Full-time Faculty

Paul Arcario
Tel: 718-482-5405 | Room: M-400/A | arcariop@lagcc.cuny.edu
Paul Arcario is currently on leave from his faculty position serving as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College. In that capacity, he works closely with faculty on programmatic, curricular, and pedagogical issues, providing guidance for many of the College's academic initiatives, such as electronic portfolios, outcomes assessment, and First Year Experience programs. Dr. Arcario has a long-standing interest in technology-based pedagogy, having conducted workshops in teaching ESL with video and other media for the Teachers College, Columbia University ESL master's degree program, as well as having produced educational videos for teaching ESL, including the first American English language-teaching video broadcast in The People's Republic of China.

Rashida Aziz
Tel: 718-482-5368 | Room: B-234 HH | azizra@lagcc.cuny.edu
Rashida Aziz teaches in the Academic ESL Program in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member of the Academic ESL Program in September 1979, she was an adjunct teaching ESL and reading in the Academic ESL (The FESL), non-credit (DIP, SNIP, ENIP), and Adult Education programs for a few years. She teaches all ESL courses offered by the program, especially writing, to all levels. Since 1996, she has been actively involved in developing the joint syllabus and theme-based materials and projects in collaboration with Professor Gao for the ESL New Student House, in which she teaches two courses. More detailed information about the ESL New Student House can be found at http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lc/eslnewstudenthouse.htm. She has served as coordinator of the ESL Program and is now coordinator of ESL097 courses. Her professional involvement ranges from attending conferences and making presentations at local CUNY-ESL Council, NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics and international TESOL levels. She has an MA in English literature from the Punjab University, Pakistan, and an MA in TESOL and an EdM in Reading and Learning Disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also did further graduate work at Teachers College. She holds New York State permanent certification in teaching and a New York City license for ESL.

Habiba Boumlik
Tel: 718-482-5160 | Room: B-234 | hboumlik@lagcc.cuny.edu | ePortfolio | website
Dr. Habiba Boumlik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia. She received her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Strasbourg, France in 1996. She also holds an M.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies and a BA in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Besancon, France.
Dr. Boumlik teaches Arabic and French courses. Her academic background and teaching experience include Arabic, French language and francophone cultures and literatures, Cultural Anthropology, Women Cross-Culturally, Culture and Society in the West, Middle Eastern History, and Arab Cinema. Prior to her current position at LaGuardia, she has taught in France, Hungary, Egypt, and in several colleges and universities in New York. Her research interests encompass francophone literatures, North African immigration to France, Moroccan Judaism, and Berber identity.
Her ongoing research for which Dr. Boumlik received a PSC CUNY grant addresses the transformation of the social landscape in France resulting from the growing presence of a large, heterogeneous Muslim community. The title of the research is: The Female Islamic Attire in France. Difference in Views of French Citizens Living in the US.

Ruhma Choudhury
Tel: 718-482-6098 | Room: B-234 U | rchoudhury@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Ruhma Choudhury received her MA in English Literature from Dhaka University, Bangladesh and MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from California State University, Hayward. Her doctorate in TESOL is from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught a range of courses, including linguistics, teaching methodology, and writing. Her research interests include language policy, teacher education, and critical approaches to language learning. Her most recent publication "Raising Bilingual and Bicultural Bangladeshi-American Children in New York City: Perspectives from Educators and parents in a Bengali Community Program" appeared in Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism - Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City (2012) co-edited Ofelia Garcia, Zeena Zakahria, and Bahar Otcu.

John Collins
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234XX | jocollins@lagcc.cuny.edu
John Collins holds a Masters Degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. A 20 year veteran of the Lexington School for the Deaf, he taught a wide variety of deaf students. While at Gallaudet University, his teaching duties included teaching deaf undergraduates general biology and microbiology lab sections. He has been teaching American Sign Language at LaGuardia Community College since 2009 and currently serves as the Coordinator for the Deaf Studies Program.

