List of Experts

SUNY Applied Learning Experts

A group of faculty and professional staff whose focus is in developing, implementing, tracking and teaching various types of applied learning. You can also view this information in graphical format via Tableau.

 

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Jennifer Anderson
History/Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   jennifer.l.anderson@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-7500

Expertise:
Experiential Learning in the Disciplines

Alex Bitterman, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture & Design
Alfred State College
Contact:   bittera@alfredstate.edu | 607-587-4642

Expertise:
Applied learning in online environments. Service-learning projects in design (architecture, interior design, graphic design, environmental graphic design, product design, industrial design, urban planning, urban design) studios (I’ve superviews about 10 of these experiences for about 500 students over 15 years), especially as related to civic sustainability and socially responsible and inclusive design. I’ve been involved with curriculum and program development for over a decade and was the principal author of the proposal that grew into the department of architecture at a large private college in Upstate New York. I was co-author of the proposal that grew into the college of sustainability at the same school.

Peggy Christoff
Asian & Asian American Studies/Senior Lecturer
Stony Brook University
Contact:   peggy.christoff@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-4030

Expertise:
Experiential Learning in the Disciplines

Kim Diana Connolly
Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Experiential and Skills Education
University at Buffalo, North Campus
Contact:   kimconno@buffalo.edu | 716-580-3695

Expertise:
Clinical and experiential education (serving clients and working in community settings, often supervising students holding limited license to practice law issued by the court) with both law students and interdisciplinary settings. Served as Director of Clinical Legal Education at University at Buffalo School of Law since 2010, and as Vice Dean since 2011; previously was President of the national Clinical Legal Education Association and active in national work since 1999.

Amy Cook
Theater Arts/Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   amy.cook@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-7586

Expertise:
Experiential Learning in the Disciplines

Laurie Cook, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology and Assistant to the Provost for Applied Learning Director, Institute for Engaged Learning
The College at Brockport, SUNY
Contact:   lcook@brockport.edu | 585-395-5757

Expertise:
Building faculty consensus, program development, tracking, measuring student participation, strategic planning, engaging alumni donors, rewarding faculty for engaging students, Expertise developing/managing programs: Brockport’s NYC Meet and Greet Trip brought 35 students to Manhattan to engage with Brockport alumni in executive positions, Brockport’s summer undergraduate research program engages over 25 students in mentored research experiences with faculty. I direct our Institute for Engaged Learning, which connects faculty and students to engaged learning experiences. I am co-chair of Brockport’s Task Force on Experiential/Applied Learning.

Peggy De Cooke, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Purchase College, State University of New York
Contact:   peggy.decooke@purchase.edu | 914-251-6485

Expertise:
Senior Project, Capstone, Exhibits, performance

William Dean

Alfred State College
Contact:   deanwc@alfredstate.edu | (607)587-4628

Expertise:
Urban Design / Community Design / Public Interest Design ** Department Chair 2006-2012, 2014-2015 (two programs developed), Advisor, Southern Tier Architectural Resource Center

Ann R. Emo
Associate Professor
SUNY Buffalo State
Contact:   EMOAR@BUFFALOSTATE.EDU | 716-878-6421

Expertise:
Service Learning, Internships, Practicum

  • Expertise developing/managing programs; and
    1. Integrating Service Learning into Learning Community curriculum and experience, as well as developing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Service Learning Model for local and International Study.
    2. Our internship program is done on an individual basis. In that I spend a good deal of time connecting with the local community and beyond to place our students in meaningful positions.
    3. Our Practicum classes apply learning in the technical areas of Theater to live production. I have developed this program so that students have a progressively more extensive experience to build technical, collaborative, leadership, communication and time management skills. This series of classes has been integrated more fully into the curriculum and offers students opportunities in a variety of venues and technical areas.

David Ferguson
Technology & Society/Distinguished Service Professor, Chair
Stony Brook University
Contact:   dferguson@notes.cc.sunysb.edu | 631-632-8763

Expertise:
Program Development

Mary Frame
Biomedical Engineering/Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   mary.frame@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-1625

Expertise:
Program Development

Dr. Debra Gelinas, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Applied Learning; Director, Institute for Applied Learning
University at Albany
Contact:   dgelinas@albany.edu

Expertise:
Faculty resources and engagement, curriculum and program development, connecting faculty to external partners, internships (course development, employer relations, assessment, etc).

