During an academic year unlike any other, the newest full-time faculty at Guttman Community College maintain the continuity that our students and broader community need and deserve. Profs. Valdon Tau Battice and Nicholas Fortier have both contributed their skills and talents to the College since 2013. We proudly congratulate each of them on assuming full-time faculty positions beginning in Fall 2020.
As Lecturer of English, Valdon Tau Battice teaches composition and writing courses in the First-Year Experience and the Liberal Arts and Sciences program of study. Born in Basseterre, St. Kitts-Nevis and based in Brooklyn, New York, Prof. Battice is a proud product of CUNY. He conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies in English Literature at the City College of New York and Brooklyn College, respectively. Prior to joining Guttman as Adjunct Lecturer, Prof. Battice taught a wide range of undergraduate writing courses at several CUNY campuses, including the City College of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His areas of research and teaching interest include postcolonial and decolonial thought, race and racism, cultural anthropology, photography as social justice, Caribbean literature, sociolinguistics, American studies, African diaspora, and Afro-Brazilian studies. Also a portraitist, with a primary interest in creating visual ethnographies of the underrepresented African diaspora, Prof. Battice was the recipient of a 2018 En Foco Fellowship for his portraits of the Palenquero community of San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia. He engages long-term photography projects based in locations from the Bronx to Brazil and is currently working on his first monograph, Harlem in the Time of Corona.
Nicholas Fortier, Instructor in Interdisciplinary Studies, is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Master of Education in the Teaching of Urban Adolescents with Disabilities from Long Island University, as well as a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Stony Brook University, SUNY. His scholarly work is focused on the philosophical roots of teacher education, the dissonance between rhetoric and action in educational institutions, specifically around practices of inclusion, and the role of critique in the life of teachers and students. Before beginning his graduate work, leading to his area of expertise in K-16 public education for students with disabilities, Prof. Fortier was a Special Education teacher at a middle school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He has also previously taught as an adjunct at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and worked with Guttman students in the role of Graduate Coordinator. Prof. Fortier teaches courses in the First-Year Experience and the Liberal Arts and Sciences program of study.