Adelphi Teaching Fellows 2017-2018

The Adelphi Teaching Fellows Program was created in 2017 by the Provost’s Office and the FCPE to provide support, resources and community for faculty to expand their expertise in teaching, to engage in an intensive evidence-based course development process and/or to explore “Teaching as Research” projects. The selected fellows will also share their growing expertise with colleagues at the departmental, school/college, and campus-wide levels to contribute to a culture of teaching excellence at Adelphi University.

Fellows were selected in a competitive process, following an open call for proposals from which six faculty projects were selected by a committee composed of Adelphi faculty. The program extends through the academic year 2017-2108 and the selected Fellows receive 3 credits of release from teaching and a $1,500 grant to be used specifically for support of the implementation of the fellow’s teaching project.

During the 2017-18 academic year, will working on their proposed projects, Fellows will attend monthly seminars with readings, assignments and some special guest facilitators during both the fall and spring semesters They will participate in Peer Teaching Observations for formative feedback only and to assist in the development of a peer observation culture at Adelphi (not related to the tenure or promotion process).

As part of their commitment to share the benefits of the teaching fellows project, all fellows will offer a workshop or other interactive session, based on their fellowship work, as part of the Fall 2018 Adelphi Teaching and Learning Conference.

Below is a list of the 2017-2018 teaching fellows and descriptions of their projects.

Melanie E.L. Bush, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Bush teaches The Role of Race in Contemporary U.S. and Global Society, Ethnicity in the United States, First Year Seminars focused on topics such as: Community, Love and Justice, the Sociology Majors Seminar, Contemporary Sociological Theories, Sociology of Power and Social Change. Her research interests include Race and Ethnicity, Coloniality of Power, Solidarity Economy projects, Nations and Nationalism and Political Economy. She is currently working with a team of scholars from South Africa, Zimbabwe (living in Finland), Mexico (living in the Netherlands) and the United States (one presently moving to Cairo) as lead organizer of a project to compile a decolonial textbook for the social sciences. She is a founding member and strategic planning coordinator for the Collaboration Project, a campuswide organization that works toward fostering an inclusive, representative and reflective community concerned with raising awareness and cultivating mutual understanding about issues of justice and equality for all.

Margaret Gray, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gray teaches Introduction to The American Political System, Research Design and Methods and Race and Politics, among other courses. Her work focuses on low-wage, non-citizen workers in the agro-food industry and their political, social, and economic opportunities. Primarily focused on the power structures facing marginalized workers, her research interests lie at the intersection of labor, immigration, food studies, and nonprofit advocacy. Her book, Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic (2014) won the Book of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Book of the Year Award from the Labor Section of the American Political Science Association in 2014. She is the recipient of three Adelphi Faculty Development grants and serves on the steering committee of the Adelphi Collaboration project. She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Labor Project, affiliated with the American Political Science Association.

Aaron Chia Yuan Hung, Ed.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director

Educational Technology Program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Dr. Hung teaches Digital Literacies and 21st Century Skills, Learning with Video Games, Online Learning, Technology and Instructional Design, and Technology and Society. Prior to coming to Adelphi, he held a post-doc at the University of Washington, working with a research team at the LIFE center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments) on the Educurious project, developing next-generation curriculum that meets the core curriculum standards using gaming architecture, social networks and new media. His research interests include understanding and describing how people make sense of their technological environments, video games and social interaction and language learning games. He is a past recipient of a HIP (High Impact Practice) grant and Faculty Development grant from Adelphi and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Game-based Learning, 2012-present.

Lahney Preston-Matto, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Preston-Matto is Associate Professor in the department of English. She teaches First Year Seminar: The Vikings!, Literary Cities, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Study of Literature, History and Theory of Literary Translation, and Women and Literature. Her research interests include 12th-century and earlier Ireland, medieval law, 20th-century medievalism, translation theory and gender studies. She is currently editing a collection of essays about childhood in the middle ages.
Preston-Matto has been the vice-president and president of the American Society for Irish Medieval Studies. Preston-Matto received a Faculty Development grant and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Adelphi University.


Melissa Randazzo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Dr. Randazzo completed her Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2016. She directs the Neurocognition of Communication Disorders Lab, an EEG lab that examines speech and language processing in individuals with communication disorders such as aphasia and stuttering. She teaches Diagnostic Procedures in Speech/Language Pathology Language Disorders in Children II, Research Methods in Communication Sciences And Disorders Electroencephalographic Research Methods (EEG), EEG Research For Speech- Language Pathologists Speech Disorders in Children and Survey of Speech Disorders. Her research focuses on using EEG to examine multisensory integration in motor speech disorders. She was a recipient of a Dean’s Grant for Student Research at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Cognitive Science Fellowship from Northwestern University. In Spring 2017 she piloted a new hybrid 3-credit EEG research methods course for clinical Master’s students at Adelphi, which resulted in 10 students participating in Adelphi University Research Day, with awards for 4 of the 6 projects presented.

Melissa A. Van Alstine-Parris, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. VanAlstine-Parris teaches Organic Chemistry I & II Lecture and Lab, Research Seminars in Chemistry I & II and Undergraduate Research in Chemistry I & II. She is also the coordinator of all organic Chemistry lab sections at Adelphi. Her research interests include mechanistic studies on the synthesis of heterocycles, synthesis of heterocycles for SAR studies and fluorometric high-throughput screening (HTS) assays. Professor VanAlstine-Parris and Professor Brian Stockman, also of the Adelphi Chemistry department, are recent recipients of an NIH (National Institute of Health) award, a three year, $310,934 federal grant for a project that will involve undergraduate students in innovative hypothesis-driven research related to the treatment of Trichomoniasis. Their project will offer students hands-on experience with NMR spectroscopy instrumentation, medicinal chemistry and Trichomonas vaginalis cell biology.

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