During the fall of 2018, Guttman Community College faculty have continued to expand their published scholarship, earn distinguished awards and grants, and present their estimable research.
Dara Pir, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, authored “Functional-Based Acoustic Group Feature Selection for Automatic Recognition of Eating Condition,” published in the Proceedings of the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI), in Boulder, CO, in October 2018. This work achieved ACM ICMI 2018’s Top Performance in Eating Analysis and Tracking (EAT) Grand Challenge, Food Type Sub-Challenge. Dr. Pir was awarded the Food Type Sub-Challenge Prize.
Angelina Tallaj, Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities and FYE Course Coordinator for Arts in New York City, authored a book review of Sydney Hutchinson’s Tigers of a Different Stripe: Performing Gender in Dominican Popular Music, which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 Latin American Music Review.
Claire King, Assistant Professor, Open Discipline with Expertise in Experiential Education, received a Curriculum Development Grant from the Interfaith Youth Corps to design and teach an interdisciplinary Capstone course during the Fall I 2018 semester, entitled Beyond Words to Dialogue: Inner Faith and Interfaith Encounters in World Religions. Dr. King also received a Guttman Innovation Grant to support her analysis of institutional learning outcomes and essential employability qualities evident in ePortfolios that document the Experiential Learning Opportunities of a cohort of Guttman students, from Bridge through Commencement.
Ria Banerjee, Program Coordinator of Liberal Arts and Humanities and Assistant Professor of English, was an invited speaker at two conferences held at the CUNY Graduate Center in the fall of 2018. At the Faculty Roundtable that inaugurated the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, Dr. Banerjee delivered “Displacement as Pedagogy,” on the use of “displacement” as a teaching technique to increase student engagement and the diversity of course materials. At the Mellon-funded Community Colleges and the Future of the Humanities Conference, Dr. Banerjee was an invited participant on the “Expanding Definitions of Humanities Scholarship” panel. In addition, the English Department at the CUNY Graduate Center invited Dr. Banerjee to lecture on her research in modernist studies, “A Tepid Activist: E. M. Forster and the First World War in Alexandria, Egypt.” Lastly, Dr. Banerjee presented “Tepid Activism: E. M. Forster and Peace Work in Time of War,” discussing novelist E. M. Forster as an example of moderate pacifist activism during and after World War I, at the 2018 Modernist Studies Association conference in Columbus, OH.
Chief Librarian Amy Beth moderated the post-screening discussion with filmmakers and architects David Chapin and Zeynep Turan at the AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee’s 2018 Fall Film Social: Living Salk Institute, held in September in New York City. Ms. Beth also made opening remarks in honor of Professor David Chapin at his presentation and discussion, “My Soul Was Born to Fly: Reflecting on 50 Years of Environmental Consciousness in the Everyday,” delivered in October 2018 at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Claire King, Assistant Professor, Open Discipline with Expertise in Experiential Education, presented “Widening the Aperture: Experiential Education and Universal Design for Learning” at the 47th Annual Conference of the National Society of Experiential Education in Savannah, GA, in September 2018.
Nicole Kras, Assistant Professor of Human Services, presented “Fostering Student Creativity in Online Courses” at the 17th Annual CUNY IT Conference held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, in November 2018. Dr. Kras introduced the benefits of stimulating and promoting creativity in higher education settings and several concrete ways to accomplish this goal in online courses. Dr. Kras also provided resources for training and support in fostering creativity and related skills.
James Mellis, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Literature in the Wake of Katrina: Social Justice and High-Impact Pedagogy in New Orleans” at the 2018 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference in Birmingham, AL. Based in part on the course Global Guttman Issues in Global Learning: New Orleans, Dr. Mellis examined the benefits of student visits to important historical and cultural sites in conjunction with reading texts about and associated with those sites, arguing that students gain a deeper and more enduring understanding and appreciation of literary texts, history, cultural memory, and preservation.
Grace Pai, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Area Coordinator of International Education, presented “Practicing What We Preach: Using SRS Formative Assessment to Revise Instructor Practices in Teaching Developmental Math Students” at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching in Miami, OH. This research provides a framework for how teachers can use formative assessment data from an online student response system (SRS) to reciprocally revise lesson plans and instruction to address key student misconceptions and increase student learning.
Dara Pir, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, presented “Functional-Based Acoustic Group Feature Selection for Automatic Recognition of Eating Condition” at the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2018. This work achieved ACM ICMI 2018’s Top Performance in Eating Analysis and Tracking (EAT) Grand Challenge, Food Type Sub-Challenge. Dr. Pir was awarded the Food Type Sub-Challenge Prize.
Angelina Tallaj, Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities and FYE Course Coordinator for Arts in New York City, presented “Authenticity and Innovation in Convite’s Music” at the 2018 Dominican Studies Association Conference, held at Hostos Community College, CUNY. Also this fall, Dr. Tallaj delivered the lecture “Queer Shadings of Dominican Masculinity in Dominican Popular Music” at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.