Joseph Ugoretz earned his masters degree in the Teaching of English at Columbia University Teachers College, and his doctorate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is currently Senior Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is also an adjunct faculty member of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Certificate Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.
Dr. Ugoretz has taught high school English, served as a professor of English at a large urban community college and has led initiatives across the liberal arts, particularly in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) disciplines. He has taught fully online courses, first-year honors seminars, graduate courses, and high school English, as well as faculty development programs from workshops to retreats to unconferences. He currently serves on the board of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and is a leader in open flexible eportfolios and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
At Macaulay, Dr. Ugoretz supervises the entire Academic Affairs team, the faculty and curriculum of all the Macaulay seminars, and frequently teaches the Arts in New York Seminar as well as upper level seminars in Science Fiction and the Future of Education. Events and activities like the Night at the Museum, Snapshot NYC, BioBlitz and the Science Forward video series are examples of what he and his team provide to Macaulay students.
Aside from the scholarship of teaching and learning, Dr. Ugoretz’ research interests include Urban Legends and Internet Lore, Science Fiction, and Oral Performance Art (the subject of his fieldwork with pitchmen at county fairs and carnivals, and of his essay, “Quacks, Yokels, and Light-Fingered Folk: Oral Performance Art at the Fair” in the 2006 collection Americana: Readings in American Popular Culture).