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Jeff Rorer Named Science Department Chair

Jeff RorerWINTERVILLE—Jeff Rorer, a full-time Pitt Community College science instructor for the past eight years, has been named chairman of the college’s science department, the school announced this month.

A Winterville resident, the 38-year-old Rorer takes over for Judith Kasperek, who is retiring from Pitt in August, after 34 years of service.

"I'm excited and honored that I was chosen to lead the department,” Rorer said. “I've tried to prepare myself over the years for this position by working hard, getting to know people, and pushing myself to perform.

“I hope to continue to build upon the teamwork that currently exists in the department and allow faculty to be their best."

Rorer, who holds a master’s degree in chemistry from East Carolina University, began working at PCC as an adjunct chemistry instructor in August of 1999. In the years since, he has gone on to earn numerous awards for his work in the classroom.

After receiving Faculty Excellence Awards in 2009 and 2010, Rorer was named Pitt’s Joseph E. Downing Excellence in Teaching Award recipient in 2011. He also received the 2009 Innovations Award for his "Teaching with Microsoft Producer” concept, which involved teaching chemistry courses online.

When he is away from the classroom, Rorer is busy honing his skills as a world-class marksman. In 2009, he and his American teammates claimed gold at the F-Class World Championships in Bisley, England. He added a Canadian Fullbore F-Class TR Championship title to his list of shooting accomplishments in 2010 and a U.S. National Championship in 2011.