how our neighborhoods are shaped by young people, young people’s vision and desire for change, and what it means to conduct research as a multi-generational and diverse research team.

Mini-session 2: 12:15–12:45 p.m.

Ward Room, fifth floor
The Politics of the Belly: A Carcinogenic in the Functioning of the State of Haiti

  • Jean Eddy Saint Paul, CUNY Haitian Studies Institute

The central problem that constitutes a backdrop for the functioning of the state in Haiti is the interweaving of the politics of the belly, the neopatrimonial culture, and the logic of depredation. Since the era of French colonization, this political culture has perverted the political institutions to such an extent that the state was unable to control and neutralize the social forces that compete constantly for control.

Luncheon Sessions—12:45–2:15 p.m.

Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
Gold Room, sixth floor

Gallery and Academic Posters
Maroon Room, sixth floor

Symposia Session 3—2:15–3:30 p.m.

Respond BC! Collaboration, Expression, and Dissent: Engaging the Campus Community in an Arts Initiative
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor

  • Mona Hadler, Art
  • Miriam Deutch, Library
  • Alberto Bursztyn, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership

The ongoing We Stand Against Hate initiative was developed in response to challenges the college has faced with conflict on campus. As part of this, Respond BC! was an art and performance series with the intent to convey diverse social, cultural, and political perspectives. Presenters will share the challenges, controversies, and successes involved in organizing an initiative that encouraged the campus community to create art that expresses concerns and fosters debate.

Pushing Back on the “Trump Effect”: Counseling, Teaching, and Learning After the 2016 Election
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor

Moderator: Paul McCabe, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership

  • María Scharrón-del Río, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership, “Teaching (with)in a Crisis: Facilitating Difficult Classroom Conversations When the Political Is Personal”
  • Beth Ferholt, Early Childhood Education/Art Education, “Lessons From Teachers Who Work With the Youngest Children”
  • Wayne Reed, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education, “No Time for Sissies: Queering Our Schools in the Trump/Pence Years”
  • Sonia Murrow, Secondary Education, “The Objectivity Question and Preparing Social Studies/History Teachers for NYC Schools After the Election of Donald Trump”

For professors of school counseling, school psychology, and education, the election of Donald J. Trump requires a radical rethinking of how we develop curriculum and teach future education professionals for their work in schools. Interventions including pedagogical approaches will be described as ways to interrogate and push back on the Trump effect as it impacts children and youth.

Paying Taxes and Taking Drugs: Ethical Dilemmas in Business and Sports
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor

Moderator: Richard Greenwald, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Dena Shottenkirk, Philosophy, “Ethics: Consequences or Principles?”
  • Dov Fischer, Accounting, “Should Corporations Pay Taxes or Give to Shareholders?”
  • Neil Malvone, Kinesiology, “Playing Sports: With or Without Doping?”

How do athletes and corporate executives balance competing obligations? What are the ethical obligations that corporations have to the citizenry to pay taxes or do they owe loyalty to the shareholders to return more profits? Should athletes yield to the demands of the team and/or sponsor to win and therefore use performance-enhancing drugs?

“B.E.S.T.” Practices: Managing Student Behavior
Occidental Lounge, fifth floor

Moderator: Moraima Burgos, Student Affairs

  • Michelle Vargas, Student Affairs, “Students Rights and Responsibilities: What Should You Know?”
  • Patricio Jimenez, Diversity and Equity Programs, “Understanding the Responsible Employee Standard: When Is Reporting Mandatory?”
  • Ursula Chase, Campus and Community Safety Services, “If You See Something Say Something: Faculty, Staff, and Students, the Eyes and Ears of the Campus!”
  • Margery Frosch, Personal Counseling, “Addressing Challenging Student Behavior: Early Intervention and Prevention”

How might faculty and staff respond to disruptive or concerning student behavior? This panel will explore early intervention and prevention strategies, while providing guidance and information on available resources.

Mini-session 3: 2:15–2:45 p.m.

Grog Room, fifth floor
Toward a Cross-Disciplinary Statistics Resource

  • John Velling, Mathematics
  • Yehuda Klein, Economics

We will describe a mathematics resource containing textual material, tutorials, randomly generated practice, and algorithmically graded assessment that has been adopted by several instructors and beta-tested in statistics classes of various sizes.

Awards Ceremony—3:45–4:30 p.m.


Reception—Approximately 4:30 p.m. (Following the Awards Ceremony)

Jazz performance by the Sobina Chi Trio, Conservatory of Music

Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions

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

Academic Ethics: Don’t We Always Do the Right Thing?

