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March 25, 2015

SFC Professor Named to Professors Who Inspire List

St. Francis College History Professor Sara Haviland Rzeszutek is making a difference in the lives of her students and now she's been recognized for her work, being named to the 40 under 40: Professors Who Inspire 2015 list by Nerd Scholar.

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Dr.Rzeszutek was nominated by one of her students, Elizabeth Peralta '15, who said that Professor Rzeszutek convinced her to stick with being a History Major and "now after I graduate, I will be fulfilling one of my dreams and going to work at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C."

Read Sara Haviland's 40 Under 40 Profile

To be named to the list, Nerd Scholar chose professors who leave, "impressions on our lives that change the way we think, work and view the world around us." Nominations for the professors have to show a professor's "ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter."

In addition to teaching History courses, Haviland has also written the forthcoming book, James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement.

She's worked with the Brooklyn Historical Society's Students and Faculty in the Archives (SAFA) project to teach history students about using archives as a tool to study civil rights in Brooklyn ( Professor Haviland was also part of the American Historical Association's Tuning Project which helps promote the importance and relevance of being a history major.

Professor Haviland earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her favorite nerd is W.E.B. Du Bois.

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