Teaching at Keene State College is rewarding for Marj Droppa on many levels, both on campus and in the community. “We are encouraged and supported to perform undergraduate research, community service learning, and civic engagement with our students,” she notes. This approach is the perfect blend for Dr. Droppa, who says, “The real-life application of learning is the type of teaching I enjoy most.”
As a result, mentoring students in undergraduate research projects and conference presentations at the local, regional, and national level are among her most rewarding moments as an assistant professor in the Health Science Department. She believes the experience students gain when reaching out beyond the classroom not only builds a solid educational foundation, it builds confidence. “If they dare to take a step into the unknown, they will succeed,” she says.
Degrees and Credentials:
BS, summa cum laude, Kinesiology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX
MS, Kinesiology, University of Texas-Pan American, TX
PhD, Health Promotion & Wellness, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, UT
Association between wellness and academic success among college students; developing new research methodologies including an online wellness feedback tool; performing Appreciative Inquiry participatory research around substance abuse in communities; and encouraging civic engagement work among KSC students through curriculum development.
Adjunct Faculty member, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2000-2010
Faculty member, Keene State College, 2010-present
Awards & Accolades:
One of three faculty members selected to represent KSC in a successful application for the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Recipient of 2012-13 Faculty Development and Pepsi grants to perform a variety of research projects.
Selected Professional Work:
Droppa, Marjorie (2013). Helping freshmen stay in school through research collaboration. College Health in Action, 52(3), 18-20.
2012: Reviewer for Civic Learning Evaluation Tools for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
2012: Reviewer for abstracts for the 2013 KSC Academic Excellence Conference
Three sons, elected member of the Keene School District’s Board of Education, teach group fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates at KSC and the Keene Family YMCA.