Edison faculty honored with awards

PIQUA — Edison State Community College faculty members Marva Archibald, Elisha Hicks, Carolyn Jackson, and Vickie Kirk are recipients of the 2015 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for High Education (SOCHE). The instructors were honored at Faculty Excellence Awards banquet on Friday, October 30, 2015, at the Dayton Art Institute.

Each year SOCHE hosts a faculty awards banquet honoring excellence in teaching at member institutions. Edison nominated award winners based on the institution’s criteria, with special consideration of demonstrated excellence and awards received throughout the past academic year. Edison faculty members joined colleagues from SOCHE’s twenty-two member institutions honored at the banquet including Antioch University, the University of Dayton, and Wright State University.

“Our culture of caring and student support is a point of pride among our faculty and excellence in the classroom is promoted and evaluated on a faculty-to-faculty basis,” said Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson.

“These four faculty members exemplify the culture of Edison State and how faculty excellence permeates all of our academic divisions. They are innovative and have developed teaching methods that allow for students to work in teams, they provide experiences in problem-solving and critical thinking, and they are leaders in using technology to individualize instructions.”

Marva Archibald, assistant professor of Office Systems and Administration, provides an excellent learning experience to her students whether it’s in the classroom, online, or through an Internet video conference connection to Edison’s Darke County Campus. Archibald is supportive of students and always willing to help and guide them so they can accomplish the learning objectives of the course. Archibald is also the Chair of Edison’s Diversity Committee, which fosters a diverse culture across campus.

Elisha Hicks, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education, is an outstanding teacher. Her knowledge and experience are assets, which help students relate real life situations to the theory they are learning. Elisha is a role model for caring, positivity, and open mindedness which helps establish a classroom of inclusivity and mutual support. Hicks cares deeply about her students wants the best for them.

Carolyn Jackson, assistant professor of Office Systems and Administration, is outstanding in the classroom. She expects the best from her students while maintaining a wonderful rapport with them. Students particularly enjoy her online courses. In addition, Jackson has served Edison on the faculty Curriculum Committee and as an officer for Faculty Senate. She also leads the program Advisory Committee in their effort to host a large event for Administrative Professionals Day, which attracts about 100 professionals to campus every year.

Vickie Kirk, instructor of Allied Health, exemplifies excellence in teaching. She has extensive knowledge and experience in your content area and she has the additional qualities of enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, and humor. These qualities and characteristics provide the basis for her strong, positive connections to students. Kirk always puts student success first, which is evident in her classroom and in her collaboration with others as she is a true team player, willing to do what is best for the student.

Formed in 1967, SOCHE is a regional consortium of 20 colleges and universities in southwest Ohio. SOCHE is the collaborative infrastructure for higher education, helping colleges and universities transform their communities and economies through the education, employment, and engagement of more than 120,000 students in southwest Ohio. For more information about SOCHE, visit www.soche.org.