Ryan Giles
Civil Engineering/Assistant Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   ryan.giles@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-8601

Expertise:
Experiential Learning in the Disciplines

Joy Guarino
Associate Professor
SUNY Buffalo State College
Contact:   guarinja@buffalostate.edu | (716) 878-6417

Expertise:
Service Learning, Kinesthetic Methods, Undergraduate Research: Expertise developing/managing programs: coordinate the dance program, advise department Arts and Letters interdisciplinary majors, artistic director of the annual dance concert. Students often incorporate service and civic engagement in their personal creative and research projects.

Eric Howd
Director for Instructional Design Services
Binghamton University
Contact:   ehowd@binghamton.edu | 607.777.6360

Expertise:
ePortfolios: " I also have a journal article coming out this fall in a new international journal on ePortfolios (via the AAEEBL group). My topic is using ePortfolios as a Lifelong Management System (LMS) ... replacing the need for your traditional course management system (ex. Sakai, Moodle, Blackboard, etc.). My article will be showcasing a model I've used in my own teaching of Business Communication and involves heavy Applied Learning concepts as a backbone to the development of individual ePortfolios that demonstrate knowledge, growth and competencies in my learners."

Mara Huber, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning
University at Buffalo
Contact:   mbhuber@buffalo.edu | (716) 829-2834

Expertise:
Discovery (undergraduate research, travel-based learning, community-based inquiry)
Expertise designing and developing strategic programming (specific project: Buffalo Tanzania Education project)

Heidi Hutner
Sustainability Studies Program/Director
Stony Brook University
Contact:   heidi.hutner@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-9404

Expertise:
Experiential Learning in the Disciplines

Joanne Joseph, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Director of Assessment
SUNYPOLY
Contact:   josephj@sunyit.edu | 315-792-7506

Expertise:
Service Based Learning and Project Based Learning. Dr. Joseph has created a number of innovative projects involving service based and project based learning for the Psychology and Community and Behavioral Health Programs. Presently she is collaborating with Mechanical Engineering Department on a multidisciplinary service-based project. Dr. Joseph is also spear heading efforts to assess the impact of applied learning on student learning outcomes and the community involved in the service-based and project based learning efforts.

Drew Kahn
Professor of Theater; Director, Anne Frank Project
SUNY Buffalo State
Contact:   kahnaj@buffalostate.edu 716-491-2177

Expertise:
Theater for Social Justice, Drama-Based Education, Conflict Resolution, Community Building, Identity Exploration
Founding Director of SUNY Buffalo State’s Anne Frank Project
The Anne Frank Project uses storytelling as a vehicle for community building, conflict resolution, and identity exploration. Inspired by the wisdom of Anne Frank, AFP surfaces and shares stories stifled by oppression. Engaged in local, national and international applied learning programming throughout the year.
http://www.annefrankproject.com/

Richard Kiely, PhD
Senior Fellow for Program Evaluation
Cornell University
Contact:   rck6@cornell.edu 607-379-1101

Expertise:

  • Expertise Area (type of applied learning): Richard provides support, guidance, resources and professional development opportunities for faculty, students, staff and community members who are interested in the assessment and evaluation of service-learning and community engagement (SLCE).
  • Expertise developing/managing programs: Richard is an active scholar in the area of service-learning and community engagement in higher education. His current role and area of expertise focuses on theories, models and approaches to program evaluation and measuring the impact of SLCE on students, faculty, communities and institutions of higher education.

James Lees
PGM Internship and Player Development Coordinator
State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi
Contact:   leesjr@delhi.edu

Expertise:
Professional Golf Management internships with various partner organizations; Designed summer internships where students gain experience in various functions of the golf course including operations, player development, and management.

Kristina Lucenko
Writing & Rhetoric/Director
Stony Brook University
Contact:   kristina.lucenko@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-7390

Expertise:
Service Learning

Komal Magsi
Technology & Society/Lecturer
Stony Brook University
Contact:   komal.magsi@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-8770

Expertise:
Civic Engagement

Maria Malagisi
Assistant Director, Service Learning
Onondaga Community College
Contact:   malagism@sunyocc.edu | (315) 498-7207

Expertise:
Maria was instrumental in developing the processes and protocols for service-learning at Onondaga Community College. She developed the process for students, including a required orientation, site forms, and evaluation; she integrated the SL processes onto Blackboard for online students and accessibility; she worked with the registrar to establish a Service-Learning designation on the academic transcript and processes for verification; she worked with the faculty SL committee to design and implement a Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship to incentivize new faculty to incorporate SL into their courses; she has developed partnerships with multiple community agencies and is active in Administrators of Volunteer Services (AVS) – a local group of volunteer coordinators from non-profit and human service agencies.
She understands the unique circumstances of the community college’s student population, which can often be prohibitive in the students’ ability to successfully complete the SL experience (due to scheduling, transportation, family situations, etc.) She has been able to work with faculty and students to develop opportunities that meet the learning objectives of the course, provide a service to address a community need, and doesn’t make or break the student’s ability to participate in a service-learning project.