  • Gail Horowitz, Chemistry
  • Jerry Mirotznik, Health and Nutrition Sciences
  • Dena Shottenkirk, Philosophy

Race and Sports: From Jackie Robinson to Colin Kaepernick

  • Neil Malvone, Kinesiology

Students in Crisis: Retributive vs. Restorative Pathways to Justice

  • Harold Golubtchik, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
  • María Scharrón-del Río, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
  • Eliza Dragowski, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
  • Florence Rubinson, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
  • Charles Edwards, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership

5 Strategies to Help Professors Become Better Teachers Immediately

  • Norman Eng, Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education

RESIST: Pronouns DO Matter—Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive Practices and Policies

  • Sami Binder, LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Beth Ferholt, Early Childhood Education/Art Education
  • Paul McCabe, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership

Gamification of the College Classroom: Reaching a New Level of Student Engagement

  • Carolyn Stallard, Conservatory of Music

The “A” Word: Dispelling the Myths About Assessment

  • Jo-Ellen Asbury, Associate Provost for Institutional Planning and Assessment
  • Fredrik deBoer, Academic Assessment Manager

Fear and Loathing in the College Writing Assignment

  • Sharona Levy, Speech Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Richard Vento, Learning Center
  • Michael Grayson, Accounting

Who Are Our Transfer Students?

  • Louise Hainline, Psychology
  • Michael Ayers, Senior Director of Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment
  • Marcus Richardson, Associate Director of Financial Aid

Faculty and Staff Resist: Post-election Activism at Brooklyn College

  • Madeline Fox, Sociology and Children and Youth Studies
  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Conservatory of Music
  • Alexandra Juhasz, Film
  • Alexandra Lewis, Conservatory of Music
  • Suklima Roy, Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities

Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
3:45 p.m.
Awards Ceremony Program (PDF)

The Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher Award (pdf)

María Scharrón-del Río, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
presented by Jennifer Ball, Art

The Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher 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 recognizes a senior member of the faculty for outstanding qualities as a teacher and for being a role model to students and other faculty. It carries a stipend of $10,000, to be paid in one installment through the Brooklyn College Foundation.

Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Full-time Faculty Member (pdf)

Gail Horowitz, Chemistry
presented by Catherine McEntee, Biology

The award in the amount of $5,000 will be presented annually to a full-time faculty member for his or her demonstrated excellence in teaching at Brooklyn College.

Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Part-time Faculty Member (pdf)

JoAnn Luhrs, Classics
presented by Margaret Araneo, Theater

The award, in the amount of $5,000, will be presented annually to a part-time (adjunct) faculty member for his or her demonstrated excellence in teaching and recognizes the important contributions made by adjunct faculty to teaching and learning at Brooklyn College.

Outstanding Undergraduate Deputy Award (pdf)

Roni Natov, English
presented by Ellen Tremper, English

This award recognizes a member of the faculty and acknowledges their extraordinary contribution to the college as teacher, adviser, and mentor to students in their capacity of undergraduate deputy (or similarly designated departmental role). The award establishes a $1,500 expense account to fund faculty travel, provide materials to support their graduate program, or support the research agenda of their students.

Outstanding Graduate Deputy Award (pdf)

Mark Ungar, Political Science
presented by Beth Evans, Library

This award recognizes a member of the graduate faculty and acknowledges their extraordinary contribution to the college as teacher, adviser, and mentor to students in their capacity of graduate deputy. The award establishes a $1,500 expense account to fund faculty travel, provide materials to support their graduate program, or support the research agenda of their students.

Award for Excellence in Academic Outcomes Assessment (pdf)

Christopher Richards, Art
presented by Dov Fischer, Accounting

The award establishes a $2,500 expense/reimbursement account and is presented annually to a full-time faculty member, or faculty team, for extraordinary contributions in championing academic outcomes assessment at Brooklyn College.

Award for Excellence in Creative Achievement (pdf)

Jennifer McCoy, Art
presented by Archie Rand, Art

The award in the amount of $5,000 will be presented annually to a full-time faculty member of Brooklyn College for creative or artistic work.

Award for Excellence in Research (pdf)

Tammy Lewis, Sociology
presented by Frederick Wasser, Television and Radio

The award in the amount of $5,000 will be presented annually to a full-time faculty member of Brooklyn College for outstanding scholarly work in his or her discipline.

Eric M. Steinberg Award for College Citizenship (pdf)

Carolina Bank Muñoz, Sociology
presented by Louise Hainline, Psychology

The award in the amount of $5,000 will be presented annually 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.

Brooklyn. All in.