Professor Jessica Lang’s initiatives contribute to a better learning environment – The Ticker
In the second semester, I had the opportunity to learn under the guidance of many qualified teachers. However, my time as a student at English teacher Jessica Lang’s Specialty Seminar, The Arts of New York City, has shaped my college experience so far.
Lang’s approach to teaching this seminar, which is one of four courses in the CUNY Macaulay Honors program, has inspired his students to unleash their full potential. As most of the class agreed during our time together, we were too used to our work being marked with an open eye just because we were honorary students.
At the time, Lang was chairman of the English department at Baruch College and a professor in the department. Lang has since been named Dean of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences – a position she has held since July 2020.
Throughout his time at Baruch, Lang implemented many initiatives that created a better learning environment for all Bearcats, ranging from past and current students to faculty members. Specifically, Lang created a peer mentoring program for pre-tenured faculty members with the goal of highlighting the accomplishments of deserving faculty.
In addition to her work in faculty development, she also launched a micro-study abroad program during CUNY’s winter break in January to give students an additional opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills. global perspective.
Lang has an innate ability to teach. A natural educator, Lang grew up surrounded by education.
With both parents being philosophy teachers, she learned what it took to inspire greatness in the confines of her own family. Inspired to pursue a career as an educator in the humanities through her summer reading of classical works written by Russian authors such as Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Lang set her sights on reviewing graduate studies.
From transitioning from being on a pre-medical track to pursuing the humanities, Lang is no stranger to change.
Although Lang started her career at Baruch in 2004 as an assistant professor, her accomplishments predate her employment.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, Lang continued her education by attending Washington University in St. Louis where she obtained her Master of Arts. Finally, Lang obtained his doctorate from Brandeis University and was
Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellow before starting her tenure at Baruch.
In addition to her position as dean and professor, Lang is also the founding director of Newman at the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center in Baruch.
As an American Jewish woman, Lang’s administration and teaching is shaped by her plethora of unique experiences.
Although she wears many hats of responsibility within the Baruch community, she is able to contribute anything in every endeavor.
Personally, I have had glimpses of how Lang is viewed by both his students and colleagues throughout my time in his class.
By tapping into his personal and highly talented network of friends, Lang was able to give my classmates and I behind-the-scenes access to various art galleries, as well as exposure to traditional arts such as the Metropolitan Opera production. of “Madame Butterfly”.
By showing us the most intimate parts of the city’s art portfolio, we were able to take away enough memories to go beyond the limits of this semester.
In addition, she also spared no effort to improve the graded personal contributions of the classes. Even though it was originally quite confusing to be held to such high standards so early in our academic careers as first-semester freshmen, the in-depth review of our submissions and Lang’s meticulous scoring ensued. turned out to be another bonus for the class.
While we were in Lang’s classroom, we were reminded that chilling out won’t get you far. By motivating us on a daily basis and helping us improve our existing skills, I believe I can speak for my classmates when I say that Lang has made a major contribution to our academic level.
“I think everything we do is totally gender shaped,” Lang said when asked if being a woman has affected her experience and career trajectory.
Nevertheless, Lang believes that she has found her perfect place in the English discipline. Offering a great diversity of gender in the educational field, the English subject is more favorable to women, allowing greater opportunities for advancement.
Having had so many unique experiences and roles over the years, Lang credits much of his success to landing a job at Baruch. In her own words, she has a purpose throughout every working day because of the CUNY mission.
With CUNY’s mission to advance the study of the arts and sciences in the lives of students from limited socio-economic backgrounds, Lang is proud to be a part of something so rewarding.
“It is rare for a job to live and carry out its mission every day, but Baruch gives me this,” Lang said.