Friday, March 4, 2011

Medallion of Excellence teaching awards announced

Four Daytona State College faculty members were honored this week for excellence in teaching and leadership in higher education. The Medallion of Excellence teaching awards have been presented each year since 2007, recognizing faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the college and its mission.

This year’s winners are:

Jeffrey Zahnen, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffery Zahnen
Dr. Zahnen joined the College in 2007 as an associate professor of mathematics. A current member of the Master Faculty II cohort, he serves as a student-athlete mentor through the college’s Falcons in Action program and as a peer mentor for School of Mathematics faculty who are working on advanced degrees.

His commitment to Daytona State and to his discipline is demonstrated through his service on the college’s General Education Review Committee, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Technology Committee and several Mathematics Department committees, including the Calculus III Committee, Pre-Calculus Committee, and the Trigonometry Committee. He also chairs the College Algebra Committee on Differential Equations, and has developed new courses in Linear Algebra and the History of Mathematics.

Dr. Zahnen regularly serves students by holding office hours in the Academic Support Center. He has developed online quizzes that have been instrumental in advancing student retention and offers learning sessions for faculty who also wish to implement them.

Dr. Zahnen holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Florida. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Mathematical Society.

Theresa A. Moore, J.D.

Dr. Theresa A. Moore
Dr. Moore has been with the College since 2008 as an associate professor in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management program. She also is a third-year cohort  member of Master Faculty.

Dr. Moore consistently demonstrates innovative teaching practices through experiential activities, games, video clips, movies and other non-traditional teaching exercises. In the classroom, she brings current issues and trends to the forefront to illustrate important course concepts and culminates her courses with final experiential or service learning project assignments.

She has mentored two international students over the past two years. She also serves on the Children’s Home Society board, and is involved with the Volusia Women’s Lawyers Association and the Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Moore also participated in a project to recruit students from Denmark into Daytona State’s BAS program and will help mentor the students when they arrive on campus this summer. She also will present at the 2011 Daytona State College Faculty Teaching Excellence Symposium later this year.

She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University. She also participated in a Geneva, Switzerland, study abroad program at Kent State University.

L. Jane Rosati, Ed.D., MSN, RNC

Dr. L. Jane Rosati
Dr. Rosati joined the Daytona State College faculty in 2004, and was promoted to assistant chair and program manager of the School of Nursing’s Associate Degree in Nursing program. She is in the second-year cohort of Master Faculty.

Dr. Rosati is a passionate educator. She shows innovation in the classroom by choosing learning activities that enhance the experience of students, who describe her as approachable, kind, fair and knowledgeable.  
In addition to collecting items for the homeless shelter in Daytona Beach and providing gift cards to the shelter residents, Dr. Rosati collects items such as food, towels and blankets for the Humane Society. She is a volunteer for Health Occupations Students of America, an organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people, and attends several events during the year to judge various competitions.

Dr. Rosati also presents health fairs for area senior centers and conducts workshops for a medical equipment company at hospitals throughout the country.  She has published two articles and is currently working on a chapter about concept-based learning to be included in a nursing textbook.

Dr. Rosati is a member of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives and the National Honor Society for Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau. She holds a doctorate in education, summa cum laude, a Master of Arts in Education, summa cum laude, and a Master of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude, from the University of Phoenix. Her bachelor's degree is in Nursing from Neumann University, Aston, Pa.

 Michelle Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle Lee
Dr. Lee joined Daytona State College in 2009 as an assistant professor of English in the School of Humanities and Communication. A second-year cohort member of Master Faculty, she teaches composition courses, as well as women's literature, fiction writing and poetry writing. She also counsels students on their writing and academic pursuits, and participates in department-wide development of new pedagogies and assessment strategies.

She is a published fiction writer, poet and playwright.  Most recently, she was invited by The Poetry Foundation to write articles on the 19th century poet Michael Field, as well as on the connection between another 19th century poet, Charles Baudelaire, and the 21st century icon Lady Gaga.  

Dr. Lee has participated in the Daytona State College e-text initiative and hosted part of a Southeast Museum of Photography film series in conjunction with the college’s Shakespeare Festival.

She received her Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Faculty are nominated for their awards by program chairs, vice presidents and fellow faculty members. Criteria for nomination includes a requirement that the faculty member be a participant in the second- or third-level faculty cohort, and demonstrate excellence in teaching and service to the college and its mission, examples of which include:

  • Publishing scholarly works;
  • Demonstrating creative teaching practices;
  • Serving the college through support of its athletic and mentoring programs;
  • Volunteering for student or community activities;
  • Other activities showing innovation, service or dedication to teaching, learning or creativity;
  • Volunteering in areas of need at the college (Academic Support Center, Advising, Etc.) or community.
Find out more about the Master Faculty program on the Web.

Solar energy proponents look to the not-so-distant future at ATC forum

Florida faces a need to make significant energy infrastructure improvements, so it’s elementary that it tap its most abundant natural resource - the sun.

Such was the call of experts who participated this week in a forum on solar and renewable energy hosted by Daytona State’s College of Technological and Occupational Programs.

Dr. Ron Eaglin, chair of Engineering Technology programs
at Daytona State College, presents at the ATC solar forum.
“The Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of the next 20 years are the ones who right now are trying to make solar and renewable energy work efficiently and effectively,” said Dr. Ron Eaglin, chair of the college’s Engineering Technology programs. He suggested to the more than 100 business leaders, educators and government officials who gathered for the event at Daytona State’s Advanced Technology College that now is the time to bring forward the concept of growing renewable energy.

Industry experts and advocates spoke about a wide variety of applications for solar power and their economic implications, particularly in light of Florida’s increasing energy demands. Not only can solar energy reduce the demand for fossil fuels, it also can help businesses reduce operating costs.  

“Florida will need 75 percent more energy to meet demand over the next 20 years,” said Mike Aller, executive director of the Space Coast Energy Consortium, a non-profit group of business and community leaders dedicated to building  and supporting the clean energy sector in the Central Florida region. “That’s going to require a huge investment and it should include solar technology.” He pointed to a “world-class technical workforce from NASA that is now ready and available to help grow the industry in Florida.”

In addition to Daytona State’s College of Technological and Occupational Programs, the forum was co-hosted by the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association, Employ Florida Banner Center for Clean Energy and the Surfcoast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association. 

Daytona State College presidential search committee sets meeting dates

Daytona State College’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee will begin credential screening and planning for preliminary candidate interviews during meetings scheduled in April and May.

Meeting dates, times and tentative agendas are as follows:

April 14
8 – 10 a.m.
– Begin credential screening and planning for preliminary interviews.

April 28
8 – 10 a.m.
– Select approximately 15 candidates for reference checks.

May 13
8 – 10 a.m.
– Report on references and select approximately 10 candidates for semifinalist interviews.

May 23 and 24
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
– Interview 10 semifinalists and select five candidates for consideration by the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees.

The board and advisory committee are being assisted in the presidential search by Academic Search, a nationally known firm with expertise in recruiting senior-level higher education administrators. A copy of the firm’s Presidential Profile for Daytona State College is available on the Academic Search website.

The firm currently is assisting 13 colleges and universities across the country with presidential searches. Daytona State officials expect to have a new president onboard by summer 2011.

All meetings are open to the public and will be held in bldg. 100, rm. 402L, on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

For more information, please call (386) 506-4408 or e-mail