A&F NewsletterSpring 2004
Pam Smith, a Natural Science Department instructor, was presented the Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning Jan. 20 during a faculty inservice meeting in the Brown Center. Smith, in her eighth year at Cowley, was selected for the award from a field of six nominees.
The five others are David Bostwick, Humanities; Marlys Cervantes, Humanities; Beverly Grunder, Business and Service Technology; Jafar Hashemi, Natural Sciences; and Todd Shepherd, Social Sciences. All six candidates received gifts.
Dr. Pat McAtee, Cowley president, introduced Smith as the 2004-2006 recipient. “Pam demonstrates leadership both in and out of the classroom,” McAtee said. “She is a valuable member of a team as her contributions are always offered with what is good for the college and our students as her focal point.” Smith expressed gratitude toward her colleagues at Cowley. “This award is as much yours as it is mine,” she said. Smith teaches all levels of chemistry at the college, and was instrumental in the remodeling of the chemistry lab on the main campus. She is involved in a Title III grant pilot program integrating the use of technology in her classroom. Most recently, she received a $1,000 grant from the National Computational Science Institute. The money was used to purchase software to allow chemistry students to build molecules on computer. In 1999, Smith received a Master Teacher award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas.
On campus, she is president of the College Education Association, has been a sponsor for the Math and Science Club and Mu Alpha Theta (a national mathematics honor society) for the past five years, chairs the Site Safety team, and serves on many other committees and teams at the college. The Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning was established in 1998 and is sponsored by Corner Bank of Winfield and Arkansas City. Jana Dobbs, senior vice president for relationship management, and Joyce McArtor, vice president and manager of the Corner Bank branch in Arkansas City, presented Smith with a check for $2,000. Smith will receive another check for $2,000 next year. Award recipients are to use $1,000 of the award for professional development. The remaining $3,000 is a cash stipend.