Three Tyler Junior College professors have distinguished themselves as endowed teaching chairs for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The TJC Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence program enables professors to nominate and reward their peers who demonstrate excellence as educators.
This year’s recipients are:
- Nicole Wright, Department Chair, Health Administrative Services – The Dorothy Fay and Jack White Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
- David Hubbard, Professor, Behavioral Sciences – The Thomas H. Shelby Jr. Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
- EJ Unegbu, Professor, Learning Framework – The George W. Pirtle and El Freda Taylor Pirtle Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
Endowed teaching chair recipients receive $2,000 for two years ($4,000 total) and a specifically designed medallion.
The recipients were nominated by their peers and underwent an intense application process. Each was informed of their selection for the award by a surprise visit from TJC Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deana Sheppard, Faculty Senate President Stephanie Lassanske, and other academic leaders. Since the program’s inception in 1990, TJC has recognized 91 professors with this award.
TJC has some of the finest professors in higher education, and we are very proud of the excellent job they do instructing and training our students,” said TJC Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deana Sheppard. “The fact that these award recipients were nominated by their peers emphasizes how well respected they are as outstanding educators.”