Faculty Lauded with Excellence in Teaching Awards; New Awardees To Be Announced in January


GCC boasts three winners of the 2012-2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award: Dr. Julie Morrison, Psychology; Lisa Deibolt, Chemistry; and Wei-Jen Lee, Chemistry.

The NISOD Excellence Award is designed to recognize faculty who meet at least one criteria of teaching excellence in the delivery of innovative pedagogy; inspirational teaching; serving as a role model; being a leader in content expertise; and/or being involved in outreach. GCC’s 2012-2013 winners were nominated based on their teaching excellence in not just one, but all of these areas.

This is an annual award with which GCC has honored its faculty since the 2005-2006 academic year. In addition to receiving recognition by GCC, award winners are also recognized by NISOD at its annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, held in Austin, Texas each May.

More than 700 community colleges around the world are members of NISOD, which was founded in 1978.

Susan Campbell led the eight-person CTLE advisory board subcommittee that reviewed applications and selected the 2012-2013 winners. Stay tuned for GCC’s new 2013-2014 awardees, who will be announced in January.

For more information about the awards, contact Susan Campbell at 623-845-3164.


Healing Through Creative Expression

Veteran_Poet_Jones_111813_bannerVeteran Transforms Pain Into Poetry

Healing. Poetry. Two words that Andrew R. Jones had never given much thought to before he was deployed to Iraq as a combat Marine. There, he experienced the trauma of war, not easily forgotten.

Returning to the United States, he fought as hard at home as he had fought overseas – though this time, the battles were more emotional than physical.

Now, after years of struggle with painful memories of a bloody war, Jones is finding peace. He’s exploring new paths that are as satisfying as they were unexpected. Finally, he’s on the road to healing. And – surprising everyone, including himself – it was poetry that paved the way. Continue reading