Each year, three outstanding faculty members of Lone Star College-Kingwood are chosen by their peers for their achievement both in and out of the classroom.
To qualify, faculty members must first be nominated by a colleague and then complete an application which includes a full account of their teaching responsibilities, a statement of their teaching philosophy and their institutional service. Recipients are selected by faculty excellence winners from the previous year.
"The faculty excellence award is given in recognition of excellent teaching by our peers," says David Putz, faculty senate president and one of last year's recipients.
This year's winners are: Dr. Marsha Irwin, professor of nursing; Dr. Cora Ann Williams, professor of speech; and Dalia Khalaf, professor of developmental studies.
Dr. Irwin who has been with the associate nursing program at LSC-Kingwood since it began four years ago says being nominated by your peers is probably the best gift and recognition you can get.
"Getting the award was just the icing on the cake. It is a wonderful feeling when you are recognized by your day-to-day teaching partners and your students as delivering that special something in the classroom. I love the nursing department faculty and feel supported from the program director up through the college president," she adds.
For Dr. Williams, this award is important because she shares it with all of the unsung teachers who work hard day in and day out, often without recognition, and ask nothing in return.
"I accept [this award] on behalf of all the unsung teachers who put others before them and negative attitudes behind them, and who give their love, respect, time and resources and ask nothing in return." She goes on to say, "I believe that being an excellent teacher requires that you reach beyond yourself and reach across, to help someone else."
Professor Khalaf says she has been with the college for eleven wonderful years and she was surprised and honored when Dr. Stegall called her name, knowing the excellent pool of faculty that was nominated.
"Lone Star College-Kingwood is a second home and my colleagues are a second family to me. I am very proud to be a member of such a great academic institution and among such great faculty and staff. LSC-Kingwood gives me the opportunity to develop as an individual and as an instructor," says Khalaf.
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Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit lonestar.edu.