Accomplishments

Faculty Accomplishments: School of Interdisciplinary Studies & Education

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies & Education is excited to share recent accomplishments from our faculty and staff members.

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


All Recent Accomplishments

Amy Bravo, M.A., senior director of international and experiential education, and Jim Martinez, Ph.D., associate professor of interdisciplinary studies, presented a workshop, "How to Grow Your Community Project Developmentally: A Conversation About the Challenges of Scaling Up!" at the 10th Performing the World (PTW) conference in New York City on September 22, 2018. Bravo and Martinez discussed their projects, ranging from the creation of STEM-focused service-learning environments with one elementary school to a large scale multidisciplinary campus-wide initiative in Harlem, as well as the successes and challenges of bringing development and community engagement to the NYIT.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, co-presented a poster, "Research: Multilingual Multicultural Multimedia: Globally Connected Mobile Learning Projects," at ISTE 2018, June 24, in Chicago, Ill. Her co-presenters included NYIT MSIT graduate Juliet Boone, Fitsum Boone, and Daeon Lynch.

Carol Dahir, Ed.D., adjunct professor and chair of the Department of School Counseling, co-authored a paper, "Assessing the Counseling and Non-Counseling Roles of School Counselors," on June 1, 2018.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, served as co-chair of the 2018 Education Solutions International Conference in New York City, April 19-21, 2018. Hsu, along with other members of the Department of Teacher Education and the UNESCO Center for Global Education, organized the conference, which brought together approximately 300 representatives from 20 countries to formulate educational strategies to accomplish UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goal 4: "ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all." The Department of Teacher Education received an Education Solutions Stakeholders Partnership Award and Hsu and her colleagues, Robert Feirsen, Ed.D., assistant professor and director of school leadership and technology, Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., professor and associate dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, Melda Yildiz, Ed.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, and Minaz Fazal, Ph.D., assistant professor of teacher education, presented evidence-based transformative education strategies and led the discussions on education solutions.

Carol Dahir, Ed.D., adjunct professor and chair of the Department of School Counseling, and Megyn Shea, Ph.D., assistant professor of school counseling, co-authored a chapter, "Utilizing Group Work and Group Facilitation Skills to Support the Multitier System Supports (MTSS) Process," in School Counselors Share Their Favorite Group Activities, edited by Sarah Springer and Lauren Moss, and published April 3, 2018 by the Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW).

Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D., assistant professor of school counseling, was part of a research team that published the article "Collecting School Counseling Group Work Data: Initiating Consensual Qualitative Research Through Practitioner-Researcher Partnerships" in The Journal for Specialists in Group Work on February 16. The article describes the use of an innovative research methodology called "Consensual Qualitative Research" or "CQR" to explore the experiences of interns conducting group counseling in schools. The project was funded by a grant from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., professor of education and associate dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, published a chapter titled "Gaming Literacies and Learning" in the book Promoting Global Competencies Through Media Literacy. Hsu and Wang also published an article titled "Rethinking Language Learning: Using audioblogs with English Learners" in the November/December 2017 Issue of Literacy Today, the bimonthly member magazine of the International Literacy Association.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, co-authored the book, Promoting Global Competencies Through Media Literacy, published November 2017. It is an advanced reference publication featuring the latest scholarly research on transdisciplinary and transformative assessment practices from primary-level to university-level educational settings.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, participated in an invited panel, "Transforming Higher Education through Transdisciplinary Action Research and Advocacy," at the 40th Annual Fulbright Conference held on November 5, 2017, in Washington, DC.