“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.
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Maggie Dickinson’s article about the consequences of cutting SNAP benefits for families has been published in The Atlantic.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Kristina Baines authored a chapter in the recently published Narrating Practice with Children and Adolescents, edited by Mery F. Diaz and Benjamin Shepard. The book shares engaging stories by social workers, sociologists, researchers, and helping professionals that aim to center the young client’s story, drawing on the professionals’ experiences with a variety of disadvantaged populations in New York City and around the world.
Assistant Professor of Human Services Dr. Anya Spector and Guttman alumna Krimili Infante co-authored an article in the latest issue of Social Work Education: The International Journal.
Assistant Professor of History Dr. James Rodriguez has been published as a contributor to Racial Inequality in New York City since 1965, recently released by SUNY Press.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Tashana Samuel has published an article titled, “I Can Math!”: Reducing Math Anxiety and Increasing Math Self-Efficacy using a Mindfulness and Growth Mindset-Based Intervention in First-Year Students” in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Professor Samuel’s research investigated the effect of embedding a combined mindfulness and growth mindset intervention within a required first-year, two-semester developmental statistics course. Results from the study indicate that this new approach not only reduced math anxiety, but had also increased math self-efficacy in a sample of college students.
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Chet Jordan has co-authored a new book on the changing community college landscape. Post-Recession Community College Reform: A Decade of Experimentation, examines the development and implementation of community college reform initiatives.
Dr. Grace Pai, Program Coordinator of Global Guttman, has authored an article highlighting the proactively inclusive, “promising” approach of preparing first-generation, community college students of color for their first study-abroad experiences. Titled “Promoting Well-Being and Safety Abroad: The Role of Continuous Reflection and Peer Education Before, During, and After Travel,” the piece appeared in the Summer 2019 edition of the quarterly Global Impact Exchange.
Guttman Professor’s New Article Analyzes African-Based Spiritual Traditions in Award-Winning Contemporary Fiction
The digital journal Religions has recently published Dr. James Mellis’ article analyzing the National Book Award-winning fiction of two contemporary African American writers. In “Continuing Conjure: African-Based Spiritual Traditions in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing,” Dr. Mellis argues that both novels invoke African-based spirituality in order to create literary sites of resistance within their narratives and American culture at large.
On June 5, Guttman faculty presented their research at the annual Faculty Research and Teaching Showcase. The event celebrated the accomplishments of Guttman’s teachers and allowed them to share their projects in teaching and scholarship with the College community. The Showcase aims to create opportunities for faculty to learn from one another to ultimately further student success.