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Visiting Scholar: Dr. Hefer Bembenutty

Posted by Jamie.Lettre on Friday January 7, 2011

The Nyack College School of Education NYC students are still discussing a visit from educator, researcher, journal editor, and scholar, Dr. Hefer Bembenutty.  Recently returning from a trip to speak at the University of Oslo, in Norway, Dr. Bembenutty introduced Nyack educational psychology students to social cognitive theories, specifically self-regulation and self-efficacy.  He used the figures of Spiderman and Dr. Octopus as characters to demonstrate self-regulation and self-efficacy in practice. 

Seniors were invited to a lunch with Dr. Bembenutty, Dr. White and Professor Velez.  In a very relaxed atmosphere, Dr. Bembenutty shared his own educational experiences and the methods he utilized to navigate the very challenging arena of the English Language Learner in College and University settings.  His philosophy of teaching and learning provided our seniors with realistic and valuable tools for present and future planning.

Dr. Bembenutty is an assistant professor in Educational Psychology at Queens College of The City University of New York in the Department of Secondary and Youth Services; He also serves as the department chair of the Assessment Committee. In addition to having many articles published in professional journals, he has most recently served as guest editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics. Additional information about his publications can be found at: http://www.heferbembenutty.com/news.html. Twice a year Dr, Bembenutty travels to the University of Michigan where he is a visiting scholar.

Lastly, Dr. Bembenutty has been supportive of the research studies conducted by the NYC Faculty.  His guidance and input have assisted the department as we strive to become even stronger in our pursuit of research based scholarship.  It was at his recommendation that Dr. White was invited to participate in a Scholarly Symposium at the American Educational Researchers Association in April of 2011.

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