Marie Marino
Nursing/Clinical Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   marie.marino@stonybrook.edu | 631-444-3262

Expertise:
Experiential Learning in the Disciplines

Wendy Morosoff
Director of Career Development
Purchase College
Contact:   wendy.morosoff@purchase.edu | 914-251-6374

Expertise:
Wendy was instrumental is working on the first round of SUNY-wide discussions on applied learning and also serves the college well as an expert in this area.

Cathleen Morreale, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Evaluation Specialist
University at Buffalo
Contact:   cwalther@buffalo.edu | 716.645.5593

Expertise:
Internship and service-learning curriculum and activity development; Program, course and outcomes assessment

Tom Murphy
Special Projects Manager (Retired Faculty)
Alfred State College
Contact:   murphytg@alfredstate.edu | (607)587-4133 (office) | (585)330-0537 (cell)

Expertise:
Carpentry, Green Energy, and various High School CTE programs. ** College Instructor, Department Chair, Grant Manager SUNY Workforce Development Statewide in Construction and Green Energy program and course / classroom deliveries, Grant Manager NSERDA Green Energy curricula development and course / classroom deliveries, Grant Project Manager for The Advanced Manufacturing Program at Burgard High School, ASC Project Manager for The Advanced Construction Program at McKinley High School, ASC Project Manager for the C-21 Applied Learning program for elementary and middle school students.

Ross Nehm
Ecology & Evolution/Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   ross.nehm@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-7247

Expertise:
Civic Engagement

Sean Nixon
Associate Professor of Art & Design
SUNY Ulster
Contact:   nixons@sunyulster.edu | 845-688-1588.

Expertise:
His creation of, and nurturing of, the "Real World Classroom," has had a profound impact on students in his sub-discipline of graphic design and on ART students in general. Moreover, his work has served as a model for other faculty throughout the institution seeking to include this element in their courses. He is a tireless example of and advocate for Applied Learning, which would make him a particularly effective member of the team SUNY is putting together. Interaction with profession; creating client/vendor relationships for students; facilitation of an internet-based "community commons" that brings together students, working professionals and those seeking employees. Additionally, Professor Nixon has exported his Applied Learning techniques to institutions and faculty in a number of countries via the COIL program, where he is a foundational participant. Professor Nixon has collaborated with colleagues in computer science to create opportunities for students in both graphic design and computer science to create cyberspace experiences and has created the "client" learning exercise that allows his students to work with "real world" clients in the entire creative and production process, which results in portfolio pieces for the students and usable, professional graphic products for non-profit organizations in the region. He has presented his work to his colleagues from other SUNY institutions at technology and Applied Learning colloquia.

Jill Norvilitis, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
SUNY Buffalo State
Contact:   norviljm@buffalostate.edu | (716) 878-3145

Expertise:
Internship, service learning
Expertise developing/managing programs:

  • I have supervised over 200 interns in community placements. During my time as internship coordinator, I have revised or developed our course, internship application, contract with students, and internship learning agreement. I work with multiple community agencies, developing new relationships on a regular basis.
  • I have served on the campus Faculty Advisory Board for Internships, working with Director of the Career Development Center to identify and identify campus training and support needs for internships.
  • I have served on the SUNY Works Advisory Committee, developing professional growth training materials for students beginning the internship process. As part of my role, I gathered data to examine the effectiveness of the program. Preliminary results indicate that students found the program helpful for their professional development.
  • I have taught a service learning course for several semesters. The course, PSY 381 Psychology of Culture, requires about 20 hours of service per student. The project requires students to work with newly arrived refugee families. Students assist the families with financial literacy while applying concepts from the course.

