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Miami Dade College Announces 2013 Endowed Teaching Chairs

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Back row (L-R): Dr. Alex Gancedo, Prof. Billy Oliver, Prof. Alina Coronel, and Prof. Stephen Quinzi. Front row (L-R): Prof. Ileana Porges-West, Dr. Rosany Alvarez and Prof. Sarah Garman.

Miami, July 25, 2013 - Miami Dade College(MDC) recently announced its 2013 Endowed Teaching Chairs, one of the college’s most distinguished and valued traditions. The annual program recognizes outstanding faculty who continuously strive to accomplish MDC’s mission. Seven professors will be honored this year at a reception at 6 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 14, at the Wolfson Campus’ Chapman Conference Center.   

MDC’s Endowed Teaching Chairs is generously funded by donors through the ongoing work of the MDC Foundation. The honorees are selected by a committee of their peers who reviewed evidence of student retention and success, effective teaching strategies, professional growth, and making student learning a top priority. Each will receive an annual stipend for three years. To date, more than 300 recipients have been inducted in the program since its inception in 1992.

Meet the 2013 MDC Endowed Teaching Chairs:

Dr. Rosany Alvarez, Northen Trust Bank of Florida Endowed Teaching Chair

Dr. Alvarez has taught mathematics at the InterAmerican Campus for 22 years, most recently in the Dual Language Honors Program. She has also initiated events and participated in several programs to promote mathematics, develop curriculum and provide students the opportunity to meet professionals in the mathematical sciences and learn more about career options. Most recently, she served as a faculty advisor for the Salzburg Global Seminar, traveling to Salzburg, Austria with 50 Honors College and SGA students.

Sarah Garman, Dr. Stanley Sutnick Endowed Teaching Chair

Following in the footsteps of her parents, two former MDC professors, Professor Garman joined the North Campus as a full-time faculty member in 1994, teaching developmental reading, writing and humanities. Her pioneering work in the Distance Education program at MDC, innovative approaches to teaching developmental education and involvement in establishing the Center for Community Involvement at the North Campus have earned her multiple awards and recognitions from the Corporation for National Service and Florida Campus Compact, among others.

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

Professor Coronel has been teaching mathematics for six years at the Kendall Campus. In addition, she has served as chair of the Software Impact Committee, as a member of the Quality Enhancement Plan Steering Committee for the accreditation of the college and as a member of the Supplemental Instruction Committee. Professor Coronel has worked on a variety of grants and projects. She is the technology support person on online homework systems for math faculty and has developed a number of math courses for MDC’s virtual college.

Professor Billy Oliver, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Endowed Teaching Chair

Professor Oliver has 22 years of teaching experience and 10 years of broadcast experience. At the North Campus, he teaches an electronic field production class in which students are required to write, shoot and edit a 13-minute documentary. At the end of the semester he awards students who produced the best documentary in two categories. Many of the award winners have gone on to successful careers at local TV stations and working for independent production companies. In addition, he has been instrumental in revamping the Film and TV curriculum to meet changes in technology and ensure a clear pathway to completing a degree.    

Dr. Alex Gancedo, Honorable Jack Gordon Endowed Teaching Chair

Dr. Gancedo teaches social sciences at the Hialeah Campus. He is also a co-advisor to the MDC’s National Model United Nations Team and has facilitated the Citizens Transactions in Democracy project for international students through the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors. Dr. Gancedo has been recognized as a National Issues Forum fellow by the Kettering Foundation of Dayton, Ohio; a German Marshall Fund Visiting Scholar Lecturer and lectured at the Russian State Hydrometeorological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Jagolonian University in Krakow, Poland. 

Professor Ileana Porges-West, SunTrust Bank Endowed Teaching Chair in Banking and Finance

Hialeah Campus Professor Porges-West weaves her educational background in anthropology, economics, ecology, business, literature and second language acquisition to teach English for academic purposes courses, as well as classes in banking, business, economics, earth literacy and sustainability. Professor Porges-West is a recipient of the Florida Campus Compact STEM Fellow Grant (2013) and the Faculty of the Year Award for Creating Social Awareness (2013), among other accolades.  

Professor Stephen Quinzi, The Frances Louise Wolfson Endowed Teaching Chair of Excellence in Arts

An accomplished composer, pianist, arranger and record producer, Professor Quinzi has three commercial releases as a solo artist, and two albums featuring his arrangements have reached the top of the Billboard World-Music charts. At the Kendall Campus since 2005, Professor Quinzi teaches music and music industry courses, advises students and develops curriculum – most notably creating a series of popular songwriting courses. Outside the classroom, he directs music at First Presbyterian Church of Miami Springs.   


For more information on the Endowed Teaching Chair program, please contact Nairobi Abrams at the MDC Foundation at 305-237-3247,  


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