October 2008, Volume 12, Number 8

College Notebook

Dr. Alvio Dominguez works with student Bess Georges
Dr. Alvio Dominguez works with student Bess Georges

2008 Endowed Teaching Chair honorees

2008 Endowed Teaching Chair Honorees*

Dr. Luis A. Beltran

Professor, Mathematics, Kendall Campus

The Adorno & Yoss Employee Charitable Foundation Endowed Teaching Chair

15 years at MDC. Beltran incorporated the use of the Tablet PCs as a learning tool in his lectures. He also integrated WebCT as well as podcasts on MDC's iTunesU portal to provide additional support to his students outside of the classroom.

Dr. Alvio Domínguez

Associate Professor, Mathematics, Wolfson Campus

The Miami Dade College Endowed Teaching Chair in Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences

7 years at MDC. For the past five years, he has served as a coach and advisor for the Discovering Math Club, an organization dedicated to the discussion of topics in mathematics. The group also participates in math competitions and won second place in the 2008 Math Olympics.

Kenneth Lee

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Assistant,
Medical Center Campus

The Robert Russell Memorial Foundation Endowed
Teaching Chair

11 years at MDC. Lee has been actively involved in the Campus Academic and Student Support Council, the MDC iTunes Project and the Medical Center Campus Health Fair. He also serves as co-coordinator for the Medical Center Campus Service Learning program.

Dr. Irene S. Lipof

Professor, Psychology, Wolfson Campus

The Daniel Gill Endowed Teaching Chair

31 years at MDC. She partnered with a college prep professor to establish intense learning communities that help students to improve literacy skills and build a core for college preparation by taking a human sexuality course in tandem with their developmental reading course.

Maria C. Mari

Professor, Business Administration, Kendall Campus

The Louis Wolfson III Endowed Teaching Chair

19 years at MDC. Mari is actively involved in advising student organizations, including the Kendall Campus chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, which returned from the 2008 Leadership Conference in Atlanta with nearly a dozen awards.

Alberto Meza

Professor, Arts and Philosophy, Kendall Campus

Bonnie McCabe Faculty Endowed Chair in the Humanities

17 years at MDC. See Endowed Teaching Chair story for highlights.

Dr. Cynthia M. Schuemann

Professor, ESL/Foreign Languages, InterAmerican Campus

The Citibank Endowed Teaching Chair

15 years at MDC. Schuemann was one of the lead authors on a grant proposal for the Accelerated Content-based ESL (ACE) Project. The College has been awarded funding for the five-year project consisting of a Title V grant to benefit Hispanic-serving institutions.

Dr. Sandra L. Schultz

Professor, Biology, Health and Wellness, North Campus

The Anastasios and Maria Kyriakides Endowed Teaching Chair

30 years at MDC. See Endowed Teaching Chair story for highlights.

*Only a sample of what the recipients achieved during the award period is presented here. “Years of Service” reflects the years of service as indicated on the faculty seniority list.

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