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The Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award

  
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​Teaching Award Selection Committee 2015-2016

Charles Toth, Committee Chair, Biology
Fred Drogula, History
Nuria Alonso García, Foreign Language Studies
Laurie Grupp, Elementary/Special Education, CTE
T. J. Harper, Music
Rilwan Ilumoka, '16
Jarely Paulino Diaz, '18
Teaching Award Process and Criteria​​​​​

The Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award is presented annually to the faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students' academic and personal growth. Faculty who have received tenure and are scheduled to teach during the spring 2015 semester are eligible for the award. The award program is administered by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Teaching Award Selection Committee (TASC). The recipient receives a cash stipend, is formally acknowledged at the College's Academic Convocation in September, and has his or her name inscribed on a plaque that ​​is permanently displayed in Phillips Memorial Library.

Teaching Award Recipient, 2015-16

Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery

Political Science and Program Director for Black Studies​

“My primary goal as a teacher is to encourage s​​tudents to become critical consumers of knowledge. To this end, I ask students to engage in reasoned inquiry and self-reflection regarding t​he various values, beliefs, attitudes, and habits that define the nature and quality of life for minoritized individuals. In an attempt to promote and foster such thinking, I devote class time to discussing the theoretical as well as the real world implications of various arguments and the way they engage with each other along with previously discussed issues.​​

The key to learning is an environment that is a safe and respectful. In many of my classes, students find themselves introduced to ways of thinking that at times challenges their world-view. Consequently, it is important for me to set the stage by asking them how as a society we produce knowledge about minoritized and often subordinated populations. Once we have had a conversation on the production of knowledge, I find that as a collective we can then engage in critical thinking, developing communication skills, and ultimately engage in active learning.​”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jordan-Zachery on this prestigious honor.