Presentations at this year’s Faculty Scholarly Showcase featured diverse scholarly pursuits from a wide variety of disciplines that each brought something unique to the academic table. Dennis Weiss, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, introduced the Showcase by explaining what it means to be both a teacher and a scholar. “I enjoyed recounting the long history of faculty scholarship at York College as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. The retrospective overview and the quantity and quality of faculty scholarship featured in the current showcase demonstrated that there is a real commitment at York College to the teacher-scholar model and that faculty scholarship is thriving,” said Weiss. He joked at the end of his introduction that creative teaching and scholarship is “how a 25-year teaching career can take you from the ‘Human’ to the ‘Post-Human’ to The Walking Dead.”
Weiss also pointed out that this model gives back to the community, a point which Vinny Cannizzaro, MPP, Director of the Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy, brought home during his presentation when he said that his community-focused research at the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) could positively inform local policy regarding the Latinx community of York County.
“Sometimes as faculty members, we get so caught up in our own work, including research and teaching in our own fields, that we lose sight of what is being done in other departments,” said Sean Georgi, Ph.D., Professor of Biology. “The Faculty Showcase was a great opportunity to reconnect with our colleagues across campus and to see what they are doing to contribute to their fields. In my own department, all of our research is student-centered and involves intensive mentoring of Biology majors through the development, completion, and presentation of an independent research project. Not only did I get to share the research that I am doing, but I was also able to share the work that my students are doing as part of their York College experience.”