Undergraduate Conference – UPDATES

In light of the transition to online instruction for the remainder of the semester and the need to avoid meetings involving large numbers of people, we regretfully announce that the Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship and Performance will not take place as an in-person event on Thursday, Apr. 30 as planned.  

We know that this event is one of the highlights of the academic year, recognizing both our students’ achievements and the mentoring of CSI faculty across the College.  We are looking at alternative ways to document and acknowledge this work, possibly through a virtual conference and/or an online publication of abstracts and posters.  

We have extended the deadline for submission of abstracts to Wednesday, Mar. 25.

Please keep checking the Undergraduate Conference Website for further information.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

CSI Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance

All are invited to attend CSI’s 19th Annual Conference on Thursday, Apr. 30 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) from 11:30am to 4:30pm, showcasing the talents and achievements of our undergraduate students through a display of research posters, oral presentations, musical performances, and exhibitions in our art galleries. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize student/faculty collaborations and to engage with CSI’s undergraduate students.

This is a CC CLUE event.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

CSI Students Teaching with Technology

Dean Gold (far left) and Dr. Lyublinskaya (far right) with CSI students holding their completion certificates.

While approximately 5,379 miles lie between the College of Staten Island (CSI) and Russia, that did not stop ten CSI students from collaborating with students at the Pedagogic Institute of Vladimir State University in Russia on the “Development of Elementary School Technology-based Geometry Curriculum and Field Testing of Materials with Pre-Service Elementary School Teachers” Project.

Made possible through a $40,000 grant from the Eurasia Foundation U.S.-Russia University Partnership Program funded by the U.S. Department of State, the project was comprised of several components. First, CSI Education students worked with their Russian counterparts via Skype on learning how to use and effectively teach with an app called GeoGebra. Once adequately trained through a series of Saturday workshops, students then applied their new skills, teaching elementary school children using the app at three Staten Island schools: PS 31, 45, and 48.

Led by Irina Lyublinskaya, PhD, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at CSI, the initiative is a partnership between the School of Education at CSI and the Pedagogic Institute at the Vladimir State University. As part of the project goals, Dr. Lyublinskaya and Dr. Svetlana Tikhomirova, her counterpart at Vladimir State, also developed curriculum materials for an elective short course for pre-service teachers during their student teaching experience. This course provides professional development on teaching geometry with computer technology in elementary schools.

Dr. Lyublinskaya also provided the expertise in technology, integrating mathematics teaching and learning, with Dr. Tikhomirova, Professor of Mathematics at Vladimir State.

“While the U.S. education system is well known for the implementation of inquiry-based approaches to teaching and for using educational software for student explorations and learning, the Russian education system is well known for its rigorous approach to mathematics content starting as early as elementary school, and for strong foundations in mathematics teaching methods. Combining expertise from both countries will lead to an enhanced experience for pre-service teachers in both universities,” said Dr. Lyublinskaya.

The project culminated in a ceremony when participating students received completion certificates from Kenneth Gold, PhD, Founding Dean of the School of Education, and also small gifts that Dr. Lyublinskaya brought back from Russia. Professor Ruth Silverberg, Chair of the Department of Educational Studies; Deirdre Armitage, PhD, Director of Fieldwork; and Margaret Berci, PhD, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction were also present, engaging in introspective questions with the students regarding their confidence in teaching mathematics with technology.

“My students loved working with the iPads since they do not get to use technology too often in the classroom… Incorporating technology really made it a fun learning experience. I will definitely be using GeoGebra in my future lessons,” noted CSI student Ermina Dragovic ’17.

“Working with GeoGebra was a rewarding experience. Not only did I gain confidence in integrating technology into my lessons, but also feel more comfortable teaching mathematics. The students, with all different learning abilities, all did equally well on the activity. I am going to continue using this APP in future mathematic lessons, while also researching about other APPS to use for literacy, too!,” said Emily Arredondo.

“The most enjoyable aspects of the workshops were being able to collaborate with student teachers in another country, working together as a group to participate in this research, and learning more about the use of technology in the classroom though mathematics,” commented CSI student Gabriela Belfiore ‘17.

“I am so pleased that students benefitted from an outstanding exchange program without having to leave their home country.  This was very much a project of the 21st Century.  Through technology, Russian and U.S. students collaborated on the teaching of mathematics with technology,” noted Kenneth M. Gold, PhD, Founding Dean of the School of Education.

The U.S.-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP) is an initiative for mutual cultural and academic collaboration that connects higher education institutions in Russia and U.S. with one another, and supports the launch of new bilateral partnerships. UPP is implemented by the Eurasia Foundation (U.S.) and the National Training Foundation (Russian Federation) with funding from the U.S. Department of State.


Deirdre Armitage Quoted on Chalkbeat

Deirdre Armitage, PhD, Director of Fieldwork at the College of Staten Island (CSI) School of Education was quoted in the article, “High schoolers say they don’t want to be teachers. Inside one school that’s working to turn the tide.” In the story on Chalkbeat, she weighs in on the programs at New Dorp High School, saying, “It exposes them quite early to whether or not they want to be teachers,” she said. “We have students — they have two, three years of the program, and then when it comes time for student teaching they’re like, ‘I don’t know if I really like this.’”

Read the whole article on Chalkbeat.




New Academic Leadership at CSI

The College of Staten Island proudly announces three new academic leaders.

