Professor goes above and beyond to leave enduring legacy of academic excellence
October 05, 2020
October 05, 2020
He has played a vital role in developing four undergraduate degrees, a master’s degree and the School of Engineering.
“Early on, I realized that excellence in education is a journey, not a destination,” said Blake.
His dedication to teaching and creating new programs has provided students an improved flexibility to expand their education through double majoring and facilitated their pathways to success.
For his efforts, he is being recognized with the university’s most prestigious faculty award, the Center for Excellence in teaching.
“He took me into his office with open arms, sat with me for about an hour and a half, and helped me with my assignment,” said Simona Panno ’20, a member of our School of Engineering’s honor’s society. “From that point forward, we built an awesome relationship and he is still one of my favorite engineering professors — and I never even had him as an actual professor.”
One of the guiding principles Blake stands by is to promote comfort for his students.
“Professor Blake understands that being put on the spot can induce anxiety and cause students to shut down," said Madeline LePage ’21. "He genuinely wants to provide an ideal learning environment.”
Blake was also commended for his continued effort to meet students at their level of understanding.
“He has taught me to think in new ways that ultimately made me realize that I can learn anything, despite the complexity of the subject,” said Tyler DeGennaro ’20, MS ’21. “Professor Blake taught me that it is important to be a multidimensional thinker and learner in all subjects, not just computer science.”
Blake teaches his students in a non-traditional approach, helping them absorb as much content as possible.
“He’s not just standing up at the front of the class scribbling notes, he’s bouncing from whiteboard to whiteboard, table to table, asking for input and suggestions,” LePage explained.
The professor’s enthusiasm and charisma extends well beyond the classroom — and onto the Ultimate Frisbee field, a sport he played competitively for three decades.
Despite his numerous accomplishments, Blake has a simple way of measuring success.
“Love where you are, love what you are doing in life and love the people in your life,” he said. “Given these criteria, I can absolutely say that I am successful.”
Four Quinnipiac School of Law students took a virtual courtroom by storm and finished first overall in the Midwest Regional for the All-Star National Bracket Challenge.Read More
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Political Science Khalilah Brown-Dean wasn’t expecting an award when she received a phone call from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) last April.Read More
The Quinnipiac women’s club soccer team will be at the NIRSA Region 1 Soccer League competition this weekend, and the players are excited to bring their best game to the field.Read More
The Quinnipiac community came together on Monday night to celebrate the extraordinary efforts, innovation and exemplary efforts of our faculty and staff at the 19th annual Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students Awards.Read More
Quinnipiac’s women’s soccer coach Dave Clarke earned his 200th win on Wednesday, October 13 in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.Read More
Quinnipiac Today is your source for what's happening throughout #BobcatNation. Sign up for our weekly email newsletter to be among the first to know about news, events and members of our Bobcat family who are making a positive difference in our world.Sign Up Now