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2014 SUNY Chancellor's Award Faculty Winners

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

Timothy Mante and Deirdre Rock are among 43 honorees statewide to receive the inaugural SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. It is the highest honor conferred by New York’s state university system. Adjunct Teaching is the newest category to be recognized with Chancellor’s awards.


Timothy Mante

TIMOTHY MANTE, a Criminal Justice/Corporate Homeland Security instructor, brings to the classroom more than 20 years’ experience in law enforcement with the New York Police Department, having served in one of NYC’s busiest police precincts in a culturally and socio-economically diverse neighborhood. Since joining RCC’s adjunct faculty in 2010, he has developed or redesigned eight courses, including the development of two online courses, History of Policing, and Terrorism and Homeland Security.

Mante was cited for his innovative teaching methods, use of technology in the classroom and student mentoring, among the activities. To lend immediacy to his lessons, he devised a scenario placing students in a role as police officers and provided practical guidance from his experience as a patrol officer and crime scene investigator. He has mentored more than 60 students who have graduated from RCC and transferred to four-year colleges.

“Winning this award is acknowledgement for the hard work adjuncts invest in teaching and helping students understand the material from a real-world perspective,” Mante said. “I try to help students understand how things and systems work in the hopes that this information will help them obtain jobs in their chosen career paths.”

Outside of academia, Mante works as an operations manager for a large security company, managing the private security needs of 50 locations employing 500 employees. He earned a BA in Geography from SUNY Plattsburgh and an MBA in Management from Manhattan College.

Dierdre Rock

DEIRDRE ROCK spent 10 years as an elementary school teacher before joining RCC as an English Skills adjunct in 2009. She added the role of Teacher Education instructor in 2010. She has effectively prepared students of diverse abilities to progress to a college-level curriculum, as evidenced by a 95% passing rate in their end-of-semester assess­ments. She also mentors students on careers and instituted a Financial Literacy Academy to broaden their awareness of monetary functions and invest­ment strategies through games and mock entrepreneurial activities.

Working under a federal Title III initiative for enhanced student per­formance, Rock was instrumental in helping redesign RCC’s Efficient Reading course and in compiling an Instructor Toolkit. In her teacher education course, she exposes students to the importance of diversity within the elementary classroom setting through the use of multimedia, anecdotal writing and ethical dilemma journals.

“To be awarded this honor is the ultimate symbol of appreciation for my professional passion – teaching,” Rock said. “Throughout my career, I have always relished the opportunity to share lessons about diverse cultures and to bridge the academic gap for all. Being an educator has allowed me the priceless opportunity to build relationships with young persons from all communities and give counsel to direct their future success.”

Rock has volunteered since 2007 in the counseling department of the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Harlem, where she offers guid­ance to groups and individuals. She holds a BA in English and Psychology from SUNY Albany and an MS in Education from Fordham University.


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