A look at faculty activities across the country
Two professors at Middlesex County College (N.J.) were recently honored: Mathew Spano, professor of English, was selected as the 2014 Faculty Scholar and Donna Marie Gardner, of the Natural Sciences Department, received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. Both are graduates of Middlesex County College. Spano received his associate degree in 1988 and Gardner in 2000. Spano is an expert on the life and work of Carl Jung, the noted psychotherapist and author of “The Red Book.” “Spano’s students are extremely fortunate to have a professor who is so deeply committed to scholarship within his discipline,” said Christine Harrington, director of the college’s Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching and the chairperson of the selection committee. Gardner is a superb teacher who motivates her students. “Donna Marie Gardner’s discipline and pedagogical expertise translates into high-level learning in her classroom,” Harrington said. “She brings her passion for biology and learning into her classroom each day.”
Wake Technical Community College nursing professor and clinical coordinator Linda Tyler has been selected as one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina for 2014. Tyler was chosen by The Great 100, Inc., an organization recognizing nursing excellence and providing scholarships to students across the state. Being honored as one of The Great 100 is based on compassionate care, dedication to the field, leadership, and community service. The recognition places Tyler in a select group of registered nurses. Tyler has been teaching nursing since 1971 and has been employed by Wake Tech since 1980. She is a member of the NC Council for Associate Degree Nursing, the American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association and the Consortium for Clinical Education and Practice. Tyler is also a recipient of the Health Sciences Division Excellence in Teaching Award.
The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship, the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Bill Seymour, of Cleveland State Community College (Tenn.), has taken its Presidents for Entrepre neurship Pledge. Through the pledge, presidents of community colleges pledge to take five steps that will increase their focus on entrepreneurship and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve. With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, more than 200 community colleges throughout the country have joined the entrepreneurship forum, and by doing so, have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve. Said Seymour: “Cleveland State is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of business in our service area and advancing our economic development. Taking and acting on this pledge will further serve to strengthen our efforts and community partnerships.”