Thursday, November 15, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Rees Shad of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College the 2012 New York State Professor of the Year. He was selected for this honor from a group of nearly 300 top educators in the United States. A Professor of the Year was recognized in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Professor Shad was the driving force behind the creation of Hostos Community College’s Media Design Program, where he has taught various courses since 2008. The program introduces students to the world of professional media design by offering AAS degrees in graphic design, animation, music production, audio engineering and game design.
Also an accomplished musician, bandleader and producer, Professor Shad worked with the college’s Office of Academic Affairs to develop digital design, animation and music curriculum, including 50 classes with associated syllabi, degree program proposals, lab designs, and the outlining of hardware and software requirements.
Most recently, Professor Shad was instrumental in securing a $610,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for “Designing Future for Games: Games for Multi-Media.” He and his collaborator, Professor Catherine Lewis, believe this program will help to engage media students more thoroughly with science and mathematics. The grant will help to facilitate Media Design students’ understanding of STEM-based subjects by framing math and science within game design. This will serve as the foundation for programming-centric courses and provide students with the skills they need to pursue careers in interactive media as well as other STEM-centric fields.
This summer, Professor Shad created a textbook with the assistance of Hostos students and alumni. The book, Einstein & the Honeybee: An Introduction to Game Design and Game Development, is available from Amazon as well as traditional bookstores, and it is being used as the main textbook for the Introduction to Game Design class at the college.
“I am honored to receive this award. It could not have been possible without the help and support of my fellow faculty and the administration here at Hostos. But most importantly, it is a testament to our students who have embraced the new ideas and challenges we put forward each day as they strive to compete in the new digital world we live in,” Professor Shad said.
Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez has praised Professor Shad’s work: “Rees has the unique ability to engage students like few others. From developing programs and curriculum to utilizing cutting-edge learning materials and tools, he has prepared our students to compete for jobs in a variety of technological fields. This award also shows that Hostos Community College is not afraid of the future, but embraces it.”
Professor Shad holds an M.F.A. in Design & Technology from Parsons The New School For Design; an M.S. in Technical Communication with a focus on human computer interaction and a certificate in graphics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and a B.A. in English Literature and English History from Skidmore College.
CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. TIAA-CREF, one of America's leading financial services organizations and higher education's premier retirement system, became the principal sponsor for the awards ceremony in 2000. Additional support for the program is received from a number of higher education associations, including Phi Beta Kappa, which sponsors an evening congressional reception.
CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected four national winners. CASE and Carnegie select state winners from top entries resulting from the judging process. Professor Shad was selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge.
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Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is one of the largest associations of educational institutions in the world with more than 3,500 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in 74 countries. Since 1974, CASE has helped its members build relationships with their communities, raise funds, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession and foster public support of education. For more information, go to: www.case.org.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence and structured opportunities to build knowledge. It was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an Act of Congress. For more information, go to: www.carnegiefoundation.org.
About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to over 7,000 students in 2012. The College also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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