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, 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.