Brookdale Community College proudly announces that Jane Scimeca, a distinguished professor specializing in world history and women’s history, has been awarded the prestigious Barringer Award for 2023. This esteemed accolade, named after the late Dr. Bob Barringer, Brookdale’s third president, is presented annually to faculty and staff who exemplify the highest standards of excellence in education. 

“Professor Scimeca’s passion, expertise, and unwavering commitment to education inspire students, colleagues, and the entire community,” said Brookdale President Dr. David M. Stout. “We take immense pride in her remarkable achievement, and wholeheartedly commend her for her exceptional contributions to academia and her unwavering dedication to student success.” 

With a Master of Arts degree in history and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Rutgers University, Scimeca brings unparalleled expertise to her teachings at Brookdale Community College. 

In addition to her role as a professor, Scimeca hosts “New Books in Women’s History,” a podcast on the New Books Network. Through this platform, she engages in insightful discussions with writers and historians, delving into various aspects of women’s experiences, contributions, and roles throughout history. She is currently on sabbatical working on a biography titled “Mrs. Thompson Saves The Day,” which focuses on the remarkable life of Geraldine L. Thompson.  

Scimeca has also made significant contributions to women’s history through her writing. One noteworthy example is Professor Scimeca’s article, titled “Pink is the New Red, White, and Blue,” which gained recognition when it was featured in the Asbury Park Press in March 2017. Furthermore, she presented a thought-provoking paper titled “The Price of Liberty is Maternal Vigilance: Understanding Women’s Political Engagement since the 2016 Election” at a conference hosted by Auburn University in 2020. And her role as a contributing Editor to the Encyclopedia of New Jersey and her frequent lectures on women’s history in the community highlight her commitment to preserving and disseminating knowledge.

“Professor Scimeca’s exceptional qualities and dedication to education stood out, making her the clear choice for the 2023 Barringer Award,” said Vice President of Advancement Nancy Kaari. “Her tireless commitment to her students, influential leadership, and impactful contributions to the community make her an exemplary recipient of this esteemed honor.”