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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 2005 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

Tom Fleming
Professional Studies Department

Tom Fleming has served on the faculty of JCC since the early 1980s, when he was hired as director of the Southern Michigan Law Enforcement Police Academy formerly held at the College. Before he began teaching, Fleming was chief assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County for several years, and served 18 years as special assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan. Fleming is originally a graduate of Jackson Junior College, where he received his associate degree, and he went on to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. He earned his juris doctorate law degree from Wayne State University.

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

Abbey Mortensen
Science Department

Abby Mortensen has taught a variety of science classes for JCC as an adjunct instructor. She has taught microbiology, natural science, general biology, zoology, and she developed a recombinant DNA technology course that taught students the techniques of genetic engineering, gene splicing and cloning. Mortensen received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in biology with a concentration in microbiology, and a master’s degree from Purdue in cell biology. She also has taught at Albion College, Spring Arbor College, Kellogg Community College and Lansing Community College. She previously worked at the Michigan Department of Community Health in the area of unintentional injury prevention for children.


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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