Maria Brandt, instructor in the English/ Philosophy Department, Paul Bishop, program coordinator for Basic Emergency Medical Services Programs, and Michael Boester, assistant professor in the Chemistry and Geosciences Department have been recognized by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for their commitment to excellence, teaching and learning.
Brandt takes students to plays and poetry readings to help make the material come alive. “It helps the students see that literature’s not only an academic subject that we sit down and talk about in all of these various fancy terminologies,” she explains, “but it also is a living, breathing vehicle that real people use today to try to learn about themselves and make the world better.”
As director of the interdisciplinary group The Sixth Act, Brandt encourages collaboration with other departments on a variety of theatre-related events. She is a board member of the anti-rape organization Take Back the News, which has launched its first College Writing Project with support from the Rochester Rape Crisis Service and sparked MCC’s participation in National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Bishop, who started at the Public Safety Training Center in 2001, is praised by colleagues for being “always available” and “motivated, creative and committed” as teacher, educational manager and leader. He has secured grants and donations to provide EMT students with an indoor ambulance simulator and other learning devices that provide top-notch, hands-on learning opportunities. He has developed and taught numerous leadership development seminars, helped implement a dual-credit program with high school students, and continues to set high standards for his adjunct instructors; MCC remains the only sponsor of online EMT recertification courses in New York.
In addition to his duties at MCC, Bishop is the chair of the Monroe-Livingston Regional EMS Council and is a practicing paramedic.
Boester, college liaison for the New York Geographic Alliance housed at MCC, works to promote geography both on campus and across the state. His efforts to grow interest in the subject is reflected in the increase in the number of students taking a geography course since he came to MCC seven years ago, and more recently shows in the addition of a 200-level Geography of Genocide course he is developing for the spring.
Boester regularly attends and has presented at conferences sponsored by the National Council of Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers. He is also a member of the Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery, which allows him to incorporate outside research into his courses by taking his Human Geography classes on tours there each semester.
“Every day is exciting at MCC,” he says. “There’s always something new and you always have the opportunity to improve your students’ lives through education. Every day matters.”