Schulman Named Distinguished Professor

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has appointed CSI English Professor Sarah Schulman as Distinguished Professor.

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has approved the appointment of Professor Sarah Schulman as Distinguished Professor.

Professor Schulman is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of English and has been at CSI and CUNY since 1999. She made significant contributions across disciplines at national and international levels. Her work has made an invaluable impact in creative writing, theater, film, and, not least of all, gay and lesbian culture. Her art and political practices are known for their integrated multi-mediated approaches.

Commenting on her appointment, Schulman said, “This is, of course, a life-changing moment of recognition for me, and I am especially proud as a second-generation product of New York City public schools. My mother grew up in Brownsville/East New York, attended Thomas Jefferson High School, and was in the first class of women at City College in 1949, when women had to have higher GPAs than men to be admitted. I went to Hunter High School and to Hunter College, where I studied with Audre Lorde, an experience that has enriched me all my life. But really what is most meaningful for me about this promotion is that writing about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered people and people with AIDS, is finally being recognized as an organic and fundamental part of American Arts and Letters.”

Professor Schulman has published prolifically during her career: nine novels, four works of non-fiction, and one play. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been included in scores of anthologies. She has produced more than a dozen plays in theaters and other performance venues. Her work in the arts has gained her Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. This past year, her co-authored screenplay, The Owls, premiered at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian of London, The Nation, The Village Voice, Mother Jones, Interview, The Progressive, American Theater, Millennium Film Journal, and others.

Professor Schulman’s many contributions dedicated to the cultural and political spheres of LGBTQ arts and ideas were recently honored with the David R. Kessler Lecture and Award in LGBTQ Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. This past year Professor Schulman was also appointed to the Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights and Social Movements.

“I have had some extraordinary students here at CSI,” Schulman added, “who I believe in and who deserve to advance and become leaders of our community and country. I worry that our most gifted students are not always getting the opportunities that they deserve and I hope that, as a teacher, I can relate to each of my students as an individual, both of us working to form a distinct partnership in learning, so that whatever they bring to the table can be recognized and enhanced by our collaboration.”

New Assistant VP for Institutional Advancement

Dr. Kenneth Boyden is the new Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at the College of Staten Island.

Following a nationwide search and extensive campus participation, CSI Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs Barbara Eshoo has announced the appointment of Dr. Kenneth Boyden as the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at the College, effective Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.

Eshoo commented that “Dr. Boyden has a history of securing unprecedented support for his previous institutions, has expertise in the launch and management of highly successful capital campaigns, and has proven strategies for increasing philanthropic participation with alumni.”

Dr. Boyden previously served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Cabrini College and at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. He was Director of the Capital Campaign and Major Gifts at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where he was later promoted to Vice President.

He holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from The Dickenson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University. His Bachelor’s degree, with honors, is from West Chester University. Dr. Boyden is also is a member of the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

“I commend the work of the search committee chaired by Professor David Bloomfield, Chair of the Education Department. The Committee’s diligence produced an outstanding pool of candidates, and its hard work ensured a successful outcome of this important search,” Eshoo said.

Faculty Promotions

CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales and I am pleased to announce the following promotions, effective Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011:

FROM ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TO FULL PROFESSOR:

  • Christina Tortora-English Department
  • Irina Lyublinskaya-Education Department
  • William L’Amoreaux-Biology Department
  • Carlo Lancellotti-Mathematics Department
  • Chwen Yang Shew-Chemistry Department
  • Wilma Jones-Library Department
  • Ben Kest-Psychology Department

FROM ASSISTANT PROFESSOR TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR:

  • Alyson Bardsley-English Department
  • Soon Chun-Business Department
  • Kathleen Cumiskey-Psychology Department
  • Rafael de la Dehesa-Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department
  • Ismael Garcia Colon-Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department
  • Dalia Kandiyoti-English Department
  • Jinyoung Kim-Education Department
  • Beatrix Reinhardt-Performing and Creative Arts Department
  • Terry Rowden-English Department
  • Yumei Huo-Computer Science Department
  • Arlene Farren-Nursing Department
  • Ilya Kofman-Mathematics Department
  • Kevin O’Bryant-Mathematics Department
  • Michal Kruk-Chemistry Department

FROM CLT TO SENIOR CLT:

  • Kristen Lindtvedt-Academic Affairs
  • Jackeline Figueroa-Engineering Science and Physics Department
  • Soa Dang-Chemistry Department
  • Joanne Camhi-Animal Facility
  • Stephen Gundry-Engineering Science and Physics Department

In addition to the promotions listed above, I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Professor Sarah Schulman as Distinguished Professor.

