ICCTA Outstanding Full-Time
Faculty Member Award
Sally N. Fairbank
College of DuPage
Sally Fairbank is a practicing attorney with experience in the
corporate sector and as an assistant public defender in DuPage County.
In 2006 she was hired to create COD's paralegal studies program and to obtain American Bar
Association approval. The program was granted ABA approval in 2010, the shortest time possible for the process to take place.
During the past six years, Fairbank has developed 21 classes, including four online courses.
Student enrollment has grown 1,400 percent since the start of the program.
She also personally recruits and monitors the 95 law offices where her students complete their
mandatory internships of 120 hours per semester.
As a "student-centered" instructor, Fairbank expects nothing but the best from her students. She celebrates all
those who enter her classroom, whether they are returning adults or first-generation learners.
"Each student has his or her own strengths and challenges; success cannot be measured by just one yardstick,"
she says. "I focus on each learner's abilities and strengths. I make a point to reward all students with
positive reinforcement, especially those who struggle over the material. This way, students are motivated to
try their hardest to achieve their best....If students can develop a passion for any subject, and an
eagerness to explore it further, then I have done my primary job as a teacher – to ignite the spark of
curiosity, which will lead to the pursuit of knowledge, insight and wisdom."
For additional information on ICCTA's Outstanding
Faculty Member Award, please contact
Kim Villanueva at 1-800-454-2282, ext. 1.
Illinois Community College Trustees Association|
401 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
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