Haywood Community College recently recognized six full-time and one part-time instructor for Excellence in Teaching awards. Those recognized for full-time instruction include: Blair Bishop – Natural Resources, Chris Graves – Natural Resources, Gerry Kelly – Developmental Education, Sarah McAvoy – Health and Human Services, Susan Roberts – Teaching and Learning Center and Arts and General Education, and Michael Youngwood – Health and Human Services. The part-time recipient is Dawn Cusick – Arts and General Education.

HCC Entrepreneurship instructor Meredith Carpenter was recognized as Master Teacher. This award is a distinguished teaching award presented to the full-time curriculum faculty member who most exemplifies excellence in teaching by demonstrating excellent teaching, leadership, and service to the college and the community. Carpenter will be recognized at HCC’s graduation ceremonies.

Selections begin with nominations from students and end with a professional portfolio review by a panel of the instructor’s peers. Recipients must demonstrate: entrepreneurial practices in the classroom; cooperative learning in the classroom; leadership and involvement in college clubs, student organizations, and campus activities; involvement in professional associations, committee assignments, and college-related work assignments above the normal requirement; effective teaching through student class evaluations; and involvement in the community.