Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

03/08/2012 -- CCAC introduces fund to promote faculty innovation

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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Board of Trustees today approved the creation of a grants program to promote faculty innovation that increases student engagement. The John Dziak Faculty Development and Engagement Fund is named for longtime CCAC assistant professor of Biology and president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2067.

The fund will provide annually up to $500 each for five faculty members, called Dziak Fellows, to identify and test in their classes strategies that can be shared with their colleagues for improving learning outcomes and student engagement through student participation in project based learning in the classroom, the college or the community.

The Board of Trustees authorized CCAC President Alex Johnson, in collaboration with the CCAC Educational Foundation, to raise at least $50,000 to establish an endowment to fund the program in perpetuity. Until the funds are secured, the college and the foundation will make available each year, beginning in spring 2013, at least $2,500 to award to selected faculty members.

Mr. Dziak unexpectedly presented CCAC at the meeting with $20,000 toward the fund’s endowment. Dr. Johnson also announced that he would be donating an additional $10,000 toward the goal.

“Professor Dziak has demonstrated his commitment to student success and faculty engagement through his teaching and philanthropy,” said Dr. Johnson. “This fund honors his stellar record of generosity and excellence in teaching.”


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.