Peter A. Zitko
Dr. 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 also 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.
A forthcoming book chapter titled Barriers to Correctional Education in the Age of Digitalization: The Efficacy of 21st Century Competencies in Prison Education will appear in Barriers for Teaching 21st-Century Competencies and the Impact of Digitalization. Publication is anticipated in June, 2021. A related article, Redesigning Correctional Education to Meet 21st Century Learning Modalities, 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) and the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA). 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.
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 degree with highest honors
Article: NVC News Center (2021) Napa Valley College Instructor Honored with 2020-21 Gerald C. Hayward Award for Excellence in Education
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)
Contemporary 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)
History of the U.S. (Guest Lecturer)