Eight North Central College faculty and administrative staff were recognized this spring with awards for their outstanding teaching, leadership, scholarship and administrative service for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Two faculty received honors for distinguished teaching as part-time and adjunct half-time instructors. They are:
Glen Wurglitz, lecturer in psychology, received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Part-Time Faculty.
Jelena Sanchez, Ph.D., half-time assistant professor of Spanish, received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Adjunct Half-Time Faculty.
Six award recipients—four faculty and two staff members—were presented with endowed awards established in memory of two North Central College alumni—Clarence F. Dissinger, Class of 1921, and his sister Ruth C. Dissinger Althaus, Class of 1922. These Dissinger award recipients are:
Margaret Gill, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, received the Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Junior Faculty.
Jeffrey Jankowski, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, received the Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Senior Faculty.
Julie Carballo, director of first generation programs and Teach First, received the Ruth C. Dissinger Award for Administrative Manager.
Michelle Reaska, scenic studio shop foreman, received the Ruth C. Dissinger Award for Administrative Support Staff.
Alberto Fonseca, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, received the Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Faculty Scholarship for his publication of a critically acclaimed book, peer-reviewed articles and presentations of his research at international and national meetings.
Jeffrey Bjorklund, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, received the Distinguished Service by Senior Faculty for his ability “to unite numerous different groups in the College community to work together toward a common goal, all while maintaining a high degree of professionalism and strong sense of duty and commitment,” said Abiódún Gòkè-Pariolá, provost and vice president for academic affairs, professor of English.