Pedagogy Day 2015

2015 Conference Theme

The theme of this year’s conference is student activism and engagement. As students of CUNY, we view ourselves as members of the greater New York metropolitan area and the global community at large. By becoming more critically engaged with the communities in which we live and work, we can develop a greater awareness of how to connect with our students, improve their quality of life, and build an empowered student body. As scholars and young professionals, we recognize the strengths of our diverse student body and seek creative ways to foster their personal development in our courses. As students of psychology, we regard social justice advocacy as an imperative; through our efforts we seek to reconnect the profession with its roots and its potential to confront and address systems of inequality and injustice.



Upon Arrival:
6th Floor, Sylvia Scribner Conference Room (6304.01)

9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

Morning Events:
9th Floor, Skylight Room (9100)

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Workshop Presenter – Professor Eduardo Vianna
“Creating Communities of Change in a Community College through Transformative Pedagogy”

11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Keynote Speaker – Professor Aaron Richmond
“Are You America’s Next Top Model Teacher? An Evidence Based Guide to College and University Teaching”

12:15 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Presentation by the Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA)

Lunch & Networking:
6th Floor, Sylvia Scribner Conference Room (6304.01)

12:55 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Food and Refreshments Available to All Attendees

Conversation with Dr. Luke Waltzer, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center

Afternoon Events:
9th Floor, Skylight Room (9100)

1:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Workshop Presenter – Professor Michael Mandiberg and Colleagues of the Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Certificate Program
“An Introduction to Teaching with Wikipedia”

3:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Workshop Presenter – Professor Katie Cumiskey
“Towards a Liberation Classroom: The Power of Difficult Discussions and Participatory practices in a Psychology Course”

Closing Reception:
6th Floor, Sylvia Scribner Conference Room (6304.01)

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Activity Blitz and Refreshments

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Induction of New Psi Chi Members


Presentations by Invited Speakers

Keynote Presentation: America’s TOP Model (Teacher)   Presented by Dr. Aaron S. Richmond, Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Invited Talk: Co-authoring Psychology Courses with Students   Presented by Dr. Eduardo Vianna, Professor, LaGuardia Community College

Invited Talk: Towards a Liberation Classroom  Presented by Dr. Katie Cumiskey, Professor, College of Staten Island


Activity Blitz Presentations (Click to access)



Chair: Teresa Ober

Pedagogy Day Committee: Dennis Bublitz, Catherine Colleary, Danielle DeNigris, Emnet Gammada, Rita Obeid, Aliza Panjwani, Jon Pickens, Ashley Polokowski, Kasey Powers, Charles Raffaele, Ethlyn Saltzman, Jeremy Sawyer, Anna Schwartz, Christina Shane-Simpson, Renata Strashnaya, Ron Whiteman, Francis Yannaco, Elana Ying-Mystal

A Special Thank You to

Dr. Patricia Brooks, College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, CUNY and Dr. Maureen O’Connor, Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Psychology
Psychology Executive Office Staff: Judith Kubran and Marimer Berberena

All volunteers that helped us make this conference a success!

The Pedagogy Day committee would also like to thank the following parties for their financial support:

Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA)
Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2)
American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs (APA-BEA)
Doctoral Student Council (DSC), CUNY


Photos of the Event (Click to access)

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Pedagogy Day 2015