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Powers named instructor of the year at Waubonsee

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 10:27 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Amy Powers of DeKalb was named the Illinois Community College Faculty Association Instructor of the Year at the group’s Teaching and Learning Conference in October.

Powers is an assistant professor of history at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

“I’m really honored, especially since it came from my colleagues,” Powers said. “It means a lot to me personally and professionally.”

All full- and part-time faculty in the Illinois community college system can nominate candidates for the award. Powers, a member of Waubonsee’s full-time faculty since 2003, was nominated by Associate Professor of History Timothy Draper and Associate Professor of Sociology Kathy Westman.

“Teaching is about relationships and the interaction with and feedback given to students,” said Bill Marzano, Waubonsee’s dean for social sciences, education and world languages. “Based on student evaluations, Powers consistently excels in those areas.” 

Outside of the classroom, Powers co-advises the college’s history club with Draper. The two are among 24 educators participating in “American History, Atlantic and Pacific,” an American Historical Association project designed to teach U.S. history in a more global context.

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