Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette announced today the recipients of the 2014 McAllister Excellence in Teaching Awards. Recipient of the full time faculty award is Janet Brodsky, Assistant Professor and Chair of Life Sciences. The adjunct award winner is Michelle Redmond who teaches communication. The award winners will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music.
Each year, McAllister Excellence in Teaching Awards are given to one full-time and one adjunct (part-time) faculty member. Students nominate faculty and a peer committee chooses award winners. The award symbolizes demonstrated competency, hard work, and determination. Adjunct faculty awardees receive a commemorative plaque and a $1000 monetary award. Full-time faculty awardees receive a commemorative plaque, a professional development grant, a $1000 monetary award, and represent the region as a candidate for the statewide Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. The monetary awards are presented by the McAllister Foundation.
Brodsky began teaching at Ivy Tech-Lafayette in 1995 as an adjunct. In 1997 she joined the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty full-time and also teaches advanced physiology and an online version of Anatomy and Physiology 101. Since 1999, she has been Life Sciences Program Chair. She earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Clark University, and her master of science in molecular biology from Purdue University.
She is a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), and is active in developing textbooks and lab manuals for both McGraw Hill and Pearson Publishers. She has helped create statewide curriculum for anatomy and physiology classes.
Her students describe her as approachable, caring, and focused on student success. By using a combination of teaching techniques that include lecture, lab, visual aids, dissection, discussion, and notes, she provides the basis for success in the classroom and in the workplace. She introduced the BIOPAC lab program that allows students to generate and analyze their own electrocardiograms and electroencephalograms.
Michelle Redmond has been teaching communication part-time at Ivy Tech-Lafayette since December 2011. She was formerly adjunct faculty at Northern Virginia Community College (Washington DC), teaching communication and mentoring new adjunct faculty. While there she was nominated for the college’s Adjunct Faculty of the Year award. She has also worked in public relations and media.
Redmond earned a bachelor of fine arts in film and television at New York University. She studied in the film critical studies master’s program at the University of Southern California, and earned a master of arts in mass communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
She instills confidence in her students by emphasizing that fear of public speaking is normal. Her students enjoy her animated speaking style and personal stories. She incorporates movie clips and examples of nationally recognized speakers to illustrate public speaking concepts. She makes each student feel valued through encouragement and acceptance.
About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.