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Affiliated Faculty

Marion Ben-Jacob, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Mercy College

William Farber, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education, Mercy College

Renee Haskew-Layton, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Natural Science, Mercy College

Wendy Mages, Associate Professor, Childhood Education, Mercy College



Dr. Amanda M. Gunning


Dr. Gunning is an Associate Professor of Secondary Science Education at Mercy and Chairman of the Department of Secondary Education.   She is Co-Director of the Greater NY Wipro Science Education Fellowship and was the Director of the Step up to STEM Grant at Mercy.  She is also working with the Yonkers School District on a Math Science Partnership and is co-PI on a brand new (2018)  NSF Grant Preparing Master Teacher Fellows in STEM.  

Her areas of specialty are Physics and Engineering, and teacher education in STEM.


Latanya Brandon

Education Research and Outreach Associate

September 2018: Latanya Brandon joins the Center for STEM Education after 10 years as a classroom science teacher in New York City where she participated in numerous partnerships, grant, and professional development opportunities to strengthen her pedagogy and to create a variety of learning experiences for students. She found herself driven to the research aspect of science education and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Connecticut. Her areas of interest include science teaching and learning, teacher leadership and development, community partnerships, and school conditions. Latanya will be putting this interest into practice as she does research and leads the second phase of the Wipro Science Education Fellowship for the CSE.  Her outside interests include time connecting with family, friends, and pets.


Dr. Meghan E. Marrero


Dr. Marrero is Professor of Secondary Science Education at Mercy. She is Co-Director of the Wipro Science Education Fellowship, and the Director of the Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI), an NSF Grant for training undergraduate Science and Math Teachers. In 2018 she was elected President of the National Marine Educators Association and did a Fulbright research semester at the National College of Ireland, Dublin, where she collected data for the international implementation of FLORES (Family Learning and Outreach for Research and Education in STEM).

Dr. Marrero's research interests are in ocean literacy (she co-authored a high school marine science textbook), and teacher education in STEM.


Mary Ushay

Projects Coordinator

Since 2014, Mary has been the Grant Facilitator for both Mercy's Wipro Science Education Fellowship and the Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI), and oversees the running of all activities under the CSE Umbrella.  She came to Mercy College after many years of volunteering in the Tuckahoe School District to enrich curriculum, as an after school teacher and organizer, and as PTA President and Tuckahoe School Foundation Secretary. She especially enjoys working with the undergraduates to help them realize their potential in the science and education fields.