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Adjunct Faculty (2013-14)

Teresa Bass Foster
Senior Adjunct Instructor
Arts and Humanities Division

Teresa Bass Foster was the Arts and Humanities Division's Outstanding Student in 2006-2007.  A PHI THETA KAPPA, Schoenbrodt Honors Student at HCC with a 3.9 GPA, Teresa graduated that year with an A.A. in Women's Studies.  Since transferring to UMBC, Teresa continued to earn awards and fellowships, as she completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees.  She expects to complete her doctoral studies in fall 2014.

She has continued her commitment to excellence at HCC as a remarkable adjunct instructor and scholar in her chosen field of Gender and Women's Studies.  She has inspired countless students, as she brings skill, tireless energy, and imagination to every project she undertakes.  On the IDEA Survey, one student commented that she "ensures that the class is constantly engaged in what we are learning about.  She always finds new ways to present an idea, besides just lecturing.  The class is very interactive and always filled with discussion  This is my favorite class and I owe that to my instructor."  Another observed: Professor Foster is a professional and well-prepared individual.  I like the way she includes everyone in class.  The class discussions are always interesting and informative."

We are fortunate to have her anchoring our Women's History course offerings, both face-to-face and online. Teresa is an exceptional instructor, knowledgeable about women's perspectives on gender constructs, agency, stereotypes, participation in the LGBT community and outside of the western experience.  As co-instructor for Women and Film, she has an impressive grasp of the many images of women in documentary and popular films.  And, of equal importance, she explores the work of women who have opened new possibilities as directors and producers.

Teresa has also been very active in course and program development in the Women's Studies area here at HCC.  She recently created a new course, African American Women's History, which will be offered for the first time in spring 2015.  She is an enthusiastic and valuable member of the Women's Studies Advisory Committee.

As an HCC student, Teresa represented HCC, presenting a paper at the Stevenson University Undergraduate Humanities Conference in 2007.  Her topic was: Phrases and Fists: Conflict in Gender Communication. A few years ago, as part of HCC’s recognition of Women’s History Month, Teresa previewed some of her doctoral research into the "transportation" of British women to the Chesapeake as convicts; this talk was jointly sponsored by the History and Women's Studies Departments.  She is currently in residence at the Maryland Historical Society, as recipient of the Wing Graduate Research Fellowship.  And in summer 2013, she spent a month in the U.K, researching five public and one private archive, enhancing her in-depth knowledge of European and American Women's History. Her amazing commitment to teaching and scholarship in her field of Women’s Studies truly makes Teresa Bass Foster worthy of selection as this year’s Arts and Humanities Division’s Inspiring Adjunct Faculty Member.

Patti Laird
Adjunct Instructor
Business and Computer Systems Division

Patti Laird is the Business Computer Systems Division inspiring adjunct faculty. She has been teaching Principles of the Internet for the last two years. Patti came to Howard Community College with a wealth of teaching and administrative experience, and has inspired the students and her colleagues with her unbelievable dedication, innovation and passion for what she does.

When faculty are asked to share experiences, or “one” new thing they are doing in their classes, Patti responds immediately with not one, but dozens of her ideas. These ideas are based on current events as well as things that the students will relate to. One example is the way she teaches about copyright and intellectual property: she doesn’t just cover the material in class but has implemented a Mock Trial that the students prepare for, participate in, and truly see both sides of issues related to these controversial topics. She has laid out her lesson plans and shared them with other faculty, so that the majority of the faculty has adopted this method of teaching the topic. She does this with every topic and truly keeps her students engaged. The material is current, interesting, and her IDEA surveys reflect how much students truly enjoy her class (which is a Gateway class in which we have previously struggled with success rates). She utilizes a method of questioning the students rather than lecturing, making them share what they know and come up with ideas and solutions on their own. She also goes out of her way to “help” when there is a need for a last minute instructor, even if it is inconvenient for her. This semester, she is teaching on Wednesday mornings but also stays until the evening class at 6:30. 

Patti works really well with the other adjunct faculty. She is working with a new instructor this semester as a mentor and the two of them are coming up with great ideas together. She is also working with the curriculum and helping to create a course that does not require a textbook. Her great ideas will help to create a course based on both the current material and current events as they relate to this material, and will hopefully not require students to buy the $80 textbook that they are currently required to buy, AND have more up-to-date information for them. Patti jumps at chances to contribute, and contributes in a thorough and timely fashion (usually immediately or within a day).

