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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            5/1/2019

                                                                                     (By Lisa Garrett)­

PENDLETON --- Richard Reeves, who has taught biology classes and laboratories at Tri-County Technical College since 2011, received the College’s 2019 Adjunct Faculty Presidential Award May 1.      

This award is given annually at the spring faculty/staff convocation to the adjunct faculty member who is recognized for excellence in teaching, who has consistently high student evaluations and who supports the philosophy and goals of the College.     

In their written nominations, colleagues and students praised Reeves’ service to students, his style of teaching and his depth of knowledge.

Science instructor Heather Irwin wrote, “I have seen firsthand the long hours he invests in preparing for lecture and the time he spends with his students helping them to understand the material.  Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the science department.”    

A student in his Biology 101 class wrote, “Mr. Reeves was by far one of the best teachers that I have ever had.  He was passionate about what he taught. He too the time to explain concepts to me in a way which I could easily comprehend.   He answered questions and educated us beyond what was taught in the class.  He really intrigued my interests and made me want to ask questions that surpassed how, for example, the breeding cycles of flowers or angiosperms occurred.  Eventually, I wanted to know why.  Mr. Reeves is an excellent teacher who has both a kind soul and a great technique in his work.  “That is a rare find.”

Another student wrote, “Mr. Reeves is the strongest lab professor I have had at Tri-County.  He has a real talent for relating to students. Microbiology can be dry and overwhelming but he made each lab a true learning experience.”

Since joining the science department in the fall of 2001, Reeves had taught an array of biology classes (lecture, lab or both) every fall, spring and summer.

Reeves served on adjunct-focused committees and currently serves on the Faculty Senate.  “Richard works closely with faculty and lab prep staff to provide valuable feedback for improving lectures and labs.  Richard has proven to be an invaluable member of our department,” science department members wrote in their collective nomination letter.  “He is committed to both department and college services.”

Reeves holds a B.S. in biology from the College of Charleston and an M.S. in entomology from Clemson University   He resides in Pendleton.