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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 2013 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


Colleen Chadderton
Professor of Nursing

Colleen Chadderton


As a professor at Jackson Community College, Colleen Chadderton enjoys the diversity of students she teaches each semester. For her excellence in teaching, Professor Chadderton is the 2013 J. Ward Preston Outstanding Faculty Award winner. She has taught at JCC for 32 years, and she attended JCC herself when it was affiliated with the Foote School of Nursing.

“What I enjoy most is that every single semester, it’s like you get your cup refilled,” Chadderton said. “There are new, excited students who want to be a nurse, my profession. I love being part of their journey and seeing their dream fulfilled. It never gets old. I have been enriched by my students and to see their professional accomplishments has been one of my greatest joys.”

Chadderton is a pediatric nurse practitioner who keeps up her clinical expertise in addition to teaching. Active in the community, she has been affiliated with Head Start for more than 20 years, helping to provide physicals to children who may not be able to stay in the program otherwise. Last year they provided 475 screenings for Head Start children.

“One of the things I have loved is that I can get out into my community and help to deal with the health needs of my own community and those needs are great, “Chadderton said.

Teaching in JCC’s nursing program has changed over the years, as the health care field has changed tremendously. It is more sophisticated and technical, with acuity levels at the hospital being at an all-time high. Today’s health care is more detailed than ever, with computers and technology putting new demands on nurses that were not there 15-20 years ago. With all records now kept electronically, nurses need to not only have the basic nursing skills, but also be technology-savvy to survive in the health care milieu. The Internet has also given students the access to more information from so many sources, which can be more challenging for any instructor because the students come with a sundry collection of information. Class material just isn’t from the “required” book anymore.

Students are not just out of high school, many are changing careers due to the economy, downsizing or just the desire to do finally what they have always wanted to do. A once female profession has now become a profession that many males are entering. “I learn so much from this changing student population and the variety of student’s past work occupation/experiences. There is so much diversity, and they bring so much to the table,” she said. "They keep me on my toes, and make each day so interesting and fun. I love what I do and I love this college. It perpetually gives starts to people who may never have been successful otherwise.”

She said she was “shocked” when she first learned she had won this award. “I have been mentored by some of the greatest people that I have ever known, including some of the people who have received this honor in the past. I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to live my passion. “ Chadderton is married to husband, Rick, and they have two grown sons.



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

Patti Benson
Adjunct Instructor, Business