Parkland students think they are stellar. Parkland’s faculty sing their praises. Now, the state of Illinois’ community college trustees have added their stamp of approval.
The Illinois Community College Trustees Association, or ICCTA, has just selected Math Professor Erin Wilding-Martin as its Outstanding Full-time Faculty Member Award winner for 2015. The ICCTA also selected photography instructor Craig McMonigal to receive its Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member Award. These amazing teachers received their awards June 6 during the ICCTA annual conference.
Our Faculty Professional Development Committee selected Erin and Craig to be Parkland’s 2015 ICCTA Outstanding Faculty winners earlier this spring, which nominated them for statewide selection.
Erin has been praised by her colleagues and students as an exemplary and engaging teacher who is a leader in mathematics education both within Parkland and beyond. For example, one of her students who entered Erin’s course intimidated by mathematics praised her “enthusiasm for teaching, dedication to her students, and innovative program design.” She said Erin helped her overcome her fear of mathematics and gave her an appreciation for the “value of an active learning environment.”
Erin’s doctoral study in the philosophy of mathematics education in community colleges prepared her for the challenge of leading the algebra/math literacy redesign that Parkland began in 2011. As one colleague summarized it, “the success of this project, which has gained national attention, is largely a result of Dr. Wilding-Martin’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of our students.”
Erin is currently on the Developmental Mathematics Committee of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and has served on AMATYC’s Research in Mathematics Education for Two-Year Colleges Committee. She has an article published in the Philosophy of Education Society.
Craig is a 21-year faculty member who has been praised by colleagues for his commitment to the college, the program, and the students. Described as an integral part of Parkland’s Art and Design program, Craig developed new courses in photography, implemented innovative techniques, and worked to help create the Associate in Applied Science in Photography program.
One Art and Design colleague says Craig is “eager to accept new responsibilities, helping the Art and Design program, and the photography degree within the Communication program, to grow by actively supporting assessment and the development of new curriculum.” Craig uses humor to keep students engaged and, as one student affirms, he “was instrumental in making learning about photography— and myself— fun. He is a great teacher; if possible I would choose him for all my classes.” Craig is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education and has served as the Parkland representative on the Illinois Higher Education Art Association.
Congratulations, Erin and Craig— Parkland College is proud to have such fine faculty!