Professor of English at Briarwood College
Katerina Andriotis: A Modern Professor
Katerina Andriotis says the key to effective curriculum is to keep it engaging and accurate. Simply put, she believes that the key to a better educational system, is looking not at the students, but the curriculum itself, as well as the instructors teaching it. Dr. Andriotis believes that the most effective teaching methods are ones that are interactive, stay current, and involve humor and technology, as well as evoke an emotional response in their students. Too often instructors simply spew out information to their students in an assembly line process, failing to show each unique aspect of the subject, or to help draw connections that students can understand. Dr. Andriotis says that this is the education factory phenomenon, where a facility focuses more on how fast they can churn out degrees and professionals, rather than concerning themselves with how much retention the student will have, or how well they understood and interpreted the material. Dr. Andriotis believes that this is the intrinsic flaw in the education system of today.
Because of Katerina Andriotis's unique approach to teaching, as well as much of her research in the field, some have begun to dub her a new age professor, one who looks for more effective and engaging means of teaching. Dr. Andriotis says that technology and humor are among a few of the simple techniques teachers can employ to better catch the attention of their students, and that these methods are vital to the improvement and future of education as a whole. Dr. Andriotis continues her search for better curriculum by researching material for her latest book, one that addresses the effects on curriculum based on emotional and multiple intelligence.
Katerina Andriotis: Published Author
It seemed inevitable that Katerina Andriotis would eventually become a published author of her own, as a lover of writing, books, and literature in general, which is precisely what she did. Dr. Andriotis has had a long and extensive history and background in education and literature, and has become very interested in the theory of teaching itself, as well as the human mind and it's capacity to learn. It is that interest that inspired Dr. Andriotis to begin writing her own book on the subject of Multiple Intelligence and Curriculum Development. In the book, Dr. Andriotis focuses on the several forms that intelligence comes in, including rhythm, logic, and emotion, and their roles on learning and subsequent effects in the classroon. Dr. Andriotis also focuses on how curriculum for college courses is developed based around these theories, and how they can continue to be crafted and perfected.
Katerina Andriotis has always been in tune with the literature of both her time, and time before her, but has only recently entered the arena of writing and publishing her own works. Dr. Andriotis is currently engaged in a book of hers in which she covers the connection of emotional intelligence and multiple intelligence in higher education curriculum development. Simultaneously, Dr. Andriotis is currently engaged in the last bits of the editing process for her first fiction piece. Additionally, Dr. Andriotis has been writing and researching for an essay on “The Deterritorialization of Maria Nefeli and the Reterritorialization of Meaning in Odysseus Elytis’s Poetry,” which is currently under review for publication. Dr. Andriotis says that only by addressing the issues of education in America, can they ever be remedied. Katerina Andriotis says that she also continues to study the methodologies of teaching and curriculum, and that higher education remains among one of her key career concerns.
Katerina Andriotis: A Methodology of Teaching
Katerina Andriotis is an educator with many years of experience in higher education. Dr. Andriotis has taught mostly writing and philosophy throughout her career as an instructor, and over that course of time, has developed and cultivated her own beliefs. Dr. Andriotis is dedicated to the improvement of higher education through teaching itself, and administrative and assessment duties. Dr. Andriotis is passionate about being a present figure in the classroom and says that she would use any tools and means at her disposal to make sure that her class retains the material she teaches. Dr. Andriotis however is also aware that every student has different needs as far as their capacity and method for learning. It is for that reason that Dr. Andriotis makes it a point to explore every avenue of teaching so that she can reach each of her students on a personal level.
Katerina Andriotis says that life comes in many different shapes and sizes, as do people. It is no surprise to her then, that each of her students require a different kind of attention to help them learn her material. Dr. Andriotis learned early that everyone's capacity for learning is distinctly different, and has worked hard as a professional instructor to accommodate all learning needs. Dr. Andriotis says that the key is to not be rigid in your course curriculum, but flexible, offering a wide range of methods without limiting or stream lining the information in your lecture. Dr. Andriotis says that you have to be willing to try different things to reach students, including humor and interactive technology, anything to keep them engaged and learning. Dr. Andriotis says that often the difference between high and low retention is simply a matter of how bored the student was, which is why you should avoid stuffy lectures.
Katerina Andriotis: The Philanthropist
Katerina Andriotis is a woman that knows the importance of giving back to your community, and advocates charity in all forms. Dr. Andriotis does not take lightly her belief in charity, and advocates the idea that it is a moral obligation to help those less fortunate than you if you're capable of it. Dr. Andriotis says that there are simply too many great charity programs out there not in need of just financial help, but simply dedicated volunteers who want to make a difference. Dr. Andriotis says that caring about the welfare of your fellow man is one of the most important aspects of life, and that people should make it a point to do their part to contribute. Dr. Andriotis's personal contributions to her community include her work with the Suicide Awareness and Prevention programs in New York. With Dr. Andriotis's contributions, the Suicide Awareness and Prevention program helps aid both young and old folks who are having a hard time struggling with depression and hopelessness, offering the a lifeline, or sometimes just another person to talk to..
