Faculty Recognition Awards, 2011
Research and Creative Activity
Dannielle Tegeder (Art) is a painter whose work employs strategies connected to Post-Minimalism and Twentieth-Century abstraction, often utilizing mathematical, architectural or demographic data to produce an ever-evolving visual vocabulary. In 2011 she has shown or will be showing her work at four galleries in New York and two in the Netherlands, and has an artist’s residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Governor’s Island Studio program. Her most recent solo exhibition in New York City, “Arrangements to Ward off Accidents,” used abstract paintings and drawings as scores for musical compositions. She has had other solo gallery exhibitions in Paris, Houston, Los Angeles, Berlin, Chicago, and New York.
Massimo Pigliucci (Philosophy) has provided two academic disciplines as well as the general public with a wealth of research and informed opinions regarding evolutionary biology. His work on genotype by environmental interactions, along with his public efforts to discriminate between science and pseudoscience, have earned him an election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The latter strand of his work was on display in his recent book, Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk, versions of which he has presented in various forums at Lehman. He also writes the “Rationally Speaking” blog, hosts a podcast by the same name, and publishes “5-minute Philosopher” videos on YouTube.
Tyler Schmidt (English) teaches American literature and nonfiction writing at both the graduate and undergraduate level. His courses introduce our students contemporary as well as historical works that examine race, gender, culture, and power, as well as craft. Co-director of WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum), Dr. Schmidt's courses are a prime example of what writing-intensive courses can and should be. His organization, inspiration, fluid use of writing exercises, and ability to lead dynamic discussions are praised and recognized by students and faculty alike.
Diana Almodovar-Salinas(Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences) has taught a range of undergraduate and MA-level courses in such topics as language acquisition, speech pathology, language disorders in school-age children, diagnostic techniques, and the clinical practicum. Students consistently acknowledge her strong interpersonal skills and her passion for teaching. Comments such as “absolutely wonderful,” “very informative,” “very supportive,” and “very knowledgeable” predominate. A doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, she has combined her love of learning and research with a breadth of professional experience working with handicapped students to excel as an instructor in both the classroom and the clinic.
Duane Tananbaum (History) has been a fixture in faculty governance for the past decade and a half. He has played an active role on many important bodies, including the 80th Anniversary Committee, the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies steering committee, and the WAC advisory committee, in addition to playing an active role in History Department faculty meetings. As chair of the Senate Governance Committee and the Committee on Academic Structure, he has brought different voices together to clarify the college’s priorities, and as Senate Parliamentarian, he assures that these voices express themselves with due regard for proper procedure. Last but not least, he has continued his active service to the local chapter of the PSC CUNY, most recently as chapter secretary.
Alan Hollander's service adds in vital ways to the cultural fabric of the Music Department, the college, and the wider community. He has conducted numerous performances by the Lehman Band (including its annual Commencement exercises), conducted and played with the Woodwind Quintet, coordinated two college/high school jazz festivals, and arranged music for the Lehman Foundation, the Macaulay Honors College, and the National College Board Conference. He also served on several college-wide committees, including the Lehman Stages Advisory Committee, the Campus Activities Committee, and the Multimedia Center Advisory Committee. In the Music Department, Professor Hollander has managed its performance budget and its private instruction program, and has worked tirelessly to develop the relationship between Lehman and the Celia Cruz High School.
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