MHCC Announces Part-Time Faculty Awards
Posted: December 19, 2012
Each year, Mt. Hood Community College recognizes outstanding part-time faculty for their contributions to teaching and learning – one of MHCC’s core values, along with community engagement and resource development. The 2012 Part-time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching goes to Zach Hudson and Andy Gurevich.
Hudson is a developmental reading and writing instructor in MHCC’s Academic Literacy program and recently began contributing to AVID. MHCC is just one of two colleges in the Pacific Northwest to offer AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). Several local high schools offer AVID, which features a unique set of teaching strategies and lesson plans. Written nominations praised Hudson for developing the special skills, strength and dedication to help his students succeed in college.
Hudson is an accomplished author of both scholarly work and fiction. Recently, he wrote a children’s book, The Banjo, which is illustrated by his father, Jere Hudson.
Mike Hay, MHCC president, and several members of his cabinet, surprised Hudson in his classroom recently and presented him with a certificate, flowers and balloons, and thanked him for his outstanding service to the college. Hudson’s students cheered their approval for the selection of their favorite instructor!
The English department staff praised Hudson for the enthusiasm and vitality that he has brought not only to students, but to the entire department. One nomination form said, “He is a valued asset and we appreciate his service! We want to acknowledge and honor his participation in the life of the college.”
The second 2012 Part-time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Gurevich, during his world literature class.
Gurevich teaches many topics in two divisions, English and Social Science, and consistently gets high rankings from his students. He has an amazing breadth of knowledge that enhances all his classes, but his scholarship in the history of world religions really adds depth to his teaching of world literatures.
“Andy is a true professional and fine colleague who is generously flexible when it comes to taking on new assignments,” reads one nomination form. “He meets with students long past office hours, he volunteers for Ask Me tables at the start of each term and gives many Worldview presentations,” reads another nomination. “Andy is congenial, highly intelligent, widely conversant and always willing to help when needed!” states another.
Hay presented Gurevich with a certificate, flowers and balloons to a burst of approving applause. Gurevich joked that he would be “re-gifting” the flowers and giving them to his fiancé!