Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:07

For Immediate Release
April 18, 2017 – Tempe, Arizona

The finalists are selected based upon their competency in three areas: teaching, service, and “dedication, professionalism, and compassion.” Twenty-four award winners were chosen to be honored at a special award ceremony held on Friday, April 14 at the Rio Salado Community College Conference Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Congratulations to our outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award winners and all of our faculty, who give tirelessly to help our students prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s workplace,” said Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick. “The high demand for skilled workers by Arizona employers makes it crucial, for us as educators, to be truly innovative in the way we prepare the next generation of leaders and employees.”

The 2016 – 2017 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award Winners are:

CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Alexandra Burack, Dr. Kimberly Burrola, Julie McCarty
ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Jennifer Elliott, Andrea Simpkins, Beverly Smith-Dawson
GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Roxanne Beckstrom-Sternberg, Lisa Genuit, Gerald Taylor
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Elizabeth Macdonald, Tina Palmer
MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Bethany Brown Hutchins, Courtney Kleinebreil, Anthoney Stock
PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Dominic Bartola, Tom Simpson, Tracy Tahiri
PHOENIX COLLEGE:  Brian Bradshaw, Gabriela Carranza, Cori Leonetti
RIO SALADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Elena Matus McDonald, Robert Wilson

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About Maricopa Community Colleges

We are the Maricopa Community Colleges. We are 10 colleges, two skill centers, and numerous education centers, all dedicated to educational excellence and to meeting the needs of businesses and the citizens of Maricopa County. Each college is individually accredited, yet part of a larger system - the Maricopa County Community College District, which is one of the largest providers of higher education in the United States.

About Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction

To foster student success, the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI), part of the Maricopa Community College District, is dedicated to supporting and advancing teaching and learning by working collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and district-wide groups to provide quality services, programs, and resources.

About the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA) of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD)

The AFA of the MCCCD is a nonprofit professional organization that provides adjunct faculty a framework for advocating for the advancement of adjunct faculty within MCCCD, while providing a network for sharing common interests, education, and assistance, and encouraging effective practices and resource utilization.

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Each year, the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI) and the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA) of the Maricopa County Community College District recognize up to three outstanding adjunct faculty members from each of the 10 colleges for their exceptional contributions to the district and its students. Based upon their history of giving tirelessly to students, the candidates are nominated by department chairs, assistant department chairs, adjunct faculty, staff, and students.