When CCV was founded in the seventies, its unique, part-time faculty model offered a cost-effective way to deliver instruction throughout the state. Today, more than 700 practicing professionals teach at 12 academic centers, and 175 teach online courses. Each year the College celebrates teaching excellence with Teaching Excellence Awards, which are presented at the annual faculty Summer Institute. The 2012 award winners are:
Carla Desnoyers has taught biological sciences at CCV-St. Albans for ten years.
“Many students come into the science classroom intimidated by the subject. I have high expectations for my students and try to instill within them a sense of responsibility for learning. My greatest satisfaction in teaching comes when a student develops the confidence to set high standards and begins to think like a scientist both in and out of the classroom.”
Philip Crossman has taught the humanities at CCV for 16 years in both online and classroom formats.
“At CCV, students walk into class with direct contact with life as it is: they feel the presence of the economy, of workforce realities, and of inter-generational family relationships. The things that history and philosophy courses have to teach are not irrelevant or abstract. And for that reason it seems like I never have to work to stimulate a conversation that ‘matters.’”