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Last Revised: Mar 20, 2014
2013 Test Prep Class
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Last Revised: Mar 20, 2014
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Barry Minai Most Recent Emeritus Director of the Instructional Center
Barry Minai

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2003 Contact Newsletter.

Meet Barry Minai, the new Director for the Instructional Center (IC). Barry may be new to the position, but he is not new to the Instructional Center.

As a graduate student, in what he calls "the early years" (but let's just say that the 1980's hadn't begun yet), Barry was hired by his long-time mentor, Ferd Dario, as a work-study student to tutor IC students in Economics.

Due to his dedication to the students and his conscientiousness toward his job, Barry was hired in 1980 as a full-time Math instructor for Student Support Services (SSS). This position lasted until 1987 when he became Lead Math Instructor for EOP and the IC.

In 1988, Barry became Assistant Director to the IC when the current Director, Sandra Madrid, left her position, and Emile Pitre who was serving as Assistant Director filled her position.

And now in 2002, twenty-something years later (or as Barry states, "a LONG time" after arriving at the IC's doors), Barry became the IC's Director due to Emile Pitre's promotion to Assistant Vice President for OMA.

Barry intends to pursue Emile's already established pathway in research that examines the IC's effect upon students who use its services. Barry believes it is imperative to continue the quantitative research that Emile began, but he also wants to be sure to incorporate needed qualitative research as well. Barry believes that both are important to reveal a comprehensive study on the IC's methods and results.

Since Barry believes that "to teach is to learn," he would also like to begin new research, using a longitudinal study, which examines peer tutors and the effects of tutoring in their own academic successes. Through his observations as an instructor, peer tutors benefit from the tutoring experience in that they become better role models and develop better communication skills. He hopes to use this future study to see if there is a correlation between peer tutoring and personal academic/career success.

Although research is important to Barry, he also has a personal vision for the IC. Part of this vision is to obtain more classroom space for the IC. The IC's current space cannot meet the need of the students. Another part of the vision is to partner with the School of Education and to create an accredited program for potential teachers to fulfill their student teaching requirements at the IC. This would no doubt provide needed classes and workshops for EOP and SSS students, as well as provide the required teaching practicum for future teachers.

All in all, the IC is very lucky to acquire Barry as the new Director. His long-term knowledge of OMA/D and Instructional Center services will no doubt aid the IC's future success in its quest to serve students in award winning style.

Last Revised: Mar 20, 2014
Last Revised: Mar 20, 2014
Last Revised: Mar 20, 2014