Community-Engaged Teaching Fellows

2019-20 Fellows cohort

The CCE supports these fellows as they develop innovative applied learning classes with significant student engagement projects addressing community issues in local schools and communities.

Faculty Fellow Lauren DulaLauren Dula

Assistant professor of public administration
College of Community and Public Affairs

Dula earned her PhD in public affairs from Indiana University. Dula’s work concentrates on management and the voluntary sector, particularly in the areas of philanthropic board governance, performance, gender diversity and equity. She works to combine traditional public administration theories such as representative bureaucracy and institutionalism with social theories through the study of nonprofits and the third sector.

As a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow, Dula is connecting her students with the Broome County community by incorporating David Campbell's Philanthropy Incubator into her Issues in Nonprofits course. The students are responsible for working with the local nonprofit sector to evaluate and select a recipient for grant funding. The master's program will be holding an event to raise those funds.

Faculty Fellow Monica MajorsMonica Majors

Assistant dean, Academic Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Dean’s Office,
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Majors is informed by and conducts practitioner research. Her practice and research are rooted in connecting academe with community and fostering an inclusive climate in all spaces. She currently serves as the co-director for the Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) TRIO program and Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) — two K–12 outreach programs. In concert, she creates and oversees diversity grants and programs, industry partnerships and serves as a unit-level diversity officer.

As a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow, Majors is revamping two courses: WTSN 196 and WTSN 396 Sci & Tech Entry Prg Mentors. Each undergraduate student taking the course is required to work in a dyad or triad focused on supporting local middle school and/or high school students in Johnson City or Binghamton public schools. The college students assist the program staff and other stakeholders in building and implementing STEM modules, serving as a role-model and/or mentor, or building and implementing STEM career preparation modules. The aim is to create more interest and engagement in STEM fields and empower high school students to pursue STEM fields by developing a sense of belonging and STEM identity.

Faculty Fellow Candace MulcahyCandace Mulcahy

Associate professor of special education, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership
College of Community and Public Affairs

Mulcahy earned her doctorate in special education, behavioral disorders, from the University of Maryland, College Park. She prepares master's level special educators and conducts research on education policies and practices for children and adolescents with high incidence disabilities.

As a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow, Mulcahy is enhancing the community engagement component of two courses: Introduction to Special Education and Special Education Technology. In Introduction to Special Education, students will visit area organizations that serve students with disabilities, analyze the current services against best practices and make recommendations on how the organizations support individuals with disabilities and their families, and how they could improve their practices. In Special Education Technology, students will spend time in area PK–12 classrooms and create a technology profile for a targeted PK–12 student based on that student's identified strengths and needs.

Faculty Fellow Christine PodolakChristine Podolak

Instructor/field placement coordinator for Master of Public Health program
Decker School of Nursing

Podolak received her master of science in community health from SUNY Cortland University. She is currently the instructor for a sequence of three Master of Public Health (MPH) experiential education courses. The purpose of these courses is to prepare students to become public health professionals by providing them with real-world experiences, addressing public health issues via community engagement and learning to work effectively in an interprofessional environment.

As a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow, Podolak will modify the current curriculum to develop quality community engagement experiences and learning opportunities for public health students based on the needs of the community. Additionally, she will partner with new community-based organizations on and off campus to develop mutually beneficial relationships. Furthermore, community-based and healthcare delivery organizations are partnering now more than ever to address the health and social determinant needs of populations. Exposure to these processes by methods of community-engaged learning will be a meaningful and rich experience for the MPH students.

Faculty Fellow Deborah SchechterDeborah Schechter

Visiting assistant professor of anthropology
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Schechter received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a biocultural anthropologist whose research and teaching interests focus on how dimensions of inequality affect health and well-being.

As a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow, Schechter is working to develop a new graduate course, ANTH 572X Community-based Research Methods. The goal of this course is to provide training and practice in the design and implementation of research in the setting of a community-based research partnership. As appropriate and effective community engagement is the cornerstone of successful community research projects, the content of the course will cover the latest science in community-based research methods and practice. Activities will focus on initial project development, including ethical considerations in developing and maintaining community partnerships, and an introduction to research design, survey methods, interview and focus group techniques, and elementary quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Students will have the opportunity to engage directly in field research through collaboration with a local community partner.

Facult Fellow Wendy WallWendy Wall

Associate professor of history
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Wall teaches courses on the political, cultural, and social history of the 20th-century U.S., and is the associate director of Binghamton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH). A former journalist with a PhD from Stanford University, she is the author of various scholarly works exploring the intertwined issues of race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship and politics from the late 19th century through the 1960s.

As a Community Engaged Teaching Fellow, Wall is developing a new seminar on public history for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. She will bring in speakers who have worked as museum curators, county historians, superintendents at national historic sites, and historical consultants to law firms, corporations, government agencies and Hollywood filmmakers. She will also help her students develop projects benefiting local organizations like the Endicott History and Heritage Center, TechWorks! and Binghamton University Library’s Center for the Study of the 1960s.

