Guttman’s Office of Academic Affairs Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

November 7, 2013 | Academics

As Guttman Community College entered its “first second year” of the college, the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has welcomed a group of stellar and enthusiastic new faculty and staff this fall.

Joining OAA’s Student Engagement team this semester are two wonderful additions: Student Success Advocate Alicia Brizzi  and Career Strategist Lauren DiMartino.  Alicia comes with years of experience with CUNY Start and will be joining Ramón De Los Santos, Eddy Duré and Randy Moore to round out the Student Success Advocates (SSA) team.  Lauren will be joining Jovanny Suriel as a Career Strategist and will focus on advising and supporting students in the Business Administration and IT majors.  The Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement has also brought on Rocio Rosado. Formerly with TCI College of Technology and Baruch College, Ms. Rosado will be serving as a Career Advisor.  Finally, Amalia Orman, a graduate student at NYU, will be providing advisement and support for students who are retaking courses in their second year.

Recently, the OAA has also welcomed two new additions the staff:  Dr. Reuben Castagno and Kate Manafeeva.  As Acting Dean for Academic Affairs, Reuben Castagno will be overseeing a number of areas, including IRB and faculty research grants, the CUNY-wide Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) initiative, course scheduling, and articulation agreements with institutions in- and outside of CUNY.  Assisting him is Kate Manafeeva, who brings previous higher education administrative experience.

New Guttman Faculty:

Marcus Allen, Associate Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies, joins us from Wheaton College and supports our teaching in the first year and in the social sciences.

Valdon Tau Battice, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching a course in Critical Issues.

Gregory Benoit, Adjunct Faculty Member in Mathematics, is teaching a Quantitative Reasoning course

Ahalya Bodasing, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching Ethnographies at Work.

Charlene Cambridge, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching a Critical Issues course.

Erica Campbell, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching a Critical Issues course.

Marcia Y. Edwards-Spenser, Substitute Assistant Professor in Human Services, formerly at Adelphi University, brings years of experience as a social worker and educator, and is teaching in Human Services courses.

Michael Fanelli, Adjunct Faculty Member in Mathematics, is teaching a course in Statistics.

Forest Fisher, Substitute Assistant Professor in Mathematics, previously at Northern Virginia Community College, comes to Guttman with experience and interests in innovative pedagogies.

Jesse Hamilton, Substitute Instructor in Business Administration, brings years of experience in business and in teaching in CUNY and elsewhere to Guttman.

Nina Hien, Adjunct Faculty Member in Anthropology, is teaching Ethnographies at Work.

Caitlin Irish, Instructor in Mathematics, has served Guttman Community College as an adjunct during our first year and is now joining us as a full-time faculty member.

Parviz Kermani, Professor in Information Technology, comes to the college with extensive industry experience and expertise in the field having previously worked with IBM and taught at UMass-Amherst and elsewhere.

Chulsung Kim, Professor of Science, previously with Georgia Gwinnet College with experience in environmental science/chemistry, is teaching Statistics and Chemistry this fall.

Claire King, Assistant Professor and Faculty member in Experiential Education and Pedagogies of Engagement, has served as a substitute faculty member in the last academic year, and joined us this fall as a tenure-track faculty member.

Jonathan Kyei, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching a Critical Issues course.

Mariya Marinova, Adjunct Faculty Member in Psychology, is teaching a Studio course.

Andrew McGovern, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching an English course.

Matthew Mead, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching an English course.

Janet Mohlenhoff, Assistant Professor in Health Information Technology, has years of industry experience and will be spearheading the development of our HIT program of study, is teaching in our first year experience.

Paul Naish, Substitute Assistant Professor in Social Sciences, History and Urban Studies, has teaching experience in the CUNY system and brings his expertise as Guttman’s first full-time historian.

Christopher O’Brien, Adjunct Faculty Member in Mathematics, is teaching a course in Statistics.

Ephraim Rinsky, Substitute Instructor in Mathematics, is teaching a course in Statistics.

Erica Rogers, Adjunct Faculty Member in Mathematics, is teaching a course in Statistics.

Nalani Samuel, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching a Critical Issues course.

Lydia Shestopalova, Adjunct Faculty Member in English, is teaching Ethnographies at Work.

Camila Torres, Substitute Lecturer in Mathematics, served over the last year as an adjunct faculty member and is now with us on a full-time basis.

Katie Wilson, Substitute Instructor in Interdisciplinary Studies, came with experience with CUNY Prep, served over the last year as an adjunct faculty member and is now with us on a full-time basis and teaches Critical Issues.

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