Doctoral Student Spotlights

Chris Torres

Teaching and Learning: Urban Education

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I wanted the opportunity to understand issues of social justice for students in low income, urban communities. Ultimately, I hope to use this understanding to inform better policies and practices and improve outcomes for these students.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Have a direct, measurable impact on policies or practices that positively affect the lives of students.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Karaoke
A hobby I have is:
Playing the guitar
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Think Coffee (Mercer)
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Teacher Engagement and Turnover in Charter Schools
I'm interested in this topic because:
I believe it's important to understand the impact of personnel and organizational policies on the professional life of the teacher.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Teaching in traditional public schools and urban charter schools
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Pedro Noguera + Lisa Stulberg
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Race and Schooling
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
The diversity of opinion and perspective.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Honolulu, Hawaii
Career Goals:
Professor / Director