Exceptional Instructors Recognized

Published on: February 02, 2009

The faculty of Lone Star College-Kingwood recognized three of their own recently, when the Faculty Excellence Awards were handed out in January.

This year's winners are Betsy Morgan, professor of biology; Stephanie Doyen, associate professor of mathematics, and Jimmi Rushing, reference librarian.  To be considered for a Faculty Excellence Award, 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 teaching philosophy and their institutional service.  Recipients are selected by faculty excellence winners from the previous year.

Professor Cora Ann Williams was a member of the selection committee and says, "Jimmi, Betsy and Stephanie represent all the best qualities of the Lone Star College-Kingwood faculty.  They have a love and a passion for teaching and it is conveyed in the classroom and in how they respect students.  Their passion for teaching is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others."

Morgan expressed surprise, elation and honor at being chosen by her peers for this award.  "I am humbly appreciative to have been selected from such a talented pool of teachers at Lone Star College-Kingwood.  It is a privilege to share the award with Stephanie and Jimmi."

Morgan taught as an adjunct with LSC-Kingwood for eight years and then joined the faculty nearly seven years ago.  She is currently teaching Honors Biology 1407, Biology 1406 and an online section of Biology 1406.  She says, "I love to watch the transformation in students as they work hard and achieve success in learning complex concepts.  It is enormously rewarding to have a job where you can enable students to grow, explore and prepare for a career."

Doyen says she was elated when she found out about the nomination.  "I was honored one of my peers had thought enough of me and what I do to nominate me for this award." In public education for 15 years before coming to LSC-Kingwood, she says she loves to get the students who hate math or think they are bad at it and watch them bloom and be successful. "It is fun to watch them see math as very do-able and even enjoyable!  I like to see people be proud and excited about what they do."

Doyen has taught with LSC-Kingwood for five years and uses supplemental instructors in most of her classes.  She says it gives her great joy to watch them grow as they work with her to find ways to help students fully understand math concepts.  "My supplemental instructors get excited, my students get excited, and I get really excited!"

Rushing says the thing that she most enjoys about her job is meeting and working with the students, faculty, staff and community members that come in, call or email the library.  She adds, "The variety of people and their ideas and interests make each day unique and special.  There is always a new challenge around the corner!"  In February, she will celebrate five years with the college.

She says she was pleasantly surprised on receiving the award and that it has renewed her commitment to the faculty and staff of LSC-Kingwood.  "It is the highest form of a compliment and, I hope, a confirmation that I have been able to contribute in some way to their success and to their students' success."

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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.