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Panelists and Facilitators

Dr. Tania Alameda-Lawson

Assistant Professor of Social Work, 2014-15 Engaged Fellow, Binghamton University

Tania is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Binghamton University. Prior to her appointment at the University in 2010, she served as Associate Professor in the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento for 13 years. A Cuban immigrant, Tania's research interests center on innovative designs for collective parent, family, and community engagement; full-service community schools; and interprofessional education and training programs. Her work has been published in leading education and social work journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Research on Social Work Practice, Children and Youth Services Review, and Children & Schools.

Tania has over two decades of experience working as a social worker in multiple organizational, clinical, and community settings. As part of this work, she developed and directed the nationally recognized "Rainmaker" collective parent engagement model in Miami, Florida. This pioneering effort — which engages low-income, culturally diverse parents in the design and development of full-service community schools — has since been replicated in low-income African American, Latino, and Appalachian communities in several states across the country.

As a part of her work on collective parent engagement, Tania has served as consultant for numerous organizations and philanthropic foundations, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, as well as President Clinton's Domestic Policy Council on enhancing wrap-around service models in low-income communities. More recently, she has expanded her national reputation to include international consultancies with non-governmental and governmental agencies in Columbia and Guatemala.

Dr. Allison Alden

Director of Center for Civic Engagement, Binghamton University

Allison is the Founding Director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at Binghamton University. Allison has been actively engaged in community-based teaching, research, and solution-oriented initiatives for over thirty years and has also directed/facilitated five major externally funded projects focused on organizational change in school districts and human service organizations. As Professor of Practice in the Masters of Public Administration Program, she worked closely with regional leaders in public and nonprofit organizations on community projects and research initiatives. Allison was the Founding Director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, which focuses on the development and application of community-based research in community and economic development, education, health, and other fields within the Southern Tier. She has been recognized with awards such as the Innovator Award from the Community and Rural Development Institute of Cornell University, the University and Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Professional Service, and the 2010 Sigma Award for a Career of Distinguished Public Service. Under Allison's direction, the CCE was awarded the 2011 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for Innovative Use of Social Media and the 2012 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for Community Relations for the Center's outstanding response to the local flooding in September 2011. Allison received her doctorate in Education—Theory to Practice from Binghamton University.

Dr. Jason Andrews

Superintendent of Schools, Windsor Central School District

Jason received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Secondary Social Studies from SUNY Cortland, a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of New England, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from SUNY Cortland and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Sage Graduate School in Albany, NY. He was a high school teacher, coach, co-curricular advisor and Middle School Principal in the Windsor Central School District prior to being appointed as the Superintendent of Schools in 2005. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Oswego in the Superintendent's Development Program and at the Graduate School of Education at Binghamton University. Currently, he is serving on the House of Delegates for the NYS Council of School Superintendents and the New York State Education Commissioner's Advisory Council. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors for the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities and the School Administrators Association of New York State. He also served on the Board of Education for the Harpursville Central School District from 1993 -2000. Jason has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics including Professional Learning Communities, Instructional Leadership and Bullying/Harassment Prevention, and Shared Services. He served as an Expert Witness in United States Federal Court's Northern District of Georgia in a prominent bullying case. In addition, he has advised many school districts on their practices and procedures regarding Bullying/Harassment Prevention and other issues. He is married and has one son.

Dr. Susan Appe

Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University

Susan's research focuses on government-nonprofit relations and the dimensions and evolution of the nonprofit sector in both developed and developing countries. Currently she is examining how government policy influences and shapes civil society and nonprofit organizations and their work in social development; how and why nonprofit organizations form national-level networks and their implications. In addition, Dr. Appe researches the challenges and opportunities in nonprofit management education, particularly in the context of Latin America, and she is also studying the development of international service learning in public affairs education. She has published articles related to government-nonprofit relations and collaborative governance and has taught several courses in arts management, public administration, and public policy. She has been awarded several research fellowships that include a Fulbright in Colombia in 2006, a Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin's RGK Center on Philanthropy and Community Service in 2010, and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship in Ecuador in 2010. From 2007-2009, Susan conducted research for the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at the University at Albany, SUNY and was a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development in Albany, NY in 2009-2010. She also served as a Visiting Researcher at the Andean University in Quito, Ecuador in 2010. Appe received her PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY. Professor Appe was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant for 2015-2016 and will be hosted by Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador.

