Katia Passerini, of Brooklyn, an associate professor in the NJIT School of Management has been selected to receive the prestigious honor of “Master Teacher” at NJIT’s University Convocation, an annual celebration to be held Sept. 14, 2011.Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.
Broadcaster, author and motivational speaker Steve Adubato will speak at the event. A university lecturer, Emmy Award-winning television anchor, and Star-Ledger columnist, Adubato also served in the mid-1980s as New Jersey's youngest state legislator at age 26. Previously, Adubato anchored three PBS broadcasts including Caucus: New Jersey, an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series.
Passerini conducts research on computer-supported learning, mobile apps as business models and knowledge-based development. She is interested in the impact of broadband-supported applications on people, organizations and society. She is also being recognized for her curriculum-building initiatives and far-reaching pedagogical grants that have supported industry-driven course development. She received the 2010 Excellence in Innovative Teaching Award for experimenting with team-based teaching models. (ATTENTION EDITORS: Hi-res photos of the researcher will be taken at the event. To receive a copy and/or set up an interview, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)
Colleagues call Passerini a polymath, with her degrees in political science, international business, economics, and information and decision systems. These diverse disciplines are meshed through her focus on knowledge management and her conviction that student engagement is the key to learning. In this pursuit, Passerini has employed a variety of contemporary digital tools — among them WebCT, Moodle, podcasts, and Wimba — and emphasized collaborative techniques such as peer evaluations that garners rave reviews from freshmen to seasoned professionals in the Executive MBA program.
Her philosophy of higher education is to provide all students with the tools for continuous learning. Her dual emphasis on contemporary management information systems and team-based learning strategies make her courses relevant, accessible and challenging, including large classes and distance learning formats.
Passerini’s dossier brims with powerful letters from colleagues who have also learned by observing her teaching. She has further shared her approach by discussing the outcomes of her teaching strategies in refereed and professional journals through published papers in the areas of computer-mediated learning, wireless technologies and knowledge management. Her course assignments include service learning opportunities with not-for-profit New Jersey clients. She thus engages her students in both the professional world of business and the broader society where their skills are also needed.