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Besse Award for Teaching Excellence

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Effective March 30, 2017: Now accepting faculty/staff recommendations

The 2017-2018 nominees have been selected by Tri-C students. In order to move forward in the selection process, nominees must also receive a faculty/staff recommendation.   Click here for more information or to recommend a nominee.The electronic forms will be open until Monday, April 17, 2017.

Award Overview

The Excellence in Teaching Award in Honor of Ralph M. Besse is presented annually for up to 3 full-time faculty members and up to 4 part-time faculty members, college-wide, selected for exceptional professional competence and commitment to helping students succeed. Specifically, these award winners demonstrate a commitment to academic quality, stimulation of intellectual development, and investment with students within and beyond the classroom. Students are the initial driver of the list of nominees. The award is given in honor of Ralph M. Besse, Cleveland community leader and champion of higher education, who was instrumental in founding Tri-C.  Previous Winners of the Full Time Besse Award are listed here. Previous Winners of the Adjunct Besse Award are listed here.

The 2016-2017 Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Full-time Faculty

Holly Clemens
Associate Professor, Physical Education
Western Campus

Sharlene Green
Associate Professor, Art
Western Campus

David Long 
Associate Professor, Art
Eastern Campus

Adjunct Faculty

Elizabeth Emmer
Adjunct, Chemistry
Westshore Campus

Lorraine Ranchod
Adjunct, English as a Second Language
Eastern Campus

Maryann Sender
Adjunct, Art
Eastern and Western Campuses

Sarah Szweda
Adjunct, Journalism and Mass Communication
Eastern, Metropolitan, and Western Campuses

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