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AACC Awards Professor Emeritus Status Linksz, Seabrook

May 16, 2011

      The Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees has awarded professor emeritus status to two professors in recognition of significant contributions to the college. Professors Martha A. Linksz of Arnold and Richard H. Seabrook, Ph.D., of Annapolis both were judged outstanding candidates in teaching effectiveness, professional development, department service and college/community service.

      Linksz retired as a full professor in June 2010 after providing 34 years of service to the Business and Public Administration department. She was awarded tenure in 1981 and the rank of full professor in 1989. She has taught Principles of Accounting 1 and 2, Intermediate Accounting 1 and 2, Cost Accounting and Business Statistics, and was among the early participants in online teaching. She consistently received high student evaluation ratings. She coordinated her availability with the schedules of students many time zones away, often those deployed with the military services. In 2008, her work was honored when she received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching Excellence award.

      Linksz served as department chair for four years. She supported her department by providing as many courses as possible in an online format, incorporating technology into the classroom, keeping courses up to date as the business environment changed and incorporating outcomes assessment into both teaching and learning.

      College and community activities have been an integral part of Linksz’s service. She served as chair of The Faculty Organization (TFO) Promotion and Tenure Committee (PAT) from 2002 through 2004, and for two other terms during her years at AACC. She also has served on the Academic Standards Committee as both chair and member; multiple search committees and on committees in the Middle States self-study process for reaffirmation of accreditation for the college, among others. After joining the college’s faculty, although she already held a master’s in business administration, Linksz continued her education to complete the requirements allowing allow her to take the CPA examination. She successfully completed that examination and has maintained certification to the present day.

      Seabrook retired in June 2010 as a full professor after 28 years as a member of the Computer Technologies department. He was awarded tenure in 1987 and the rank of full professor in 2004. He began teaching as an instructor in 1982 based on 20 years of prior experience in the computing industry and four years as an avionics maintenance officer in the U.S. Air Force. He rose through the ranks quickly, completing a graduate degree in computer science at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1988 and pursued a Ph.D. in information systems at UMBC from 1993 through 2003.

      Seabrook sponsored the use of Linux in the early 1990s – well before its general adoption by the computing community as the premier open-source operating system. He introduced the most modern computing languages in the curriculum, beginning with dBASE, C and UNIX in the 1980s; C++, BASH, Perl, Python, Awk and Lisp in the 1990s; and learned Tcl and Ruby for future implementations. He is under adjunct contract for the college working on a new course for the CyberCenter called “Scripting for Security” that will involve BASH, Python and Lua, a relatively recent scripting language from Brazil.

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