Creating a Family Atmosphere

December 12, 2012

Dr. Irene Zoppi Rodríguez encourages her students to share their own stories as a way to engage in dynamic classroom discussions. "I want the students in my class to influence and inspire each other so that they feel like they're part of a family," she says. Dr. Zoppi Rodríguez applies more than four decades of military, academic and professional experience to facilitate graduate courses in education and business at the Anne Arundel Campus in Maryland.

In recognition of Dr. Zoppi Rodríguez's excellent teaching methods, she was presented with the prestigious Donald R. Stoddard Faculty Award of Excellence at the regional commencement ceremony in Baltimore.

In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Dr. Zoppi Rodríguez is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and is the commander for the 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group.

Originally from Canóvanas, Puerto Rico, Dr. Zoppi Rodríguez also serves on several professional boards, including her recent appointment by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to serve on the Maryland Workforce Corp.'s board of directors.

An advocate for lifelong learning, Dr. Zoppi Rodríguez earned a doctorate from the University of Maryland in College Park. She is also enrolled in the National Defense University's Advanced Joint Professional Military Education program in Norfolk, Va.