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New Faculty Biographies

Edited by Sarah Haviland (Music and Art), Jill Richardson (English), and Jan Stahl (English)

The editors of Faculty Focus are pleased to profile seventeen new faculty members who joined BMCC in the Fall of 2013.


An Engaging Faculty Development Day

Corinne Crawford, Accounting

 BMCC faculty and staff gathered at Faculty Development Day to discuss and reflect upon ways to help our students become active and engaged learners. The theme of the event, held on November 20, 2013, was “Student Engagement across the Curriculum.”


Pedagogy Column: Free Writing in the Classroom

Matthew Marcus, Developmental Skills

Free writing is a classroom activity that I have found to be indispensable, regardless of the subject being taught. My procedure for free writing is to put a prompt on the board and give students between 5 to 15 minutes to write.


Pedagogy Column: Diigo as a Research Tool for Creating a Community of Researchers in the Classroom

Saniye Gokcora, Developmental Skills

Diigo ( is a bookmarking program that I use in my reading and writing courses to share information and create a community of learners. Diigo enables users to bookmark articles and web pages, save them online, and share these with individuals with the same interest who can post comments. Diigo is widely utilized in various levels of education for online reading and better retention of information. 


New FIG: Art across the Curriculum

Michelle Wang (Business Management) and Lane Glisson (Library)


What happens when college students walk into an art museum?  How does it change their perception of the world and their place within it? How can such changes be measured? These are some of the questions we consider in our Art across the Curriculum Faculty Interest Group (FIG).


Latino Studies Conference and FIG at BMCC

Ivelisse Rodriguez, English Department


We had been discussing the legacy of writer Piri Thomas at a meeting of the Cross-Cultural Approaches to Latino/a Studies Faculty Interest Group (FIG) when Prof. Rosario Torres Guevara (Developmental Skills) came up with the idea for a conference at BMCC. “Beyond Access: Latino Education and the Community College” was the topic for the first inaugural conference, held on November 14 and 15, 2013. 


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