Angela Cornelius
Tel: 718-482-7529 | Room: B-234 WW | acornelius@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Angela Cornelius is an Assistant Professor of Education in the in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College, the City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, where she focused on interdisciplinary curriculum development within literacy and arts education. Her research interests include interconnected, interdisciplinary, foci: (1) Teacher Education and Instructional Practice; (2) Visual and Cultural Literacy; (3) Art Education; and (4) Social Justice as curriculum. Dr. Cornelius is author or co-author of a book chapter and journal articles in art education and curriculum theory. She holds a B.F.A. in Communication Design and M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Texas State University.

Susan Dorrington
Tel: 718-482-5644 | Room: B-234 RR | sdorrington@lagcc.cuny.edu
Susan Dorrington has been an ESL teacher at LaGuardia Community College since March 2008. Before that, she taught at Parsons The New School for Design, Bronx Community College and the Cope Institute.
She studied Graphic Design (BA) and Information Design (MA) at DeMontfort University in the UK and TESOL at The New School in New York City.
Before moving to New York City, she worked for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Longman publishers where she designed and produced textbooks for ESL students. She continues to design and evaluate ESL materials, both in print and on the Web.

Monika Ekiert
Tel: 718-482-6097 | Room: B-234 V | mekiert@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Monika Ekiert is Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition. Her doctorate in Applied Linguistics is from Columbia University. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Columbia University. At LaGuardia, she teaches all levels of academic writing for ESL students (ESL 097, ESL 098, ESL 099, and ESA 099) as well as Introduction to Bilingualism (ELN 101) and Introduction to Language (ELL101).
Dr. Ekiert's research interests lie at the interface of second language acquisition and second language instruction, including issues of form-meaning connections in second language learning, crosslinguistic influence in second language acquisition, and second language learnability and teachability. Her most recent work titled, "Linguistic Effects on Thinking for Writing: The Case of Articles in L2 English" appeared in an edited volume Linguistic Relativity in SLA: Thinking for Speaking (2010) co-edited by ZhaoHong Han and Teresa Cadierno.

Joseph Evering
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: E-114 | jevering@lagcc.cuny.edu
Joseph Evering is the supervisor of the Communication Skills Reading Lab. He has a BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University and an MSEd in Childhood Education from City College. He is a doctoral student at Fordham University.

Jose Fabara
Tel: 718-482-5624 | Room: B-234 | fabarajo@lagcc.cuny.edu

Wen Juan Fan
Tel: 718-482-5371 | Room: B-234 GG | fanwe@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Wenjuan Fan teaches in the Academic ESL Program. She has taught ESL classes clustered with Introduction to Business and Gateway, ESL paired with Group Communication, ESL paired with Principles of Accounting, ESL paired with Introduction to Computers and their Applications, ESL paired with Desktop Publishing, and ESL paired with Math.

Lorna Feldman
Tel: 718-482-5466 | Room: B-234 | lfeldman@lagcc.cuny.edu
Lorna has a BA in linguistics from The City College of New York and an MA and MPhil in linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center. She has taught linguistics and English at Queens College, Adelphi University, the CUNY Graduate Center, and LaGuardia. Her research interests include phonetics, dialectology, adult second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. In the latter area, she has written on issues related to expressions of formality, politeness, power and solidarity among Greek-American bilinguals. She speaks Greek, Spanish, French, and some Japanese. Prior to joining the ELA Department, Lorna was the Coordinator of the College Now program.

Xiwu Feng
Tel: 718-482-5623 | Room: B-234N | xfeng@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Xiwu Feng is Professor of the Department of Education and Language Acquisition and Coordinator of the College Human Research Protection Program. He holds a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University and an M. Ed. in English Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. He also earned a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Beijing University and a BA in English from Xinjiang University, Xinjiang, China. Dr. Feng has taught college reading for over 20 years and has also been involved in teacher training for the New York City public school district through GEAR UP Program. Since 2000, he has been an invited speaker and visiting professor to deliver speeches, run workshops, and teach graduate courses in universities in Chongqing, Guangdong, Hainan, Hunan, Tianjin, and Xinjiang of the People’s Republic of China. His research interests include curriculum and pedagogical development, second/foreign language acquisition, cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication, and research ethics on human subjects.

