Southeast Community College
science instructor Dave Schmitter is the recipient of the Dale P. Parnell
Distinguished Faculty designation for 2023. The American Association of
Community Colleges recognizes around 30 faculty members from around the country
to receive the award.
“When I heard the school was
nominating me for this award, I felt truly humbled,” said Schmitter, a math and
physics instructor on SCC’s Milford Campus. “I know there are many instructors
at SCC that do amazing work and work just as hard as I do, so it is truly an
The AACC recognizes faculty
from around the country on different criteria, including how they demonstrate passion
for students and classroom, how they support students in and out of the
classroom, their participation in college committees, and going above and
beyond to make sure their students are successful.
“Dave is always willing to
help students both in and out of the classroom,” said Kevin Uhler, SCC
associate dean. “He is consistently involved in self-evaluation and
professional development opportunities, as well as serving the college on
teams. He is a tremendous recipient of this recognition and an asset to
Schmitter grew up in Hyde
Park, New York, and received his bachelor’s in physics from the University of
Rochester. He then went on to earn his master’s and Ph.D. in physics from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He started teaching in 2007 as an adjunct at
Providence College, and then at Massachusetts Maritime Academy from 2010-2016.
He’s been at SCC’s Milford Campus since 2016.
“I love the students and my
colleagues, of course,” he said. “I also have enjoyed the opportunities outside
of the classroom that SCC has given me. Working on the Accreditation
Steering Team, participating in Family Science Night, goal planning . . . all
of these have helped me grow as an educator and a person.”
As for future goals,
Schmitter hopes to further engage his students in different ways, as well as
contribute to the mission of the College. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys
spending time with his wife and two boys. He helps coach their sports, is the
STEM Coordinator for their Cub Scout pack, and is part of a Lincoln improv
Schmitter will receive the
Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award on April 4, 2023, in Denver,
Colorado, at the AACC Annual Conference.