Inaugural Adjunct Academic Excellence Award Presented


WPCC Adjunct Academic Excellence Award 100114Morganton, NC—Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) recently named Ms. Jaime Marshall Staley as the 2014 recipient of the College’s first-ever Adjunct Academic Excellence Award. This award was created to recognize a part-time faculty member for superior work history, strong commitment to WPCC’s open-door philosophy, and dedication to educating students.

Ms. Staley, an American Sign Language instructor, has been an employee with the College for four years.   A triple-major graduate of Gallaudet University, Ms. Staley completed her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2001. Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, is the only Liberal Arts University for deaf and hard of hearing people in the world.

Known for her love of teaching, Ms. Staley establishes beneficial extra activities for her students and generously gives of her personal time to her students outside of the classroom.

“It is an honor for me to serve our college students, showing them how transfixingly beautiful American Sign Language is,” said the award recipient. “It is a linguistically complete visual-spatial language, one that is most natural to the deaf and hard of hearing. As a proud alumna, I’m thankful for my education and experiences as a student at the North Carolina School for the Deaf and to now be teaching American Sign Language at Western Piedmont Community College.”

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Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. The application due date for the Spring 2015 semester is Monday, Dec. 8.  Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.