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Dr. Ruth E. Lugo, Dean
Dr. Ruth E. Lugo is the Dean of the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education (ACSHSE) at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) and for the past four years she has served as a member of the Academic Council which serves as Provost. She earned her B.A. at the University of Puerto Rico; M.A./Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook; and A.M. from Middlebury College, Madrid Program.
During her tenure at MCNY she has developed curriculum and implemented new programs including the college's first undergraduate liberal arts program in American Urban Studies and the Master of Science in Education and Special Education programs. She has helped the college secure over a million dollars through Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions and Title V Coop grants. These and other funds have resulted in positive institutional changes such as the establishment of the Learning Enhancement Center (which provides support services to students in the areas of writing and mathematics) and several mathematics laboratories and tech-enabled classrooms as well as the provision of training and preparation for teachers in math and science. She also helped secure funding for college-wide mentor services and leadership development training for students through the Niarchos Foundation.
For over two decades she has volunteered for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the Northeast Region and Puerto Rico as a consultant, evaluator and team chair in the accreditation process. In this role she identifies the strengths and development needs of higher education institutions, reviews governance policies, academic programs effectiveness and the delivery of student services. She has led the candidacy process for the first institution in Latin America to seek international accreditation with Middle States: the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile and now Universidad Andres Bello. She has also served as an evaluator for the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education since 1996 and was appointed to be the Institutional Accreditation Liaison for Middle States representing the College.
Her twenty five years of experience in higher education academic administration is evidence by serving as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Chair of the Counseling Department at LaGuardia Community and Dean of Students at Lehman College as well as various academic administration positions at New York City Technical College of the City University of New York, Montclair State University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She currently serves on the board of FOCUS, Hispanic Community Center for Development and is a former Trustee of the New Jersey Performing Art Center in Newark, New Jersey. She is the past president and founder of the Hispanic Women's Leadership Institute Alumni Association at Rutgers University and former board member of ASPIRA of New Jersey. She has taught courses in Latin American Literature and Hispanic Languages and Literature at La Guardia Community College, William Paterson, and Montclair State Universities.
She has participated in postgraduate leadership training programs at the Institute for Educational Management and the John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program of Public Management (both at Harvard University), The Center for Creative Leadership, and Cornell University's School for Labor Relations. Other honors and competitive awards include: American Council on Education National Forum for Women in Higher Education; American Council on Education Fellow; American Council on Education Institute for Chief Academic Officers; Leadership America; National Hispana Leadership; the Executive Leadership Fellow from the League for Innovation in the Community College and a Ford Foundation Fellow. She was the recipient of Educational Leadership Award from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc., in New York City and has been recognized by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of Top 100 Influential Leaders in Academia.
Dr. Heide Hlawaty, Chair of General Education & Liberal Arts Programs
Dr. Hlawaty received her BS at SUNY Stony Brook in Biochemistry with an International Studies Minor, MA in Biological Sciences at Hunter College and her Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership at St. John's University. She taught educational research, brain-based learning, and elementary education science at Georgia College and State University before returning to New York. Prior to teaching in higher education, she taught high school science for 12 years in Queens and on Long Island, and was a Fulbright grantee in Bochum-Langendreer (in North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany).
Dr. Hlawaty's research interests include learning styles, science education, and attitudes regarding queer-identity individuals. As a professor and chair, she teaches in the Bachelor of Professional Studies and the Bachelor of American Urban Studies programs.
Dr. Clyde Griffin, Chair of the Human Services Program
Dr. Griffin is currently chair of Counseling and Leadership Development at Metropolitan College of New York. He originally joined the MCNY as a fulltime faculty member in 1983. Dr. Griffin holds an undergraduate degree in Romance languages and literature from Ohio State University, a masters in English as a second language, and a doctorate in linguistics and education from Teachers College, Columbia. His doctoral work included interdisciplinary studies in family literacy, therapist/client communication, and the design and implementation of teacher training programs.
Before coming to MCNY, Dr. Griffin taught in Nigeria as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He taught both English and French and also developed a community library and a local network of medical professionals. Upon his return to the U.S., he spent ten years teaching in independent schools, whose function is to prepare students for elite colleges in the United States. He was chairman of the foreign language department and taught courses in French, Spanish, Italian, and German, as well as in English literature and the humanities. As chairman, he was responsible for all administrative matters concerning the department as well as being responsible for the academic integrity of the program, which included the training of new teachers. Immediately before beginning his career at MCNY, he was a teacher trainer and part-time coordinator of the ESL program at Teachers College, Columbia.
At MCNY, Dr. Griffin has been responsible for developing curriculum in self-assessment, groups, teaching, counseling, managing change, and in the liberal arts. He has also served as the director of the Advanced Standing Program, a program that awards college credit to students for their work experience and learning in the
Field. During his tenure, Dr. Griffin has, in addition to teaching, worked in the field of human service to develop programs for abused and neglected adolescents. The program in which he worked at Edwin Gould Academy has become a national model for working with disturbed youth and has been recognized by both the Ford Foundation and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Patrick Ianniello, Director of the Master of Science Degree in Education program
Dr. Ianniello has served as a principal, assistant principal and an elementary school teacher in New York City Public Schools for 34 years. He has extensive experience in the professional development and evaluation of teachers, planning and implementing best practices in the elementary school curriculum and integrating technology in classrooms. Dr. Ianniello received his doctorate in educational communication and technology at New York University.
Dr. Elvin T. Ramos, Assistant Dean, the Audrey Cohen School of Human Services and Education ext. 2412
Mary Ann Ortiz, Project Coordinator/Assistant to the Dean of the Audrey Cohen School of Human Services and Education ext. 2414
Rae Mack, Program Director of Welfare to Careers Project ext. 3805
Theresa Grant Rahman, Career Coordinator of Welfare to Careers Project ext. 3812
John Edwards, Job Developer of Welfare to Careers Project ext. 3811
Vanessa Cruz, Coordinator for Master of Education Program ext. 2408
Marling Sone, CASAC Coordinator ext. 7056
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