November 27, 2006 (Vol. 4, No. 6)
New Faculty and Staff AppointmentsThis is the third in a series of articles profiling new faculty and staff.
Dr. Heping Deng
The author of several journal articles on topics in higher education, Dr. Deng is currently the e-Parameter Chief Editor for the National Community College Council for Research and Planning and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Research for Educational Leaders. Even though he spends hours on the train each day, traveling to Lehman from Bay Ridge and back, he says that the campus, the people, and the facilities make his trip worthwhile.
Dr. Daniel Fernández
Dr. Fernández specializes in Latin American literature, art and film, with a focus on the Mexican and Mexican-American experience. He is currently teaching courses in the Spanish language and Latin American literature in translation. Speaking of his students, he says that he has "really come to admire them. Many have faced real obstacles, and have kids and jobs. They're inspiring."
Dr. Valérie Louisy-Louis-Larifla
Destined for a career in business or law, Prof. Larifla found out that teaching was her vocation the first day she set foot in front of the classroom as a Ph.D. student. After earning her doctorate, she became an Assistant Professor at City College, where she won two of the Economics Department's Best Teaching Awards. Prior to her appointment at Lehman, she was an Associate Professor of Management at Kean University and also taught economics at Hunter College.
Most recently, Prof. Larifla has presented papers on the scholarship of teaching and learning and has been exploring the possibilities of integrating technology and problem-based learning in the curriculum. She believes advances in these fields offer new avenues for stronger teaching and learning in the disciplines of economics and finance.
Dr. Jeanne Peloso
Before her appointment at Lehman, Dr. Peloso was an Assistant Professor of Education at Sacred Heart University, where she was Chair of Educational Psychology. She came to Lehman in 2005 because of her interest in preparing teachers to work in urban schools, and she is currently conducting a study of the progress of New York Teaching Fellows over a number of years. Dr. Peloso teaches writing methods, psychology, and methods of teaching science.