Teaching, Mentorship, and Pedagogy


John Jay College provides the highest quality education because it values teaching. Scholars at John Jay study the latest in teaching methods and best practices, and contribute to the field of pedagogy by investigating the most current methods, including the uses of interactive technology.

Jana Arsovka (Department of Sociology) and Preeti Chauhan (Department of Psychology) are developing a "High School to Homeland Security Scholarship" program intended to transition students from high school graduates to active and independent undergraduate researchers in homeland security programs.

Anthony Carpi (Department of Sciences) received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, presented by President Obama last month. Professor Carpi was nominated by the College and selected by the National Science Foundation for his individual mentoring work as well as his efforts in creating PRISM – the Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors -- an undergraduate research initiative that creates opportunities for our forensic science students to engage in faculty-mentored research projects.

Effie Cochran (Department of English) researches gender, dialects and codeswitching, forensic linguistics, and English grammar. Professor Cochran co-edited with a book titled Issues in Gender, Language Learning, and Classroom Pedagogy.

Meghan Duffy (Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching) received a two year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to design a program that uses eReaders to create a virtual learning community and provide access to course content through electronic versions of course materials.

Elisabeth Gitter (Emerita, Departments English and Interdisciplinary Studies) is a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for Making Objects Speak: Grants for Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development.

Jillian Grose-Fifer (Department of Psychology) develops and assesses pedagogical innovation, and she is currently a member of the John Jay Learning Community Faculty. She was the recipient of a John Jay Distinguished Teaching Prize in 2009.

Kyoo Lee (Department of Philosophy) is a philosopher whose re-reading of "Cartesian" modernity explores some of its pedagogical implications, as well as conceptual, cultural, sociopolitical and historical.

Richard Li (Department of Sciences) has recently researched the impact of educational podcasting in the urban university setting on student learning.

Richard Lovely (Department of Sociology) conducts research in a number of topic areas, including educational outcomes assessment, leadership and group dynamics, and organizational innovation.

Mark McBeth (Department of English) scholarship explores a variety of linguistic and pedagogical issues including the theories of writing, gay urban vernacular, and the history of education.

Gregory "Fritz" Umbach (Department of History) was the recipient of the John M. and Emily B. Clark Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Arts and Science. He recently was awarded, along with Elisabeth Gitter (English) and Patricia Licklider (English), a teaching and learning grant from the National Endowment for "Making Objects Speak: Portable Audio Guides for Teaching with Visual Culture in the Humanities".