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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 2008 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

Paula Hopper
Nursing Department

Paula Hopper loves to teach her students about nursing. Her excellence as a professor was recognized this spring when she received the 2008 J. Ward Preston Outstanding Faculty Award.

Hopper is a registered nurse who has taught at JCC for 15 years. She previously worked at St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center in Ann Arbor and taught at Eastern Michigan University. At JCC she teaches pharmacology, Supportive Educative Nursing (a first medical/surgical nursing course), and Nursing Leadership, the final course in the nursing sequence.

“I enjoy the relationships with students, seeing them reach their potential and seeing how excited they get doing it,” Hopper said. “I was very excited to receive this honor. I think it’s something we all dream about but never really expect. I know there are a lot of other faculty who deserve it just as much, I was just the lucky one this year.”

Hopper is married to husband, David, and they have two grown children.

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

Maria Orlowski
Language, Literature and Arts Dept.

Maria Orlowski wants students to love theatre the way she does, even if their goals are very different. Her efforts in the classroom were recognized recently when she received the 2008 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award at JCC.

Orlowski has been teaching part-time at JCC since 1980, and has more than 40 years of teaching experience. A native of Poland, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1969. She has a Master of Arts degree in theatre from the Leon Schiller’s Advanced State School of Theatre and Film in Lodz, Poland, and a Doctor of Philosophy in theatre from Michigan State University. She has produced and directed 18 shows, conducted theatre workshops and seminars and staged her own adaptations. She primarily teaches theatre classes at JCC.

“Theatre not only gives artistic pleasure, but it also helps to build our communities and helps to deepen our understanding of human beings,” Orlowski said. “I want to build positive responses to theatre. Most of my students have other life goals, but theatre helps them prepare for their future careers. My hope is that they will be able to use what they learn in my classes as creative members of the communities they will join later.”

Orlowski is married to husband, Romuald, and they have two grown sons and two grandchildren.


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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