SPC-Fall-Faculty-Professors-Emeriti-2016This year’s Fall Faculty event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 11, 8 a.m. to noon at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

During the annual welcome back event, the college will recognize its 2016 Professors Emeriti:

Visit the emeriti page or the individual emeriti pages to leave a comment and honor these educators! You do not need to log in to leave a comment, but you will be prompted to leave your name and email address.

The success of our students and efforts of our outstanding faculty are reflected in the theme for this year’s event: “Community of Educators:  Navigating the Sea of Learning.

Get more information on the Fall Faculty page.


This year’s Fall Faculty event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

SPC faculty educate with excellence as they support students in their progress on their defined career pathway. As educators, it is our job to chart students’ journey to success; to be the students’ guiding light and beacon of hope. The spirit of this purpose is captured in this year’s theme, “Community of Educators: Navigating the Sea of Learning.”

Get more information on the Fall Faculty page.



At Fall Faculty on Thursday, Aug. 13, St. Petersburg College will honor the four Professors Emeriti who have been nominated by faculty and staff. Before this year’s Fall Faculty event, share your memories and congratulate this year’s emeriti on the SPC Faculty blog.

The annual Professors Emeriti awards honor some of the engaging, caring faculty who have helped generations of students succeed.

Read their stories on the SPC Faculty blog and take time to honor them with your well wishes. The comments you leave will be included in a keepsake book for each honoree.

The Professors Emeriti for 2015 are:

See the bios of previous honorees:

Professors Emeriti bannerAt Fall Faculty on Thursday, Aug. 14, St. Petersburg College will honor the 10 Professors Emeriti who have been nominated by faculty and staff. Before this year’s Fall Faculty event, share your memories and congratulate this year’s emeriti on the SPC Faculty blog.

The annual Professors Emeriti awards honor some of the engaging, caring faculty who have helped generations of students succeed.

Read their stories on the SPC Faculty blog and take time to honor them with your well wishes. The comments you leave will be included in a keepsake book for each honoree.

The Professors Emeriti for 2014 are:

See the bios of previous honorees:

Beginning this month, a nominated faculty member will be highlighted in recognition of his or her teaching excellence and desire to learn, and will hold up their example as a model for the whole college. All faculty nominations will be reviewed by a four-person CETL committee.

The mission of the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) is to support, recognize and reward faculty in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning and assessing to promote the success of SPC students.

Andrea Kelly

Andrea Kelly

Andrea Kelly, Professor in the College of Education at the Clearwater Campus, has been selected as the first Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning Faculty Spotlight.

“I feel that I was nominated because my colleagues see and understand the effort that goes into what I do,” Kelly said.

Her career at the college began in Mathematics Education at the Clearwater Campus in July 2006. Before that, she taught middle school mathematics and worked as an adjunct faculty member at Aurora Community College and Arapahoe Community College in Colorado, as well as graduate courses online at Walden University and Kaplan University.

“Andrea has an excellent rapport with students,” said Kim Hartman, Dean, College of Education. “She is a very dedicated faculty member who readily takes leadership roles in the College of Education. She is an extremely hard-working, well-liked faculty member and is a model for new teachers.”

Kelly cites her biggest challenge in preparing education students is helping them to realize their own potential.

“Both mathematics and teaching can be challenging,” she said. “Sometimes students doubt their ability to do one or the other.”

She received both a Bachelor of Arts in pure mathematics and secondary education and a Master of Arts in pure mathematics from Hunter College, City University of New York in 2000. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver in 2005.

In her faculty nomination survey, professor Cher Gauweiler wrote: “Dr. Kelly is an outstanding professor, colleague, and leader. She demonstrates a passion for her subject area and through her enthusiasm, others become excited about the subject, too. Dr. Kelly genuinely cares about her students and goes above and beyond to see that they succeed.”

To nominate a colleague, please complete a CETL Faculty Spotlight survey and share why this faculty member should be featured.

Five SPC faculty members will be in Texas at the end of May to receive Excellence Awards at the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) 34th annual International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas, May 27-30.

The Excellence Awards are given annually to community college faculty, staff and administrators who are innovators in teaching and learning. The five recipients and their awards are:

Outstanding Student Mentoring

Cathy Crumbs, Instructor, College of Nursing

Nursing is a passion for Cathy Crumbs, who wants to learn everything possible about the field and share it with her students.

Crumbs’ love for nursing spans back to age 13, when she worked as a candy striper at Mound Park Hospital (now Bayfront Medical Center) and Mercy Hospital. Her history at St. Petersburg College goes back to 1970s, when she graduated from the nursing program.

“I am a lifelong learner as well as an educator,” said Crumbs, who keeps herself abreast of the latest technical innovations through continuing education, journals, staff training and workshops, as well as seminars on nursing skills, clinical procedures and practices, as well as medications and medical research.

A strong nursing foundation is a must. Through tutoring and an open door policy for questions regarding homework and assignments or celebrations of achievements, she encourages students to develop that foundation in a comfortable environment that meets their individual learning needs.

