Four Gadsden State Community College faculty members have been selected as recipients of the seventh annual Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Awards to recognize outstanding teachers, both in and out of the classroom.
These awards—one of the highest honors bestowed on a faculty member—show the commitment of Gadsden State to excellence in teaching, the value placed on the learning experience of students and the importance of instruction to the mission of the college. Not intended to be a “Teacher of the Year” honor, instead the awards recognize career achievements in teaching with emphasis on accomplishments and results. Each recipient receives a $1,000 salary supplement for the academic year with an additional $1,000 discretionary fund within the appropriate department or division budget for the academic year.
Tammy Potter Morgan, mathematics instructor, was presented the Brenda Crowe Exceptional Teaching Award for the academic faculty. The award is named for the former dean of institutional advancement and community services. Morgan, who has a master’s degree from Auburn University, utilizes traditional and online instruction from remedial through advanced courses. She is very active in the Alabama Education Association on local and state levels and is a recent recipient of the Outstanding Postsecondary Achievement Award. Morgan also received the GSCC Alumni Association 2011 Outstanding Instructor Award.
Frank Brady, electronics engineering instructor at the Ayers Campus, was named the recipient of the Eugene Prater Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award for the technical faculty division. This award was named for the founder of Gadsden Vocational Technical School which is now the Valley Street Campus of Gadsden State. Brady has a master’s degree in Technical Education from Alabama A & M University and is the Division Chair for Engineering Technologies. Brady sponsors a scholarship for aspiring Gadsden State students majoring in Electronic Engineering Technology and is credited for developing corporate partnerships with relevant industries including Alabama Power, Mercedes, Honda, Southwire, Lockheed Martin and Exxon.
The Beverly Hill Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award for the Health Services Division was presented to Luane Jones, a registered nursing and practical nursing instructor for more than 20 years teaching maternal-infant pediatric, medical surgical nursing and advanced nursing courses. Jones is a member of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. She has a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
The Pierce Cain Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award was presented to Todd Hamilton, a speech, English and history instructor. This award honors Pierce Cain, the founding president of Harry M. Ayers State Technical College which is now the Ayers Campus of Gadsden State. Hamilton, who resides in Anniston, has a master’s degree from Jacksonville State University and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching classes at Gadsden State, he serves as an adjunct instructor at Central Alabama Community College, Faulkner University, and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
A committee of faculty and administrators recognized as experts in the field of community college instruction reviewed the nominations and selected the honorees.