$100,000 NEH Grant won by Global Studies Pedagogy Group

BMCC Poets

BMCC Historian Jacob Kramer's Book out this Summer

Innovative Academic Technology Conference at Medgar Evars

BMCC Faculty featured in Latino Studies Curriculum Conference

CETLS Director
Dr. Megan Elias
212-220-8000 ext. 7210

CETLS Board members



Phyllis Niles


Patrizia Comello Perry

Abel Navarro

Elizabeth Berlinger

Sarah Friedman

Erik Freas

Terry Voorhees

Deniz Gokcora

Dorothea Coiffe

Michelle Wang

Lina Wu

Amy Sodaro

Marci Littlefield

Colin Persaud


The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at BMCC fosters a culture that supports innovative and effective pedagogy, as well as excellence in scholarship and creative projects.

CETLS is in Room S-510 D

Upcoming Events at CETLS




Room S-510 D unless otherwise noted

March 16 to March 27


Monday, March 16, 12 -2

Writing Space. CETLS will be open for faculty and staff as a writers’ room every Monday from 12 to 2. Bring your laptop or a notebook. Coffee will be provided.


Tuesday, March 17, 2 -3

Funding for the Humanities. Learn why and how to apply for funding to support projects in the Humanities. Learn from colleagues who have received funding and develop your own plan to pursue funding.


Tuesday, March 17 3:30 – 4:30

What Can We Do to Help Our Muslim Sisters?

Professor Maram Hallak presents research based in her work with a group of Muslim women whose unique social standing forces them to pose daily questions about their agency, responsibility, and allegiance. Dr. Hallak is Associate Professor of Psychology at BMCC and has been working with Muslim women for more than ten years and represents the Association for Women in Psychology to the United Nations.

This event is part of BMCC’s celebration of Women’s Herstory Month.


Wednesday, March 18 12:30 – 1:30

Lectures that Work.

In this workshop, participants will develop methods that adapt lecture-based teaching to promote active learning.

Presenter: John Beaumont


Wednesday, March 18 2 – 3:30

STEM Faculty and Staff Interest Group


Wednesday, March 18 3:30 -4:30

Teaching in the Linguistically Diverse Classroom.

The goal of this workshop is to familiarize faculty with teaching tips and strategies appropriate for English Language Learners (ELLs) in their courses. By the end of the workshop, faculty participants will be able to apply basic pedagogical strategies in the planning and scaffolding of their instruction, in the implementation of their plans and materials, and in their assessment of student learning, in order to help ELLs meet course objectives. 

BMCC Teaching Academy sponsored workshop led by Oksana Vorobel and Shoba Bandi Rao


Thursday, March 19, 2 -3

Cross Cultural Approach to Latino Studies Faculty and Staff Interest Group


Friday, March 20, 2:30 -3:30

Academic Writing Workshop

Develop your academic writing skills in the third of this three part workshop series. Topics covered in part 3 include: reviewing your own paper, editing your work, deciding on a publication venue and submitting your work. (Part 1 of this workshop was offered February 27, Part 2 was offered March 13) It is not necessary to have attended any of the other workshops to attend this one.


March 23 to March 27


Monday, March 23, 12 -2

Writing Space. CETLS will be open for faculty and staff as a writers’ room every Monday from 12 to 2. Bring your laptop or a notebook. Coffee will be provided.


Tuesday, March 24, 3 -4

Teaching in the Academically Diverse Classroom

One of the great challenges and also one of the great joys of teaching in a community college is the diversity of academic backgrounds we encounter in the classroom. In this workshop we will learn strategies to use this diversity as an asset in teaching. Workshop led by Terry Voorhees.



Wednesday March 25, 11 -12

Faculty Reading Group: The Dog by Joseph O’Neill

This discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Rochelle Rives. The Dog has been described as “Pitch-perfect prose . . . Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)


Wednesday March 25, 2 -3

Creative Writing Faculty and Staff Interest Group. Share your creative writing with colleagues for mutual support.


Wednesday March 25, 3 -4

We will be reading Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens, by Rebecca Sharpless. Sharpless tells the story of the real women portrayed in the controversial film, "The Help," revealing a rich history of self-determination and advocacy among domestic workers in the South. Discussion facilitated by Megan Elias


Wednesday, March 25, 12:30 – 1:30

Student-Centered Teaching. In this workshop we will explore ways to support student learning by shifting away from a teacher-centered classroom. Led by Deborah Gambs Workshop sponsored by the BMCC Teaching Academy and open to all faculty and staff.


Friday March 27, 12 -1

Pedagogy of Plagiarism Faculty and Staff Interest Group. Faculty and Staff are invited to join a lively conversation about what constitutes plagiarism in the age of new media and mashups.





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