The Instructional Excellence Awards are presented each year to those outstanding instructors who exemplify the CCCOnline Academic Mission Statement, who actively support student learning and student success in the classroom, and who demonstrate strengths in our core values and principles of integrity, quality, collaboration, and strategic planning.
The Dr. Nancy McCallin Award for Online Teaching honors a CCCOnline instructor who demonstrates exceptional teaching and who fosters student success.
The SME of the Year Award recognizes all-around excellence in serving CCCOnline as a subject matter expert, while the Department Chair of the Year Award recognizes all-around excellence in participation, proactive engagement, and general commitment to CCCOnline.
Liberal Arts & Humanities
CCCOnline consistently provides quality education experiences for our students, and the heart of this is our talented and dedicated instructors.
All of our instructors provide expertise, creativity, and a passion for teaching, and do an amazing job serving our students. Selecting award winners is thus a challenging task, undertook with the understanding that all of our instructors are deserving of recognition and thanks.
Our award winners this year have demonstrated exceptional online teaching in fostering online student success.
I, and the leadership team, offer our congratulations to the winer in Liberal Arts!
Daniel Metz, Associate Dean
Liberal Arts and Humanities
Over the years, Stan has taught ART 110 in the six-week session and had done so with integrity and zeal. In general, Stan is highly committed instructor who asks a lot his students but gives a lot back in return. He has also served as a Subject Matter Expert for our newly redesigned ART 110 class, and he represents CCCOnline at the 2:2 Conference. Great job, Stan!
Jake Camp, Department Chair, Arts & Humanities
Jonathan is an outstanding instructor, who is thoughtful and diligent in his instruction. He has consistently achieved an Excellent rating on his teaching reviews, as well as regularly receiving positive comments on his student reviews. He goes above and beyond in his courses to connect with students, and he strikes a great balance of having high standards and compassion.
Jonathan is reliable and hardworking, always jumping in to help and contribute to the department. He serves as a Lead instructor for ENG 122 every term. He has been very proactive on the issue of plagiarism, offering to create a tutorial on plagiarism to include in the Composition shells, and conducting a plagiarism training for the CCCOnline Professional Development Department in July 2020, which had 37 participants. He is well deserving of this award!
Dr. Kyla Hammond, Department Chair, Composition
Dr. Bailey has been with CCCOnline for over a decade. Her consistent ability to build rapport with her students while upholding rigorous standards in her courses is not only admirable, but trend setting. Presenting Dr. Bailey with this award celebrates her unique ability to translate a diligent work ethic into relevant educational opportunities for her students. Recently, Dr. Bailey revised two fundamental programs in our World Language Department. Her work has been well-received among faculty and students alike. Dr. Bailey makes herself available for her students to provide an incredible level of individualized support for every student, every day. She holds her students to a professional standard of communication and self-advocacy that will undoubtedly help her students succeed in their next educational, professional, or life endeavor. Thank you for your leadership, diligence, and empathy. Congratulations!
Dr. Michael Verderaime, Department Chair, Languages & Communication
There is a single word to illustrate Magda’s multiple contributions to teaching and learning at CCCOnline, and that is “gift.” As a subject matter expert, her gifts are everywhere. We find them in the powerful nature writing that she wrapped into our English composition studio (CCR094). We find them in the fellowship that our creative writing students enjoy with each other, facilitated through the mature and thoughtful workshops that she crafted for their mutual benefit. We find them in the American Literature courses that she just wrote, in which she displaced Eurocentric assumptions in order to connect students with the plurality of voices that make up American historical and literary traditions. As a teacher, Magda is a priceless gift to her students. She discovers their gifts as writers and shines a light on them. She connects each willing student with those gifts and shows them, with patience and attentiveness, how to cultivate and use them. She creates not only lifelong learners, but lifelong writers. In every possible way, as a fellow writer and teacher, I am in awe of Magda and it is my privilege to nominate her for this long-overdue award.
Dr. Beth Davies-Stofka, Department Chair, Liberal Studies & College Prep
Judy Waddell’s engagement in the classroom, professional communication, and content knowledge are exemplary. Judy has served as the lead instructor for HIS121 US History to Reconstruction for the last year and is regularly described by her students as “great” and praised for her innovations and teaching in the online classroom. She does all this while teaching both for CCCOnline and one (or more) of the community colleges in the System. She exemplifies CCCS’ Academic Mission of high quality instruction and innovation demonstrating integrity, quality, and collaboration, using innovative techniques such as video walkthroughs and other synchronous and asynchronous tools to provide students with high quality content – tools she is willing and eager to share with her colleagues. She truly is an asset to CCCOnline and our students and I am grateful to have her teaching for us.