Professor Schulman is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of English and has been at CSI and CUNY since 1999. Professor Schulman made significant contributions across disciplines at national and international levels. Her work has made an invaluable impact in creative writing, theater, film, and, not least of all, gay and lesbian culture. Her art and political practices are known for their integrated multi-mediated approaches.

Professor Schulman has published prolifically during her career: nine novels, four works of non-fiction, and one play. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been included in scores of anthologies. She has produced more than a dozen plays in theaters and other performance venues. Her work in the arts has gained her Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. This past year, her co-authored screenplay, The Owls, premiered at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian of London, The Nation, The Village Voice, Mother Jones, Interview, The Progressive, American Theater, Millennium Film Journal, and others.

Professor Schulman’s many contributions dedicated to the cultural and political spheres of LGBTQ arts and ideas were recently honored with the David R. Kessler Lecture and Award in LGBTQ Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. This past year Professor Schulman was also appointed to the Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights and Social Movements.

I extend my sincerest congratulations to all those who were promoted.

Library Hours – Spring 2011

The hours of operation for the CSI Library for the Spring 2011 semester (Friday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, June 5) are as follows:

Monday through Sunday: 8:00am to midnight

Exceptions:

Friday, Feb. 11 and Monday, Feb. 21: Closed

Spring Recess, Sunday, Apr. 17 to Tuesday, Apr. 26:

Monday through Friday: 9:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Intersession, Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, June 5:

Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30: Closed
Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5: Closed

Condolences on the Passing of Professor Stephen J. Stearns

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news regarding the death of our friend and colleague, Professor Stephen J. Stearns (1935-2011).   

Professor Stephen Stearns earned a PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley. He also held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Professor Stearns began his distinguished career at Richmond College in 1967, was tenured in 1970, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1980.

Professor Stearns was a historian of early modern England, and his teaching included modern European and United States history. He was particularly interested in foreign policy because of its vital importance and relevance in today’s world.

During his time at CSI, Professor Stearns was a member of the PSC Campus Chapter Executive Committee, a delegate of the University Faculty Senate, and Deputy Chair of the History Department. He also served on the Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC), The Verrazano School Advisory Committee, and the Science, Letters, and Society (SLS) Committee. 

In 2010, Professor Stearns was awarded the Dolphin Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution by a Member of the Full-time Faculty. He was deeply committed to the College of Staten Island in a profound way and worked long and hard toward its success. 

A memorial at the College will take place later in the spring, and the College will provide further information when it becomes available.

Technology-Enhanced Learning: New Solutions to Old Challenges

Elementary school students and teachers will benefit from the new textbook written by CSI faculty members Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya and Dr. Judit Kerekes.

Professors at the College of Staten Island are leaders in their fields. One way to further their research and solidify this position is through the publication of new text books dedicated to helping teachers approach old issues with new teaching solutions.

No textbook does this more directly than Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya and Dr. Judit Kerekes’ recently published textbook entitled, Teaching Mathematics and Science in Elementary School: A Technology-Based Approach (Whittier Books, 2010).

One unique feature of the book is that each chapter starts with a real-life scenario and/or story written by CSI pre-service teachers as reflections of their first encounter with teaching in the classroom.

“The book looks at issues that teachers face in the classroom from the perspective of teacher candidates,” said Dr. Lyublinskaya.

The book focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of elementary education and need for developing connections between various subject areas, especially in mathematics and science. The authors suggest that teachers have more resources available through technology than ever before, but have not received sufficient training in the effective use of technology to enhance learning. The textbook uses a technology-based approach to improve the preparation of new elementary school teachers in the use of technology.

Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at CSI. She received a PhD in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics in 1991 from Leningrad State University and has published substantially in that field. She has taught at the university and high school level for over 25 years and has published multiple articles and 14 books about the teaching of mathematics and science education.

Dr. Judit Kerekes is Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at CSI. She received her EdD in Education in 1990 from Eotvos University in Hungary and has taught university- and high school-level mathematics, physics, and pedagogy for over 25 years. In addition to co-authoring this book, Dr. Kerekes’s publications include many research articles.

“Dr. Lyublinskaya and Kerekes have been dedicated teacher-mentors for more than two decades. Their records of teaching and scholarship have demonstrated outstanding expertise in the field of Teacher Education,” commented David Bloomfield, Chair of the Education Department at CSI. “Congratulations to them as they continue to bring acclaim to the College and push our discipline into the electronic age.”

U.S. International Trade Commission Invites CSI Professor for Talk on Counterfeit Goods

Professor Alan Zimmerman and Professor Peggy Chaudhry

CSI Professor Alan Zimmerman was invited to speak before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) last month to discuss the economic impact of the sale of counterfeit goods in China.

In his talk entitled “Protecting International Property Rights: The Special Case of China,”  Zimmerman focused on how the counterfeit market in China adversely affects sales of genuine goods in the U.S. The talk, based on the book, The Economics of Counterfeit Trade: Governments, Consumers, Pirates, and Intellectual Property Rights, co-authored by Zimmerman and Prof. Peggy Chaudhry, pinpointed specific issues of counterfeit trade, namely the level of consumer complicity and extent of the host country’s enforcement of intellectual property (IP) laws.

The size of the Chinese counterfeit market is vast, 93% of the potential market for the film industry is lost to counterfeiting as well as 25% of health care goods.  The most damage is done through business software piracy, which accounts for nearly 100% of software used in China. “The Chinese government recognizes this issue as a major problem and they are working hard to improve the situation,” says Zimmerman who is currently visiting China to continue his research.

At the USITC, Zimmerman primarily focused on his findings from a researcher’s lens, but he also defined certain situations in China that helped breed the sale and consumption of counterfeit goods, such as the lack of enforcement of IP laws. Zimmerman also touched on Chinese history and philosophy in pinpointing the obstacles that legitimate brand holders must overcome, outlining one major historical pillar of Chinese belief, “individual inventions draw on past knowledge, which belongs to all citizens.”

The USITC is an independent, quasi-judicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations.  The Commission also serves as a Federal resource where trade data and other trade policy-related information are gathered and analyzed. The information and analysis are provided to the President, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Congress to facilitate the development of sound and informed U.S. trade policy.

Alan Zimmerman is a Professor of Business and Area Coordinator for the International Business program at CSI. He teaches Global Strategy and Business-to-Business Marketing for the Master’s program.  He has co-authored three books on international business.

[video] Dr. Naider accepts President’s Medal at Celestial Ball

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Dr. Fred Naider, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSI, and Member of the Doctoral Faculty at The Graduate Center/CUNY, highlighted student achievements and the importance of scholarships during his acceptance speech of the President’s Medal at the second annual Celestial Ball.

After thanking the Ball committee and his family, friends, and colleagues, Dr. Naider told the attendees about his father, Leonard, known to his children as “The Old Sarge,” who fought at Normandy in World War II. Although Leonard never received a college degree, he valued education and worked hard to ensure that his children benefited from a good education. He also taught his children to recognize kindness and express their gratitude. With those sentiments in mind, Dr. Naider thanked CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Fritz for the honor of receiving the President’s Medal.

Dr. Naider then explained that he has “lived a privileged life…I am one of those people who just never left school. I have spent virtually all of my life learning, teaching, or doing research.” His main focus, however, was on the wonderful students at CSI with whom he has had the pleasure of working, including Dr. Leah Cohen, who recently attended a Nobel symposium in Germany. “At CSI, our students receive an education that is second to none, and they have the opportunity to inspire their teachers and, in turn, to hopefully absorb some of the passion that we have for our disciplines,” he added. Dr. Naider concluded his remarks with stories of CSI students who beat almost insurmountable odds to graduate and eventually become very successful in their scientific careers, noting that scholarship funds help to create more stories with happy endings like these.

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