Dr. Jessica Arends

Faculty Engagement Associate for Center for Civic Engagement, Binghamton University

As the Faculty Engagement Associate, Jessica supports instructors in developing service-learning courses and publishing community-based research. With over ten years of teaching experience and a Master's in Education from George Washington University, Jessica offers expertise in connecting community engagement with course content and assessing student learning. While earning her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State, Jessica conducted mixed-methods research to measure the impact of service-learning on students and communities in Africa and Pennsylvania which resulted in several peer-reviewed publications and awards. Contact Jessica to talk about community engagement ideas for your course, service-learning course designation, or publishing on community-based teaching or research.

Scott Beattie

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Windsor Central School District

Dr. Lina Begdache

Research Assistant Professor for Health & Wellness Studies, 2014-15 Engaged Fellow, Binghamton University

Lina received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Binghamton University and is a certified Nutrition Specialist-Scholar. She teaches courses on Nutrition Related Diseases, Metabolism, and Cell and Molecular Biology in the Departments of Health and Wellness Studies and Biology. As a Binghamton University Engaged Faculty Fellow, Lina will develop a course to support the integration of nutrition curriculum into local schools. Lina is the recipient of several awards, including the Binghamton University Excellence in Teaching Graduate Student award and Outstanding Dietetics Student award which she received from the New York State Dietetic Association in May 2014. Her research interests include nutrigenomics, epigenetics, neurodegeneration, and nutrition and mental distress.

Dr. Lisa Blitz

Assistant Professor for Social Work Program, Binghamton University

Lisa, PhD, LCSW-R, is a social worker, researcher, and educator with 25 years of experience in mental health and social justice centering on culturally responsive trauma-informed practice and organizational development. She received her BA from California State University, Los Angeles, and completed her MSSW and PhD at Columbia University. Lisa is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work and the Associate Director of the Center for Family, School, and Community Partnerships, a division of the Institute for Intergenerational Studies. She is engaged in community-based participatory research with urban and rural schools to develop practice approaches that eliminate disproportionally negative outcomes for students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged.

Dr. Laura Bronstein

Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University

Laura is a founding member of the Binghamton University Department of Social Work and currently serves as Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs and as Director of the Institute for Intergenerational Studies. Her background includes social work practice in family preservation, in a school for children with developmental disabilities, in hospice, and in a psychiatric hospital. Laura's research revolves around interdisciplinary/inter-professional and inter-organizational collaboration. She created the Index of Interdisciplinary Collaboration and published the "Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration" in Social Work, which has been cited as one of the top ten most influential social work articles of the last decade. She is currently leading Binghamton University's work with Broome County Department of Mental Health, Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and Broome County schools as part of the New York State-funded Broome County Promise Zone, serving to develop, implement, and evaluate university-assisted community schools across the county.

Dr. Beth Burch

Dean of Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University

Beth joined the Binghamton University faculty in 1994, coming to Binghamton from faculty positions at the University of Alabama and before that, Purdue University. She earned her bachelor's degree in English education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, her master's in English from Oklahoma State University and her PhD in English at Purdue University. Before her work in higher education, she was an award-winning high school English teacher. An authority on Jewish-American writers, Holocaust literature, Faulkner and writing pedagogy, Beth is the author of more than two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, and five books. Between 2004 and the present, she has served as co-principal investigator for four New York State Education Department (NYSED) Teacher Leader Quality Partnership Grants totaling over $5 million as well as co-principal investigator for a $1.2 million New York State Department of Education Enhancing Teaching through Technology Grant. She is also currently a member of a GSE research team investigating the statewide implementation of virtual Advanced Placement courses by the New York State Education Department. An experienced administrator, Beth served as division director of Education in Binghamton University's School of Education and Human Development from 2002-2004, and as director of the Binghamton University Writing Initiative from 2009-2011.