Cynthia Krutsinger, Department Chair, History & Political Science
Career & Technical Education & Math
Every year, the annual CONNECT Awards Ceremony gives us a chance to recognize the extraordinary contributions of our distinguished instructors, and celebrate their commitment to student success and learning. This is one of my favorite times of the year as we continue to receive so many wonderful nominations documenting the countless interactions, initiatives, and support that provide the foundation to the success of our students and CCCOnline.
This year we have another great group of nominees, and I just wanted to take some time to thank them on behalf of their students, Department Chairs and CCCOnline. I’m excited to share the accomplishments of our 2020 nominees from the Career and Technical Education and Math Division.
Thank you all for your commitment to our students, and I look forward to another great year of supporting you all and helping our students achieve their academic and career goals.
Chris Luchs, Associate Dean
Career and Technical Education and Mathematics
Elizabeth (Beth) Rescigno
Beth is a “rising star” accounting instructor at CCCOnline. While Beth has been teaching with CCCOnline for just two years, she has already demonstrated flexibility and expertise by teaching a variety of accounting courses. She further demonstrated her flexibility and expertise by volunteering for a CDHE grant project and is developing an accounting class using Open Educational Resources (OER). Beth is a team player who believes in improving her teaching expertise as well as sharing her knowledge with other instructors. Toward that end, Beth was a presenter at our 2019 CCCOnline Connect Conference and the session was so popular it was also offered as an encore webinar. I believe that Beth exemplifies what it means to be an exceptional instructor and a resource to the accounting discipline and CCCOnline.
Roxy Phillips, Department Chair, Accounting & Criminal Justice
Sally sets and upholds the highest of standards for our division and has integrity in everything she does. Sally focuses on her learners, is engaged as an instructor and commits herself to feedback, quality instruction and learner outcomes that guarantee that she always does her best. The time, effort and quality of Sally’s work are hard to find in the online classroom; and I value her innovation, enthusiasm and spirit for her work. As both an SME and instructor, Sally’s respect for learning, her students and peers makes her the candidate for the 2020 Excellence Award.
Annie Moats, Department Chair, Business
Karen (Kae) Novak
In the CTE online classroom, it can be challenging to bridge the gap between students and instructor, as well as between the educational space and the workplace. Kae promotes her students' success by actively narrowing this gap in several ways. For example, she posts current informational announcements that are directly related to the current topic in the course in such a way that I've often found myself pausing to read them. Her interactions in the discussions consistently re-engage students with the material in a way that keeps them invested. Her communication style is friendly, concise, yet highly professional.
Kate Hagerty, Department Chair, Computer Technologies
Ralph is a long-term employee and instructor for CCCOnline. He is an exceptional instructor with vast knowledge in his discipline. He is prompt and efficient with student and admin questions and issues. He teaches with the highest levels of integrity and worries about upholding all CCCOnline standards and guidelines. He is a great collaborator. He is always willing to jump in and provide knowledge to his student and others about class issues, concerns, or inconsistencies. He has been an ongoing source of input to his classes even after his SME contracts were completed. Ralph takes pride in the quality of his teaching, student interactions and class correctness. In all, Ralph is a perfect example of how instructors should be.
Linda Hamons, Department Chair, Computer Science
Maureen Porter has illustrated the effectiveness of student-focused instruction in that her compassionate style continues to promote student success. She is an asset to the overall ECE program and actively contributes to the refinement of course delivery. She has also contributed her knowledge and deep understanding of how students learn to the development of courses in the Early Childhood Education department. Further, she offers her insight to her colleagues on how to employ instructional strategies to support the needs of our diverse student population.
Bridgitt Mitchell, Department Chair, Education/Early Childhood Education
Tim is an amazing instructor who truly loves his job. His exuberant passion for helping his students shines through every term. We receive positive comments from students all the time about Tim. They comment on him going above and beyond as an instructor and appreciate the variety of learning styles he uses in his classroom to help students. His communication in the classroom is amazing! He takes the time to post quality announcements full of extra resources that support student learning. Tim is truly an amazing instructor and teaches his courses to the best of his ability to ensure all his students are provided the best opportunity to learn and succeed. Students come first in Tim’s eyes. This is evident in his performance in the classroom. I enthusiastically recommend Tim Davis for this prestigious award.
