Research, Diversity and Pathways State of the College headline – TC Columbia University | Team Cansler

  • Students, alumni, faculty and staff came together in person for the first time since 2019 to hear remarkable news from across the Teachers College.
  • “As always, I am amazed by the power of this extraordinary community to join forces and make a difference in the world,” President Thomas Bailey told the audience at the Cowin Theater on November 16. “We are facing a crisis in the teaching profession. structural racism and discrimination in our education and health systems, inequalities in mental and physical well-being, the urgent need to address sustainability, and much more. These are major challenges that we are prepared to solve with our skills and expertise.”

Read on for key takeaways from President Bailey’s address.

Research funding is ongoing.

The college reports a 22% increase in research funding in fiscal 2022 over 2021 for a total of nearly $49 million in grants and contracts led by Vice Dean for Research Carol Hammer and her team.

In addition to the many research efforts at TC, the College recently hosted a new joint research event that brought together scientists from TC, Columbia and Barnard to explore opportunities for collaboration.

New diversity efforts are yielding results.

In the spring, the college released the first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report, led by Janice Robinson, Vice President of Diversity and Community Affairs.

The college has continued to implement new recruitment initiatives, resulting in one of the most diverse years of faculty recruitment in the college’s history. Partly because of this, two-thirds of this year’s permanent and permanent hires are from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. As the College continues to prioritize promoting a more inclusive, equitable environment, TC will use the initial data base of the DEI report to assess future efforts.

This effort comes at a time when racism and justice continue to play a significant role in the national discussion. “We know with certainty that bias and inequality continue to rise across the country,” Bailey said. “We also know that TC remains at the forefront of work to address structural racism, prejudice, bigotry and inequalities in education, health and mental well-being.”

Student support strategies make a difference.

“We continue to create pathways for student success, from the beginning of the application process through graduation and into their professional lives, so all of our students can achieve their goals,” said Bailey, who discussed numerous efforts implemented this year, including :

  • A Student Life Ambassadors program helped 450 new students adjust to the graduate school experience during orientation.
  • Student-parents have access to new resources and programs led by the Office of Graduate Student Life & Development – ​​which has hired a full-time student-parent coordinator thanks to a donation from TC Trustee Carole Sleeper.
  • To keep students connected to what is available to them at both TC and CU, the College has reorganized our Student Wellbeing Outpost, now called Student Support & Advocacy, to serve as the first point of contact for to serve the Teachers College community in all situations where student support is needed.
  • As part of its efforts to support career paths, TC NEXT has signed 468 new employers who provide opportunities for our graduates, while our 2022 survey found that 93% of respondents said they secured employment in a field upon graduation have that aligns with their TC goals.

Digital pedagogy is becoming more accessible.

TC’s Digital Futures Institute continues to gain momentum as an interdisciplinary center exploring new uses of technology through teaching, research and public engagement.

Amidst its many offerings to support tech innovation, this year DFI launched its Tech Playground series – a hands-on way for members of our community to gain experience with ed tech tools that goes beyond ongoing digital support for teaching and learning, it offers to the TC community. This resource complements DFI’s on-demand tutorials, regular Tech Tuesdays workshops, special events, and other work to improve the college’s tech offering.

As part of its public service and scholarship mission, DFI also created Teachers Supporting Teachers—a program that uses research and pedagogy to help K-12 entry-level teachers across New York integrate technology effectively into their lesson plans to integrate. With its various podcasts, most recently “How’s School?”, the institute has also created a digital space for this scholarship.

Anchor: #Recognition

Solid contributions include alumni, faculty, and staff.

The annual State of the College included recognition for:

  • The Alumni Awards, presented to: Lisa C. DeLorenzo (Ed.D. ’87), Min Hong (MA ’91, Ed.M. ’98, Ed.D. ’03), Kate MacKenzie (MS ’02), Barbara E. Weinstein (Ph.D. ’80), Alice Wilder (M.A. ’93, Ed.D. ’98), Tanatchaya “Tanya” Chanphanitpornkit (M.A. ’17, Ed.M. ’19), and Maryalice “Ali” Mazzara (ed. D. ’84). Learn more about the recipients and their contributions here.

  • The Faculty Awards, presented to Debra Noumair, Professor of Psychology and Education; and Pam Koch, Mary Swartz Rose Associate Professor of Nutrition and Education. Find out more about Noumair and Koch here.

  • the Elaine Brantley Awards for Community and Civility, honoring Selema Moliga, Director of Student Support & Advocacy; and Evelyn Quinoñes, Academic Secretary, Division of Health and Behavioral Studies.

This is an evolving story and will be updated with additional photos from the State of the College.


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