Linda Forrester
Tel: 718-482-6024 | Room: B-234 LL | lforrester@lagcc.cuny.edu
Linda Forrester holds a BFA in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in TESOL from Adelphi University. She has been teaching at LaGuardia since the fall of 1999 and has been in a full-time position since spring 2004. She is a classical singer as well as an ESL teacher, and her love of music and the arts infuses her teaching. She is a strong believer in integrative learning, and enjoys collaborative teaching across the disciplines in ESL pairs and clusters. Forrester has contributed articles on ESL learning communities to NYSTESOL Idiom and In Transit. Most recently, she has written a chapter in "Effective Second Language Writing," entitled: "Modern Heroes: From Content to Composition via Critical and Creative Thinking."

Jie Gao
Tel: 718-482-5643 | Room: B-234 JJ | gaoji@lagcc.cuny.edu
Jie Gao graduated from Beijing University and Beijing Foreign Language Institute in the People's Republic of China. He holds an MA equivalent. His original major was Polish language and literature. He taught English in China from 1963 and worked in China as a freelance interpreter and translator for many years. He came to LaGuardia Community College in 1990 as an exchange professor, and since then has been teaching ESL. He has served as ESL099 coordinator since 1995. His research interests include comparative rhetoric and methodologies of teaching English to speakers of Chinese. Gao is a major contributor to the book Get It? Got It! (New Century American English Living and Learning in the West), published in China in 2001 and now a bestseller there. He is co-author of the article "Essay of Changes: The Role of L1 in L2 Writing," published in The English Record (Volume 51, Fall 2000). He is a member of the University Affirmative Action Committee (UAAC), CUNY. He has been selected three times for inclusion in Who's Who Among American Teachers. In addition to ESL classes, he is currently teaching courses in Chinese language for heritage speakers and in Chinese literature.

Leigh Garrison-Fletcher
Tel: 718-482-7028 | Room: B-234R | lgarrisonfletcher@lagcc.cuny.edu
Leigh Garrison-Fletcher is an Assistant Professor of ESL and Linguistics in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College, the City University of New York. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, the City University of New York, where she focused on second language acquisition. Her research interests include the role of the native language in second language learning, the acquisition of second language literacy, and the assessment of bilingual students.

Judith Gex
Tel: 718-482-5369 | Room: B-234 II | gexju@lagcc.cuny.edu
Judy Gex started teaching ESL at LaGuardia as an adjunct in 1978, becoming a full-time teacher in 1979. Teaching ESL combines many of the things that she likes in life: meeting new people from different cultures, talking about languages, the arts, writing and reading, and traveling. She has two MAs: an MA in Comparative Literature from Boston University, and an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, she has taken many other graduate courses in education and political science/urban issues. The American chair of the English section of the Sino-American Conference on Higher Education since 2001, she has gone to Shanxi Province to do teacher training seven times. She has been the recipient of two Fulbright awards (at the National University of Benin from1993 to 1995, and at Suleyman Demirel University in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2009). The latter was a six-week assignment at an Islamic University. She has done workshops for the U.S. State Department in twelve countries.

Marcia Glick
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: B-234 | glickma@lagcc.cuny.edu

Laurie A. Gluck
Tel: 718-482-5378 | Room: B-234 DD | lgluck@lagcc.cuny.edu
Laurie Gluck joined the Education and Language Acquisition Department in 2004 after teaching many years at the LaGuardia English Language Center and other CUNY ESL programs. In addition to ESL teaching, she has trained prospective ESL professionals in the New School University Certificate Program in methods of teaching ESL writing and pronunciation. Her approach to teaching ESL writing and grammar highlights the interaction between sentence grammar and the sound and intonation patterns of spoken English. Through this lens students discover predictable patterns in both listening and grammar that increase their awareness of and enhance their linguistic knowledge. Ms. Gluck also teaches ELL 101, Introduction to Language, an introductory linguistics course for Liberal Arts and Education majors. She wrote the guidelines for the teaching of ELL 101 and maintains a Blackboard site of resources for instructors in this course. She is a second level doctoral student in the Linguistics Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the Second Language Acquisition with a concentration in the role of phonology and prosody in the acquisition of a second language. She completed undergraduate work at Ryerson University in Toronto and received teacher certification at Laval University in Quebec City. She has a MA in TESOL from Hunter College of CUNY.

