Hudson County Community College English Professor Earns National Award for Dedication to Student Learning

April 11, 2019

The American Association of Community Colleges will honor Catherine Sweeting with the Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition.


April 11, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Many current students and alumni of Hudson County Community College (HCCC) look upon the College as an institution that changes lives in positive and long-lasting ways. These changes take place because of the dedication of the faculty and staff.

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, HCCC English/Literature Coordinator and Assistant Professor of English Catherine (Katie) Sweeting will be one of just 22 community college professors in the United States to receive the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition. The award will be presented at the 99th AACC Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.


Catherine Sweeting


Criteria for the award include demonstrating a passion for the students and the classroom; showing a willingness to support students; participation on college committees; and going above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors. HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber said Professor Sweeting more than met all of the criteria.

“Professor Sweeting’s receipt of this award brings pride to our entire HCCC community and exemplifies the life-changing impact of our extraordinary faculty – day in and day out – that opens a world of opportunity for our diverse, motivated and exceedingly talented and grateful students,” Dr. Reber said.

Professor Sweeting holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Arts degree from Queens College. Prior to becoming a tenured professor at Hudson County Community College, she served as an adjunct professor at Middlesex College and Saint Peter’s College.

“Everyone at Hudson County Community College joins me in congratulating Professor Sweeting, and thanking her for her extraordinary work on behalf of our students,” Dr. Reber said.