By CCW Staff  /  
2017 April 5 - 10:07 am

Faculty Lounge

A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation

Hinds Community College (Miss.) English instructor Laura Hammons, won the Cowan Award, the top teaching award given by Two-Year College English Association-Southeast. Hammons has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Belhaven University and a master of arts from Mississippi College. She has also done further coursework at both the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. She has been teaching at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus for 16 years. Among the subjects she has taught for Hinds are Developmental English, Composition I and II, American Literature, World Literature, and a new course, Writing for Publication. As part of the award, Hammons delivered the Cowan lecture during the February conference in Charleston, S.C. In it, she gave tribute to many of her former and current colleagues, including retired Hinds instructor Beverly Fatherree. The two co-authored an English textbook called “For Our Students.” The book is sold at a low cost to students at a number of community colleges, and the two of them get no profits from the book. Hammons said in her Cowan Award address that nearly 5,000 Hinds Community College students bought the textbook “For Our Students” since the first edition appeared. And that only includes Hinds students. “I did simple math, the only math I’m capable of doing, and calculated that at Hinds CC alone, our book has saved students — very conservatively — $250,000. And in the poorest state in the Union, that’s a lot of money,” she said. Hammons noted that she is the seventh Hinds instructor to win the Cowan Award. “Honoring me with the Cowan Award is the highlight of my professional life. I am grateful to my college and to TYCA-SE for helping me grow as a human being and as a teacher,” she said.

Community College of Denver’s (Colo.) Kristi Strother was named “SPJ 2017 Journalism Educator of the Year” by the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro chapter board. This award is given annually to rec ognize the outstanding work of an educator at a Colorado school. Strother is the Chair of CCD’s Journalism department, is an English professor and a faculty adviser for the awardwinning Star, Journal of Excellence, which is a student produced publication, since 2006. She is also a member of SPJ since 1989 and acts as co-chair of the SPJ Aurora chapter. Prior to working for CCD, she spent 16 plus years working in the newspaper industry for Gannett and Freedom Communications. Her love of journalism stretches back to high school where she held her first newspaper job and eventually become editor for her school paper. Earning her B.A. from the Journalism College at the University of Oregon, Strother also spent time working at the OU college newspaper and landed her first job out of college working for Gannett in Washington State. She then moved to Colorado Springs and worked for the Gazette before becoming a professor at CCD. “This is a great honor and I feel so humbled by this acknowledgement,” said Strother. “I have been in the media industry since I was a young girl, and it is my passion to now share, and introduce it to our students.”

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