Faculty and Staff Activities - SUNY Cortland

Faculty and Staff Activities

Kerri Freese

Kerri Freese, Noyce Project coordinator, collaborated with Maritza Macdonald, senior director of education and policy and co-director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science Residency Program at the American Museum of Natural History, to plan and implement a workshop for National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Scholars. The workshop, held Dec. 4 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, highlighted using a museum and informal resources for science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) and culture knowledge. More than 60 Noyce scholars and faculty from Noyce programs throughout the northeast attended the workshop. The event was supported by leftover funds from a NSF conference grant awarded to Gregory D. Phelan, Chemistry Department, Sheila Vaidya, Drexel University and Lisa Gonsalves, University of Massachusetts Boston, that aimed to enhance pre-service and in-service teachers’ successful teaching practices in high-need schools. The SUNY Cortland Noyce Project, sponsored by the NSF, seeks to encourage talented STEM majors to become K-12 teachers in high-need rural and urban schools.

Laura Davies

Laura Davies, English Department, presented “Real-World Scientific Research” at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention on Nov. 20 in Minneapolis, Minn. She was on a panel titled “Sites of Science Literacy Education at the Elementary, Secondary, and College Level.”

Fang “Faye” Yang

Fang “Faye” Yang, Communication Studies Department, was the lead author of the article “Do Violent Movies Scare Away Potential Visitors,” published in a recent issue of the International Journal of Advertising. The article explores transportation theory’s role in the relationship between movie watching and tourism.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is co-author of an article posted Nov. 30 by U.S. News and World Report titled, “Obama’s Guantanamo Paradox.” The article is co-authored with Chris Edelson of American University. 

Nance Wilson

Nance Wilson, Literacy Department, presented “Teacher Candidates: Teaching and Learning with Technology to Improve Literacy Skills and Practices” at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Annual conference held in November in Costa Mesa, Calif. Also, Wilson co-authored an article titled “Reading, Writing and the Common Core Standards,” that was published in the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Magazine.

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, had her article, “The Case for Penal Abolition and Ludic Ubuntu in Arrow of God,” published in a Max Planck Working Papers series.

Lin Lin and Valerie Widdall

Lin Lin and Valerie Widdall, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, presented on the topic of “Expanding Pre-Service Teachers’ Global Education Pedagogy” at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies on Nov. 13 in New Orleans, La.

Jordan Kobritz

Jordan Kobritz, Sport Management Department, gave a presentation to a group of 30 high school students at the New York Times Pre-Collegiate Weekend Course, “Sports Management and Sports Media” on Nov. 21 in New York City.  The title of the presentation was, “The Ins and Outs of Owning a Professional Sports Team.”

Cynthia Guy

Cynthia Guy, Community Innovation Coordinator, Main Street SUNY Cortland, has been elected and approved to serve on the board of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Cortland County. She was confirmed at the annual dinner meeting on Nov. 20, and will begin serving on the CCE Board in January. Earlier in November, Guy was elected and endorsed to serve on the Cortland Mental Health Sub-committee.

Brian Barrett

Brian Barrett, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, has had his chapter, co-authored with Rob Moore of the University of Cambridge, published in Pedagogic rights and democratic education: Bernsteinian explorations of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, edited by Philippe Vitale and Beryl Exley and published by Routledge. The chapter is titled, “Changing from within: Basil Bernstein, teacher education, and social justice.” At the editors’ invitation, Barrett also wrote the book’s dedication to Moore, his doctoral supervisor and a major contributor to the development of Bernstein’s sociology of education who passed away in April 2014.