Science department’s Preeti Parikh wins Chancellor’s Award

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Science department’s Preeti Parikh wins Chancellor’s Award

Part-time math instructor Preeti Parikh was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.

This is the first year that part-time faculty were recognized by receiving a chancellor’s award from the State University of New York system.

Parikh has been teaching at SUNY Maritime College since 2008 and has consistently gone above and beyond what is expected of her at the college, according to her colleagues.

“Preeti’s underlying goal is to bring out the best in her students and give them a positive outlook on the subject being taught and life in general,” said Kathy Olszewski, professor and science department chair. “Throughout her highly interactive lectures, Preeti encourages students to overcome mental blocks in mathematics and try their best.”

Though adjunct faculty are not required to hold open office hours, Parikh has an open-door policy for her students and can be depended on to be in her office several hours a week. She also holds review sessions, even on the weekends, before final exams that are open not only to her students, but to all taking the same course. When her students graduate, she is there to watch them walk across the stage.

Beyond teaching her students, Parikh works to better understand the effect of technology on the learning process. She has published and presented a paper with Yaqub Amani, engineering professor, examining different theories. She has integrated technology, from using graphing calculators to industry-specific software, into her classes to better prepare her students to enter the workforce.

“This award’s rigorous selection criteria ensure that only those faculty members who have consistently demonstrated superb skill in teaching receive this distinction,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “Your mastery of teaching, dedication to students, adherence to the highest academic standards, and continued professional achievements are reflected in your selection for this honor.

“Your continuing contributions to SUNY are a source of great pride and inspiration for us all.”

Parikh received the award from college president Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis and Joseph Hoffman, interim provost, during a faculty meeting.

“Preeti has demonstrated unparalleled enthusiasm, commitment and passion for what she does which far surpasses what is required of her,” Olszewski said. “She is the type of adjunct faculty member that every college loves to have but that is almost impossible to find.”