Nathan Avani

Professor
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Phone: 
415-338-6442
Office Information: 
Building: 
Burk Hall
Room Number: 
57
Biography: 

Education Background

  • Michigan State University, Ph.D. Educational Psychology
  • Western Michigan University, M.A. Educational Leadership
  • Western Michigan University, B.S. Business/ Business Education
  • Kellogg Community College, A.A. Computer Programming
  • Licenses: Michigan Department of Education
    • Grades 6-8 all subjects (Permanent Credential)
    • Grades 9-12 Business Education/Economics/Accounting (Permanent Credential)
    • Full Vocational Authorization in Accounting and Computing/Computer Programming and Computer Operations

Dr. Avani completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1985 from Michigan State University. Dr. Avani has been a high school teacher, a community college instructor, an administrator on the staff with the Michigan Department of Education and, an international consultant and field specialist for the USAID - United States Aide For International Development. Dr. Avani was a Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York from 1986-2002. He was Chair of the Department of Middle and High School Education at Lehman College from 1998-2002. Dr. Avani is currently Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Secondary Education at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. Dr. Avani was Chair of the Department of Secondary Education from 2002-2014. Dr. Avani is a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Mentoring Association (IMA) and its Past-President. Dr. Avani is an elected member of the National Council of the American Association of University Professors, AAUP. Dr. Avani's research focus is in the area of mentoring. Other areas of interest are school reform, small school development, and technology in education.


Keynote Addresses

Dr.Nathan Avani delivered the keynote address at the Association of Teacher Educators 2009 Summer Conference in Reno, Nev., Aug. 1-5, 2009 Title of address:  “Changing the World Through Mentoring—One Teacher at a Time!”

Dr. Nathan Avani gave the Keynote Address at the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) North American Chapter's Biennial Conference held at the Clarion Hotel, San Francisco California, October 13-15, 2005. Title of address:  “Activism in the Professions:  An Individual’s Journey of Caring.”


Publications

  • 2001    YouthLink - Developing Effective Mentoring Programs, (Facilitator's Guide) The Bureau For At-Risk Youth, 135 Dupont Street, P.O. Box 760 Plainview, New York, 11803 (Copyright 2001)
  • 2001    YouthLink - Developing Effective Mentoring Programs, (Youth Workbook) The Bureau For At-Risk Youth, 135 Dupont Street, P.O. Box 760 Plainview, New York, 11803 (Copyright 2001). 

  • l998     MENTORING WORKS! A Peer Helping Program For Middle and High School Students (Facilitator's Guide) The Bureau For At-Risk Youth, 135 Dupont Street, P.O. Box 760 Plainview, New York 11803 (Copyright 1998).
  • l998     MENTORING WORKS! A Peer Helping Program For Middle and High School Students (Student Workbook)      The Bureau For At-Risk Youth, 135 Dupont Street, P.O. Box 760 Plainview, New York 11803 (Copyright 1998).
     

Book Chapters

  • Avani, Nathan (2002) Parents Mentoring Parents for School Success, The Human and Organizational Dimensions of Successful Mentoring Programs and Relationships. Information Age Publishing, Inc., Dr. Frances Kochan, Editor Auburn University, Alabama  
  • Avani, N., & Kell, J. ( 2007). Moving from the informal to the formal: A mentoring process for tenure-track faculty and lecturers. The Handbook of Formal Mentoring in Higher Education: A Case Study Approach (Christopher-Gordon Publishers, C. A. Mullen, editor)
  • Avani, Nathan (2007). Journal of Interdisciplinary Education . Activism in the Professions: An Individual’s Journey of Caring, WCCI North American Chapter.

Journals

Moving toward a Research Agenda: Key Questions for Teacher Educators on the Role and Impact of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Written by Dr. Annette Digby and Dr. Nathan Avani, Issues in Teacher Preparation, A Journal of the California Council on Teacher Education Education, Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2003.

