By CCWeek Staff  /  
2014 July 22 - 09:55 am

Faculty Lounge

A look at faculty engagement at community and junior colleges

Sheila Matthews, a human services professor at Kellogg Community College (Mich.), has received the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Michigan Community College Association. The award is presented each year to a Michigan community college faculty member based on his or her achievement in a teaching career, service to humanity, honors received and strong commitment to the purpose and philosophy of the community college mission. Matthews, who has worked at the college since February 1981, serves as the coordinator of the college’s Human Services Program. In addition to the MCCA award, Matthews has been recognized for her professional work with honors including the following: Michigan Occupational Deans Administrative Council (MODAC) Outstanding Occupational Education award from the State of Michigan; 1996 Who’s Who Among Teachers award; the 1996Ann Shafer Outstanding Community Participant award; and the 2011 Kellogg Community College Employee of the Semester award. KCC President Dennis Bona said Matthews’ recognition is an indication of the college’s commitment to providing high quality education.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs has named Steven Nichols, management instructor at Metropolitan Community College (Neb.), a 2014 International Teaching Excellence Award recipient. Two recipients were selected from the 10 regions, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution, and were recognized at a special luncheon. Nichols was selected as the recipient of the award for associate degree-granting institutions. Nichols was a 2014 Teaching Excellence Award recipient for ACBSP Region 5 in April, which qualified him for the international award. The Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the Teaching Excellence Award to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching, open to application by the entire membership, which represents more than 1,200 campuses worldwide.

A St. Louis Community College (Mo.) photography professor recently took part in a photography exchange trip to China. David Hanlon, who teaches at the college’s Meramec campus, was one of ten St. Louis photographers invited by the Nanjing Photographic Association in association with the Sister Cities exchange program, to take part in the trip. The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, located in St. Louis, sponsored the trip. Financial support came from the PNC Foundation and Emerson, a Missouri-based manufacturing company. Hanlon and the rest of the St. Louis contingent attended the eighth Xuanwu Photography Forum, where the IPHF and the NPA signed an exchange agreement. The group exhibited photographs in the Nanjing Hall of Science and spent several days photographing the city with NPA members, as well as photographing historic areas of Beijing and villages in the central region of China. The cultural minister of the Jiangsu Province met with the group, discussing the benefits of participating in the Sister Cities exchange. Members also met with representatives of Communications University of China to discuss inviting St. Louis faculty to visit and present at the Nanjing campus.

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