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Mark Chadsey


What do you teach for Delta College?
Integrative Learning Seminar II, Human Heritage Experience I and II, Society and Culture I and II

How long have you been with Delta/SUNY Brockport?
Since Spring 1998 with Delta and SUNY Brockport since 1996.

Mark Chadsey


What is one of your favorite Delta Moments?

This is really difficult because there are several that are virtually impossible to choose between. I'll restrict myself to the top three (order does not indicate preference):

  • In my first ever Society and Culture class in Delta, I had given students a writing assignment that required them to analyze one of Christopher Columbus's original log entries from his first trip to the America's. (Everyone will recall that Columbus stumbled upon the New World while attempting to find a shorter route to the Far East.) A young woman in the class named Jamie Austin handed in a short essay entitled "Just Like a Man Not to Ask Directions". I knew I was in for a treat.

  • Watching Jeremy Hilinski perform his King Tut routine in the Delta second-year's play. Jeremy, certainly one of the most gifted performers that will ever pass through Delta, was dressed in a toga and sang a satirical song that spoofed the Delta program. Jeremy helped us learn to enjoy a self-depreciating joke in Delta.

  • Reading Laura Reed's critique of Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel." There is no greater joy for a professor than reading a paper that demonstrates that a student got everything you wanted her to get from your class, and then added something significant of her own. Laura went on to do a year at Oxford. I'm very proud of you Laura.

Why does every Delta teacher say "Trust Us"?
When Dante stands at the gates of Hell he falters before entering. Virgil must reassure him that heavenly powers are deeply concerned for his well-being. Delta College can, occasionally, bear a striking resemblance to Dante's journey. We will drag, push, and pull you to intellectual and cultural exercises you never dreamed you would experience. Trust us, we have guided many students across the river Styx, and throughout the entire experience there will be many powers deeply concerned for your well-being.

How do Deltas differ from non-Deltas?
Initially, I'm not certain there is a great deal of difference. Most students enter college with at least some measure of apprehension. Delta students tend to gain a sense of self-confidence quicker than non-Deltas. The requirements of Delta are very demanding but like any experience that requires you to test your limits you will be stronger
for having taken the test.

Why did you choose to work for Delta?
One of my very favorite colleagues, Dr. Raymond Duncan, came to me four years ago and suggested that I should meet with the director of Delta College, Sandra Holinbaugh, to discuss a joint appointment between Political Science and Delta College. I didn't know much about Delta at the time but the fact that Ray Duncan thought this would be a great idea was good enough for me (sometimes we all have to rely on someone who says "Trust me"). I met with Sandra and we just clicked from day one. Life has taught me that if you don't like the people you work with you'll never enjoy your work. This would be especially true in Delta because we tend to collaborate more as faculty than most departments/programs. In Delta, I have had the pleasure of working with people like Professors Wanda Wakefield, Kitty Hubbard, Tim Thornton, professionals from the business world like Jim Georger and, of course Sandra, who is the hub around which all of us revolve. These are the kind of colleagues that every professor should have! I also get to do things that I cannot do in Political Science, like teach the politics of literature. I firmly believe that Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare have as much to teach us about politics as any modern scholar. Delta provides me a unique opportunity to introduce students to those lessons.