Richard Vollaro, 2013
- Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Communication
- Newly elected president of the Faculty Senate
DSC employee since January 2007
Degrees and Schools where awarded: B.S. and M.A., English Language Arts, University of Central Florida.
Career/Professional honors: 2006 Pine Ridge High School Teacher of the Year; 2007 American Legion Educator of the Year.
Outside interests: Martial arts, Pittsburgh Steelers football, technology.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College: The first five years of my teaching career were devoted to working as an educational coordinator with at-risk students (gang members, substance abusers, etc.) and abused/neglected youth outside of Boston, Mass. After returning to Florida, I taught at Pine Ridge High School for seven years.
What is your primary goal as Faculty Senate president: I would like to see faculty working together to find solutions and overcome the constant challenges that we face in education.
What professional projects are you working on right now? Currently, my students and I are experimenting with digital self-publishing and open-source software.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Recognizing the success of my students in our community.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I have a novel that doesn’t seem to want to write itself!
In life? I want to see both of my sons grow up to be happy, healthy and fulfilled.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can’t do.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I hold three black belts in various martial arts disciplines.
Last book read: Wool, by Hugh Howey.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? “Loyal Eccentric”
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: George Orwell, Bruce Lee, Ed Parker (founder of American Kenpo) and Terry Bradshaw.
The Daytona State of mind to meis an optimistic vision for the future, a celebration of culture and compassion for those we serve.