Student Success Institute

Program Description

The Student Success Institute is sponsored by Academic Affairs/Undergraduate Studies & Student Success and the Faculty Center for Professional Development. The institute supports adjunct faculty members in developing and implementing instructional strategies that support students’ academic success. Student Success Fellows who are accepted to participate in the institute meet with faculty facilitators, as well as with guest faculty presenters, to read and discuss research on enhancing students’ sense of belonging and supporting students’ learning-to-learn skills (e.g., note-taking, group participation). They develop student success strategies to implement with their own students, and share their strategies and results with other faculty members.


Student Success Institutes Fellows


Spring 2019 Fellows

  • Stephanie Corrente - English
  • Camille Gallo - Management
  • Yuxin Hou – Sociology & Anthropology
  • Jennifer Macchiarola - Nursing
  • Russ Morisi – History
  • Margot Nasti – English
  • Mark Stumacher – Marketing

Spring 2018 Fellows

  • Kuan-Yi Chen – Sociology & Anthropology
  • Janice Fioravante - English
  • Sharifa Hampton - English
  • Per Janson - Performing and Creative Arts
  • Emma Johnson – Media Culture
  • Rachel Kovacs – Media Culture
  • Martina Mims – Performing and Creative Arts
  • Leonardo Pignataro – Biology
  • Linda Revenson - Mathematics

Spring 2017 Fellows

  • Cliff Abdool - Business
  • Anjail Ameen-Rice – Social Work
  • Aysenur Ataman – Psychology
  • Stephen Fried - English
  • Juliette Goulet - Biology
  • David Loncle – Performing and Creative Arts & Core 100
  • Hemalatha Navaratne – Political Science & Global Affairs
  • Rachel Sanchez - English
  • Lidiya Tornyova - Psychology

Institute Co-Facilitators:

  • David Allen, Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education
  • Hildegard Hoeller, English

Full-time faculty members who have presented at Student Success Institute workshops:

  • Rosanne Carlo – English
  • Mario D’Alessandro – Student and Enrollment Services
  • Michael Paris – Political Science & Global Affairs
  • Donna Scimeca – CORE Program

Career Readiness Initiative

Career Readiness Initiative
The Faculty Center will host a series of events such as Panels, Presentations, and Workshops on Career Readiness. The focus of these events will be to discuss career readiness competencies like critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, oral and written communication, leadership, work ethic, digital technology, intercultural awareness, and career management. The idea is to bring faculty and staff together as they discuss how each of these competencies are addressed in their respective programs and classroom practice.

Online Teaching and Learning

The Faculty Center and its staff have been collaborating with Office of Information Technology and Academic Affairs/ Undergraduate Studies and Student Success Office in the creation, design, development and implementation of an Online Learning Initiative at the College of Staten Island. As result of these efforts, faculty members and professional staff have had the opportunity to participate in several presentations, workshops, and trainings in online teaching and learning. Additionally, the online learning initiative team developed a new template in Blackboard and it is ready for use by faculty members, interested in converting their existing traditional course into a fully online one.

Member of the team directly involved in this initiative are:

Patricia Khan, Assistant Vice President Office of Information Technology
Michael Castelli, Learning Management System (Blackboard) Administrator
Doriann Hyland, Director of Technology Operations, Training & Development
Valeria Belmonti, Modern Languages Media Center

Writing Across the Curriculum

Every spring semester, the Faculty Center hosts a group of Faculty Members and CSI Writing Fellows as they join to discuss various topics related to Writing Across the Curriculum. Under this program, presenter such as Dennis Bublitz, a CSI WAC Fellow and a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center, have discussed how to effectively use Blackboard to supplement regular class instruction. He has shared ideas for short online writing assignments and demonstrated how participation on Blackboard can help students engage with course materials.
Moreover, Michael Rolland and Gustavo Jimenez, CSI WAC Fellows and PhD students at the CUNY Graduate Center, have given use presentation on best practices in teaching multilingual writers in classes across the curriculum. 
Finally, Prabin Subedi and Stephen Spencer, CSI WAC Fellows and PhD students at the CUNY Graduate Center, have talked about ways to align assignments with course learning outcomes.
The titles of each of these presentations were:
Writing Across the Curriculum: Using Blackboard For Low-stakes Writing Assignments
Writing Across the Curriculum: Multilingual Students in the College Classroom
Backward Design: Connecting Learning Outcomes with Assignment
It is important to note that the Writing Across the Curriculum is Initiative of the English Department at the College of Staten Island. Past and current leaders of this initiative are:
Professor Gloria Gianoulis
Professor Harry Thorne
Rosanne Carlo
Please join us when we once again put in place another Writing Across the Curriculum event intended for all faculty members at CSI.