Dr. Diane Crews

Visiting Assistant Professor for CCPA Human Development, Binghamton University

Diane received her M.P.A. Public Policy Analysis & Administration Ph.D. in Political Science from Binghamton University. She is currently a Visiting Assisting Professor for Binghamton and her research interests include collaborative leadership and community development, the role of social and civic entrepreneurs in innovation and problem solving, and leadership development and character building through experiential learning. She has worked with a number of Community Services programs like BU Student United Way, Catalysts for Intellectual Capital and BU Student Chapter SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).

Megan Faughnan

Master's President of PEGO (Professional Education Graduate Organization), Binghamton University

Megan was born and raised in Binghamton and graduated from Chenango Forks High School. Afterwards, she went to SUNY Cortland and received her BA in English Literature. Megan returned to Binghamton for graduate school and is currently a second-year Master's student in the Graduate School of Education working towards her MAT in English. She has also served as the Master's President for the Professional Education Graduate Organization for three semesters. Megan is looking forward to beginning her teaching career when she graduates in May. As an avid reader of all types of literature, Megan hopes to create a classroom environment where both Shakespeare and TLC hold equally teachable moments.

Mary Kay Frys

Superintendent of Schools, Johnson City Central School District

Mary Kay is a native of Johnson City, New York. She attended and graduated from Johnson City Schools and was later employed by the district as a high school social studies teacher, Assistant Principal of the Middle School, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Personnel, and Superintendent. She received her Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Oneonta, and her Master's Degree in School Leadership from Marywood University. She received her Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Administration from SUNY Cortland. In addition to her work in the Johnson City School district, Mary Kay also serves on many committees in the community.

Dave Gill

Superintendent of Schools, Chenango Valley Central School District

David joined the Chenango Valley Central School District in 1986 as a Mathematics teacher. Previously David taught Mathematics at Binghamton City School District. David's career at Chenango Valley expanded to include the role of Mathematics Department Chairperson until 2005 when he was offered the position of Middle School Principal. David served as building principal until his appointment in 2010 as Assistant Superintendent of Schools. In January 2012 David was appointed to the position of Interim Superintendent and remained in this role until his appointment in February 2014 as Superintendent of Schools.

David is a graduate of Binghamton North High and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Scranton, a Master's degree in Math Education from SUNY Binghamton and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration from SUNY Cortland. David is married to Christine and has four children – Chelsey, Tyler, Callie and McKenna. David likes to stay active in the community and is a member of Hillcrest Rotary.

As Chenango Valley's Superintendent of Schools, David plans to continue working hard for the school district in striving to provide the best educational environment to help all children reach their potential. He will also provide the support necessary for administration, teachers, parents and students to work collaboratively and collectively to maximize the resources our district has to offer for student success.

Karin Golden

Doctoral President at PEGO (Professional Education Graduate Organization), Binghamton University

Karin attended Binghamton University before earning her Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Hunter College. She taught social studies at a high school in Manhattan for six years and resigned to pursue her goal of obtaining a doctoral degree. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Education at Binghamton University and is the Doctoral President of the Professional Education Graduate Organization.

Karin's main focus is community engagement in schools with a focus on universities connecting with their surrounding public schools. As a Graduate Assistant, Karin works with Professor Erin Washburn in implementing this type of community engagement by tutoring and leading workshops in Windsor Central School District.

Dr. Siobhan Hart

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 2014-15 Engaged Fellow, Binghamton University

Siobhan's research interests include Indigenous archaeologies, community-based practice, heritage, cultural property and the dynamics of colonialism. Currently, she is examining the intersections of these domains in the context of Northeastern North America. Drawing on training in both "prehistoric" and "historic" archaeology, she is interested in using collaborative archaeology to confront the erasures of Native American peoples and histories in New England in the interest of broader equity and social justice efforts. As Co-Director of the Pocumtuck Fort Archaeology and Stewardship Project (PFASP) in Deerfield, Massachusetts, her current project engages multiple stakeholder communities in the investigation and preservation and stewardship planning for a 17th century Native American site. This is one of only a handful of professionally excavated early colonial Native sites in the region. PFASP is an on-going project with an active fieldwork component and includes a variety of materially-based studies that examine colonialism and change on a human scale. The project also includes student research projects focused on material culture, exhibit design, and the development of community-based heritage products.

