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NewsTuesday, January 8, 2013
Three Faculty/Staff Members Honored as Educators of the Year
CONTACT: LISA GARRETT, 646-1506
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/7/2013
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- Three faculty/staff members have been honored as Tri-County Technical College's Educators of the Year and will be recognized at the South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) meeting in February.
Galen DeHay, interim provost and director of planning and institutional effectiveness, is the College's outstanding administrator; Robin McFall, head of the English department, is the outstanding instructor; and, Lou Ann Martin, academic support network coordinator, is the outstanding staff nominee.
SCTEA is a professional association of technical education personnel and others interested in post-secondary technical education.
For the past year, DeHay has overseen the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. He is responsible for developing and implementing a robust institutional effectiveness program for the College, as well as strategic planning. Student success is a top priority for his team.
In July 2012 he took on the additional duties as interim provost.
He joined the College in 1999 as a biology instructor and in 2007 was named science department head. Over the years he has been a major player in the progress the College has made in becoming a 'Learning College,' one that is focused on our students' learning and success. His responsibilities expanded beyond the classroom when he took a sabbatical from teaching in 2006 to focus on leading a team to develop the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for SACS reaffirmation. The result of the collaborative effort was the Learning Excellence Initiative (LEI).
As coordinator of science instruction, he collaborated with the Bridge to Clemson program and Clemson University's Academic Success Center to pilot a Supplemental Instruction (SI) program at Tri-County designed to enhance student success in historically difficult first-year courses. He was among the co-writers and presenters of a proposal accepted for presentation at the national Learning College Summit in 2010.
DeHay is the 2007 recipient of Tri-County's Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence, the highest award presented to faculty at Tri-County. The same year he was named the S.C. Governor's Professor of the Year for two-year institutions.
The Central resident holds a B.S. in biological sciences and an M.S. in zoology from Clemson University. Prior to joining Tri-County's faculty, he was a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology at Clemson.
Martin joined Tri-County Technical College as a full-time math instructor in 2003 after serving as a math tutor and an adjunct math instructor since 1997. She was honored for her dedication to the profession with the highest award presented to the faculty, the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence, at the College's annual spring commencement in 2009. That year she also was chosen as Tri-County's Educator of the Year through SCTEA.
During the 2008 and 2009 academic years, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she worked with a team of faculty and staff to develop the College's Title III proposal, Learning through Community and Connection. The grant focuses on expanding the use of learning communities to promote academic and social integration of students into the institution while implementing virtual tools to promote student success as students navigate their way to achieving their educational goals. In the fall of 2010, after the College was awarded the Title II grant, she assumed her current position as academic support network coordinator.
Several years ago, Martin founded the Future Educators of Tri-County Technical College and served as an advisor and role model to these education majors for five years. She also was instrumental in initiating a PRAXIS Workshop, which offers a concentrated review of foundational concepts necessary for successful completion of the PRAXIS I test, a necessary step toward a four-year degree in education. She has served on Tri-County's Faculty Senate for five years, with three of those as president.
She belongs to several professional organizations, including the South Carolina Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators where she is currently serving as Treasurer.
Martin holds a B. S. in education (mathematics) from Indiana University of PA and a master's in education with a concentration in mathematics from Clemson University.
She is a member of Mountville Presbyterian Church and is the former leader of the Ebenezer Community 4-H Club. She served on the Anderson County 4-H Advisory Board from 1999 - 2001.
She and her husband, William, have two adult children. They live in Anderson.
McFall began teaching at Tri-County in 1990 as an adjunct instructor after working as a teacher for Anderson School Districts 1 and 3. In 1992 she became a full-time instructor and in 2004 was named head of the English department for the Arts and Sciences Division.
Her award recognitions include the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence in 2002 and she was named Educator of the Year among the State's 16 technical colleges at the SCTEA conference in 2003. That same year she was the College's nominee for the S.C. Technical College's A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award.
During her time at Tri-County, she has been an active participant in various activities, including developing some of the College's first distance education and online courses. In addition, she developed and facilitated an orientation program for students in the Arts and Sciences Division.
In 2006 she worked with Clemson University to develop academic and advising components for the Bridge to Clemson program and has served as the academic liaison since the program's inception eight years ago.
In 2010 she was appointed president of the South Carolina Association for Departments of English after serving a year as vice president of the organization that provides a forum for English department heads from two- and four-year colleges and universities to discuss issues that impact their institutions.
In addition to her teaching and administrative duties, McFall devotes time to committee work at the College. She has served on numerous committees, including the Academic Calendar Committee, the Academic and Administrative Support Services Committee (for SACS reaccreditation), the Academic Delivery Committee, Faculty Senate (where she served two terms as president), the Scheduling Committee and the Scholarship Committee. She also was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the President's Leadership Program.
She has served as the College's faculty representative for National Academic Advising Association and is active with the National Council of Teachers of English and the S.C. chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.
She holds a B.A. and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education (English) from Clemson University.
She and her husband, Perry, have two sons and live in Piedmont.