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Meet the Faculty of the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education

Joanne Ardovini (BS, Marist College; MA, State University of New York, College at Brockport; PhD, Western Michigan University) Ext. 2433

Associate Professor, Dr. Ardovini, joined Metropolitan College of New York after teaching at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. While at Houston State, she served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Ardovini teaches a variety of classes, ranging from Principles of Sociology, Gender & Society, Ethnic Relations, Deviance, to the Sociology of Sport. Dr. Ardovini has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She specializes in Feminist Theory, Methodology, Pedagogy, as well as Social Problems, Deviance, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Criminology. Dr. Ardovini has published in the areas of Feminist Pedagogy, Methods, Inequalities in Education, Juvenile Boot Camps, Media Portrayal of Rape, Victimization and Sexual Harassment. Her book, It is Cold and Lonely Here at the Middle: Discrimination Against Female Graduate Teaching Instructors, discusses the marginalization of women in higher education.

Steven Cresap (BA, Cornell University; PhD, Cornell University) Ext. 2409

For over two decades Dr. Steven Cresap served as faculty and administrator at MCNY. As an assistant professor, his concentrations include values clarification, critical thinking, rhetoric, ethics, and introductory world civilization. Dr. Cresap also leads master's seminars in philosophy. Prior to coming to MCNY, Dr. Cresap served as a researcher and role player at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, where he created and performed the character "Jonah Fidd", a 19th-century sailor. He has written for numerous publications, specializing in the interaction between aesthetic experience and moral behavior. Recent publications include: "Is Lookism Unjust?" for The Journal of Libertarian Studies (2005) and "Hegemonic Visualism" for Radical Pedagogy (2005), both in collaboration with Prof. Louis Tietje. In 1999 Dr. Cresap received an N.E.H. Fellowship for the New Media Classroom ("Crossing Urban Borders") at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is currently working on a monograph about the aesthetic value of terror.

Theodor Damian (BA, Bucharest University; PhD, Fordham University; PhD, Bucharest University; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary) Ext. 2401

Dr. Damian serves as professor of philosophy, ethics and sociology in both the undergraduate and graduate programs levels at Metropolitan College of New York. In addition to teaching at MCNY since 1992, Dr. Damian has taught courses at St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary and the College of New Rochelle. He has served as a priest in Romania, as Dean of Dorohoi District and as a magazine editor. He has also been the recipient of prestigious awards for his work in academics, poetry and theology. Dr. Damian has published several books, as well as hundreds of articles and poems in both Romanian and English, in the United States and Europe. His most recent books are The Isar Sign (poetry, Publish America Press, Baltimore, MD: 2010), Introduction to Christianity: The First Millenium ( Romania of Tomorrow Press, Bucharest: 2008), and Philosophy and Literature: A Hermeneutic of the Metaphysical Challenge (Romania of Tomorrow Press, Bucharest: 2008).

Eric Fuchs (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics and Education, Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology; Master of Electrical Engineering, McGill University; Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center)

Before coming to MCNY, Dr. Fuchs taught mathematics at Bronx Community College and mathematics education courses at Hunter College and at Queens College. For several years, he served on the research team of the Mathematics and Science Partnership in New York City (MSPinNYC) preparing students in the Bronx for the mathematics Regents exams. Dr. Fuchs has a Master in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal. He also has a doctorate-level certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, a Master in Philosophy, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education, with specialization in Mathematics, Science and Technology  – all from the CUNY Graduate Center. His doctoral dissertation, Mathematics Education and Graduation from Community Colleges,” focused on teaching mathematics to community college students through co-teaching and use of technology. In his current research, sponsored by a grant from CUNY’s Improving Undergraduate Mathematics Education initiative, Dr. Fuchs investigates the use of technology when teaching mathematics to college students. At MCNY, he investigates the effectiveness of different word problem-solving strategies in teaching mathematics to English language learners and to students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms. He teaches graduate mathematics courses in the MCNY teacher education program.

