Congratulations to Wanda Burzycki, named Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Employee of the Month for March 2015. Wanda was hired as an Adjunct faculty member in the College Skills/Tutorial department in January 1994, and became a full-time instructor in 1999. She served as Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) coordinator from 2007-2014, and in 2008, she became the College Skills department chair. Overall, Wanda has contributed nearly 16 years of service to the College through a variety of roles, often simultaneously.
Serving as the College Skills (CSKLS)/Tutorial Department Chair entails many obligations, including involvement in the hiring of faculty and staff. Wanda states, “My main responsibility is to make sure communications are clear, that everyone can do their jobs, that we meet the requirements of the College, and that everyone gets the support (and funding) they need to fully serve students.”
In addition to these responsibilities, Wanda is also an instructor and coordinator for the noncredit Academic Skills/GED Prep program, supporting curriculum development and implementation of the newest and most challenging version of the GED. Since 2012, she’s also served as faculty co-chair for the Accreditation Self Evaluation Report, coordinating the authoring committees; editing, conferring, editing again; and then working with senior designer, Mike Garcia, to bring the nearly 400-page volume to print. Wanda adds, “All of these recent positions have kept me out of the classroom this academic year, but I have learned a lot.”
Victor Cummings, Dean of Language Arts & Academic Foundations, explains: “Wanda is an amazingly dedicated SRJC employee with a long history of going above and beyond. She’s taken on the Herculean task of SRJC Accreditation Self Evaluation Faculty Co-Chair. This is an extraordinary amount of time, work and energy, extending over a 3 year period and much of the future of SRJC is actually in her hands! These kinds of positions are some of the most difficult “jobs” of College Service and Wanda has stepped up every time and done it very well.”
Wanda shares that her greatest challenge at SRJC has been “Keeping up with increasing demands from the state and accreditation for accountability when we - the College, not just the department--don’t have the funds and staff to fulfill all the requirements without sacrificing something else.” Things Wanda enjoys the most about her job are: the people, the positive environment and our beautiful surroundings.
In addition to her job duties, Wanda is also as an active member of the Curriculum Review Committee; District Tenure Review and Evaluations Committee (DTREC); Basic Skills Committee and Student Success and Equity Committees; Project LEARN; and the Accreditation Steering Committee. Aside from work, Wanda loves to travel. When she cannot travel, she writes.
Born and raised in New York, Wanda graduated from Carlsbad High School. She attended Mira Costa College before receiving her BA in English and MA in Education at UC Berkeley. She later received her MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Prior to working at SRJC, Wanda taught 7-9th grade English and “Yearbook” at Comstock and Rincon Valley Junior High for eight years. She also worked as an editor for the California English professional journal for eight years, while raising two children.
Wanda celebrates this recognition with her husband of 34 years, who is a part-time employee at SRJC, and their daughter, a recently married art history graduate with a tech-related occupation, and their son, who works in a corporate office for a finance firm in San Francisco.