Dr. Margaret-Ellen (Mel) Pipe

Dr. Margaret-Ellen (Mel) Pipe

Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Pipe is currently Acting Assistant Provost for Planning and Special Projects at Brooklyn College, where she previously served for six years as Chair of the Department of Psychology. Prior to moving to Brooklyn College in 2006, she served for five years as Staff Scientist at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (National Institutes of Health). Most of her prior academic career was spent at the University of Otago (1985–2001), in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she rose to a rank equivalent to Full Professor. Dr. Pipe’s research and publications have been concentrated in the areas of memory development and child abuse and neglect. She has held several research grants as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator during her career, including grants from the National Children’s Research Foundation, the Marsden Fund, the Foundation for Research, Science, & Technology (NZ), the National Institutes of Justice, and the Australian Research Council. She has also served on the editorial boards for six professional journals in her field and received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in 2015.

Effective August 1, 2016, Dr. Pipe will work with deans, department chairs, and other academic leaders at the College of Staten Island and partner institutions to develop and maintain strong graduate programs, provide strategic leadership for the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, work with the Office of Academic Assessment and other units to assure a strong “culture of assessment” in the College, and oversee the organization and implementation of the annual Undergraduate Research Conference. She will also serve as a member of the Deans’ Council and the Provost’s Council.

“I look forward to working with the College’s senior leadership, deans, department chairs, and faculty in developing new opportunities for students through strategically targeted graduate programs and to facilitating research and program grant funding. Assessment will, of course, be particularly important this year, with the Periodic Review Report due in June 2017,” noted Dr. Pipe.

Dr. Pipe holds her BA in English and PhD in Psychology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and completed postdoctoral work in Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington (also New Zealand).


Dr. Kenneth Gold

Dr. Kenneth Gold

Dean of the School of Education

Dean Gold came to the College of Staten Island in 1995 as an adjunct lecturer, was appointed Assistant Professor two years later and promoted to Associate Professor in 2003. He served as Chair of the former Department of Education in 2004 and again from 2007 to 2010. Prior to his arrival at CSI, Dr. Gold was a teacher at both John Dewey High School and Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn. He received his BA from Princeton University and his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan, all in History. In addition to his book, School’s In: The History of Summer Education in American Public Schools and a co-edited historical guide to Staten Island, he has published numerous refereed articles and given a large number of professional and scholarly presentations.

Appointed on June 9, 2016, Dr. Gold has been serving ably as Interim Dean of the School since its founding in fall 2013. In the period of his interim leadership, the School has deepened the College’s relationship with K-12 schools and Education alumni on Staten Island through program grants, principals’ networks, memoranda of understanding, and CSI’s participation in the 30,000 Degrees Initiative; launched new programs in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); instituted mechanisms to support student preparation for the EdTPA and the other new state certification exams; and established the Teachers Society for students. The school is currently developing a proposal for a new EdD in Community-based Leadership.

“I look forward to continuing to work with faculty to make the CSI School of Education a linchpin in coordinated, collaborative efforts on behalf of P-12 student learning and teacher development on Staten Island and beyond,” Dr. Gold stated.

Dr. Gold holds a PhD in History and a Master’s in History, both from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Bachelor’s in History, cum laude, from Princeton University.


Dr. Ralf M. Peetz

Dr. Ralf M. Peetz

Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Student Success

Dr. Peetz has been a member of the Chemistry Department faculty at CSI since 2003, and is also a long-time member of the Graduate Center Doctoral Faculty in Chemistry. His areas of academic specialization include functional materials and macromolecular engineering, future energy needs, and science in education. He has published nearly 40 refereed articles and other papers, has been Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on several significant grants, and has received numerous CUNY internal awards.

Dr. Peetz has served in many faculty leadership roles at CSI. These roles have included membership on the Teacher Education and Science, Letters, and Society advisory boards, chairing of the Graduate Studies Committee, membership on the Institutional Planning Committee, and, until now, service as Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate. He has also served on the Honors College Advisory Boards for both the CSI Macaulay Honors College program and The Verrazano School, and as a member of the General Education Committee.  In addition, he has mentored more than 20 undergraduate researchers, as well as five doctoral students. Dr. Peetz also has an extensive record of community service.

Appointed on June 3, 2016, Dr. Peetz will provide oversight and strategic leadership for the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS); the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative; several student academic support offices including the Office of Academic Support, the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program, C-STEP, and Liberty Partnership Programs; three CSI honors programs; Learning Communities; and the Bertha Harris Women’s Center. He will also serve as a member of the Deans’ Council and the Provost’s Council.

“Our students do not cease to amaze me. They come from all walks of life and they deserve any and every tool and opportunity that meets their needs and then exceeds their expectations. I am excited because I will be intimately involved in providing these tools. And what better place to do this than at CSI with its strong and distinct student commitment?” said Dr. Peetz.

Dr. Peetz received his Vordiplom in Chemistry from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), and his MS and Ph.D in Chemistry from The University of Hamburg. Prior to joining the CSI faculty, he served for three years as Visiting Scientist at the Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science at the University of Akron.



School of Ed. Alum Helms a NYC Best High School

College of Staten Island alumnus Michael Shadrick ’93, ’03, who earned his Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate for Leadership in Education from the College of Staten Island School of Education, was featured in the NY Daily News for his strategic role in transforming his school into one of NYC’s best high schools.


“There’s no “secret sauce” that makes Williamsburg Preparatory High School successful. If there are two guiding ideas, Principal Michael Shadrick said, they would be to “get better” and “connect.”

“What we talk about here is connecting with the kids, and each other and the families we serve,” he said. “We don’t have any secret sauce for teaching algebra or English besides hard work.”

That hard work is paying off. About 87% of Williamsburg Prep students graduated with their Regents diploma in 2014, compared to 64 percent across the city. Williamsburg Prep is one of three schools housed in the Harry Van Arsdale campus.”

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