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Glen Oaks seeks nominations for Teaching Excellence Award

Current and former Glen Oaks Community College students, staff and community
members are invited to nominate a full-time faculty member for the E. J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence
award for 2013. This prestigious award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies
high professional standards, demonstrates excellence in teaching and whose position as a faculty member
reflects upon the value of education to his or her students and the quality of education. The appointment
includes a monetary award.

Characteristics that reflect the teaching excellence of an individual may include:

  • Makes the difficult learnable
  • Responsiveness to learning styles
  • Creates an environment conducive to learning
  • Motivates students to learn
  • Expresses enthusiasm for learning
  • Has an excellent ability to convey knowledge to students
  • Encourages lifelong learning
  • Challenges students to think critically
  • Makes connections

The E. J. Shaheen “Chair for Teaching Excellence” was initiated in 1984 after a generous donation by Mr. Eli J.
Shaheen, an original member of the Glen Oaks Board of Trustees, to recognize dedicated teaching faculty at the
College. Shaheen was a professor, lawyer and business owner who placed a high value on education. A great
deal of his later life was spent promoting educational institutions that had been a part of his life or education.
The library at Glen Oaks Community College is named in his honor.

The E. J. Shaheen Selection Committee consists of two GOCC Foundation members, the college president, dean
of teaching and learning, a retired full-time GOCC faculty member and a current GOCC student.

The recipient will be selected without any action on his or her part to enter the selection process. The individual
is also not required to render substantial future services as a condition to receiving the award. The instructor
receiving the “Chair for Teaching Excellence” Award will be announced in April.

The nominees for the award may be entered on a nomination form (available at the GOCC Information Desk
and at by students, staff, former students or community members. All nominations should
be submitted to the President’s Office at Glen Oaks. Nominations will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Fri., March 29,