Adelphi Teaching Fellows 2018-2019

Matt Curinga, Associate Professor

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

Teaching Fellows project

Teaching Computer Science K-12 is an exciting new course that we are designing for the graduate program in Educational Technology. This class introduces students to new and innovative methods of teaching computer science and programming to children and adolescents. The course will come to life as the instructor and Adelphi students team up to plan and deliver a cutting edge technology afterschool program for public school students in Brownsville, Brooklyn. We will design hands-on lessons derived from the latest learning theories and with the latest tools: robotics kits, Internet of Things, video game design, augmented reality, and more. This new Adelphi course will pilot a model of instruction that fosters stronger partnerships with local schools, prioritizes contributions to our community, and positions Adelphi to be a leading voice in shaping computing education in K-12 schools.

John Drew, Assistant Professor

Department of Communications, College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Fellows Project

As a Teaching Fellow, Prof. Drew is developing a course entitled Digital Literacies and Democracy, which is intended to provide a broad but rigorous introduction to the many ways in which new digital technologies are infiltrating and changing the ways in which corporations, individuals and both small and large communities (such as universities and nation states) surveil, mine data and subsequently interact with one another. The course will be taught as a freshman seminar in the fall with the goal of identifying ways in which it can be further developed to eventually become a permanent part of the freshman year learning experience.

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, Assistant Professor

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

Teaching Fellows Project

Dr. Namasivayam-MacDonald is designing a course that will help speech-language pathology Masters-level students to think critically about the management of swallowing disorders (dysphagia), with the use of simulated patients. Given that a large proportion of speech-language pathologists work with adults who present with swallowing difficulties, it is important that students develop the confidence and skills necessary to manage this population. In order to facilitate this, the new course will expose students to varying clinical scenarios and actively engage them in hands-on critical thinking and evidence-based practice procedures. In partnership with the School of Nursing, the students will practice their clinical skills with digitized mannequins in the nursing simulation labs. The ultimate goal is to design and implement a course that fosters top-notch future clinicians, who can use critical thinking to systematically navigate speech-language pathology literature relevant to their area of practice in order to confidently assess and treat their future caseloads.

Edward Reno, Associate Professor and Chair

Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Fellows Project

As a Teaching Fellow, Prof. Reno will develop a History course entitled Digital Archiving. The goal of the course is two-fold. The first is for students to learn the essentials on how to produce archival-quality digitizations of historical documents. Beyond their utility within the discipline of History, the technical skills gained through the course will be serviceable in many different areas as all of us are increasingly called upon, in our professional and personal lives, to become curators of information. The second goal is to allow students to experience the discipline of History in its purest and most foundational form, which is the discovery and identification of historical sources. Students will work with the Adelphi Library’s University Archives and Special Collections to find documents within its rich holdings to digitize them. They will then develop research projects on the basis of this material, focusing on the particular history of the documents they have chosen and embedding them within the broader history of their respective eras. The material made accessible through these projects will become a permanent part of the Library’s growing Digital Collections. For an overview of the various collections maintained at Adelphi, visit Adelphi Library’s Special Collections site.

Rani Varghese, Assistant Professor

School of Social Work

Teaching Fellows Project

Dr. Varghese teaches a course she designed entitled Intergroup Dialogue: Facilitating Social Justice Conversations. The course is designed to give students both a theoretical and practical foundation in the awareness, knowledge and skills needed to engage in intergroup dialogue (IGD) as well as effectively plan, facilitate and evaluate a one time dialogue. The goals of IGD include developing a critical awareness of social identities, understanding one’s own connections to power, privilege and oppression, and developing interpersonal communication skills such as active listening, purposeful sending, and providing feedback. Her Teaching Fellows research project will investigate the effectiveness of the IGD course and how the course engages high impact practices, such as collaborative projects and diversity and global learning. It will also assess the course’s use of key indicators of student engagement like reflective & integrative learning, discussions with diverse others, and student-faculty interaction.

Eugenia Villa-Cuesta, Assistant Professor

Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Fellows Project

Dr. Villa-Cuesta’s Teaching Fellows project is to design an open-ended inquiry based research laboratory that is required for students majoring and minoring in biology. During her fellowship year, she will work on generating a framework for this course that will meet a consistent set of learning goals while also accommodating a range of disciplines within biology, so that it can be taught by most of the faculty members in the biology department. The goal of her project is to make the project laboratory flexible enough so that, every year, project laboratory courses with different topical focuses can be offered giving students the opportunity to choose a laboratory with a topic that interests them.


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