John Wands Sacca, Ph.D.

[John Wands Sacca] 

Department: Teaching and Learning
Rank:
Lecturer

Areas of Interest: Adolescent Literature

Contact:              
email: saccaj@sage.edu             
Office: 518.244.2290
Skype Name: JohnWandsSacca (Location: Albany)
Office: Walker, 304

Degree Information:

  • Ph.D., Foundations of Education, The University at Albany
  • M.S., Secondary Education, the College of Saint Rose
  • M.A., European History, The University at Albany
  • B.A., Chinese Studies, The University at Albany

Professional Education Certifications:

  • Mandarin Chinese (NYS, 7-12, Certificate No. 4871, September 1979)  
  • Social Studies  (NYS, 7-12, Certificate No. 4871, September 1979)

Research:

  • Education of Chinese overseas students in the United States, 1904-1937
  • Enlistment of schoolmasters in the U.S. Army between 1866-1897

Courses Taught:

  • CHI 101 Mandarin Chinese
  • EDU 406 Middle School Student Teaching
  • EDU 413 Elementary Social Studies Methods
  • EDU 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • EDU 502 Critical Thinking: Research into Practice
  • EDU 523 Teaching in the Humanities
  • EDU 574 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • EDU 579 Social Justice through Reading YA and Children’s Literature
  • EDU 594 Critical Thinking: Research into Practice
  • EDU 656/7/8/9 Adolescent Social Studies Student Teachers and Interns
  • MTA 514 Secondary Social Studies Methods
  • MTA 578 Effective Teaching for All Learners
  • MTX 574 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • MTX 579 Social Justice through Reading YA and Children’s Literature
  • SED 574 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

Accomplishments

Publications

  • Sacca, J.W. Contributor to Parker, W.C. (2009). Social studies in elementary education (14th ed.).  New York: Allyn & Bacon/Pearson.
  • Sacca, J.W. (2006). “Like Strangers in a Foreign Land: Chinese Officers Prepared at American Military Colleges, 1904-1937.”  Journal of Military History, 70(3), 703-742.
  • Sacca, J.W. (2002). Review Essay: “The Lost Cause: Myth as Educational Metaphor in the New South.” History of Education Quarterly, 42(2), 247-255.
  • Sacca, J.W. (2000). Book Review: Making Citizen-Soldiers: ROTC and the Ideology of Americn Military Service, by Michael S. Neiberg, Journal of Military History, 64(4), 1215-1216.
  • Sacca, J.W. (2000). Book Review: Education and Empire: Naval Tradition and England’s Elite Schooling, by David McClean, History of Education Quarterly, 40(1), 110-112.
  • Sacca, J.W. (1995).  “Civil War NCOs.” The NCO Journal, 5(5), 16-17.
  • Sacca, J.W. (1995). “Technicians and Leaders.” The NCO Journal, 5(3), 24-25.
  • Sacca, J.W. (1995). “NCO Pay.” The NCO Journal, 5(3), 39.
  • Sacca, J.W.  (1990). “From Coast Artillery to Air Defense Artillery.” Air Defense Artillery, (March-April), 38-41.
  • Sacca, J.W. (2006). "Like Strangers in a Foreign Land: Chinese Officers Prepared at American Military Colleges, 1904-1937." Journal of Military History, 70(3), 703-742.

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Asian Studies, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Society for Military History, Lexington, VA
  • History of Education Society, Slippery Rock, PA
  • World History Association, Honolulu, HI
  • Chinese Language Teachers Association [中文教師學會], Honolulu, HI
  • International Reading Association, Newark, DE
  • Association of the United Stated Army, Washington, D.C.

Presentations

  • Tongban Tongxue [同班同學]: Alumni Relationships of Chinese General Officers in the 32nd Year of the Republic.” World War II: A 50-Year Perspective, Siena College, June 4, 1993.
  • “In Our Own Image: General Sun Liren [孫立人將軍] and Military Professionalism in Republican China.” New York State Conference on Asian Studies, Cornell University, November 23, 1991.
  • “Using Generalizations and Concepts in the Teaching of Chinese History.” New York State Conference on Asian Studies, Syracuse University, November 11. 1989.
  • “Coast Defense at Fort Monroe and Willets Point, 1867-1908.” Fifty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Military Institute, Virginia Military Institute, April 14, 1989.
  • “History of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps of the United States Army.” Adirondack Chapter of the Company of Military Historians, Albany, December 5, 1988.
  • “Submarine Defense at Willets Point, New York. ”New York State Military History Symposium, Albany, February 21, 1988.
  • “Gentlemen Rankers: Enlisted Schoolmasters in the U.S. Army, 1866-1897.” History of Education Society, Nashville Tennessee, November 2, 2013.

Sage Service

  • Adviser, SGS MSE Childhood Education Candidates
  • Tutor and translator, Chinese overseas student

Partnerships

  • Troy City School District —presenter of in-service workshops.
  • Troy YWCA – coordinator for GED tutoring.

Personal

Community service: Operations Officer, 2nd Emergency Response Battalion, 10th Brigade, NYG.