Rowan-Cabarrus honors teaching excellence

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 14, 2013

SALISBURY — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College announced its 2012-2013 Excellence in Teaching award recipients at the college’s October board meeting.
“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to excellence for our teachers and our students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the college.
Karen Lynden, instructor for business administration and marketing, has received the Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Catawba College and a master’s degree in organizational management from Pfeiffer University. Lynden’s teaching style is centered on active learning methods, particularly project-based and collaborative learning techniques.
“My classroom, online or face-to-face, is an energetic and challenging environment in which students can discuss, practice and apply concepts in rigorous scenarios,” said Lynden. “In addition to lecture, I use active learning strategies such as service learning, role play, debate, course projects and discussions.”
Lynden was recognized twice nationally within the last two years for excellence in online teaching.
By receiving the Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award, Lynden becomes the college’s nominee for the 2013 North Carolina Community College System’s R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award.
Four additional faculty members received Excellence in Teaching Awards with special distinction. They are: Jenny Beaver, English, Technology; Larry Davis, electronics engineering technologies, Active Learning; Kelly McCowan, radiography, Service to the College, Natela Yevloyeva, psychology, Outstanding Part-Time Faculty.
“We are proud of this group of instructors for the commitment they have made to our community and our students,” said Spalding.
“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has a long and proud tradition of hiring highly qualified and dedicated faculty in all of its academic programs,” said Spalding. “The five faculty members selected for this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards certainly are representative of this tradition. All of these faculty members, and many others, do a wonderful job of providing top-quality instruction to the students at Rowan-Cabarrus.”