Upon his retirement in 2019 as a Professor of Political Science David was awarded Professor Emeritus status by the Mohawk Valley Community College’s Board of Trustees for a distinguished career as a professor, coach, and executive administrative leader. Then in the fall of 2021 he was selected into the Mohawk Valley Community College Hall of Fame (see link for bio). MVCC Hall of Fame

For his work as a professor of Political Science & History David has received numerous honors.  Examples include his selection as the Mohawk Valley Community College recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching” award, the choice of David for the college’s “Who Made a Difference” award, and his multiple inclusions into “Who’s Who Among America’s Educators.”

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During his ten year college basketball coaching tenure David earned “Coach of the Year” honors on the regional or national level six times while leading teams to top ten finishes nationally.  As a professional educator working with high school teachers he garnered the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance award for “Dance Teacher of the Year” for his contributions in helping teachers integrate social dance into their curriculum.

In addition to his award-winning instruction in political science and history David has received the Mohawk Valley Community College’s “Excellence in Faculty Service Award” and the State University of New York’s “Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service” which both recognized his outstanding work at Mohawk Valley Community College as Coordinator of Professional Enrichment and Development, head of college governance as Chair of the College Senate, and Chair of the Political Outreach Committee of the MVCC Professional Association.

David has also been honored locally in Utica, NY as a “Hometown Hero” by a major network television station for his recovery from a traumatic bicycling accident he experienced while training for a biathlon, and his subsequent athletic achievements in distance running.

Nationally he has been recognized as a recipient of the “Exemplar Award” by the North American Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) for his work in developing MVCC’s culture of employee enrichment and professional development, as well as for his contributions delivering presentations to colleagues throughout Canada and the United States on pedagogical issues, motivation, and leadership.