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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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THREE SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE FACULTY HONORED FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Award Recipients Win Trip to International Conference

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced Professors Surian Figueroa, Andrew MacNeill and Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete won the College’s annual Faculty Recognition Award for excellence and leadership in teaching. Nominated by students and their peers, winners receive a free trip to the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Conference in May 2011 in Austin, Texas.

“We have an elite group of educators at Southwestern College. Every day, our faculty find new and creative ways to promote student success,” Michael Kerns, Acting Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. “Being honored by your peers is a great achievement and we are glad to give these professors the recognition they deserve.”

Awards are given in three categories:

  • Teaching Excellence Award: Surian Figueroa, Professor of Italian & ESL
  • Professional Leadership Award: Andrew MacNeill, Professor of ESL & Japanese
  • Adjunct Faculty Award: Sylvia Garcia Navarrete, Professor of ESL & Reading

Established in 1990, winners are chosen by the Academic Senate’s Faculty Recognition Award Committee based on criteria outlined in the corresponding district policy. The award is open to faculty employed at Southwestern College for a minimum of two full academic years. Along with the trip to NISOD, winners also receive a plaque and acknowledgement at the College’s Faculty Recognition Award Dinner in April 2011.

“I am honored to work with such an outstanding team of dedicated teachers,” Angelina E. Stuart, Academic Senate President for Southwestern College, said. “Andy is dedicated to the College faculty and has the ability to connect with the community; Surian has the unique ability to make the language come alive within the classroom; and Sylvia works tirelessly developing materials to help students become better readers. I am thankful to have these individuals as colleagues.”

About Southwestern College

Fully accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County and is the primary source of higher education for approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College serves approximately 20,000 students each semester and offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options.