The source for news and events at Teachers College, Columbia University
Volume XIII, No. 2 ♦ 10/2007
The Pearl Street Gallery, a venue founded in 2003 by three TC doctoral students, Dan Serig, Jason Swift and Hugo Ortega Lopez, Their vision, is a gallery space that showcases superb, engaging artwork while exploring how artists contribute to educational research through the images and objects they create.
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach," runs the old adage--but not in TC's Department of Arts and Humanities, where Georgia O'Keeffe once honed her craft and where current Department Chair Graeme Sullivan exhorts students and staff to combine theory with practice.
Teachers College "has always been an incredibly policy-rich environment," says Sharon Lynn Kagan, who was named TC's first Associate Dean for Policy and head of the newly created Office of Policy and Research (OPR) in 2004. "Now we're making it an easier place to navigate, and that's one more reason why we're becoming the institute of choice both for users of policy research and for policy students."
Professor Cate Crowley's trips to Bolivia with her students help prepare them in navigating cultural differences to provide speech/language pathology services.
TC Human Development Professors James Corter and Barbara Tversky and a colleague, Associate Professor Jeffrey Nickerson from Stevens Institute of Technology, have been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "Externalizing Thought: Improving the design of software through diagrams."
As President of TC's Student Senate, Michelle Cammarata wants to increase student participating in addressing issues of TC's daily life. As an org psych student, she ponders new ways leaders can act to create benefits for all. A racist incident on TC's campus has meant a baptism by fire Cammarata on both fronts.
New faculty and staff, Ellen Meier and Felicia Moore, share their perspectives and experience.
Fifteen years ago, when Reinaldo Barroso-Spech first started tracking down films about Africa and the African Diaspora, it was to use them as a tool to interest his public school students in learning foreign languages. It wasn't long, however, before he realized that adults were eager to watch the films.
The Center for Educational and Professional services was re-dedicated as the Dean-Hope Center in late-September, marking a sweeping renovation that will bring new technologies to the Center's mission of serving the community and teaching the next generation of care-givers.
The new Provost's Investment Fund seeks to stimulate academic growth.
A day after a noose was found hanging on the doorknob of Professor Madonna Constantine's office, the Teachers College community rallied to her support in decrying the incident as intolerable. A message sent to the Teachers College Community from President Susan Fuhrman, explaining why police were on campus, denounced the incident as a "hateful act, which violates every Teachers College and societal norm." Columbia University President Lee Bollinger also issued a statement saying that "This is an assault on African Americans and therefore it is an assault on every one of us."
When Richard Colvin visited Singapore in September, he went at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy there as a visiting expert, sharing his expertise on education journalism with members of the media and other local audiences.
TC President Susan Fuhrman is one of the "100 Most Influential Women in NYC Business" profiled in the October 1-7 issue of Crain's New York Business.
James A. Banks -- the Kerry and Linda Killinger Professor of Diversity Studies and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington -- discusses a multicultural approach to citizenship.