Lehman Newsflash

A group of approx. 30 adults posing on a patio. There are trees in the background.
New faculty, deans, and Academic Affairs staff at the faculty orientation.

Nov. 16, 2022

What Else Is New In 2022-2023? 35 Full-Time Faculty

Thirty-five full-time faculty have joined Lehman College’s ranks this academic year, thanks to hiring initiatives supported by New York State’s $1.2 billion budget allocation for CUNY in April 2022. The New Lecturer Initiative, along with funding for additional tenure-track faculty lines, enabled Lehman to hire 28 lecturers and seven tenure-track professors representing five of Lehman’s six schools.  

They include scholars, artists, and researchers brand-new to Lehman, as well as former adjunct professors who were hired for full-time positions. The majority are faculty of color; the College has prioritized building a strong cadre of teaching and research faculty that mirrors the diverse cultural backgrounds of its student body.

At an Aug.19 orientation, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success Peter O. Nwosu welcomed the cohort to their new “college family of teachers, scholars, advocates, and activists.”

“You have joined an institution dedicated to the ‘Lehman Promise’; a commitment to a social justice mission, where faculty engage, educate, and empower students, transforming their lives and igniting new possibilities in them,” Nwosu said.

When asked what sparked their interest in Lehman, incoming faculty members cited its mission, guiding values, and outreach efforts.

“I was drawn to Lehman to join the transformative efforts in the [School of] Education and to build community with CUNY students,” said Atasi Das, assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education. “The creative, rich, and bold histories in the Bronx are inspiring [and] I am looking forward to learning from and building with faculty, students and community partners at Lehman.”

Cindy Bautista-Thomas, a new doctoral lecturer in the Department of Social Work, felt a similar excitement. “What drew me to Lehman was the robust curriculum in so many areas and the way in which the college is committed to the Bronx community's growth,” she said. “I am looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and students and contributing to the great energy that is already here.”

Thanks to the hiring initiative, Lehman expects to further expand its faculty by bringing on an additional 14 lecturers and seven assistant professors in 2023-2024.

 

Nov. 11, 2022

Students and Community Benefit From This Award-Winning Program

A group of six people, men and women, posing together in front of a white backdrop with blue logos reading CEANY printed on it.

 

Lehman’s Director of Experiential Learning Lawrence Fauntleroy (center) and colleagues from the College's School of Continuing and Professional Studies attended the Continuing Education Association of New York's CEANY22 conference on Wed. Nov. 9, where they accepted the Exemplary Credit Program Award on behalf of Lehman's Upskilling program.

The program, launched in the spring of 2021, is a collaboration between Lehman’s new School of Business and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies that offers relevant, short-duration, skills-based training to meet job demands for qualified workers in high-growth industries.

“College prepares students more than they know for their careers,” said Fauntleroy. “Critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, and learning skills are exactly what employers look for.” But, he said, that doesn’t make up for missing skill sets. “The Upskilling project allows us to address the gaps between education, industry, and workforce development.”

The program benefits Lehman students in a number of ways, said Dene Hurley, interim dean of the School of Business.

“You could be a social work major, and if you want to know how to do data presentation, you could take that class,” she said. “Or you might want to learn how to do digital marketing. You can take that one-credit class. Sometimes students just need one credit to finish a degree program. Why not take an Upskilling course, which will also expand the skills you can put on your resume? It serves many purposes.”

Upskilling is a CUNY-wide initiative, but Lehman’s version of the program is unlike those at most CUNY institutions, which initially were limited to students. From the get-go, in keeping with its community-focused mission, the College enhanced the program to serve a broader Bronx public. Along with students, the program is designed to attract alumni, people seeking a career change, and those who are unemployed. Matriculated Lehman students earn one credit per course, and all students earn a digital badge.

What really makes the Lehman program different is the classroom, which includes students and members of the wider community—each bringing their own interests, goals, life experiences, and pre-existing skills into the mix. This creates a richer learning environment for everyone, Hurley said.

“We see the benefit both ways, for the students to learn from the community members, who may already have some experience in the area, and for the community members to learn a little bit about Lehman and connect with us,” she said. “That’s a service for them too.”

 

Nov. 10, 2022

A Smashing Good Time Was Had By All

 

A pile of pumpkins and squashes on concrete steps with people in the background.

 

Lehman College and the New York Botanical Garden were partners in crime once more for the annual post-Halloween Pumpkin Smash on November 4. The first full-fledged squash-squashing since 2019, the event drew students, faculty, staff, and community members—an Associate Dean was even spotted launching a pumpkin with a trebuchet.

The Pumpkin Smash is a project hosted at Lehman in partnership with the New York City Compost Project and the New York Botanical Garden to promote environmental sustainability. 

“We incorporate many elements of environmental sustainability such as education and outreach, composting and recycling, food and nutrition, to name a few,” said Director of Environmental Health and Safety Ilona Linins. In addition to the NYC Compost Project and the New York Botanical Garden, the Herbert H. Lehman Food Bank, Student Government Association, and student clubs participated.

Members of the College community dropped pumpkins off the upper-quad platform onto a tarp below or hurled them across the quad using a trebuchet. The debris was collected for onsite composting with fallen leaves, which is an environmentally-friendly alternative to landfill disposal. Linins demonstrated the composting process for visitors.

While free vegan pumpkin bread and a bicycle-powered smoothie machine fueled the mayhem, the opportunity to drop a pumpkin was not the only draw. Participants also took home colorful heirloom varieties and a collection of healthy recipes.

Pumpkins for the event were supplied by the New York Botanical Garden. To see the smashing in action, watch NBC 4 New York's coverage of the event. More photos are available here

 

Nov. 10, 2022

Cultured Meat: The Happiest Meal?

Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy Carlo Alvaro, who is an ethical vegan, breaks down claims that eating meat cultured in a lab is morally superior to eating farmed animals in his article “A virtue-ethical approach to cultured meat,” published in the Oct. 22 issue of Nature Food. Using Aristotle’s definition of virtue—in short, behavior and activities that enable human beings and their physical environment to flourish—he argues that what appears to be the more virtuous dietary choice may actually lead to a logical dead end. Although man-made meat reduces pollution and suffering, from a philosophical perspective, the most virtuous approach may be to avoid meat altogether or consume so little that modern large-scale factory farming—the moral rationale for culturing meat—is no longer sustainable.
 
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