Cecil College recognized its six newest professors emeriti last week.
Paul Bauer was granted professor emeritus status, while Kristi Eisenberg, Nancy Cannon, Bonnie Giraldi, Carroll Mitchell and Carol Roane were granted professor emerita status.
For each of the honorees, Cecil's Academic Senate unanimously approved the candidate and President Stephen Pannill then nominated them and proposed resolutions to the Cecil College Board of Trustees, who approved each one.
Bauer, Eisenberg, Cannon, Giraldi, Mitchell and Roane are the ninth through 14th people to be named Professor Emeritus or Professor Emerita by Cecil College.
The previous recipients of this distinction are Ronald Black, Robert Brush, George Prettyman Sr., William Short, George Thomas Wilhide, George Bell, James Herman, and Dennis Fabella.
Emeritus status can be granted to retired instructors who had a minimum of 15 years of full-time service at Cecil College, with at least 10 of those years in a teaching capacity. They must have attained the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor and provided consistent fulfillment of the college's mission and goals beyond normal contractual expectations. The superior performance should include excellence in teaching, professional growth and college service.
Bauer, a retired professor of philosophy and sociology, arrived at Cecil College in the late 1970s and taught a wide range of courses, including Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, Social Problems, Clear Thinking, Ethics, World Religion, and Human Growth and Development. He served as division chairman of arts and sciences for two years and two years as associate dean of student services before returning to the classroom as a professor.
Eisenberg, a retired professor of visual communications, joined Cecil College in 1970 as an English and photography faculty member. She championed the Visual Communications Program and led the transition from wet development photography to digital imaging, years before many other programs had done so. Eisenburg was the first to establish a capstone project, for all visual communication majors, in which students have to present and speak about their work to an open audience.
Cannon, a retired associate professor of reading, came to Cecil College in 1989. She served as chair and a longtime member of the Academic Affairs Committee, and was also on the Faculty Senate, Developmental Education Committee, and numerous search committees. She conducted study skills and test-taking workshops for Cecil students and created a tutor orientation for reading and English. In addition, Cannon spent many years as Cecil College's faculty representative to the Association of Faculties for the Advancement of Community College Teaching
Giraldi, a retired professor of business administration, was a faculty member at Cecil College for 37 years. She served as the president of the Academic Senate and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and was a member of the Information Technology Committee and Distance Education Committee. Giraldi also served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Middle States Commission on Higher Education Reaccredidation Steering Committee, and numerous search committees.
Mitchell, a retired associate professor of psychology, started at Cecil College in 1974 as an instructor of psychology and English. The classes she taught included Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Psychology, and Psychology of Women. Mitchell was the vice chair, and a longtime member, of the Academic Affairs Committee. She also served on the Faculty Senate and on numerous search committees
Roane, a retired professor of nursing, began her Cecil College career in 1984 and specialized in maternal/child nursing. She also taught nursing review courses, childbirth education, and CPR, as well as serving as the director of nursing education, allied health and health sciences for two years. In addition, she was a member of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Affairs Committee, chair of the College Management Team, and was on numerous search committees.