About the Program Director
Robert Becker, Ph.D.
Before founding and directing WriteToLearnNY, Dr. Robert Becker was a professor of English for over thirty years at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. The campus, located in northeastern Queens county, regularly enrolls students from about 130 countries, 35% of whom speak a language other than English in their homes.
Teaching English to a student body diverse in language, culture, age, and experience required fluency in varied teaching and learning styles. Of the several pedagogies that informed Dr. Becker’s teaching, writing-to-learn was prominent. The incorporation of writing as a tool to enhance student learning of and engagement with course content carried over from his own teaching to become the focus of seminars and workshops that he offered educators for the greater part of his career.
Along with teaching composition and literature, Dr. Becker founded and co-directed the campus Writing Center (where students from all disciplines could seek assistance with writing projects) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL, where faculty from all departments could learn about and explore implementing new pedagogies). In addition, he was a coordinator for Project Prize (a program for New York City middle and high school teachers to implement writing-to-learn to help students achieve college-readiness), WRIT/BRIDGE (which assisted high school science and social studies teachers in the development of writing-enhanced curricula) and WRIT (Writing and Reading in the Technologies, a program that encouraged Queensborough’s STEM faculty to learn about and apply writing-to-learn concepts and practices). He was also a coordinator of the QCC Writing Intensive program, which trained CUNY graduate students to assist faculty from all disciplines with the implementation of writing-to-learn in their courses.