National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award
Lori Moses, assistant professor of Visual and Performing Arts, seems to have enough energy for several professors. Her friends have labeled her not merely a “type A” personality, but a “type double A.”
“I always say, ‘I can do this . . . oh, I can do that . . . I can do that too . . .”
In one of her most notable achievements, Moses “saw a hole in the Visual and Performing Arts curriculum,” and turned the Visual Communication course into Media Literacy (COM 120)—a class that teaches students how to read the messages behind the media in pop culture, news and events, and advertising.
“My students say, ‘You’ve ruined TV and movies for me!’” Moses said. “They can’t stop analyzing. They always see the product placements—but that’s a good thing. They come away from the course with a completely different view of the media.”
When she couldn’t find a decent college-level textbook for the course, she wrote one: Introduction to Media Literacy. Her skill and dedication have drawn praise as “an international expert in this burgeoning field.” Moses has also been credited for helping “put MCC on the forefront of the emerging media literacy movement.”
She serves as faculty advisor to The Monroe Doctrine and chair of the Recruitment and Retention Committee. She helped develop the Web site The Loop (now Rochester Metromix) for area college students, leads development workshops for fellow faculty members and is working on a Web site for the Communications Department.
Moses lives in Hamlin, has two children, and enjoys working on home improvement and graphic design projects.
Not much call for philosophy majors in the job market? No matter. Assistant Professor Matt Hachee believes there’s plenty of room in the curriculum for the subject, which helps students learn how to hone their critical thinking skills. Hachee, a faculty member in MCC’s philosophy department for six years, has seen a marked increase in interest in the subject.
“In the last five to eight years, the attendance in our philosophy courses has grown quite steadily,” he said.
Hachee believes this trend is due to students’ increased focus on liberal arts that will allow them to transfer to a four-year college. However, those who nominated him for the NISOD Award are convinced it’s thanks in part to Hachee’s teaching skills. Students share that opinion. They say Hachee is “one of the best professors they have studied with while at MCC.” And with courses like his Honors Seminar in Critical Analysis (IDC 195), where students spend a semester solving the murder mystery of President Kennedy, it’s easy to see why students want to take his classes.
However, Hachee’s influence extends far beyond the classroom. He was director of the Honors Program for three and a half years and created the more extensive Honors Institute—the first “embedded certificate” in Honors Studies in the SUNY system. He’s helped to establish Scholars Day, an interdisciplinary project that highlights faculty and student research, and was a founder of the new organization PHLENG, designed to bring the two halves of the English/Philosophy Department closer together through book discussions.
“We want to model for our students the kind of collegiality and professional ‘cross-fertilization’ and life-long learning that you often find at the best colleges and universities,” Hachee says.
He lives in Rochester with his wife, English/Philosophy Instructor Regina Fabbro, and their daughter. Hachee enjoys international travel, reading, and writing fiction “on occasion.”