Lilik Gondopriono
Tel: 718-482-5132 | Room: B-200 | lgondopriono@lagcc.cuny.edu

Ana Maria Hernandez
Tel: 718-482-5697 | Room: B-234 EE | hernandezan@lagcc.cuny.edu
Ana María Hernández holds a doctorate in comparative literature from New York University, a master's degree in comparative literature from the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, and a bachelor's degree in history/Spanish literature from Queens College. She has specialized in Caribbean and River Plate studies. Her publications have focused on Julio Cortázar, Horacio Quiroga, Julio Herrera y Reissig, José Lezama Lima, Felisberto Hernández and Antonio Benítez Rojo. She has been part of the reviewing staff of World Literature Today since 1977. She received a Focus Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2003 to explore "The African Roots of Latin Music." Her recent research has focused on the influence of film techniques on contemporary Latin American fiction. She is a member of the International Association of Scholars of the Fantastic, and a Fellow of the Cuba project at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Relations at the CUNY Graduate Center. She teaches Latin American literature and culture at LaGuardia and is the faculty adviser for the Latin American Studies Liberal Arts Option and the Spanish Translation Major. She maintains a Web page for the course in Latin American civilizations at http://faculty.lagcc.cuny.edu/ahernandez/hus204; a Web page entitled "The African Roots of Latin Music" at http://faculty.lagcc.cuny.edu/ahernandez/afroots; and a Web page for the course in Advanced Spanish Composition at http://faculty.lagcc.cuny.edu/ahernandez/hus210. Her recent publications include Fantoches 1926 (Stockcero, 2011) and Las Hortensias y otros cuentos de Felisberto Hernandez (Stockcero, 2011). She is working on an annotated edition of Cirilo Villaverde's 1882 anti-slavery novel Cecilia Valdes, to be published in the Spring of 2013.

Rosa Herrera-Rodriguez
Tel: 718-482-5132 | Room: B-200 | rherrera@lagcc.cuny.edu
Rosa Herrera-Rodriguez is Sr. CLT/Lab supervisor of the ESL Lab. She teaches ESL and Spanish in the ELA Department. She holds a MS in Education/ TESOL from Fordham University and a MA in Spanish from Hunter College. In addition, she holds the equivalent to a Masters Degree in Social Work and a teaching degree from Peru. She has also earned a Certificate for the Teaching of French as a foreign language from the University of Grenoble.

Givanni M. Ildefonso
Tel: 718-482-5359 | Room: B-234Z | gildefonso@lagcc.cuny.edu
Givanni M. Ildefonso, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia, where she teaches Foundations of American Education.
Dr. Ildefonso holds a doctorate from Columbia University, where she conducted research in the Program of Philosophy and Education. Her main work focuses on what the ancients called otium: the time and freedom from overt action that allows people to think about the world and their reasons for being. This research lends itself as an occasion to examine the value of otium (leisure) in order to recover its original educational significance and to derive crucial implications for the theory and practice of teaching.

Maria Jerskey
Tel: 718-482-5358 | Room: B-234 Z | mjerskey@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Maria Jerskey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College. Dr. Jerskey's teaching practice, scholarship, and research focuses on meeting the learning needs of academic multilingual writers - from students in non-credit ESL courses to post-doctoral scholars writing for English-medium academic publications - by identifying and building on linguistic and literacy resources.
Her scholarship focuses on translingual writing practices; the writing self-efficacy of multilingual writers using Web 2.0 platforms; and the writing-for-publication practices of multilingual scholars. Dr. Jerskey's publications include "Literacy Brokers in the Contact Zone: The Crowded Safehouse" in Literacy as Translingual Practice (2013), "The Fortunate Gardener: Cultivating a Writing Center" in Making Teaching and Learning Matter: Transformative Spaces in Higher Education (2011), and "Meeting the Needs of Advanced Multilingual Writers" in The SAGE Handbook of Writing Development (2009), written with Suresh Canagarajah. In addition, she has written several college writing textbooks including the Globalization: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Keys for Writers, 6th Edition (Cengage, 2011), co-authored with Ann Raimes.
In addition to teaching ESL academic writing and linguistics courses at LaGuardia, Dr. Jerskey teaches writing at the CUNY Graduate Center and regularly leads workshops and seminars on writing for teachers, scholars, and researchers from a range of disciplinary/linguistic backgrounds. At LaGuardia, she coordinates the Literacy Brokers Program as a means of cultivating a networked community of scholar-writers who support each other's text production and publication. She also co-leads the Center for Teaching and Learning's Community 2.0 Seminar, supporting the development of hybrid learning communities via social media.
To read Dr. Jerskey's Curriculum Vitae, CLICK HERE.