Dr. George Homsy

Assistant Professor for Public Administration, Binghamton University

George focuses on sustainable communities and regions in his teaching and in his research. His definition of sustainability is broad, encompassing issues of the environment, economy, and social equity – especially considering all of them together. He is both interested in the motivations of local government policymaking and the results of policy implementation as well as the role of elected officials, staff, and the public. In particular, he examines planning issues and the ways the people impact their built environment in response to change.

Before returning to Cornell University for his PhD, George spent five years as a planning consultant helping small- and medium-sized municipalities create environmentally and economically sustainable communities. One of his most recent projects was in Troy, New York, where he managed a master planning and zoning revision to reweave 16 vacant acres into the fabric of the city's downtown.

George began his investigation of local governments and sustainability as a journalist with the public radio newsmagazine Living on Earth, which he co-founded and co-produced. Over the years, he has reported on a wide range of issues, such as the challenges facing African-American residents in Louisiana's petrochemical corridor, the power of nature in downtown Philadelphia, the makeover of Rio de Janeiro slums before the first Earth Summit, and deforestation on Vancouver Island. Subsequently, as a freelance journalist, he wrote for Planning and Tomorrow magazines as well as National Public Radio, CBS Radio's Osgood Files, and The Boston Globe. George also served as executive producer for the public radio program The Cultivated Gardener with host Michael Weishan.

Eric Machan Howd

Instructional Designer, Center for Learning and Teaching, Binghamton University

Eric entered Ithaca College in 1986 as a Music Education major; he graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor's in English Literature (with a concentration in Renaissance Studies) and a Writing Minor. He came back to IC to teach two sections of Intro to Literature for the English Department in 1999. Currently, he is teaching Academic Writing and Writing for the Workplace courses for the Writing Department. He has also collaborated with Ithaca College's First-Year Seminar program to research possible solutions for on-line collaboration and communication, specifically using Ithaca College's new learning management software (LMS), Sakai.

Eric works full-time at Cornell University as a Project Manager/Instructional Designer in the department of Academic Technologies. He has been teaching in higher education since 1993 at: Ithaca College, Binghamton University, SUNY Cortland, Empire State College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. He has been teaching on-line courses since 1998 through Tompkins Cortland Community College and the SUNY Learning Network. He also serves as the Instructional Designer for the Center for Learning and Teaching at Binghamton University.

Amy Humphrey

Director of Liberty Partnership Program, Binghamton University

Amy has demonstrated success in the areas of grant development, community collaboration and consensus building, budget oversight, performance evaluation, team development, systemic advocacy, and as a community educator. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from SUNY Oswego and then went on to earn her Master of Management with a Human Resources Concentration from the University of Phoenix. She has been the Director of the Liberty Partnership Program at Binghamton since 2011.

Dr. Surinder Kahai

Associate Professor, School of Management Fellow, Center for Leadership Studies, Binghamton University

Surinder is an Associate Professor of MIS and Fellow of the Center for Leadership Studies. He has an active research program on leadership in virtual teams, computer-mediated communication and learning, collaboration in virtual worlds, CIO leadership, and IT alignment. His research has been published in several journals including Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, Decision Sciences, Group & Organization Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Information Systems, Leadership Quarterly, and Personnel Psychology. Surinder has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has spoken on and consulted with several organizations in the U.S. and abroad on the topics of virtual team leadership, e-business, and IS-business alignment, and IS strategy and planning.

Luann Kida

Community Schools Director at Broome County Promise Zone

Although her first career consisted of customer service and insurance sales, Luann's colleagues will tell you she was a social worker even before she "officially" became one through education. After returning to school to earn her Master's in Social Work from SUNY Albany, Luann found her true passion - working with families and working in the educational system. Whether she finds herself working with families as they navigate the public school system in which their children attend or working with MSW interns as they learn and grow in the social work profession, she feels honored to be a part of the process. Working in a position that combines her two passions is a dream come true! Luann has been the Community Schools Director at Broome County Promise Zone since June 2013.

