2019 Faculty Initiative Grant Spotlight: Anne Piorkowski, MS

Name and Credentials: anne piorkowski

Anne Piorkowski, M.S.


Course Grant is Being Developed in:

HM 103: World Travel, Geography and Cultural Awareness


Other Courses Taught:

This semester:

HM 204: Food and Beverage Service and Sanitation

HM 205: Principles of Hotel and Resort Service and Management

HM 207: Leadership and Management in Hospitality

HM 276: Hospitality Internship


Faculty Initiative Grant project:

I am piloting an Integrated Academic Coaching program in conjunction with the Palisano Center to address student support needs in an innovative and collaborative way, specifically addressing writing skills. Utilizing a case management system, I am developing individual writing plans for each student to address their needs in a targeted and intentional manner. These writing needs will be further supported by writing remediation workshops led by the Palisano Center’s writing remediation specialist within the framework of the course.


How will this project benefit Student Success?

The hospitality industry demands high-level mastery of written communication. By addressing student writing skills in a targeted, individualized approach, students will be positioned for great success in both their academic and industry careers.



MS, Higher Education Administration, State University at New York (SUNY) Buffalo State College

Diplome Centenaire, Le Cordon Bleu

BA, English Literature and Art History, SUNY University at Buffalo


Time at Trocaire:

6 years


Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in creating empathetic and collaborative learning environments. My goal as an instructor is to understand the educational experience from the student’s perspective and develop innovative strategies to support each student’s unique success.


Research/Academic Interests:

Hospitality in Higher Education



The College Student Personnel Association of NYS Conference
Co-Presenter, “Why Can’t We Be Friends: Tips for Bridging Academic and Student Affairs”

New York Leadership Educators Conference
Educational Sessions and Keynote Chair

Buffalo State College Graduate Research Fair
Presenter, “A Room of One’s Own: Support Services for Pregnant Students”

Faculty Initiative Grant Recipient
“Integrated Academic Coaching: A Pilot Program”           

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award Recipient

Al Ciardi Leadership and Service Award Recipient

Faculty Initiative Grant Recipient
“OER Implementation in Small Class Settings”                              


Hobbies/Interests outside of work:

Exploring everything our new home in the Finger Lakes has to offer, from hiking to wine tasting, discovering new restaurants and visiting museums, has kept me very busy this past year. I’m looking forward to turning my black thumb green and learning to garden this summer.