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Conference Keynote Speakers

Mathematics, Engineering & Computer Science Department

Dr. Gail O. Mellow

Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as president of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens since 2000. A member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. A nationally recognized expert on the history, development and future of the American community college, Dr. Mellow co-authored Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), in addition to numerous articles and editorials about issues facing higher education in America. Dr. Mellow is in demand as a speaker both here and abroad, and has shared her expertise read more...

Dr. Myra Snell

Myra Snell has been teaching mathematics at Los Medanos College for 24 years. At LMC she has served as Math Department Chair, Director of the Developmental Education Program, and SLO Assessment Coordinator. In 2010, Myra co-founded the California Acceleration Project with Katie Hern. Over the last 6 years, CAP has helped 35 California community colleges to implement placement and remediation reform in math. Some of these colleges have transformed their math programs, dramatically improved completion rates of college-level math and substantially narrowed equity gaps. In 2014 Myra was one of four finalists for the national Faculty Innovation Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. In 2016 Washington Monthly included her and Katie Hern in their list of the 16 Most Innovative People in Higher Education.

Dr. Paul Acario

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, LaGuardia Community College. As the chief academic officer for the College, Dr. Arcario supervises the creation, development, and assessment of over 50 academic programs and majors. He has overall responsibility for divisional initiatives and provides guid - ance for advisement, outcomes assessment, student success programs, faculty professional development, electronic portfolios, and first-year experience programs. He has a long-standing interest in technology-based pedagogy, having conducted workshops in teaching ESL with video and other media for the ESL master’s degree program at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as having produced educational videos for teaching ESL, including the first American English-language teaching video broad - cast in the People’s Republic of China. He has authored language textbooks as well as articles on LaGuardia’s ePortfolio, First-Year Experience, and online advising programs. Dr Arcario’s work with first-year programs and learning communities led to him being recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Advocate by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition in 2007.

Dr. Vita C. Rabinowitz

Vita C. Rabinowitz is Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost at The City University of New York. Since her service in this role began in July 2015, she has worked to advance university priorities related to college readiness, degree completion, and workforce development as well as performance management and assessment, among other areas. She has also established CUNY’s Office of Faculty Affairs, which aims to work collaboratively with colleagues across the university to ensure that faculty are supported and recognized for their essential contributions to students, the University, and their disciplines. For nearly a decade prior to her current appointment, Dr. Rabinowitz served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hunter College, where she spent 37 years as a dedicated faculty member, taught and mentored thousands of students, and served in a variety of administrative positions. While there, Dr. Rabinowitz was the recipient of major NSF grants, including one that established the Gender Equity Project (GEP), which sought to advance women faculty in the natural and social sciences and became an incubator for faculty development. She served as co-director of the GEP for eight years. As provost, she received an NSF award to strengthen the many STEM enrichment programs and launch an Undergraduate Research Initiative.