Colorado Mountain College honors Faculty of the Year
Special to the Daily
EDWARDS — Jennifer Wing was doing what all educators know is an integral part of their profession when a gymnasium full of people heard she received Colorado Mountain College’s collegewide full-time Faculty of the Year award — and she was not present.
Wing, a professor of English, composition and literature at the college’s Edwards campus, missed hearing her name May 12 when CMC president and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser announced Wing had won the award.
So why wasn’t Wing able to attend?
“Jenny would be here,” said Edwards campus Vice President Dr. Kathryn Regjo, as Hauser scanned the audience in the gymnasium where the awards presentation was held. “But she’s still grading final exams.”
On the other hand, Cory Allen was in attendance, and looked surprised and even a little stunned when Hauser asked her to come to the stage to accept a plaque naming her the collegewide adjunct Faculty of the Year. Allen teaches English at CMC’s Rifle campus.
Focusing on Needs of Students
Each year, students, staff and faculty at Colorado Mountain College can nominate one outstanding full-time and one adjunct faculty member from each of the college’s seven campuses and the online learning department. From those honorees, senior administrators then select a collegewide award recipient in each of the two categories, who then represent their peers across the span of the college’s 12,000-square-mile service area.
Although Wing and Allen teach at different campuses, the reasons nominators gave for each of them to receive recognition were similar: focusing on the needs of students.
“I have personally heard students rave about Jenny (Wing)’s courses, not because they are easy, but because they are engaging,” Regjo said. “She creates a safe environment where students can learn, grow and take some risks.”
Allen creates that same type of atmosphere for learning in her Rifle classes. “Cory is beloved by all of her students because her lessons are interactive and innovative, and she is grounded and approachable,” Laura Hardman, assistant dean of instruction for arts, humanities and math at the CMC Rifle campus, said. “She is the best of all worlds, and we are so fortunate to have her on our campus.”