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Owens Named Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award Winner

Scott Owens, English adjunct faculty member at Catawba Valley Community College, was recently presented the college’s 2013 Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award.    

Other nominees for the adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award included Shaun Sides, Claudia Ward-Eller, Dianna Hawkins, Scott Owens and Jane Schronce.

Adjuncts, or part-time faculty, are a tremendous asset to the college. They provide a wealth of professional and academic leadership and teach a wide variety of subjects. The award was established to recognize those invaluable contributions.  
Criteria for the prestigious award include effective and innovative teaching techniques, leadership and skill in motivating high quality student performance, effective communication with students and colleagues, support of the total college mission and service beyond the classroom. Candidates are nominated by their students and interviewed by a committee that includes students, faculty, staff and a member of the college’s Board of Trustees.

Owens was described as “the epitome of an excellent instructor” by teaching his students not to judge others and to be more open-minded. An accomplished poet and author, Owens has published extensively, received countless awards, judged poetry contests, and presented writing workshops. He is the founder of the reading series, Poetry Hickory, and one of three founders of “234,” an online journal for students, faculty and other professional writers created with CVCC co-workers Tim Peeler and Jerry Sain.  

Owens’s poems have been nominated for nine Pushcart Prizes and seven Best of the Net Awards, and received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the North Carolina Poetry Society, the Poetry Society of South Carolina, the Next Generation Indie Awards, and the North Carolina Writer's Network.  

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels.

About the nominees:
An alumnus of CVCC’s Information Systems associate degree program, Sides now teaches in that curriculum. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate and a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor. As a student, he received the CVCC Excellence in Information Systems Award

Ward-Eller teaches communication at CVCC and has taught at Caldwell Community College and Mountain State University. She serves as a distance education program manager for Appalachian State University.

Hawkins teaches cosmetology, attends classes at CVCC and is involved in a number of community and professional organizations.

Schronce teaches developmental English and is involved in a multitude of professional and community organizations. She holds a number of professional teaching licenses and certifications and has served in leadership positions aimed at advancing the art of teaching.

Pictured above is Scott Owens (right) and Dr. Keith Mackie, Vice President of Instructional Programs, who presented the award.


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