SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College Assistant Professor of History Dr. Amy Powers, a DeKalb resident, was honored as the Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA) Instructor of the Year at the group’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference on Oct. 11.
“I’m really honored, especially since it came from my colleagues,” Powers said. “It means a lot to me personally and professionally.”
All full- and part-time faculty in the Illinois community college system can nominate candidates for the award. Powers, who has been a member of Waubonsee’s full-time faculty since 2003, was nominated by Associate Professor of History Dr. Timothy Draper and Associate Professor of Sociology Kathy Westman.
“Teaching is about relationships and the interaction with and feedback given to students,” said Dr. Bill Marzano, Waubonsee’s dean for Social Sciences, Education and World Languages. “Based on student evaluations, Dr. Powers consistently excels in those areas.”
Outside of the classroom, Powers co-advises the college’s new History Club with her colleague Draper. The two are also among the 24 educators currently participating in “American History, Atlantic and Pacific,” an American Historical Association project designed to teach U.S. history in a more global context.