Rebekah Johnson
Tel: 718-482-6096 | Room: B-234 NN | rejohnson@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Rebekah Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia. She teaches introductory linguistics, sociolinguistics, bilingual education, Academic ESL composition, and first-year seminar courses at LaGuardia. Dr.Johnson received her Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University Teachers College in 2011. She also holds an M.A. in TESOL and an Ed.M. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University Teachers College. Prior to her current position at LaGuardia, she was the Director of the Writing Center at Pace University. She has taught ESL, EFL, academic writing, business writing, English composition, and teacher training courses in TESOL in Japan, Thailand, and in colleges and universities in New York City. Dr. Johnson was selected to be an English Language Fellow (a fellowship through the U.S. State Department) at Khon Kaen University in Thailand from 2001-2003. Dr. Johnson served as President of the NYS TESOL (New York State Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) organization in 2011-2012. She is also Editor of the newly launched peer-reviewed journal, the NYS TESOL Journal, which had its inaugural issue published in January, 2014. Her research interests include the discursive construction of identity, classroom discourse, family discourse, second-language writing, writing conferencing, technology and education, learning communities, and literacy.

Florence Kabba
Tel: 718-482-5342 | Room: B-234 CC | fkabba@lagcc.cuny.edu
Florence Kabba has been teaching at LaGuardia since 1992, first as an adjunct in The English Language Center (TELC) and then as a full-time faculty member since 2003. She has an Msc. from the London School of Economics in politics and government and a Masters in TESOL from Hunter College. Her interests range from Third World development to the connection between language, culture, and identity. She pursues these interests through workshop presentations, a Website she created in 2004 called Global Perspectives (http://faculty.lagcc.cuny.edu/fdiallo/), and her work on Opening Sessions, which she co-chairs. She also serves on several other college-wide committees including Professional Development as Co-Chair.

Karen Kearns
Tel: 718-482-5635 | Room: B-234G | kkearns@lagcc.cuny.edu

Hyun-Joo Kim
Tel: 718-482-6095 | Room: B-234 M | hkim@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia. She holds an M.A. in TESOL, and Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University, Teachers College. Her area of specialization and research interests include second language assessment, second language acquisition, and second language speaking and writing ability. Dr. Kim teaches ESL writing classes and Korean at LaGuardia.

Marisa Klages-Bombich
Tel: 718-482-5677 | Room: B-234 Q | mklages@lagcc.cuny.edu
Marisa Klages-Bombich is the current Education and Language Acquisition chairperson. She is an associate professor who earned her Ph.D. with her dissertation "Rhetorics of Pain and Desire: Four Middle English Mystics" in 2008. Her research interests include Basic Writing, and Outcomes Assessment and she is the former faculty director of Outcomes Assessment. Marisa is the co-chair of the Assessment Committee for the Conference on College Composition and Communication and serves on the executive board of the Council of Basic Writing.

William Kurzyna
Tel: 718-482-5653 | Room: B-234T | wkurzyna@lagcc.cuny.edu
William Kurzyna has been a member of the Education and Language Acquisition Department for the past two years. For the early part of his career at LaGuardia he served in various capacities for the former Communication Skills Department. Specializing in basic academic reading comprehension, he began as a tutor attached to the Communication Skills Department, then taught as an adjunct, before being appointed as a full time faculty member, with the rank of Lecturer with CCE. He attended high school at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, and graduated with honors from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, with a B.A. for the study of Comparative Literature. He was granted an M.A. from the CUNY Graduate Center with a major in Comparative Literature, where he was awarded a High Pass in the program’s written comprehensive exam. Throughout his career here, Mr. Kurzyna has served on the LaGuardia College Senate for several years, first as the representative of Communication Skills, later as the Senator from Faculty Council. He was elected Vice Chairperson of the Senate from 2006-2007, and later served two terms as the Secretary. In addition, he has represented the College at the University Faculty Senate, as a full representative and as an alternate, a role he fills at present. He served as the President of Faculty Council from 2013-2014, and since then has been elected to its executive committee as the Secretary. His interests include creative writing and acting. Since 2007 he has appeared in a number of LaGuardia theater productions, most recently “The Cherry Orchard Project,” directed by Handan Ogilzbin. In summer 2014 he played a major role in an off-Broadway production of fellow LaGuardian David Rimmer’s play “The Reunion Guy.”

