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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 2009 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.

J. Ward Preston Outstanding Faculty

Geri JacobsGeraldine Jacobs
Language, Literature and Arts Department

Dr. Geri Jacobs, professor of language, literature and arts, received the J. Ward Preston Outstanding Faculty Award, given to one full-time faculty member each year for excellence in teaching techniques and rapport with students, innovative and interesting approaches and dedication with the finest traditions of JCC. Jacobs has taught at JCC for 25 years and previously taught at the University of Detroit while she was working on her master’s and doctoral degrees.

“I’ve always wanted to teach, I’ve never wanted to do anything else,” Jacobs said. “What I enjoy most is seeing the students move from where they were to a new place.”

Jacobs reflects that today’s college students are living busy and more complex lives, with many having more concerns than simply doing the work in the classroom. Because of this, today’s teaching needs to be very relevant and must take into consideration the particular group of students, their capabilities and their needs.

“Teaching has to be very focused on those students who are in that classroom at that particular time,” she said.  

Receiving the award was humbling, but Jacobs said she is also honored and challenged. “It comes with a great responsibility to do the very best job I possibly can.”

Jacobs is married to husband, Lee, and said she is grateful for his and her mother’s continued support.

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)

Outstanding Adjunct AwardAmy Zicafoose

Amy Zicafoose
Instructor Language, Literature and Arts Department & Adjunct Coordinator.

Amy Zicafoose, instructor in language, literature in arts, received the 2009 Outstanding Adjunct Award from JCC.

Zicafoose has taught at JCC since 1994, and previously was the program director for speech and theater at Olivet College, has taught at Spring Arbor University, lectured at Albion College, and was a teaching assistant at Michigan State University while she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre. She has worked professionally as an actress in Minneapolis, Chicago and toured throughout Michigan in a Shakespeare company.

“I really like people, and that helps when you are a teacher,” Zicafoose said. “I like to see students invest in their future and see how education changes their life, and not just to get a job but how it changes their outlook on the world and on themselves. Often their view of the world expands.”

Teaching at JCC gives her the opportunity to teach students of all age ranges, backgrounds and interests. She teaches primarily writing classes, giving her the opportunity to get to know students through their writings. She is also a poet and playwright and has had a few nonfiction articles published in small publications.

Zicafoose was surprised and honored with the award. “Being selected as Outstanding Adjunct is an amazing honor because I stand in such great company.”

She is married to husband, Lon, and they have two adopted children, Julia, 9, and Riley, 6. Julia has autism and attends Lyle Torrant School, and helping to raise autism awareness has become an important cause for Zicafoose.


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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