By Anais Olusa
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Professor Elizabeth Rantuccio says she is doing what she loves – teaching sociology to students.
Rantuccio is a sociology adjunct at Camden County College and teaches on the Blackwood and Cherry Hill campuses. She is a Temple University graduate and obtained a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in her field.
“Sociology is my passion. It has always been something I love,” Rantuccio said. “I enjoy being able to educate my students about the wonders of sociology.”
A student of Rantuccio’s, Hendrickson Tieno, praised the professor’s work.
“I have never had such interest in such a girly topic for lack of a better word,” Tieno said. “When I come into class I am greeted with a smile and you always feel comfortable. It is never a dull day in class with Professor Rantuccio.”
In addition to her work at CCC, Rantuccio is active in the Southern New Jersey Regional Early Intervention Collaborative as the vice president of its board of trustees.
“The S.N.J.R.E.I.C. oversees early intervention for the southern New Jersey region (and) provides sources for children with disabilities,” she said. “Occupational and physical therapy are two of the most helpful.”
As vice president, she attends meetings every week, fills any roles, takes notes and contributes to discussions. Along with this, she is the mother of three boys who are on the autism spectrum.
“With my kids being autistic, being a sociologist and being active in this committee help me understand my children and help me be the best mother I can be,” she said.