Bard MAT Faculty and Staff 2022 - 2023
Molly Albrecht, Education Faculty
Molly lives with her family in the Hudson Valley where she enjoys hiking with her daughter and two standard poodles.
Jaime Osterman Alves, Associate Professor of Literature and MAT Faculty Chair, Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program; and Faculty Associate, Institute for Writing & Thinking
Jaime Alves is an associate professor of literature and the MAT faculty chair in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College. She also teaches a variety of courses in the undergraduate college, and develops programming to support new- and mentor teachers in secondary schools, through international partnerships with OSUN network faculty, and locally throughout the Hudson Valley. Areas of particular research interest include nineteenth-century literary representations of schoolgirls and female education; domesticity and gender studies; science, medicine and disability studies; newspapers/periodicals and archival research; museums as purveyors of knowledge and sites of informal learning. Among other publications, Jaime's scholarship has been featured in Legacy and American Culture, Canons, and the Case of Elizabeth Stoddard; she is the author of Fictions of Female Education in the Nineteenth Century (Routledge 2009; paperback 2013).
E-Mail: [email protected]
Elizabeth Charest, Program Assistant, Bard MAT and Al-Quds Bard College
Elizabeth is the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program assistant, working with the MAT faculty to provide general administrative support to the program. In addition, Elizabeth is the Al-Quds Bard program assistant working with the program associate and manager in the day-to-day implementation of all joint programs. Prior to joining the Bard community, Elizabeth obtained her B.A in English from St John's University. Elizabeth is passionate about connecting people through the arts and education where individuals feel seen, heard and inspired to create. When not in the office, Elizabeth loves to express her creativity through painting and writing.
Sarah Cioffi, English Language Learners (ELL/ ENL)
B.A., University of Vermont; MAT, Union College; NYS District Leader, NYS School Building Leader; NYS Certification in French and Spanish
Derek Lance Furr, Dean of Teacher Education; Bard MAT Program Director; Literature Faculty
B.A., Wake Forest University; M.Ed., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Dean of Teacher Education and a literature professor in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College. He also teaches for the Bard Prison Initiative and the Institute for Writing and Thinking. He is the author of three books--Recorded Poetry and Poetic Reception from Edna Millay to the Circle of Robert Lowell (Palgrave 2010), Suite For Three Voices (Fomite 2012), and Semitones (2015)--and has recent work in Jacket2, Twentieth Century Literature, and Raritan. Before coming to Bard, he was an English Language Arts teacher and reading specialist in the Charlottesville City Schools.Phone: 845-758-7136
E-mail: [email protected]
Lauren Collet-Gildard, Education
B.A., SUNY New Paltz; MAT, Bard College; Ph.D., University at Albany. Lauren is a social studies educator and adjunct faculty member in the Bard MAT program. Her interests include critical pedagogy and social justice in education, and her research focuses on media literacy and discussions of controversial issues in secondary classrooms.
Email: [email protected]
Erica Kaufman, Director, Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College
B.A., Douglass College, Rutgers University, M.F.A, New School University, dissertation in Composition and Rhetoric at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Kaufman is the Director of the Institute for Writing & Thinking and Assistant Professor of Education. She has taught in the English Department at Baruch College, worked with the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, and served as a Curriculum Specialist for the Holocaust Educators Network. She has been a visiting writer and visiting professor at Naropa University and Parsons the New School for Design. Her publications include the full-length poetry collections INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books 2013) and censory impulse (Factory School 2009). Kaufman is the co-editor of Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014) and of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Venn Diagram, 2009). Prose and critical work can be found in: Jacket2, Open Space/SFMOMA and in The Color of Vowels: New York School Collaborations (ed. Mark Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Additional critical work is forthcoming in the MLA Guide to Teaching Gertrude Stein (eds. L. Esdale and D. Mix) and Reading Experimental Writing (ed. Georgina Colby). Kaufman also co-coordinates the Teacher Resource Center for the Modern & Contemporary American Poetry MOOC in collaboration with the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Current research interests include: Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines; the interstices between contemporary poetics and Composition & Rhetoric; multiliteracies; feminism and the epic poem; and intergenerational Holocaust Studies.
E-Mail: [email protected]
Mary C. Krembs, Director, Citizen Science; Mathematics Faculty
B.A., Marist College; M.S., Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Research interests: computational geometry, mathematics and music, and software development methodology.
Cecilia Maple ’01, Director of MAT Admission and Student Affairs; Teacher Certification Consultant, Bard High School Early College Network
BA, Bard College; MA, Pace University. Cecilia is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership through Endicott College's School of Education.
