The full-time faculty of Boricua College are known as Educational Facilitators. “Facilitation” has been implemented as a method of instruction for nearly forty years to fulfill Boricua’s non-traditional mission and goals.

Neither detailed planning nor comprehensive documentation and assessment can ensure the integration of Boricua students’ learning experiences without the work of the Educational Facilitator. Facilitators are the key figures in the College’s educational program.

Performing a faculty role virtually unknown in traditional institutions, each Boricua Facilitator is responsible for the educational development of twenty-two students, whom they meet with individually and in small groups each week of the learning cycle.

The Facilitator works with students in a transactional process to achieve a synthesis and mastery of the skills, knowledge, and values required for life-long learning and for professional and scholarly competence.

Roles and Responsibilities of Educational Facilitator

Faculty Manual (pdf)

The Faculty Facilitators at the center of Boricua’s educational programs are full-time faculty members assigned for the academic year to either the Manhattan or Brooklyn Campus. Faculty Facilitators’ primary responsibilities include:

  • Preparing, in advance of each learning cycle, schedules and course syllabi for Individualized Instruction, Colloquia, and Experiential Studies courses;
  • Developing no fewer than three sets of Instructional Modules, focused on intellectual competencies and subject matter, for Individualized Instruction;
  • Meeting with assigned students individually for one hour each week during the learning cycle.
  1. Guiding students in sharpening the cognitive and intellectual skills necessary to complete their Learning Contracts.
  2. Diagnosing and facilitating the elimination of cognitive, affective and psychomotor obstacles to learning.
  3. Guiding students in focusing their energies on the learning objectives and tasks agreed upon.
  4. Preparing scholarly research, reports, articles, or books.
  5. Meeting with field supervisors and adjunct faculty who work with their Faculty Facilitator’s students during a learning cycle and obtaining periodic reports of the students’ progress in their internships and in Theoretical and Cultural Studies.

Roles of Adjuncts and Field Supervisors

To supplement the services of Faculty Facilitators the College engages, from time to time, on a part-time basis, the services of individuals regularly employed by other institutions in the New York area.Adjunct Faculty are engaged to teach a single course of instruction for a given learning cycle in the field of Theoretical and Cultural Studies.

Field Supervisors are honorary adjunct faculty, engaged to supervise the internship of one or more students for a given learning cycle at a particular institution or other work site outside the College.

Instruction

Victor G. Alicea
Professor, Human Services
BS, 1963; MSW., 1966; M. Phil., 1977;
PhD, 1978, Columbia University

Nancy Ayala
Professor, Education
BA, 1961, University of Puerto Rico;
MS, 1969, The City College of New York / City University of New York;
PhD, 1975, University of Pittsburgh

Joseph H. Gaines
Professor, Education
BA, 1975, MS, 1980, Queens College / City University of New York;
EdM, 1986; EdD, 1989, Teachers College, Columbia University

Maria Montes Morales
Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BS, 1960, The City College of New York / City University of New York
PdD, 2006, Boricua College

Myrna Nieves
Professor, Latin American Literature
BA, 1970, University of Puerto Rico;
MA, 1973, Columbia University;
PhD, 1984, New York University

Rene Ramirez
Professor, Philosophy
BA, 1966, The City College of New York / City University of New York;
MA, 1977, New York University;
PhD, 1998, Columbia University

Shivaji Sengupta
Professor, English
BA, 1968, St. Stephen’s College;
MA, 1970; MPhil., 1976; PhD, 1979, Columbia University

Ida Torres
Professor, Education
BS, 1970, City College, CUNY;
MS, 1975, Catholic University of Puerto Rico;
EdD, 2000, Teachers College, Columbia University

Alejandro Villalba
Professor, Education
BA, 1960, Immaculate Conception College;
MDiv, 1964, St. Vincent College;
MA, 1975, Queens College / City University of New York

Ana Cortijo
Associate Professor, Human Services
BS, 1980, Boricua College;
MSW, 1986, Hunter College / City University of New York

Luis Esquilin, Jr.
Associate Professor, Human Services
BS, 1985, Boricua College;
MSW, 1987, Columbia University

Jose Angel Figueroa
Assistant Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BS, 1971, New York University;
MA, 1972, University at Buffalo / State University of New York

Edgardo Gonzalez
Associate Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1988, Universidad of Puerto Rico, 1988;
MDiv,1992, San Francisco Theological Seminary

John Guzman
Vice President for Program Planning
Associate Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1971, Hunter College / City University of New York
MS, 1974, Teachers’ College, Columbia University;
EdD, 2002, California Coast University

Jorge E. Hernandez
Associate Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1964, University of Puerto Rico;
MA, 1974, Hunter College / City University of New York

Jose Luis Marquez
Associate Professor, Business Administration
BS, 1977; MS, 1980, Baruch College / City University of New York

Julie Mathis
Associate Professor, Education
BA, 1968, Oberlin College; MS, 1984, Bank Street College of Education

Nancy Mercado
Associate Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1982, Rutgers University;
MA, 1986, New York University;
PhD, 2004, Binghamton University / State University of New York

Doris Mills
Associate Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1977, Lehman College / City University of New York;
MS, 1978, The College at Brockport / State University of New York

Moises Pereyra
Dean of Academic Affairs – Manhattan Campus
Associate Professor, Business Administration
BA, 1977; MS, 1980, Queens College / City University of New York

Irvin J. Ramirez
Vice President for Information and Technology
Associate Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BS, 1976; MS, 1979, University of Puerto Rico

Jose D. Casanova
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
BS, 1974, Andres Bello Catholic University;
MBA, 1978, New York University

Guillermina Colon
Assistant Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BS, 2003, Mercy College;
MS, 2007, Boricua College

Esteban Galvan
Assistant Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BS, 1981; MA, 1982, Immaculate Conception Seminary

Alexander Gonzalez
Assistant Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1989, La Guardia Community College / City University of New York;
MS, 1992, The City College of New York / City University of New York

Rafael Landron
Assistant Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1998; MA, 2000, Binghamton University / State University of New York

Jose Israel Lopez
Assistant Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1983, Inter-American University, Puerto Rico; MA, 2002, Boricua College

Yvette Mercado
Assistant Professor, Human Services
BA, 1990, New York University;
MA, 1992, The City College of New York / City University of New York

Nilsa Olivero
Assistant Professor, Education
BS, 1974; MEd, 1975, University of Pittsburg; MEd, 1976, Columbia University;
PhD, 1996, The Union Institute

Hilda Rivera Pantoja
Assistant Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BA, 1976, University of Puerto Rico;
MA, 1986, University of Phoenix;
MA, 1996, Teachers College, Columbia University

Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado
Associate Professor, LAS/Generic Studies
BFA, 1982 New York University; MA, 1994; MPhil, 1997; PhD, 2006, Columbia University

Julio R. Sanchez
Assistant Professor, Education
BA, 1992, College of New Rochelle;
MS, 1997, The City College of New York / City University of New York

Margarita Santiago
Assistant Professor, Human Services
BA, 1970, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico; MSW, 1989, University at Buffalo / State University of New York

Brunilda Calderon
Instructor, LAS/Generic Studies
BS, Boricua College, 1993
MS, 1997, The City College of New York / City University of New York

Ismael Sanchez
Instructor, LAS/Generic Studies
BS, 1977; MEd, 1983, The City College of New York / City University of New York