Leadership Team

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ePortfolio at LaGuardia is a multi-faceted project involving a college-wide commitment from faculty, staff, students, and administration. We are privileged to have many ePortfolio leaders across the college. The C2L Leadership team brings together a cross-section of those leaders who facilitate ePortfolio work at the college in diverse capacities.

Core Team

RajRajendra (Raj) Bhika, CPA, MS, is an Associate Professor of accounting and business in the Business and Technology Department at LaGuardia Community College. As a member of the College’s ePortfolio Leadership Team, Raj focuses on classroom practices that utilize ePortfolio as a tool to facilitate advisement, the first year experience, and capstone pedagogy. Raj is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York and holds a Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics. Prior to joining LaGuardia, he was a Senior Financial Analyst with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and a Senior Auditor with BDO Seidman, LLP. Contact Raj at rbhika@lagcc.cuny.edu.

LizJ. Elizabeth (Liz) Clark is Professor of English and  an active ePortfolio campus leader. A member of the original ePortfolio Research Team in 2002, she has worked in many capacities with LaGuardia’s ePortfolio Project including Interim ePortfolio Director, professional development leader for ePortfolio-related seminars through the Center for Teaching & Learning, ePortfolio Leadership Team, and the college’s  Assessment Leadership Team. She regularly teaches with ePortfolio in all of her courses, from Basic Writing and English 101 to the Capstone Seminar in Liberal Arts. She is particularly interested in the role of reflection and integrative learning in ePortfolio. Outside of the college, she speaks on ePortfolio and technology at campuses and conferences such as CCCC and AAC&U’s Integrative Learning Institute. Liz has published in journals such as: Computers and Composition, Journal of Medical Humanities, The Minnesota Review, and AAC&U’s Peer Review. Liz is on the editorial board of the Basic Writing eJournal and is a member of the review boards for Teaching English in the Two Year College (TETYC) and the International Journal of ePortfolio. She is a past member of the editorial boards of College Composition & Communication and Radical Teacher.  Contact Liz at lclark@lagcc.cuny.edu.

howard_140x140Howard Wach is Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He joined the LaGuardia staff in August 2013. Howard spent 15 years at Bronx Community College prior to joining LaGuardia, first as a faculty member in the Department of History, and then in administrative positions. In 2007 he was appointed Director of Instructional Technology at BCC, where he created faculty development programs and planned technology infrastructure improvements for classrooms. He also directed several grant-funded programs, including a $2.8 million five-year Title V award with which BCC faculty integrated digital technologies into curricula across academic departments and programs. Howard also co-founded BCC’s ePortfolio initiative in 2009 and directed BCC’s participation in LaGuardia’s multi-campus Making Transfer Connections ePortfolio program. In 2011-2012 he served as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at BCC, and he spent part of the 2012-2013 academic year working in the CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs. He has published and presented widely in both history and academic technology venues, and brings to LaGuardia a deep commitment to the value of professional development and the mission of the CUNY community college. Contact Howard at hwach@lagcc.cuny.edu.

Contributing Writers and Past Leadership

CraigCraig Kasprzak was a Program Associate at LaGuardia’s Center for Teaching & Learning from 2008-2013 and a member of the campus C2L team for three years. During his tenure at LaGuardia, he was a campus leader in ePortfolio pedagogy, directed grant-funded professional development seminars, and assessed data outcomes in relationship to teaching and learning. He has taught literature and composition at various schools in both Boston and New York, and has served as the program coordinator for Boston College’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) since 2004. Contact Craig at ckasprzak@lagcc.cuny.edu.

TomThomas Onorato, a Queens native, is Assistant Professor of Biology. He instructs faculty professional development seminars in ePortfolio and integrative learning through LaGuardia’s Center for Teaching & Learning. Thomas has also developed LaGuardia’s new Biology major, creating courses like Cell Biology and Fundamentals of Biotechniques, which introduce students to basic lab techniques and stress ethics in scientific research. He is the creator of Cell Talks, a seminar series intended to make accessible a culture of science to the larger college community. Thomas’s ePortfolio pedagogy focuses on connecting students’ scientific study with their own lived experiences. Contact Thomas at tonorato@lagcc.cuny.edu.

KimKimberly Ramírez is Associate Professor of English and a specialist in performance studies and Latino theatre. In her development of ePortfolio pedagogies, she is particularly interested in intersections between performance theory and ePortfolio practice. She has published in Theatre Journal, Recent Trends in Latino and Latin American Performing Arts, Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, Collages & Bricolages, Cuban Studies Journal, and Let the Games Begin: Engaging Students with Interactive Information Literacy Instruction. Her ePortfolio can be accessed by clicking Here. Contact Kimberly at kramirez@lagcc.cuny.edu.

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