The goal of the Professional Development Committee, as directed by Dr. Fabricant, is to create an opportunity to integrate the new faculty into the department and the college by introducing them to the various resources available and to expose them to the recent exciting developments in the subfields of mathematics education, mathematics, statistics and computer science. This committee has two subcommittees as follows.
a. 2012 - present: Seminars and Colloquiums subcommittee: As a member of this subcommittee, I coordinate the colloquiums and seminar series. The colloquiums and seminars are funded with a grant amount of $1000 from the Academic Affair at Queensborough Community College.
The goal of this subcommittee is to encourage and facilitate collaboration of the mathematics and computer science faculty on three levels: (1) disciplinary collaboration among the department, (2) interdisciplinary collaboration among the QCC faculties, (3) and collaboration with the mathematics faculty of other institutions, in particular the other CUNY colleges.
We also invite QCC students to our seminars and colloquia, which they often attend. For this reason, we always try to keep the talks introductory and accessible to the students.
Outcomes of this subcommittee: With the help of the other members of the committee, we have succeeded in obtaining fifteen speakers during two semesters, Spring 2011 and Fall 2012, to present their research in mathematics, mathematics education, as well as to present the outcomes of their service learning techniques in mathematics courses. Two of these speakers were invited from outside QCC: Prof. B. Kalantari of Rutgers University; and Dr. C. Hanusa of Queens College. We have already invited two more outside speakers for the coming semester.
b. 2012 - present: PDC - Website subcommittee: To attain the goals of the Professional Development Committee, I have created a homepage for the PDC under my own homepage. I update this page constantly by posting information to our faculty on (1) upcoming mathematics seminars and colloquiums at QCC, and at local institutions including the other CUNY colleges; (2) upcoming and recent professional events, such workshops and local, national, and international conferences in mathematics, mathematics education, and computer science; (3) names of faculty who have been awarded grants, scholarships, or prizes (4) faculty publications, (5) resources for awards, grants, and scholarships in math and math education, (6) mathematics and mathematics education journals, and (7) mathematics organizations including AMS- American Mathematical Society and MAA-Mathematical Association of America.
We hope to develop the PDC website by posting more relevant information and resources that can meet the professional needs of current and future faculty.
With the suggestion of Dr. Rosen I contacted Dr Emily Tai to determine which committee(s) has (have) jurisdiction over the updating of the brochure entitled “Invest in Success: A Guide to Academic Support and Tutoring Service.” I also co-organized the workshop on “The Value of Academic Competitions”, presented by the Student Activities Committee, May 2012.
My responsibility in this committee was mainly centered on the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, such as (1) inquiring the department the number of ASAP math sections would be offered for incoming ASAP students in the summer and fall 2012 semesters (2) to attract the math faculty in teaching ASAP math sections, (3) and attract the math untenured faculty to become ASAP faculty mentors.
I have organized and presented the following workshops.