BMCC Announces 2018 Leadership Fellows

Professor Don Wei (center), one of 15 faculty selected for the 2018 Faculty Leadership Fellows Program

The 2018 cohort of the Faculty Leadership Fellows Program at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) has been announced. Fifteen full-time faculty from 11 departments were nominated by department chairs, past faculty fellows or cabinet members, and selected for criteria including their demonstrated leadership, years of service at BMCC and application statement.

The goal of the Faculty Leadership Fellows Program is to recognize and develop faculty leadership through formal and informal roles across departments. The program is also designed to advance departmental and college priorities and promote the role of community colleges more broadly in society.

“Leadership rests with people, not just with a position,” said Jim Berg, Associate Dean of Faculty. “This program emphasizes the capacity in each person to make a positive difference to the college.”

The Leadership Fellows Program begins with an intensive seminar, January 8-12, 2018. Participants will engage with nationally recognized experts on major challenges facing community colleges. These exemplary leaders include current and former college presidents, as well as prominent experts in the field of higher education teaching and learning, organizational development and equity.

A series of workshops will follow throughout Spring 2018. These will focus on topics identified in the January seminars and could include topics such as mentoring and coaching, planning for student success, dealing with conflict, program planning and budget development, and effective communications.

“BMCC cannot realize our vision to become a premier community college without strong, visible and pervasive faculty leadership. Adding to our first cohort of fellows, we are building a strong coalition of faculty leaders essential to improving student success and advancing equity,” said Karrin Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at BMCC.

The following faculty fellows were selected from 27 applications:

Heather Finn, Academic Literacy & Linguistics; Rosario Torres-Guevara, Academic Literacy and Linguistics; Joel Barker, Accounting; Andrea Garraway, Business Management; Don Wei, Computer Information Systems; Chamutal Noiman, English; Jason Schneiderman, English; Jean Amaral, Library; Eda Henao, Modern Languages; Michael Morford, Music and Art; Edna Asknes, Nursing; Catarina Mata, Science; Christopher Jackson, Speech; Mark Janis, Speech; Kirsten Cole, Teacher Education and Janice Walters, Teacher Education.