Katerina Andriotis says that too often people don't realize how impactful a small gesture can be, and that often, it can even save lives. Dr. Andriotis knows this because of her work with the Suicide Awareness and Prevention programs in New York. Her many charitable contributions to this group including time and finances, have helped many people who felt their situation in life was hopeless. Dr. Andriotis says that many of these feelings are a result of isolation, and that simply having a fresh person to talk to and a new perspective can literally be the difference between life and death for these individuals.
Katerina Andriotis: Awards and Accolades
Over the course of Katerina Andriotis's impressive and storied career as an educator she has received numerous accommodations and accolades for her accomplishments and contributions to the field. Dr. Andriotis says that these awards are a result of nothing more than passion, as well as determination to raise the bar for education not just in her home state of New York, but across the nation as a whole. Dr. Andriotis's philosophy when approaching teaching is to set and uphold standards, and never stray or deviate from them once set, which has proven to be an effective method over the years. Using this method, Dr. Andriotis has received awards such as the Governor Service Award in Hartford Connecticut in 2006. Not satisfied there, Dr. Andriotis would also win the Excellence in Academic Advising Award for her pragmatic advice to her students about professional and educational pursuits.
Katerina Andriotis's accumulated accolades and accomplishments are a testament to her dedication and drive towards the overall goal of improving the institution of education in America. Winning awards such as the Merit Award in Middletown CT, Dr. Andriotis has continued to show us just what it means to be a conscientious member of society, as well as an excellent educator with the welfare of her students held in the highest regards. Dr. Andriotis also received the Star Employee of the Month, award in Middletown, CT for her extensive contributions to their programs. The list of Dr. Andriotis's accomplishments goes on and on, showing a history of excellence and a set of standards that everyone should try to model, regardless of career choice. With educators with a calibur of excellence such as Katerina Andriotis, the future of the American institution of higher education looks bright.
Katerina Andriotis: St. Joseph’s College
Katerina Andriotis has graced many a higher education institutions hallway with her infectious smile and go getter personality. Many or Dr. Andriotis's students say that her passion as a professor for academia and general excellence was infectious, and they inspired her students to perform with their utmost effort. Dr. Andriotis says that the key to being a good instructor is as simple as leading by example, and not expecting a student to uphold a principle or ideal that you will not. Dr. Andriotis enacted this teaching philosophy the most when she became the Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue New York in 2009. St. Joseph's College has a rich history and is best described by the official website itself, which says, “Founded in 1916, St. Joseph’s is an independent, coeducational college with campuses in Long Island and Brooklyn, New York. In small classes with attentive professors, our approximately 5,000 diverse students find joy in learning as they develop their potential and prepare for career opportunities. We have a long history of providing an excellent, yet affordable, college education, and our efforts have not gone unrecognized.”
Katerina Andriotis says that her time as Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. Joseph's College was a learning experience not just for her students, but for her herself. Dr. Andriotis says that colleges such as St. Josephs foster the importance of individual, high level focus education, and is not simply an education factory like most institutions, but a place that fosters learning and growth through nurture. Dr. Andriotis says that institutions such as St. Joseph's College set an example and standard for education that the nation as a whole would do well to draw from.
Katerina Andriotis: Multiple Intelligences
Katerina Andriotis is a veteran educator who has divided her professional experience between administration and the classroom. She also enjoys investigating new ideas, and writing about them. “I am an author who loves research and writing, and devotes a good part of my life to it,” she says.
Katerina Andriotis has written several books and published many highly regarded essays and articles, including, “The Use of Multiple Intelligence, Humor, and Technology in the College Composition Classroom: A Practical Approach,” and “Using Multiple Intelligences to Engage Adult Learners in the Writing/ESL Classroom.”
One of her particular areas of interest is the notion of multiple intelligences, a theory first advanced by developmental psychologist Howard Gardner. Katerina Andriotis had to conduct extensive research on the types of intelligences. “At first, Gardner clearly documented seven multiple intelligences which learners may utilize to gain knowledge and then added two additional intelligences,” Katerina Andriotis wrote. She argues that there are distinct intelligences that include visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, logical-mathematical intelligence, and much more.
Katerina Andriotis says it is difficult to measure these types of intelligences with standardized tests, and she is critical of the use of such tests to measure intelligence and judge human potential. In her work in higher education, she understands that intelligence isn’t as clear as standardized tests have historically made it seem.
“Katerina’s passionate about improving education for everyone,” says a colleague. Through her research and administrative works, Katerina Andriotis hopes she can positively impact the classroom. She is committed to helping students learn, assessing their strengths, and providing them with the opportunity that they need to succeed. Without assessing student capability and classroom structure, Katerina Andriotis fears that many students wll fall through the cracks since their type of intelligence might not mesh with the standardized norm.
Katerina Andriotis: Advisors and Students
Katerina Andriotis has spent her adult life in academia. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where she received her BA in Classics, and a 1992 graduate of San Diego State University, where she received an MA in English and Comparative Literature. Katerina Andriotis received her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature in 1997 from The University of Athens.
