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2016 Nomination Forms

Nomination deadline
March 4, 2016

Download the Nomination Form for the 2016 awards

2016 Committee Membership

History of the Award

Outstanding Faculty Awards Guidelines

Outstanding Faculty

Congratulations to our 2006 recipients of the following awards:

Each year one-full time faculty member at Jackson Community College is selected to receive the J. Ward Preston Outstanding Faculty Award. The recipient is chosen on the basis of:

  1. Excellence in teaching techniques
  2. Maintaining superlative rapport with students
  3. Use of innovative and interesting approaches; and
  4. Complete sense of dedication consistent with the finest traditions of Jackson Community College.
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J. Ward Preston Outstanding Faculty

Libby Warner
Science & HPF Department

Libby (Preston) Warner began her career teaching in high schools in Massachusetts and Jackson. She taught as an adjunct instructor at JCC for a number of years, and became a full-time instructor in January 1984. Originally from Jackson, she attended Jackson Junior College for two years after high school, then transferred to the University of Michigan where she received her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry and a master's degree in biology. She also holds a master's degree in human nutrition from Michigan State University. Her father, the late Ward Preston, taught and worked as an administrator at Jackson Junior College and later Jackson Community College for 40 years, and her mother, Margaret, was a teacher as well. Warner was surprised to receive this year's award, a fitting end to her career at JCC as she plans to retire at the end of the fiscal year. She hopes to travel more in her retirement.

Each year, one Adjunct Faculty member at Jackson Community College is selected to receive the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. The recipient is chosen on the basis of:

  1. Teaching excellence and innovation in support of the Learning college;
  2. Maintaining superlative rapport with students;
  3. Complete sense of dedication consistent with the goals of the department and the values of the college; and
  4. Having taught for JCC a minimum of ten semesters (not necessarily consecutive)
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Outstanding Adjunct Award

Dave DeBaker
Language, Literature & Arts Department

Dave DeBaker, an adjunct professor at Jackson Community College and the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award, comes from five generations of teachers. DeBaker's family teaching line goes back to his great, great, great grandmother, who taught in a one-room schoolhouse during the Civil War. DeBaker has been teaching part-time at JCC for four years now, including courses in writing, reading and the film class that features the Winter Film Series at the Michigan Theater. Outside the classroom he has organized monthly poetry nights to feature JCC and area poets, and is involved with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and communications from Western Michigan University, and did attend JCC for a year before transferring to WMU. DeBaker hopes to someday get a full-time position at JCC, and will start his master's program in the fall to work toward that goal.


Students, faculty, administrators, and staff members are eligible to nominate faculty to receive these awards. Nominations are received during the months of September through February of each year. Nomination forms are available in each instructional building. Completed nominations should be sent to the Dean of Arts & Sciences office in BW 227.

Nominations should address as many of the four criteria listed above as possible, and must provide specific reasons why the nominee should receive the award. The quality, rather than the number or length of nominations will be considered by the selection committee. Nominations must be submitted by the end of February. Nominations should be typed or legibly hand written. Only one person must sign each nomination. No unsigned nominations will be considered. See the top of the page for nomination forms.

Updated: 07/06/2012

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