Richard Grallo (BA, philosophy and mathematics, Boston College; MS, philosophy of science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MA, educational psychology, New York University; PhD, measurement, evaluation and research design in educational psychology, New York University; postgraduate studies, clinical psychology, Hofstra University) Ext.2407

Dr. Grallo is currently professor of applied psychology in the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education at Metropolitan College of New York. He also serves as Coordinator and Special Adviser to the President for Academic Outcomes Assessment. Dr. Grallo began teaching at the College in 1983. He currently teaches a number of courses in applied psychology and in statistics in the undergraduate programs, Dr. Grallo is a former Chair of the Faculty Council at Metropolitan College of New York and he now serves on a number of college committees. He is a Fellow at the Albert Ellis Institute, president of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research and a member of the Association for Psychological Science. His research interests include problem solving, decision making and the application of mathematical models and multivariate methods to social science problems.

Charles Gray (BA, Syracuse University; MSW, New York University; DSW Yeshiva University) Ext. 2405

Dr. Gray is an associate professor of sociology and psychology at MCNY and serves as Chair of the Faculty Council. He has held numerous academic positions at Columbia University, Yeshiva University, and New York City Technical College. In addition, Dr. Gray has served as Acting Associate Director for the New York City Department for the Aging. His research interests include cultural and ethnic diversity, group dynamics, counseling, systems theory, leadership and decision-making.

Grace ("Jinx") Roosevelt (BA, Barnard College; MA and Ed.D, Teachers College, Columbia University) Ext. 2422

For the past 30 years, Dr. Roosevelt's research interests have spanned the fields of educational philosophy and political theory. Her doctoral dissertation was published as a book, Reading Rousseau in the Nuclear Age (1990), and she has published articles in The Journal of Aesthetic Education, History of Education Quarterly, Pensee Libre, History of Political Thought, Imprints Academic, European Journal of Political Theory, Teachers College Record, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice and the Encyclopedia of Philosophy Supplement. At MCNY, she has taught both in the undergraduate Human Services program and in the Masters in Childhood Education program, focusing on Values Dimension courses and on first semester and fourth semester Purpose seminars. In addition to being an associate professor, Dr. Roosevelt's service to the college includes initiating and coordinating the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program of Dr. Tuntufye Mwamwenda (2000-2001), chairing the Curriculum Committee of the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education (2005-2006), and helping to launch the new Title V Learning Enhancement Center (2006).

Lynn Sally (BA, University of California at Berkeley; MA, New School University for Social Research; PhD, New York University) Ext. 2439

Dr. Sally received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University in 2004 and began teaching the humanities and writing and working with the Learning Enhancement Center at MCNY in 2005. Before joining MCNY, assistant professor Sally taught at New York University and was the Assistant Director of the Center for Writing and Language Arts at Cooper Union. Her primary area of expertise is nineteenth century popular culture and entertainment. Dr. Sally has published articles and book reviews in The Journal of Popular Culture, Senses & Society, the Encyclopedia of American Material Culture. Her book, Fighting the Flames: The Spectacular Performance of Fire at Coney Island, was published by Routledge Press in 2006.

Doru Tsaganea (MA, University of Bucharest, Academy of Economic Studies; MA, City University of New York, Graduate Center; PhD, University of Bucharest, Academy of Economic Studies; PhD, City University of New York, Graduate Center) Ext. 2410

Dr. Tsaganea has taught the two courses in mathematics and the social sciences since 2004, and three courses on applied statistics offered by the Audrey Cohen School. Prior to joining the faculty as an associate professor, he taught a wide variety of courses in two areas: mathematical modeling in economics; and international relations and security. In the first area, he taught advanced mathematical theories and mathematical models of optimal economic growth. In the second area, he taught: international relations theories; globalization; geo-politics and geo-strategy; international political economy; and contemporary international conflicts. Dr. Tsaganea's research is interdisciplinary. He uses high level mathematical theories and models for explaining complex political, strategic and economic problems. Two of his articles were published by the Journal of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics. He is a member of the International Studies Association, and has presented a significant number of his research papers at its conventions. Dr. Tsaganea received two successive one year Fulbright grants at the senior level for developing courses in the area of international relations and international security in Romanian universities. He was also the recipient of a one year Civic Education Project/Soros Foundation grant for consolidating what he had initiated as a Fulbright professor.

