Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.
Teaching Assistant Development Specialist
Kim is the Teaching Assistant (TA) Development Specialist in CELT, with over 15 years
of experience in higher education. She is passionate about undergraduate success,
graduate and postdoc professional development, science communication, and inspiring
students to become involved in research. She leads our teaching professional development
and TA training initiatives for TAs and Postdocs as well as helps faculty incorporate
inclusive teaching practices, active learning, and formative assessment in both in-person
and online courses. Additionally, Kim is an instructor in Undergraduate Biology and
the Undergraduate Colleges. Her research areas are: developing and evaluating the
effectiveness and effect on teaching confidence of both online and face-to-face graduate
teaching assistant pedagogy training, as well as determining effects of active learning
on student perceptions and outcomes. Kim collaborates closely with our Center for
Inclusive Education, where she leads pedagogy training for the IRACDA postdoctoral
program and the AGEP graduate program. Prior to her current position, she was Postdoctoral
Associate in CELT, Adjunct Faculty in Biology at SBU, Workshop Supervisor for the
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SBU, and Lab Technician at Cold Spring
Harbor Laboratory. She earned her PhD in Genetics from Stony Brook University, MS
in Neuroscience and Behavior from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and BS in Psychology/Biology
from Stony Brook University.
Amie Vedral Cohen, PH.D.
Assistant Director of Faculty Development - Testing Assessment, & Evaluation
Amie is the Assistant Director of Faculty Development - Testing, Assessment and Evaluation.
She has worked at Stony Brook University since 2009. Her previous positions were with
the Career Center and the Undergraduate Colleges. Amie recently earned her PhD in
Social Welfare from Stony Brook University, and her research interests focus on the
academic success of underrepresented students. She also holds a Masters in Mental
Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz. Amie is passionate about student-centered learning
and the diversification of assessment methods in college courses.
Testing Center Coordinator
Marla Gorman is Stony Brook's Testing Center Coordinator and has been a member of
the SBU Community since 2007. Her responsibilities include supervising staff, coordinating testing
services, and assisting in the development of and implementation of procedures, goals
and objectives. Prior to her work on campus, she attended Albany State then worked
twenty years in the marketing field. She has been an active member of the Three Village
area since 1988.
Kristin Hall, PH.D.
Kristin has over 15 years experience in higher education and is currently an Instructional
Designer at Stony Brook University. She has held other roles at Stony Brook including
Lead Academic Advisor and Library Assessment Specialist. She earned her Bachelor of
Science in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz, Master of Science in Academic Advising
at Kansas State University and PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning
from the University at Buffalo. She also holds a Teaching Online Certificate through
Quality Matters and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching from the University
Her main research interests are in online education/quality course design, cognitive
load theory/working memory, multimedia learning, evidence-based learning strategies,
self-regulation, and academic motivation. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.
Carol Hernandez, ED.D.
Senior Instructional Designer
Carol has taught and designed both in person and fully online courses for 10 years.
From 2014 to 2019 Carol served as an instructional designer at Long Island University.
While there, she also taught a fully online graduate course, Introduction to Teaching
Online. Carol returned to SBU in August 2019. She is currently teaching research and
assessment in the HEA Master’s program and a seminar on global news for Global Studies
102. In her prior career, Carol was a reporter and editor at Newsday before coming
to SBU in 2009 to teach in the School of Journalism. Her reporting has also appeared
in the Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and
the Dayton Daily News. She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting
at the Dayton Daily News and a Pulitzer winner at Newsday for team coverage in Spot
News. She holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s
in higher education administration from SBU. She is currently a doctor of education
candidate in organizational leadership at Northeastern University. Her research looks
at race, gender, and identity in educational development. She is a native Spanish
speaker and first-generation college graduate. For fun she likes running, reading,
and writing. Find her on Twitter @Carol_Ed_Dev or on LinkedIn .
Hyunjin Jinna Kim, PH.D.
Jinna is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Stony Brook University. She previously
taught English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for three years in a K-5 setting.
