Peter A. Zitko

Bio

Dr. Tony Zitko is an award winning educator who serves as Dean of External Programs at Solano College and teaches political science courses in Northern California.  

 

Prior to serving as Dean of External Programs, Tony Zitko facilitated political science courses for traditional college students and  incarcerated college students in Northern California.  He has written and been featured in articles concerning justice-involved education and is a staunch advocate of education as a form of rehabilitation.  

 

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. 

 

Tony Zitko is a passionate advocate of restorative justice and improving the lives of justice-involved persons. 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. Enfranchising the Disenfranchised: Voting Rights for Justice-Involved Persons in the United States (Zitko, 2022), is also freely available to readers at 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), the Cogent Education College of Reviewers, 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.

Recent 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 was presented at the SERA 45th Annual Meeting, February 23-25, 2022 in New Orleans.

Tony Zitko is a lifelong resident of Northern California. He holds a contractors license in the State of California and is an accomplished martial artist. He was recently a keynote speaker at the Nevada/California 2022 Phi Theta Kappa Spring Convention in San Diego.

 

Memberships

 

Kappa Delta Pi

 

Pi Gamma Mu

 

Golden Key International

 

Phi Theta Kappa

 

Southwest Educational Research Association

Education

 

American College of Education, Ed.D.

American Public University, M.A.

Ashford University, B.A.

Now University of Arizona Global Campus

Employment

 

Napa Valley College: 2014-2022

Solano College: 2015-Present

Contact Information

 

peter.zitko@solano.edu

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Honors, Awards, and Recognition

 

2021 Hayward Award for Excellence in Education

2020 Distinguished Faculty Award: Solano College

 

All-State Academic Team (California) 2010


All-USA CC 1st Academic Team and 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

 

Select Publications

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 Correctional Education in the Age of Digitalization: The Efficacy of Adopting A 21st Century Competencies Approach to Higher Education in Prison Education (Zitko, 2021)

Empathy Empathy Wherefore Art Thou: A Multidimensional Mixed Methods Investigation (Schultz,  Owens, and Zitko 2022). Conference paper presented at the 45th SERA Annual Meeting February 23, 2022. New Orleans, LA.

A Critical Review of Empathy Research: A Deficit in Evaluating the Organic Emergence of Empathy (Schultz, Zitko  & Owens, 2022). Conference paper presented at the 45th SERA Annual Meeting February 23, 2022. New Orleans, LA.

Enfranchising the Disenfranchised: Voting Rights for Justice-Involved Persons in the United States (Zitko, 2022). 

Courses Taught

American Government I

American Government II

Comparative Government

International Relations

Political Philosophy

Introduction to Political Science

Constitutional Rights

The American Legal System

International Political Economy

Political Ideology

History of the U.S. (Guest Lecturer)