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2017 Faculty and Staff Awards Presented

February 7, 2018 | Awards

On January 31, 2018, the second annual awards were presented to faculty and staff in recognition of their outstanding service, commitment and dedication to the College during the All-College Faculty-Staff Meeting. Awardees were nominated by their colleagues.

Faculty Awards:

The Paul Naish Award for Excellence in Teaching: Claire King.
The Paul Naish Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes exceptional teaching that contributes to student learning, pedagogical innovation, and successful pursuit of the Guttman model. Note: Only full-time faculty are eligible. Includes a monetary prize of $1,000.

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching: Elvin Ramos.
The Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching recognizes exceptional teaching that contributes to student learning, pedagogical innovation, and successful pursuit of the Guttman model.

Provost’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship: Molly Makris.
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes exceptional scholarly achievement during the preceding academic year, across a range of possible achievements (published scholarship, conference presentation, external grants, etc.)

President’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement: Angelina Tallaj.
President’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement recognizes exceptional leadership on the part of the instructional staff in the engagement of local communities beyond the walls of Guttman Community College.

 

Presidential Staff Awards:

President’s Award for a Rising Leader: Andrew Bennett and Patricia Payano
The President’s Award for a Rising Leader is bestowed upon a member of the staff whose work and spirit inspires and empowers others. Leading by example, this individual demonstrates transparency and trust, creating an environment for success and serving as a catalyst for change. Embodying the Guttman values, this individual advances the mission and vision of the College. He or she is a role model and a team builder who mentors, guides, and cultivates leadership in others.

President’s Award for Community Engagement: Bindi Patel, Tom Hiotakis, & Nicole Paige
The President’s Award for Community Engagement is bestowed upon a member of the staff who actively engages and readily contributes in service for the benefit and common good of the College. He/she works collaboratively across all units and strives to serve the multiple needs of the community. This individual demonstrates a desire to give back to the college community by actively contributing and engaging in relevant events, committees, task forces, working groups, and/or activities that advance the Guttman values. In addition he/she displays exceptional leadership in engagement with the external local community for the betterment of the College.

President’s Award for Individual Development: Danny Cordova, Bruce Lyons, Michelle Nunez-Leonardo
President’s Award for Individual Development is bestowed upon a staff member who is driven by a passion for learning and expanding his or her knowledge and skill sets. This individual takes the initiative to enhance professional and personal growth in order to advance the mission of the College and meet departmental goals. He/she values and participates in relevant professional development opportunities, is willing to explore new ideas and practices, and is receptive and open to constructive feedback that would enhance his/her knowledge, skills, and abilities.

President’s Award for Peer Recognition of Outstanding Service (PROS): Shani Pierce
Given to the employee who received the highest number of Guttman PROS

This year’s PROS winners in individual categories include:

Collaboration: Tom Hiotakis

Inclusion & Diversity: Shani Pierce

Innovation: Joseph Contreras & Janine Agarwal

Leadership: Andrew Bennet

Respecting other Perspectives: Racquel Valencia

Skill-Building: Bianca Castro, Janine Agarwal, Joan Esperance, & Matthew Au

Group photo of 2018 Faculty and Staff Award Winners

Top row from left: Claire King, Joan Esperance, Raquel Valencia, Molly Makris, Patricia Payano, President Scott Evenbeck, Joseph Contreras, Bindi Patel, Andrew Bennett, Danny Cordova Bottom row from left: Angelina Tallaj, Michelle Nunez-Leonardo, Bianca Castro, Bruce Lyons, Matthew Au, Janine Agarwal