September 2013, Volume 17, Number 3

Making Their Mark

Recognizing Excellence in Teaching

The success of Miami Dade College and its studetns has always been tied in part to the caliber of its faculty. Each year, through the College's prestigious Endowed Teaching Chair awards, a handful of the very best professors are honored for their commitment to education. This year's honorees included:

Prof. Rosany H. Alvarez, Northern Trust Bank of Florida Endowed Teaching Chair

Professor Alvarez’s passion for helping students to overcome their challenges and fears in mathematics is the motivation for her pedagogy. Using a more holistic approach and making connections with the real world, she strives to improve their confidence and success. She received her first Endowed Teaching Chair in 2001.

Prof. Alina Coronel, Charles A. and Carrie Mastronardi Endowed Teaching Chair

Mathematics Professor Coronel has served on several committees including the Student Achievement Initiatives Implementation Council and Achieving the Dream. She has also worked on several grants including NCAT, FDOE and Completion by Design. She developed the Math Boot Camps and the Modular Courses for the Kendall and Homestead campuses.

Prof. Alejandro Gancedo, The Honorable Jack Gordon Endowed Teaching Chair

Social Sciences Professor Gancedo is beloved by his students for capturing their attention with lively, interactive teaching based on the Socratic Method. He is a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar and co-advisor to the College’s award-winning National Model United Nations team. His students have volunteered more than 1,600 hours in local, state and national elections in the past year, and many served in political internships.

Prof. Sarah Garman, The Dr. Stanley Sutnick Endowed Teaching Chair

By advancing innovative strategies such as service-learning and contextualization, Professor Garman has devoted herself to bridging the learning gap for MDC’s neediest population: students in developmental education reading and writing classes. She also was an early pioneer of MDC’s Virtual College, and her online humanities course has won several national awards.

Prof. Billy M. Oliver, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Endowed Teaching Chair

With 10 years of in-the-field experience and 20 years of teaching, Professor Oliver has educated thousands of aspiring television professionals. While at MDC, he has taken an active role in developing curriculum and advancing service learning. He also has served as chair of the Campus Academic and Student Support Council and been very active with MDC’s Student Achievement Initiatives.

Prof. Ileana Porges-West, The SunTrust Bank Endowed Teaching Chair

To prepare her students for the challenges of being global citizens, Professor Porges-West focuses on an interdisciplinary approach and combines experiential learning with service learning. She has served on the Earth Ethics Institute Council for seven years and is an advisor for an environmental sustainability club at Hialeah Campus. She has received the Florida Campus Compact STEM Fellow Award and President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Prof. Stephen M. Quinzi, The Frances Louise Wolfson Endowed Teaching Chair of Excellence in Arts

With a deep passion for music and broad experience in the industry, Professor Quinzi instructs, inspires and mentors his students as they craft their own careers. To encourage music-making, he developed a series of songwriting courses and spearheaded the renovation of the Kendall Campus recording studio.


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