John Baczuk was employed as a full-time faculty member in August 1986 and retired in December 2009, after 23 years of dedicated service. Upon his retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
John wonderfully taught and inspired a vast range of students, including veterans, deaf, learning disabled and many life-long learners while maintaining the highest professional standards in his developmental, transfer and elective courses, including the distinction of teaching the first English 101C course at Ohlone.
John served his colleagues and the College community with distinction on many departmental and College-wide committees, including the curriculum and staff development committees and various hiring committees. He mentored faculty in the English department, encouraging colleagues of all types to strive and meet high standards of scholarship, doing this all with a strong sense of collegiality and friendship.
John maintained the tradition of teaching the Mythology course with high excellence and enthusiasm. He collaborated with other reading instructors in revising and developing reading lab programs in the English Learning Center, including the development of an exclusive APA research module.
John also served as the Assistant Basketball Coach for the Ohlone Renegades from 1992-1994 and was a very supportive and long-standing fan.
John was been an inspiring colleague, sharing his wealth of knowledge of curriculum and technique, as well as his wit and good humor.