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In November 2012, alumna Lois Roma-Deeley (MFA 1988) was named the U.S. Community College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Of the award, The Chronicle of Higher Education writes: "The honor is the nation's most prestigious teaching award, with national winners chosen from four types of institutions: a community college, a baccalaureate college, a master's institution, and a doctoral, research university."
According to the Carnegie Foundation, winners are chosen on the following criteria: “impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students.”
Roma-Deeley is Poet-in-Residence and Director of the Creative Writing and Women's Studies Programs at Paradise Valley Community College. She is the first national winner of this award that Arizona has ever had in any category.
Photo courtesy Lois Roma-Deeley.
Flower art image is an oil pastel drawing with a background of diluted tempera paint. Created by a 7th grade student, from The Helpful Art Teacher.