Panel: Teaching & Learning in Community College Contexts

April 25th @ 2 PM – 3:30 PM

Community Colleges serve almost half of the undergraduate students in the United States. They provide many students’ first contact with higher education, especially for historically underserved populations. The work of community college faculty is complex, teaching a heavy load of classes, helping students navigate their disciplines and the institution, and also pursuing their own scholastic interests. 

The Teaching and Learning Center, the Writing Center, and the Humanities Alliance at the CUNY Graduate Center are pleased to host a panel showcasing the work of CUNY Community College faculty whose research is connected to their teaching. Hailing from different institutions and disciplines, these faculty members will also discuss the evolving relationship between teaching and research and the institutional conditions that support them. Participants will learn about the expectations, challenges and possibilities of teaching and researching at a community college.

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About the Panelists

Shawna Brandle is a Professor of Political Science at Kingsborough Community College in the City University of New York. She also teaches in the Digital Humanities Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Brandle has a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Center. Her research areas include human rights, media coverage of human rights and refugee issues, and Open Educational Resources in higher education. Recently, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. She posts ungated research, teaching resources, and a sporadic blog at She is the author of Television News and Human Rights in the US & UK: The Violations Will Not Be Televised, and her current book project is co-authored with Dr. Janet Reilly. She spends her spare time making art with her family.  


Dr. Richa Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. She is a Molecular Biologist with over 20 years of experience in research on the pathogenesis of Mycobacteria and the strategies to develop new drugs against them. She routinely mentors students in laboratory research projects, as part of undergraduate research programs at CUNY. Dr. Gupta also serves as the Mentor of the College STEM club and the Advising Liaison for Natural Sciences. In terms of her formal academic journey, she completed her Bachelor’s in Science (Honors) and Masters degrees, both in Biochemistry from University of Delhi, following which she graduated from the department of Microbiology and Cell Biology at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore with a PhD degree in Biology. In 2008, she was selected for a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, to conduct studies on the DNA repair mechanisms of mycobacteria. Dr. Gupta has published several peer-reviewed articles on her research in leading biomedical journals. She has also published book chapters and articles on her recent pedagogical work. Experts in the field have also written commentaries on her scientific work. 


Christine M. Jacknick, Professor of Academic Literacy & Linguistics at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, is a conversation analyst who examines institutional interaction, particularly in classrooms. Her research emphasizes the pairing of rigorous, line-by-line discourse analysis with larger social theories, underscoring the relevance of interactional practices to the classroom realities of teachers and students. Her research has been published in Journal of Pragmatics and Classroom Discourse, and her monograph Multimodal Participation and Engagement: Social Interaction in the Classroom was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2021.