The Master of Science in Education: Dual Childhood 1–6/Special Education
Adele Weiner, Dean
Dr. Adele Weiner holds a Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University, a Doctorate in Social Work from Rutgers University and has been a member of the MCNY faculty since 2005. Prior to her appointment at MCNY she was the Associate Dean of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She was recently appointed the Dean of the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education. Since arriving at MCNY, Dr. Weiner has been the Chair of the Faculty Council, the Faculty Trustee on the Board of Trustees, and the Chair of the Steering Committe for the college's Middle States Commission for Higher Education's Self Study for reaccreditation. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W) and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (A.C.S.W.). Dr. Weiner has taught a broad range of social work, human services and public administration classes at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels in traditional and non-traditional college settings including a consortium of undergraduate social work schools, a military base and a maximum security prison. Her teaching has encompassed foundations of practice, human behavior in the social environment, group work, social welfare organization, research, statistics and data visualization, social policy and numerous special topics courses.
Dr. Weiner was the research consultant for one of the largest and oldest outreach projects to female, streetwalking prostitutes in the country. She served as a principal investigator for a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded research project on HIV preventive case management involving this population and substance abusers, Mexican migrant workers, homeless individuals, and young men of color who have sex with men. She has also been an evaluator for both CDC and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) funded projects. Dr. Weiner has conducted research in the areas of HIV/AIDS, prostitution, urban runaway children, elder abuse, homophobia, and the development of social work and educational environments on the Internet using MOO (Multi-user Object Oriented) environments and technology in human services education. Her work has been presented at numerous national and international conferences and in dozens of publications.
Joanne Ardovini, Professor, Director of Human Services
Dr. Ardovini is a Professor in the School of Human Services and Education. She also serves as the Human Services Program Director. Dr. Ardovini joined Metropolitan College of New York in 2004. Before joining the MCNY Faculty, she served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Ardovini has taught a variety of Sociology, Psychology, Social Psychology, and Education classes. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Ardovini completed her Ph.D. at Western Michigan University and a Post Doctorate at the Institute for Leadership Transformation. Her areas of specialization are in Feminist Theory, Methodology, Pedagogy, as well as Social Problems, Deviance, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Criminology. She has been published in the areas of Feminist Pedagogy, Methods, Inequalities in Education, Juvenile Boot Camps, Media Portrayal of Rape, Victimization and Sexual Harassment. Her book entitled, "It is cold and lonely here at the middle: Discrimination against female graduate teaching instructors", discusses the marginalization of women in higher education. Her most recent publications explore innovations within the Liberal Arts core and Teaching Social Justice. Dr. Ardovini also volunteers at the Turn 2 Foundation and is interested in conducting research within the field of sports and sports history.
Patrick Ianniello, Director of the Master of Science Degree in Education
Dr. Ianniello has served as the Director of the Master of Science in Education degree program since its inception in 2004. Before joining MCNY he had served a total of 34 years in New York City Public Schools as the principal of PS 212K, an assistant principal and a classroom teacher. His teaching and supervision experience has encompassed the areas of initial preparation and professional development for teaching, planning, implementing and assessing standards-based school curricula, and effective classroom management practice. He holds permanent New York State School District Administrator (SDA) and School Administrator/Supervisor (SAS) certifications and he is a member of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA).
Dr. Ianniello is an Executive Board Member of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE) and a program reviewer for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). During his tenure as NCATE Coordinator, MCNY received initial national accreditation from NCATE in 2010 and re-accreditation in 2015.
Natasha R. Johnson, Assistant Professor, Educational Coordinator BEC
Dr. Johnson is an academic, activist, artist and attorney. Dr. Johnson is currently an Assistant Professor/ Educational Coordinator, Bronx Extension Center. Previously, she served as an Anti-Trafficking Legal Specialist drafting reform legislation in the Solomon Islands and as the Director of Education working to better serve homeless, foster care, and at risk LGBT youth. Dr. Johnson was also legislative counsel to both the Immigration and Civil Rights Committees of NY City Council. Dr. Johnson created the only program -to date- that specifically provides holistic legal services to African survivors of domestic violence in NYC. In addition, Ms. Johnson is a certified teacher having taught in NYC high schools. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and a Fulbright Specialist Fellowship at Durham University, UK, and a host of other awards. She lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on issues of domestic violence, gender based violence, and human rights. Recently she directed her efforts to starting a non-profit agency, Globalizing Gender, which provides capacity building, rule of law, and governance consultancies to countries/institutions working to better serve survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). As a photographer, Dr. Johnson exhibits works that offer social commentary on the intersection of art and social justice. Her work strives to create just systems locally, nationally, and internationally.