When Patti says she will do something, she gives 200%.

Deborah (Debbie) McGuire
English Language Center Adjunct Instructor
Continuing Education Division

Debbie McGuire started teaching in the English Language Center (ELC) in 2005 as the teacher for adults in the “ESL for Families” class, a family literacy class modeled after the Head Start program.   Since then, Debbie has become an invaluable member of the ELC teaching staff and has taught 30 semester-long classes.   Debbie is well-prepared for her career in ESL teaching.  She has a BA in Secondary Education with concentrations in German and Spanish from SUNY, a TESOL Certificate from SUNY, and an MA in TESOL from SUNY.

Debbie is a master teacher with solid knowledge of content, methodology, and second language acquisition.  She consistently receives high marks and positive comments from students on student evaluations and she has always received excellent feedback on program observations, including comments like these: “I felt like I was watching a well-directed orchestra performance,” “You obviously understand the subject matter and how students learn,” and “You are very poised, welcoming, and professional in the classroom.” 

Debbie not only excels in her classes, but she also contributes to the overall program.  She routinely mentors teachers who are new to the English Language Center, assists with curriculum development, and serves as a team leader for the Community English team which is one of the largest teams in the ELC (she helps oversee 21 classes and 20 teachers).  Debbie also regularly attends ESL registration sessions where she helps with advising and placement of ESL students.  Her ability to speak Spanish helps the program work with lower level students which is welcomed and appreciated by both the program and the students!

Lenett Partlow-Myrick
Adjunct Instructor
English and World Languages

Lenett Partlow-Myrick has been selected as the Inspiring Adjunct Faculty in the Division of English and World Languages for 2014-2015.

Lenett has been an adjunct faculty at HCC for five years.  During her time here, Lenett has demonstrated qualities that any of us—both adjunct and full-time faculty alike—can learn from.  Lenett inspires because she is a nurturer who genuinely cares about students. 

Her caring spirit has also been evident as she served as co-facilitator of the FPLC:  Coaching in the Classroom;  there,  she helped other faculty and administrators use coaching as a lens with which to view themselves and their students as leaders to increase the learning in and out of class.  Most recently, Lenett lent her voice to the Rhetoric-Composition FPLC.   Those who have observed her in the classroom applaud the exceptional way Lenett connects with her students, an “earthiness that is calming and welcoming.   Lenett has a way of putting everyone around her at ease.”

Lenett inspires because she readily embraces opportunities to better serve her students and improve her craft as a teacher.  She was one of the first instructors to teach the Accelerated Learning Program.  In 2010, Lenett created the course ENGL 228 Introduction to Memoir and Autobiography, a transferrable three-credit course, to further provide an in-depth study of writing for a specific audience and for a specific purpose.  She inspires because she not only understands her craft theoretically, but she also practices her pedagogy as a writer.  In 2012, she gave a riveting spoken word performance of her poetry at the Blackbird Poetry Festival.  Passing out tambourines, shakers, and drums, she invited us to join in with her. Her performance was not meant to be heard, but felt.  And we did.

Regardless of the capacity in which she serves, Lenett is always impactful in her understated, gentle way.  When talking about her teaching, she is quick to remind her peers that her role in the classroom is to see the best in every student and to help them realize their potential.  It is her response to this larger commitment to teaching that inspires most of all.

Andrea Robey
Master Adjunct Instructor
Health Sciences Division

Andrea Robey is a master’s prepared adjunct faculty for NURS-234 Family Centered Nursing II. She is an exceptional educator. Her student evaluations are consistently outstanding where the student’s frequently comment that she is the best clinical faculty they have had in the entire Nurse Education Program. Andrea also provides coverage for simulation education in NURS-234. The students value her ability to bring “real world” experience to the application of pediatric nursing care in simulation. In order to prepare for simulation education she spent many hours of her own time to learn the equipment and procedures to perform a simulation. She is a role model and resource for new adjunct faculty in NURS-234. She is a role model for professionalism for NURS-234 students as well. Recently, when the NURS-234 course leader was forced to take an extended sick leave, Andrea stepped up to assume numerous course responsibilities so the course could continue on without a hitch. She took over three, three hour lectures, additional simulation, and exam responsibilities. Her many contributions to NURS-234 over the past five years have had a huge impact on the success of our students.

