Peter A. Zitko
Dr. Tony Zitko serves as Interim Associate Dean of External Programs at Solano College and teaches political science courses in Northern California.
In addition to facilitating courses for traditional college students, Tony Zitko is engaged in teaching incarcerated college students in Northern California. He has written and been featured in articles concerning prison education, and is a staunch advocate of education as a form of rehabilitation.
Recent education research includes The Passive Majority: A Qualitative Inquiry of Adjunct Community College Faculty published in the International Journal of Dissertation Research in Education and The Adjunct Model as an Equity Crisis in Higher Education: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Lived Experience of "Part-Time" Community College Faculty in Northern California published in Educational Leadership Review of Doctoral Research.
Barriers to Correctional Education in the Age of Digitalization: The Efficacy of 21st Century Competencies in Prison Education (Zitko, 2021) appears in Barriers for Teaching 21st-Century Competencies and the Impact of Digitalization. A related article, Redesigning Correctional Education to Meet 21st Century Learning Modalities (Zitko, 2021), is available on Academia.edu.
Dr. Zitko has served as a peer-reviewer of doctoral research for the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL), National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA), IGI Global, the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA), and Academia Letters. In addition he has contributed to the pre-publication review of academic works for W.W. Norton & Company, Rowman & Littlefield, McGraw Hill Education, and CQ Press and Sage Publications.
Current research with Dr. Katrina Schultz and Dr. Gary Owens includes A Critical Review of Empathy Research: A Deficit in Evaluating the Organic Emergence of Empathy (2022) and Empathy Empathy Wherefore Art Thou: A Multidimensional Mixed Methods Investigation (20202). Research to be presented at the SERA 45th Annual Meeting, February 23-25, 2022 in New Orleans.
Ashford University, B.A.
Napa Valley College: 2014-Present
Solano College: 2015-Present
Honors, Awards, and Recognition
All-USA CC 1st Academic Team 2010
Coca-Cola Scholar 2010 – “Finalist”
Golden Key Scholarship: Outstanding Chapter Member 2017
Graduate degrees with highest honors
Article: Napa Valley Register (2021) Napa Valley College Instructor Honored
Article: NVC News Center (2021) Napa Valley College Instructor Honored with 2020-21 Gerald C. Hayward Award for Excellence in Education
Press Release: Solano College (2021) Professor Zitko Wins Prestigious Hayward Award
Article: Solano Vision (2016) SCC Professor Invested in the Education of Prisoners
Article: Inside Solano (2016) Bringing SCC Classes to Prison
Article: Napa Register (2010) Napa Valley College Students an All-California Academic Team
Article: Napa Valley College News (2010) Napa Valley College Students Honored as "All-California" Winners
Instructional Leadership in Prison Education (Zitko, 2017)
The Passive Majority: A Qualitative Inquiry of Adjunct Community College Faculty (Zitko, 2019)
The Adjunct Model as an Equity Crisis in Higher Education: A qualitative inquiry into the lived experience of "part-time" community college faculty in Northern California (Zitko & Schultz, 2020)
Redesigning Correctional Education to Meet 21st Century Learning Modalities (Zitko, 2021)
Barriers to Prison Education in the Age of Digitalization: The Efficacy of Adopting A 21st Century Competencies Approach to Higher Education in Prison (Zitko, 2021)
Empathy Empathy Wherefore Art Thou: A Multidimensional Mixed Methods Investigation (Schultz, Zitko & Owens, 2022) Pending
A Critical Review of Empathy Research: A Deficit in Evaluating the Organic Emergence of Empathy (Schultz, Zitko & Owens, 2022) Pending
History of the U.S. (Guest Lecturer)