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LIU Post Professor James Vacca Receives Golden Apple Award From March of Dimes

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
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Dr. James Vacca, associate professor of education at LIU Post and LIU Brentwood, was among the top Long Island educators honored at the 16th Annual March of Dimes Golden Apple Awards Dinner, on November 13 at Fox Hollow.

The Golden Apple Award is given annually by the March of Dimes to recognize and honor outstanding individuals who have made a difference in the community through their commitment to education.

Dr. Vacca served as chair of the Department of Special Education and Literacy in the College of Education, Information and Technology at LIU Post from 2003 until 2012. Since 2002, he has directed the CASE program, a master’s degree program for graduate students specializing in teaching children with Autism Spectrum disorders. In addition to holding the rank of associate professor at Long Island University, he is currently a special education/literacy consultant to the Westbury Middle School and Metropolitan Corporate Academy High School in Brooklyn.

He received his B.A. from S.U.N.Y. College at Brockport; M.S. from S.U.N.Y. at Albany; and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He also studied at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo and Michigan State University. He began his career in education as a teacher of Persuasive Communication at the University of Buffalo where one of his students was Wolf Blitzer of CNN News. In 1983 he moved to Long Island to assume the role of principal of the Alternate Learning Center at Western Suffolk BOCES. For more than a decade he was director of Student Services in the Commack School District, and additionally worked for the Uniondale, Floral Park High School (Sewanhaka High School District), and Malverne School Districts.

Dr. Vacca started at LIU Post (formerly the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University), as an adjunct professor in 1985 and joined the full-time faculty as a visiting professor in 2001. He was promoted to assistant professor in 2002 and received his promotion to associate professor in 2008. He also taught as an adjunct professor of literacy at Adelphi University from 1985 to 1997. From 1998 to 1999 he was chairman of the March of Dimes Golden Apple Award Committee.

For the past 10 years Dr. Vacca has served as educational consultant and foster child advocate for the Department of Social Services in Suffolk County. In 2010, Jim was a recipient of the Suffolk County Child Abuse and Neglect Violence Volunteer and Professional Award from the Suffolk County Advisory Board on Child Protection and the Suffolk County Executive’s Task Force to Prevent Family Violence.

Dr. Vacca is a resident of Huntington.

Posted 11/30/2012

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