Thompson receives May 2020 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award


PIQUA — Edison State Community College faculty member Eileen Thompson, of Kettering, has been named a recipient of the May 2020 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for High Education (SOCHE).

Edison State nominated award winners based on the institution’s criteria, with special consideration of demonstrated excellence and awards received throughout the past academic year.

“We are so proud that Professor Eileen Thompson has been recognized as a Faculty Excellence Award winner through the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education,” said Edison State Provost Chris Spradlin. “Her valuable service to the College and excellence in the classroom make her worthy of this recognition.”

Eileen Thompson, Associate Professor of English, was nominated by Dr. Paul Heintz, Jr., Dean of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Heintz says, “Eileen Thompson is an outstanding faculty whose extensive knowledge leads to greater success for her students and is a continual source of information for her coworkers. She has participated in a significant number of service activities at Edison State, including numerous AQIP teams and committees, high school articulations, curriculum development, and supporting Edison State’s ESL students. Eileen is an indispensable asset of Edison State, and we appreciate all that she does.”

Students in Thompson’s class also appreciate having her as a professor, stating, “Professor Thompson went above and beyond what I thought a professor needed to do. She is very supportive and helpful.”

“Professor Thompson was an amazing teacher for this course, and I feel like my knowledge of reading, writing, and comprehending essays has increased because of her.”

“Eileen Thompson has been by far the best professor I have had at Edison State. She gave timely feedback, constructive criticism, and was concerned about my success in her class and my future in college.”

Edison State faculty members were among colleagues from SOCHE’s twenty-two-member institutions honored including, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Dayton, Wittenberg University, and Wright State University.

Formed in 1967, SOCHE is a regional consortium of 22 colleges and universities in southwest Ohio to promote educated, employed, and engaged citizens. SOCHE is the trusted and recognized regional leader for higher collaboration, working with colleges and universities to transform their communities and economies through the education, employment, and engagement of nearly 200,000 students in southwest Ohio. For more information about SOCHE, visit www.soche.org.

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