2018-19 Fellows cohort

2018-19 Faculty Fellow Congrui JinCongrui Jin

Assistant professor of mechanical engineering
Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Jin received her Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. Her research group has a long-standing history of extensive outreach activities at local K-12 schools. She has organized three campus visits for K-12 students aged 8 to 11 to give them the opportunity to visit research laboratories as well as interact with undergraduate and graduate students. She was also a contributing author for the "Ask a Scientist" column in Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, answering the STEM questions received from local K-12 classrooms.

As a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow, Jin will develop two courses into community-engaged learning courses: ME 577 Mechanics in Energy Applications and ME 572 Big Data Science in Mechanics. Each graduate student taking the course is required to pair with two high-school students for the preparation and presentation of a course project. The aim is to inspire high school students to pursue STEM fields and develop their appreciation for the role of science and technology in addressing today's energy and sustainability challenges.

2018-19 Faculty Fellow Bryan KirschenBryan Kirschen

Assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures; Linguistics Program
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Kirschen holds a joint title in the Department of Romance Languages and the Linguistics Program. Prior to arriving at Binghamton University, he received his PhD in Hispanic linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

As a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow, Kirschen will develop two courses that implement civic engagement so as to enrich the learning experience of his students, while fostering connections with local communities. His Language Endangerment and Linguistic Revitalization course (spring 2019) and Judeo-Spanish course (fall 2019) will include several community partnerships and visits that will allow students to not only learn about different languages, cultures, and histories, but also engage in efforts of documentation.

2018-19 Faculty Fellow Judith QuarantaJudith Quaranta 

Assistant professor of nursing
Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Quaranta '79, MS '98, PhD '13, holds certifications in pediatrics and asthma education with an emphasis in community health nursing. She is also a distinguished fellow in the National Academy of Practice of Nursing.

As a community-engaged fellow, Quaranta will continue to partner with the community to provide asthma education to the children and families in the local community. Through Nursing 499, Asthma-based Research, Binghamton University students are trained as asthma educators, become certified facilitators for the American Lung Association, and implement a variety of asthma programs. Each student is also CITI trained and participates in the research process, with the realization that unless we measure outcomes, we don't know the level of our success in effecting change in asthma outcomes. In spring 2019 students will continue to present vaping education to the Vestal School District using the curriculum they developed in fall 2018. Learn more about Quaranta's previous community-based work on the CCE website.

2018-19 Faculty Fellow Matthew SangerMatthew Sanger

Assistant professor of anthropology; director of the public archaeology program 
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Sanger holds a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University and has worked in publicly-faced institutions, including the American Museum of Natural History, for almost two decades. He works with indigenous Native American groups and local community members when conducting research in both the American Northeast (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and Southeast (South Carolina, Georgia and Florida). His upcoming Community Archaeology course (spring 2020) will include opportunities for students to engage directly with community partners as they research and preserve the history of Broome County.

2018-19 Faculty Fellow Natesha SmithNatesha Smith

Assistant professor, student affairs administration
College of Community and Public Affairs

Smith is a military veteran with more than 14 years of combined experience in workforce analysis, personnel management and higher education settings. As a student affairs practitioner, she primarily worked in the areas of student transitions, international service-learning, career counseling, academic advising and student conduct. She received her PhD from the University of Louisville.

Through her course, SAA 516: Helping Skills in Student Affairs, she will be connecting with international education organizations, agencies and institutions to enhance community-based learning. She is also interested in identifying academic journal and publication outlets for disseminating lessons learned, research and best practices involving community-engaged student learning.

2018-19 Faculty Fellow John ZilvinskisJohn Zilvinskis

Assistant professor, student affairs administration
College of Community and Public Affairs

Prior to teaching at Binghamton University, Zilvinskis served as a research project associate with the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, where he worked with mostly data from the National Survey of Student Engagement. He received a PhD in higher education and student affairs. His research has been published in Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

His vision is to create a service-learning component aimed at implementing FAFSA counseling sessions for local families. This experience would be offered within an established course (SAA 580c Finance in Higher Education), presenting an opportunity for students to learn, first-hand, the barriers to access represented by the FAFSA while working with community partners to increase participation in federal aid programs. He plans to pursue funding to continue and study this project, emulating the work of University at Buffalo's FAFSA Completion Project.

2014-15 Fellows cohort

Tania Alameda-Lawson Tania Alameda-Lawson

Assistant professor of social work
College of Community and Public Affairs

A Cuban immigrant, Alameda-Lawson's research interests center on innovative designs for collective parent, family and community engagement; full-service community schools; and interprofessional education and training programs. As a fellow, Alameda-Lawson will develop an inter-disciplinary course to assist students and community members explore how local institutions such as libraries are valuable community spaces. 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.

