Each year, Western Piedmont Foundation honors a member of Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) full-time curriculum faculty, nominated by his or her own peers and students, for dedication to the teaching profession. Selection criteria recognize extraordinary efforts as a teacher; service to the profession, the College and the community; involvement with present and former students, and evidence of innovative or special efforts in teaching.
Star Brown, Accounting program coordinator and instructor in WPCC’s Business & Public Services division, recently received the annual Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recipient brings a strong academic background to her position with bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, master of science and education specialist degrees from Appalachian State University. Shown is Brown, (l), receiving the College’s 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from President Jim W. Burnett.
The honoree received glowing nomination remarks from students and peers. One student stated that Ms. Brown structures her teaching to be very interactive, in turn, ensuring that she captures her students’ interest. In spite of Ms. Brown’s challenging accounting program, one student nominator offered that she “does an excellence job of keeping students interested and motivated.” Peers offered strong nomination comments as well.. A colleague who works closely with Ms. Brown wrote, “I have had the opportunity to see her dedication to education and the success of her students. In the classroom, she employs unique teaching methods that offer students the chance to participate in various service learning activities. Ms. Brown was one of the first faculty members in her division to employ new technology in the classroom. Beyond providing quality instruction, she also gives extra assistance outside the classroom, often accompanying her students to professional organization meetings and university tours.”
In addition to her instructional duties, Ms. Brown also serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee for WPCC’s 2014 Compliance Reaffirmation for SACS-COC. A fellow instructor remarked that “her dedication to this enormous, multi-year project requires many extra hours of work to fulfill those responsibilities. This indicates her devotion to Western Piedmont.”
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