Arthur Lau
Tel: 718-482-5626 | Room: B-234F | alau@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Arthur C. Lau received his Ed.D. degree in applied linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. His dissertation is titled "Written Representation of Oral Features in Cantonese Chinese." Prior to becoming a college reading educator at LaGuardia in 1994, he taught at Cornell University from 1991 to 1993, and was in charge of Cantonese Chinese curriculum development and instruction. He also has extensive experience teaching English as a Second Language in Hong Kong and Macau. Dr. Lau is interested in orality and literacy research and for the past ten years has served on the Executive Editorial Board of the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication.

Sue Livingston
Tel: 718-482-5621 | Room: B-234E | slivings@lagcc.cuny.edu
Sue Livingston holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and has taught elementary through college-aged Deaf students for over 35 years. She has also been a teacher-trainer at New York University and a literacy consultant for several schools for Deaf students in New York City. Currently, she teaches reading and writing courses to classes made up exclusively of Deaf students. Her publications include Rethinking the Education of Deaf Students (Heinemann), Working Text: Teaching Deaf and Second-Language Students to Be Better Writers (Gallaudet University Press) and Working Text: X-Word Grammar and Writing Activities for Students (Gallaudet University Press) as well as several articles in Sign Language Studies, American Annals of the Deaf and The Journal of Post-Secondary Education and Disability.

Marguerite Lukes
Tel: 718-482-7518 | Room: B-234 | mlukes@lagcc.cuny.edu
Marguerite Lukes, Ph.D, studies issues of educational equity, access and success for immigrant and language minority students in the United States. Dr. Lukes holds a doctorate from New York University, where she conducted research on educational experiences of immigrant high school non-completers and designed professional development for schools serving immigrant students across New York State. Dr. Lukes completed a bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Cologne University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany and a Master's Degree in Language, Literacy and Learning from California State University Long Beach. She has taught in and directed programs in English as a Second Language, Spanish literacy and basic skills, and family literacy, and has designed, implemented and evaluated professional development programs for K-12 and adult education teachers and administrators. Dr. Lukes is Chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group on Adult Literacy and Adult Education and a delegate-at-large of the New York Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE). Her scholarly work on immigrant education, literacy development and language policy has appeared in TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Latinos and Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Migration Information Source and Rethinking Schools. Dr. Lukes speaks, reads and writes Spanish, English and German.

Michele Malone
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mmalone@lagcc.cuny.edu
Michele de Goeas-Malone teaches Introduction to Language, Language and Literacy in Childhood Education, and Language and Literacy in Secondary Education. She earned her BA in Linguistics and Speech Pathology from Queens College, City University of New York, and is currently a PhD student in Linguistics at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research focuses on the development and processing of complex syntax in elementary and high school second language learners and its relationship to reading comprehension in the second language. Other research interests include sociolinguistic and cultural variation in the development of language and literacy as well as the development of sign language as a first and second language. Michele's previous teaching experience includes courses in Syntax, Language Acquisition, and Quantitative Methods at the undergraduate level and a Grammar course at the graduate level.