Lina Begdache Lina Begdache

Research Assistant Professor, Health and Wellness Studies

Lina Begdache 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 fellow, Begdache will develop a course to support the integration of nutrition curriculum into local schools. Begdache 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.

Sobhan Hart Siobhan Hart

Assistant professor of anthropology

Siobhan Hart received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and currently teaches anthropology courses. The Engaged Fellows for Teaching Excellence Program will support Hart in developing a course that examines the tangible and intangible aspects of cultural heritage and current approaches that engage with contemporary local, descendant and diasporic communities. 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. Her research interests include indigenous archaeologies, community-based practice, heritage, cultural property and the dynamics of colonialism. 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. The project includes student research projects focused on material culture, exhibit design, and the development of community-based heritage products.

Anne LarriveeAnne Larrivee

Reference librarian

Anne Larrivee teaches bibliographic instructional classes and serves as a research liaison for anthropology, social work, human development and Africana studies. As a fellow, Larrivee 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. Larrivee 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. Larrivee also serves as an advisor to Binghamton University's Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Jennifer StoeverJennifer Stoever

Associate professor of English

Jennifer Stoever 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 Engaged Faculty Fellows Program for Teaching Excellence will support Stoever 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. Stoever has served as a fellow at The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, participating in the research group on Sound: Culture, Theory, Politics, 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. Stoever 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).

Jennifer WegmannJennifer Wegmann

Lecturer, health and wellness studies

Jennifer Wegmann 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 fellow, Wegmann will design a course in collaboration with the local schools that addresses self-esteem and self-worth. Wegmann 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. Wegmann is currently working on her PhD in the College of Community and Public Affairs and her research interests include body image and eating disorders.

Lisa YunLisa Yun

Associate professor of Asian American studies and English

Lisa Yun 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. Yun 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 fellow, Yun will develop digital content and platforms and further research on local narratives of migration and belonging. Yun 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.

2015-16 Fellows cohort

Elizabeth Anderson

Associate professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership

The Engaged Fellows program will support Elizabeth Anderson in building the capacity of early childhood education through interprofessional education and collaboration. By deepening and expanding her current engagement in the community, Anderson will refine existing partnerships between local early childhood programs and Binghamton University students to engage with issues that community members name as important. She also looks forward to networking with others and learning more about best practices for promoting and assessing student engagement.

Karen-edis BarzmanKaren-edis Barzman

Associate professor, art history

Karen-edis Barzman is interested in pursuing civic engagement and community-based pedagogy given her discipline's concern with architecture, urban studies and questions of space (including public space) and spatial practice. Previously, Barzman's students conducted research on Binghamton's Masonic Temple, collaborating with the Office of Economic Development and the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier (P.A.S.T.) as well as local Broome County historians. She will be creating a syllabus for a new interdisciplinary course on public space and "place-making" — both the history of place-making and its future in the city of Binghamton.

John ChengJohn Cheng

Assistant professor, Asian and Asian American studies

John Cheng's goal for the Engaged Fellows program is to reconfigure a student digital/social media project entitled Race-ing Digital Culture which gives students the option to work with real-world organizations rather than learning as a purely intellectual exercise. One goal of the course is to counter utopian views of digital and social media that see new technology overcoming social dynamics and circumstances like race. He would like to expand the project to include additional racial minority groups and to allow cross-cultural/cross-racial comparisons. In addition, being a fellow will allow him to learn how to incorporate similar service-learning components into other courses.

Margaret DeckerMargaret Decker

Clinical assistant professor, Decker School of Nursing

Margaret Decker will be creating a new community-engaged course for undergraduate nursing students. Her students will collect oral histories from local residents to help practice interview skills relevant to future patient interaction. This project will also engage the community to help recognize and celebrate the rich local history of Binghamton.

Heather DeHaanHeather DeHaan

Associate professor of history

As a fellow, Heather DeHaan will create a course designed to encourage students to think critically about cities — how cities have changed in the 19th and 20th century, how people make cities and how cities shape human identity, culture and behavior. The course will address how cities alter the environment; the economic, ecological and power relationships that shape relations between cities and hinterlands; and how human attitudes with regard to the "ideal city" have changed over time. Her students will examine first-hand the world of Greater Binghamton, its environs and the relationship of New York City to the natural and human communities of the Southern Tier.

Elizabeth MellinElizabeth A. Mellin

Associate professor, PhD program director, College of Community and Public Affairs

As a fellow, Elizabeth Mellin will develop a course for the new doctoral program in CCPA. The course will bring together organizations and PhD students to develop and carry out engaged research that can make significant contributions to local communities. Mellin also aims to explore alternative career paths for PhD-trained scholars who are committed to engaged research.