Cecilia has been with the program since its inception in 2003. She is an educator and ally, as well as an animal lover and activist. Cecilia lives with an ever-growing family of rescued critters (from dogs to newts and everything in between).
Joseph Nelson, Education
BA, Loyola University; MA, Marquette University; MS Hunter College; Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Moraima Ortiz, history faculty
B.A. History and Anthropology, Bard College; MAT, Bard College.
Moraima lives in Washington, DC and is currently a Special Education Humanities Teacher at a public charter school. When she's not teaching, Moraima is a doctoral student at the George Washington University pursuing her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with an interest in student writing and the ways that students experience being a student in a classroom with being agents of history. In her free time, Moraima loves to bake, do house projects, and spend time with her cats and partner. She's particularly excited to be working with MAT students in the same school that inspired her to become a teacher.
Michael Sadowski, Associate Dean of the College; Associate Professor, Bard MAT
B.S. Northwestern University; Ed.M. Ed.D., Harvard University
Michael Sadowski, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, also serves as Director of Inclusive Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Dean’s Office and an Associate Professor in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. He teaches courses in youth identity development in the MAT program and LGBTQ+ Issues in U.S. Education in the Human Rights program. In addition to Bard, Michael has been an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he completed his doctorate, and was a visiting professor in 2016-17 at Stanford University.
Michael has published extensively on the issues affecting LGBTQ+ students, immigrant students, and adolescents more broadly. His 2016 book Safe Is Not Enough was featured by NPR and was cited by GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings as "the most important book written on LGBTQ issues in education in my lifetime." His other books include In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood (Temple University Press, 2013), based on a seven-year longitudinal interview study, Portraits of Promise: Voices of Successful Immigrant Students (Harvard Education Press, 2013), and the edited volume Adolescents at School (Harvard Education Press, 2020), now in its third edition and used in teacher education programs around the country and abroad.
He also is the editor of the Youth Development and Education book series for Harvard Education Press and was editor of the Harvard Education Letter, for which he won a National Press Club Award. Michael is also a creative nonfiction writer. His memoir, Men I've Never Been, was shortlisted pre-publication for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for Nonfiction and will be released in Spring 2021 as part of the Living Out series by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Cassandra Taylor, Visiting Faculty, Teacher Opportunity Corps II Advisor
B.S.E., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; M.S.E. in both Secondary English Education and Secondary Special Education, SUNY New Paltz. Cassandra Taylor is a English Language Arts teacher with over twenty-five years of experience in the classroom. She has helped pioneer African American Literature and History courses in both her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in Kingston, New York, and has been a guest lecture on many social justice issues ranging from Black feminism, African Traditional Religions, poetry and literature from the prison system, and the importance of trauma-based care in residential facilities for youth. Cassandra is also the Curriculum Coordinator for The Underground Center - a nonprofit based in Saugerties, New York that teaches sustainable agriculture and natural building skills to those most marginalized by current sustainability movements.
Wendy Tronrud ’08, Associate Director of Teaching Programs, Bard Prison Initiative
B.A., Barnard College; M.A.T., Bard College; PH.D., CUNY Graduate Center
Wendy Urban-Mead, Associate Professor of History, Bard MAT
B.A., Carleton College; M.A., University at Albany; Ph.D., Columbia University. She is the author of The Gender of Piety: Faith, Family, and Colonial Rule in Matabeleland Zimbabwe (Ohio University Press, 2015). Areas of interest include African history, with emphasis on southern Africa; European imperialism; history of Christianity in Africa; religion and gender; the history of the First World War in global context. Taught secondary school social studies for five years in Red Hook and Arlington, New York, school districts. Member, American Historical Association, World History Association, The Africa Network, American Society of Church History, African Studies Association, Britain Zimbabwe Society. Awards: German Academic Exchange Service Grant (1984-85), Richard Hofstadter Fellowship (1995-2000), Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Grant (1999). Past editor of Social Sciences & Missions (Brill, 2007-2017). Articles in Journal of Religion in Africa, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Women's History Review, and chapters in Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960 (Duke, 2010), Gendering Ethnicity in African Women's Lives, ed. Jan Bender Shetler (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015), and African Christian Biography, ed. Dana Robert (Cluster Publications, 2018.)
E-Mail: [email protected]
Dumaine Williams, Vice President and Dean of the Early Colleges; Adjunct Faculty, Bard MAT
Dr. Dumaine Williams (Vice President and Dean of the Early College) oversees academic programming across the Bard Early College campuses and promotes the Sequence’s academic quality and integration with the broader Bard network. Dr. Williams was previously the founding principal of Bard High School Early College Newark and Bard High School Early College Cleveland. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from Stony Brook University; an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University; and a B.A. in Biology from Bard College.