Luke Waltzer is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he supports GC students in their teaching across the CUNY system and beyond, and works on a variety of pedagogy and digital projects. He previously was the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch College. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the CUNY Graduate Center, serves as Director of Community Projects on the CUNY Academic Commons, and is on the faculty of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program. He is on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and has contributed essays to Matthew K. Gold’s Debates in the Digital Humanities and, with Thomas Harbison, to Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki’s Writing History in the Digital Age.
Assistant Director and Mellon Humanities Scholar
Elizabeth Alsop is the Mellon Humanities Scholar in the Teaching and Learning Center at the Graduate Center. In this position, she will help to pivot the lessons of the Mellon-funded Humanities Alliance with LaGuardia Community College to a broader constituency by extending the programming, partnerships, and reach of the TLC. Previously she was Assistant Professor of English and Film at Western Kentucky University. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center, where she also earned a certificate in Film Studies. Her research interests include Anglo-American modernism, narrative theory, and film and television studies; her current book project, Making Conversation: The Poetics of Talk in Modernist Fiction, examines the evolving function of dialogue in the Anglo-American modernist novel. She has also written about TV, film, and popular culture for publications including The Atlantic, The LA Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine.
Elizabeth Decker is a doctoral student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center with research focuses on non-canonical modernist writing by women and the visual arts. She has taught literature and composition courses at Queens College, New Jersey City University, and the Madrid Campus of Saint Louis University. She also holds a Teaching Fellowship at the Frick Collection, allowing her to actively develop pedagogical and object-based learning practices across disciplines.
Mei Ling Chua
Mei Ling Chua is a doctoral student in Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center with research and pedagogical interests that include human-environment relationships, and the role of aesthetics and embodied experience in shaping our habitats and interactions. Her current research focuses on embodiment, engagement, and making in the contexts of digitization and the physical environment. Mei Ling comes to Environmental Psychology and the Teaching and Learning Center from a prior practice in Architecture. She is a Registered Architect and LEED-Accredited Professional, and holds a B.Arch. from Pennsylvania State University.
Anke Geertsma is a PhD student in Comparative Literature and has taught composition, rhetoric, literature, and cultural studies classes, both at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where she is from, and at several CUNY colleges. She also has experience teaching college readiness and preparation courses at the high school level through Bronx Community College’s College Now program and The Cooper Union’s online Summer Writing Program. Her research focuses on contemporary human rights narratives and cultural memory. She’s completing the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, for which she’s doing research on online social annotation tools for literature and writing classes.
Sakina Laksimi-Morrow is a Doctoral student in the Urban Education department and the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program. Sakina received her BA in Political Science and Communication Arts from the College of New Rochelle, and her MA in Media, Culture and Communications from NYU. Her academic interests have spanned a number of interdisciplinary topics and issues with a social justice perspective. She is interested in charting out historical relationships between social inequality and systems of power and governance, and their mechanisms of reproduction. Sakina has worked as an educator in a number of colleges in New York, gaining experience both in and out the classroom with curriculum development, assessment and pedagogical development. She joined the Urban Education program at the Graduate Center to pursue her research interests on the ways that students of color fit into institutions of education. Her other interests include postcolonial theories, gender and disability issues, documentaries, films, food, and travel.
Andrew McKinney is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation is an examination of the political economy of Internet enabled sports fan practices and how these practices are drastically changing the economic and ideological facets of both the networked sports media landscape. In addition to his duties at the Teaching and Learning Center, he is also currently a Senior Community Facilitator at the OpenLab, a WordPress and Buddypress-powered teaching and learning platform at City Tech, and the co-director of the CUNY Syllabus Project, a crowd sourced syllabus analysis project for the CUNY pedagogical community. He has taught Introduction to Sociology, Social Communication, Sociology of the Family, Crime and Justice, and a capstone section focused on the Sociology of Leisure and Entertainment at Baruch College and held a WAC Fellowship at Kingsborough Community College.
Avra Spector is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature. Her research interests include silence and translation in 20th century literature. She currently teaches at Baruch College and The Cooper Union where she is also the Director of the Summer Writing Program and a Writing Associate in the Center for Writing. She’s also taught at City Tech, Queensborough Community College, Parsons and Holy Names University, California.