CHICAGO, IL –City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman honored seven professors as the 2011-2012 Distinguished Faculty Members for their teaching excellence and service to students. Faculty members were recognized during the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. City Colleges’ record graduation included 3,300 students this year, up 800 students from 2011 and double the number of graduates a decade ago.
“This designation is the highest honor that City Colleges bestows to faculty,” said Provost Kojo Quartey. “These professors have contributed significantly to the educational excellence of our institution and to our increased focus on student outcomes, which has helped spur our record number of graduates this year.”
The distinguished faculty members were selected by a committee of three union members and three administrators who recommend three candidates to each College President who then makes a recommendation to the Chancellor.
2011-2012 Distinguished Faculty Members:
• Terry Clark, Chair of the Communications Department at Kennedy-King College, teaches composition, literature and reading. Clark also participates in textbook reviews and has published several short stories.
• Gide Colinet, Chair of the Physical Science Department at Olive-Harvey College, teaches chemistry and has been a faculty member at Olive-Harvey for 35 years. He has been involved in the creation of science resource laboratories and recently led a mission trip to Haiti to raise funds in wake of the earthquake that devastated that nation.
• Hope Essien, Chair of the Mathematics Department at Malcolm X College, teaches mathematics and also serves as the President of the Malcolm X College Faculty Council and Vice President of the City Colleges Faculty Council.
• Polly Hoover, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities at Wright College, teaches a number of fine arts classes. She also serves as a faculty liaison with DePaul University and she is a member of the steering committee for the DePaul Adult Bridge Program.
• David Richardson, Assistant Professor of Humanities at Harold Washington College, teaches humanities and philosophy. Richardson created The Harold Lounge, a faculty blog site that he contributes to and administers on a regular basis.
• Riaz Siddiqi, Professor of Biology at Truman College, is an active volunteer for American Educare, a community educational service that provides childcare and tutoring for residents of the West Rogers Park neighborhood.
• Horace Simon, Chair of Business and Applied Sciences at Daley College, teaches a number of business and mathematics classes. Simon also has served as a mentor for the Stanford English Group Home.