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TC Welcomes New Faculty

In the last issue, Inside TC introduced several new faculty members. In this issue we will cover 10 more new professors.
RANDALL ALLSUP, who received his Ed.D. in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Music Education. Allsup has served Teachers College as an adjunct instructor in the Music Education Department teaching a multicultural course designed to help teachers create and implement musical strategies into their subject area. Allsup was also a director of bands for Columbia University and directed the marching band, pep band, and wind symphony.

Allsup comes from Hartwick College where he was an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of both the Music Education Program and the wind ensemble. Allsup worked for Our Children's Foundation, while obtaining his master's of education at Teachers College. At Our Children's Foundation, Allsup created and implemented comprehensive curriculum in instrumental and general music for children in Harlem. He also served as an instructor for the New York City Board of Education.

LYNNE BEJOIAN has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Education in the Learning Disabilities Program. Bejoian received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Department.

Bejoian is joining Teachers College after serving as the President of the Disability Education Empowerment Management Corporation. She has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Manhattan College and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition and Behavior Studies at Teachers College.

Bejoian also is founding President of Disability Education Empowerment Management Corporation, a not-for-profit organization established to promote and advance the abilities, participation, and accessibility of children and adults with disabilities within all aspects of human endeavors.

Bejoian's areas of professional expertise include university and administration management, diverse student issues and involvement, disability services administration and management, women's issues, human resources services and development, teaching and research and consulting around issues concerning disability and leadership.

RENEE CHEROW-O'LEARY is also a newly appointed Assistant Professor of English Education in the English Education program. Cherow-O'Leary has been a Professor of Communications in the Television Program of the Divisions of Visual and Performing Arts at Rutgers University as well as a consultant to media and corporate clients looking to do research and focus groups. She is also President of Education for the 21st Century, a consulting company that does market research, writing, strategic planning and trend analysis from numerous companies and organizations.

Cherow-O'Leary also worked for Children's Television Workshop supervising the editorial and market research for five magazines, was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Communications at New York University, an Associate Professor of English, Communications and Public Policy at City College, and a tenured Assistant Professor of English, Education and Communications at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

She received her B.A. at Barnard in English and Philosophy, an M.A.T. at University of Chicago in English and Education, and her Ph.D. at New York University in Culture and Communications.

MIN HONG has been appointed Assistant Professor of Education in the Early Childhood Program. Hong received her doctorate from Teachers College and has been teaching in Public School 11 in District 2 since 1990. Hong has taught Kindergarten, first grade and second grade. She has also been a mentor teacher where she was responsible for leading support groups for early childhood teachers in the district.

Among her other professional experience, Hong served as a staff developer for District 2, where she helped develop and implement the Balance literacy program. She has also acted as an educational consultant in Missouri, where she implemented school reform, specifically focusing on literacy initiatives.

Among her publications, Hong is the author of a children's book entitled, Friends, and is also the author of a handbook for first grade teachers entitled, Teaching First Grade.

OLGA HUBARD is Assistant Professor of Art Education. Hubard comes to Teachers College from the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in New York, where she served as the Head of Education. Hubard has also previously taught a course here at Teachers College entitled, Museum Issues: Objects and Meanings, which concerned the relationship of viewers with works of art and with practical and philosophical question that shape teaching and learning in art museums.

Hubard is also a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, where she designs and implements museum education programs that engage young people with works of art and enrich K-12 curricula.

Hubard received her doctorate at Teachers College in the Art Education Department. Some of her special interests include the role of art reproductions and original art objects in education, the impact of aesthetics of museum education programs and art programs in schools.

VALERIE KINLOCH has joined the English Education Department as an Assistant Professor of English Education. Kinloch received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in the Department of English. Kinloch has extensive teaching experience in both the middle school and high school, where she taught Upward Bound and Bridge programs as well as teaching writing in schools. She also taught various courses at the higher education level. Some of these courses include Research Methods, Literacy and Advanced Composition, American Studies, and History of Rhetoric and Rhetorical Theory.

Among her many honors, Kinloch is an invited member of the National Council of Teachers of English, is an advisor for the Annenberg Grant/Maryland Public TV "To Write" Professional Writing Series and is an award recipient of the Miles Davis Annual Poetry Competition.

Kinloch's fields of interests include urban studies and community literacy, creative writing, African-American Literature, and Multicultural Studies.

ANAND MARRI has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Education. Marri received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies Education, Technology in Education and Multicultural Education. His specialization is in theories of multicultural democracy and how language arts and social studies concepts can be used together in the classroom.

Marri was a co-instructor and university supervisor for teaching history and other social sciences in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also was an instructor for academic skills, academic reading and academic writing courses in the Program in English as a Second Language of the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Marri has also taught high school as a social studies teacher for several years. Among several professional memberships, Marri is a member of the National Council for Social Studies, as well as the American Educational Research Association.

ANN RIVET is a newly appointed Assistant Professor of Science Education. Rivet comes from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she received her Ph.D. in Science Education. Rivet was also a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University where she was the lead developer of teacher instructional materials for Looking at The Environment (LATE), an inquiry-based science curriculum for high school.

While working towards her M.S. degree in Science Education, Rivet served as a Research Assistant working on the professional development of teachers and curriculum development. While obtaining her doctorate Rivet created curriculum and professional development materials such as a sixth grade physical science unit as part of the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools. She also developed general and unit-specific professional workshop materials for elementary mathematics curriculum.

Rivet's special interests include how to implement learning technologies in the classroom, the role of digital photographs in education, and the integration of curriculum and technology.

ANA SERRANO has joined the Social Studies Department as an Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Education. Serrano comes from California State University at Northridge, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education Department. She instructed programs such as Education Leadership and Policy Studies and the Integrated Teacher Education Program in Liberal Studies. Serrano received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Curriculum and Instruction.

As well as teaching in the higher education level, Serrano is also certified in the state of California as a Bilingual Crosscultural Specialist and has multiple subject teaching credentials in preschool, K-12, and adult. Some of her credential courses include Teaching Spanish Reading in the Elementary School, Urban Education in American Society, Fundamentals of Teaching, and Equity and Diversity.

Her special interests include children's development of strategies through mathematical explanations through a sociocultural lens, teaching history in elementary school and middle school, and the impact of collaborative learning in the classroom.

MIKKI SHAW,who received her Ed.D. from Teachers College and who has been a Visiting Assistant Professor, lecturer and adjunct instructor in the English Education Program starting in 1992, has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of English Education in that program.

After receiving her B.A. from the State University College at New Paltz, Shaw began teaching English in Poughkeepsie, New York, before going to Berkeley High School in California to work at an alternative high school for at-risk students. Shaw taught English at Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls, New York, from 1973 to 1992. While there, she was instrumental in the design and implementation of an alternative high school for at-risk students called the P.M. School. She also taught English and was a counselor at a Detention for Youth facility in Rhinecliff, New York.

Published Monday, Oct. 6, 2003