Faculty Accomplishments: School of Interdisciplinary Studies & Education
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Accomplishments are listed by date of achievement in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.
All Recent Accomplishments
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.
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.
Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, moderated the panel, "MIL Revolutionizing the Learning Process" at UNESCO's Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica on October 26, 2017. The theme of the conference was "Media and Information Literacy in Critical Times: Re-imagining Ways of Learning and Information Environments." The session explored the potential and capacity of MIL to create new ways of learning in various learning environments, online and offline, as well as the challenges faced.
Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D., assistant professor of school counseling, was featured on The Academic Minute, a radio show airing on NPR's Albany-based affiliate WAMC. The segment, discussing bullying of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) students, was also posted to the Inside Higher Ed website, where it is accessible by a national audience of nearly one million listeners. Additionally, assistant director of campus life, Justin Beauchamp, interviewed Cinotti during a Facebook Live session hosted by NYIT. The interview was a continuation of The Academic Minute spot and featured questions pertaining to identifying and preventing bullying of LGBTQ students.
Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, won the Best Paper Presenter Award at the 2017 International Research and Education Conference for her paper entitled "Uses of SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment) to Enact Student-Generated Questioning Practices in the Science Classroom." The conference, hosted by the Association of Filipino Teachers in Eastern America, was held October 27–31 in New York City. Hsu had previously given a similar lecture at Math for America for Master Teachers of Math and Science (MfA) in September 2017, also in New York.
Christian R. Pongratz, M.Arch., professor and interim dean of NYIT School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, was a panel speaker in "WHAT: StN | Behind the Rock (tectonic alchemy)," at the Center for Architecture, New York, organized by the AIA NY Global Dialogues Committee, where he presented his professional design work and discussed the latent potentials in the design with stone as a performative but also emotional building element.
Jim Martinez, Ph.D., assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, published a new book, The Search for Method in STEAM Education. It "explores various approaches to building a positive interdisciplinary STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning environment, as described by educators across the K-20 educational ladder." In August 2017, Psychology Today published a review, praising Martinez as "a pioneer in bringing playful and performatory learning to higher education and to service learning."