ICCTA Outstanding Faculty Member Award
ICCTA's 2003 Outstanding Faculty Member Award is sponsored by
Schiff Hardin & Waite's Labor Employment Group
2003 AWARD RECIPIENT
Danville Area Community College
I believe education and hard work are the only ways most people are able to both get ahead in life and fully
enjoy life. I know learning is a challenging endeavor that requires a lot of hard work, but it has many
rewards, not the least of which is pure enjoyment. I try to help my students see the need for the information
they learn and the practical value of such knowledge. I try to present materials in a challenging,
thought-provoking, but always attainable way, and I try to keep learning fun.
We know that education as a whole changes slowly. Is it fear of the unknown that makes change so difficult?
I think that the community college is the perfect place to make changes happen. It can be a leader in the
education process and has a golden opportunity to meet that challenge.
Oakton Community College
I like my students. While this at first might seem like an obvious statement . . . this is, in fact, at the core
of who I am and what I do as a teacher. Liking my students means having high expectations of them and myself
within a context of care and camaraderie. Successes are celebrations to be developed; failures are challenges
to meet together through creativity, humor and determination.
Communications and fine arts
Malcolm X College
Students have untapped talents that are waiting to be released. Therefore, I give them an opportunity to get in
touch with their creative side. All students have at least one story or poem within them, so I create a
non-threatening environment, which allows them to tap into their imagination and share their experiences with
Dr. Madie Cannamore
Business and information technology
An educator must leave the comfort zone of the familiar to assist students in reaching their purpose and destiny.
Commitment to service means being motivated to help students, to have the initiative to seek out information,
to be open to change, to introduce new processes, or to follow innovative methods and procedures.
Role modeling is one of the most important components to teaching. Educators are continually "on stage" and the
students are watching one aspect of their life performance. Students yearn to hear real-life experiences that
relate to their field of study. When an educator continues to practice in their field of education, it can only
add credibility to the student audience.
Heartland Community College
I believe learning is a life-long endeavor; thus, as an educator my goal must be to prepare and encourage my
students to be effective learners. In all of my courses I hope to do much more than just present facts and
information, but also to encourage real cognitive and intellectual growth. I believe the most effective way
to achieve these goals is for the teacher to take on the role of facilitator, and to actively involve students
in their own learning.
Dr. Brenda Erickson
John A. Logan College
Along the way, each semester for each of the 20 years I have been an educator, I have also been the learner.
I continue to learn about life and the phenomenon called human behavior. I am so fortunate to be at this point
in my career and still feel this way. I think I have received as much as I have given.
Highland Community College
I hope to help my students learn how to become self-sufficient writers and critical thinkers. . . . If my students
can recognize the value of good writing and clear thinking, and if they can write well and think clearly out in
the "real world," I am satisfied that I have provided for their educational needs.
Dr. Alan Friedman
Southwestern Illinois College
Students should always have a "What can I learn?" attitude, rather than one of "I already know everything!"
Students should never view themselves as customers in a business, with a right to get everything they want or
they'll talk to the manager (or dean). College is not Wal-Mart. Students don't purchase high grades – they must
McHenry County College
My teaching philosophy gets simpler every year: Teach happily and enthusiastically, expect a lot but be patient
about getting it, and give a hundred percent. Keep learning.
Shawnee Community College
Education is the process of assessing individual learning styles and creating a student-centered classroom
environment, in addition to promoting a desire to learn. Our hope in education is that this desire to learn
will extend beyond the classroom and have an impact not only on the individual, but also the community as a
I believe that education is life's work. This is not just my life's work as the faculty member but also all
individuals as they participate in society. We learn and acquire knowledge along a continuum that becomes
more complex as we add to our body of knowledge. Individuals do not expand their depth of knowledge in a
vacuum but increase their knowledge with the assistance and persistence of others.
Dr. Marvin L. Johnson
College of Lake County
A personal concern for the student's progress and a caring attitude create an environment in which success is
possible. Caring and concern are the bricks and mortar of good teaching. They hold everything together.
Lewis and Clark Community College
In my classes I function as a guide to discovery for my students instead of a dispatcher of information.
Every day I involve my students in their own learning, as opposed to involving them in my teaching.
