Two Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette faculty members are recipients of the 2013 McAllister Excellence in Teaching Award. Instructors are nominated by students and chosen by a peer committee. The award symbolizes demonstrated competency, excellence in the classroom, hard work and determination. The awards will be presented at Ivy Tech’s Commencement, scheduled for May 5 at 2:00 p.m. in Elliott Hall on the Purdue University campus.
Full-Time Faculty Award
Massimiliano Giorgini began adjunct (part-time) teaching at Ivy Tech Community College in January 2008. He accepted a full-time faculty fellow position in January 2009 and became assistant professor of Spanish in August 2011. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in peninsular and Latin American literatures from Purdue University, where he is also preparing his dissertation for a doctoral degree.
Giorgini has an extensive background as a musician and record producer, and operates a recording studio in Lafayette. His multimedia approach to teaching incorporates music from Spain and Latin American countries that he has produced. His students describe his teaching style as energetic and enthusiastic.
He serves the community as a volunteer Spanish/English translator for the Lafayette School Corporation, Head Start, and YWCA as well as providing translation services to the college.
Giorgini will receive a commemorative plaque, a professional development grant, a $1000 monetary award presented by the McAllister Foundation, and represent the region as a candidate for the statewide Glenn and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction.
Adjunct Faculty Award
Brenda Campbell began teaching ASA Math classes part-time in February 2009. She earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master of business administration degree from Southern Methodist University. Before coming to Ivy Tech, she was a department manager for Procter & Gamble in Dallas TX, station manager at WHPL radio in Lafayette, and a substitute teacher for Lafayette School Corporation and Faith Christian School.
Students in Campbell’s classes may be surprised at first when they use tape measures, cereal boxes, and M&Ms to learn mathematical concepts. The activities are designed to engage the students in group work and actively participating in the class. She is particularly in tune with adult learners in her class and uses real world applications that are familiar to the students.
Her students describe her as being in touch with every student in the class. She makes herself available for one-on-one help whenever needed. One student commented, “Algebra has been a challenge for me, but thanks to Mrs. Campbell, I am learning and passing algebra.”
Campbell will receive a commemorative plaque and a $1000 monetary award presented by the McAllister Foundation.
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 community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.