17 October, 2016
Four faculty and two staff members at Gadsden State Community College will be honored during an employee recognition program at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Oxford Performing Arts Center.
“We are recognizing outstanding teachers both in and out of the classroom as well as exceptional members of our staff,” said Dr. Martha Lavender, president. “The awards show the commitment we have had Gadsden State to excellence in teaching and in service.”
The Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award is the highest honor bestowed on the faculty at Gadsden State. Each of the four awards given recognizes career achievements in teaching with emphasis on concrete accomplishments and proven results.
The Brenda Crowe Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award is named for the former dean of institutional advancement and community Services. The winner is Dr. Richard Dobbs, a history and political science instructor and division chair for Social Sciences. He is currently serving the College as the leader of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges preparation team. He has also advised the Trans-Pacific Leadership Program, the Political Science Student Association, the Gadsden State Political Club and the Gadsden State International Club.
The Pierce C. Cain Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award is given to a member of the academic faculty and is named for the founding president of what is now the Ayers Campus. This year’s recipient is Laetitia Hutchinson, a psychology instructor at the Ayers Campus. She is the academic advisor for the Key Club and serves on the Alabama District Key Club State Adult Advisory Board as the chairperson of the Northeast Alabama zone. She is also a member of the Gadsden Kiwanis Club.
The award given to a member of the technical faculty is known as the Eugene Prater Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award, which honors the founder of what is now Gadsden State’s Valley Street Campus. The winner is Kristina Clifton, who has been a cosmetology instructor at Gadsden State since 2012. She currently serves as administrator of the program, which has been in existence for over 25 years. She volunteers as the advisor for Gadsden State’s SkillsUSA, serves as coordinator for the state program and is on the team for the national SkillsUSA competition.
The Beverly Hill Award is given to a member of the health sciences faculty. Hill was a nursing instructor at Gadsden State who helped develop the curriculum, programs and projects for the emergency medical services program. The award goes to John Hollingsworth, the lead EMS instructor at Gadsden State. Hollingsworth has taught at Gadsden State since 2010 on multiple campuses. He is responsible for coordinating objectives and curriculum development as well as developing student learning outcomes and unit strategic planning.
The Staff Excellence in Service Award is being bestowed on two individuals and recognizes more than their ability to perform their responsibilities in a proficient and capable manner.
“Excellent professional and staff employees choose to achieve a higher level of performance and productivity,” Lavender said. “They work with the students, faculty, administrators and other staff to contribute to a positive climate that fosters effective teaching and learning by performing their duties at a consistently high level of superiority.”
Winners of the Staff Excellence in Service Award are Melissa Davis and Jennifer Williams. Davis is the director of Student Support Services and has worked at Gadsden State since 2004.
Williams has worked at Gadsden State since 2010. She has been in her current position as a transcript evaluator since May 2013. She has been honored many times with such awards as the Excellence in Service to Students Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Excellence Award from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development. She is also a member of the 2014 Class for the Chancellor’s Award for Staff Personnel.
Each of the award recipients receives $1,000 in discretionary funds within the appropriate department or division budget for the academic year to be used for equipment, professional development or teaching supplies.
Members of the media are invited to the recognition program. Please RSVP by calling Jackie Brehm Edmondson at 256-549-8224 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Edmondson if you would like additional information.