Coordinator, Industrial electricity program
Prairie State College
Many of my new electrical students have never been to college. A few are just out of high school, but most
are sent by companies for an electrical education when they are 30, 40 or 50 years old. Many are nervous
and some are terrified. Yet for most, their study at Prairie State College will be one of the best times
of their lives. My work is to make their dreams come true.
Dr. Werner Krieglstein
Philosophy and religious studies
College of DuPage
Humanistic education provides the foundation of my world view and fills me with an appreciation for the
lessons learned from history and a deep respect for the classical values of harmony and excellence. It
shows me that teaching requires a trust in progress, which allows for the belief that human history is
steadily evolving into something better.
Wilbur Wright College
"If one aspect of her teaching stands out, it is that she wants her students to understand the material and
how it can be used. She doesn't want her students simply memorizing and then regurgitating material back to
her. She focuses on students' understanding of how things interact, why they do, and what may be a result
of that interaction. It is the best way to teach, and my favorite way to learn." – student Timothy Rog
I think of the teachers who challenged and motivated me the most and hope to bring to the classroom what
they brought to me. . . . At the same time, I hope to remain humble, as my students can teach me far more
than I could possible teach them.
Spoon River College
Great teachers care about what they teach and are passionate in their effort to communicate it to others.
What teachers must do is create a classroom environment that is conducive to the possibility that education
may occur. If teachers are excited about the possibility of learning, then this attitude becomes contagious.
Rend Lake College
My belief is that all students can learn mathematics, given the correct placement, guidance, instruction and
encouragement. That is, of course, if students are also willing to put in their time and effort . . . .
I hope my love of mathematics and teaching is conveyed to my students. I feel very fortunate to have a
profession that I truly enjoy.
Carl Sandburg College
There is a spark of recognition in students' eyes when they make connections and learn something new. I suspect
my students see that flash in my eyes as often as I see it in theirs.
Chair, Health sciences and public safety department
Moraine Valley Community College
Albert Einstein once wrote, "To me, the worse thing seems to be for a school principally to work with methods of
fear, force and artificial authority . . . the only source of the pupil's respect for the teacher is the human
and the intellectual qualities of the latter." This is the philosophy that I try to follow with my students.
Psychology and social science
Sauk Valley Community College
Many of our students arrive at college immature, unfocused and unknowing of their capabilities. If we do our jobs
well, these students leave college knowing where they are going, what they are going to do, and why. They pursue
their lives in a more mature and responsible way.
Rock Valley College
In a two-year postsecondary setting, I believe it is important to make learning relevant to student experiences as
well as to his/her future goals, whether these goals include entering the workforce or transferring to a four-year
institution. The open dialogue between student and teacher is essential to ensuring the success of both in the
Life and physical sciences
Southeastern Illinois College
Education should provide opportunities for the free exchange of ideas, attitudes and opinions on potentially any
topic of interest or concern. . . . Education is a lifelong journey of discovery in which we learn about ourselves,
our society, and our environment.
Computer information science
Elgin Community College
I consider myself a vocational educator. My mission is to put "tools" into the student's "tool box" so they can
find entry-level employment. I firmly believe that "the wise man builds his house on a rock." My goal is to provide
as strong a foundation as possible for a student to build on.
Lake Land College
Education is a very rewarding career. There is no greater satisfaction than observing the learning process.
The experience of watching a student develop a skill and apply it or comprehend a concept and use the same
technique to solve a problem is simply indescribable.
Maggie Hahn Wade
Students must be convinced that each class is a fresh start, and that a past history of failure or underachievement
must be set aside to create an opportunity for success. Students have to buy into the message that they control the
outcome of their educational experience.
Early childhood education
John Wood Community College
To achieve an excellence in teaching, I must be the role model that radiates a positive force in molding what the
students can become. I must feel caring and concern for my students as individuals with varied, unique lives inside
and outside the classroom. . . . When the students feel that they have a special place in my classroom, I can begin
to make a difference in their lives.
Business and office technology
Richland Community College
Why teach? What an opportunity! Teachers can give students encouragement, confidence, and tools to create and
accomplish goals. It is so addictive! I am fed every day I walk into that room filled with students expecting a
new experience. . . . What a privilege, the opportunity to influence so many lives – to teach!
For additional information,
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