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John A. Worsley


  • Professor, Human Services, CCRI, 1971- Present; Department Chair, 1971-1987.
  • Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1967-1971.
  • Pawtucket West High School, English/Social Studies.
  • Part-time teaching: Brown University, Clark University, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams College, and Cape Cod Community College.
  • Director, Dormitories, Clark University.
  • Newspaper Reporter; Press Secretary, Governor of Rhode Island; TV Documentary Writer; and Advertising Copy Writer.
  • Professional Musician (piano); concert producer.
  • Superintendent of Schools.
  • Music Writer, Various Newspapers and Magazines.
  • Jazz Historian.



Post-Graduate, Program in Educational Leadership


Advanced Studies in Psychology


Ph.D., American Culture and Government; Modern European History


MAT, American History/Education

BA, International Relations

Presentations and Activities

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Rhode Island School Superintendents Association
  • Rhode Island Association for Curriculum Development
  • New England Organization of Human Services, President, 1985 – 1987
  • Pawtucket Historic District Commission, Vice Chair
  • Pawtucket Arts Council, Volunteer Executive Director: As Executive Director of The Pawtucket Arts Council, John Worsley has managed a wide range of musical productions including: Scott Hamilton, Gene Bertoncini, The Providence Mandolin Orchestra andThe Pandora Mandolin Ensemble, to name a few.
  • Providence Art Club
  • Providence Federation of Musicians, Executive Board Member
  • The University Club, Providence, Entertainment Committee
  • Home Health Services, Board Member
  • Preservation Society of Pawtucket, Vice President
  • Providence Federation of Musicians, Board Member
  • Rhode Island Historical Society, Executive Board
  • Friends of RISD Museum
  • Midcoast Maine Jazz Society

Awards & Honors

  • NDEA Fellowship for Improvements in Teaching, Clark University
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, Educational Innovations, Brown University
  • President's Award from the National Organization for Human Services

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