Rudilee Gabel, Department Chair, College Level Math
Carlos is amazing at responding to students’ needs and going over and above in helping support them with their success in courses. Carlos is always there to assist with any issues that may arise either with a student or with a question around a course. Carlos upholds all our core values and is a valuable member of Developmental and Technical Math.
Eric Thompson, Department Chair, Dev Ed & Technical Math
We carefully select CCOnline instructors based on expertise in their relative fields, as well as their ability to cultivate and maintain student engagement. It is difficult to identify just one instructor to recognize for this award!
We identify awardees based on their outstanding efforts to present course material that provides context and applicability to students. These instructors bring their expertise and enthusiasm for the subject to their course, regularly provide supplemental materials to enhance the course content, and consistently and dynamically engage their students. It is my pleasure to announce the following awardees for each department within the Sciences Division.
Kai Savi, Associate Dean for the Sciences
To put it simply, Amanda is a professional’s professional. How she approaches teaching, interacts with her students, accepts additional responsibilities without hesitation, and manages her courses is truly the gold standard for online courses and the PSY department. Her ability to make her students feel comfortable, safe, and supported is second to none. I am extremely proud and lucky to have Amanda in my department, as she fully embodies what it means to be an outstanding instructor at CCCOnline and the CCC System.
Jeremy Rottini, Department Chair, Behavioral Sciences
Dan is always happy to help and quick to get things done. He consistently volunteers to serve as lead instructor and offer course improvement suggestions. As an instructor, Dan is enthusiastic and supportive. He is active in every discussion, and posts responses to virtually every student thread throughout the semester. In both the discussion forums and course announcements, Dan provides insight and supplemental content to help students engage with module material and make connections to real world situations. Students have commented positively on Dan’s consistent presence, helpful feedback, fair grading, and quick communication. His dedication and work ethic exemplifies the core values and principles of CCCOnline.
Jenee Weitzel, Department Chair, Health Sciences
Cynthia Alonzo ranks Best in TE reviews because of her success at motivating, connecting with, and guiding students which is reflected in their reviews. Her Announcement pages are breathtaking as is her work in discussions and lab critiques. Cindi assumed the role of Lead in a multi-section course this year and her style and experience brought the team together. I can always count on her and she often steps forward when an important job needs to be done. Cindi’s work makes our organization look good in every respect.
Paul Robertson, Department Chair, Life Sciences
Mike is and has been an excellent and very dedicated instructor since the time I’ve started working with him in 2012. As an instructor, Mike is always willing to go the extra mile for his students. He is always there when I or his students need him, and he tries his best to have all students succeed and do well in his courses. Mike is very knowledgeable in his subject matter, and he likes to get his students excited about Astronomy. He is a very valuable asset to CCCOnline!
Therese Fukuda, Department Chair, Physical Sciences
Jeremy White is an exceptional instructor here at CCCOnline. He teaches a variety of the courses we offer and brings the same enthusiasm and positive attitude into each course. His classroom is run with a warmth and encouragement towards all learners and his student evaluations reflect that. Jeremy also has a can-do attitude and is one of the first instructors to ask how he can help with any given request. He is a delight to work with and we are very lucky at CCCOnline to have Jeremy's expertise and work ethic.
Andrea Birkby, Department Chair, Social Sciences
As a teacher, Magda is a priceless gift to her students.
She discovers their gifts as writers and shines a light on them.
She connects each willing student with those gifts and shows them, with patience and attentiveness, how to cultivate and use them.
Dr. Butler created two courses for us, COM217 and COM225.
She filled in last minute and put together two OER courses that completed a DWD Pathway in our COM Department.
Her content was stellar. Her professionalism, organization, and ability to meet deadlines resurrected these two projects.
Her flexibility and commitment to our students was the catalyst for success.
Eric is always willing to collaborate with his fellow CCCOnline people. He works to mentor his instructors to achieve high level outcomes in his courses. Eric is extremely easy to work with. He has facilitated several Professional Development workshops and webinars in the past year. He is engaging and is always prompt and pleasant to work with. He maintains supportive relationships with his instructors. Overall, Eric exemplifies the collaborative spirit that contributes to the success of CCCOnline.