Anthony Wheeler is the Online Student Mentor Specialist with Lehman College’s Office of Online Education. Anthony is a Doctoral Fellow of Urban Education at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and currently serves as a member of the CUNY Academic Commons Team. His research includes developing ethical digital pedagogies and educational tools/technologies as methods for implementing social justice initiatives within the classroom. He is also a faculty member of the English Department at City Tech and Communication Studies at LaGuardia. Specialties: digital humanities, instructional design, open educational resources, culturally sustaining/inclusive teaching, visual design.
Alexis Tenenbaum is the Online Student Support and Resource Specialist. Previously, she was working as an Academic Advisor with BMCC and the Student Support Program Specialist at QCC. In the Office for Online Education, she will be the point of contact for prospective and enrolled online students. In addition, she will be managing specific programs that ensure online student success. Alexis has a MA in Applied Linguistics and a BA in Criminal Justice. In addition, Alexis developed and is teaching an online zoom course for BMCC Continuing Education, “English Conversation for Business and Workplace Success.” Specialties: student support, applied linguistics.
Sakina Laksimi is an instructional designer at the Office of Online Education. She joined Lehman college in spring 2021 and has been working on various projects and initiatives that support online and HyFlex course design. Prior to her current position, Sakina was a Fellow at the Graduate Center Teaching and Learning Center where she facilitated workshops and panels for emerging CUNY instructors. Her dissertation research is on the lessons learned from teaching through the pandemic. Sakina’s work with faculty support at CUNY has provided her with knowledge and experience of a variety of instructional design needs in various modalities and environments. Specialties: Socially conscious pedagogy, and High Impact Practices.
Susan Ko is currently Faculty Development Consultant in the Office of Online Education. She creates, manages, and facilitates faculty development offerings for Lehman faculty like the Preparation for Teaching Online and the Open Educational Resources workshop as well as topical webinars and manages the Faculty Mentoring program. She previously served as clinical professor in the history department at Lehman. Susan has been teaching online in the humanities and Asian Studies and has been involved in faculty development for more than twenty years at a variety of institutions and is author of a leading book in the field, Teaching Online: A Practical Guide as well as serving as a book series editor for Routledge. She holds a doctorate in East Asian Languages and Literatures from Yale University. Specialities: faculty development for online; online and hybrid teaching and learning; pedagogical approaches and research.
Emile Zounon is the Educational Technologist of the Office of Online Education. He is responsible for the online education website and serves as a liaison between the office and IT. He assists faculty in the implementation and manipulation of EdTech tools such as Blackboard, Zoom, etc. He joined the office in September 2021, after being an intern during the CUNY Recovery Corps. Emile is an undergraduate senior majoring in Computer Information Systems and the Student Government President at Lehman College and brings valuable student perspectives to our Office. Specialties: accessibility, Voice Thread, student support, information technology.
Polina Kadatska is an instructional designer at the Office of Online Education at Lehman College, CUNY where she works with faculty on designing interactive, student-centered courses. Polina has a broad experience in public and private universities where she has developed online learning initiatives that ensure quality in online courses and programs. Polina received her Ph.D. in Educational/Instructional Technology from University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has always had a passion for education and views it as one of the main contributors to empowerment. Specialties: instructional design, curriculum development, program evaluation, Quality Matters Rubric peer reviewer.
Susan Baxter is an instructional designer at the Office of Online Education. She joined Lehman College in Spring 2022. Prior to joining Lehman College, Susan has worked as an instructional designer at other institutions including Hofstra University and LIM College. Additionally, Susan has experience as the Subject Matter Expert in course development for programs in Canada, the UK, and various colleges in the US. Susan is a life-long learner who has taken her love of course design, curriculum development, and online education to combine her higher education faculty experience with instructional design and e-learning development. She holds a Master of Science in Instructional Systems and Learning Technology from Florida State University. Specialties: Quality Matters Rubric, Instructional Design for engagement, Backwards Design and VoiceThread.