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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 2011 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

Martha Petry
Professor of Language, Literature & Arts


For her commitment to students and outstanding teaching methods, Jackson Community College honors Professor Martha Petry as the 2011 J. Ward Preston Outstanding Faculty Award winner.

Petry was team-teaching a learning community math/English course with Professor Kristi Laird when she heard the “parade” of JCC employees coming to notify her of the award, and at first, she thought it was for Laird, who she said is an outstanding teacher deserving of the award.

“So, I was surprised when President Phelan told me that I was the 2011 recipient,” Petry said. “I am honored, humbled, and feel blessed to be in this group of JCC’s outstanding faculty.”

The Preston Award honors faculty who demonstrate outstanding teaching techniques, maintain superlative rapport with students, use innovative and interesting approaches and demonstrate a sense of dedication consistent with the finest traditions of JCC.

“What I most enjoy about teaching is my students and helping them grow in their own love for learning. I love seeing their curiosity grow, their problem solving skills mature and their self-confidence become strong,” she said.

Petry has taught at JCC since 1979, teaching part-time for several years before becoming full-time in 1991. She has taught many dance classes, as well as English, humanities, literature, a freshman-year seminar course, and is involved in JCC’s foundation studies program.

“No matter whether the class is children’s literature, cultural connections, composition, creative writing or dance, I’d like my student to take from these classes a lifelong desire to learn and the continued joy of discovering new worlds of words and ideas,” Petry said. “I’d like them to believe, as I do, that learning well involves responsibility to ourselves, our families, and our community.”

Petry holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Teresa and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and has continued her doctoral studies at the University of Iowa. She has two sons who live in Brooklyn, NY and work in Manhattan; Eamon is a lawyer and Jeremiah works in video production and is beginning a post-baccalaureate program in pre-medicine at Hunter College. She lives in Jackson with her dog, Elsie Mae, and in her spare time enjoys writing poetry, short stories and memoirs, traveling and gardening.


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 Award

Hank Weber
Adjunct Instructor, Computer Information Systems/Business Department


Teaching in the classroom helps instructor Henry “Hank” Weber keep his own business ideas sharp.

For his excellence in teaching and relationship with students, Weber receives the 2011 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. A business owner himself, he has taught a variety of business administration courses at JCC since 1974.

“Teaching helps to keep my ideas fresh. It helps to revisit the concepts learned in the classroom and put it into practice,” Weber said. “I also really enjoy the interaction with people, being with a large class of people that are dynamically active. I like to see students discover what they can do.”

Weber is one of the founders and operators of the Jackson Small Business Support Center, a for-profit business in Jackson that offers training classes, consulting and mentoring services to business owners and managers. He also owns Frog Productions Web Design and Marketing Solutions, which designs and hosts webs sites for small- to medium-sized businesses. He has also taught for the University of Phoenix online for 10 years.

“I am very honored to receive this award,” Weber said. “Teaching is one segment of my life, and it is something that I value.”

Weber holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children and seven 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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