Vanda Wark (BA, Shepherd College, West Virginia; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University; EdM, Teachers College, Columbia University EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University) Ext. 2423

Dr. Wark has worked in the human service field as a counselor and licensed psychologist for nearly twenty years. Associate Professor Wark joined the full-time faculty of The Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education in September 2001 after serving over seven years as an adjunct at New York University, York College and MCNY. She is a published author, as well as an award winning playwright. Her first full-length play, "An Appearance of Desire," was a finalist in The Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Conference, as well as a finalist for a Jerome Foundation Grant. Additional plays include: "You Can't Get Uptown on the Downtown Train," "Our Lady of Stone," "Kvetching with the Virgin Mary," and "Screaming in the Wilderness"(for which she won an Edward Albee Fellowship). Her most recent plays, "Why D'Ya Make Me Wear This, Joe?" and "Vile Affections" have been recipients of a number of awards and grants. Dr. Wark is presently working on a novel entitled "The Violence of Gentle People."

Adele Weiner (BA, SUNY Binghamton; MSW, Adelphi University; PhD, State University of New Jersey, Rutgers) Ext. 2221

After many years as an associate dean of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, Dr. Adele Weiner is returning to the classroom as a professor in Human Services. Her previous teaching experience has included undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, including teaching at a maximum security prison and for the military. Since 1990, Dr. Weiner has been a research consultant for one of the oldest and largest HIV prevention outreach projects for streetwalking sex workers and other marginalized populations. Her research with this population has led to several publications, including a chapter in The Encyclopedia of Social Work and numerous presentations at national and international conferences. After seeing AIDS first hand in South Africa, Dr. Weiner and a colleague began working with collectives of weavers to market their crafts in the United States to help them become financially independent. This project expanded to Thailand following participation at the International World AIDS Conference in Bangkok.

Dr. Clyde Griffin, (BA and MA, Ohio State University; EdD, Teacher's College at Columbia University) , Ext. 2400

He originally joined the MCNY as a fulltime faculty member in 1983. Dr. Griffin holds an undergraduate degree in Romance languages and literature from Ohio State University, a masters in English as a second language, and a doctorate in linguistics and education from Teachers College, Columbia. His doctoral work included interdisciplinary studies in family literacy, therapist/client communication, and the design and implementation of teacher training programs.

Before coming to MCNY, Dr. Griffin taught in Nigeria as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He taught both English and French and also developed a community library and a local network of medical professionals. Upon his return to the U.S., he spent ten years teaching in independent schools, whose function is to prepare students for elite colleges in the United States. He was chairman of the foreign language department and taught courses in French, Spanish, Italian, and German, as well as in English literature and the humanities. As chairman, he was responsible for all administrative matters concerning the department as well as being responsible for the academic integrity of the program, which included the training of new teachers. Immediately before beginning his career at MCNY, he was a teacher trainer and part-time coordinator of the ESL program at Teachers College, Columbia.

At MCNY, Dr. Griffin served as the chair of Counseling and Leadership Development at Metropolitan College of New York for many years. He has been responsible for developing curriculum in self-assessment, groups, teaching, counseling, managing change, and in the liberal arts. He has also served as the director of the Advanced Standing Program, a program that awards college credit to students for their work experience and learning in the Field. During his tenure, Dr. Griffin has, in addition to teaching, worked in the field of human service to develop programs for abused and neglected adolescents. The program in which he worked at Edwin Gould Academy has become a national model for working with disturbed youth and has been recognized by both the Ford Foundation and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Frances Meyer, (BA, Fairmont University; MA, Elementary Education; ED.D. Teachers College) , Ext. 2436

Dr. Frances Meyer serves as Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Audrey Cohen School of Human Services and Education. Before joining MCNY, Dr. Meyer was the Director of Special Services at Westchester BOCES, Director of Academic Services and Principal at the Edwin Gould Academy, and most recently, a teacher trainer at Ramapo for Children. She holds NYS certifications in School District Administrator K-12, School Administrator & Supervisor K-12, Elementary School Principal, Teacher of Common Branches K-8, Teacher of Handicapped K-12, and School Counselor.

Jessica Zarian, (BA, MS and ED.D. St John's University) , Ext. 2406

Dr. Jessica Zarian is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Education program, In the Audrey Cohen School of Human Services and Education. Before coming to MCNY, Dr. Zarian held the position as the Assistant Principal of The Academy Charter School in Hempstead, NY. Previously, she was an ESL classroom teacher and a data specialist for the New York City Department of Education. Dr. Zarian has NYS certifications in Childhood Education, ESL Education, School Building Leader and School District Leader.

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