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Peter T. Arvanites

Peter T. Arvanites

Peter T. Arvanites

Professor, Mathematics

Academic II, Room 2303


Peter Arvanites has taught Mathematics full-time at RCC since 1988, and has been a full professor since 2000. He has been instrumental in Mathematics curriculum development and in mentoring not only students but also new RCC math faculty. He has worked to promote equity for females in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and helped organize the inaugural STEM conference for Rockland County middle school female students in 2011.

Professor Arvanites has co-chaired or contributed to a wide range of programs and activities on campus, such as selection committees for various awards.


  • BS Mathematics, Manhattan College, 1985
  • MA Mathematics, University of South Florida, 1987

Awards (Selected)

  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2010
  • Rockland Community College Foundation’s Award for Leadership in Education, 2005
  • Faculty Senate Certificate of Recognition for Service to the College Community, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997

Professional Accomplishments (Selected)

  • Co-Chair, Shared Governance Task Force, 2013
  • Co-Chair, Review Panel for Math/Science AS and AA degree programs, 2009 to 2012
  • Co-Chair, College Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, 2009-2010
  • Co-Chair, RCC 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, 2008-2010
  • STEM and Health Professions Division Curriculum Committee member, 2011-present
  • President, Faculty Senate, 2005-2009
  • Vice President, Faculty Senate, 1995-1997

Publications (Selected)

  • Co-author of research paper, “Differences in Examinee Item Attribute Selection: A Cognitive Source of Differential Item Functioning” (with Eric Magaram et al.), Northeastern Educational Research Association Conference, Rocky Hill, CT, 2013
  • Co-author of research paper, “Applying Innovative Measurement Practices in Four Different Community College Course Offerings” (with Charles Secolsky et al.), Eastern Educational Research Association Conference, Savannah, GA, 2010

Presentations (Selected)

  • “Best Practices and Current Trends and Ideas in Teaching Developmental Mathematics,” Orange County CC, Middletown, NY, 2013
  • Presentation on Math Anxiety, 38th Annual Spring Conference, Ten-County Mathematics Education Association, Middletown (NY) High School, 2013
  • Presentations on Mastery Learning and Math Anxiety, 37th Annual Spring Conference, Ten-County Mathematics Education Association, Tappan Zee High School, Orangeburg, NY, 2012