Dr. Richard Kiely

Director of Engaged Learning + Research, Cornell University

Richard currently serves as the Director of Engaged Learning + Research at Cornell University, where he provides support, guidance, resources, coursework and professional development opportunities for faculty, students and community members who are interested in community-engaged learning and research. He is interested in learning about the different ways people work together to have a positive impact on the world and the potential role of higher education in facilitating that process. Richard received his PhD from Cornell University and was recognized nationally as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning in 2005 for his longitudinal research that led to the development of a transformative service-learning model. His research focuses primarily on institutional models that foster sustainable campus-community partnerships, as well as the learning processes and outcomes that occur in service-learning courses and community-based research programs. Richard continues to be an active scholar in the area of service-learning and community engagement in higher education and is the co-founder of globalsl.org, a field-building website and resource for service-learning scholars and practitioners. He is currently working on a co-authored book (forthcoming Stylus), Building a Better World: The Pedagogy and Practice of Global Service-Learning.

Dr. Katharine Krebs

Vice-Provost of International Education and Director of International Programs, Binghamton University

Katharine came to Binghamton University as director of International Education in 1994. As vice provost for international affairs, she guides the University's internationalization processes and oversees the Office of International Programs (OIP), the unit responsible for University-wide international partnerships, programs and projects. These include Binghamton's international exchange and study abroad programs, the Global Studies Minor (GSM), Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) and the Dual-Diploma Programs with Turkey. Katharine earned a BA degree in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and MA and PhD degrees in Spanish from Tulane University. With over 20 years of experience in international education, she also has worked at the University of Pennsylvania and the State University of New York at Albany. Katharine has established international partnerships and study abroad programs around the world, notably in Latin America, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, China and Korea. Prior experience also includes refugee resettlement work and the teaching of English as a Second Language, Spanish language and Latin American literature. Katharine is a recipient of the Chancellor's and University Awards for Excellence in Professional Service.

Dr. Kristina Lambright

Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University

Kristina received her MPA and PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and her BA from Dartmouth College. She has worked for a variety of organizations including a public housing authority, county government and a nonprofit organization. Kristina's research interests include contracting, monitoring social service delivery systems, organizational performance and service learning engaged scholarship. She has articles published or accepted for publication in a variety of prominent public administration, public policy and higher education teaching journals including Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, The American Review of Public Administration, Administration & Society, Public Performance & Management Review, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and others. She serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the Journal of Public Affairs Education, in addition to serving as a reviewer for numerous journals.

Anne Larrivee

Reference Librarian, 2014-15 Engaged Fellow, Binghamton University

Anne teaches bibliographic instructional classes and serves as a research liaison for Anthropology, Social Work, Human Development and Africana Studies. As a Binghamton University Engaged Faculty Fellow, Anne will work on developing a course to provide students with a basic understanding of the roles and settings in which social workers practice, with particular emphasis on an assets-based approach to building local communities. Anne studied family and community services at the University of Delaware and received her Master's in Library and Informational Sciences at the University of South Florida. Anne also serves as an advisor to Binghamton University's Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Dr. Loretta (Lucky) Mason-Williams

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University

Lucky received her M.Ed. in Reading Specialist from Loyola College in Baltimore and her PhD in Special Education from the University of Maryland. Her current research interests include Special Education Teacher Preparation, recruitment, retention, and distribution, Secondary Data Analysis and Economics of Education.

Dr. Daniel McCormack

Professor for the Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University

Daniel has been successfully writing grants for over 30 years. He currently teaches graduate courses in grant writing at Binghamton University and presents grant writing seminars and workshops on and off campus. He has written grants for the New York State Education Department; for colleges, universities, school districts, local governments; and various human services agencies.

Candace Mulcahy

Associate Professor for the Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University

Candace received her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Maryland and teaches Instruction and Assessment for Adolescence Special Education and Positive Approaches to Behavior Management among other courses at Binghamton University. Her current research interests include: education policies and practices in alternative and segregated settings, including the juvenile delinquency system; teacher preparation for students at risk; and reading, writing, & mathematics interventions for students at risk.

Elise Newkirk-Kotfila

Coordinator of Community Relations, SUNY Chancellor's Office

Elise received her undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Rose with a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies. She then went on to receive her Masters of Art in Women's Studies at SUNY Albany. She currently sits as the Coordinator of Community Relations for SUNY. She has also posted quite a few articles to the SUNY Big Ideas Blog in which she discusses ways that people can encourage a more civically engaged community.

