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CCRI PTFA Executive Team
Welcome to the Community College of Rhode Island Part-Time Faculty Association (CCRI-PTFA). Get in touch to learn more about our organization and how we can help you. Please feel free to visit the PTFA office in Room 3128 (Knight Campus) at your convenience or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office: Knight Campus, Room 3128
Zdenko ("Z") has been teaching in the English Department at CCRI since 2010. He also teaches in the First-Year Writing program at Rhode Island College. Prior to that, he earned a Master of Arts degree in English at Boston College, where he also taught First-Year Writing. Z has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College.
I have a long history of working in Higher Education, teaching in multiple disciplines and serving in administrative and formal consulting roles. This is complimented by a long history of leadership in public and private organizations. Since the creation of the association was first introduced, I have been active in trying to influence it. One of my biggest concerns was the development of the Bylaws which I felt contained serious omissions and closed loops that would thwart democratic practices and create impressions of unfairness. In discussions with many of you and from what I have witnessed at the general meetings, we can make things a lot better.
Prior to transitioning my career over to academics, I was a Vice President at one of the world's largest investment banks, State Street Corporation, where I worked both in the mutual fund accounting departments and in the information technology department.
I am currently an adjunct faculty member in the Social Sciences Department. I have taught in the Knight campus, Flanagan, Liston and at the ACI in both medium and maximum facilities for the Community College. I have a BA in economics a BS in finance and I hold a Master of Arts in history. In addition to my work at CCRI, I am also an interim adult educator at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections education unit helping students to earn a GED.
I have training in Lean & Six Sigma Process Improvement so I'm always working towards making things better, and more transparent. In 2015 I served on the University of Rhode Island Foundation's Strategic Improvement Committee as a volunteer.
I was a member of the negotiating team for the most recent contract, this has inspired me to want to bring my business expertise and experience in service to my fellow faculty members. I hope that my participation in the part-time faculty Association will give me the opportunity of making things better for the students and part-time faculty of the Community College of Rhode Island.
Dr. Donna Raptakis has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education, a Master's Degree in Special Education, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership. She holds Certifications in the following areas: Middle/Secondary Special Education Teacher, Administrator of Special Education, Superintendent of Schools, Teacher of Elementary K-6 and Elementary/Middle School Principal. She has been an educator in the public schools for 33 years. After twenty-one years as an Elementary School Principal, Dr. Raptakis decided to pursue her career as a Professor of Writing and Leadership at the College Level. She has taught at Bryant University and has been an adjunct professor teaching at the Community College of Rhode Island in English and Reading since 2008 and at the New England Institute of Technology.
During her tenure as Principal, Dr. Raptakis was a strong advocate for educating all students and always sought out funding to enhance teaching and learning for her faculty and students. She was an avid grant writer for the district and was awarded many technology grants for her schools and presented at National Conferences in the area of technology. She also was nominated for Teacher and Principal of the Year, as well as the Rhode Island College Alumni Award. Dr. Raptakis was a mentor for Principals and teachers and led many committees at the district level in Coventry. In addition, she served on numerous leadership committees at the state level. In 2016, she was the state and national winner of the Rookie of the Year Award for Innovative Education in Science for all elementary schools in the country. She most recently received the 2017 RI State Service Award from The Vince Lombardi Lodge. She has been a strong supporter of several charitable organizations in Rhode Island and has donated her time and knowledge to improving her community and education for all students.
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Cranston, RI 02920-2631
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