Dolphin Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Member of the Adjunct Faculty:
Edward Hack, Adjunct Faculty, Department of English
You joined the English faculty at Staten Island Community College in 1967 as an Instructor, subsequently giving 46 years of exceptional service to CSI as a full-time Professor, and then, after your retirement, as an Adjunct Lecturer. You received a BA from The City College of New York/CUNY and an MA with Honors from Columbia University.
One of your former students has noted that “teaching is at the heart of who you are,” adding that your “passion is not only for the mind, but for the heart of the student.” You have excelled at all levels in the Department of English, teaching Developmental English for many years with great success, as well as Shakespeare at both the introductory and advanced levels, and graduate-level poetry courses. Since your retirement, you have dedicated much of your time to the Immersion Program, where you have made spectacular achievements, including consistently high success rates among your students on the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing and the highest retention rate across the immersion programs. In the classroom, you are a patient and personable instructor and good listener who always puts forth the effort to ensure that every student understands the material that you present. You also take the time to meet with students outside of class to discuss any issues that they might have on a more personal level. As a result, you consistently receive high evaluation ratings from your students.
You exemplify CSI’s ideal of an academic and teacher who shines in his field and advances the noble cause of knowledge.