“I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for St. Petersburg College,” Crumbs said. “I couldn’t afford to go away for college, like a lot of students, but still learned the skills I needed to do well.”

Excellence in College Preparatory Education

Patricia Smith, Associate Professor of Communications

As a developmental educator, Patricia Smith is particularly aware of cognitive and affective needs of students.

“Knowing the fragility of my student population makes me acutely sensitive and responsive to the individual differences and special needs among learners,” Smith said.

Her teaching style encourages their individual learning styles to further develop and increase their skills  in the classroom and also offers tutoring to students in her office to help make the out-of-class connection. An individualized education plan helps to change the dynamic into the one-room schoolhouse and improve student learning outcomes and strengthen their self-efficacy, esteem and motivation.

Smith thinks she was nominated because of her passion for developmental education and belief in interdisciplinary team teaching.

“Honors and graduate students self-discover what they need to learn, but developmental students need not only the educational tools but instructors and advocates who will journey with these students to help them succeed and complete what they start,” she said.

Outstanding Peer Mentoring

Li-Lee Tunceren, Lead Faculty Associate, Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning

For Li-Lee Tunceren, peer mentoring is not a rule-governed process. It develops naturally as colleagues build professional and personal relationships.

“I very much value the individual contributions of each faculty member, full-time and adjunct, and enjoy welcoming those new to our institution into a collegial environment,” Tunceren said.

Through her work with CETL, she worked to increase and improve communication between college administrators and faculty.

“One of the biggest challenges in a large organization like ours is communication,” she said. “I try hard to share policies, procedures and professional development opportunities and make myself available in person, by phone and online at point of need.”

Whether it’s connecting a faculty member to information or resources, or lending an empathetic ear, supporting colleagues is rewarding. It gives faculty a chance to learn from each other by discussing ways to better teaching and learning within and across disciplines.

“Mentoring and networking serve as a great model for student success,” Tunceren said. “It is they who ultimately benefit from well-informed, professional and caring teachers.”

Innovative Pedagogical Approach to Teaching and Learning

Robin Wilber, Professor of Finance in the College of Business

Robin Wilber’s goal is to emphasize the importance of her students’ success in the business field and to ensure that her students can compete with graduates from other universities.

“In the upper division at the College of Business we want to prepare our students for a job market five years into the future. In other words, we want our students to be ready for change and know how to use critical thinking skills.”

One of her key tactics is to utilize The Business Strategy Game Simulation, a world-renowned program in the capstone course she designed. The game allows students to gain the business and leadership experience of running a multi-million dollar company.

The capstone course projects have been successful. The inaugural class winners completed online against schools around the world and came in second place. The second capstone class placed first in the worldwide competition.

Wilber refuses to take credit for the NISOD recognition.

“I think I was nominated because our students made me look good,” she said.

Innovation in the Use of Technology

Brad Yourth, Instructor, College of Computer and Information Technology

Making course content as accessible and understandable as possible to students is of the utmost importance to Brad Yourth. His ANGEL shell for CGS 1000 is so well developed that many of his colleagues use the shell for their own sections.

One example of how he achieves this goal of accessibility is by making short, online instructional videos.

“I include QR codes in course content so students can view the videos with their mobile devices,” said Yourth, who likes to challenge his students to be creative and develop their own original programs.

He also utilizes Google Talk to connect with students during virtual office hours and supplements his course content with a blog to address issues that students may encounter when completing their assignments.

“I feel a bit nonplussed about this award because I know that many of my peers are at least equally deserving,” he said. “I am really just doing a job I love, and that is rewarding enough for me.”

Steve Meier

Steve Meier

Steve Meier will receive the Phi Theta Kappa Lifetime Achievement Award for his 32 years of service and leadership as advisor for the honor society’s Eta Nu chapter at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. The award will be presented during the 2012 Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. April 12-14.

This marks the first year the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented, and Meier is one of two individuals chosen to receive the honor. The award, which recognizes exceptional dedication to the mission and programs of PTK and efforts to support student success over an extended period of time, is not expected to be presented annually.

Meier, who retired June 30 after serving as an SPC faculty member for 35 years, was honored and surprised to receive a letter from Rod A. Risley, PTK’s Executive Director, recognizing his service.

In his letter, Risley credits him with the overwhelming success of what has become one of the most engaged chapters in the organization’s history.

“Because of your leadership, the Eta Nu Chapter not only holds many records for awards and honors, but also pioneered the concept of student success through engagement in projects to support and sustain the college and local community,” Risley wrote.

“I was speechless,” Meier said. “I never expected anything like this. I am deeply touched and honored.

“What is special to me is that this is a first-time award and I’m one of the ones they’ve selected,” said Meier, who attended every international convention during his 32 years as chapter advisor. “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this type of award given, especially for an advisor. This really is quite an honor.”

Since 1982, the Eta Nu chapter has ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida 21 times. The chapter also has ranked No. 1 internationally five times since 1986 and has received numerous awards throughout its 62-year history.

In October 2011, Meier received the 2011 Southern Regional Faculty Member Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.