Robert Ashkinaze, M.A.
My teaching career began in September, 1956, in the Yonkers Public School System. After leaving Yonkers in 1962, I began my teaching career in the Croton-Harmon School District. My teaching experience in these two school districts was in the field of Social Studies 9 – 12th Grade. In 1994, while teaching at Croton-Harmon High School, I was awarded the title of High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Westchester Council for the Social Studies. In addition to teaching, I was a senior class advisor, newspaper advisor, debate coach, and student-government advisor. In 1996, after teaching for forty years, I retired from teaching. However, in December of that year, Professor Gail Robinson of the Manhattanville School of Education recruited me as a Field Supervisor of Social Studies. I joined the faculty working with Professor Lawson Bowling who at that time was also a Field Supervisor in Social Studies. My career at Manhattanville began in January, 1997. Some two years later, when Professor Irene Whelan went on sabbatical leave, Professor ! Bowling recommended that I become an adjunct in the History Department and cover a class in Traditional European History. I have continued at Manhattanville as both a teacher of History and Field Supervisor for student teachers. Two years ago, I was named a Visiting Scholar and my field of courses has been expanded to include: Russian History, a Middle Eastern History with an emphasis upon the wars of the Modern Middle East, and "Leaders and Leadership", a course that was originally developed by Professor David Shields. Lastly, Professor Andrew Bodenrader recommended that I work with first year students in the Writing Program at the College. Currently, I am teaching a College Skills course in that Department. I continue to enjoy work, do some traveling, enjoy my summer home in Vermont and am an avid movie and theater goer and Museum visitor. I also manage to see my seven grandchildren ranging in age from four to sixteen. All of this in my spare time!
Manhattanville College is located in Purchase, New York on a beautiful 100-acre suburban campus, 10 minutes from downtown White Plains and just 30 miles from New York City. It has an amazingly diverse mix of students from more than 30 states and 50 countries. The College has 1,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
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