Nate Mickelson, Assistant Professor in English, was one of five local professors honored as Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2016 by Education Update. Dr. Mickelson, a Faculty Fellow for Excellence in Teaching at Guttman (2014-2015), has served as the co-director of the College’s Summer Bridge program since August 2012. He has also taken the lead in writing curricula for the college’s First Year Experience. Dr. Mickelson has been a remarkable leader in bringing the concept and the implementation of the City Seminar course to fruition by leading multiple course teams over the past four years. This core course of the College’s first-year curriculum is topically-based and interdisciplinary and incorporates quantitative reasoning, reading, and writing. It is taught by an instructional team that includes an academic advisor and three faculty members. These two first-year programs have become signature elements for Guttman and are key reasons why its two-year and three-year completion rates are more than double the national average.
Dr. Mickelson is an exemplary advocate for students. He taught at Queens and Hunter Colleges, CUNY, before joining Guttman in 2010 when the College was in its planning stage. He has taught Composition, Arts in New York City, Ethnographies of Work, 20th Century American Women Writers, special topics and capstone courses in English and Urban Studies focused on Place, Poetics, and Politics; and Urban Poetry. Dr. Mickelson’s scholarship is closely tied to his classroom experiences; he sees writing and teaching as iterative. His essay “Writing at Transitions: Using In-Class Writing as a Learning Tool” in the Journal of College Literacy and Learning (2012) has received high praise as a good model for low stakes and extended writing opportunities in the classroom. Grounded in the work of active teaching and learning strategies, Dr. Mickelson designed, implemented, and facilitates an ongoing faculty development series on teaching for both part time and full time faculty.
Dr. Mickelson is regularly invited to present his work at national conferences such as the Modern Language Association Annual Convention (MLA); New York Metro American Association Annual Conference (NYMASA); National Poetry Foundation; American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA); International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities; and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. He has participated in local grants centered on student success and bridging the gap between high school and college. He was a participant in the 2014 NYC Collaborative Curriculum Revision Project Teagle Foundation in partnership with Graduate NYC! and the DOE/CUNY Library Collaborative and a contributor to the white paper co-authored by Leanne Ellis, Robert Farrell, Alison Lehner-Quam, and Meghann Walk: The New York City DOE/CUNY Library Collaborative: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College.
Dr. Mickelson was elected to the College’s Assessment and Professional Development Committee and the Curriculum committee. He is currently the Faculty Advisor to the Student Government Association. He has also convened committees on the First Year Experience and served on various task forces such as Learning Outcomes Assessment; Curriculum Subcommittee on Partnership and Experiential Learning; NYSED and MSCHE Self-Study Teams; and Connect to Learning ePortfolio Project Team.
Dr. Mickelson is currently working on his book manuscript, City Poems and Urban Crisis, 1945 – Present, with an anticipated publication in spring 2018.
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