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Volume 3, Issue 6

Community College Professor Wins National Honor

A math teacher who helps students overcome their fear of the subject is the 2013 Outstanding Community Colleges Professor of the Year.

Robert Chaney, professor of mathematics at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, was named one of four national winners of the 2013 U.S. Professors of the Year awards. Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the awards recognize professors for their influence on teaching and commitment to undergraduate students.

In addition to the four national winners, there are 36 state Professors of the Year award winners—seven of which are from community colleges:

  • California: Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar, professor of political science and Middle East studies and chair of the political science and economics department, Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
  • Iowa: Paul Kimball, science professor, Northeast Iowa Community College (Peosta, Iowa)
  • Maryland: Mark Lucas, associate professor in the department of English, Montgomery College (Rockville, Md.)
  • Missouri: Terrence Freeman, professor of mechanical engineering, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (Ferguson, Mo.)
  • New Jersey: Linda Wang, professor in the math department, Brookdale Community College (Middletown, N.J.)
  • Oklahoma: Mary Phillips, associate professor of biology, Tulsa Community College (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • Texas: Ceilidh Charleson-Jennings, professor of communication studies, Collin College (Plano, Texas)

Visit the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program website for more information about how to nominate a deserving professor for next year's award. The nomination period for the 2014 awards program begins Jan. 6, 2014, and ends April 14, 2014.

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This article is from the December 2013 issue of the Community College Advancement News.