Title: Social Scientist, Cultural Historian, Professor Emeritus, Author
Company: Ausonia Press
Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States
Joseph Polizzi, Publisher at Ausonia Press, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of philosophical studies.
An accomplished author, educator and publisher of nearly six decades, Dr. Polizzi became exposed to his profession as a young adult. Intrigued by philosophy, sociology, and his Southern Italian origins, he sought out educational programs that allowed him to pursue academia in the field. He went on to secure a Bachelor of Science from St. John Fisher College in 1960. Soon thereafter, he received a Master of Arts from Fordham University in 1962 and further completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Perugia as well as the University of Naples, as a Fulbright Scholar, between 1963 and 1964.
Consequently, he began his career as an editorial assistant with the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1964. Dr. Polizzi later joined St. John Fisher College as a professor for the department of sociology in 1965, where he taught for 25 years until his retirement in 1988. During this time, he also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 1967 from Cornell University and began authoring a number of publications on diverse topics. Notable works to his credit include “My Grandmother Used to Say,” published in 1972, “We Remember: A Bicentennial Collection of 200 Years of Golden Sayings,” published in 1975, and “Lady of Asolo: A Pictorial History of the Life and Times of Caterina Cornaro,” published in 1985. Upon being honored as professor emeritus of St. John Fisher College in 1986, Dr. Polizzi became the publisher of Ausonia Press in Tallevast, Florida – a position he has held since 1988. For his written works, Dr. Polizzi has been featured in The Bradenton Herald, The Brighton-Pittsford Post, and The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
In addition to his primary endeavor, he has contributed as an adjunct professor of sociology at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a consultant, and a member of several related committees. Dr. Polizzi also served as the president and director of cultural affairs for the Ausonian Society Inc., from 1993 to 2015. A respected artist, he has also designed a number of Italian-themed art shows and exhibits throughout Rochester, New York, and the Florida Gulfcoast-area. In an effort to remain aware of trends in the field, Dr. Polizzi maintains affiliation with the American Sociological Association, the National Trust for Historical Preservation, the Fulbright Association, The John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, and the Ausonian Society, among others. Outside of his professional responsibilities, he truly enjoys reading literary passages of renaissance thinkers, collecting antiques, traveling, and playing compositions on his grand piano.
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