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2016-17 SUNY Chancellor's Award Faculty Winners

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett, PhD, Assistant Professor/Chair of Criminal Justice, who served in the Englewood Police Department for 32 years, brings his own and others’ experience as law enforcement professionals to the classroom, and his students reap the benefits. Every semester, Criminal Justice holds a Career Mosaic session where students learn about career opportunities from such agencies as the FBI, Rockland County Sheriff, Rockland District Attorney’s Office, the Center for Safety and Change, the NYPD, and private security.

Dr. Barrett takes pride in tapping what he calls “pracademics” – instructors who have expert practical know-how in the subject matter along with the required academic background – who use their real-world experiences to bring textbook concepts to life. As department chair, he has revised 17 Criminal Justice courses and added four to the curriculum, and introduced a semi-annual recognition ceremony for high-achieving students.

Prominent among his many activities on campus was Dr. Barrett’s co-chairing of the Middle States Re-Accreditation Self Study in advance of the Middle States team’s visit in March 2017. A full-time faculty member since Fall 2010, he holds a BA in political science from Montclair State College, and an MA, a Master of Philosophy and a PhD in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He is a certified instructor at the New Jersey Police Training Commission.

“The ability to positively impact community college students by providing them a clear path to better their future is what teaching is all about,” Dr. Barrett said. “There is no better or rewarding profession than being a teacher.”

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

George Repic

George D. Repic, Instructor/Chair of Business, has assumed numerous leadership roles since joining the faculty in Fall 2013. He has served as chair of Business, Economics and Office Technology since Fall 2015 and previously held the role of Coordinator for Marketing, Management and Multi-Cultural Studies. He also coordinates the SUNY Cobleskill BBA program at RCC.

One of Repic’s most noteworthy accomplishments was his development and teaching of a SUNY COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) course, with a La Salle University professor, in Mexico City, Mexico. A PhD candidate in global affairs at Rutgers University, Repic brought to RCC more than 20 years of corporate experience and five years’ experience teaching at community colleges and four-year schools, in multiple disciplines including business, economics and political science.

Evaluations by students and faculty colleagues at RCC consistently rank Repic in the highest echelon of instructional staff at the College. His understanding of the needs of a diverse student body, application of high standards, and availability and willingness to work with students at any time have elicited assessments as “one of the best and most caring professors” his students have had at RCC.

Repic, the faculty advisor for the Entrepreneurs Club, has presented at more than 20 conferences and workshops and co-authored two peer-reviewed papers. He received a BS in marketing and political science and an MA in political science, international relations concentration, both from Rutgers, and an MBA from Felician University.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

Patricia Zodda

Patricia Zodda, Associate Professor/Chair, Exercise and Human Performance, encourages her students to pursue lifelong fitness goals and structures her curriculum to maximize students’ enjoyment and appreciation of exercise activity, as well as its recreational and social benefits. An RCC faculty member since 1994 and full-time instructor since 2000, Zodda initiated and implemented the Fitness Specialist program and the AS degree in Human Performance Studies.

Zodda was instrumental in applying for and procuring a Perkins Grant, which gave the College funding to develop a Human Performance Lab. Her creation of innovative courses continues to provide her students with a dynamic program of study. A certified personal trainer, she has taught courses in exercise science, physical education, fitness and wellness, fitness counseling, and beginning swimming, among others.

Zodda also supports the College through her involvement in academic committees, including a key role on the Reapportionment, Tenure and Promotion Policy and Procedures Committee, and her voluntary service to charitable causes, such as the Evening of Hope fundraiser for Performing Arts student Melissa Dimataris.

“I have always felt it is my professional responsibility to strive to progress throughout my tenure in order to better myself, my department and the community,” Zodda said. She earned a BS in physical education from SUNY Cortland and an MS in exercise science from Long Island University.

 

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