Robert Ryan
Adjunct Instructor
Mathematics Division

Robert Ryan joined the HCC MATH Division as an adjunct faculty member in Fall 2012.  In just 2 years he has developed a reputation as a wonderful instructor especially among the calculus students.   He teaches with energy and enthusiasm and his prior work experience as an electrical engineer allows him to provide a real world context for the mathematics.    He is often seen working with students outside of class at the tables in our lobby.  Last year when the division adopted a new computer algebra system to be used in applied calculus, Bob agreed to develop materials to assist other faculty in using the program in their courses.  Bob has been very helpful with the STEM Learning Community & Scholars Program.  He has been a guest speaker describing his career at Northrop-Grumman several times and mentoring students who are interested in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.

Rebecca Carmody
Adjunct Instructor
Science, Engineering, and Technology Division

Dr. Rebecca Carmody has been selected as the Science, Engineering and Technology Division’s Inspiring Adjunct Instructor for 2014-2015.  Rebecca has been teaching at HCC since fall 2008.  She has taught Physical Geology, lecture and lab, Earth and Space Science, Meteorology, Astronomy Lab, Physical Science lab, and General Chemistry lab.  This semester she has taken over the Astronomy lecture and lab online courses.  Rebecca has taught face-to-face, hybrid and online sections, with multiple preps during every semester.  She has taught day, evening and Saturday classes. Rebecca came to HCC in 2007 as a student in the online meteorology course, and then completed the astronomy lecture, astronomy lab and general chemistry classes, to update her teaching certification.  She subsequently completed Oceanography, and Organic Chemistry I classes. She was invited to be a peer leader soon after she began taking classes here, and in that role, she had a positive impact on student success. She has continued to inspire students as an extremely dedicated and hard-working instructor. She has developed and led geology fieldtrips, including trips to the Smithsonian, and to the PG County Dinosaur Park.  She has also developed skywatch exercises, and has spent many (cold) evenings at HCC and at Alpha Ridge Park teaching students how to identify celestial objects and use a telescope.  She is always ready and willing to step in when needed and works tirelessly for the good of the department.  Rebecca is highly respected by her students and other faculty members in the SET division.

Tanya Icaza
Adjunct Instructor
Social Sciences and Teacher Education Division

Ms. Icaza returned to HCC in spring 2013 to teach sections of ANTH-105; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Prior to obtaining her Master's in anthropology, Ms. Icaza was the Health Science Division Clinical Coordinator at Howard Community College. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her bachelor's degree in Nursing and has combined this within her approach to teaching anthropology. Specifically, she is uniquely placed to discuss the applications of anthropology in assisting with contemporary issues, including the work of medical anthropologists.

Ms. Icaza currently teaches two sections of ANTH-105 and one section of ANTH-120, alongside teaching anthropology courses at UMCP. In summer 2013, she was awarded a grant to redesign the ANTH-105 content, re-aligning it to a new, cheaper course text. While redesigning this content, Ms. Icaza was responsible for the generation of a Canvas course that could be used for both online and face to face sections of this class. She created softchalk lessons and worked with Dr. Laura Cripps to redefine and standardize the assignments for this course, in preparation for the forthcoming changes to core course objectives and assessment.  As a result, the student experience of ANTH-105 has improved immensly; students have an affordable text, supplemental media via Canvas and assignments with clearly designed grading rubrics.

Ms. Icaza's professionalism and desire to support student success is also reflected by her service upon HCC's committee for Hispanic Student Success. Similarly, Ms. Icaza was asked to present on her summer project at the Social Sciences All-Faculty Evening in August 2013, inspiring other adjunct faculty to apply for summer grants themsleves.

In addition to being a colleague who is a true team player and who always brings a positive and willing attitude, Ms. Icaza is an excellent teacher who quickly fosters the respect of her students. She regularly meets with students outside of her office hours to provide pathways for their success and she has been keen to take trainings for different technologies in order to provide a variety of activities in-class which serve the different learning styles of students. In her most recent evaluations, students stated that:

"She was informative in her lectures, I can tell she's passionate about what she teaches and that make me want to engage in the learning process more."

"One of the best teachers I've had at HCC."

"Very charismaic and passionate teacher.  Also very knowledgeable on the subject."