ASC Provost Office announces the Presidential Teacher Award recipients

(04-06-2009)

Adams State College professors Dr. Time Armstrong, professor of biology; Dr. Marty Jones, professor of chemistry; and Dr. John Taylor, professor of theater, have received the Presidential Teacher Award, recognizing outstanding undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring.

Armstrong has organized multiple trips for students, alumni, and community members to Africa and Costa Rica. "I'm honored to have received one of the Presidential Teaching Awards this year. What makes this award so meaningful to me is that the selection process is driven entirely by students."

In the fall, Provost Michael Mumper and a committee of undergraduate students, including Jessica Adams, Sarah Lamb, Kayla Lanoue, Lindsey Nelson, and Heather Wood, began the selection process.

Over the last three years, Taylor's projects have included directing "Dead Man Walking", and "Fahrenheit 451", involving campus and community. "I am so very grateful to be honored with this award and I am thankful for the privilege of teaching at Adams State College. There is no place in the world that I would rather be than right here working with colleagues and students who inspire me daily."

The Presidential Teacher will receive $1500 to support his or her professional development and the opportunity to teach a special Presidential Teacher Course during the next academic year.

Theater, art, music, athletic, no matter the event on campus, Jones is often seen in the audience, supporting Adams State students. He said he is "deeply honored," to be in the company of Armstrong and Taylor. "This award is very meaningful, since students comprise the committee and make the decisions about both the finalists and eventual awardees."

The award recipients will be honored at a faculty awards ceremony on April 10.

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By Linda Relyea