“This is a program that opens doors and opportunities, where, in other situations, they would have closed.”
These are the words of many General Studies Learning Community students and the director of the program himself.
Dr. Daniel Rosenberg, director of the General Studies Learning Community, earned his Ph.D. in American History and currently teaches the Western Civilization course. His goal for the General Studies Learning Community is to ensure students transition from freshman to sophomore year smoothly with their earned credits. His responsibilities as director include managing the budget for G.S.; ensuring G.S. is a recognized program; and monitoring G.S. faculty/tutors, counselors, and support staff. Dr. Rosenberg feels the General Studies Program is insightful. He believes that G.S. gives students who were otherwise treated unfairly, due to unethical standardized tests, the chance to succeed.
But as doors open, G.S. tests students’ determination. “Though there are endless writing assignments for students, it is a continuous challenge for them in preparation for what is ahead in the next three years of college,” says Dr. Rosenberg.
Dr. Rosenberg is not only a professor at Adelphi— he is also a writer who has published many articles in his field of study. The balance is hard between teaching and writing, however he says he loves them both as they are equally important parts in his life. His recently published book, Underground Communists in the McCarthy Period: A Family Memoir, tells the story of how his parents and others went into hiding during the McCarthy period, when political intolerance and persecution were widely sanctioned and practiced by the United States government.
A “historian fanatic,” Dr. Rosenberg wrote his book hoping that it is viewed as relevant today. “You should not give up on ideas. Conformity is wrong and you should never feel like a prisoner; you should feel comfortable to express yourself,” says Dr. Rosenberg. He continues to say, “My book is a warning to the present day that restriction of speech and freedom of assembly and organization should never be repeated, so TAKE ACTION.”
Dr. Rosenberg, as director and professor, is very inspirational to his students and is a great asset to the General Studies Learning Community. We thank him for his hard work and determination to see his students succeed.
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