Dr. Donald G. Nieman

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Donald, a historian whose specialty is law and race relations and civil rights in the United States, became dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in 2008, after serving as dean of arts and sciences at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for eight years. An Iowa native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Drake University. He earned his PhD at Rice University, where he developed a passion for teaching and research and a deep commitment to balancing discovery and mentoring. Donald taught at Kansas State University, Hunter College, Brooklyn College and Clemson University before becoming professor and chair of the History Department at Bowling Green in 1994. He was promoted to dean there in 2000.

He has authored two books and edited four others. In 1991, Oxford University Press published his book Promises to Keep: African-Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776 to the Present, which has been called the first Afrocentric history of the U.S. Constitution.

Dr. Benita Roth

Associate Professor of Sociology & Women's Studies, Binghamton University

Benita studies the interaction of gender, race/ethnicity and class in postwar social protest, particularly feminism. She is interested in questions of collective identity, political decision-making given inequality among movement participants, and in understanding constraints on collective action. Her book, Separate Roads to Feminism: Black, Chicana, and White Feminist Movements in America's Second Wave, published by Cambridge University Press, is in its third printing and won the 2006 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association. She has also published on gender dynamics within the militant anti-AIDS movement, on racial/ethnic and class inequalities among working women, specifically domestic workers in the United States. In her work, Benita explores constraints on institutionalized and extra-institutionalized feminist protest in non-feminist, mixed gender spaces, and looks further at the development of feminisms among U.S. based women of color. During the academic year 2006-2007, she was awarded a 2007 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Also, she is an Associate Editor (2010-2015) for the Journal of Women's History. Benita's ongoing projects continue her concerns with different sites of protest and agency both historically and currently. One project involves an historical look at the impact that images of nationalist/liberationist Third World women had for U.S. based feminists in different racial/ethnic communities as they fashioned feminist politics; a second is interview-based, and looks at the transition of anti-AIDS activists from militant street protest to institutional roles.

Benita currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on qualitative methods, social protest, political sociology, gender and work, social inequalities in everyday life, the sociology of reproduction, gender studies, and social theory.

Dr. Tom Sinclair

Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University

Tom serves on the Board of Directors for New York State Political Science Association and the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra and has worked with local governments and nonprofit organizations on numerous projects. His research interests include local government performance management and the constitutional and administrative structures of local government; transparency of local government budgeting and administrative systems; and comparative administrative theory and practice. Tom was the first administrator of what has become the longest running parliamentary development project in Ukraine and has participated in legislative consulting activities on oversight and committee operations in both Eastern Europe and Africa. Currently, he is actively involved in international efforts with Shenzhen University in China. Tom earned his PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University.

Dr. Gale Spencer

Distinguished Teaching Professor & Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing, Binghamton University

Gale was recently named to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the Decker School of Nursing. She joins 51 Binghamton colleagues who have been honored as distinguished faculty by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Gale received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She has also been a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2004 received the Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Mentoring from the Graduate School.

A mentor to students and junior faculty as well as a national leader in community health nursing education, Gale was appointed to an endowed professorship, the Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing, in 2006. Her research interests include: domestic violence, dating violence and teen risk behaviors.

Dr. Jennifer Stoever

Associate Professor for English, 2014-15 Engaged Fellow, Binghamton University

Jennifer teaches courses on African American literature and race and gender representation in popular music and is Director of the Binghamton University Sound Studies Collective. The Binghamton University Engaged Faculty Fellows Program will support Jennifer in the design and implementation of an artistic historical soundwalk in Binghamton, a project intended to provoke a better understanding of how the past of an area shapes its present and how present occupants locate themselves in the community and come to know each other. Jennifer has served as a Fellow at The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, participating in the Sound: Culture, Theory, Politics research group, and is Editor-in-Chief for Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog. She received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and her dissertation, "The Contours of the Sonic Color-Line: Slavery, Segregation, and the Cultural Politics of Listening," was a 2007 finalist for the American Studies Association Dissertation Prize. Jennifer is on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Music Studies and has published in Social Text, Social Identities, The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, and Sound Effects. Her essay on "Blackboard Jungle, the cold war, and the early cultural history of tape recording" was recently published in American Quarterly (September 2011).

Dr. Erin Washburn

Assistant Professor for Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University

Erin is a literacy specialist and has been an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) since 2010. She came to Binghamton from Texas A&M University, where she earned both a master's of education degree and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in literacy education. Washburn also holds a bachelor's degree in speech communications from Baylor University and worked as a high school reading teacher for several years in Texas.

