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Elaine S. Padilla PhD

Elaine S. Padilla, PhD

Elaine S. Padilla, PhD

Professor, Social Science

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Academic II, Room 2311A


Elaine Padilla, PhD, teaches Sociology and Anthropology. During a career spanning more than three decades at the College, she has distinguished herself as a leader in areas of humanitarian concerns and her extensive travel experiences have enhanced her classroom teaching. She has won numerous state, regional and national awards, including the SUNY Distinguished Service Professorship, the highest rank bestowed by SUNY.

At the College, Dr. Padilla helped establish Rockland’s first Phi Theta Kappa chapter; created sexual harassment prevention training for employees; initiated procedures for student assessment and placement; and proposed a resource center to foster excellence in teaching and learning (CETL). In the community, she served as president of the Rockland Unit of the American Cancer Society. She also has served the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools as a member of numerous accreditation teams, and is currently a member of the Substantive Change Committee.


  • BS Sociology, City College of New York
  • MA Urban Sociology and Demography, Fordham University
  • PhD Urban Sociology and Demography, Fordham University


  • National Faculty Award, Association of Community College Trustees, 2013
  • SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, 2009
  • NISOD National Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, 1989
  • Certificate of Distinguished Service to Rockland County

Professional Accomplishments

  • Fulbright sponsored program, Japan
  • Fulbright sponsored program, Korea
  • Initiator and Faculty Advisor to Phi Theta Kappa
  • Initiator of college-wide assessment and placement process
  • Leadership in the creation of Pluralism & Diversity in America course
  • Liaison to Faculty Resource Network at New York University
  • Co-Director of the RCC Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)