Chris Vericker, an adjunct faculty member of Emmanuel's Graduate and Professional Programs, was named the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Continuing Education Faculty Award from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), New England region. Vericker was honored at the association's conference in Providence, R.I., October 26th.
Vericker has been an adjunct faculty member at Emmanuel since 1996. He has instructed over 150 courses in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program and the graduate programs in management, research administration, and human resource management. In addition, he has been instrumental in the development of new graduate management specializations, which include two courses delivered in a fully online format.
As a long-serving faculty member in Graduate and Professional Programs, Vericker is well regarded by his colleagues and is often sought out for direction and guidance. As an instructor, he is consistently evaluated by students as among the top faculty members in management. Students appreciate his ability to make complex subject matter engaging and relevant while understanding their interest in career growth at their places of employment.
"His greatest strength [is] to put himself in the place of the student, see things from that point of view, and work together with each student to ensure success in the course," said Sheila Doyle, a student of Vericker's within the graduate programs in research administration.
Vericker's appreciation for the needs of his students stems from his own experience in education, having received both his bachelor and master's degrees as a part-time student. He holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Peter's College and a Master of Science from Pace University. Of his own educational experience, he told Emmanuel News in 2007, "I know it really helped me find my way in life and gave me an opportunity to get my education."
In addition to teaching, Vericker is the vice president of the Construction Lending Group of Middlesex Savings Bank where he has worked for seven years. Even with a full-time career of his own, he maintains an exceptional commitment to Emmanuel College and its students in Graduate and Professional Programs. In her official nomination of Vericker to UPCEA, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs Ellen Mendonca, formerly the director of advising and special projects for Graduate and Professional Programs, highlighted some of his outstanding contributions, from serving as a graduate student advisor for capstone projects and mentor to students and colleagues, to attending student events and participating in activities across the College.
"Chris exemplifies all the extraordinary traits that we seek for continuing education faculty members teaching adult and graduate students," she wrote. "We are so fortunate to have Chris as part of our esteemed faculty in Graduate and Professional Programs."