The Teaching and Learning Center’s STEM Pedagogy Institute (SPI) has named Professor Jihyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Science at Guttman Community College, a fellow for summer 2022. SPI serves to engage with critical issues associated with STEM-related disciplines and fields. More specifically, SPI seeks to attract, support, and retain ethnic, racial, and gender minorities. Methodical and empathetic pedagogical approaches can help students from underrepresented groups develop deeper connections to STEM inquiry. In the process, students can envision diverse futures made possible by STEM learning.
The CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy (CITA) has accepted Professor Jihyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Science at Guttman Community College, as an Experiential Learning Fellow for summer 2022. CITA Institutes focus on extended, in-depth examinations of special topics in teaching and pedagogy. The Experiential Learning CITA Institute will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Maloy, Queensborough Community College, and Dr. Claudette Davis, LaGuardia Community College.
Guttman Professors Publish Paper on Reducing Math Anxiety Through Psychological Intervention in the Classroom
Guttman Community College Assistant Professor Tashana S. Samuel’s article “‘I Can Math, too!’: Reducing Math Anxiety in STEM-related Courses” was published online in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice on March 28, 2022. Professor Samuel, along with her co-authors, Sebastien Buttet and Jared Warner, note that “math anxiety has become an alarming social justice concern, as it results in negative academic consequences, contributes to disinterest and lack of persistence in STEM programs for underrepresented students, and limits their opportunities in STEM careers.”
Alexandra Hamlett, Information Literacy Librarian and Assistant Professor, Library Science and Information Literacy
As an information literacy librarian, Alexandra Hamlett helps students learn essential research skills, skills that include finding, evaluating, and using multiple information types in order for students to be able to access credible information for their academic and personal information needs. In 2015, she was thrilled to join Guttman College, where an innovative and creative pedagogy is embraced. Guttman’s founders outlined a non-traditional community college and developed a curriculum tied to student success. “I have been privileged to develop an information literacy program where I collaborate closely with faculty to embed information literacy skills across the First-Year Experience and the Programs of Study,” says Professor Hamlett.
“I think it is important for students to understand that their ability to stick with tasks, goals, and passions is crucial for success. Perseverance demands effort and practice, which is the truest way to unlock our highest potential.”
Dr. Ayisha Sookdeo joined Guttman College in 2019. She came to Guttman because she was excited to get the opportunity to teach students in a college that truly emphasizes the importance of dedicated and compassionate instruction.
Seeing Times Square with New Eyes: Guttman Students Engage Virtually with Award-Winning Journalist from Pulitzer Center
Guttman students in Professor Ria Banerjee’s Fall 2021 Introduction to Media Studies course began a virtual visit from award-winning Colombian photographer Joana Toro reflecting on whether they have seen the costumed performers dressed as superheroes or cartoon characters in Times Square. Have they ever wondered what stories are hidden behind the masks of these performers? Ms. Toro, who dressed as Hello Kitty while attending Hunter College as a newly arrived immigrant to the US in 2012, provided students with insight into these human experiences. Students learned about the economic battles faced by these artists, most of them undocumented immigrants, who carry out this work to earn a living. The lives of these costumed performers came to light in 2020 through the Pulitzer-funded project Where is Mickey Mouse? developed by Toro, together with writer Emily Stewart. “I think immigrants and immigration have been more natural in the way we talk about it, [but] it is something that has to be less stigmatized,” Toro told Prof. Banerjee’s students.
Guttman Community College has been selected as one of nineteen institutions nationwide to participate in The American Association of Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) development of a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)–Focused Campus Climate Assessment Toolkit. One of only three community colleges on the prestigious list, Guttman’s team will provide valuable insight regarding the opportunities and challenges of engaging in EDIB work on college campuses, and aid in the creation of a nationwide-toolkit that AAC&U will use to implement TRHT initiatives at other institutions.
“As an anthropologist, one of my aims is to challenge students to understand what it means to think anthropologically about a particular social problem; that is, how might one learn to critically examine so-called ‘natural’ states of being through a cultural lens? And how are micro processes of the everyday reflective of macro processes? Yeah, I secretly want them all to become anthropologists, but I understand that we need more than anthropologists for the world to work.”
Professor Jinzhong Niu
Guttman’s own Dr. Molly Makris, along with Dr. Elise Castillo and Dr. Mira Debs have published Integration Versus Meritocracy? Competing Educational Goals During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This paper comes to fruition because of the Spencer Grant which supports research in an effort to improve education.