CTL Staff

Allison Lehr Samuels, Director:

Allison Lehr Samuels is a full-time Lecturer with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Small Business, and a Field Mentor at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College. Her consulting work includes over 1500 small business owners and entrepreneurs who have ranged from fashion designers, radio producers, and restaurateurs, to hedge fund consultants, violin makers and graphic designers. She has extensive experience developing business and marketing plans, obtaining small business loans and building up the knowledge and confidence of her clients so that they feel empowered to take action. Currently, she is co-developing a course “Business Meets 3D Digital Design and Fabrication” and previously co-developed and implemented a course on Women and Entrepreneurship which looks at the challenges specific to women owned businesses, and explores the necessary skills for women to successfully obtain resources and run successful businesses. She was the first recipient of the Zicklin Hybrid Online Teaching with Technology Award for her work in curriculum development. She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship Management from Baruch College and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Theatre.

Craig Stone, Project Manager for Educational Technology:

Craig Stone has supported Baruch College faculty members, staff, and students in the use of web technology since 2011. At the CTL, he works with instructors and academic service units to build custom web spaces on Blogs@Baruch and also supports courses using Vocat, a web application used by students and instructors to share and assess video presentations. In Spring 2014 he helped lead the pilot of the newly developed Vocat 3.0. Craig joined Baruch in 2009 as a faculty member in the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions, teaching classes on multimedia reporting, journalistic writing, and sports writing. In two years with that department he created websites for various faculty and student-run projects, including moving the award winning student magazine Dollars & Sense from a yearly print edition to a continuously updated website. In 2011, he joined the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute as an educational technology specialist, and moved to the same role at the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2014. Before coming to Baruch, he was the web editor at J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University in Washington, D.C. Craig has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and an MBA in information systems from Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business.

Cheryl C. Smith, Faculty Liaison:

Cheryl C. Smith is Associate Professor of English at Baruch College, where she directs the Great Works of World Literature program. She teaches courses in great works, the arts in NY, advanced non-fiction writing, lyrics and literature, and American literature. She co-edited the book, Making Teaching and Learning Matter: Transformative Spaces in Higher Education (2011) and also co-edits the Journal of Basic Writing. She is currently working on three short projects: an essay on teaching literature in translation for an upcoming MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching Lu Xun; an article about the intersection of protest, poetry, and feminism at City College during Open Admissions; and a collaborative article on the pedagogical challenges and affordances of teaching literature in hybrid learning environments. She is also developing a book-length project that looks at the loss of creativity in schooling, which she traces to several factors including increasing emphasis on testing, standardization, and assessment in K-12 and beyond; disregard for teacher input and individualized instruction; and shifts in “consumer” attitudes toward higher education and its value(s). She defines and promotes creativity as a force in developing literacy and offers techniques for college faculty to engage student creativity through exercises in literary translation, writing in digital environments, and collaborative writing.

Alfred Waller, Administrative Coordinator:

With a B.A. in Psychology, Alfred Waller started out as an Assistant Director for the Parkchester Baptist Church Summer Day Camp and Girl Scout Council of Greater New York where he helped develop and implement programs for children ages 5-17. While working for the recruitment team at the CUNY Welcome Center, Alfred received an M.P.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He was also the Operations Manager for the CUNY Startups program which helps propel student-founded startups across 24 CUNY campuses. Alfred comes to CTL with extensive administrative/office management and programming experience with a passion to support CTL’s vision.

 

 

Christopher Silsby, Blogs@Baruch Coordinator:

Christopher comes to the CTL from his work on Blogs@Baruch as a Communication Fellow with the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute. He also has a history in higher ed tech support and server administration at NYU, the University of Minnesota, and Carleton College. He is a doctoral candidate in Theatre at the Graduate Center. He has taught courses in acting at Brooklyn College and social media at Baruch. He worked on publications at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, where he served as the managing editor of the journal Slavic and East European Performance and as the layout and editorial assistant for multiple collections of plays and articles.

 

 

Lindsey Albracht, Hybrid Coordinator:

Lindsey Albracht is a Ph.D. student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY who specializes in Composition and Rhetoric. She currently works as an Instructional Technology Fellow for Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, and she formerly taught writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Duquesne University. Before returning to graduate school, Lindsey worked in the field of Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) as an instructor, curriculum designer, materials writer, school administrator, and in faculty development. Her research interests focus on educational technology, transnational literacies and translingualism, and faculty development.

 

 

Tamara Gubernat, Hybrid Coordinator:

Tamara Gubernat brings her background as a documentary filmmaker, multi-media artist and educator to the CTL as a Hybrid Coordinator.  She currently teaches Media Studies in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College and video production with a focus on civic engagement to High School students in Brooklyn with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP).  Tamara is also completing her second documentary, “Open Process: local democracy in one corner of Brooklyn” a film about Brooklyn Community Board 1. She looks forward to sharing her background in filmmaking and multi-media skills with Baruch faculty developing hybrid courses in the upcoming Hybrid Seminar.

 

 

Laurie Hurson, Hybrid Coordinator:

Laurie is a doctoral Candidate in the Environmental Psychology program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research and work falls at the intersection of digital/physical space, pedagogy, and critical university studies. Her dissertation focuses on how college students engage with educational technologies to facilitate their learning experiences. Currently, she is an Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College and a Hybrid Coordinator in Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She is also the Coordinator for Planning and Development of OpenCUNY.org, an open-source, academic, and participatory digital medium for the CUNY Graduate Center community.

 

 

Hamad Sindhi, Vocat Coordinator:

Hamad Sindhi is a doctoral student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is passionate about pedagogy, and is in the process of earning the doctoral certificate in Interactive Technology & Pedagogy. Hamad has taught as an adjunct instructor at several CUNY colleges since 2011, including at Baruch College, Lehman College, and City College. Hamad has also been involved in student governance and advocacy both in his doctoral program and in the Doctoral Students’ Council since 2013.

 

 

 

Yuliya Ochakovskaya, Quantitative Reasoning Fellow:

Yuliya Ochakovskaya is a graduate student in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Program at the Graduate Center (CUNY). She is conducting research using EEG with her advisor Dr. Jennifer Mangels at Baruch College and using brain stimulation with Dr. Elizabeth Chua at Brooklyn College. Her research examines how various academic settings influence student motivation. She completed her masters in Teaching Students with Disabilities at City College and her undergraduate at Stony Brook University.

 

 

Jessie Auqui, Virtual Teamwork Technology Fellow:

Jesse is a recent graduate of Baruch College’s Computer Information Systems undergraduate program. He has been interning with the CUNY IT Specialists Program since 2014. The Program has allowed him to work closely with the NYC Department of Education. Currently, Jessie provides technology support services to the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design in Brooklyn.

 

 

 

Pamela Thielman, Open Educational Resources Fellow:

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Pamela is a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation focuses on seventeenth-century scenic design but her broader research interests include such twenty-first century topics as digital pedagogies for the humanities. She has completed the certificate program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the Graduate Center, and worked with the English department at Baruch College on an assessment of their hybrid Great Works of Literature courses as a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow. She currently teaches Speech Communication in the Communication Studies department at Baruch.