Jennifer Wegmann

Lecturer for Health and Wellness Studies, 2014-15 Engaged Fellow, Binghamton University

Jennifer teaches health and wellness courses to engage students in the development of personal tools important for life-long health. Her courses assist students in improving nutrition, self-care and attitudes toward wellness. As a Binghamton University Engaged Fellow, Jennifer will design a course in collaboration with the local schools that addresses self-esteem and self-worth. Jennifer received her MA in Social Science from Binghamton University and has earned the ACSM Health and Fitness Instructor Certification. She was also voted as one of the top 300 College Professors by the Princeton Review. Jennifer is currently working on her PhD in the College of Community and Public Affairs and her research interests include body image and eating disorders.

Dr. Lisa Yun

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English, 2014-15 Engaged Fellow, Binghamton University

Lisa teaches courses with special focus on literature, culture, race, and Asian Americans and Asian diasporas. Her students have gone on to careers in law, education, public service, arts, scientific research, and medicine. Lisa also serves in several leadership positions, including her founding of the Community Engagement Program, a structured course-based platform that cultivates and supports students with a passion for service, success, and self-development. As a Binghamton University Engaged Fellow, Lisa will develop digital content and platforms and further research on local narratives of migration and belonging. Lisa received her BA from Yale University and PhD from University of Texas and is the author of Coolie Speaks (Temple University Press, 2008), a groundbreaking study of the earliest Chinese labor migration to the Americas. She has also written on topics of campus hate crime, cross-racial liberatory movements, and Afro-Asian cultural politics.

Dr. Zhongfei (Mark) Zhang

Professor of Computer Science, Binghamton University

Mark is a Professor of Computer Science at State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. He directs the Multimedia Research Laboratory at Binghamton. He has a B.S. (cum laude) in Electronics Engineering, an M.S. in Information Science, both from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. When he was in the graduate school, he also worked as an Intern student at NEC Research Institute, Inc. at Princeton, NJ, and as a technical consultant at Applied Artificial Intelligence, Inc. (formerly Amerinex Artificial Intelligence, Inc.) at Amherst, MA. He was a research scientist at the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition and was in the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, both at SUNY Buffalo, before he joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at SUNY Binghamton in the Fall of 1999. He also holds many visiting positions including Air Force Research Laboratory in US, Microsoft Research Asia in China, Chuo University and Waseda University in Japan, Carnegie Mellon University in US, and University of Lille 1 in France. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic papers in leading international journals and conferences and several invited papers and book chapters, has edited or co-edited two books, has published two monographs, has served as reviewers or program committee members for many international journals and conferences, and has served as grant review panelists for several governmental and private funding agencies including NSF and NASA. His research is supported by federal and state governments, noticeably including NSF, AFOSR, and AFRL. He is associate editor and guest editor for several international journals.

Dr. William Ziegler

Associate Professor & Director of Scholars Program, Binghamton University

William was the recipient of the 2011 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. This recognition is granted to those faculty who personify professional excellence and serve as role models for the State University of New York community. In 2010, Professor Ziegler was nominated by Binghamton University as U. S. Professor of the Year, a program that celebrates outstanding instructors across the country and is sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. William is the Director of the Binghamton University Scholars Program, a four-year University-wide program for students of exceptional merit.

William's undergraduate students are regular participants in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Design Competition for Universities and have won four first place awards, one second place award and one honorable mention since 2009. His students have presented their award winning designs in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boulder, Minneapolis, Denver, Oshkosh, and Arlington. One of the designs is currently under construction at the Greater Binghamton Airport in Binghamton, NY, as the result of a $1.4 million grant from the FAA. William is a graduate of Syracuse University, the State University of New York at Binghamton and Broome Community College. His computer science interests are in computer systems analysis and design, engineering management, and effective communication in engineering and science. William has been a consultant to and/or supervised student projects at well over 100 organizations including IBM, Lockheed Martin, Borg-Warner, Corning Inc. and NYSEG. He has authored numerous papers that have been published by organizations such as the IEEE, ACM and ASEE.

Last Updated: 7/31/15