A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation
Tunxis Community College (Conn.) has announced that Jennifer Wittke, assistant professor of English, is a recipient of the Connecticut Board of Regents Teaching Awards for 2016. Awards are granted to nominees who have distinguished themselves as outstanding faculty through exceptional teaching methods and creative instructional delivery that enhance student learning. Wittke received the award at the Connecticut Board of Regents meeting, in recognition of her outstanding teaching and a track record of promoting instructional improvements for her program. “We are proud to recognize Jennifer’s contributions to Tunxis and her commitment to innovative teachings practices that advance student success,” said Tunxis President Cathryn L. Addy. Wittke began teaching at Tunxis as an adjunct instructor in 2007 before joining the college full-time in 2010. She was a leader in revising curriculum for an introductory English course to comply with new college readiness legislation, and in collaborating on learning communities with colleagues. She has also widely shared her innovative classroom practices and use of technology to foster student learning. Wittke has taught a variety of courses at Tunxis including Introduction to College English, English Composition, First Year Experience and literature.
Rio Salado College (Ariz.) President Chris Bustamante was recently appointed to the board of the American Council on Education. “The landscape in higher education is changing,” said Bustamante. “I am honored to be invited to serve on the ACE Board with other university and college presidents from throughout the nation to be a voice and advocate for higher education. This is a critical time when we are all re-examining how to best serve 21st Century students and prepare them to succeed in higher education and beyond.” ACE is a national organization that aims to tackle the toughest higher education challenges, with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed. More than 1,700 institutions are ACE members, including accredited, degree-granting two- and fouryear colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and forprofit entities. Because of its advocacy role, ACE is a key point of contact on higher education matters for congressional staff and members of the executive branch, and is frequently cited in the national media on higher education issues.
MiraCosta College (Calif.) associate instructors and union officers Krista Warren and Al Nyman each received awards at a statewide Community College Association Conference held in April in Costa Mesa. Warren, coordinator of the college’s noncredit program, also serves as the president of the Mira- Costa College Associate Faculty Union. She received the “WHO” award, which stands for “we honor our own,” an annual award given to an outstanding member of a local union. Also of note, Warren was elected to the CCA Board to represent District I–2, which includes union and faculty representation for MiraCosta, Southwestern, Ranch Santiago and Imperial Valley colleges. Nyman, a criminal justice instructor and union vice president, received the Mary Ann Pacheco Ethnic Minority Award for his 39 years of service to the community and to the union. He has volunteered one day each week for ten years at the Tri- City Hospital Medical Lab. He was also a founding member of the Carlsbad Juvenile Justice Program, which helps young first offenders and targets crime prevention.