Faculty Accomplishments: College of Arts & Sciences

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Accomplishments are listed by date of achievement in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.

All Recent Accomplishments

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, was a guest faculty member at the annual Harvard Medical School Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals course in Boston. This is his seventh year teaching the course, which helps physicians and healthcare leaders improve their writing skills and get their work published.

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, published a story, "'Treasure Box' Sheds Light on History of Motor Parkway," in the April 18, 2017 issue of the Newsday LI Life section. The Long Island Motor Parkway, which opened in 1908, was the world's first highway designed exclusively for automobiles. After it closed in 1938, the 44-mile highway receded into the woods and backyards of modern suburbia until a treasure trove of original maps and surveyor's drawings brought the "ghost parkway" back to life.

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, published three articles in The New York Times: "Workers Are Working Longer—and Better" (March 2, 2017); "From Downsizing Boomers, a Flood of Donated Art" (March 4, 2017); and "Museums With Ideas, Goals and Sometimes Art. But Walls? No." (March 17, 2017).

Amanda Golden, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, launched her new book, The Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton, at a roundtable event on April 2017 at The New York Public Library. Golden moderated the event, which convened poets and critics featured in her collection of essays—the first devoted to Sexton's poetry in more than two decades.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., chair of the Department Teacher Education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. presented a paper, "The Impact of New Literacy Practices Professional Development on Students' Reading and Science Learning Outcomes" at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in Texas. Hsu also presented, "Impact of Teachers' Uses of the Stanford Mobile Inquiry-Based Learning Environment (SMILE) to Enact Student-Generated Questioning Practices in Science Classrooms."

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, was quoted at length in "Robophobia: Bridging the Uncanny Valley," an article at, the website of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In his quote, LaGrandeur laments the slow adoption of robotics in North America and Europe versus their growing acceptance in Japanese households.

Amanda Golden, Ph.D. had an article, "Textbook Greek: Thoby Stephen in Jacob's Room," published in the 2017 volume of Woolf Studies Annual, a "refereed journal publishing substantial new scholarship on the work of Virginia Woolf and her milieu."

Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D., assistant professor of school counseling, was selected to present at the American Counseling Association's (ACA) 2017 Conference & Expo. "Promoting the Role of the School Counselor in Bullying Prevention and Intervention," focused on the role school counselors play in identifying and addressing bullying within their schools. "A Tale of Two Worlds: The School Counselor and The School Counselor Educator," discussed their evolving role and impact on the "education, identity development, leadership, and advocacy skills of school counselors." Cinotti was also named to the ACA's Advisory Committee on the Roles and Opportunities for School Counselor Educators.

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, published two articles: "The Pilgrim Leader You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving," about Edward Winslow, who helped save the Plymouth colony and is responsible for our knowledge of the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, was on the Smithsonian magazine's website; and "Freeport's Hellfighter: Behind the Lines, But No Less Vital," a cover story for Newsday tied to Black History month tells the story of Arthur Weaver who served in the segregated Army during World War II.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Teacher Education, had her peer-reviewed article, "Preservice Teachers' Uses of SMILE to Enact Student-Generated Questioning Practices," published in the International Journal of Innovation in Education. Hsu was re-elected president of The Chinese American Academic and Professional Society (CAAPS). She delivered a lecture at the invitation of NYITCOM, titled "Applying Learning Theories in Medical Education," to medical scholars of 2017. Hsu led a group of Childhood Education students in NASA STEM workshops at New York Hall of Science and Partnership for After School Education.