Faculty Grant Spotlight: Anne Piorkowski, aka “Chef Anne”

Several Trocaire College faculty received Faculty Initiative Grants for the Spring 2018 semester. This small stipend is to be used to promote initiatives and innovation in the classroom that will enhance student learning, engagement, and retention.

We will highlight one faculty member per week on the Trocaire Trailblazer blog to highlight this important and exciting work and give a glimpse into what our hard-working faculty members have planned for their classrooms.

Anne Piorkowski, BA

“I believe in creating empathetic and collaborative learning environments.”

Courses taught:

I’ve taught everything offered by the Hospitality Management department. This semester, I’m teaching Hospitality Internship; Culinary Foundations II; World Travel, Geography and Cultural Awareness; Principles of Hotel and Resort Management; and two sections of College Seminar/College Success.


Faculty Initiative Grant project:

Many students, in my experience, cannot afford textbooks, even with financial aid. By enabling access to Online Educational Resources, I am seeking to remove that financial impediment to student success.


What do you hope to gain from the project?

I hope to support student access to comprehensive course materials while simultaneously supporting our college learning outcomes in technology skills.


More about Chef Anne:



Master’s of Science, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (anticipated completion May 2018)

  • SUNY Buffalo State

Bachelor’s of Arts (summa cum laude)

  • SUNY University at Buffalo

Diplome de Patisserie (with honors)

  • Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa, ON


Time at Trocaire:

5 years; 1 and half years full time


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:

Accessibility in higher education, non-traditional learning styles