Peter A. Zitko

Bio

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.

 

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-Present

Solano College: 2015-Present

Contact Information

 

peter.zitko@solano.edu

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 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

 

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

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)