Background: What's your title, and what do you do on your job? And how many years have you been at FLC?
I started working in the Registrar’s Office as the Assistant Curriculum Specialist last April. My main project is facilitating the upcoming transition from 4 credit to 3 credit classes, which involves processing about 900 different proposals. So far, this has been a great opportunity to learn about all of the majors, minors, and courses on campus, as well as the enormous amount of planning that goes into a college curriculum. In addition to my work with the curriculum, I locate and deliver student records and help students, faculty, and staff who visit the front desk at the Registrar's Office.
Janet Dillon, Systems Developer and Analyst for the FLC Information Technology Department, sees her job as being about creating more efficiency across campus to better serve the students. It’s a task she’s been successful in doing as evidenced by her being named this year’s Outstanding Staff Award winner.
“I see the students who get involved are the ones who seem to be most successful.”
With this observation about involvement in mind, Dr. Steven Fenster, Assistant Professor of Biology at Fort Lewis College, finds ways to make his classrooms more than just lecture halls. For him, research represents an important path to engaging his students. It’s one of the reasons he is this year’s New Faculty Teaching Award winner.
“In my philosophy statement, I echo the educational thinker, Stephen Brookfield, who said, ‘we teach to change the world,’ and I really believe that.”
For Dr. Lee Frazer, Assistant Professor of Adventure Education and winner of the Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award, changing the world is not a pipe dream. He pursues that goal by helping his students become their best selves and gain the skills they need to contribute to society, then expecting them to go out and make the world a better place.
When Colin Smith starts his year at Student Orientation, he uses a metaphor that doesn’t particularly ease the minds of the parents who are dropping off their children. He asks, “Do you know those rivers in Africa that the migrating herds must cross? Well, your kids have just come to one.” And then he asks, “Knowing your child, what do you worry about?” This starts one of those necessary and valuable dialogues.