Focus Committees

The President’s Fund for Excellence and Innovation has established three committees to review letters of intent and proposals submitted for consideration. Each committee is co-chaired by a Cabinet member and a faculty/staff member.

Selection Process

We received almost 100 names from faculty, staff, and students who have expressed interest in one of three committees: Teaching and Curriculum Initiatives, Innovative Programs, and  Transformational Student Support. In addition, College Council, the college-wide governing body, was invited to vote for six of its members, excluding members of the senior administration (President’s Cabinet), to be considered for membership on one of the three focus committees.

Focus Committees

Teaching and Curriculum Initiatives

  • Janice Zummo (Academic Affairs) co-chair
  • Lesley Rennis (Health Education) co-chair
  • Patricia Mathews (Ethnic and Race Studies)
  • Harry Mars (Student Activities)
  • Bryan Dowling (Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics)
  • Elizabeth Jaffe (Mathematics)
  • Sharon Avni (Academic Literacy and Linguistics)

Innovative Programs

  • Christopher Shults (Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics) co-chair
  • Jean Amaral (Library) co-chair
  • Louis Chan (Public Affairs)
  • Judith Anderson (Ethnic and Race Studies)
  • Sara Crosby (BMCC Learning Academy)
  • Greer McPhaden (Academic Affairs)
  • Rifat Salam (Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice)

Transformational Student Services

  • Michael Hutmaker (Student Affairs) co-chair
  • Allana Burke (Academic Advisement and Transfer Center) co-chair
  • Gina Cherry (Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship-CETLS)
  • Rigoberto Andino (Ethnic and Race Studies)
  • Alfonso Bravo (Academic Affairs)
  • Heidi Durkin (Office of Accessibility)
  • Shoba Bandi-Rao (Academic Literacy and Linguistics)