“My students are deserving of the wonderful opportunities that life has to offer, even if they have to demand a seat at the table.”
“Lean into the present and don’t waste time” are tenets of Dr. Tashana Samuel’s proactive philosophy, words by which she lives. A child psychologist specializing in cognitive development, Dr. Samuel holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center, with research experience including a longitudinal study at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Center under Drs. Catherine Monk and Laraine McDonough. Since becoming Assistant Professor of Psychology at Guttman in 2015, Dr. Samuel is simultaneously teaching Statistics in the First-Year Experience and Introduction to Psychology in the Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities and Social Sciences Program of Study; conducting research on “techniques to alleviate academic anxiety in community college students”; publishing the promising findings in an article co-authored with fellow Guttman faculty Dr. Jared Warner; and sharing their pedagogical impact in service of our students. Also involved in expanding psychology course offerings at the College, she is excited to teach Guttman’s upcoming first iteration of Child Psychology.
Cesarino Checo really enjoys helping others, and her experience at Guttman helped her make that realization. She is a second-year Liberal Arts & Sciences – Social Sciences and Humanities track student, and a Student Government Association Senator. Cesarina humbly admits that she holds a 3.9 GPA. During her first year at Guttman, she made her college experience all about academics, but a service-learning requirement in a philosophy class taught by Professor Claire King changed her perspective and made her see that being involved in other ways can affect positive change on a larger scale.
“You will not have learned everything possible at any point in your life. The learning process is a lifelong endeavor. It is never over.”
Defying deep-seated expectations, Lecturer of Mathematics Keino Brown reveals that he was once “hellbent on becoming an English professor. Then, math happened.” He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the CUNY Graduate Center, “securing the requisite firm footing in the breadth of my discipline’s concerns.” Though “not yet settled on any particular interest,” Prof. Brown will likely select his research focus from one of the “pillars” of mathematical physics: topology, differential geometry, or complex analysis. Since Spring I 2014, Guttman has counted him among the pure mathematicians at the College, where he has taught every mathematics course offered at least once, aiming “to make the classroom feel like a shared space for learning how to think about abstractions logically.”
Assistant Professor of English and Program Coordinator of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ria Banerjee has been awarded a Modern Language Association (MLA) humanities innovation course development grant. The award will advance a project titled, “Colonialism Today: The Legacy of Colonialism and New York City’s Migrant Populations.”
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Marla A. Sole delivered two presentations, “Statistical Education Discovery Projects: Engage Students with Real-World Investigations” and “Beyond the Classroom: Teaching Financial Literacy,” at the 2019 National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference in Boston.
“Don’t bring a negative attitude [to what you’re doing] – you’ll be the one to lose out. Have a positive outlook!”
It certainly takes a specialist to see potential in biowaste: an expert like Guttman’s Assistant Professor of Science Dr. Jihyun Kim, who has a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Georgetown University and over 20 years of experience in research and teaching. In fact, she and Dr. Lawrence Pratt from Medgar Evers College, CUNY, were awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant toward the development of a new biofuel from a mixture of brown grease and waste plastics. Student participants in the CUNY Research Scholar Program work under Dr. Kim’s guidance to transform brown grease – not cooking oil, she emphasizes – into biofuel.
“After my experience [as a student] at CUNY, my own working-class background, and my experience as a first-generation graduate, I really saw my place in a community college.”
Further affirming “solidarity” with her students, Dr. April Burns calls her trajectory to becoming Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College in 2016, “a winding path.” Her doctoral research in social psychology, completed at the CUNY Graduate Center under advisor and mentor Dr. Michelle Fine, focused on “the experience of upward mobility through education” and the impact of this experience on “first-generation graduates[,] their beliefs about justice and equity, education, merit, and… their interpersonal and family relationships.”
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.
The Guttman Community College Undergraduate Scholars Oral Histories Collection officially launched on March 5 with a reception honoring four Guttman first-year students who conducted oral history interviews in Adjunct Professor Samuel Roger Finesurrey’s City Seminar course: Stephanie Brown, Virginia Fuentes, Jay Mercado, and Dawney Wilson. The digital exhibit is part of an Oral History […]
Guttman Faculty Appointed to Lead Curriculum-Building Project by the National Institutes of Health- National Human Genomic Research Institute.
Dr. Karla Fuller, Associate Professor of Biology and Program Coordinator of Liberal Arts and Sciences-STEM, has been selected to lead a microbiome curriculum-building project by the National Institutes of Health – National Human Genomic Research Institute (NIH-NHGRI). Dr. Fuller will lead a team of 2 high school teachers, four community college faculty and 2 NHFRI researchers to create open access research based curriculum modules focusing on the microbiome.