She also taught English as a Second Language, academic composition, multicultural
education, teaching methods and assessment, and teacher preparation practicum in higher
education for five years. She is interested in and has presented several professional
development workshop sessions to teachers and postsecondary level instructors to promote
culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy for diverse learners.
Jinna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ewha Womans University
in South Korea. She received her MA in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
from the Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
from the University of Florida.
Her research broadly focuses on the advocacy of marginalized populations and social
justice education in various educational settings including teacher education and
preparation, PreK-12 education, and postsecondary education. She studies issues related
to minoritized linguistic, cultural, ethnic, and racial identities in education and
explores ways to provide equitable and inclusive education.
Yiren Kong, PH.D.
Yiren is an educational researcher with research interests in educational technology
and language education. He recently joined CELT as a postdoctoral researcher after
graduating from University at Buffalo (UB) with a Ph.D. degree in CISL (Curriculum,
Instruction, and Science of Learning). Yiren also holds a master's degree in TESOL
(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from UB. Throughout the years, Yiren
had published his research in journals such as Computers & Education, International
Journal of Educational Research, Discourse Processes, and Linguistics and Education.
He had also presented his research at various international and national conferences.
In addition, Yiren had served as a reviewer for multiple conferences as well as journals
such as Computers & Education, American Educational Research Journal, and Review of
Educational Research. Yiren is always looking for opportunities to collaborate on
educational research projects. If you are interested in chatting about a research
idea or want to collaborate with CELT on any research project, feel free to reach
out to Yiren at email@example.com!
Joseph C. Lodato
Instructional Support, Video & Media Specialist
Joe started his career at Stony Brook University in 2007 as an Academic Advisor in
Academic & Transfer Advising Services. Joe's position has evolved to include the
management of the campus-wide student support system, Navigate. In addition, he manages
the design and development of several university websites and enjoys creating educational
video content for students, faculty, and staff throughout campus.
Rose Tirotta-Esposito, Ed.D.
Rose has over 20 years of experience in teaching, instructional design, and management,
both in K-12 and higher education. She is currently the Director of CELT, leading
the team that supports educators with traditional, blended, and online curriculum
design and integrating student-centered learning into their curriculum. Rose has an
Ed.D. in Learning and Teaching, Teacher Education with a concentration in English
Education from Hofstra University and an MS in Education, Secondary English Education/Technology
from St. John's University. Her research interests include active learning and learning
space design, online and blended learning, gamification, transmedia, and how electronic
communication modalities affect teaching and learning.
You can connect with her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on LinkedIn.
Jenny Zhang joined Stony Brook University Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
(CELT) as an instructional designer in June 2022. She brings 17 years of higher education
experience to her current role, having served as an instructional designer at St.
John’s University, New York (2016 – 2022), an instructional designer at Broward College,
Florida (2013 – 2016), and an instructional designer at Vaughn College of Aeronautics
and Technology, New York (2002 - 2010).
Zhang earned her bachelor degree in Economics from Zhejiang University, China. She
received her M.B.A. in computer information systems from St. John’s University, New
York, and M.S. in Instructional Technology from Touro College, New York.
Her research interests are AR/ VR immersive learning, humanizing online learning experience,
student engagement, and learning analytics.
Dini started her career at ABC News in Washington as their News Radio Director for
a 4-format news rotation during the exciting Judiciary Hearings and Watergate. She
then moved to television at ABC in Washington as Associate Director for the ABC Evening
News and later, America Held Hostage which became Nightline. Following her time at
ABC, she then moved to Atlanta to direct for the upstart CNN. Dini directed their
very first news show and a daily 3-hour news block for 5 years. Returning to her hometown
on Long Island, she worked as a political director and designer of the booking system
at the News 12 Long Island start-up. From there she worked as a director at the Book
Channel and the Court Channel, and finally at The Food Network as their lead director.
In 1999, Dini came to Stony Brook University to start-up two defunct television studios
which are now active daily in support of the School of Communications and Journalism
for daily classes and the other for support of the entire campus community. She also
teaches, produces videos, and supports the efforts of faculty to fulfill their video
needs in the areas of teaching, learning, and research.