Katerina Andriotis has taught writing, literature, and philosophy courses since 1992, has held a Yale University Fellowship in Teaching and Learning, a Leadership Fellowship, and has had extensive experience in program development, First Year student services, and Writing Across the Curriculum. She knows there are few things more important than keeping up with the latest methodologies, and works hard to ensure that both her theories and her practice are in tune with the latest knowledge on a variety of subjects.
A trend that Katerina Andriotis believes is here to stay has to do with the nature of the relationship between the advisor and the advisee. No advisor/advisee relationship should be unprofessional, of course, but a connection between the advisor and the student can help facilitate a greater dialogue about the students' scholastic objectives. This can help the advisor better assist the student in realizing those goals.
Katerina Andriotis says it is imperative for an advisor to help students become more engaged with their education. Being able to connect academic advising to actual academia results in a powerful synergy that can greatly accelerate classroom learning, as the student will have a better sense of the big picture, Katerina Andriotis says.
Seminars will also help students by giving them real life experiences to connect with their educational plans. Katerina Andriotis advocates a holistic approach to the learning process, wherein students are allowed to fully understand the purpose of education and the means by which they absorb information.
Katerina Andriotis also promotes the concept of multiple intelligences, which recognizes that different people have different learning styles. This makes it even more important to have an interpersonal relationship with the student, so that the advisor can better figure out the kind of intelligence that he or she exhibits and can help guide them.
Katerina Andriotis: Diverse Students
Katerina Andriotis has divided her academic experience between the classroom and in University administration. She is also the author of numerous articles that have appeared in many academic and professional journals.
Katerina Andriotis understands that professors have a unique challenge when it comes to teaching such diverse groups of individuals. She has a long-standing interest in the ways that people learn, and in the idea that people have different kinds of intelligence.
Katerina Andriotis has been fascinated by the concept of multiple intelligence, and has spent a great deal of time researching it. Essentially, she has concluded that there are different kinds of intelligence that include the following: bodily-kinesthetic, visual-spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, logical-mathematical intelligence, linguistic, and several others. In order to have an effective classroom that appeals to all students, it is important to be able to appeal to all of these different kinds of intelligences, or, at least, as many as possible.
Multiple intelligence is why Katerina Andriotis rejects standardized testing as a way to measure the intelligence of students. There are certain minds, she argues, that are better equipped to perform at standardized tests, when compared to others. This means that standardized testing is extremely skewed, in the opinion of Katerina Andriotis.
Katerina Andriotis' writings on the subject have included The Use of Multiple Intelligence, Humor, and Technology in the College Composition Classroom: A Practical Approach; and Using Multiple Intelligences to Engage Adult Learners in the Writing/ESL Classroom.
With this knowledge about multiple intelligences, Katerina Andriotis can help better calibrate dissemination of knowledge to a diversity of students.
Katerina Andriotis: Researcher and Author
Katerina Andriotis holds a Ph.D. in in American Literature, Culture and Ideology, and is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Multiple Intelligences and Curriculum Development (Tate Publishing, 2012), and Walt Whitman and Odysseus Elytis (Tate Publishing, 2010).
Katerina Andriotis has taught writing, literature, and philosophy courses since 1992, has held a Yale University Fellowship in Teaching and Learning, a Leadership Fellowship, and has had extensive experience in program development. Her research addresses philosophy, literature, and teaching, and has been published in numerous academic and professional journals.
Katerina Andriotis is the former Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. Joseph’s College in New York. Before that she served as Assistant Dean, and was promoted to Associate Dean at the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences, of New Jersey City University. She was a Professor of English and Academic Advisement Coordinator at Middlesex College in Connecticut for five years, and worked at Briarwood College for five years as Professor of English, ESL Program Director, and English Department Coordinator.
Katerina Andriotis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from The University of California, Irvine, and an Masters in English and Comparative Literature from San Diego State University. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from The University of Athens in 1997. She is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
Katerina Andriotis: Plato and Women
Plato’s Women: Postmodern Pitfalls is Katerina Andriotis’s examination of Plato’s Theory of Forms. Through her painstaking analysis of historic evidence and an examination of original texts, Katerina Andriotis argues that Plato may in fact have included women in worldly wisdom.
Katerina Andriotis has never shied away from controversial topics in her own academic writings, and she encourages others to do so as well. Katerina Andriotis has a Bachelor’s degree in Classics, and a Ph.D. in American Literature, Culture, and Ideology.
Katerina Andriotis is a diligent researcher who has published many other articles, including Engaging Adult Learners in the Writing/ESL Classroom, which appeared in the College Quarterly in 2005. Katerina Andriotis hopes that her work will have a positive impact on higher education and scholarship.
Other essays by Katerina Andriotis include Making the Most of Multiple Intelligence: Humor in Higher Education and Using Multiple Intelligence to Bring a Boring Subject to Life: Tearless Grammar Instruction in the College Composition Classroom. Still, despite a plethora of lauded articles, Katerina Andriotis is best known for her critically and academically acclaimed writings on unified Feminist Theory, Plato, and their role in today’s society and culture.
Katerina Andriotis is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. She is also the author of several books. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Academic Advising award in 2005. Though her career also requires her to work on the administrative side of education, Katerina Andriotis applies her love of English wherever she can.