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RCC Professor Bill Baker Earns National Award for Teaching Excellence

RCC Professor Bill Baker Earns National Award for Teaching Excellence

Bill Baker by C. Fournier/RCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 18, 2016

CONTACT: Maralin Roffino

845-574-4244

mroffino@sunyrockland.edu

 

 

RCC Professor Bill Baker Earns National Award for Teaching Excellence
biology professor nurtures students’ success through innovation, leadership

Ramapo, NY –Bill Baker has received many awards for significant contributions to cultivating and encouraging the best student work throughout his 46-year teaching career at RCC, and now receives national recognition via the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Regional Faculty Member Award.

 

Baker, a biology professor, is one of the five community college faculty members from throughout the nation to be recognized at the ACCT National Leadership Congress on October 7 in New Orleans.

 

Baker’s award is based on a solid body of scholarly work and teaching, evaluated on criteria requiring demonstrated excellence in teaching, innovative programs launched, and leadership in solving challenges facing community colleges. Among his most significant achievements are developing a grant-funded program in partnership with Binghamton University titled “SUNY Bridges to the Baccalaureate,” increasing opportunities for underrepresented minority students in research fields of the biomedical sciences.

 

Among many leadership roles at RCC, Baker is recognized for developing and co-chairing RCC’s Math/Science Honors Program, part of the College’s esteemed Sam Draper Mentor/Talented Student Honors Program.

 

“Receiving the award is not only a validation of all my work and efforts toward one of my main priorities, which is to have my students ‘be all that they can be,’ but by having them successfully meet their goals, transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning and become ‘movers and shakers’ in their respective careers as members of their communities,” he said.

 

Baker’s many honors include acknowledgement with the highest rank a SUNY Chancellor can award, the Distinguished Service Professor Award bestowed in 2012. Previous Chancellor’s awards include one for Excellence in Teaching, and another for Excellence in Professional Service.

 

Baker, of Pomona, is widowed, with three accomplished adult children, each of whom began their college careers as early admit students in RCC’s rigorous Honors Program. The eldest, Dr. Kristopher Baker, is now an Associate Professor in Biology at RCC as well as the Executive Director of RCC’s Technology Innovation Center. Kris Baker continued his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning a BS in Biology and an MS in Molecular Biology, and then a doctorate in Coastal Oceanography from Stony Brook University. Justin Baker graduated RCC with an AA in 2000 and continued at SUNY Albany, earning a BS degree. Elizabeth Baker, DVM, graduated from RCC in 2004 with a strong start towards pursuing her lifelong dream. She continued by earning a BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Vermont before completing her doctorate at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University.

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Photo caption: Bill Baker
Credit: Collette Fournier/RCC

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