Bede McCormack
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | bmccormack@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Bede McCormack's twenty-five-plus year career in TESOL has included EFL and ESL teaching, EFL program management, and EFL/ESL teacher education courses including methods and materials, second language acquisition theory, and linguistics.
Dr. McCormack has taught a wide range of courses including general EFL courses, EAP and content-driven EFL and ESL courses at the college level, as well as TESOL teacher education courses. His career in TESOL began shortly after receiving his Bachelor's in English Literature from Grinnell College, IA, when he moved to Japan, where he lived and taught for fourteen years. His MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Durham, England, provided him with his initial training in the field, and was followed by a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, also from Durham. In addition to teaching at LaGuardia, he has also taught at Hunter College and Teachers College.
Dr. McCormack's research interests focus on the relationship between teachers' understanding of language acquisition theory and how that impacts their classroom practice. This includes the development of speaking and discourse skills, the role of grammar instruction in the L2 classroom, and the integration of language skills in the content-based ESL classroom. One project he is currently involved with is an examination of teachers' knowledge of lexico-syntactic structures and how teacher candidates use that knowledge to identify, analyze, and possibly correct learner errors. Dr. McCormack has also conducted workshops and made conference presentations on TESOL-related topics in Algeria, Austria, Britain, Canada, Japan, Libya, and the United States. Dr. McCormack was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

Ernesto Menéndez-Conde
Tel: 718-482-5369 | Room: B-234 | emenendez-conde@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Ernesto Menendez-Conde is an Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature, Advanced grammar and Spanish, in the in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College, the City University of New York. . Menendez-Conde is a Ph D. in Romance Studies from Duke University (2009). He is also the editor in chief of the e-magazine ArtExperience:NYC, which he founded in 2010. He currently teaches Latin American fiction in Translation, and intermediate level of Spanish. His areas of research are related to Contemporary Cuban Art, Aesthetic Ideologies, and Theories of the image. He has published in magazines in New York City, Spain, Habana, and Miami.

Tomonori Nagano
Tel: 718-482-5484 | Room: B-234 FF | tnagano@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Tomonori Nagano is an Assistant Professor of Japanese and Linguistics. He received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center and his MA in TESOL from New York University. His research interests are second language acquisition and Japanese as a heritage language. Dr. Nagano is currently working on the acquisition of causativity in English and Japanese and the acquisition of English collocations by non-native English speakers. He also published several articles in demographics of heritage language speakers through his recent involvement in the Henry-Luce Heritage Pathways Project at LaGuardia Community College. Dr. Nagano taught Japanese at various institutions, including Queens College of CUNY and he is a certified ACTFL OPI Tester in Japanese. See here for a list of his publications and grants.

Ernest Nieratka
Tel: 718-482-5622 | Room: B-234H | nieratkaer@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Ernest Nieratka is in the ELA department of LaGuardia Community College. He has a Ph.D in Applied Linguistics/Reading and is co-author with Ira Epstein of three editions of The Proficient Reader published by Houghton-Mifflin.

Burcin Ogrenir
Tel: 718-482-6195 | Room: B-234 J | bogrenir@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Burcin Ogrenir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition. She received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Early Childhood Education. She holds an MEd. from University of Pittsburgh and BS in psychology from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. She previously taught at Brooklyn College, New York University, Long Island University, and Hunter College. Her teaching included a variety of courses including Language and Literacy in Early Childhood, Play, Issues in Early Childhood, and Child Development. Dr Ogrenir also worked in public and private schools in teaching and administrative positions in United States and Turkey.
Dr Ogrenir's research interests are classroom strategies for teaching students with diverse backgrounds; multicultural competency of teachers; innovative approaches to teacher education; heritage education and implications; multilingual education in early childhood; emotional intelligence and teacher effectiveness; parent education focusing on positive discipline methods; emotional intelligence development in children. Dr Ogrenir also designs and conducts innovative educational community projects for children, youth and families including parenting seminars, and enrichment programs facilitating emotional and scientific development of young children.

Adhiambo Okomba
Tel: 718-482-5630 | Room: B-234K | aokomba@lagcc.cuny.edu

Agnieszka Rakowicz
Tel: 718-482-5126 | Room: B-234 MM | arakowicz@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dr. Agnieszka Rakowicz received her MA in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University and her PhD in Applied Linguistics/Multilingual Multicultural Studies from New York University.
Dr. Rakowicz has taught a range of courses, including linguistics, grammar and syntax, writing and Polish for high school and college Heritage Learners. She has a long-standing interest in pedagogical issues, having led faculty professional development seminars in the Writing Across the Disciplines program. In addition to teaching and learning with and for students from diverse backgrounds, Dr. Rakowicz's research interests include sociocultural contexts of language acquisition and maintenance, interlanguage pragmatics and language policy.
Dr. Rakowicz is the author of Ambiguous Invitations: The Interlanguage Pragmatics of Polish English Language Learners (2009), which investigates interlanguage behavior and pragmatic competence of English-language learners in multilingual and multicultural contexts.