Erin K. O'Hara-Leslie
Chairperson/Assistant Professor Medical Assisting & Health Studies
SUNY Broome Community College
Contact:   Oharaleslieek@sunybroome.edu | 607-778-5161

Expertise:

  • Experiential Learning in the Disciplines and Clinical/Practicum Externship *Expertise developing/managing programs;
  • Program & course outcome assessment;
  • Project manager: creation/development of a Massive Online Open Course •Development of the Health Studies Degree- campus based & online
  • Development of Certificates;
  • Site Visitor for Accredited MA Programs, Creator and Co-Chair of Annual Mock Disaster Event-- cross campus/divisional experiential learning event.

Eva Pearson, MA
Research Program Coordinator, Social Science Research Institute
Applied Learning Committee Member; Subcommittees: Student Engagement; Campus Collaboration

Farmingdale State College
Contact:   eva.pearson@farmingdale.edu | 631-794-6252

Expertise:
Internships, Civic Engagement: Expertise developing/managing programs:
Create and facilitate personalized social-justice related internship experiences for undergraduate students at non-profit organizations.

Adrian Perez-Melgosa
Hispanic Languages & Literature/Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   adrian.perezmelgosa@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-6935

Expertise:
Civic Engagement

Scott Peters
Faculty co-director of the national organization, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
Cornell University
Contact:   sp236@cornell.edu | https://devsoc.cals.cornell.edu/people/scott-peters

Expertise:
"advancing democratic varieties of public engagement in the academic profession"; Currently, Scott serves as faculty co-director of the national organization, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life

Kimberly Piatt
Assistant Director
The College at Brockport, SUNY
Contact:   kpiatt@brockport.edu | 585.395.2987

Expertise:
Expertise Area (type of applied learning): Civic Engagement
Expertise developing/managing programs: Since 2010 I have been responsible for creating and managing our co-curricular Leadership Development Program which has received numerous awards and national recognition; Currently I am responsible for supervising Leadership Development, Community Service, and Democratic Engagement initiatives and have been leading numerous initiatives related to these areas; I have significant experience with assessment and student learning outcomes and have just recently completed a chapter for New Directions in Student Leadership on the subject of developing comprehensive assessment of programs. I have been highly involved in NASPA with the Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community for several years and am now active in the NASPA Lead Initiative, aimed at supporting the Civic Engagement efforts of college. I have presented nationally about topics related to student leadership and engagement.

Joseph Pierce
Hispanic Languages & Literature/Assistant Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   joseph.pierce@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-6935

Expertise:
Civic Engagement

Karen Podsiadly
Director
The College at Brockport, SUNY
Contact:   kpodsiad@brockport.edu | (585) 395-5245

Expertise:
Expertise Area (type of applied learning): Student Employment, Service Learning, Civic (Democratic) Engagement, Community Service, Formal Leadership Experience
Expertise developing/managing programs: I am currently responsible for managing the Department of Community Development with a portfolio of Community Service, Democratic Engagement and Leadership Development initiatives. I have significant experience with equity, diversity and inclusion. I am co-chair of Brockport’s Task Force on Experiential/Applied Learning.

Jill Priest Amati
Assistant Professor
Alfred State College
Contact:   amatijp@alfredstate.edu | (607)587-4280

Expertise:
Experience with civic engagement in the classroom, including developing techniques to find community partners and measuring student outcomes.

Alice Saliba-Tarun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Alfred State College
Contact:   taruna@alfredstate.edu | (607)587-3618

Expertise:
Course-based undergraduate research experience; Incorporation of authentic research experiences in courses; Research Methods course; Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities. Expertise Developing/managing programs: Freshmen undergraduate research experience; mentored undergraduate research

Carmita Sanchezfong
Professor
Fashion Institute of Technology
Contact:   carmita_sanchezfong@fitnyc.edu | 212-217-5577

Expertise:
Service-Learning

Sumantra Sarkar, Ph.D, MBA, PMP, CISA
Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems
Binghamton University
Contact:   ssarkar@binghamton.edu | 607-777-6863
http://binghamton.edu/som/faculty-research/sarkar.html

Expertise:
Excerpt from course syllabus:

  • Teams of students will work in the community to do a Systems Analysis project for a community organization.
  • Students will participate in one practical team project during the entire course. This is a designated Community Engaged Learning (CEL) course: a credit-bearing academic course in which students are involved in a community setting such that the experience is linked to course content, enriches learning, and benefits the community in some way.

