Community College
Teacher-Scholar Award
2014
    This award was created in 2009 by the ACS Santa Clara Valley (SCV) local section to specifically recognize the contributions of community college chemistry educators. It goes to a person who has been an excellent local chemistry teacher for many years. It is open to full time, adjunct and emeritus faculty. The winner must have also accomplished independent scholarship or given outstanding support to their students or to the ACS.

    Relevant accomplishments include:

       Excellent teaching in lab and classroom
      
Extensive mentoring and encouragement of students toward academic success
       Collaborations with local high schools and four year colleges and universities, leading to more student transfers and better articulation
       Supervision of undergraduate research
       Published articles and books related to chemistry education
       Participation in projects promoting innovative teaching methods and undergraduate research
       Development and dissemination of teaching innovations
       Exceptional contributions to the operation of the college’s chemistry department
       Public outreach
       Contributions to the local community, for example through the K-12 system or local agencies

    Previous award winners are:
       Jeanette Medina, Cañada College in 2009
       T. R. Dickson, Cabrillo College in 2010
       Madeline Adamczeski, San Jose City College in 2011
       Cinzia Muzzi, De Anza College in 2012
       Dr. Jose Cabrera in 2013.

The judges for this year's award winner were Linda Brunauer, Bonnie Charpentier, Ashley Piekarski and Jeanette Medina.

   photo of tricca The 2014 Teacher Scholar Award has been awarded to Professor Robert Tricca of Cañada College. Professor Tricca received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Boston College in 1980 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Tufts University in 1985. Tricca started his professional career in the chemical industry where he spent a significant number of years. He has held positions at Pfizer, Oral B/Gillette, Align Technology and Oral Health Technologies ranging from bench work to upper administration and co-founder. In 2008, Tricca decided to pursue his passion for teaching. His teaching career started as an adjunct faculty at Diablo Valley, Laney, and Cañada Community Colleges. His commitment and aptitude for the job were unquestionable and only two years later, Professor Tricca assumed his current full time position at Cañada College. In a short period of time, Tricca has contributed to the advancement of chemical education by updating the general chemistry laboratory experiments to reflect modern relevant bench skills; establishing an ongoing undergraduate student research environment in collaboration with the National Resources Conservation Service and has continuously promoted students success by mentoring and exposing them to professional organizations and professional networking opportunities.

    The sixth annual Teacher Scholar Award will be presented to Professor Tricca at the February, 2015 dinner meeting to be held at Mission College in Santa Clara on Thursday February 19th. For an account of the presentation, please see next year's report!

Jeanette Medina

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