Dolphin Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Member of the Adjunct Faculty: Jennifer Durando, Adjunct Faculty, Department of English
You joined the English faculty at the College of Staten Island in 2005 as an Adjunct Lecturer after you received both a BA (magna cum laude with honors) and an MA in English from the College of Staten Island. The Chair of your department describes you as “an exceptionally dedicated member of our department,” noting that you teach composition classes, which are “foundational parts of the curriculum for all students at CSI.” You also bring an advanced level of creativity to these courses. For example, one of the classes that you designed focused on Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath. Your Chair isn’t the only person to sing your praises, however. You are also extremely popular with your students, reflected in the consistently laudatory student evaluations that you receive. In fact, one of your students shed light on your prowess in the classroom, stating that you are able to notice students’ abilities, providing unforgettable encouragement and support with a passionate and undeniably captivating approach that helps all of your students to grow as writers.
You exemplify CSI’s ideal of an academic and teacher who shines in her field and advances the noble cause of knowledge.