Faculty Profile: Sherrie Carinci
Sherrie Carinci, right, with Gloria Steinem.
Sherrie Carinci combines scholarship with a dynamic teaching style. Her students routinely rate her as one of the best professors they have encountered, praising her willingness to help while pushing them to excel. One student suggested that her class should be required for all future teachers.
Carinci’s colleagues are no less complimentary, citing her cheery disposition and dedication. Specializing in gender equity and multicultural studies, she was awarded Teacher of the Year 2002-2003 for the College of Education. And she was recently recognized as the most influential faculty woman on campus. The award was presented at the American River Courtyard during the second annual Women’s “Herstory” Month, saluting those who have made a significant difference to Sac State and the Sacramento community.
Carinci has been making a difference since coming to Sac State in 1994 as an adjunct professor. Her energetic focus on the issues she cares about has helped to raise awareness of gender equity among students and staff alike. Some of Carinci’s strongest praise comes from male students who say that their gender perceptions have been sharpened by her classes.
Her perception of Gloria Steinem was pleasantly sharpened after meeting the feminist icon, who spoke at Folsom Lake College on March 7. Carinci was chosen to present the life and accomplishments of Steinem prior to a dinner honoring the founder of Ms Magazine and found her to be "very gracious and genuine."
Carinci’s passion is generated by the give-and-take of the classroom. “I love teaching,” she says, characterizing it as “a calling.” Having declined several private sector offers to stay with her students, she is especially proud that Sac State is the only campus in the CSU system to offer a Master of Arts Education Behavioral Science and Gender Equity Studies, of which she is program coordinator.
She continues teaching a freshman seminar class with such verve that she was deemed an outstanding faculty member for her dedication to enhance general education. Carinci also maintains connections with a couple of city high school women’s basketball teams and Cosumnes River College.
Sherrie Carinci’s commitment embodies Sacramento State’s mission of teaching, learning and service.