Tyler Junior College

Professors named 2014 endowed teaching chairs

Published Wednesday, 9th April 2014

Three Tyler Junior College professors have distinguished themselves as endowed teaching chairs for 2014.

The TJC Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence program enables professors to nominate and reward their peers who demonstrate excellence as educators. 

This year’s endowed chair recipients are:

• Jon Groth, health and kinesiology, The Dorothy Fay and Jack White Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence

• Carrie Hobbs, dental hygiene, The Watson W. Wise Foundation Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence

• Charlotte Latham, mathematics, The Dorothy Fay and Jack White Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence

Winners were surprised during their respective classes with a fanfare of applause and balloons, followed by presentations of certificates and checks from TJC President Dr. Mike Metke and Provost Dr. Butch Hayes.

Endowed teaching chair recipients receive $2,000 for each of two years ($4,000 total), which includes a $1,500 cash stipend and $500 for professional development for each year. The professional development portion may be applied toward a personal professional development plan, including travel, books, conferences and equipment.

Twenty, full-time TJC professors were nominated by their peers to apply for the award. Of the 20 nominees, 10 professors chose to undergo the intense application process.

Those 10 nominees were: Karen Cooper, associate degree nursing; David Funk, art; Cindy Gaddis, student development; Groth; Janet Haley, associate degree nursing; Hobbs; Latham; Jenelle Reynolds, mathematics/developmental education; Melanie Ward, reading/developmental education; and Torrey Wylie, graphic design/photography.

Each received a certificate of recognition and a nomination from TJC to be recognized at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) annual conference in May in Austin.
Since the program’s inception in 1990, 67 professors have been designated as distinguished TJC endowed chairs.

Author: Elise Mullinix

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