Erica Levy, Assistant Dean, the Audrey Cohen School of Human Services and Education
Erica Levy is coming to MCNY from Columbia University, where she worked as a Graduate Assistant at both Barnard College in the Office of the Provost, Dean of the Faculty and most recently at Columbia University, Center for Student Advising: Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program. She also worked at Columbia University, School of Continuing Education as an Academic Adviser to post-baccalaureate students. Prior to Columbia University, she was an Assistant Director in the University Freshman Center at St. John's University. She worked most exclusively with first-year College of Pharmacy and Health Science students while conducting research on "Academic Preparedness of Incoming Students and its Effect on University Retention". Ms. Levy's counseling experience comes from prior work in secondary and post-secondary institutions around the New York area. As Assistant Dean, Ms. Levy is responsible for the school's administrative affairs and working closely with program chairs and directors. She also supervises the CASAC Certification program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Ms. Levy graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Health and Human Services and a minor in Sociology. In 2004, she completed her M.S.Ed. in Counseling Education from Hofstra University. She is currently an Ed.M. candidate at Columbia University, Teachers College in their Higher and Postsecondary Education program.
Rae D. Mack, Program Director of Welfare to Careers Project , Ext. 3805
Rae D. Mack has served as the Director of WTCP for over 14 years. Ms. Mack holds a BS degree in Marketing from Hampton University, and a Master's in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York. She is responsible for recruitment, fundraising and managing the two sites (MCNY and Medgar Evers College/CUNY). She has been instrumental in transitioning a two-year pilot project into a viable, fully operational program that has lasted for over a decade and serviced over 300 students. She has worked in the arena of training and education for over 15 years servicing dislocated workers, at-risk youth and adult learners.
Richard G. Zalman, CASAC Program Director
Dr. Zalman holds a B.A. degree in English from Queens College, C.U.N.Y., a Master of Arts in Teaching in Bilingual Education, and a research doctorate in Reading and Language from Northwestern University. While a graduate student there, he funded the first Right-to-Read Academy in Illinois, under the U.S. Office of Education. In 1988 - 1989, he was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow by M.I.T., earning a Master of Science in Management degree as a part of M.I.T.'s Sloan Fellows Program. Dr. Zalman had the opportunity during his Sloan thesis research to revisit his earlier doctoral research into adult literacy education in community settings, and extend his findings to adult literacy education in employee workplace settings. The research was funded by the Society for Human Resource Management Research Foundation, and was published in HR Magazine.
Dr. Zalman began teaching at MCNY in 2003, after a thirty-year career in private industry as a Human Resources executive in Financial Services, Pharmaceutical and Automotive industries. He earned the designations of Senior Professional in Human Resources, Certified Compensation Professional, and Accredited Diplomate in Employee Training and Development. Dr. Zalman was a founding member of the Technical and Skills Training Division of the American Society for Training and Development, and Chaired the Functional Standards Committee for Training and Development for the Society for Human Resource Management.
Dr. Zalman has also served as Assistant Professor of Education at Kansas State University and Marymount College of Kansas, and has taught courses in Business for Franklin Pierce College. In addition to his CASAC responsibilities, Dr. Zalman is also the Faculty Advisor to the Beta Mu Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, MCNY's College-wide undergraduate academic honor society, and has served in that voluntary capacity since 2006. Currently, Dr. Zalman teaches hybrid courses in the Bachelor of Arts in American Urban Studies Program (BAUS), as well as undergraduate and graduate courses for the School of Business at MCNY.
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