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Faculty, Staff Excellence Winners for 2016-2017

Campus, regional organizational honors for four faculty, one staff member

Monday, May 22, 2017
To honor their superior employee service excellence, four Parkland College faculty members and one staff member earned campus and regional organizational honors for the 2016-2017 academic year, nominated through Parkland’s Professional Development Subcommittees for Faculty and Staff.

Yelda Aydin-Mullen, MathematicsAydin-Mullen
2016 Parkland Teaching Excellence Award
  • Called "major contributing factor" to success in statistics by students
  • Helped redesign the College Algebra curriculum
  • Represented the Math department on the Professional Development Committee for Faculty
  • Redesigned her classes to fit mathematical needs of Engineering Science and Technologies students
Jason Rotzoll, Admissions and Records
2017 Outstanding Staff Gold Award
  • Consistently described by his colleagues as a pleasure to work with, "easy-going, calm, and professional"
  • Serves on the Financial Aid Appeals, Scholarship Selection, and Curriculum committees
  • Serves on the Student Working Group, the Enrollment Management Team
  • Is a PCA representative for confidential staff
  • Held various leadership positions in both Illinois Community College Admissions and Records Officers and the Illinois Association of Admissions and Records Officers (IAACRAO) 
Steve Rutledge, English
2017 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award for Parkland College, Illinois Community College Trustees AssociationSteve Rutledge
  • Described as cooperative, giving, and energetic associate professor by students and colleagues
  • One of the founding and sustaining faculty members of Together We Achieve: A First Year Community for African American Men
  • Rewrote the curriculum for English 099
  • Is involved with the Workforce Literacy and Numeracy Committee, Developmental Education Council, and the Workforce English 111 Group
Michael Retzer, Biology
2017 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award for Parkland College, Illinois Community College Trustees AssociationMichael Retzer
  • Recognized as being student-centered in all of his teaching
  • Past co-chair for the Sustainable Campus Committee, promoting sustainable practices and establishing a tall grass prairie on campus
  • Co-sponsor of the Parkland Science Club, helping students develop service projects on campus and in the community 
  • Member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Erin Wilding-Martin, Mathematics
2017 Online Teaching Excellence AwardErin Wilding-Martin
  • Recognized by her colleagues as a professor who always thinks first of what is best for her students 
  • Creates interactive exercises that enrich student learning by relating mathematics to the real world
  • 2015 Central Region Faculty Member Award, Association of Community College Trustees
  • 2015 ICCTA Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award

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