John F. Sorrentino recently earned his PhD in French from the CUNY Graduate Center with a dissertation entitled Gide in the First Person: The “I” of Religion and Same-Sex Sexual Desire. His primary focus outside of French studies is in Educational Technology and Digital Humanities, and his interdisciplinary work includes extensive experience with both instructional technology and writing pedagogy across several disciplines, including art history, sociology, business, and the sciences.
He is currently the Post-Doctoral Digital Learning Fellow at the William E. Macaulay Honors College of CUNY, working with the Instructional Technology Fellows (ITF) and the Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Previously, John worked for three years at Brooklyn College as an ITF for Macaulay, before joining the Macaulay central team as a Senior IT Fellow, the Multimedia/Technology Associate, and eventually his current Post-Doctoral position.
His extensive work with faculty and students includes using a range of technology and media to produce thoughtful and creative student-centered learning. Projects range from blogging to website creation, employing multimedia and other technology tools to effectively execute assignments. Tools include WordPress, MediaWiki, Blackboard, iMovie, Keynote, GarageBand, PowerPoint, in addition to a range of web apps such as Prezi and timeline generators (Timeline JS and Dipity). Links to project websites are in the sidebar to the left.
John has also conceived, planned, and managed large events including a series of “Tech Fair” workshops, a private event at the Brooklyn Museum for Macaulay freshmen, as well as coordinated the laptop distribution for 550 incoming Honors College students. Further descriptions of these events can be found on the Events and Other Projects page.
Additionally, John is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and online for the New Hampshire Technical Institute. His previous teaching and teaching-related experiences include teaching French Language courses at Hunter and York Colleges, a Writing Fellowship at Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, and a University Research Foundation Fellowship in the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs. See the Professional Experience page for more information.