PAC professor retires after 24 years
Dr. Dorothy Haecker, Professor of Philosophy at Palo Alto College, will be retiring after serving 24 years as a respected faculty member of the college, as well providing 50 years of service as an educator.
Dr. Haecker graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to earn a Master in Philosophy and a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Kansas at Lawrence on a Woodrow Scholarship.
“I’ve always known I wanted to teach, and at 19, I fell in love with philosophy and never fell out of it,” said Dr. Haecker. “I’m from the Southside of San Antonio, so teaching at Palo Alto is just such a blessing. I get to give back to my own community that helped me become successful.”
Since she began teaching at Palo Alto College, Haecker has developed a reputation among students for providing quality instruction.
“It’s her passion, dedication, and constant encouragement in the classroom that keeps her students engaged and wanting to learn more from her,” said Patrick Jenkins, student at Palo Alto College. “Even if you were tired, you can’t fall asleep in her class because she is just that interesting.”
Haecker’s commitment has extended beyond student success. During her time at Palo Alto College, she championed a tenure dossier program that helped fellow colleagues achieve advancement, promotion, and tenure in their respective fields.
“Part of what makes her so special is that she’s so caring, uplifting, and one of the most genuine folks that I know, someone to really look up to,” said Dr. John Hernandez, Associate Professor at Palo Alto College, who has been Dr. Haecker’s colleague for over 20 years.
Though officially retiring, Dr. Haecker plans to continue teaching part-time until she can no longer walk into to the classroom and say good morning to her students.
“I love teaching philosophy like people love a sunny day,” said Dr. Haecker. “It’s what I look forward to.”
On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve Dr. Haecker as professor emeritus.
Palo Alto College is proud to recognize Dr. Dorothy Haecker as a distinguished retiree and member of the Alamo Colleges family.