Robert Tansky SC4’s Socrates

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

   As a professor at St. Clair County Community College since 1966, Robert Tansky has had a rewarding career.

   After nearly 40 years, Robert Tansky is grateful that his former students, whom are now Qatari dignitaries, have become successful and said they remember SC4 fondly.

   “Teachers never know the impact that they have on a student,” said Tansky.

   Tansky’s most important lesson to his students is for them to enhance both their critical thinking as well as their global awareness. 

   “Today I emphasize less memorization and more class discussion. With the internet one needs to know where to find information and how to evaluate it,” Tansky said.

   He received a Bachelor of Science and a Finance Major from the University of Detroit in 1964, Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University in 1965, and his Post Graduate from the University of Michigan and Purdue University in 1966.

   Professor Tansky is very active in college and community services. He is a state wide speaker for Phi Theta Kappa as well as being treasurer for the St. Clair County Council on Aging.  

   During the 1970’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s, his chapter excelled at the state of Michigan competition taking 17 first place and two second place chapter finishes against up to nineteen other community colleges and universities.

   At the national level of this competition where over 400 colleges competed, Tansky’s team finished in the top seven of the United States nine times. They took first place in Anaheim, California and second place three other times

   During his career he has won numerous awards and accolades which include 1971 Outstanding Educator of America and 1982 Distinguished College Faculty Award.

   Throughout his career, Robert Tansky has kept good relations with his students as well as his peers.

   “He is a teacher’s teacher,” Dr. Tom Mooney said. “Bob is dedicated to his students, his profession as well as the community. His work ethic is exemplary and has perfected the Socratic method of teaching.”

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