An Interview with Dr. Nathan Avani, Electronic Journal, The Guidance Channel, September 2000,http://www.guidance-group.com


Published Conference Proceedings

  • Avani, Nathan T., Horvath, Larry (2011, January 3-10). Paper/Poster presentation “Using          TASKSTREAM for Success:” Passing the Performance Assessment for California Teachers for Candidates in Secondary Education, 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikiki, Hawaii.
  • Avani, Nathan T. (2010, January 6-10). Paper/poster presentation “Changing The World Through Mentoring – One Teacher at a Time!”  8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikiki, Hawaii.
  • Avani, Nathan T. (2008, January 4-9). Paper/poster presentation “Student Teaching Supervision: Why Nobody Wants To Do It!” 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education,      Waikiki, Hawaii.
  • Avani, Nathan T. (2007, March 22-24). Workshop Presentation “Developing Effective Community Based Mentor Programs.” 20th Annual International Mentoring Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Avani, Nathan T. (2007, January 5-9). Workshop presentation “Developing a Faculty Mentor      Program at the Department Level.” 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikiki, Hawaii
  • Avani, Nathan T. (2006, January 6-9). Workshop presentation “Candidate Assessment Portfolio – Going Digital and Growing Your Own.” 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikiki, Hawaii
  • Avani, Nathan T. (2005, January 4-7). Workshop presentation “Developing Effective Mentoring Programs.” 3rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikiki, Hawaii
  • Avani, Nathan T. (2000,March 30-April 1). GEAR UP - Parent and Student Mentor Models. 12th International Mentoring Conference, New Orleans, LA

Grants

  • Bronx Educational Alliance (BEA) GEARUP Grant PI: Dr. Marietta Saravia-Shore, Dr. Nathan Avani - Mentor Coordinator, 1999-2004, $7,320,000 (five-year grant)
  • Middle School Initiative (MSI), Lehman College and District #5 - Member of grant team from Institute for Literacy Studies, $150,000. - Grant Funded by New York City Board of Education 1997-1998.
  • Middle School Initiative (MSI), Lehman College and District #9 - Member of grant team from Institute for Literacy Studies, $150,000. - Grant Funded by New York City Board of Education l996-1997.
  • Bronx Scholars Program, Lehman College/Roosevelt High School Co-Principal Investigator with Victoria Herrick, Guidance Counselor, Roosevelt High School, Bronx, New York.  Grant funded by NYNEX $33,000. - l995-l997.
  • Stay-in-School Partnership Program: Lehman/Clinton Reservoir Program Co-Principal Investigator with Professor Russell Bradshaw. 1988-1989, $100,000.
  • Stay-in School Partnership Program: Lehman/Clinton Reservoir Program Co-Principal Investigator with Professor Russell Bradshaw.  Grant renewal - written with Professors Ann Haas and Frances Tobin, Health Services 1989-1990 $80,000.
  • Stay-in School Partnership Program: Lehman/Clinton Reservoir Program Co-Principal Investigator with Professor Russell Bradshaw. Grant renewal - written with Professors Ann Haas and Frances Tobin, Health Services 1990-1991 $100,000.
  • Research team member (Nathan Avani, Russell Bradshaw, Mary Shepard and Shirley Walker).  CUNY/BOE Student Mentor Program. Funded and sponsored by CUNY. 1991-1992, $4,000.00.
  • Research team member (Nathan Avani, Russell Bradshaw, Mary Shepard and Shirley Walker). 
CUNY/BOE Student Mentor Program. Funded and sponsored by CUNY. 1990-1991, $4,000.00.
  • College Discovery and Development Program (CDDP) - Grant funded through CUNY Collaborative: summer 1992, $19,874.
  • College Discovery and Development Program (CDDP) - Grant funded through CUNY Collaborative: spring 1991, $16,116.
  • College Discovery and Development Program (CDDP) - Grant funded through CUNY Collaborative: summer 1990, $15,000.

Community Service

  • Elected Board Member - 2000 - New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Adult HIV/AIDS CAB (Community Advisory Board) 2-year term Elected to National Advisory Council, Washington D.C. 2001.
  • AIDS Group Leader and therapist 1992-2000 GHHC - Gay Men's Health Crisis, NYC.
  • Career Day Speaker, Roosevelt High School, Bronx, New York April 10, 1999.
  • Birch Services Summer Camp Counselor Children With AIDS August l996, 1997.
  • Bronx Teacher Development Day Workshop Leader November l994.
  • New York City AIDS Walk - Sponsor and Participant - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 200.
  • Graduation/Awards Presentation Speaker - South Bronx Job Corps Center - Bronx, New York 10453, April 26, 1988.
  • Bronx Teacher Development Day Workshop Leader November l994.
  • New York City AIDS Walk - Sponsor and Participant - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 200.
  • Graduation/Awards Presentation Speaker - South Bronx Job Corps Center - Bronx, New York 10453, April 26, 1988.
  • St. Gabriel's Church - Program for the homeless - Concourse House - Bronx, New York, winter 1987, 1988.
  • Career Day Speaker - Macombs Community Junior High School 82 - Bronx, New York  10453, October 7, 1986.