Friday, January 20, 2017

Midland College recognizes teaching excellence

• Stacy Egan and Michael Fields named as 2017 Teaching Excellence winners

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“The core foundation of Midland College is teaching and learning,” said MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “MC is one of the best community colleges in the state because of our outstanding faculty.”

On Thursday, January 12, Midland College (MC) recognized teaching and learning by honoring seven of its faculty at the college’s Teaching Excellence Awards luncheon in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room.

The following faculty were nominated:

     • John Anderson, Program Chair of Chemistry
     • Stacy Egan, Assistant Professor of English
     • Michael Fields, Program Chair of Cosmetology
     • Derek Gasch, Department Chair of Manufacturing Services
     • Dr. Pamela Howell, Program Chair of English
     • Joey Schenkman, Biology Instructor
     • Dr. Donna Thompson, Psychology Professor

The 2017 Midland College Teaching Excellence Award winners are Stacy Egan, representing MC’s academic/transfer programs, and Michael Fields, representing MC’s career/technical programs.

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
In addition to being one of MC’s most popular English teachers, Stacy Egan also conducts writing/grammar seminars, manages programming for MC’s Language Hub and is co-advisor of MC’s English Honorary Society. Egan was an adjunct English instructor at MC prior to assuming a full-time position in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from New York University and Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from McNeese State University.

Michael Fields developed MC’s Cosmetology program 2004, and since that time, the program has flourished. He actively participates in various community activities including the Midland Community Theatre and the Midland Festival Ballet. Under Fields’ leadership, Cosmetology students and faculty regularly volunteer for numerous charitable organizations. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from El Paso Community College and a Texas Cosmetology Operator/Instructor license from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Egan and Fields received a cash honorarium and an individual plaque, and their names are permanently displayed in the Pevehouse Administration Building. They will also represent Midland College at the League for Innovation in the Community College conference in San Francisco on March 12-15.

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