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PR # 255 June 4, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Professors Maria M. DeFilippis, Pattiann Kletz and Melanie R.B. Morris, along with co-author Ellen Lindemann, received the ?Best Paper Award? at the 19th Annual International Conference for Teaching and Learning.

The four women honored are all full-time faculty members in the College?s Business and Public Service Department. The conference was held April 16 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The paper, ?Turbulent Skies: Assessing General Education Goals in a Career Program - A Pilot Study,? was selected from some 50 papers submitted in competition for the honor. Among the nine papers selected for publication in the conference proceedings, the ?Turbulent Skies? paper was judged the ?best? by a panel of peer reviewers. More than 700 faculty members, representing 12 countries, attended the conference to see the authors receive the award.

?For 15 years the conference has selected and published the best conference papers in Selected Papers ,? said the publication?s editor, Jack A. Chambers. ?It is currently widely used as a research tool for graduate students in education.? The ?Turbulent Skies? paper was the seventh paper to receive the ?Best Paper Award? in the history of the Selected Papers publication.

DeFilippis is a Professor of Paralegal Studies. She received a BA from Douglass College, cum laude, and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.

Kletz is an Instructor of Business Administration. She received an A.S. from Raritan Valley Community College; a B.S. from The College of New Jersey; and an M.B.A. from Seton Hall University.

Morris is an Assistant Professor of Business Law. She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany; an M.B.A. from Temple University; and a J.D., cum laude, from The Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Lindemann is an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Business. She received Bachelor?s and Master?s degrees from American University, Washington, D.C.

The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning was established in 1988 to promote the exchange of ideas to improve the teaching and learning process through innovative and effective uses of pedagogy and technology in higher education. Complete conference details are available online at www.teachlearn.org .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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