Max Rodriguez
Tel: 718-482-5467 | Room: B-234 Y | rodriguez@lagcc.cuny.edu
Max Rodriguez holds a BA in French and Spanish from Montclair State University, and an MA and PhD in Spanish literature from New York University. His area of specialization and research is medieval European prose and poetry. He teaches Spanish, ESL, linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary courses in the liberal arts and urban studies programs. Professor Rodriguez is a founding member of the LaGuardia Community College faculty and of the CUNY Council on World Language Study. He was chair of the Department of Humanities (1981-1984), Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs (1984-1990) and Coordinator for the Modern Languages and Literature Program (1976-1981 and 1993-2010). He has also served on numerous college and university-wide task forces and chaired working committees. Professor Rodriguez's work in the field of electronic portfolio and his interest in professional development have been strengthened by his association with the LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning. In recognition of his work and leadership in higher education, he was selected an Hispanic Leadership Fellow for 1984.

Julio Rosario
Tel: 718-482-5466 | Room: B-206 | jrosario@lagcc.cuny.edu
Mr. Julio Rosario obtained a degree in Sociology at Binghamton University. He has eight years’ experience in the field of education. He worked as an advocate college counselor at Grace Dodge for Good Shepherd Services. Severed as a Program Coordinator/Counselor for The Committee for Hispanic Children and Family at an elementary school in the South Bronx. Also worked at the Academic Advantage as a Site Manager, severed in three different schools for a tutoring program one in Brooklyn and two in Queens. For the last three years he was employed by the Department of Education as a Parent Coordinator. He is currently the Lab Coordinator for the Education Language Acquisition department.

Jane Selden
Tel: 718-482-5373 | Room: B-234 KK | seldenja@lagcc.cuny.edu
Jane Selden received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to teaching ESL for over thirty years, she has served as an editor on several learner's dictionaries: Longman Dictionary of American English (first edition), The Newbury House Dictionary of American English, and The Basic Newbury House Dictionary, and wrote the exercises and instructor's manual for Counterparts: An Intermediate Reader. She is also the creator of the ESL Writing Committee's Blackboard site, a resource for ESL faculty, and currently chairs the sub-committee overseeing its on-going development.

Rebekah Smith
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | resmith@lagcc.cuny.edu
Rebekah Smith has taught in the Academic ESL department since 2009. She has also taught ESL at Kingsborough Community College, as well as in the Czech Republic and Russia. She has an M.A. in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center (CUNY), and loves both learning and teaching languages.

Kenneth J. Yin
Tel: 718-482-6029 | Room: B-234 AA | kennethy@lagcc.cuny.edu
Kenneth J. Yin holds an AB from Cornell University and an MS in linguistics from Georgetown University. His research interests include the English-language learning process of students from China, as well as the Dungan language and literature. His translation of the Dungan folktale "Jondaje the Pheasant Hunter" appears in Esopus, issue 5, published in fall 2005. He has also written for Idiom, a publication of the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL).

Paula Zimmermann
Tel: 718-482-5230 | Room: B-234 P | pzimmermann@lagcc.cuny.edu
Paula Zimmermann is the Program Assistant for the Education Program. Paula received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont. She was a History and Secondary Education major. After graduation Paula worked as a Vista volunteer. Vista was the domestic Peace Corps. As a Vista volunteer Paula developed a reading tutoring program. Paula returned to school and completed her Ed. M degree in Reading and Language at Boston University. Paula taught in both public and private schools in Boston. She also worked in an administrative capacity in a peer tutoring program at Suffolk University in Boston. For the past ten years Paula has taught as an adjunct in the Cooperative Education Department. For the past four years she has worked as a Program Assistant in the Coop Department. Paula developed internship sites and coordinated student placement on internships. She is also a volunteer in the English Language Center here at LaGuardia. Paula is very excited to now be working in the Education program. She believes it gives her an opportunity to return to the career field she originally chose for herself.