Marianna Savoca
Career Center/Director
Stony Brook University
Contact:   marianna.savoca@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-9856

Expertise:
Program Development

Peter Sawyer, Ph.D.
HVCC

Anthony Scarlatos
Computer Science/Lecturer
Stony Brook University
Contact:   tony@cs.stonybrook.edu | 631-632-8432

Expertise:
Service Learning

Susan Scheckel
Interim Associate Provost for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Contact:   susan.scheckel@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-7411

Expertise:
Experiential Learning in the Disciplines

Margaret Schedel
Music/Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   margaret.schedel@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-7330

Expertise:
Experiential Learning in the Disciplines

Catherine Scott
The Faculty Center/Assessment Specialist
Stony Brook University
Contact:   catherine.scott@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-2783

Expertise:
Assessment

Keith Sheppard
Biochemistry & Cell Biology/Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
Contact:   keith.sheppard@stonybrook.edu | 631-632 2989

Expertise:
Program Development

John Shirley
Director Career Services and Coordinator of Internships/Volunteer Programs
SUNY Cortland
Contact:   john.shirley@cortland.edu | 607-753-4715

Expertise:
Internships (development and expansion); 33 years in higher education with 28 years of internship experience; various campus consulting visits including program reviews at SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Geneseo and Millersville University (PA)

Marjorie Silverman
Acting Chairperson/Associate Professor - Internship Studies
SUNY - Fashion Institute of Technology
Contact:   marjorie_silverman@fitnyc.edu | 212.217.3004

Expertise:
Internships, shadowing programs and curriculum development supporting academic credit bearing internship programs

Jill Singer, Ph.D.
Professor of Earth Sciences and Director, Buffalo State Office of Undergraduate Research
SUNY Buffalo State
Contact:   singerjk@buffalostate.edu

Expertise:
Undergraduate Research ,Expertise developing/managing programs – starting and institutionalizing campus-wide undergraduate research programs

Gary S. Solar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geology
SUNY Buffalo State
Contact:   solargs@buffalostate.edu

Expertise:
Field Geology and Undergraduate Research

Rosemary Spring
Professor
State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi
Contact:   springrj@delhi.edu

Expertise:
Nursing Internship in partnership with Bassett Hospital; Designed summer internship to include didactic and practical content summer 2016 for students who have completed freshman year; students attend class and then are precepted by a Bassett Hospital RN in diverse clinical settings, student provide care to patients under the guidance of faculty and RN staff.

Jason Stupp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English & Humanities
Alfred State College
Contact:   stuppj@alfredstate.edu | (607)587-3433 (office) | (315)224-6944 (cell)

Expertise:
English (writing / research / literacy / public speaking and communication) and Social Justice (education / organizing / advocacy / outreach).
Expertise/Designing Programs:

  • Two-time participant in St. Bonaventure University's Journey Project, now the SBU Center for Community Engagement
  • Served as vice president of Appalachian Prison Book Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Morgantown, WV (https://aprisonbookproject.wordpress.com/)
  • Developed units and whole courses that incorporated civic engagement/applied learning projects
  • Have led and attended workshops on applied learning and civic engagement
  • Have presented at national conferences on incorporating civic engagement into the English and humanities curriculum
  • Have published on civic engagement and social justice in the English curriculum in Bedford/St. Martin's instructor resources for Teaching Seeing and Writing
  • Attended a two day, interdisciplinary workshop and training in May 2016 at Hobart & William Smith Colleges led by Dr. Edward Zlotkowski of the SLCE Institute on the "scholarship of engagement"
  • Designed and will teach an SoTL-based freshman composition course focused on applied learning and civic engagement in fall 2016

John Suarez
Coordinator, Office of Service-Learning
SUNY Cortland
Contact:   John.Suarez@cortland.edu | 607-753-4391

Expertise:

  • Integrating service-learning into existing (or new) courses
  • Applying the reflective-listening skills of asking open-ended questions and paraphrasing as ways of helping students develop empathy.
  • Designing and incorporating role-play into service-learning courses.
  • Managing an office of service learning

Erin Vitale, CPC
CPC (Certified Professional Constructor)
Alfred State College
Contact:   vitaleem@alfredstate.edu | (607)587-4612

Expertise:
Estimating, Scheduling, Earthmoving, Construction Management. Expetise developing/managing programs: Curriculum Coordinator BS Construction management Engineering Technology

Urszula Zalewski
Career Center/Assistant Director of Experential Programs
Stony Brook University
Contact:   urszula.zalewski@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-6810

Expertise:
Assessment & Program Development

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